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Runza closed for remodeling; Wicked Broadband co-owner files for seat on City Commission; local PAC has nearly $16K ahead of city elections

Chad Lawhorn

In 20-plus years of reporting in Douglas County, one thing I have learned about the public is they are very concerned about any threats to their cabbage-stuffed sandwiches. Over the last few days I started getting messages from people concerned that the Runza at 27th and Iowa streets — perhaps ...

Dale Willey Automotive strikes deal to expand on south Iowa Street; the case of the missing recycling carts; Sprouts update; new nonprofit launches seafood fundraiser

Chad Lawhorn

On a day so cold that my wife actually has consented to turn the thermostat up to 59 degrees and will allow me to shear an extra sheep for the kids, I do know of one place that is hot. South Iowa Street continues to be the hot spot for ...

Downtown hotel project to open within a matter of days; expect construction work to begin soon on major apartment complex; more City Commission candidate news

Chad Lawhorn

You won’t have to wait much longer to check out Lawrence’s newest hotel and major downtown development. The owner of the new Marriott TownPlace Suites at Ninth and New Hampshire streets has told me that the hotel will open sometime between Jan. 14 and Jan. 21. “We’re very excited,” said ...

Largest drinking establishment in the city goes up for sale; City Commission plans listening sessions about police headquarters

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s a little bit of Lawrence bar trivia you can use to perhaps win a few bucks while sitting on a bar stool: What is the largest drinking establishment in Lawrence? The Cave? Nope. Abe & Jake’s? Nope. It’s not the Granada, the Hawk or the Bottleneck either. The answer ...

Plans for artisan East Lawrence bakery moving ahead; city to take positions on Obamacare, gay marriage in legislative priorities statement

Chad Lawhorn

I suspect that as this new year begins, many of us are on a bread-and-water diet. Perhaps it is part of a New Year’s resolution, or maybe it is just more a necessity after realizing that — despite it being 98 percent off — buying $15,000 of "Frozen"-themed wrapping paper ...

RadioShack closes South Iowa Street store; pro-police HQ group spends about $24K in losing effort, opposition group about $500

Chad Lawhorn

There still may be a shack in my future. After all, these are the days when the mailman has to use a pack mule just to get the credit card statements to my front door. But one shack that is not in any of our futures is the RadioShack store ...

Lawrence-based Henry T's to open brewery; downtown craft beer retailer expands; New Hampshire Street fully open

Chad Lawhorn

We’re not yet Milwaukee — and why would we ever want to be St. Louis with that baseball team that didn’t even make the World Series this year? — but Lawrence is becoming quite a brewery town. The Lawrence-based restaurant Henry T’s has confirmed it has bought an eastern Lawrence ...

Latest report shows Lawrence retail sales on pace to finish strong in 2014

Chad Lawhorn

The shopping season got started early for some. The latest retail report shows that from mid-September to mid-October Lawrence consumers increased their spending nearly 13 percent from the same time period a year ago. At least that is one explanation for the large increase, although it doesn’t explain why approximately ...

Downtown retailer of 33 years to close shop; Chamber stoking speculation that major job announcement coming; update on large apartment project

Chad Lawhorn

With this being Lawrence, we obviously all have special wings of our homes to house our collections of Jayhawk apparel, but soon we’ll no longer have one longtime Jayhawk retailer to help us fill those aircraft hangar-like rooms. The owners of Jayhawk Spirit, 935 Massachusetts St., have announced they have ...

Lawrence found to lag behind Manhattan in college community ranking; City Hall and the land of meetings; butcher shop expanding

Chad Lawhorn

It almost should go without saying that Lawrence is the top college community in the region. Just walk through the Oread neighborhood on any Friday and Saturday night and partake in the abundant school spirit. Lawrence is at least the top college town in Kansas. Well, a new ranking says ...

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