Town Talk column

Lawrence home sales surge in October, but selling prices rise even more rapidly

I’m not sure that there is universal agreement that my home has become more valuable as I spend more time in it, but home prices in Lawrence certainly have been soaring as the pandemic produces more homebodies. The latest report from the Lawrence Board of Realtors shows home sales increased ...

Kansas City-based bakery and restaurant opening on Iowa Street

Yes, I will hike up a hill for a cinnamon roll, but I may roll back down it if I have one too many. For folks not quite up for that adventure, a bakery at the top of Mount Oread is now expanding to flatter ground on Iowa Street. McLain’s Market has signed a deal to locate in the old Slim ...

State opens temporary second driver’s license office in Lawrence

Now that election season is almost done, maybe you will want to spend more time at a driver’s license office to get your fill of government fun. Or, maybe not. Regardless, area residents now have — for the time being — a second option for renewing their Kansas driver’s licenses. The ...

Last-minute Douglas County facts and figures as Election Day arrives

Whether you are an undecided voter or a fully decided one who simply hasn’t marked your ballot, time is quickly running out. To state the obvious, Election Day is tomorrow — Tuesday, Nov. 3. But surely you knew that already. If nothing else, you were clued in by the fact that no ...

As students returned to school, local sales tax numbers not as bad as once feared

Personally, I don’t think roller coasters and the year 2020 mix well. (After all, there is a lot of screaming and little social distancing, which makes it only slightly less dangerous than Thanksgiving dinner.) But the state’s retail economy seems to be on such an up-and-down ride. Each ...

Pedal for a pastry? New downtown cafe in bike, outdoor shop is betting many will

When Dan Hughes, co-owner of Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, started planning to add a cafe to the store, he figured menu items that could easily fit into the jersey pocket of a bike outfit would be key. Indeed, such offerings are important, but that’s not always how the menu ends up getting ...

Raven Book Store set to move into bigger space on Massachusetts Street

I don’t know why, but I think Edgar Allan Poe would be pleased that a bookstore named after one of his most famous works will be located in a building that used to hone people’s axe-throwing skills. Indeed, that’s the plan for the Raven Book Store in downtown Lawrence. After more than ...

Pretzel manufacturer chooses Lawrence to house production plant

Story updated at 8:28 p.m. Oct. 6, 2020: A snack food company has chosen Lawrence for a new production facility, economic development officials announced late Tuesday afternoon. City commissioners will consider preliminary paperwork for a deal that will allow Pretzels Inc. to locate in ...