Town Talk

Larger than expected growth causes East Hills firm to sign new warehouse deal; manufacturer to undertake minor expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Coffee after beer has been a strategy for a few things in life, but I’m not sure it often has been used to grow a company. But that is the way it is working, in part, for Lawrence-based Grandstand Glassware and Apparel. The company is adding space and employees. Grandstand ...

A bevy of high-tech car washes set to come to Lawrence; businessman confirms he's looking at commercial, industrial options for site along SLT

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence gets on its binges. One not long ago was fried chicken. For awhile, the only thing more frequent than a new fried chicken restaurant in Lawrence was another sharp pain in my chest. Well, now it appears to be tunnel car washes. Three plans have been filed with the ...

Local restaurant gets new owners, plans to expand; downtown business lands on national list

Chad Lawhorn

Gyro is among a fairly sizable list of words that I neither know how to spell or pronounce but do know how to eat. Well, one of the city’s largest producers of gyros has new owners and is looking to expand. Downtown Lawrence’s Pita Pit restaurant has been bought by ...

Update on Spin pizza coming to Lawrence; keep eyes open for another hotel project; more updates on northwest development

Chad Lawhorn

Fall — it began Thursday, as evidenced by my perspiration having a certain pumpkin spice latte hue to it — makes me think of flannel. Flannel makes me think of lumberjacks. Lumberjacks make me think of the Northwest. So, let’s provide an update on some northwest Lawrence development. Yes, I ...

Longtime area restaurant owner opens new eastside diner; an update on 19th and Haskell Dollar General; Arts Center raises big money

Chad Lawhorn

There are stylish 1980s photos out there that prove I was in some conversations for posting a triple-double on a basketball stat sheet. These days when I talk about a triple-double it most often is to describe the desired strength of my elastic waistband. That change is because of new ...

New federal report shows Lawrence economy stagnant in 2015, smaller than many in the region

Chad Lawhorn

If I thought we wouldn’t get an eye poked out by obnoxious football fans wearing those pointy Cornhusker hats, I would suggest we all take a trip to Grand Island, Neb. There’s a new report out that suggests Lawrence and Grand Island may be more alike than we think. Federal ...

Latest report shows extent of Lawrence job losses over last 12 months

Chad Lawhorn

My weeklong vacation once again has dashed my hopes of becoming a professional fisherman. Even the box of frozen fish sticks managed to get away. Regardless, I do have news about other Kansas jobs. As we reported last week, unemployment in Kansas rose during August, as the state lost about ...

Details emerge on new East Lawrence bistro; signs of a fish house coming to downtown; news of upcoming street parties

Chad Lawhorn

As you may guess from my sophistication, I’m a frequent world traveler. At least a couple of nights per week, I watch reruns of "House Hunters International" on HGTV. So, I’m probably the target audience of a planned East Lawrence bistro that will feature a rotating menu of world cuisine. ...

New kitchen, home store set to open in downtown; Lawrence Public Library lands on another 'best of' list

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to matters of the kitchen, my hunches are almost always right. (I still contend the issue with the pressure cooker was not a complete mistake since insurance covered the first $50,000 in damages.) And indeed, the speculation I recently reported on regarding a new kitchen store coming ...

Lawrence retail sales continue to surge, while home sales slump

Chad Lawhorn

You want statistics. I’ve got ‘em. KU’s football team has a better 2016 record than Oklahoma, K-State and Missouri. After 96 hours of college football on a Labor Day weekend, you will go through 192 bags of Doritos, three overheated remote controls and not nearly enough ScotchGard. I even have ...

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