Town Talk

Chain store along south Iowa Street makes room for candle and decor shop

Chad Lawhorn

I’m generally anti-candle, unless I can use one to burn my NCAA tournament bracket. So, in that regard I guess it is timely for me to pass along that Lawrence is set to get a new national candle and decor shop. Construction work is underway in the Pine Ridge Plaza ...

New wellness center with float tanks opens in west Lawrence; update on longtime shopping center

Chad Lawhorn

In west Lawrence, I thought a sensory deprivation tank was an SUV without heated seats. But a Lawrence business is betting that west siders will take to the wellness trend of sensory deprivation tanks, more commonly called float tanks. Perhaps you remember a business called Ad Astra Acupuncture near 11th ...

Multimillion-dollar retirement project comes to a close; where Lawrence ranks in the list of best college basketball towns

Chad Lawhorn

This thought hit me recently: Retirement homes may become wild and crazy places in the near future. Scary as it may be, the people who are getting ready to retire are those who lived during the 1970s disco and party scene. Well, I don’t know if a disco ball is ...

New pizza chain files plans to locate along 23rd Street

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps this supposed WikiLeaks about how our smartphones and smart TVs [can be turned into spying devices by the CIA][1] isn’t all bad. Now, when I’m sitting on my couch watching reruns of "The Apprentice" and yelling at my TV “where the %@#!! is my delivery pizza?” I expect the ...

Longtime electronics retailer set to close final Lawrence store; proposed law would keep track of political affiliations of faculty members

Chad Lawhorn

It is still hard to believe a store with such a forward-looking name like RadioShack is slowly going out of business. I suppose I should brace myself for TelegraphHut to close as well. Indeed, the days of RadioShack in Lawrence are very near the end. The RadioShack store at The ...

After years of stagnation, county appraiser says home values are on the rise; property tax bills may follow suit; 2017 home sales off to strong start

Chad Lawhorn

Odds are — if you haven’t already — you will be getting an envelope from Douglas County saying the value of your home has increased. Yes, that means your property taxes may go up, too. It also is the surest sign yet that Lawrence’s real estate market is returning to ...

Report shows Kansas has one of the highest vehicle tax rates in the country; see how our property taxes compare with other states

Chad Lawhorn

I have been accused by some in my family of having a problem because I never sell a vehicle after I’m done using it. So, yes, I do own six vehicles at the moment, but in my defense, not all of them run. But now there is a new report ...

Former owner of Lawrence private club set to open downtown restaurant with homestyle food, pizza

Chad Lawhorn

Sometimes just to make my doctor mad and my life insurance agent sweat, I get in the mood for both fried chicken and pizza. Well, downtown Lawrence soon will have a restaurant that has both on the menu. The place also will have a dash of Lawrence restaurant history. I’ve ...

Longtime Lawrence retailer to open bicycle shop on south Mass Street; keep eyes open for new Asian market

Chad Lawhorn

Forget Dennis Hopper. Maybe there is a new image of an Easy Rider: A bicycle with big fenders and maybe even a bell, with a pair of Birkenstocks providing the pedal power. A Lawrence business is set to find out. Footprints, the longtime Lawrence retailer of Birkenstock sandals and shoes, ...

Trio of educators opens new furniture business that focuses on items your mother probably threw away

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence residents know if you want to see old hippies, take a Sunday stroll on Massachusetts Street. (ESPN executives evidently do not know that, or else they wouldn’t have shown us soooo much of broadcaster Bill Walton during Saturday’s KU-Texas game.) If Lawrence residents, though, want to see old furniture, ...

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