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Pirate-themed store opens in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Shiver me timbers, matey. My credit card soon may be under attack. Downtown Lawrence is now home to its first — at least as far as I know — pirate-themed store. The jewelry and gift store Treasure Chest has opened at 1109 Massachusetts St., across from the Douglas County Courthouse. ...

New battery store slated for west Lawrence; city provides report on snow preparations; Mother Earth News Fair seeks to return to city

Chad Lawhorn

I'm sure you've already experienced this, but basketball season is rough on batteries. There are the batteries for the TV remote, there are the batteries for the electronic beer delivery device, there are the batteries for the portable nacho cheese warmer, and don't even get me started about the batteries ...

Former Lawrence Mayor Boog Highberger planning to run for Statehouse seat; 650 collegiate runners to be in city this weekend

Chad Lawhorn

It looks like Boog will be back. Those of you who have followed Lawrence politics know who I'm talking about. Dennis "Boog" Highberger is a former Lawrence city commissioner and mayor, and now it appears likely that he'll make a run to become a state legislator. Highberger told me last ...

Lawrence home sales for October strong

Chad Lawhorn

After showing signs of cooling off in September, Lawrence's residential real estate market heated right back up again in October. October homes sales in Lawrence rose by 17 percent compared with the same time period of a year ago. Home sales in Lawrence have increased for nine of the 10 ...

Signs indicate that Obamacare may be creating several hundred new jobs for Lawrence call center

Chad Lawhorn

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has gotten so much positive press lately, I can understand why the government may not have taken the time to highlight the good news the act has created here in Lawrence. I'm obviously being facetious about the positive press that has come Obamacare's way ...

Retail spending totals in the city fall during October, but still up slightly for 2013

Chad Lawhorn

The up and down trend of retail spending in Lawrence is continuing. The latest sales tax report out of Lawrence City Hall shows retail spending for the period of mid-August to mid-September, about the time students returned to campus, was down about 1.6 percent compared to the same period a ...

New Lawrence catering company hopes to introduce city to Beaujolais Nouveau and other specialty events

Chad Lawhorn

You have to give the French credit where credit is due. When it comes to finding an excuse to throw a party, they don't just settle for the traditional options of birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and such. No, they also keep track of liquor distribution dates and throw parties based off ...

Store that specializes in e-cigarettes opens on 23rd Street; update on Menards project

Chad Lawhorn

I'm not a smoker, and as my struggles to operate my VCR remote demonstrate, I'm not always a whiz with electronic gizmos either. So, although I have heard of electronic cigarettes, I figured they weren't for me. Jack Tran, owner of a new Lawrence store that specializes in selling e-cigarettes, ...

Eco-devo leaders hope to capitalize on KU-Duke game

Chad Lawhorn

I'm sure Kansas University basketball standout Andrew Wiggins reads this column, so I wanted to make sure I got this bit of information in before tomorrow's tilt with Duke at the Champions Classic in Chicago. Wiggie, as you know from talking with the local media, KU fans are doing a ...

Efforts to start community radio station get boost with deal to locate antenna in North Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence, get your best Wolfman Jack voice warmed up. It is beginning to look more likely that Lawrence once again will have a nonprofit community radio station where local residents can try their hand at the broadcasting business. [As we reported back in June][1], a group was in the early ...

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