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Retail rumblings including a new cookie store on Mass. Street, a mattress store going out of business, and a change in venue for a downtown hot spot


From chicken wings to cookies to mattresses: It sounds like a productive Sunday afternoon to me. It also is a set of topics that are trending in Lawrence's retail world currently.

• I've gotten confirmation that a store called Hot Box Cookies will be setting up shop on Massachusetts Street in the coming days. The cookie shop has inked a lease at 732 Massachusetts Street, the former home of 3 Spoons Frozen Yogurt, Bob Sarna, a representative of the building's ownership group, told me.

Hot Box currently operates in Columbia, Mo.. Based on its website, it offers about a dozen different cookie options, including chocolate chip, M&M, oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodles. The business in Columbia also offers shakes, ice cream sandwiches, and good old-fashioned milk to wash it all down.

But this likely isn't your grandpa's cookie shop. According to the website, the store is open until 2:30 a.m. on many nights, which tells me a few people may have a craving for a cookie after they have consumed a certain other type of beverage at their favorite nightclub.

It sounds like the cookie shop may be open as soon as this week.

• A South Iowa Street mattress store is calling it quits. Bed Mart, 2329 Iowa St., will start hosting a going-out-of-business sale on Wednesday.

Gary Lucas, who owns the store with his wife, Kathy, said the store's lease is up and they have been looking to retire.

"We're just tired, basically," Lucas said. "The business is still all right, but we are just too tired to do it anymore. We basically work seven days a week at it."

The mattress market has changed in Lawrence in recent years. The national chain Mattress Firm opened up at 33rd and Iowa streets in the last year, and Discovery Furniture near 25th and Iowa streets has become a major player in the mattress market.

The sector may be one worth keeping an eye on in the future. People in the development industry tell me that the national chain Mattress Hub has been looking for locations in the city. Who knows whether they actually will decide to enter the market, but it is worth keeping an eye on.

• Take this one for whatever you think it is worth, but there's lots of speculation that Buffalo Wild Wings will move out of downtown to set up shop on South Iowa Street.

Multiple sources have told me that Buffalo Wild Wings is the mystery tenant for a proposed restaurant/retail building at 27th and Iowa streets where an Olive Garden was once proposed.

I called a general manager at Buffalo Wild Wings, and she didn't squash the rumor. Instead, she simply said she has heard it too, but said the corporate office hasn't made any announcements yet.

Buffalo Wild Wings currently occupies space at 1012 Massachusetts St., and by all appearances does well there. The South Iowa Street location would allow for a larger restaurant and more parking.

People with a wing-craving, though, shouldn't panic. Any move likely would be quite a ways off. The project would involve constructing a new building on the site. I'll keep my eyes open for something more official on this one.

But actually, I won't have my eyes open much for a few days. Town Talk is taking a break until July 23, while it recharges its batteries. Yes, I suspect it will involve chicken wings, cookies and a mattress at some point in time.


Catalano 4 years, 11 months ago

Geez, what are you doing? Taking a family vacation so your wife will miss the Sidewalk Sale? That is so devious!

jackpot 4 years, 11 months ago

Can't wait to hear the wife's comments on the 23rd.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

Eight days of no Town Talk?

why who knows what's going to break out around Lawrence without Chad or his drones watching!

... dangerous!

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

Don't worry, the drones will still be up and flying. Chad will simply download the information when he returns. I hear he is perfecting Drone 2.0 which will be capable of taking pictures and videos and uploading directly to YouTube. The next viral sensation may be you.

Tgill 4 years, 11 months ago

Mattress Hub is a big chain but not national getting a little carried away Chad

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 11 months ago

It never occurred to Buffalo Wild Wings management that being Downtown might be the whole reason they're considered a "hot spot"? Don't think this is a good move...

Matthew Herbert 4 years, 11 months ago

As long as the UFC continues to host fights, BWW will do just fine. You have to get there two hours early to get a table on those nights.

Matthew Herbert 4 years, 11 months ago

The name "hot box" suggests it might not just be the drinker crowd they are catering to...

chicago95 4 years, 11 months ago

Hot Box Cookies could significantly expand their market appeal if they also offered IWIG dairy products. It's a mile north of the dairy's store at 19th & Mass.

coolmarv 4 years, 11 months ago

Anyone heard anything about Henry T's possibly closing?

Tgill 4 years, 11 months ago

Heard that the Henry T's in Topeka is closing

thinkagain 4 years, 11 months ago

I am sorry to hear that Bed Mart is going out of business. My family has purchased three beds there and were very happy with the service, delivery and are still very happy with the beds. I wish the owners a happy retirement. Thank you for owning a great business in Lawrence.

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