Town Talk

Kief's Audio/Video plans to downsize as longtime owner retires; city's bus service tops 1 million riders for year

Chad Lawhorn

Look for some changes at one of Lawrence's longer running retail operations. John Kiefer, the owner/operator of Kief's Audio/Video on south Iowa Street, is in the process of retiring after 54 years in the business. Both Kiefer and his son, Rob Kiefer, tell me that they expect Kief's to downsize ...

Burger King on Sixth Street hopes to open within eight weeks; more details on proposed rental inspection program

Chad Lawhorn

Of all the days to misplace my three-foot long trumpet . . . here goes anyway. Hear ye, hear ye: The King lives. The King lives. The King lives. Let us rejoice with Whoppers, fries, and copious amounts of breakfast sandwiches in defiance of the witch doctors known as cardiologists. ...

Genesis plans $1 million renovation of health club along West Sixth Street

Chad Lawhorn

In my small basement gym, the only thing that is granite are my abs. (Excuse me for a moment. My wife seems to be choking on her Cheerios.) Regardless, members at Lawrence's Genesis Health Club off of West Sixth Street soon will be getting a whole lot more granite and ...

Improvements planned for North Lawrence grain elevator, but towers aren't coming down; new schedule for city compost and woodchip sales

Chad Lawhorn

North Lawrence's skyscrapers aren't going anywhere. In case you aren't familiar with North Lawrence's chic skyscraper district, it also is known as the Ottawa Co-op grain elevators at North Third and Locust streets. And some of you have been worried that their time may be limited because demolition crews have ...

Preservation Alliance seeking owner for city's oldest community building; city to award funds from Varsity House dispute tonight

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe the idea of a social club built around gymnastics and beer will make a comeback. (Fortunately, I've already got a pommel horse with a cup holder.) Or maybe it will be something else, but the search is now officially on to find a user for East Lawrence's old Turnhalle ...

Large apartment building near KU's Memorial Stadium, family fun center in West Lawrence face key votes tonight

Chad Lawhorn

From a big apartment building to miniature golf, the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission is set to provide recommendations tonight on several million dollars worth of proposed development. Here's a look: • [As we reported in December][1], plans have been filed for a five-story apartment building and retail development at 1101 ...

Deal struck to bring new grocer to Sixth and Wakarusa; Google's latest announcement and its impacts on Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A deal has been struck to bring a new grocer to Lawrence. And it is not coming to downtown. Not North Lawrence, either. Instead, it's slated for what has become the city's new grocery magnet — Sixth and Wakarusa. Plans have been filed at City Hall for a 27,000-square-foot building ...

Soda shop with 1,100 varieties plans to open on Massachusetts Street

Chad Lawhorn

My bladder already is doing cartwheels. A new business is coming to downtown Lawrence, and it will bring with it 1,100 varieties of soda to Massachusetts Street. Mass Street Soda plans to open by St. Patrick's Day at 1103 Massachusetts St., the vacant storefront just south of Englewood Florist. Self-described ...

Speculation increases that site near The Oread hotel may be in running for convention center

Chad Lawhorn

Ike and Hoover may end up having a say in whether the city of Lawrence and Kansas University move ahead with a new convention center. No, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover aren't cryogenically frozen in the basement of Lawrence City Hall. (I'm 80 percent certain of that.) At Lawrence ...

Eudora resident featured as a 'Hero Among Us' in People magazine; Lawrence hopes to undertake solar project

Chad Lawhorn

If I ever make it into People magazine, I figure it will be about my keen sense of fashion. (Or perhaps for that unfortunate time I confused Princess Kate and Katy Perry.) Regardless, I'm still waiting, but 87-year old Eudora resident Eugene "Westie" Westerhouse is not. Last year, the Journal-World ...

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