Town Talk

Southside garden center to expand; other news and notes along south Iowa Street, including Payless' future

Chad Lawhorn

I’m such a master gardener that I get pretty yellow flowers to come up in my lawn naturally. For those of you who don’t have such luck, I have word of a plant and nursery business that plans to expand. Earl May Nursery and Garden Center at 3200 Iowa St. ...

A west Lawrence library branch? Not quite, but library partners with westside business to increase service

Chad Lawhorn

Dietitians tell me to make smart choices at the grocery store (which I assume means buy the value size Doritos.) The meat aisle urges me to buy Smart Chicken. (The smartest chicken is a ribeye steak.) And now shoppers at the Hy-Vee on Sixth Street may notice something called a ...

An update on Menards' plans for local distribution center; Lawrence manufacturer expanding, but in Shawnee

Chad Lawhorn

There was some thought that a Trump victory in the presidential election would lead to a positive business development for Lawrence. No, the rumor that Vladimir Putin was going to set up a knock-off Jayhawk Beanie Baby operation in town isn’t true. Instead, there was some hope that the election ...

Douglas County topping a list of new Census population numbers; a look at the handful of Kansas counties that actually are growing

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe the folks building all those apartments in Lawrence aren’t insane after all. Perhaps the same goes for retailers wanting to build new stores along south Iowa Street too. Since 2010, Douglas County has added nearly 9,000 residents, according to a new Census report. That’s a growth rate that is ...

Home prices up, home construction up, and other signs that Lawrence homebuilding is on the rebound; another Lawrence ranking

Chad Lawhorn

The sounds of hammers, saws and then the buying of a new home: As I can attest, that indeed can be the order of events of a home improvement project gone wrong. But these days it also is a description of the Lawrence real estate market. A pair of new ...

Old church with new name to build multimillion dollar project in southwest Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A big new church at the Kasold curve in southwest Lawrence makes sense. If you have ever been a white-knuckled passenger in one of my family vehicles as it speeds around that big curve at 31st and Kasold, you would understand why. Regardless, look for construction to soon begin on ...

New numbers provide a glimpse of how much we make in Kansas, how much it costs to live here

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s talk about money. Kansas and the Great Plains region didn’t make as much of it as most other parts of the country did in 2016, according to a report released today. But the news also isn’t all bad. [The new report][1] by the Bureau of Economic Analysis measures personal ...

23rd Street retailer to close after nearly 28 years in business; The Buckle officially closes shop in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Some people buy life insurance. I buy used blazers. As long as the world has barbecue sauce, buying a full-priced blazer is the biggest risk I have to mitigate, so I’ve been known to buy a few on the cheap. But soon us second-hand buyers will lose one of Lawrence’s ...

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 ...

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