WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence Jimmy's Egg locations close months after opening, citing inability to overcome 'radical' claims they were tied to Kobach

One early sign of trouble for the new Jimmy’s Egg restaurants in Lawrence was when adult customers would come with crayons in hand to scrawl “(Expletive) Kobach” on the diner’s tables. But the trouble grew from there, the diner’s owner said, with some people writing the same phrase on his car and smearing excrement on its windshield and door handles. Where the trouble was going to stop was unclear to ...

A conversation with Douglas County Commissioner Michelle Derusseau, including her thoughts on community growth

My understanding of supply and demand mainly comes from simple experiments, like gathering my two kids at the dinner table and placing just one doughnut in between them. Indeed, the market is beautiful to watch. Leave it to free enterprise to figure out how to make a dining table fly across a room. Lawrence and Douglas County, though, are about to embark on a more complicated supply and demand experiment. ...

KU argues with NCAA that Adidas isn't a booster, but sends out flyer to local businesses suggesting otherwise

Whether former Adidas consultants — and now convicted felons — were boosters of KU Athletics is a big question in the NCAA’s case against the university. The NCAA argues Adidas officials were boosters, making their many contacts with KU coaches about recruits impermissible. KU leaders, though, have said they’ll forcefully argue otherwise when they present their case to the NCAA. Related story - ...

Lawrence businessman strikes deal to open one-hour eyeglass center

I love it when I have to go without my eyeglasses for a few days. I end up having the most interesting of cocktail party conversations — usually with the coat rack in the corner. Wait times for eyeglasses, though, may be going down as a Lawrence businessman has struck a deal to open a one-hour eyeglass center. Lawrence businessman Paul Benner plans to open Hour Glasses at a location along North Second Street ...

Soon Saturdays will be full of farmers markets, with new Makers, Bakers & Acres opening in North Lawrence

I could probably wear my pajamas to the Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings, but I would have to give some careful thought to where I would keep my wallet. For those reasons and others, a local resident is starting a new Saturday farmers' market that doesn’t require people to get up so early. Local entrepreneur Zoe Smith plans to host a new Saturday afternoon farmers market beginning in ...

LMH discusses partnerships with hospitals in Topeka, Emporia; Intrust Bank announces new Lawrence president

Whether it be neurosurgery in Topeka or knee surgery in Emporia, LMH Health doctors may soon be a bigger part of it. Lawrence neurosurgeons next month will be allowed to start doing some surgeries at Topeka’s St. Francis hospital, while a pending deal would allow doctors with LMH-owned OrthoKansas to provide services beginning in January at Emporia’s Newman Regional Health hospital. Members of the LMH ...

One year after bankruptcy, future still cloudy for local Kmart plant; other news from area chain stores

Let’s go national today with some news about chain stores that operate in Lawrence: • Sears is a lot like the 1970s-era lawnmower I have from the retailer. It leaves a pool of oil on my garage floor so large that J.R. Ewing once tried to buy the rights to it. (It is so old that it actually still gets J.R. Ewing references.) In other words, both of them are a mess but keep on running. Sears entered ...

South Mass. Street store offering coffee with a kick, plus other CBD products

I thought spiked coffee was something you kept a secret. (Umm, I don’t know why that coffee cup combusted when it got near an open flame.) But there’s a new retailer that has the offering front and center. But, no, the coffee isn’t spiked with alcohol. American Shaman has opened its second location in Lawrence with a new shop at 19th and Massachusetts streets. A major offering of the shop is coffee on ...

Construction workers lift the wall of a home under construction on Silver Rain Road in this file photo from April 2016.

Realtor group begins to worry about Lawrence's growth policies; home sales forecast to decline slightly in 2020

Don’t expect Lawrence’s real estate market to regain its bounce in 2020, a Wichita State economist told Lawrence Realtors on Thursday. A slight decline is more likely for the number of home sales next year. Stanley Longhofer, director of the WSU Center for Real Estate, is forecasting that home sales in 2020 will be down about 3.5% from this year’s totals. Longhofer is projecting 2019 will finish with ...

