Town Talk

Lawrence ranks high in places for entrepreneurs; a look at job growth totals; another deal for a local bank

Chad Lawhorn

I bet you Bill Gates is hearing the footsteps now. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the latest issue of Entrepreneur magazine. The publication lists the top 50 cities for entrepreneurs, and Lawrence checks in at No. 23. Despite not having invented Microsoft or having figured out ...

Hotel and restaurant development planned for far eastern edge of Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There were certainly days when I could have used a hotel room after dining at Don’s Steakhouse in eastern Lawrence. (A double order of twice-baked potatoes is a good recipe for a nap in the parking lot.) Well, the timing is a bit off, but plans are in the works ...

Update on pending south Iowa restaurant openings; Oklahoma-based bank to open in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve certainly been getting questions about what is happening with Which Wich, a sandwich chain that we have reported is locating in the shopping center at 2540 Iowa St. (That’s the one next to Applebee’s.) We reported months ago that the location was under construction, and looked fairly complete. But ...

South Iowa Street retailer closing Lawrence location

Chad Lawhorn

For years as a reporter who worked a Tuesday night shift, I regularly had my Tuesday mornings off. I have to admit that I did not spend many of them in Lawrence’s Tuesday Morning store, although in hindsight I might have been well-served to purchase some closeout bedding supplies. (I ...

The most beautiful place in Kansas is in Lawrence; new numbers show Kansas economy strongest in the region, creating questions for Brownback

Chad Lawhorn

The most beautiful place in Kansas is in Lawrence. Sure, I’ve uttered such a statement before — “the most beautiful place is the mirror closest to you, dear” — mainly out of necessity when the florist cancels my line of credit. But the national magazine House Beautiful has come up ...

Another fast-food chicken restaurant sets its sights on Lawrence; basketball court promise broken at Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

Keep your eyes open and your wet wipes handy. There’s rumblings of yet another fast-food chicken chain coming to Lawrence. I’m hearing that the chain Slim Chickens is close to signing a deal to locate in west Lawrence. I hear the restaurant hopes to locate in the former spot of ...

Keeping an eye on the possibility of a new west Lawrence grocery store; building project slated for west Lawrence business park

Chad Lawhorn

As a man with a 13-year old son who eats his meals not by the plate but rather by the pallet, I’m always keeping my eyes open for word of new grocery stores. Last week I provided an update on the latest efforts to land a store in downtown Lawrence, ...

A look at the city manager's recommended budget, and the heat he is taking for it

Chad Lawhorn

Despite concerns to the contrary, Lawrence is still a city of the arts. These days, the newest creation from artists are arrows — available for free if you promise to shoot them at City Manager Tom Markus’ proposed 2017 budget. Or, perhaps, Markus would tell you they seem to be ...

Are taxes too high here? A look at some numbers and how Lawrence stacks up to other cities

Chad Lawhorn

It is the time of year at city halls, county courthouses and other seats of local government where one of two items usually gets thrown: Sofa cushions get tossed in search of loose change, or rotten tomatoes get hurled at those who instead choose to find their money by raising ...

A look at the city's gravel road that runs by millions of dollars in new homes; work begins on west Lawrence apartment project

Chad Lawhorn

Every queen hides something, and west Lawrence’s queen is no different. Whoa, whoa, before you start dishing on that soccer mom with the bedazzled sweatshirt, know that I’m talking about Queens Road. It is time for an update on that area of the world, as a major apartment complex has ...

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