Town Talk

Plans moving ahead for North Lawrence concert, event venue; business owner opens spot for small businesses to meet for free

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe you are still recovering from your Super Bowl party. I know my arteries still burn from the wing sauce, my dog still regrets eating the leftover bacon cheese dip, and the Australian prime minister is still exasperated that whatever caused Lady Gaga to disappear can’t be used to end ...

New report shows Lawrence consumers were spending freely during holiday shopping season

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it was shoppers buying an extra large Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe it was voters buying post-election migraine medicine, or maybe it was prescient Atlanta Falcons fans buying choke collars. Whatever the case, Lawrence shoppers appeared to be big spenders during the early holiday shopping season, a new report from the ...

Zaxby's announces opening date for west Lawrence restaurant; update on downtown chicken restaurant

Chad Lawhorn

I promise, at some point I’ll quit writing about fried chicken restaurants. (The grease on my fingers will make it too difficult to type.) But more fried chicken restaurants keep opening in town, and the subject continues to be one I get asked about a lot. So, I have news ...

Final numbers in for city's record-setting apartment building boom; a look at the $1 million-plus projects in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

We already have reported it has been a record-setting year for apartment construction. By the end of September Lawrence builders already had constructed more apartments than in any year in the city’s history. But perhaps you are asking: What ended up being the grand total of apartments built in Lawrence ...

An update on what is going in the old M&M Office Supply building in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Effects of KU’s construction boom soon may become a little more evident on downtown’s Massachusetts Street. No, construction crews still seem disinclined to let me take a bulldozer for a spin, but you should look for a new high-profile office of an engineering firm that is expanding, in part, because ...

The confusing speed limit situation on the eastern edge of Lawrence, and whether it is set to change

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you are thinking the city of Lawrence has a secret plan to deal with the feared fiscal problems that await once a new property tax lid and other state budget woes filter down to City Hall. The plan: a speed trap on the section of 23rd Street just east ...

Shop that sells quick, healthy food coming to west Lawrence; update on Blue Moose Bar & Grill; Lawrence to be on Fox Business Network tonight

Chad Lawhorn

There is a new menu item coming to Lawrence called “Look Good Naked Smart Chicken.” No, the battle between the plethora of Lawrence fried chicken restaurants hasn’t devolved into a clothing-optional battle (never a good idea around a fryer). Instead, there is a new business coming to west Lawrence that ...

New FM radio station set to launch in Lawrence next week

Chad Lawhorn

If you have done contortionist acts with a coat hanger in one hand and a radio dial in the other, you may be an AM radio listener. (If you're not, I'm really curious what you are doing.) Well, there’s news on that front. One of Lawrence’s AM stations is expanding ...

A talk with the newest Douglas County commissioner about the timing of jail expansion election, and how voters may be inundated with ballot questions in 2017

Chad Lawhorn

Surely you all have started to have election withdrawal by now. The symptoms include a smile on your face and giddiness. Well, fear not, 2017 is going to have plenty of local elections. In fact, in some ways, it may have too many. As part of my series of conversations ...

HERE apartment complex near KU lands first two commercial tenants; more on the way

Chad Lawhorn

When I was in college, pizza, beer and abacus stores were the most likely type of businesses to locate next to the KU campus. In a sign of changing times, I’ve gotten word that the first two tenants in a new retail development next to KU will be an international ...

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