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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 ...

New pizza chain files plans to locate along 23rd Street

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps this supposed WikiLeaks about how our smartphones and smart TVs [can be turned into spying devices by the CIA][1] isn’t all bad. Now, when I’m sitting on my couch watching reruns of "The Apprentice" and yelling at my TV “where the %@#!! is my delivery pizza?” I expect the ...

Longtime electronics retailer set to close final Lawrence store; proposed law would keep track of political affiliations of faculty members

Chad Lawhorn

It is still hard to believe a store with such a forward-looking name like RadioShack is slowly going out of business. I suppose I should brace myself for TelegraphHut to close as well. Indeed, the days of RadioShack in Lawrence are very near the end. The RadioShack store at The ...

After years of stagnation, county appraiser says home values are on the rise; property tax bills may follow suit; 2017 home sales off to strong start

Chad Lawhorn

Odds are — if you haven’t already — you will be getting an envelope from Douglas County saying the value of your home has increased. Yes, that means your property taxes may go up, too. It also is the surest sign yet that Lawrence’s real estate market is returning to ...

Report shows Kansas has one of the highest vehicle tax rates in the country; see how our property taxes compare with other states

Chad Lawhorn

I have been accused by some in my family of having a problem because I never sell a vehicle after I’m done using it. So, yes, I do own six vehicles at the moment, but in my defense, not all of them run. But now there is a new report ...

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