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Retail sales in Lawrence hit new high; Biggs opens downtown location; Burger Fi expected to open in matter of days

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it was the gross of red, white and blue streamers that I bought, or perhaps the case of burn ointment that I ordered, or maybe even the significant amount of foundation work I had to perform after my buddy lit a firecracker that looked and sounded a lot like ...

New spa opens near Ninth and Iowa; company with local ties vying to make 1 billion coffee cups for Dunkin' Donuts

Chad Lawhorn

I sure could use a spa treatment after this past weekend. I’m sure we all could. First, there were the handsprings following the KU football team’s win over the University of Michigan. (Why do my geography and editing teachers keep texting me?) Then there were the series of violent swings ...

Mexican restaurant moving to 34th and Iowa streets; food truck debate set for Tuesday; city to consider tax rebate for another apartment project

Chad Lawhorn

If you are like me and find that it is helpful to have about a gallon of nacho dip and approximately about that much in margaritas before your significant other drags you to the latest romantic comedy playing at the theater, I have good news for you. The popular Mexican ...

Financial technology firm moves onto Massachusetts Street; downtown office seeks sidewalk seating area for employees; city to mull nearly $500,000 donation to Boys & Girls Club

Chad Lawhorn

In the Internet age, the world of finance moves at a frightening pace. If you don’t believe me, just watch my bank account on a day that Amazon puts designer shoes on sale . . . or purses . . . or bulk chocolate for the chocolate fountain . . ...

A look at how smart and how small Lawrence is; large apartment project near KU seeks change in parking standards

Chad Lawhorn

We are smart here in Lawrence. If you don’t believe us, we can show you any number of lists to prove it. And if that doesn’t do it, we can always retort with our unofficial motto: Just wait until basketball season. All this is to say, Lawrence has landed on ...

Sushi restaurant going into former American Eagle space downtown; more details on fledgling opposition group for police headquarters

Chad Lawhorn

So, you’re not much of a dancer, I hear. Well, maybe a sushi roll will put an extra wiggle in your step. You soon may get a chance to find out because a new restaurant that combines sushi and nightlife is set to open in downtown Lawrence. An establishment called ...

New diner opens in East Lawrence; owner of 19th and Haskell shopping center weighing redevelopment options

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe some of you remember the days of Shorty’s Cafe in downtown Lawrence, and still have the cholesterol readings to prove it. Well, a new East Lawrence diner has a connection to that downtown restaurant that existed decades ago. The Haskell Avenue Cafe opened earlier this month in the shopping ...

The Merc plans major renovation at Ninth and Iowa; city wins grant for riverside trail; Color Run returning to downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Fresh juice, fine coffee, surrounded by local produce: It sounds just like my daily breakfast because I’m almost certain mini-powdered doughnuts, Cap’n Crunch and Nutter Butters are all grown locally. Well, regardless, get ready for an upgrade in the world of coffee and juice establishments, as The Merc has plans ...

Group forming to oppose sales tax vote for police headquarters; Amtrak wins key grant funding for Southwest Chief route

Chad Lawhorn

It won’t quite be like taking a police ride-along in the Oread neighborhood on a Saturday night, but it appears the Nov. 4 election to build a nearly $28 million police headquarters building will get a little lively. A group is forming to run an opposition campaign against the sales ...

New study suggests Lawrence may be the capital of part-time employees; city issues $46 million in debt

Chad Lawhorn

Let us count what Lawrence legitimately may be able to claim it is the capital of: — Crazed Basketball Fans Who Spend 30 Hours a Week on Face Painting and Basketball Recruiting Notebooks — Football Fans Who Find It too Much Work to Watch Their Football Team — People Who ...

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