Town Talk

‘Pet campus’ with day care, grooming and more could develop along Wakarusa Drive

First I had to learn about the phrase “pet resort.” Now, it appears I need to learn about a “pet campus.” (Apparently it is not enough for my dog to have better vacations than me. He soon will have a better GPA, too.) Whatever the case, a pair of for-profit pet businesses are teaming up ...

Plans filed for homeless drop-in center in downtown Lawrence

Plans have been filed with Lawrence City Hall to convert a downtown building into a drop-in center where the homeless can do everything from take a shower to get some temporary relief from the elements. City commissioners will have to approve the plans before they can move ahead, and it is ...

Plans filed for a Starbucks on 23rd Street

Plans call for Lawrence to get a new drive-thru Starbucks, and, just to add extra fun, it will be next door to a place that sells lots of power tools. (The only thing that makes a project go faster than a power nailer is a power nailer with a trigger finger fueled by a triple espresso.) Look ...

State shuts down Lawrence car dealership over unpaid taxes

If you were in the process of buying a car at 6th Street Auto in Lawrence, you’ve got a new wrinkle to deal with — the state has shut down the used car business over allegations of more than $100,000 in unpaid sales taxes. A red “seized” sign is hanging on the front door of the ...

New Japanese steakhouse opens in west Lawrence

To me, “yum-yum sauce” is the phrase I use when Thanksgiving meat sweats prevent me from remembering the word “gravy.” Come to find out, there is a whole different meaning, and a new Japanese steakhouse in Lawrence aims to give diners a taste of it. As I briefly mentioned earlier this ...

Local real estate company expands, opens downtown Lawrence office

On a day like today, you can take comfort that a home in the country doesn’t require you to shovel one of those city sidewalks. Less comfortable may be the knowledge that you need either a tractor or a flamethrower to get out of your driveway. Nonetheless, rural homes remain popular, so much ...

West Lawrence bar and restaurant set for major expansion

After 65 years of hamburgers and pizza, I’m sure I’ll need a bigger place to call home too — plus a titanium La-Z-Boy roughly the size of Texas. That’s what’s happening (minus the La-Z-Boy) with Johnny’s Tavern. While it celebrates its 65th birthday, the Lawrence-based bar and ...

As holiday travelers fill up, there’s actually good news on Lawrence gas prices

There are signs the stars really are aligning in a nearly unprecedented way this Thanksgiving season. Yes, the all-you-can-eat buffets in the region still have banned my entry, but I might get a heck of a deal on gasoline. Just as you are ready to fill up the holiday cruiser, gas prices in ...

An old-school record store finds a new home in North Lawrence

When I recently told my kids I had an old J.C. Penney turntable in the storm shelter, I thought I would have to explain what a turntable was. Actually, no need. (They are still confused, though, about a J.C. Penney.) Instead, they made me drag out the turntable. That tells you a bit about why a ...

Another longtime downtown retailer to close; Compton buys Mass. Street building

Sure, Amazon and the host of other online retailers are fierce competitors, but when Cinda Garrison decided to close her longtime downtown business, Prairie Patches, there were a pair of adversaries that were even tougher to defeat — her knees. Garrison recently confirmed the speculation ...