Town Talk

Lawrence's retail sales up 2.1 percent for first quarter

Chad Lawhorn

In case you had forgotten, today — April 15 — is tax day. But [I hear that a high-ranking federal official will be in town on Friday,][1] so perhaps you could save yourself some postage and just ask him to take it back to D.C. with him. Let me know ...

I-70 Business Center has new owners; VFW purchases south Massachusetts Street properties; Habitat for Humanity completes land deal

Chad Lawhorn

Spring has brought some new activity to the commercial real estate market, according to the lastest report of land transfers from the Douglas County Courthouse. So, let’s get right into some of the more notable deals. • The I-70 Business Center in North Lawrence — formerly known as the Tanger ...

Regal chain buys Lawrence's Hollywood Theaters; speculation begins on whether upgrade is in the future

Chad Lawhorn

If I were at the movie theater pulling contraband Walgreens candy out of my coat pocket and eating $7 popcorn (I haven’t yet perfected the process for sneaking a popcorn popper into the theater), this may be the point in the movie where the heroic-type of music starts to build. ...

Basil Leaf Cafe signs deal to locate in former Joe's Bakery building by June or July

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe our future includes a mole sauce made out of the glaze from the famous donuts once served at Joe’s Bakery. Well, probably not. But the old [Joe’s Bakery building][1] at 616 W. Ninth St. is getting a new restaurant tenant that has a history of trying about anything. After ...

Baldwin-based bank to open new branch on West Sixth Street; a snapshot of local banking activity

Chad Lawhorn

During much of the 1990s and into the 2000s, it was a scene as common as dandelions in spring: Optimism about the local real estate market would increase, and so would the number of banks in the city. Well, it is certainly not the 1990s or 2000s again but the ...

Library expansion bids come in below budget, allowing for coffee shop concept to be added back to project

Chad Lawhorn

When the Lawrence Public Library opens early next year, be prepared to find more than a good book. Perhaps a good cup of Joe awaits too. And you almost certainly won’t be able to miss the 25-foot piece of art hanging from the ceiling. City commissioners on Tuesday are set ...

Merck Animal Health pulls building permit to create laboratory in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

For a man who now owns two pigs (technically, my 4-H children own them but I have yet to be paid), this is news of note: The large pharmaceutical company Merck Animal Health is setting up a Lawrence laboratory. Details are slim right now, but the company has pulled a ...

New report compares Lawrence's economy to others in the region; latest numbers show local economy shrank in 2011

Chad Lawhorn

Watch out Cleveland, Tenn. We’re right on your heels. What? When you think of cities similar to Lawrence, you don’t think of Cleveland, Tenn.? What’s that? You don’t think of [Cleveland, Tenn.][1] — population 42,000 people along the Ocoee River — at all. Well, by one standard, that city is ...

Little noticed state law change will require one week delay of swearing in of new city commissioners

Chad Lawhorn

There won't be a change of power at Lawrence City Hall next week after all. But no, were not in the midst of a coup. Instead, local election officials are now realizing a change in state law impacts how quickly Tuesday night's election results can be made official. Those results ...

Downtown Lawrence Inc. executive director to retire after summer's sidewalk sale

Chad Lawhorn

Downtown Lawrence Inc. soon will be looking for a new leader. DLI Executive Director Cathy Hamilton announced today that she’s leaving the organization this summer to retire. “I’m fortunate that I am able to retire a couple of years earlier than I had expected,” said Hamilton. “But I have the ...

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