Town Talk

One cigar shop closes, while another plans to open premium lounge downtown; art event set to close portion of Mass. Street

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t have to remind fellow KU fans that we won’t be needing a celebratory cigar for this weekend’s Final Four — unless we want to stick it up the nose of a Sooner fan. (My apologies, as you may have sensed, I haven’t quite figured out whether to root ...

Expansion of Eldridge Hotel canceled; Douglas County regains status as state leader in population growth

Chad Lawhorn

It looks like one of downtown’s major expansion projects won’t be happening after all — at least not anytime soon. Plans to expand the historic Eldridge Hotel at Seventh and Massachusetts streets have been scrapped for the time being. I had heard recently that the hotel ownership group had notified ...

Speculation that national clothing retailer coming to south Iowa; update on Mexican chain on 23rd; Kansas gets small share of federal funding

Chad Lawhorn

I’m not sure what I should make of this, but every time my wife goes to Men’s Wearhouse, she inquires about the Johnny Depp department. I think she has her “wearhouse” and “warehouse” confused. If you too are confused about what Men’s Wearhouse offers, you may soon get a chance ...

Lawrence Country Club completes major renovation

Chad Lawhorn

Any time I go to an upscale golf course, I always check the clubhouse’s dining room before I begin. On average, I’ll play at least four shots from the dining room, and if I’m going to have to hit off Berber, I need to prepare for that. Well, golfers, if ...

Parking proposal for $75 million apartment project produces lots of questions, high stakes for Oread neighborhood

Chad Lawhorn

“Mess” was the word of the day at last week’s Lawrence City Commission meeting. Commissioners were talking about the potential parking situation at the troubled HERE @ Kansas apartment/retail project that is under construction near Kansas University. Well, trust me, my insurance agent and I understand messes when it comes ...

Home market tightens in Lawrence; prices may be set to rise; 96-year old Lawrence man gets front-page treatment in Tampa

Chad Lawhorn

Middling Jayhawk fans buy a new big screen TV to watch the Final Four. Full-fledged Jayhawk fans buy a bigger house to host the parties, or maybe one to replace the old house that hosted the parties, based off what I’ve seen. Whatever the case, home buyers of any type ...

New report shows Lawrence lost jobs in February; one out of every three jobs in city is now a government job

Chad Lawhorn

Apparently the state of Kansas doesn’t consider it a “job” to paint your face Crimson and Blue, write odes to Wayne Selden Jr., make an unfortunate decision about a “Dirty Dozen” tattoo, and all the other things that go along with celebrating a 12th straight Big 12 championship. If such ...

Medical supply company to move from south Iowa location, signs that Briggs Auto may expand; get ready for additional traffic signals

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to cars, I’ve got a sixth sense about me. Like when that red light comes on about checking the brake system, I know just what to do: tighten my seat belt. Well, my automotive senses tell me to keep an eye on the family of Briggs dealerships ...

Plans filed for large industrial site, unique recycling center near east end of South Lawrence Trafficway

Chad Lawhorn

A plan has been filed to add nearly 80 acres of industrial property near the soon-to-be-completed eastern interchange of the South Lawrence Trafficway. But don’t look for a big manufacturing plant or distribution center at the prime spot. Instead, look for a lot of broken concrete, used bricks, discarded asphalt ...

Pole vaulting in a west Lawrence parking lot; new office complex opens in eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe south Lawrence ought to host a steeplechase through Wal-Mart. (I’ve seen the unofficial version when a shopping cart obstructs the dash to the deeply discounted holiday candy.) Or perhaps, Home Depot and Menards could host a hammer throw in the lot between their two stores. Why? I’m guessing most ...

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