Town Talk

Hostel and banquet hall proposed for site near North Lawrence; updates on Menards and other commercial real estate sales

Chad Lawhorn

A little bit of Europe may be coming to rural Lawrence. My wife is rooting for a Cadillac-sized chunk of Swiss chocolate. I'm rooting for a meet and greet with the women's Swiss ski team. (Big fan of skiing.) But some of you are rooting for the European idea of ...

Yellow Deli hoping to bring sandwiches and 'fruit of the spirit' to downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe some of you have seen the signs advertising a new deli coming to the 600 block of Vermont Street in downtown Lawrence. Maybe some of you even know the backstory. It certainly is an old one — like about 2,000 years old. Plans call for the Yellow Deli to ...

Signs indicate Freebirds Burrito has closed downtown Lawrence location; new plan emerges for affordable housing near 23rd and O'Connell

Chad Lawhorn

The free bird has perhaps decided to fly away. There's a new sign hanging from the window of the Freebirds World Burrito in downtown Lawrence that indicates the restaurant has closed. The sign came to my attention yesterday, and I've been trying to get in touch with the restaurant's spokeswoman ...

South Lawrence warehouse converted to indoor baseball and softball training center

Chad Lawhorn

Ah, I can almost feel the sun's rays now: The crack of the bat, the pop of the catcher's mitt, sunflower seed spittle on my shirt, peanut shells in my shoes. All I need now is a good chance at a foul ball and some needle and thread to reattach ...

Group raises $55k in private funds for trail project; retirement center in northwest Lawrence set for final approval

Chad Lawhorn

Get your hiking boots laced up and start hoping for warmer weather — or heavier long johns. Either way, it really is looking like Lawrence is going to have a new nature park and hiking trail. Officials with the Lawrence nonprofit group Outside for a Better Inside have announced they've ...

Breakfast restaurant The Big Biscuit to open near Sixth and Wakarusa; Spangles closes its lone Lawrence location

Chad Lawhorn

We're just two days into 2014, and already this new year is conspiring against my utter devotion to high fashion. Signs have emerged that the popular breakfast eatery The Big Biscuit will be opening a restaurant near Sixth and Wakarusa. That's of course a major fashion story in my household ...

East Lawrence's Sunrise Garden Center set to close doors; Lawrence home building up nearly 30 percent for year

Chad Lawhorn

The sun is setting on the longtime East Lawrence business Sunrise Garden Center. Owner Greg McDonald told me that the business' last day of operation is planned to be Christmas Eve. [As we reported in June,][1] McDonald put the business and its 3.5 acres at 15th and New York streets ...

Group wins grant for new city nature park trail; Lawrence home sales top the 1,000 mark for year

Chad Lawhorn

A new Lawrence park and a new Lawrence trail are beginning to look more likely all the time. A grant totaling up to $55,000 has been awarded to the local nonprofit group Outside for a Better Inside, group founder John McGrew has told me. The grant, from the Topeka-based Sunflower ...

Downtown ice rink possible; city's retail sales fall for third time in four months

Chad Lawhorn

Here in another couple of months, my household will be in full Winter Olympics mode. That will mean several things: Jokes about communists (the games are in Russia this year); spontaneous performances of the Olympic theme song, complete with cymbals, by my wife; and whether I like it or not, ...

Go-Karts, batting cages, mini-golf planned for new West Lawrence Family Fun Center; new info on high-speed Internet plans

Chad Lawhorn

I need to find my Mario Andretti sunglasses, my Chi Chi Rodriguez slacks and my Alex Rodriguez cologne ASAP. There are plans for a new West Lawrence development that includes electric go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, and even mini-bowling. (I'm not sure what I'm supposed to wear for mini-bowling, but ...

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