Town Talk

Unique furniture, home decor store set to open in downtown Lawrence; news of escape room businesses, cigar lounge

Chad Lawhorn

Sarah Kellogg has a business plan for her soon-to-open retail store in downtown Lawrence: “We take something terribly dated and that nobody wants, and make it really awesome.” My wife is loading up my closet currently, but actually it is not that type of store. Kellogg is opening a new ...

Developer still working on parking solution for large apartment project near KU; man hands out $50 bills at Wal-Mart

Chad Lawhorn

Anybody who has ever picked up a hammer or saw has had it happen: You start your home improvement project and then realize you forgot a part. I usually fix such matters with duct tape, and if that doesn’t work, with an expensive jewelry purchase. Most of the time, though, ...

Italian dessert shop coming to Massachusetts Street; Lawrence gets ranking from LGBT civil rights group

Chad Lawhorn

Gelato. Sorbet. Cannoli. Am I showing off my bilingual skills here? Of course. Am I pointing to stains on my tie? Well, yes, but neither of those are really the point. I’m mainly working up to tell you that a new dessert shop — with a specialty in Italian dishes ...

A list of past Thomas Fritzel controversies and the $10 million question that comes with the latest allegations

Chad Lawhorn

It has become a routine at Lawrence City Hall. Every few months, the city finds itself embroiled in a controversy with Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel at the center of the storm. This most recent one — an alleged $500,000 worth of sales tax misdeeds at The Oread hotel site — ...

Lawrence tops $200 million in building projects for first time in city's history; longtime construction company to close Lawrence operations

Chad Lawhorn

The number that has caught my eye this morning is $200 million, and thankfully it didn’t come from my friends at Visa. It is from the city’s latest building permit report. The city has topped the $200 million mark in construction projects for the first time in history. (The true ...

More questions about Oread special taxing district; commissioner says city working to make sure 'everyone pays their fair share of taxes'

Chad Lawhorn

I think we are getting closer to figuring out what the concerns are with the special taxing district at The Oread hotel. But I don’t think that means we are near the end of the questions about this project. If you remember, we reported in November that the city had ...

City ramps up vehicle purchases to replace aging fleet; more than $1.75 million in vehicle purchases approved thus far in December

Chad Lawhorn

I know for most of us, December is marked as the month for accumulating five-pound cheese logs, yule logs and the multitude of other fine culinary logs. But for the city of Lawrence, December is the month for new vehicle purchases. Thus far in December — once commissioners approve a ...

Audit results about special taxing district at The Oread expected soon; questions about Eldridge tax break; eco devo leaders seeking firms to work on Menards project

Chad Lawhorn

Concerns about the operation or management of The Oread hotel’s special taxing district are expected to come to light soon, I’ve learned. If you remember[, City Hall reporter Nikki Wentling reported last month][1] that the city had hired an auditor to review the special taxing district, which has generated more ...

New three-story comic and game store coming to downtown; Lawrence home sales top 1,000 for the year

Chad Lawhorn

I probably need to spend more time reading comic books. As the "Star Wars" fever rises, some in my household are becoming frustrated that I keep confusing Count Dooku with Count Chocula. But fear not, we don’t have to be confused for long because the world of comics (yes, there ...

Large fitness center chain signs deal for big facility on south Iowa; more info on changes in the works at Genesis Health Club

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe they read about the pending explosion of fried chicken places coming to south Iowa Street and figured waistlines were sure to follow. Whatever the case, a new national fitness club chain has signed a deal for a large space along the south Iowa Street corridor. Planet Fitness has reached ...

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