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Longtime downtown business moving to west Lawrence; BBQ spot closes doors

Chad Lawhorn

At least Rhonda Gibler won’t have any difficulties in getting stationery with her business’ new address. “We definitely know how to do that,” said Gibler, co-owner of the Lawrence-based print shop Pro-Print. Yes, the longtime printer of stationery, business cards, forms and other such items is ending its run in ...

Is it time to begin worrying about the future of one of Lawrence's largest businesses?

Chad Lawhorn

People of a certain age probably remember Kmart’s Blue Light Specials. “Attention Kmart shoppers,” the store’s PA system would announce. Then a throng of people would stampede to an aisle where an actual blue, flashing light was on a stand to signal great deals. We all would leave shaking our ...

Specialty baker to open in downtown Lawrence; keep your eyes open for a new Ninth Street restaurant

Chad Lawhorn

You know what they say: Baking is a science, which I think is why the hazmat crew is still in my kitchen. Regardless, an actual trained scientist is opening a bakery in Downtown Lawrence that likely will grab the attention of allergy sufferers. Topeka-based Shana Cake has signed a deal ...

LMH working on partnership that could result in new multimillion-dollar health care facility

Chad Lawhorn

A multimillion-dollar deal is brewing between two local health care companies that could someday result in Lawrence being known as the “knee and hip replacement capital of the Midwest.” No, it is maybe not the best moniker for the convention and visitors bureau, but it could result in big business, ...

In sign warmer weather is on the way, shaved ice chain strikes deal to come to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Forget spring, there were signs of summer at my house on Sunday: Lawn mowers and lawn chairs both made appearances, and the dog started pawing at the thermostat. (The kids and I already have been trained not to touch it.) Soon, we’ll all be craving a snow cone. On that ...

New report suggests Lawrence consumers were spending big during the holiday shopping season

Chad Lawhorn

Today may be the quintessential Lawrence day: A day where everybody takes a lunch break, and at least half the population never returns to work — thanks to either a green beverage or an orange ball. It will be a big money day in Lawrence, and a new report shows ...

JCPenney announces closure of Lawrence store, several others in Kansas

Chad Lawhorn

South Iowa Street is about to lose one of its major, longtime retailers: JCPenney has confirmed that its Lawrence store is among the 138 stores it will close as the retailer tries to shore up its finances. The company released the [full list this morning.][1] The press release says most ...

Chain store along south Iowa Street makes room for candle and decor shop

Chad Lawhorn

I’m generally anti-candle, unless I can use one to burn my NCAA tournament bracket. So, in that regard I guess it is timely for me to pass along that Lawrence is set to get a new national candle and decor shop. Construction work is underway in the Pine Ridge Plaza ...

New wellness center with float tanks opens in west Lawrence; update on longtime shopping center

Chad Lawhorn

In west Lawrence, I thought a sensory deprivation tank was an SUV without heated seats. But a Lawrence business is betting that west siders will take to the wellness trend of sensory deprivation tanks, more commonly called float tanks. Perhaps you remember a business called Ad Astra Acupuncture near 11th ...

Multimillion-dollar retirement project comes to a close; where Lawrence ranks in the list of best college basketball towns

Chad Lawhorn

This thought hit me recently: Retirement homes may become wild and crazy places in the near future. Scary as it may be, the people who are getting ready to retire are those who lived during the 1970s disco and party scene. Well, I don’t know if a disco ball is ...

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