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Lawrence technology startup adds 15 employees, wins venture capital funding; a downtown parking question

Chad Lawhorn

A Lawrence start-up company that’s seeking to reduce the “creepiness” factor of Internet advertising has added 15 employees since January, and has landed another successful round of venture capital funding. Bixy is a company we’ve told you about before. In January, we reported Lawrence resident Kyle Johnson had founded the ...

New study suggests women getting raw deal on pay issues in Kansas

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a new report out that says women in Kansas are getting a raw deal. I know I have heard a sentiment similar to that uttered in my house — sometimes with a bullhorn, which really is a rude thing to do to a fellow who is doing some closed-eye-thinking ...

Health club buys west Lawrence tennis center; plans advance for tennis expansion at Rock Chalk Park; more on Menards

Chad Lawhorn

This is indeed the weekend when many in Lawrence will start to shift their attention from that sport played with the funny shaped ball to one played with a round ball. That’s right. It is time to turn our focus to tennis. What? What were you thinking, and why do ...

Parking questions loom for Here @ Kansas apartment project as high-tech parking company files for bankruptcy, stops work on project

Chad Lawhorn

When the previous Lawrence City Commission [approved a controversial set of financial incentives][1] for the $75 million Here @ Kansas apartment project near Memorial Stadium, one of the selling points was a high-tech, robotic parking garage that would be a showpiece for the project. Well, that high-tech garage now appears ...

Another 'escape room' business likely to locate in Lawrence; rumors, rumblings and other speculation about an opening date for Menards

Chad Lawhorn

Years ago, when my wife suggested I start sleeping in the basement, and then she boarded shut the only exit, I thought we were just having fun. Little did I know that we were missing out on a business trend. Indeed, figuring out how to break out of a locked ...

Downtown retailer celebrates 30th anniversary; update on fun center, office expansion, other construction projects around town

Chad Lawhorn

Everyone knows that Massachusetts Street is where the action is in downtown Lawrence. I’ve got the parking tickets, the zombie photos and a headache from all the hemp honking to prove it. But there are retailers that figure out how to exist just off of Massachusetts Street as well, and ...

City breaks record for most construction projects in a year; senior living community breaks ground on $12 million campus

Chad Lawhorn

It is now official: Lawrence’s construction industry has had a record-breaking year, and the city is on pace in 2015 to issue building permits for more than $200 million worth of construction for the first time in its history. The latest building report shows Lawrence City Hall has issued permits ...

Local businessman files plans to open indoor firing range, gun shop; questions about when police headquarters debate will start again; signs an eco devo deal may be brewing

Chad Lawhorn

Gun enthusiasts in Lawrence may have a new reason to get excited in the near future. A longtime Lawrence businessman is working on plans to open an indoor firing range and gun shop. Rick Sells, the former owner of Lawrence Athletic Club, has filed plans at City Hall for a ...

Lawrence home sales rise for sixth consecutive month; update on housing values; more on Free State Festival funding

Chad Lawhorn

The stock market has been lousy for the last few months, so maybe Lawrence residents are putting their money into real estate. New homes with cry rooms, so you can read your 401(k) statements, perhaps are the rage. Whatever the case, Lawrence’s home buying market remains hot. Home sales are ...

West Lawrence lands corporate headquarters for financial services firm; Lawrence, other Kansas cities mediocre in new economic ranking

Chad Lawhorn

A financial services firm with offices in Johnson County and Topeka is moving its corporate headquarters to Lawrence, and will be bringing about 20 jobs in the process. DM Bruce Associates has completed a deal to buy a west Lawrence office building at 4911 Legends Drive to house its financial ...

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