Town Talk

Juice cafe with locally grown salad bar coming to downtown; Lawrence startup pitching Uber-like app for restaurants; update on rooftop dining

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe ramen noodles are the ultimate energy food, although that reopens the mystery about why I overslept for so many college classes. Regardless, the owners of Lawrence’s popular Ramen Bowls restaurant have plenty of energy, as evidenced by two ambitious projects: A new downtown eatery, and a tech startup that ...

Did the school district's 2013 bond issue stay within its budget? A look at what voters were told then and now

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to budgets, I know the one in my household works best when it is written in pencil. However, I’ve maybe picked up a few other pieces of budget knowledge over the years as I’ve covered a variety of governmental budgets in Douglas County. That’s why my curiosity ...

An old-fashioned food cart files plans to locate in East Lawrence; look for more activity on former Sunrise Garden site

Chad Lawhorn

You know it is a good time of year when there is talk of needing a wagon to hold all the food. That’s the case in East Lawrence right now. Plans have been filed to allow an old-fashioned produce wagon to set up shop in the neighborhood. The folks at ...

A cryo spa that hopes to freeze your pain away signs deal to come to west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

As I get older, I’m learning that the ice bag for aches and pains gets larger. Some people use their retirement nest eggs to buy a condo. I’ll use mine to buy a Hefty bag full of ice. Or maybe I won’t have to. A new business is coming to ...

Plans filed to build two new fraternity houses near KU campus; foreclosure completed on shopping center

Chad Lawhorn

Hearing that two new fraternity houses are being built in your neighborhood will wake you up quicker than an $8 cup of Starbucks. That’s indeed the case for one Lawrence neighborhood, but this neighborhood may not mind much. It already speaks Greek. Plans have been filed for about $2 million ...

Forbes magazine says Lawrence is one of the best places in the nation to retire; other surprising data about the city and its retirees

Chad Lawhorn

I thought for sure that when Forbes magazine released its list of best places to retire in 2017, it would keep it simple: The Trump cabinet. Fortunately for Lawrence, the magazine was more detailed. Lawrence has been named one of 25 communities on the Forbes list, which is one of ...

As Earth Day nears, new reports on how clean Lawrence's air is and how not green Kansas is

Chad Lawhorn

As someone who lives with a teenage boy, air quality is always on my mind. In our house, the main particulate we measure is Axe Body Spray. The rest of you may have air quality matters on your mind because Earth Day is approaching. Even if you don’t, I’ve got ...

An update on what may replace Lawrence's J.C. Penney when it closes; new commercial real estate brokerage opens

Chad Lawhorn

We are in wait-and-wonder mode when it comes to Lawrence’s J.C. Penney store. Many of us are waiting for the going-out-of-business sale and the deals that come with it. Those in the development world, though, are wondering about the future of one of south Iowa Street’s larger retail buildings. I ...

Kansas City company files plans to open bakery, restaurant in former Jayhawk Bookstore building

Chad Lawhorn

When I was at KU, I became an expert in Danish studies. There were cherry ones, there were lemon ones, and so many others that I should have gotten a diploma but instead just left with 20 extra pounds. Well, KU students may get a similar chance if a new ...

Pizza chain with lots of funky toppings plans to locate near KU's Memorial Stadium

Chad Lawhorn

As a child of the 1980s, I remember when pizza companies went crazy and started putting pineapple on pizzas. There was little doubt in my household that it was a sign of a Communist infiltration. Fortunately, the Communists have moved on to U.S. elections, so I have no reason to ...

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