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Downtown fabric shop undertakes $500k renovation

Chad Lawhorn

Downtown Lawrence really is an eclectic place. There are a whole bunch of us that go downtown to tie one on. But there's also a lot of people who go downtown to sew one on. And that second group, it appears, is poised to grow. Work is underway at Sarah's ...

Lawrence physician starts salsa company; update on future traffic changes at Sixth and SLT

Chad Lawhorn

As schools, businesses and governments announce all types of changes to their hours as a result of this snowstorm, I'm voting for this idea: Let's all sit around and eat salsa and go back to work once the snow has melted. I believe I know one new Lawrence company that ...

Buffalo Wild Wings files plans for new restaurant on South Iowa Street; update on city broadband plans

Chad Lawhorn

A nice, spicy chicken wing does sound good today. Heck, on this cold and snowy day, wing sauce in my boots sounds good too. I can't confirm that Buffalo Wild Wings will do that for you, but I can confirm that the restaurant chain has filed plans to build a ...

Westar starts $200,000 solar panel project in Lawrence; commissioners win award for Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

There's a $200,000 project underway to install solar panels in Lawrence, and you might be surprised who is behind it — the operator of the large coal-fired power plant just outside of town. Topeka-based Westar Energy is installing 160 solar panels on its maintenance facility and service center at 746 ...

Plans in works for West Lawrence bar that will let patrons create artwork while they drink

Chad Lawhorn

The only question now is whether I become the next Picasso or the next Van Gogh. (My wife says I already remind her of Van Gogh. I only hear about half of what she says.) But surely my art skills are destined to soar because Lawrence soon will have a ...

An update on Menards and other retail and restaurant rumblings

Chad Lawhorn

I have just come to expect that it will happen on every home improvement project: last-minute changes dictated by a higher power. You know, a potpourri station here, a chocolate fountain there, a 30-by-40 walk-in shoe vault around the corner. Those sorts of things. But I didn't know that the ...

Tickets for popular downtown Lawrence beer expo to go on sale today; city to delay vote on rental licensing program

Chad Lawhorn

Topeka may be the capital of the state, but it is becoming clearer each year that Lawrence is the Kansas capital of beer. Sorry Topeka. We're not trading. If you don't believe me, just watch what happens in the next few hours. Today is the day that craft beer lovers ...

Lawrence home sales end 2013 up 17 percent from a year ago; county appraiser provides update on property values

Chad Lawhorn

What a difference two years make. Back in 2011 we all were all locked up in our safe rooms, blowing through our emergency batch of chocolate candies and nervously muttering something about the Great Recession and Ben Bernanke. (We weren't entirely sure of Ben Bernanke's role in all this, but ...

Wood-fired pizza restaurant coming to downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There is New York-style pizza. There is Chicago-style pizza. Even St. Louis claims to have its own style of pizza. (Missouri and style? Do they only serve the pizza in front yards and on cinder blocks, just like how they park their cars? Sorry, I keep forgetting that we like ...

Lawrence firm has connection to company on ABC's "Shark Tank" tonight; a guide to Haskell Avenue's pending closure

Chad Lawhorn

My wife used to really encourage me to try out for the ABC television program "Shark Tank" — until she realized there aren't any actual sharks. Regardless, a Lawrence company is going to be watching the program with great interest tonight. Lawrence-based Western International has partnered with a Prairie Village-based ...

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