Town Talk

East Lawrence's Sunrise Garden Center set to close doors; Lawrence home building up nearly 30 percent for year

Chad Lawhorn

The sun is setting on the longtime East Lawrence business Sunrise Garden Center. Owner Greg McDonald told me that the business' last day of operation is planned to be Christmas Eve. [As we reported in June,][1] McDonald put the business and its 3.5 acres at 15th and New York streets ...

Group wins grant for new city nature park trail; Lawrence home sales top the 1,000 mark for year

Chad Lawhorn

A new Lawrence park and a new Lawrence trail are beginning to look more likely all the time. A grant totaling up to $55,000 has been awarded to the local nonprofit group Outside for a Better Inside, group founder John McGrew has told me. The grant, from the Topeka-based Sunflower ...

Downtown ice rink possible; city's retail sales fall for third time in four months

Chad Lawhorn

Here in another couple of months, my household will be in full Winter Olympics mode. That will mean several things: Jokes about communists (the games are in Russia this year); spontaneous performances of the Olympic theme song, complete with cymbals, by my wife; and whether I like it or not, ...

Go-Karts, batting cages, mini-golf planned for new West Lawrence Family Fun Center; new info on high-speed Internet plans

Chad Lawhorn

I need to find my Mario Andretti sunglasses, my Chi Chi Rodriguez slacks and my Alex Rodriguez cologne ASAP. There are plans for a new West Lawrence development that includes electric go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, and even mini-bowling. (I'm not sure what I'm supposed to wear for mini-bowling, but ...

Group wants city's help to make hitchhiking a reliable form of public transit

Chad Lawhorn

If you see me standing alongside a Lawrence street holding a whiteboard that reads "Anyplace warm," you'll soon understand I'm not crazy. Instead, I'm just taking part in a new pilot project aimed at transforming hitchhiking into a reliable form of public transportation. City commissioners this week are being asked ...

New proposal emerges to reduce scope of rental inspection program; city commissioners to debate increasing salaries of commissioners

Chad Lawhorn

Getting a new rental licensing and inspection program approved at Lawrence City Hall has become a bit like me trying to walk down my icy driveway this morning: It can be painful on the backside of the anatomy. Commissioners have been struggling for more than a year to pass a ...

Wichita barbecue chain slated to take portion of former Blockbuster video store; gift wrapping service opens downtown

Chad Lawhorn

A barbecue restaurant right next door to a mattress store. It sounds like a prescription for hibernation. It also is the latest plan to renovate the former Blockbuster video store on 23rd Street. Plans have been filed at Lawrence City Hall that call for the building, 1516 W. 23rd St., ...

Signs that Chick-fil-A seeking store site on South Iowa Street; Dick's Sporting Goods likely opening in June

Chad Lawhorn

Grab ahold of your drumsticks, Lawrence. There are real signs that Chick-fil-A is seriously considering building a new restaurant here. A company representative has filed paperwork with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning office inquiring about the zoning of the former Sears site at 2727 Iowa St. The former Sears site, of ...

Lawrence no longer second-worst performing small city, new report concludes; rental registration supporter accuses landlord of 'dirty politics'

Chad Lawhorn

It is not exactly the type of thing you put on a banner, but Lawrence is no longer the second-worst performing small city in America. We're now a middle-of-the-pack community. If you remember, [we previously reported][1] on a report by the Milken Institute that found Lawrence ranked 178 out of ...

Boulevard Brewing Co. part of new restaurant at Lawrence Holiday Inn

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is many different types of towns. We're a university town. We're a basketball town. And as a quick peek into any of those glass recycling Dumpsters around the city can attest, we're also a beer town. The folks at Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing Co. are hoping to capitalize on ...

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