Town Talk

Retail spending totals in the city fall during October, but still up slightly for 2013

Chad Lawhorn

The up and down trend of retail spending in Lawrence is continuing. The latest sales tax report out of Lawrence City Hall shows retail spending for the period of mid-August to mid-September, about the time students returned to campus, was down about 1.6 percent compared to the same period a ...

New Lawrence catering company hopes to introduce city to Beaujolais Nouveau and other specialty events

Chad Lawhorn

You have to give the French credit where credit is due. When it comes to finding an excuse to throw a party, they don't just settle for the traditional options of birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and such. No, they also keep track of liquor distribution dates and throw parties based off ...

Store that specializes in e-cigarettes opens on 23rd Street; update on Menards project

Chad Lawhorn

I'm not a smoker, and as my struggles to operate my VCR remote demonstrate, I'm not always a whiz with electronic gizmos either. So, although I have heard of electronic cigarettes, I figured they weren't for me. Jack Tran, owner of a new Lawrence store that specializes in selling e-cigarettes, ...

Eco-devo leaders hope to capitalize on KU-Duke game

Chad Lawhorn

I'm sure Kansas University basketball standout Andrew Wiggins reads this column, so I wanted to make sure I got this bit of information in before tomorrow's tilt with Duke at the Champions Classic in Chicago. Wiggie, as you know from talking with the local media, KU fans are doing a ...

Efforts to start community radio station get boost with deal to locate antenna in North Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence, get your best Wolfman Jack voice warmed up. It is beginning to look more likely that Lawrence once again will have a nonprofit community radio station where local residents can try their hand at the broadcasting business. [As we reported back in June][1], a group was in the early ...

Engineers propose roundabout for Wakarusa Drive; new details on plan to bring Google-like fiber project to downtown, East Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Let's get ready to go round and round. City engineers are proposing a large, multilane roundabout for one of the busier streets in Lawrence. City commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday will be briefed on a proposal to build a dual-lane roundabout at Wakarusa Drive and Legends Drive, which is ...

Old BP gas station near Ninth and Iowa to become Sandbar sub shop; 2006 gas leak may be creating new concerns

Chad Lawhorn

The dry cleaner who launders my ties is probably out shopping for a new sports car today. Soon there will be another drive-thru restaurant where I can get biscuits and gravy, and anyone who has seen me try to safely drive the F-150, eat biscuits and gravy, and keep my ...

Specialty butcher shop files plans to open at 19th and Massachusetts

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready for some charcuterie. I hear they're real good on the grill. My Louisiana cousin, Tex (geography is not his strong suit) and I are set to go hunt some down by the river. What's that? I don't know what charcuterie is? Well, that may be, but I'm learning, ...

Development group seeking to create major retail area south of South Lawrence Trafficway

Chad Lawhorn

My credit card isn't the only thing warm on South Iowa Street these days. (Halloween candy on credit: That's a good financial strategy, isn't it?) The commercial real estate market is heating up on Lawrence's major commercial corridor as well. The Menards project in the former Gaslight Mobile Home Village ...

Compton confirms deal to redevelop Allen Press property at 11th and Mass.; Lawrence home sales fall in September

Chad Lawhorn

One of downtown Lawrence's more prominent corners may be set to change. Doug Compton this morning confirmed that he's reached a tentative agreement to develop the old Allen Press property at 11th and Massachusetts streets with a multistory apartment and retail building. The talk confirms speculation that has been running ...

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