Town Talk

Apparel retailer signs deal to locate in former Ernst & Son Hardware building

The basement of the Ernst & Son Hardware building in downtown long had the reputation as a massive storage vault, housing everything from covered wagon parts to things that weren't even useful anymore. Well, that big storage space has helped seal a deal for new retail life at the building. ...

Bar and grill with Italian twist opens in downtown spot that housed Genovese

Regrettably, the new 1856 Bar & Grill in downtown Lawrence isn’t an excuse for me to wear my spurs and other fancy western attire after all. The place — located in the former home of the Italian restaurant Genovese — isn’t some sort of themed restaurant. But for fans of the former ...

QuikTrip files plans to build second store in Lawrence

Gear up for a gasoline battle. QuikTrip has filed plans to build a second store in Lawrence. The Tulsa-based convenience store chain has struck a deal to buy the Zarco convenience store at Ninth and Iowa streets. Plans filed at City Hall show QuikTrip would undertake a major redevelopment of ...

Vintage toys and a wee bit of taxidermy coming to Massachusetts Street

When you are 45 years old and have been collecting toys all your life, at some point you have to decide to do something out of the ordinary. For Terry Taylor, that means opening a vintage toy shop on Massachusetts Street. And just for good measure, the store will dabble in a bit of ...

Another retailer leaving 23rd Street to head to south Iowa Street

I don’t know what you think you saw when I got off the elliptical machine, but I wasn’t so woozy that I needed a bed to lie down on. But in case it ever does get to that point, some of you may be in luck. You’ve been asking what new retailer is going next to the Planet Fitness location on ...

Plans for soccer complex on eastern edge of Lawrence moving forward again

Basketball may be king in Lawrence, but soon soccer may be the first sport you see coming into town. Plans for a new soccer complex along the South Lawrence Trafficway east of Lawrence are moving forward again. I reported in 2016 on plans to convert a farm field just west of the water ski ...

A pair of restaurant closings and word of a possible corporate expansion in Lawrence

Things have gotten a little rocky on both the Italian and Mexican fronts, and it doesn’t even have anything to do with a presidential tweet. Instead, I’m talking about the closing of a longtime Italian eatery in downtown and a Mexican restaurant in west Lawrence. Both Genovese and Tortas ...