Town Talk

New downtown shop with Kansas and Lawrence apparel opens; new art space along Mass Street; sandwich chain opens on 23rd

Chad Lawhorn

There are reasons unrelated to a Jayhawk to show your Kansas pride: It is a natural segue to talk about the Wizard of Oz, it gives people from the coasts an opportunity to tell us how beautiful the state was when they flew over it, and, of course, it is ...

A conversation with Lawrence's tourism leader; city set to give $150K to local events; advocate selling KU basketball tickets for affordable housing cause

Chad Lawhorn

When about 1,000 clarinetists descended upon Lawrence this summer for ClarinetFest 2016, they left more than $800,000 in the Lawrence economy. When Lawrence CVB director Michael Davidson told me that figure, my first thought was I knew I should have followed through on that vision of opening a store that ...

Unique downtown Lawrence retailer to close by end of January; sporting goods store may be on the move

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to the idea of “nonprofit,” I have always found the “non” is the easiest part of that equation. A unique nonprofit retailer in downtown Lawrence indeed has found the “profit” is hard to come by, and is closing by the end of January. The retailer Ten Thousand ...

One of Lawrence's longtime Mexican restaurants to close at the end of the month

Chad Lawhorn

Yes, those may be tears of salsa running down the cheeks of downtown Lawrence diners. Word came out this afternoon that La Familia Cafe, the longtime Mexican restaurant at 733 New Hampshire St., is closing. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page announced that the restaurant won’t have its lease ...

Lawrence shoppers slow spending pace a bit, but city still hottest retail market in the state; where Lawrence ranks as a great college town

Chad Lawhorn

It is a little early yet for data to show how retail spending is going this holiday season in Lawrence. But my family’s credit card statement must be encouraging. President-elect Trump somehow saw it and tried to appoint me Secretary of Commerce. All this is to say I have the ...

More information about the group behind the proposal to build large whitewater rafting, outdoor adventure park at Clinton Lake State Park

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve been getting questions about whitewater rafting, and for once, they don’t involve the phrase “can you swim to the lifeline?” No, this is about a 1,500-acre outdoor recreation facility that would feature a man-made whitewater rafting course, kayaking, zip lines and other outdoor activities at Clinton Lake State Park. ...

Douglas County visitor spending grows to $244 million; a look at how Lawrence compares to state's top tourism spots

Chad Lawhorn

With the polar vortex arriving, the top tourist attraction in Douglas County may be watching me jump-start my electric long johns. But most times of the year there is far more than that on the local tourism front, and a new report shows the industry has been growing. The Lawrence ...

A law that would make the city's incentive process more transparent; trying to figure out the City Commission's new take on incentives

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve never been exactly sure what “deck the halls” means, which became abundantly clear with that unfortunate incident in study hall. So, I think I’ll just stick with passing along some notes from City Hall. • City commissioners on Tuesday approved the city's legislative priorities statement for the upcoming year. ...

Mediterranean grill coming to 23rd Street; west Lawrence deli closes

Chad Lawhorn

Marwan Chebaro thinks the future of gas stations is food, and he’s set to test it out in Lawrence. ( I once thought that too, but then changed course after realizing a Slim Jim diet really wasn’t the weight loss plan its name suggests.) Don’t worry, though, Chebaro has a ...

Report shows Lawrence sets new record for apartment construction; more than 1,000 apartment units set to open in city

Chad Lawhorn

The boom you heard in September was Lawrence exploding with new apartments. We have been reporting all year about new apartment construction in Lawrence, but a new report from City Hall delivers a nice, easy to understand number: For the first time in its history, Lawrence has built more than ...

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