Town Talk

Topeka-based bank opening branch in downtown Lawrence; city's rental inspection program operating at a deficit, but finding lots of violations

Chad Lawhorn

I know I’ve tagged along on a few downtown shopping trips where it would be useful to have a bank on every block. Well, we’re getting a bit closer to that in downtown Lawrence. A Topeka-based bank is opening its first Lawrence branch, and it has chosen a Massachusetts Street ...

Lawrence industrial plant files plans for expansion; Lawrence No. 2 in the country for new college graduates, despite economy questions

Chad Lawhorn

There is a theory that cardboard boxes are a bellwether of the economy. Indeed, there was that time we had lots of boxes on Christmas morning, and then I briefly ended up living in a box after the credit card statement arrived. But today I have news of a more ...

Another Lawrence hotel undergoes major renovation; technical training center completes expansion

Chad Lawhorn

It is a big weekend for Lawrence hotels, and it sure looks like it is going to be a big year of change for the hotel industry. Yet another Lawrence hotel is undergoing a complete facelift and renovation. The big weekend, of course, is KU’s graduation ceremony on Sunday. My ...

Downtown restaurant owners to open bistro in East Lawrence; city named one of best small college towns in America

Chad Lawhorn

Even though plans for my Magnum P.I. mustache got vetoed, I’m still working to solve the mystery of a new bistro that is now under construction in East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District. Here are two new clues: The project involves a 33-foot long food truck and the owners of downtown ...

Lawrence sales tax collections post big gains; numbers suggest new Menards may be adding big totals to city; fast food chain reopens on 23rd

Chad Lawhorn

There are new sales tax figures out that will make you wonder whether my wife finally gave me the PIN code for the ATM at the bank. Yes, for the second month in a row, retail sales totals in Lawrence have grown dramatically. Lawrence sales tax collections grew by 8.4 ...

Plans filed for major mental health facility in eastern Lawrence; businesses fill new Warehouse Arts District building; work begins on new bistro

Chad Lawhorn

While government officials continue to work on plans for a multimillion dollar mental health crisis intervention center, a private company has filed plans for a major new mental health center that will be based in eastern Lawrence. A private company that operates an inpatient mental health hospital in Olathe has ...

More details on Briggs Auto expansion on south Iowa; nonprofits, eco devo groups facing new funding rules from City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

I’m not exactly sure what a “reconditioning facility” is, other than my wife says she’ll pay for me to go to one to see about my unibrow. Regardless, Briggs Automotive has filed plans to build a new reconditioning facility along south Iowa Street, and it may end up being the ...

Update on Texas Roadhouse, Planet Fitness and other south Iowa Street projects

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you are like me and the last few summers of roadwork have conditioned you to travel south Iowa Street only by drone. Well, if you haven’t been on the busy street for awhile, there are lots of changes happening along the roadway. We’ve reported on the projects in the ...

Spending outpaces revenues for key City Hall fund in 2015, and is projected to do so in 2016; city's hotel tax sees big growth

Chad Lawhorn

Unlike in Topeka, there have not been late-night meetings, tossing the legislative couch cushions for loose change, manipulation of voodoo dolls or other such generally accepted state governmental accounting practices going on at Lawrence City Hall. Nonetheless, there is some interesting City Hall budget news to report: There was some ...

Plans filed for new microbrewery, food truck venture in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Craft brewing operations have been known to take over a garage. (No, the scientists in the funny suits still haven’t determined why the paint is peeling off my F-150.) But now there are plans for a craft brewing operation to take over an entire lumberyard. Plans have been filed for ...

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