Town Talk

Longtime Lawrence bar and grill The Yacht Club reopens under new ownership

Chad Lawhorn

For many years, parents of KU students were under the impression that their children were getting a fine education in all things nautical. After all, the credit card statement kept showing visits to The Yacht Club. Come to find out, The Yacht Club was a bar and grill. [As we ...

New grocery chain coming to the area with store, fueling center; update on Church's Chicken speculation

Chad Lawhorn

I know on that long drive from Lawrence to Johnson County, I often times need to restock my supply of Doritos, Twinkies, hair gel and other necessities for surviving in the big city. Well, plans have been approved for a large, new grocery store at the K-10 interchange at De ...

New sandwich shop coming to southern Lawrence; car dealership buys property along south Iowa Street; advocate to sell KU versus Kentucky basketball tickets to raise money for affordable housing

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a new sandwich chain coming to south Iowa Street, and I’ll be honest, it has me worrying about my penmanship. The sandwich chain Which Wich is coming to a shopping center near 26th and Iowa streets, and will bring its unique concept that involves customers writing out their own ...

Plans filed for major soccer complex near eastern end of SLT; Kansas ranks near top of list of states people are leaving

Chad Lawhorn

The first new development to go along the edge of the soon-to-be-completed South Lawrence Trafficway probably won’t be a new shopping center, but rather may be a big soccer complex. Plans have been filed for a multifield soccer facility near the eastern end of the SLT. A nonprofit organization called ...

Lawrence sales tax growth in 2015 among the tops in the state; city confirms special taxing district at Oread hasn't reported for last two months

Chad Lawhorn

We may argue about whether or where we want new retail development to occur in Lawrence, but it hasn’t done anything to slow shoppers from stuffing their carts in 2015. New numbers show that Lawrence’s sales tax collections were near the top of the list for fastest-growing in the state. ...

Lawrence included in national study of communities with best and worst credit scores; Lawrence getting hammered in voting for best Midwestern city

Chad Lawhorn

Usually in January, I try to hide from all credit card-related news. But I’ll come out of my El Chapo-like tunnel system long enough to pass this information along: Lawrence scores relatively well in a new financial study that measures credit scores across the country. The financial website WalletHub has ...

Fritzel family takes over ownership of Alvamar; some renovation work begins with much more on the way

Chad Lawhorn

Members of the Fritzel family now own the Alvamar Golf and Country Club, and renovations to the west Lawrence property are already underway. As we previously have reported, a group led by Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel has been working to purchase the country club. Members of the club were recently ...

Rejection of south Iowa Street shopping center sends confusing signals about future of south Lawrence growth

Chad Lawhorn

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that this intersection has confused me. After all, for more than a decade it has had a “Bridge to Nowhere.” I’m of course talking about the Iowa Street and SLT intersection, where a bridge that leads to an uncompleted road has stood for ...

New fast food pizza chain coming to south Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

Can you cook a fresh pizza in five minutes? I can’t, at least that seems to be the gist of the court order the fire marshall has given me. Lucky for us that there is a new pizza chain coming to south Iowa Street that is all about making handmade ...

Plans filed for new retirement community in west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Sometimes after a basketball game, I worry about finding where I parked my car. After last night’s triple overtime, heart-straining thriller, I worried about finding a retirement home. Lucky for me, plans have been filed for a new retirement living community in far west Lawrence. If you remember, [in July ...

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