Town Talk

Speculation grows that Sam's Club wants to locate in new shopping center south of SLT

Chad Lawhorn

I know we’re all busy wearing 1985 sports memorabilia, urging our mullets to return, and watching baseball on a 25-inch Zenith TV to recreate the environment of the last time the Kansas City Royals went to that big event that rhymes with Hurled Theories. (No true Royals fan should yet ...

Apartments winning out over single-family homes, report shows; city delays vote on HERE proposal; another project to reduce traffic flow on Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

I thought this year was going to be the year. (No, not the year that the Coach purse store released the lien from the house. A snazzy red “fall” purse ended that dream recently.) I’m talking about the year that Lawrence builders actually build more single-family homes than apartments. It ...

The Mattress Hub coming to 23rd Street; more talk of major manufacturer eyeing Lawrence; city set to give more time to ride-sharing pilot project

Chad Lawhorn

Hopefully The Mattress Hub has all of its display models encased in those plastic slip covers. The Wichita-based chain is indeed the mattress retailer that is locating in the same 23rd Street building that houses Hog Wild Pit BBQ, and I’ve learned the hard way that pulled pork in bed ...

City staff recommends approval of reduced parking for apartments near KU; more details on Delaware Tribe proposal; part of New Hampshire may close for two years

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will be a bit like me at a Western Sizzlin’ buffet. There are a lot of meaty issues to tackle. So let’s get right to it. Here’s a summary of what’s on tap: **• Apartment parking**. The proposed $75 million, seven-story apartment/retail ...

Internet start-up company opening office in downtown Lawrence; city to again debate parking exemption for apartment complex near KU; city sets ribbon-cutting date for VenturePark

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a new company in downtown called DriverDo, which in eclectic downtown Lawrence could lead to an interesting game of fill in the blank. DriverDo honk for hemp. DriverDo avoid that herd of zombies. DriverDo back the U-Haul up to the shoe store and start loading. (Maybe that one is ...

Famous Dave's closes Lawrence restaurant; all hail to the sweet potato

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but we’re knee-deep in barbecue sauce, and I’m not just talking about the unfortunate incident with the industrial-size pressure cooker in my kitchen. I’m talking about the flood of barbecue restaurants opening in Lawrence. Now we are seeing the flip side of that equation, as one ...

Topeka-based credit union buys bank branch in West Lawrence; city set to approve permit for $65 million sewer plant

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence banking industry has become something like a college class reunion: Names tags are needed, and it would be helpful if I had a list of who I still owe money to. We’ve already [reported on several name changes][1] on the Lawrence banking scene, but add one more new ...

Proposed pilot project for super-fast Internet service shrinks; Baldwin City company making stronger push to bring gigabit service to Lawrence; downtown retailer closes

Chad Lawhorn

East Lawrence residents may want to momentarily put on hold their plans to become rich using super-fast Internet connections at their homes. (Yes, this may affect your plans to sell online all those tie-dyed Kansas City Royals T-shirts you made this weekend.) A pilot project to bring gigabit Internet service ...

British restaurant opens on south Massachusetts Street; west Lawrence retirement center plans expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready for a British invasion at Lawrence’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post. No, that guy behind the bar really isn’t Ringo, and that’s not a cricket game that has broken out near the jukebox. But indeed you now can get some British fare at the VFW. The former downtown ...

Plans for downtown grocery store at former Borders site hit a snag; Just Food celebrates 5-year anniversary; WOW announces another plan to boost Internet speeds

Chad Lawhorn

Forget about the hundreds of zombies that will roam downtown Lawrence on Thursday night. (It is the zombie walk, not Royals fans still comatose from Tuesday’s late game.) The really scary sight in downtown Lawrence is the new Halloween store in the former Borders bookstore at Seventh and New Hampshire ...

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