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Chain clothing store to locate along south Iowa Street; a piece of retail history uncovered in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a certain symmetry to the fact that a business that can sell you larger trousers is locating in a spot that used to house an all-you-can eat Chinese buffet. That’s the latest scenario on south Iowa Street, as Men’s Wearhouse has signed a deal to locate in the Pine ...

New clothing retailer set to open in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

I’m not overly familiar with the term “fashion forward.” Whenever people are discussing it with me, I swear they I always say I’m “fashion forlorn.” Regardless, there is a major new retailer opening in downtown Lawrence that is about fashion forward. As I reported in November, the clothing chain Glik’s ...

Local chef to open food truck in North Lawrence; update on a couple of events

Chad Lawhorn

North Lawrence has been known to have loud trains, cool motorcycles, and even the occasional misguided boat. (We only were stranded on the sandbar for a week.) Soon, the neighborhood also may have a hip truck — or more accurately, a hip food truck. Zach Thompson, the former executive chef ...

Whitewater group explains how $70 million Clinton Lake project would be funded; it involves help from the public and a new shopping center

Chad Lawhorn

During this Valentine’s Day season everything is expected to be sugarcoated — the food, the sentiments and the “explanation” about how the flat screen TV got broken during last night’s wild KU game. (I think it was Cupid’s arrow.) One guy who is not engaging in the sugarcoating ritual, though, ...

Plans for whitewater rafting facility at Clinton State Park still alive; developer talks about environmental issues of project

Chad Lawhorn

The great whitewater rafting debates I’ve been involved with generally center on which guy is responsible for carrying the cooler down the bank and to the canoe. (Inevitably, it also involves a debate about who is then responsible for jumping into the river to save the cooler — and possibly ...

Longtime provider of vocational training to close Lawrence campus this summer

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence and Douglas County are the capital of higher education in Kansas, as evidenced by the presence of three universities, a campanile and several houses that make the bell tower sound like a quiet library. There is news, though, that Lawrence is losing one provider of higher education. Pinnacle Career ...

23rd Street shopping center to downsize retail space; new report ranks Lawrence as one of the best cities for singles

Chad Lawhorn

I’m sure we’ve all been in this situation: You’re halfway through your weekly shopping trip and realize you should have rented the full-size semitrailer instead of the large U-Haul. Well, maybe one Lawrence shopping center is trying to address that common problem. It has filed plans to convert part of ...

More details on gun range planned near Douglas County Jail; Lawrence to get national press as retirement destination

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe a gun range is a bit like a barber shop: Every city of a certain size will have at least one. Lawrence businessman Steve Robson has that philosophy anyway, and he says he has just the site for Lawrence’s indoor shooting facility. Robson — who owns Ace Self Storage ...

Plans moving ahead for North Lawrence concert, event venue; business owner opens spot for small businesses to meet for free

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe you are still recovering from your Super Bowl party. I know my arteries still burn from the wing sauce, my dog still regrets eating the leftover bacon cheese dip, and the Australian prime minister is still exasperated that whatever caused Lady Gaga to disappear can’t be used to end ...

New report shows Lawrence consumers were spending freely during holiday shopping season

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it was shoppers buying an extra large Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe it was voters buying post-election migraine medicine, or maybe it was prescient Atlanta Falcons fans buying choke collars. Whatever the case, Lawrence shoppers appeared to be big spenders during the early holiday shopping season, a new report from the ...

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