Town Talk

Home prices continue to soar in Lawrence; will property tax values do the same?

I’m sure my home once increased 15 percent in value — when I moved my art collection of dogs shooting pool from the bank vault to the basement. But a new report shows that even without that type of event, Lawrence home prices are soaring. The latest report from the Lawrence Board of ...

Sales growth in Lawrence continues to slow and to lag behind area communities

I know May used to produce lots of big spending in Lawrence, just with the graduation parties alone. (Mine was a huge surprise party, as in everyone was surprised the envelope actually contained a diploma.) Maybe graduation parties aren’t what they used to be. Regardless, something caused May ...

Longtime downtown retailer to close in favor of online, pop-up stores

The “pop-up” trend that I’ve long been a fan of involves my toaster and a case of Pop Tarts. But in the retail world, the trend is “pop-up stores,” and it isn’t always as satisfying. Case in point: One of downtown Lawrence’s longest running retailers is closing its doors in favor ...

As 2-year anniversary nears, East Lawrence’s Bon Bon! eyes expansion

The popular East Lawrence bistro Bon Bon! can be a bit Brr, Brr during the winter. That’s a prime reason the restaurant has filed expansion plans that include a new kitchen and a new enclosed seating area. The restaurant at 804 Pennsylvania St. currently uses as its kitchen a food truck ...

Old Applebee’s building being demolished; car wash set to take its place

I don’t know if it is true that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but I can attest that an Applebee’s falls wherever the big backhoe tells it to. Motorists in west Lawrence this morning are noticing that the former Applebee’s at Sixth and Monterey Way is being torn down. No, ...

Growing bank files plans to take over former convenience store location

A bank inside a convenience store always worried me. A line of credit and Slim Jims in the same spot could ruin me. But now I have word of a bank that is completely taking over a convenience store location. Plans have been filed by RCB Bank to take over the vacant gas station/convenience ...

Longtime laundromat to become a restaurant; 55-year-old 23rd Street shop to close

I’ve been wearing my Magnum P.I. shirt and doing a little investigating. What I’ve learned so far is if I ever decide to wash the beautiful garment, I’ll have one less place to do so. Plans have been filed for a restaurant to take over one of Lawrence’s oldest laundromat locations. And, ...

Long vacant building on 23rd Street to become home for dog day care

In the battle between dogs and postal workers, chalk up a victory for the canines. Plans have been filed for a former Lawrence post office building to be converted into a resort for dogs. Woof’s Play Stay Grooming has filed plans with City Hall to move into the building at 1519 W. 23rd St. ...

Chain steakhouse on south Iowa Street closes

I guess “don’t mess with Texas” is a truism — at least more so than “mess with the bull, get the horns.” What am I doing, other than perhaps confusing you into thinking you should poke a bull? I’m trying to tell you that in the battle between the steakhouse chains Texas Roadhouse ...

Work underway to make old lumberyard into brewery, pizza place

All Lawrence is missing is a Tom T. Hall statue, and an order proclaiming his song “I Like Beer” as the town’s anthem. (If you aren’t a 1970s country music fan, you are missing out on Hall — and belt buckles that double as dinner plates.) All this is to say that Lawrence, indeed, is ...

West Lawrence grocery gets new tech that lets people largely skip checkout lines

Grocery shopping is becoming high-tech, and a west Lawrence store is on the cutting edge of it. The Dillons store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive has become just the fourth store in the Dillons chain to allow customers to use new handheld technology that allows them to scan the prices of ...

Scenes from downtown Lawrence’s sidewalk sale, including hemp and poetry

Hemp and poetry is a winning combination at today’s Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. There are many days that a slight variation of that combination is on display in downtown. But let’s not go there. Instead, let’s do some news and notes from today’s 59th annual sidewalk extravaganza. ...

Coffee, beer and music come together at new Iowa Street pub

Maybe Lawrence businessman Shaun Trenholm has come up with the next great political slogan, courtesy of his new business Shaun & Sons Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse. “Our slogan is 'It takes a pub in every village,'” Trenholm said. (I know some politicians who are willing to do the ...

Discount tool retailer plans to open store on 23rd Street

I frequently speculate about tools. (Surely these wire cutters are insulated against electrical shocks.) Well, I actually can report on some tool speculation that has turned out better. Over the past couple of months, I’ve speculated that the tool retailer Harbor Freight was coming to ...

Preservation group strikes deal to buy property near downtown

Here’s your chance to own a house that is next door to a property known for beer drinking and gymnastics. Sure, there probably are plenty of chances to buy such a house in certain Lawrence neighborhoods, but this one is unique nonetheless. The Lawrence Preservation Alliance has struck a ...

Lawrence is the site of country music superstar art, thanks to local artist

Lawrence and its famed crop artist Stan Herd are back in the news, and this time with a bit of a country twang. Country music stars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Kelsea Ballerini this week all posted mysterious images of crop art portraits of themselves but provided no other information about ...