WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

New Lawrence fitness center will have you doing workouts in the sauna

My workout attire of a hoodie pulled tight around my head sometimes causes people to confuse me with Rocky. (In fairness, it may just be because after five minutes on the elliptical, I also only speak in monosyllables.) Regardless, if you too like the idea of breaking a big sweat while working out, there is a new concept in Lawrence: a fitness center that has you do your workout inside a sauna. The fitness ...

Report shows holiday spending couldn't maintain hot pace; a look at the Lawrence industries producing the most sales tax

Last week I ran into a city employee who was taking down Christmas lights from downtown street trees. He told me that meant warmer weather was on the way. As I remove snow from my socks, I now believe that fellow has a great future as a groundhog. But maybe the snow has reminded you of Christmas. I do have a new report on holiday spending in Lawrence. It didn’t end up being the blockbuster it once looked like ...

Local Honda dealership bought by longtime Lawrence competitor

While a lot has changed in the business of selling cars since 1969, one constant in Lawrence has been Jack Ellena. That changed on Friday, as the oldest car dealership in Lawrence announced it had been sold and was changing names. Its new namesake, though, is the one it has been staring at since 1970. Dale Willey Automotive Group announced it has completed the purchase of Jack Ellena Honda and is changing the ...

From Belgian beers to rabbit stew, a new brewpub opens in downtown Lawrence

Stop me if you have heard this one. A chemist and a lawyer walk into a bar ... and then they decide to open one. More specifically, they decide to open a brewpub and become the newest player in a growing craft beer scene in Lawrence. Black Stag Brewery opened this week at 623 Massachusetts St. If you are having a hard time picturing the location, it is in the old M&M Office Supply building. Yes, that is ...

High-tech remodel planned for local McDonald's; Walmart gets 16-foot-tall vending machine

People say I’m not a tech wizard, but I plan to use an iPhone to clear the snow from my driveway. (Once I bury my son’s phone, I’m pretty sure he’ll pick up a snow shovel.) While that maybe doesn’t meet the definition of high-tech, plans for the renovation of a Lawrence McDonald’s restaurant do. The McDonald’s restaurant near Sixth and Michigan streets will undergo a renovation to install ordering ...

Development group still looking for the right fit to fill big new industrial building on east edge of town

The 153,000 square-foot building on the eastern edge of Lawrence currently stores patience. When you construct a large industrial building without a tenant, you had better be well-stocked in that attribute. Leaders gathered Wednesday afternoon for an open house at the first building constructed at VenturePark, the city-owned business park near 23rd Street and O’Connell Road on the east edge of town. The ...