Town Talk

City's planning staff recommends approval of major SLT retail development

Chad Lawhorn

If you are a fan of Old Navy, feel free to blow your fog horn and do your best Popeye impersonation. A development that is proposing to bring Old Navy, Academy Sports, Designer Shoe Warehouse and a host of other retailers to south Iowa Street has cleared its first hurdle ...

Rock Chalk Park recreation center lands major basketball tourney; update on downtown ice rink

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe at this time next year, you'll see Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari at West Lawrence's Six Mile Chophouse, or Michigan State's Tom Izzo at downtown's Pachamama's, or Missouri coach Kim Anderson at North Lawrence's circus school. Indeed, it looks like the city's recreation center/fieldhouse at Rock Chalk Park is ...

Latest report shows Lawrence consumers keep the party going

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence consumers are continuing to do their best impersonation of the Energizer bunny. They keep going and going and going. The latest numbers show that retail sales in Lawrence increased for the seventh straight month. The new report measures retail spending for the mid-April to mid-May time period. And as ...

Used bicycle shop opens in East Lawrence; Kwik Shop nixes plan for 19th and Mass. expansion; Baldwin City Walmart update

Chad Lawhorn

I've always said that if I could find Lance Armstrong's old bicycle, I would enter the Tour de France, because the bike clearly was the secret to his success. Well, I may be in luck. Lawrence has a new business that specializes in used bicycles. (And just in time for ...

Kansas City-area psychiatric practice expands to Lawrence; local drug development firm has success in cancer trials

Chad Lawhorn

It was touch and go there for awhile, but my wife's dream of opening a psychic detective office in Lawrence is still alive (At least, I assume that's her dream. She loves the USA Network program "Psych," and she spends an inordinate amount of time rubbing her temples — especially ...

Questions about whether project would rename portion of Ninth Street; proposed city budget causes some cuts to social service groups

Chad Lawhorn

*UPDATE: Don't get your heart set on Free State Boulevard just yet. Susan Tate, director of the Lawrence Arts Center and one of the leaders who applied for the ArtPlace grant, called me back and said the idea of changing the name for a portion of Ninth Street hasn't gained ...

Plans confirm Sprouts is latest grocer coming to Sixth and Wakarusa; Rock Chalk Park trails set for approval; Free State to host open house at bottling plant

Chad Lawhorn

It is official now: Sprouts Farmers Market will be the new grocery store that will be constructed near Sixth and Wakarusa in the Bauer Farm development. We've been reporting for months that a specialty grocer was coming to the intersection, and it hasn't exactly been a secret that Sprouts was ...

Old Navy, Academy Sports, others announced as likely tenants for south of SLT retail project; Walmart Express taps Baldwin

Chad Lawhorn

The type of fireworks that gets the dog excited, the neighbors awake and the ATF knocking on your door may be over, but there are new fireworks, of sorts, that may get Lawrence shoppers excited. Boom . . . Old Navy. Boom . . . Academy Sports. And just for ...

Lawrence investors open multistate cocktail business; city to look at fire engine, ambulance issues for North Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

As Roman candles land in the yard, as firecrackers blow up the trash can, and as the Chinese once again invade my neighborhood with their "lanterns" that double as flying blowtorches, I pine for an old-fashioned Fourth of July. And now I know just the Lawrence company to help me ...

New wireless phone and tablet store open on Massachusetts Street; John Brown to make return to downtown?

Chad Lawhorn

Sure, there are still all the usual things you can do in downtown Lawrence after having a nice dinner. You can take a leisurely stroll down Massachusetts Street. You can have a cupcake, or two, at one of the many such shops. You can get four or five dips of ...

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