Town Talk

March 2015 fire ultimately causes downtown restaurant to close its doors; downtown beer venture closed as well

Chad Lawhorn

Even when I take a quick break from the office to stroll down Massachusetts Street, I get salsa on my tie. That’s how many Mexican restaurants there are in downtown. Sandwich crumbs in my whiskers? Absolutely. Sandwich shops are everywhere. There’s almost no shortage of any food type in downtown, ...

Another brewery planned for East Lawrence; new gallery and small scale retail also proposed as part of project

Chad Lawhorn

As if that beer can replica of the Egyptian pyramids in your garage wasn’t enough, there is now another sign that Lawrence is going crazy over beer. Plans have been filed for a new East Lawrence microbrewery that essentially would be next door to another microbrewery that is in the ...

Kansas and Lawrence suffer job losses in latest report; Manhattan leading the way in job growth

Chad Lawhorn

If my house is any indication, job numbers have to improve this summer. (There’s the crew of workers filling the Gatorade stations throughout the house, and, of course, the security team that ensures I’m not allowed to turn down the thermostat.) But positive job numbers weren’t the case for Lawrence ...

New study shows Douglas County second least affordable in state; see which city has average mortgage payment of $217 a month

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe you have heard that Lawrence is one of the least affordable Kansas communities in which to buy a home. Maybe you have the empty Ramen noodle packages to prove the point. Well, a new study has come out that reaches much the same conclusion, but this one also tells ...

Locally owned coffee shop, cafe to open in former south Lawrence fast-food spot; timeline update on movie theater upgrades

Chad Lawhorn

Never underestimate the power of coffee. On a day like today, where the heat index is expected to top the century mark, some of us have ice cream on our minds. (And perhaps in our socks and in any other place that we think may provide some cooling relief.) But ...

Chain retailer on 23rd Street files for bankruptcy, seeks buyer; new report says Lawrence one of the more unique cities in the country

Chad Lawhorn

There are signs of trouble at 23rd and Iowa streets, and, thankfully, this time it doesn’t involve an orange construction cone stuck in my grill. Instead, one of the largest retailers at the busy intersection has filed for bankruptcy. The bookstore and DVD chain Hastings has filed for bankruptcy protection, ...

Douglas County getting national attention for Zika virus risk; federal report shows how bad state's economy was in 2015

Chad Lawhorn

Well, it looks like the Summer Olympics won’t be moving to Douglas County anytime soon. Douglas County is gaining some national attention as a hotspot for the type of mosquito that can carry the Zika virus. I know Town Talk isn’t exactly the place you turn to for your health ...

Once popular sandwich chain looking to make return to Lawrence, owner confirms; Lawrence innovator receives special invite to White House

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence, maybe you really can have your buns of yesteryear. Wait, this is not me pitching my specially designed elliptical machine. (My attorney says I can never, ever sell one of those again.) Instead, I’m referring to talk of Schlotzsky’s — the sandwich shop known for its sourdough buns — ...

Running, clothing store set to move to Massachusetts Street; KDOT backs off plan to close SLT and Kasold intersection

Chad Lawhorn

There is a certain someone in my house who appreciates any new shoe store on Massachusetts Street, especially running shoes. She needs all the help she can get staying a step ahead of the parking meter patrol. If you are like her, you are in luck. One of Lawrence’s more ...

Latest report shows Lawrence sales tax growth among tops in the state; are City Hall leaders paying attention?

Chad Lawhorn

It is the season for City Hall couch cushions strewn about and organ grinder music in the background. The city’s budget process is underway, and the last several years the theme has been that any loose change matters, as the city’s major operating fund in 2015 spent more than it ...

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