Town Talk

Why in Kansas I get a better deal on taxes by buying beer instead of bread

Chad Lawhorn

The things I’ll do for this job. Last night, I bought a six-pack of beer in the name of journalism. Before the folks from accounting come and revoke my expense account, let me explain. The idea of [reducing the sales tax charged on groceries has been brought up recently][1] in ...

New furniture store opens in downtown Lawrence; Lecompton a finalist for best small town in Kansas

Chad Lawhorn

An organic mattress? Maybe my wife will put it in a salad, and maybe it won’t taste any worse than some of the other unfamiliar ingredients she makes me try. Or maybe organic mattresses are the next thing to take off in Lawrence’s vibrant organic movement. A furniture store has ...

New Middle Eastern cafe set to open in Lawrence; a look at street parties and other events slated for downtown and surrounding area

Chad Lawhorn

I’ll admit names that involve geography sometimes get me confused. For instance, my trip to Austin, Texas, to steal the mascot of Austin Peay university has really left me scratching my head. (I won’t even attempt to explain the confusion the rest of their name caused.) But I’m not confused ...

Questions and concerns about the Douglas County Sheriff's Office withholding mugshot photos of crime suspects

Chad Lawhorn

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes they’re worth a few questions too — especially when the photo is a mugshot from the Douglas County Jail. Apologies to those of you who tuned into Town Talk for the latest information on business happenings, development talk, ...

Price Chopper looking at bringing grocery store to Lawrence; potential issues facing a downtown grocery store

Chad Lawhorn

It has been clear for awhile now that a downtown grocery store at the former Borders site at Seventh and New Hampshire would be a big deal. After all, it would put a food bar that charges by the pound just feet away from my office. But now there are ...

An update on work to bring a new Hilton hotel to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A multimillion dollar remodeling project that involves making space for more fresh-baked cookies: Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with tales from my kitchen remodeling project. But I do have news about the major renovation underway at the former Holiday Inn at 200 McDonald Drive. The Holiday Inn ...

New study says Lawrence below average in managing money, above average in mortgage debt; local home sales off to sluggish start

Chad Lawhorn

If I weren’t so busy gold-plating random items in my house, I would take offense at a finding of a new study: Lawrence residents are below-average at managing their money. The financial website WalletHub ranks Lawrence 1,505th out of about 2,500 U.S. communities in its 2016 study titled [Best and ...

Is Lawrence set to rethink the use of bike lanes on city streets; $50,000 feasibility study of bike sharing program planned

Chad Lawhorn

In case you haven’t noticed, biking in Lawrence is a big deal. We have a bike repair station outside City Hall, we soon will have bike parking corrals on Massachusetts Street, and most public buildings have those fancy bike paddles in their lobby. (I think that is what they are ...

New brunch spot opens in downtown; longtime Mexican restaurant closes

Chad Lawhorn

Brunch is no longer just for those people who sleep through breakfast. Several downtown restaurants are offering the option on weekends, and now a downtown bar is getting in on the act too. As I briefly mentioned yesterday, I heard that the speakeasy bar John Brown Underground was planning to ...

Downtown breakfast spot closes; south Lawrence hamburger chain shuts down

Chad Lawhorn

I remember when the biggest waffle problem in my life was when my kids and I would wake up my wife with our breakfast arguments that always devolved to shouting matches of “Leggo my Eggo!” Now, there’s this: The downtown breakfast shop The Waffle Iron has unexpectedly closed. The restaurant ...

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