Town Talk column

$450K grant program set to open for Douglas County businesses hit by pandemic

Area businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic will have a chance to get a share of $450,000 in grant money, beginning Wednesday. Downtown Lawrence Inc. will begin accepting applications for grants at noon on Sept. 23. The downtown organization has been chosen by county officials to ...

Demand for COVID tests expected to add 40 jobs at local manufacturing plant

Story updated at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday As testing for COVID-19 increases in parts of the country, the number of jobs at one Lawrence manufacturer is expected to grow as well. Officials with Plastikon Healthcare announced Tuesday that they are rapidly adding a new production line at their ...

With move to new location, Lawrence liquor store becomes biggest in town

Surely this isn’t the first time that mixology has won out over macrame as a hobby. But, indeed, that type of victory has occurred as the former site of Lawrence’s Hobby Lobby store on 23rd Street has been converted into the city’s largest liquor store. We reported in November that ...

Eudora lands deal for new railway manufacturer; 23rd Street fun center closes

Story updated at 4:10 p.m. Thursday We reported in June that a Canadian manufacturer was eyeing Eudora to open a new plant to serve the railroad industry and add about 40 new jobs to the eastern Douglas County community in the process. Well, that deal has now been finalized. Modern ...

Project underway to create new hub for smaller offices in downtown Lawrence

Chicken-or-egg questions have never been that difficult for me. The answer seems obvious: Both, fried, please. But downtown does have a slightly more difficult which-comes-first type of question. Does downtown need more residential development in order to get more office development, or does it ...

Downtown BBQ restaurant featuring carryout and a ‘Porky Parfait’ set to open

Obviously, a perfect place to locate a carryout barbecue restaurant would be next to a U-Haul store. (There is only so much brisket you can fit in a trunk.) But a local businessman is betting that downtown Lawrence will be a great place too. A barbecue joint with the very utilitarian name ...

Restaurant featuring ‘New Jersey-style’ sandwiches coming to downtown

They call New Jersey the Garden State, and I now have reason to believe the produce comes out of the ground already battered and deep fried. At least I’m hopeful of it after learning more about a New Jersey-style sandwich shop that is coming to downtown Lawrence. Fat Shack is scheduled to ...

As gun sales soar, indoor shooting range opens in south Lawrence

The gun business is booming, which means Mondays are too at one particular south Lawrence shopping center. Shooters Gun Club has opened in the shopping center near 25th and Iowa streets. The business isn’t brand new; it opened just a few days before the pandemic struck the Lawrence area in ...