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See what Lawrence firm landed on Inc.'s list of fastest growing private companies in America

Chad Lawhorn

On downtown Lawrence’s Massachusetts Street, a business named Mass Metal LLC could be almost anything. A sword shop. (Remember when we had one of those?) An aluminum recycling business specializing in beer cans that have rolled down Mount Oread. Or even a tribute store for Motley Crue, KISS, AC/DC and ...

Company hoping to make solar power more visible in downtown; a number on the Kansas economy that isn't terrible

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve spent some time at the lake in recent days, and based on the number of people I saw who looked like lobsters that fell asleep under a 1970s tanning light, I’m guessing people are starting to figure out the power of the sun. Well, downtown Lawrence soon will get ...

City now has new opening date in mind for Rock Chalk Park recreation center; update on ice rink idea for downtown plaza

Chad Lawhorn

It appears I will have a couple of extra weeks to first find my hamstring and then stretch it out. A city official has confirmed to me that plans to open the city’s recreation center at Rock Chalk Park on Sept. 2 won’t be happening. Ernie Shaw, the city’s director ...

A fact that may surprise you about local property tax increases; watching Wichita State get aggressive in building businesses

Chad Lawhorn

For some reason, I feel like I should have a fancy gold-foil envelope and a powder-blue tuxedo when I announce these results. But alas, they don’t have award shows to announce property tax rates, and, even if they did, I’m afraid you would throw things at me and sully my ...

A food truck soon may be coming to a parking lot near you; Santa Fe depot project delayed

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve always loved eating food in a truck (my F150 is the one with splotches of Krispy Kreme glaze on the windshield, and my slacks are the ones with orange juice spilled in an inopportune spot.) But it has been interesting to watch how many people love to eat food ...

Large, national barbecue chain to open in West Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Tighten up those apron strings, warriors. Get those tongs nice and limber. There’s a barbecue battle brewing in Lawrence, and one of the larger barbecue chains in the country is about to enter it. I’ve gotten confirmation that Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will be opening in West Lawrence in the coming ...

City asked to cut downtown employees a break on parking; talk of a downtown liquor store versus downtown grocery

Chad Lawhorn

At last night’s Lawrence City Commission meeting, I felt like we were pretty close to hearing one of those “back in my days, we walked up hill both ways” type of stories. The subject was downtown parking, and how far downtown employees may have to walk to find a free ...

Dance Gallery planning to add fitness center; city on schedule to begin curbside recycling Oct 21

Chad Lawhorn

Soon, I’ll be Baryshnikov in Swan Lake. I’ll be Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. I’ll be the over-enthusiastic chicken dancer who stays too long at every wedding reception you’ve ever been to. In other words, I’m going to be doing some happy dances because Thursday is the day my kids ...

Hurst Diamonds moving to 23rd Street; study predicts big gains in household income for Lawrence residents

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps this past weekend has caused you to enter the market for a piece of diamond jewelry. Perhaps it is because you’ve found the love of your life and are about to become engaged. Or perhaps it is because you are already married to the love of your life, and ...

Tofu maker seeking location in rural Douglas County; city now looking at 0.2 percent sales tax proposal; City Hall discussion of payday loan regulations

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you have noticed that you now have to take out a home equity loan to have a pot roast for dinner, and my banker asked me if Warren Buffett was my uncle or something when I brought up the possibility of a steak. The point is, beef prices have ...

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