Town Talk

Downtown retailer of nearly 4 decades set to close by year’s end

Sometimes it is not a slowdown in sales that causes a business to close. Sometimes it's just that there's no one left to run it. That's the case with a 37-year retailer in downtown Lawrence that will close its doors later this year. Saffees, the women’s clothing boutique at 911 ...

Paul Bunyan, look out: Ax-throwing business to open in downtown Lawrence

I know when I bowl, I’m sometimes required to yell “Fore!” I’m not quite sure what happens when I step up to an ax-throwing lane. We’ll soon find out because a new ax-throwing business is set to open in downtown Lawrence. Matt Baysinger — the Lawrence resident behind the ideas of ...

Plans filed for local butcher shop near Ninth and Iowa streets

If you want handcrafted sausages for your cookout, you could sure try to make them. (I hear it is a great way to avoid handshakes for at least a month.) Or, you could find a butcher shop in the sausage business. It looks like Lawrence is going to get the latter. Plans have been filed for ...

Home prices continue to soar in Lawrence; will property tax values do the same?

I’m sure my home once increased 15 percent in value — when I moved my art collection of dogs shooting pool from the bank vault to the basement. But a new report shows that even without that type of event, Lawrence home prices are soaring. The latest report from the Lawrence Board of ...

Sales growth in Lawrence continues to slow and to lag behind area communities

I know May used to produce lots of big spending in Lawrence, just with the graduation parties alone. (Mine was a huge surprise party, as in everyone was surprised the envelope actually contained a diploma.) Maybe graduation parties aren’t what they used to be. Regardless, something caused May ...

Longtime downtown retailer to close in favor of online, pop-up stores

The “pop-up” trend that I’ve long been a fan of involves my toaster and a case of Pop Tarts. But in the retail world, the trend is “pop-up stores,” and it isn’t always as satisfying. Case in point: One of downtown Lawrence’s longest running retailers is closing its doors in favor ...

As 2-year anniversary nears, East Lawrence’s Bon Bon! eyes expansion

The popular East Lawrence bistro Bon Bon! can be a bit Brr, Brr during the winter. That’s a prime reason the restaurant has filed expansion plans that include a new kitchen and a new enclosed seating area. The restaurant at 804 Pennsylvania St. currently uses as its kitchen a food truck ...

Old Applebee’s building being demolished; car wash set to take its place

I don’t know if it is true that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but I can attest that an Applebee’s falls wherever the big backhoe tells it to. Motorists in west Lawrence this morning are noticing that the former Applebee’s at Sixth and Monterey Way is being torn down. No, ...

Growing bank files plans to take over former convenience store location

A bank inside a convenience store always worried me. A line of credit and Slim Jims in the same spot could ruin me. But now I have word of a bank that is completely taking over a convenience store location. Plans have been filed by RCB Bank to take over the vacant gas station/convenience ...

Longtime laundromat to become a restaurant; 55-year-old 23rd Street shop to close

I’ve been wearing my Magnum P.I. shirt and doing a little investigating. What I’ve learned so far is if I ever decide to wash the beautiful garment, I’ll have one less place to do so. Plans have been filed for a restaurant to take over one of Lawrence’s oldest laundromat locations. And, ...

Long vacant building on 23rd Street to become home for dog day care

In the battle between dogs and postal workers, chalk up a victory for the canines. Plans have been filed for a former Lawrence post office building to be converted into a resort for dogs. Woof’s Play Stay Grooming has filed plans with City Hall to move into the building at 1519 W. 23rd St. ...