Town Talk

Questions still surround local Kmart distribution center as retailer closes more stores; a look at other Lawrence firms on Wall Street

Chad Lawhorn

There is a reason these days that Kmart isn’t named OKmart. The latest earnings report from its parent company reconfirmed that financial matters still aren’t OK with the retailer. It announced more store closings, which means local leaders will continue to worry about the future of the Kmart distribution center ...

Comedy theater opens in eastern Lawrence; more on the water bill dispute between the city and local golf courses

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence has a nonprofit comedy club, and no, that is not a euphemism for people who continue to bet on KU football. (They really are going to be better this year.) Instead, there is an actual nonprofit organization that is hosting a weekly comedy show in eastern Lawrence and hopes ...

Popular barbecue restaurant set to open in North Lawrence, expand sauce bottling business

Chad Lawhorn

There are all types of ways to wear crimson as part of your crimson and blue Jayhawk outfit. Trust me, I’ve already discovered that a large stain of barbecue sauce on your shirt is one way, but soon the barbecue sauce may actually be officially licensed by KU. Lawrence-based Mr. ...

Toy expert comes to town to tell you about the treasures in your attic; an update on old dispute involving large, unpaid city water bills

Chad Lawhorn

Someday we will all take our eclipse glasses to the Antiques Roadshow. We will pull them off the shelf, right next to our dehydrated Y2K meals, and find out they are worth so much that we can comfortably retire in a cardboard box. But until that time, you will have ...

Entrepreneur group to host special event; Lawrence tech startup garners $750K in funding; update on Lawrence Beer Company

Chad Lawhorn

It is tough to type with these eclipse glasses on, so this will be a news and notes version of Town Talk. On the plus side, I’ve already found a use for my eclipse glasses after today. They’ll be great for reading the president’s Twitter account. (Before the partisan howls ...

Former New York tech executive scouting Douglas County sites to host the 'Woodstock of our generation'

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is used to seeing funky buses. On one end of the spectrum, there’s Lyle Lovett recently parking his posh bus in the Journal-World parking lot because he was making a downtown Lawrence doughnut run. On the other end, there’s the plethora of 1970s VW buses that leave a trail ...

Construction woes slow down progress on unique senior living community in west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Based on recent history, slowing down apartment construction in Lawrence requires something akin to Kryptonite. Apartment construction has been booming and generally fast-moving, which may be why some of you began asking questions about what was going on with a project under construction at Sixth and Queens Road. Work slowed ...

Local grocery store to highlight power of solar by installing nearly 700 solar panels

Chad Lawhorn

Soon the power of solar energy will be on vivid display in Lawrence. And, no, I’m not talking about what will happen when I learn the hard way that leftover 3-D glasses from "The Emoji Movie" don’t work to view the eclipse. Instead, I’m talking about a large project that ...

Friends group opens bookshop in Lawrence Public Library

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to daydreams of exclusivity, I’m sure some people’s thoughts turn to pompadours and membership at the Mar-a-Lago club. But for me, I just aspire to go to the member’s night of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library Book Sale. Come to find out, I don’t even ...

From honey to hives, new Lawrence store plans to be all things about bees

Chad Lawhorn

You can tell when I go on a honey binge: The natural sugars put an extra pep in my step, every door knob in the house has an extra layer of stickiness to it, and there are so many plastic bear bottles littering the floor that you would think Sarah ...

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