Town Talk

New wireless phone and tablet store open on Massachusetts Street; John Brown to make return to downtown?

Chad Lawhorn

Sure, there are still all the usual things you can do in downtown Lawrence after having a nice dinner. You can take a leisurely stroll down Massachusetts Street. You can have a cupcake, or two, at one of the many such shops. You can get four or five dips of ...

The first neighborly dispute between Menards and Home Depot; city set to increase water and sewer rates

Chad Lawhorn

Don't get your tool belt all in a bunch. The proposed Menards store near 31st and Iowa streets indeed is still on track to happen, even though it has been a year since the project was approved and construction still hasn't begun. I know the delay has some of you ...

Deep-dish pizza and funky old photos featured at new west Lawrence sports bar; city receives update on difficulties of fireworks ban; downtown parking changes on tap

Chad Lawhorn

There is a new player in the Lawrence pizza battle, and consider this one an offensive lineman version. [As we told you a couple months ago][1], former KU football player and current broadcaster David Lawrence was teaming up with longtime 23rd Street Brewery owner Matt Llewellyn to open a new ...

Study says Lawrence among 'most improved' cities since end of recession; another arts-based development for East Lawrence; Turnhalle open house

Chad Lawhorn

The bright, fancy labels to attach to our foreheads should be arriving any day now. What's that? You haven't heard that Lawrence has made a national list of "most improved cities"? Indeed we have, and just like the bag of bacon and cheddar potato skins in the vending machine, that ...

QuikTrip moving into restaurant business at 23rd and Haskell; home sales fall in May; area businessman in running for national entrepreneur of the year

Chad Lawhorn

There is a major new player coming to the restaurant business on East 23rd Street, and its familiar name may surprise you: QuikTrip. Just like Da Vinci didn't stop painting after the Mona Lisa, QuikTrip isn't going to let its culinary creations end with the masterpiece known as a roller ...

City being asked to repeal ordinance banning concealed carry of knives; incentives package for $75M apartment project faces first vote

Chad Lawhorn

Well, this is awkward. No one has shown up for the revolution. If you remember a few weeks ago, Lawrence city commissioners [were told][1] that a pair of local laws prohibiting the concealed carrying of knives would no longer be valid because a new state law has been passed that ...

Hy-Vee to add Starbucks, sushi and other items as part of remodel project; KCC seeks comments on proposed natural gas rate increase

Chad Lawhorn

Granola, Starbucks, sushi, a big deli sandwich and perhaps a conversation with a dietician. Perhaps a rather long conversation with a dietician. All those items and more are slated to be part of a remodeling project now underway at the Hy-Vee on Sixth Street. City officials have issued a nearly ...

Fourth of July celebration details announced; The Met makes major purchase of works by Lawrence artist

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to start making those Fourth of July plans. Start peeling the potatoes for the salad, dig the hole for the pig roast, and build the access road, concrete launching pad, and the 122 -foot-deep safety bunker for the "fireworks" show. Or, some of you may just want ...

Lawrence building totals off to slow start in 2014; a brief history of local property tax rates

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps my wife has infiltrated the Lawrence construction industry and convinced the builders of her motto: Summer is for shopping (And in case you are wondering, the calendars that show summer beginning on June 21 are sneered at in my house.) As we told you yesterday, current retail sales numbers ...

Retail sales grow for sixth consecutive month in Lawrence; KU launches 25th startup company; city receives another incentive request

Chad Lawhorn

March Madness. You all remember those days in Lawrence. We were all mad. Stupid doctors who can't fix Joel Embiid's back. Stupid Stanford mascot. Stupid television screen that can't withstand a platter of 23 pounds of bean dip being thrown at it. Well, evidently we weren't so mad that it ...

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