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Downtown retailer of 33 years to close shop; Chamber stoking speculation that major job announcement coming; update on large apartment project

Chad Lawhorn

With this being Lawrence, we obviously all have special wings of our homes to house our collections of Jayhawk apparel, but soon we’ll no longer have one longtime Jayhawk retailer to help us fill those aircraft hangar-like rooms. The owners of Jayhawk Spirit, 935 Massachusetts St., have announced they have ...

Lawrence found to lag behind Manhattan in college community ranking; City Hall and the land of meetings; butcher shop expanding

Chad Lawhorn

It almost should go without saying that Lawrence is the top college community in the region. Just walk through the Oread neighborhood on any Friday and Saturday night and partake in the abundant school spirit. Lawrence is at least the top college town in Kansas. Well, a new ranking says ...

Pair of restaurants proposed for location near Sixth Street Wal-Mart; City Hall tensions rise over East Lawrence proposal

Chad Lawhorn

I often play a guessing game whenever I make the trip to Wal-Mart with my family. You know, like: I guess you need a new pair of shoes; I guess I can push back retirement an extra 10 years; I guess I could curl up in a ball and sob ...

Bus driver, union leader files for seat on City Commission; Salvation Army kettle drive falling short of goal

Chad Lawhorn

If ever there was a City Commission candidate who could make the case for having an actual campaign bus, it would be this one. A Lawrence bus driver who also is the president of the local transit union has filed for one of three seats up for grabs on the ...

Local tech company featured in The New York Times; chicken and doughnut restaurant opens in West Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A downtown Lawrence office landed in The New York Times this weekend, which has created new enthusiasm that Massachusetts Street may be home to a burgeoning tech company that aims to change the entire financial industry. [Back in September I wrote][1] about a new financial services company called Yantra Services ...

Pachamamas restaurant up for sale, may close after Valentine's Day; Rock Chalk gets set for big basketball tourney

Chad Lawhorn

News that the highly regarded downtown restaurant Pachamamas is about to close is a bit like cold pizza for breakfast: It isn’t quite right, but it is not quite wrong either. Ken Baker, owner and chef of Pachamamas, has confirmed to me that he has put the restaurant and downtown ...

New workout gym opens in West Lawrence; hearing on alleged alcohol violation at The Cave delayed

Chad Lawhorn

We all have different types of training we have to do. For example, today I’m judging a holiday cookie contest and will partake in my company’s holiday meal, so I’m training by eating a piece of cake for breakfast. Some of you, however, may prefer lifting weights, tossing medicine balls ...

Mayor wants to restart discussion about police headquarters project; City Commission rejects cell tower plan

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready to start talking about a multimillion dollar police headquarters project again. Mayor Mike Amyx at last night’s meeting directed staff members to begin looking for dates in January and February to get input from the public on what they think the next steps should be in improving facilities ...

Neighborhood group asking city to slow down on downtown grocery store project; update on city's quest to get Google Fiber-like Internet service

Chad Lawhorn

Getting a grocery store in downtown Lawrence may be a bit like me walking down the candy aisle. No, it won’t require hooking a dozen shopping carts together, but I am predicting it is going to take awhile. I say that because the process has barely begun, and the Lawrence ...

Details on proposed changes to west Lawrence's Alvamar golf and country club; speculation about restaurant tenant for Marriott; Wheat State Pizza allowed to reopen after tax dispute

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s the surest sign that word of proposed changes to the Alvamar golf courses is starting to make its way around town: I caught my insurance agent trying to steal my golf clubs. Yes, a big part of the proposed revamping of Alvamar is to add more homes along the ...

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