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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 ...

Longtime downtown restaurant changes owners, temporarily closed for renovations

Chad Lawhorn

I admit, I panicked this morning and tried to eat my cereal bowl. You can’t blame me. I had heard that Quinton’s — the longtime downtown restaurant that is famous in my book because you can eat the bread bowl that the chili comes in — had closed. But don’t ...

More signs of expansion for south Iowa auto dealership; work begins on eastern Lawrence Dollar General store

Chad Lawhorn

Everybody responds a little differently when the "check engine" light comes on. I’ve found that duct tape works well to fix the problem. Put enough of it on your instrument panel, and you’ll never see that light again. Others, apparently, buy a new vehicle. The car-selling business must be good ...

Changes on tap in operation of historic Castle Tea Room; new report finds Kansas economy unremarkable

Chad Lawhorn

No, the folks at The Castle Tea Room haven’t taken my suggestion to add a moat, but there is change happening at the historic building at 1307 Massachusetts St. A longtime Lawrence-based catering company has taken over many of the day-to-day operations of the building. The Castle, of course, is ...

New sandwich chain to locate on 23rd Street; cookie business moves, sparking new downtown restaurant rumor; yellow signs invade Oread neighborhood

Chad Lawhorn

If the great inventor Thomas Edison would have come up with this first, we would never have the lightbulb. Picture this: You order a shake. It comes in a cup with a straw, and — I advise you to sit down for this part — the straw has cookies on ...

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