Old liquor store on Massachusetts Street set to become jiujitsu studio

After spending 3 1/2 years in a motor home as a “nomad jiujitsu instructor,” maybe it is not surprising that Robert Riley ended up at a Lawrence liquor store. But no, this is not one of those types of stories. Riley actually is turning the old liquor store building into a jiujitsu studio, with the help of a business partner who also has his own story of a winding journey. Riley and business partner Charlie ...

Mexican restaurant Tortas Jalisco reopens; plans also filed for a laundromat and a pawn shop

A longtime Mexican restaurant is back from a nine-month break, and it has reopened in a spot that may remind you of its beginnings. Tortas Jalisco has opened in the back room of Empire Bar & Billiards near Ninth and Iowa streets. Being in a pool hall is a new experience for Tortas, but operating a restaurant in a small space isn’t. If you remember, Tortas Jalisco got its start in the corner of a gas ...

With both funk and vintage, antique shop opens in East Lawrence

The hoopla in Washington, D.C. is about an impeachment inquiry. The Hoopla in East Lawrence is, oddly, about paper dolls of Richard Nixon. If you are confused, I can’t really explain presidential paper dolls, but I can tell you that Hoopla is the name of a new East Lawrence boutique. Indeed, Hoopla, 840 Connecticut St., is a vintage furniture and antique shop that specializes in items from the 1950s, 1960s ...

Another all-you-can-eat buffet waves the white flag; an update on old Montana Mike's space

When it comes to all-you-can-eat buffets, a question hangs over such establishments: What will break first, my belt or the will of the buffet owner? For one of Lawrence’s largest buffets, it looks like it is the latter. The CiCi’s pizza restaurant, and its buffet, at 23rd and Iowa streets seemingly has closed. While there is no sign on the door, the restaurant was locked up on Thursday. A peek through the ...

Lawrence sales tax collections post their best month of the year; rest of state also soars

That boom you heard in July wasn’t a firework after all. Apparently it was the Kansas economy exploding with new energy. The state has released its latest sales tax report, and it shows the vast majority of cities and counties in the state posted big increases in sales tax collections in July. Remarkably, the report shows that more than 80% of the 381 counties and cities that have a local sales tax posted an ...

Local baker files plans to open doughnut shop across the street from Lawrence High

As construction work continues at Lawrence High, I have news that may cause leaders there to consider adding one more project to the list: A warehouse to store nothing but Wet Wipes. Plans have been filed for a doughnut shop to locate directly across the street from LHS — and yes, it will have plenty of sticky glazed doughnuts. For weeks, people have been noticing activity at the old laundromat just north of ...

District attorney's office completes training in spotting, preventing biases that may creep into its work

When you see that someone is always late to important events — work, doctor’s appointments, court-ordered appearances — you may become worried that person doesn’t understand responsibility. When you are a criminal prosecutor, that worry may cause you to recommend a certain bond amount for a defendant or influence any number of other choices about what type, if any, plea deal you are going to offer the ...

Longtime Pyramid Pizza owner shares memories of the now closed restaurant; manufacturer files plans for expansion in East Hills

As the guy who got to deliver a Pyramid Pizza to comedian Bob Hope, Mark McKee is a bit more bummed about the closing of the longtime Lawrence pizza restaurant than the rest of us. He’s also the guy who might be able to do something about it. As we reported earlier this week, Pyramid Pizza at 1029 Massachusetts St. seemingly has closed after more than 30 years in business. A sign on the door says the ...

Taco restaurant to replace upscale grill in downtown; Lawrence's longtime Pyramid Pizza restaurant closes

An upscale restaurant in downtown Lawrence soon will be replaced by one with a comfy couch and a good 7-layer bean dip. Those are the kinds of twists and turns you get when you put a veteran food truck chef in charge of opening a new restaurant. In November, Ta Co. will be opening in the space at Eighth and Massachusetts streets currently occupied by RND Corner Grille. Jay Draskovich — the chef behind ...

Analysis: Understanding what matters and what doesn't in the NCAA's case against KU

Read the message boards or chat rooms and it has been apparent for a while that KU basketball fans were in for a rude awakening. The alarm began blaring on Monday when the NCAA document came in the mail. That document — a Notice of Allegations, which is the NCAA’s equivalent of an indictment — claims the men’s basketball program was involved in some shady recruiting practices and could face some of the ...