Town Talk column

$28 million apartment complex with 400-plus bedrooms proposed for far south Lawrence

After a more than 20-year wait for the completion of the eastern leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway, it was only natural to wonder what that bypass project would draw to the area. We are getting a pretty clear answer on one front now: large new apartment complexes. Plans have been filed for ...

West Lawrence hamburger restaurant moving, getting into ice cream business

I don’t care how cold it is, it is perfectly appropriate to plan for more ice cream. (I’ll have to put a bed on the porch, but I absolutely can fit another freezer in the house.) A Lawrence hamburger shop indeed is planning for more ice cream, and it will be moving to a new location to make ...

Numbers suggest Lawrence retailers had a slow start to the holiday shopping season

January sure seems like it didn’t get the memo that 2021 was supposed to be a bounce-back year. Lawrence City Hall got its first sales tax check of the new year, and the best you can say about it is at least it didn’t bounce. It wasn’t that bad, but it also wasn’t anything to brag ...

Lawrence home sales were up in 2020, and so were prices

There’s a joke circulating among Lawrence real estate agents these days: Tom Brady has been in more Super Bowls than Lawrence has houses for sale. “It is not quite that bad yet, but it is close,” said John Huntington Jr., president of the Lawrence Board of Realtors. Hopefully the next ...

By one measure, Lawrence has seen two decades of job losses in a single year

About one out of every 10 jobs in Lawrence and Douglas County disappeared in 2020, according to the latest report from the Kansas Department of Labor. That’s already a pretty striking statistic on our pandemic times, but there’s an even more startling one if you dig deeper into the ...

Secondhand store in North Lawrence features eclectic mix of new and old items

Finally, I have found a piano I’m qualified to play. Its keys are frozen and its upper cabinet has been converted into a wine rack. It is one of the items in North Lawrence’s new secondhand shop, Reclaimed by Michele. Owner Michele Johnson says the shop at 628 N. Second St. will be a ...

Operators of Douglas County food trailer open barbecue restaurant in Eudora

When I’m at the Douglas County 4-H Fair watching my children’s badly behaved 4-H hogs, I take a special type of comfort in ordering a pulled pork sandwich from one of the food trailers along the midway. Now, I can report one of those longstanding food trailers has opened its own full-time ...

Little Caesars set to make return to Lawrence’s pizza market

The only reason I ever considered taking geometry at KU was to better understand pizza strategy. (I learned when I’m really hungry, I have my pizza pie cut into 16 pieces instead of 12.) In other words, pizza is a big deal in Lawrence, which makes it hard to believe that the third-largest ...

Fun and funky food finds at Lawrence-area restaurants in 2020

The idea of a food find in 2020 was a bit unusual. There were some days early in the pandemic that you were happy to find a crate of ramen and a bottle of ketchup on the grocery shelves. (With candlelight and a mask placed over your eyes, you would swear you were at the finest Italian ...