Town Talk

Latest report shows Lawrence sales tax growth among tops in the state; are City Hall leaders paying attention?

Chad Lawhorn

It is the season for City Hall couch cushions strewn about and organ grinder music in the background. The city’s budget process is underway, and the last several years the theme has been that any loose change matters, as the city’s major operating fund in 2015 spent more than it ...

Longtime downtown restaurant changes owners, temporarily closed for renovations

Chad Lawhorn

I admit, I panicked this morning and tried to eat my cereal bowl. You can’t blame me. I had heard that Quinton’s — the longtime downtown restaurant that is famous in my book because you can eat the bread bowl that the chili comes in — had closed. But don’t ...

More signs of expansion for south Iowa auto dealership; work begins on eastern Lawrence Dollar General store

Chad Lawhorn

Everybody responds a little differently when the "check engine" light comes on. I’ve found that duct tape works well to fix the problem. Put enough of it on your instrument panel, and you’ll never see that light again. Others, apparently, buy a new vehicle. The car-selling business must be good ...

Changes on tap in operation of historic Castle Tea Room; new report finds Kansas economy unremarkable

Chad Lawhorn

No, the folks at The Castle Tea Room haven’t taken my suggestion to add a moat, but there is change happening at the historic building at 1307 Massachusetts St. A longtime Lawrence-based catering company has taken over many of the day-to-day operations of the building. The Castle, of course, is ...

New sandwich chain to locate on 23rd Street; cookie business moves, sparking new downtown restaurant rumor; yellow signs invade Oread neighborhood

Chad Lawhorn

If the great inventor Thomas Edison would have come up with this first, we would never have the lightbulb. Picture this: You order a shake. It comes in a cup with a straw, and — I advise you to sit down for this part — the straw has cookies on ...

Large pet supply chain files plans for store near Sixth and Wakarusa; Lawrence gasoline prices still the highest in the state

Chad Lawhorn

Somewhere in Lawrence, I picture a dimly lit, smoke-filled room full of canines. They’ve probably just gotten done playing pool or poker, and, of course, that big bulldog who chomps on his cigar is the leader. Let’s not kid ourselves, they run this town. How else do you explain that ...

Furniture store opens at Ninth and Iowa; apartment construction has Lawrence building totals off to strong start; pizza trivia

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you are like me and last week’s rain caused you to cut up the furniture to use for building the Ark. If so, you are probably wondering when you are going to get your circular saw returned to you and what your Lawrence furniture buying options are. Well, there’s ...

New federal numbers show Lawrence housing prices on the rise; a peek at what they say about Lawrence's affordability question

Chad Lawhorn

I have news about Lawrence home values. They’re going up, but not yet booming, according to the latest federal figures. It seems like it is time to keep a closer eye on home values in Lawrence. Real estate agents are talking about a low supply of available homes putting pressure ...

Are city commissioners breaking a political promise on street maintenance?

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s get in the time machine and set the dial to 2008. No, I’m not looking to relive the decision about a Mario Chalmers tribute tattoo or other such common KU National Championship celebration issues. Something else happened that year: Voters went to the polls to approve a new sales ...

Lawrence startup launches product to compete with Keurig coffee maker; update on proposed fried chicken chain for west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Technology is wonderful. Although we don’t have flying cars or paperless offices, we have figured out how to use it to make coffee infinitely more expensive. The engineers at Starbucks once developed a high-tech machine to print money, but decided it would be more profitable to create a new espresso ...

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