Town Talk

A conversation with the community's new economic development leader

Chad Lawhorn

In today’s technological age, it probably is not wise to brag about the quality of your Rolodex. It makes people think you’ve dropped your iPhone in the toilet. But whether you have them stored on your smartphone or on a crumpled up cocktail napkin, it still is important to know ...

Update on doughnut, whiskey and fried chicken place; pingpong, cheap beer among changes at music venue

Chad Lawhorn

Doughnuts and whiskey might become the new Breakfast of Champions. Exactly what you are a champion of might be an interesting debate. But, yes, proving that anything is possible in downtown Lawrence, we indeed are getting a doughnut shop that also will serve you fine whiskey. Proving that we are ...

A sweet shop closes in downtown Lawrence, and the owner says the reasons why leave a bad taste

Chad Lawhorn

Ed Forman had been warned about downtown Lawrence. It was about 2005 when Forman began looking for a spot in an idyllic downtown where he and his wife could work together in a sweet shop, share some smiles and maybe create a few too. But those in the regional business ...

Chain retailer along south Iowa Street announces pending closure; downtown restaurant shuts down, burger shop to take its place

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is in that unique time period known as KU Winter Break, where the entire university is seemingly run by the French labor department. (Wait, I [can ignore work-related emails][1]? Has that pesky prohibition about fondue at my desk also been lifted?) Given this abundance of leisure, it seems now ...

How a Lawrence businessman ended up hosting President Obama and family at an escape room business

Chad Lawhorn

You know you have found yourself in an interesting industry when you have a legitimate reason to ask a Secret Service agent: Should I handcuff the president? Welcome to Lawrence businessman Matt Baysinger’s wacky business. Baysinger is the owner of Breakout Lawrence, the escape room business at 727 Massachusetts St. ...

A conversation with LMH president and CEO Russ Johnson, plus a look at whether LMH will find a partner

Chad Lawhorn

As part of my effort to bring you more conversations with community leaders, I sat down recently with Russ Johnson, the relatively new president and CEO of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Yes, I probably missed a golden opportunity because I did not ask him why the gowns are so drafty. Instead, ...

Has the city just killed the proposal for a downtown grocery store? And other questions about City Hall's new policy on incentives

Chad Lawhorn

There are many reasons a good number of people want a downtown grocery store. We had a [recent article][1] detailing how such a store may make life easier for people who live in nearby food deserts. Other people believe a grocery will help ensure the long-term vitality of downtown. And ...

A Hilton hotel planned for west Lawrence; Eldridge files plans for outdoor expansion; signs of a new doughnut shop downtown

Chad Lawhorn

All-you-can-eat doughnuts, a pool table, free Wi-Fi and a host of other amenities all across the street from Free State High School: It sounds like a heck of a teacher’s lounge. Or maybe it just sounds like the plans for a new Hilton hotel in Lawrence. (That noise you heard ...

New downtown shop with Kansas and Lawrence apparel opens; new art space along Mass Street; sandwich chain opens on 23rd

Chad Lawhorn

There are reasons unrelated to a Jayhawk to show your Kansas pride: It is a natural segue to talk about the Wizard of Oz, it gives people from the coasts an opportunity to tell us how beautiful the state was when they flew over it, and, of course, it is ...

A conversation with Lawrence's tourism leader; city set to give $150K to local events; advocate selling KU basketball tickets for affordable housing cause

Chad Lawhorn

When about 1,000 clarinetists descended upon Lawrence this summer for ClarinetFest 2016, they left more than $800,000 in the Lawrence economy. When Lawrence CVB director Michael Davidson told me that figure, my first thought was I knew I should have followed through on that vision of opening a store that ...

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