Town Talk

Grocery store adding full-service restaurant, bar; state fares poorly in income report, but Lawrence shows some positive signs

Chad Lawhorn

Grocery shopping may really get dangerous. What shall only be referred to as an “unfortunate Dorito incident” ( I still note there was no sign limiting how many bags a fellow could purchase, and my banker signed off on the line of credit) has pretty much barred me from doing ...

Commissioner begins politicking for Just Food funding; a look at amounts that nonprofits receive from city and how those are falling

Chad Lawhorn

Some people say the art of politics is compromise. I’ve heard others contend the true art is figuring out a good way to ask for money. If so, Lawrence City Hall is full of art these days. It is budget season, and among the groups seeking city funds are the ...

New private elementary school with unique name, curriculum to open in eastern Lawrence; longtime heating and cooling company sells to new owner

Chad Lawhorn

We’ve all heard of the School of Hard Knocks, and yesterday I’m sure several of us were reacquainted with the School of Short Fuses. (Perhaps you even went to its graduate academy: The Institute of Glue-on Eyebrows.) But you don’t hear a lot these days about The School of Love. ...

Lawrence home sales tumble as number of homes on the market hits new low

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve always assumed the Kansas Jayhawk has a really nice bird house — I can only imagine the size of the worm cellar — somewhere in west Lawrence. Good thing because I think even the Jayhawk may have a hard time buying a home in the Lawrence market today. The ...

A look at the $200 million debate that is coming to west Lawrence; Schumm seeks to reverse denial of downtown condo project

Chad Lawhorn

Surely it has to be one of the nicer tractor paths in all of Douglas County. If you haven’t used the new Bob Billings Parkway and South Lawrence Trafficway interchange in west Lawrence, give it a try sometime. Be sure to go on the west side of the trafficway. You’ll ...

Auto dealer confirms expansion plans on south Iowa Street; new population numbers show Douglas County is definitely getting older

Chad Lawhorn

The south Iowa Street car dealers have figured it out. With a plethora of new drive-thru chicken restaurants opening along the corridor, it obviously is easier for me to buy a new vehicle than clear my cab of the hot sauce, chicken buckets and the industrial-strength barrel of degreaser. Indeed, ...

Local business adds minigolf course to offerings; funky art on tap for new Qdoba building

Chad Lawhorn

My scorecard and I have long thought the “mini” in minigolf has been a misnomer. (You’re telling me you’ve never taken a score of 12 strokes and three stitches on the windmill hole?) Regardless, the idea of putt-putt golf in Lawrence is one that has long intrigued but has been ...

New numbers show lack of racial diversity in Douglas County; minority numbers, though, are growing

Chad Lawhorn

No need to cover the furniture or get out the full body smock, but I am planning on painting by numbers. There are new Census numbers out that paint a picture of Douglas County’s diversity. Or perhaps better put, Douglas County’s lack of racial diversity. It has been the case ...

March 2015 fire ultimately causes downtown restaurant to close its doors; downtown beer venture closed as well

Chad Lawhorn

Even when I take a quick break from the office to stroll down Massachusetts Street, I get salsa on my tie. That’s how many Mexican restaurants there are in downtown. Sandwich crumbs in my whiskers? Absolutely. Sandwich shops are everywhere. There’s almost no shortage of any food type in downtown, ...

Another brewery planned for East Lawrence; new gallery and small scale retail also proposed as part of project

Chad Lawhorn

As if that beer can replica of the Egyptian pyramids in your garage wasn’t enough, there is now another sign that Lawrence is going crazy over beer. Plans have been filed for a new East Lawrence microbrewery that essentially would be next door to another microbrewery that is in the ...

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