Town Talk

Lawrence home sales slide in June; local aviation company strikes deal with Chinese firm

Chad Lawhorn

June is often a month where you find yourself looking for a new home. Maybe it is a change in jobs. You’re taking advantage of the kids being out of school. The disaster recovery company wasn’t able to clean up your Memorial Day party after all. There are lots of ...

East Lawrence set to get new restaurant serving food from one of the world's great melting pots

Chad Lawhorn

A new Lawrence restaurant is opening in a spot that is not quite in downtown and not quite in East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District. It is caught in between, and it will serve food from a land that knows a thing or two about that: Israel. The folks who own ...

Once popular restaurant chain closes west Lawrence location; more reasons to keep an eye on Lawrence's Kmart distribution center

Chad Lawhorn

America’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill is now in one less Lawrence neighborhood. Applebee’s has closed one of its two Lawrence locations. The Applebee’s at Sixth and Monterey Way — in the shopping center that houses Hy-Vee — closed on Wednesday, and crews were taking the signs down on Thursday. A ...

New pizza chain set to open in mid-August; barbecue chain closes its lone Lawrence location

Chad Lawhorn

I’m confident there is going to be a turnaround this season in the fortunes of KU football. Why? No, it is not the new offensive coordinator. No, it is not better players. It will be something much more fundamental than that: tater tot pizza. All of it you could ever ...

Five ways parking in downtown Lawrence may soon change. Spoiler: It involves your wallet.

Chad Lawhorn

The annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is set for Thursday, which means you should plan on temperatures being approximately equal to those on the surface of the sun, and you should start developing your parking strategy now. (Note: Driving down Massachusetts Street at 1 mile per hour while looking for ...

LMH completes deal to buy one of the largest doctor groups in Lawrence; talk of more health care shakeups continues

Chad Lawhorn

There is a new trend in the Lawrence medical industry, and thankfully this one doesn’t involve a doctor trying to convince me that Doritos — hello, they’re corn — aren’t part of the vegetable group. Instead, it involves independently owned doctors’ offices being bought by hospitals. The latest deal involves ...

A look at a new downtown shop that will sell you jewelry, candles and point you to the man with the straight-blade razor

Chad Lawhorn

When Nicole Manriquez thought about a name for her new downtown store, “Eclectic Magnificent Unique Unicorn” came to mind. In other words a shop full of items unique even by unicorn standards. But it would take an awful big window to house that sign, so she and the owners came ...

Look at the major facelift on tap for a large downtown building; an update on efforts to add rooftop dining to downtown's mix

Chad Lawhorn

I once went to a costume party without knowing it was a costume party. The other guests spent all night trying to figure out what 1980s character I was. I wonder if the large building on the southeast corner of 10th and Massachusetts streets feels a bit like that. The ...

As 30th anniversary nears, a new chapter for The Raven bookstore in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The Raven bookstore is like a hero in a bad action novel. It just won’t die. First, Borders —a corporate bookstore chain that came to downtown Lawrence in the late ’90s — was supposed to kill the independent Raven at 6 E. Seventh St. Instead, plot twist. Bankruptcy for Borders. ...

A look at how the city got an unexpected $1.4 million and why it will spend it rather than cut taxes

Chad Lawhorn

It is like finding a dollar on the sidewalk — except instead of one dollar there are 1.4 million of them. That is kind of the situation the city of Lawrence has found itself in. When you find a dollar on the sidewalk, you have a decision to make. Do ...

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