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French-style bakery set to open in downtown Lawrence

The only bad thing about butter is it doesn’t come with its own lollypop stick. If you are that type of butter lover, you’ll want to take note of a soon-to-open downtown bakery that promises lots of rich European creations. E Barn Farm Bakery is set to open in the former Sandbar sub ...

Nonprofit buys downtown parking lot in hopes of helping historic building

Well, here’s one solution to the problem of finding a place to park downtown: Just buy yourself a parking lot. One has sold recently, and it may end up being a real boon for one of Lawrence’s oldest buildings. The Lawrence Preservation Alliance confirmed it has finalized a deal with US ...

Student housing company files plans for 7-story building in downtown Lawrence

Story updated at 6:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15: A Chicago-based company that specializes in student housing has filed plans for a seven-story apartment and retail building to be constructed across the street from the historic Douglas County Courthouse. Core Spaces announced Monday afternoon that ...

Large East Hills Business Park employer to be sold as part of $400 million deal

One of Lawrence’s largest employers soon will have a new owner. The General Dynamics call center in the East Hills Business Park is part of a $400 million deal that will transfer ownership to a company that specializes in operating customer service centers for the federal government. A ...

See the latest plans for a big new building on Vermont Street

If plans hold true, a major new building is coming to Vermont Street — and likely more competition for a space in the city parking garage next to the library will materialize too. As promised, former City Commissioner Bob Schumm has come forward with another plan to build a multistory ...

With three-quarters of the year gone, Lawrence sales tax numbers still lackluster

Story updated at 4:27 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8: Nationally, there are plenty of signs that the economy is improving. Unemployment is at its lowest level since the 1960s, the stock market continues to post new highs, and there’s a rumor at my house that we’ll get to turn the thermostat all the ...

One of the city’s biggest developers says downtown Lawrence is in crisis

Eight years ago, there was a certain amount of angst surrounding the construction of the seven-story building that Doug Compton now surveys downtown from via a corner office perch. Compton, one of the largest developers and property owners in Lawrence, was leading the group to build the 901 ...

Downtown chain restaurant expanding into west Lawrence

If you are going to be in the business of delivering hot, toasted sandwiches, you had better get them there fast, or have a toaster with a really, really long extension cord. The downtown restaurant Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe believes in getting them there fast, which is one of the reasons the ...

Halloween stores open, including a new store from a longtime local retailer

I’ve been told that any time of year is a good time for me to wear a mask, but for the rest of you, Halloween is prime mask season. Predictably, a couple of Halloween stores have popped up in Lawrence, but this year one of them is a local operation run by a family that has dressed Lawrence ...

National fitness chain plans to open near 23rd and Iowa streets

And you thought picking up the entire collection of "Twilight" novels at Hastings constituted heavy lifting. Now, there is word of true heavy lifting at the vacant book and video store at 23rd and Iowa streets. The national chain Crunch Fitness has announced it is moving into the space. I ...

New chain that sells mini-hamburgers coming to Iowa Street; Lawrence loses a Sonic

What I know about mini-hamburgers is that they are a lot better if you spell them m-a-n-y hamburgers. You’ll get a chance to find out for yourself because there is a new hamburger chain coming to Lawrence that sells their small hamburgers a sack at a time. The restaurant chain Burgerim has ...

Mom did a headstand, and that is a good thing at this new west Lawrence gym

I have had health professionals for years tell me my body is perfectly suited for CrossFit training — cross off ice cream, cross off candy, cross off Doritos ... Actually, that’s not quite how CrossFit training works. But it has become a growing fitness trend, and there is a new business ...

Hospital strikes deal to open new facility in eastern Lawrence

Eastern Lawrence is getting a new doctor’s office that will be run by Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The hospital has announced plans for LMH Health East Heights Family Care to open inside the Independence Inc. building near 20th Street and Haskell Avenue. The facility will have a family ...

Plans filed for John Deere dealership to rebuild on 23rd Street

This post was update at 5:05 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2018 On May 5, Ken Wagner stood on the lot of a defunct farm implement dealership while he watched a fire on the other side of 23rd Street consume his successful John Deere dealership. It already was clear the Saturday afternoon fire was going to ...

New report shows Lawrence economy didn’t keep up with most metro areas in 2017

Even by Kansas’ standards, the Lawrence economy was a bit lackluster in 2017. By nearly everyone else’s measuring stick, Lawrence’s economic performance was near the bottom of the pack, according to a new set of federal statistics. The new figures measure gross domestic product for all ...