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Topeka-based financial services company moving headquarters to west Lawrence; city moving ahead with ice rink; new affordable housing coalition forms

Chad Lawhorn

I've gotten word that a Topeka-based financial services company is moving its corporate offices and about 35 well-paying jobs to Lawrence. Personalized Brokerage Services is moving into about 8,000 square feet of space at the Wakarusa Corporate Centre near 18th and Wakarusa Drive in west Lawrence. Renovation of the space ...

Latest retail sales numbers post big gains in Lawrence and across the state

Chad Lawhorn

Please pardon the smoke trail that seems to be following me. That's just residue from the very warm credit card in my wallet. There are new numbers out that suggest many of us are dealing with that issue these days. The latest numbers from the state of Kansas show that ...

Bakery planned at 19th and Barker; KU moving ahead on intergenerational neighborhood; city handing out grants

Chad Lawhorn

I don't know about you, but I would rather eat bread than do laundry, which explains why an increasing number of my pants have broken elastic waistbands and have to be stored in a garden shed downwind from the house. But if you are like me in this regard, there ...

Burger King promises it still has plans to reopen on Sixth Street; homeless shelter seeks winter expansion

Chad Lawhorn

A scepter just doesn't get you as far in this town as it used to. The King — the Burger King, that is — is finding that out. I know many of you are wondering whether the Burger King at 1107 W. Sixth St. is ever going to reopen following ...

Philly cheesesteak street vendor coming to downtown Lawrence; Cork & Barrel hosting new charity wine event

Chad Lawhorn

Soon, you'll once again be able to call me a whiz kid. You'll have the opportunity while I'm standing along a Massachusetts Street sidewalk pouring Cheez Whiz directly down my gullet. Yes, downtown Lawrence is getting a new street cart vendor. Goodness Steaks will be serving classic Philly cheesesteaks from ...

Tensions between city and county flare at Tuesday night's meeting; city won't inspect school district building projects

Chad Lawhorn

You know at a family reunion how your cousin throws a chair at you because of a dispute over the last deviled egg? I knew you did. Well, the Lawrence City Commission meeting on Tuesday kind of had that feel to it. Certainly no chairs were thrown, but there was ...

City set to approve plans for new West Lawrence grocery store; county and school district ask for more than $500k in fee waivers from city

Chad Lawhorn

In the future, please pay no mind to the woman at the intersection of Sixth and Wakarusa pushing a filing cabinet on wheels and muttering about 5 cents off yogurt cups. That will be my wife with her grocery coupons, and you really can't blame her for appearing a bit ...

Saints Pub + Patio closes near 23rd and Iowa as speculation heats up that 810 Zone set to take the space

Chad Lawhorn

Get out that giant foam finger, the crimson and blue body paint, and all the other accessories required to be a self-respecting patron of a sports bar. The speculation is certainly heating up that one of Kansas City's larger sports bar chains is coming to Lawrence. [As we reported last ...

Housing and self-storage units planned for area north of Rock Chalk Park; city to host budget sessions next week

Chad Lawhorn

Plans for a major new residential area north of Rock Chalk Park are in the works, and the first signs of commercial development near the sports complex also are showing up at City Hall. But the commercial plans may not be what you expect. Plans have been filed for about ...

New East Lawrence coffee shop opens; annual report shows homeless shelter served more than 800 in 2013

Chad Lawhorn

Oh my, if you thought East Lawrence was funky already, just wait until you see it after it has had a double espresso. [We reported in February][1] that plans were in the works for a new coffee shop in the heart of East Lawrence, and now they've become reality. Decade ...

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