Town Talk

Builders pull permits for nearly $40 million worth of projects in July

Chad Lawhorn

Fireworks, apparently, weren't the only things exploding in July. A new report out of Lawrence City Hall shows construction activity in the city was booming, too. City officials issued building permits for a whopping $39.7 million worth of projects in July, the highest monthly total in at least three years. ...

Updates on new cookie shop downtown and new ownership for SpringHill Suites

Chad Lawhorn

Excuse me while I make my way through these piles of spent party streamers, empty firework tubes and the rows of cannons from the 21-gun salute. (I assume you held a similar impromptu celebration as your kids walked out the door for the first day of school.) Well, now I ...

Owners of pre-eminent K-State bookstore buy The Jayhawk Bookstore

Chad Lawhorn

If that new crimson and blue Jayhawk shirt bleeds just a little bit of purple on you, you'll know why. The ownership group of [Varney's][1] — the self-proclaimed world's largest retailer of Kansas State merchandise — has purchased the Jayhawk Bookstore at 1420 Crescent Road. But the store's new owners ...

Town Talk: Lawrence ranks No. 17 on Forbes' "Best Small Places for Business and Careers"

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence, stay smart. It's already paying dividends for us. The Lawrence area has been ranked No. 17 on Forbes' [new list][1] of "The Best Small Places for Business and Careers." And it sure appears that Lawrence's brain power is the main factor in driving the city to the high ranking. ...

Former downtown Lawrence piano bar converted into pool hall, tavern

Chad Lawhorn

There has been a trade in downtown Lawrence: Barry Manilow for Tom Cruise. (Sure, now my wife starts paying attention to me.) It's nothing like that, however. Instead, we're talking about a change in formats for the downtown nightclub at 729 New Hampshire Street. Out is The Barrel House, the ...

Town Talk: Developer files plans for East Lawrence apartments

Chad Lawhorn

Surely not even Theodore Poehler could have envisioned this. Plans are in the works for a new four-story apartment building next to the old grocery warehouse building that [Theodore Poehler's heirs built][1] during the early 1900s in the East Lawrence district surrounding Eighth and Delaware streets. Yes, that's the same ...

Latest sales tax report shows Lawrence spending up about 2 percent for the year

Chad Lawhorn

With this recent batch of rainy weather, it is hard to believe that earlier this year we were all buying sunscreen, flip flops, mosquito netting, shark repellent, harpoons and 55-gallon drums of margarita mix. (What? Isn't that your standard list of items to take to the beach?) Regardless, we were ...

Activity along O'Connell Road heats up with $15 million affordable housing project

Chad Lawhorn

There are only two explanations for the large swaths of bare dirt at the former Farmland site at 23rd and O'Connell: The area is either preparing for future development, or I've been hired to do the area's landscaping. (This August has been an exception. I actually have a healthy, lush ...

Idea for Rock Chalk Village springs up for property near Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

No word on whether you would have to get a Jayhawk tattoo to live there, or at least promise to wallpaper your house with Andrew Wiggins posters, but there is talk of a new Lawrence neighborhood that would be dubbed Rock Chalk Village. You guessed it, the neighborhood would be ...

New steak and seafood restaurant slated to open at Sixth and Wakarusa

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps I'm not done exacting revenge on pigs after all. As some of you know, I've a spent a summer helping my two kids raise for the Douglas County 4-H Fair a pair of sometimes cantankerous pigs that often seemed one step ahead of me. (Insert your own joke here ...

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