Town Talk column

From scandals to big buildings, a look at the top local stories of the decade

The national scene came to Lawrence during the past decade — at least for a day. Does anybody still remember Jan. 22, 2015 — the day when President Barack Obama became the first sitting president in more than 100 years to visit Lawrence? It is OK if the day slipped your mind. That’s not ...

Missouri company betting big on Lawrence car wash market by adding two locations

In some ways, it makes sense that a business based in Columbia, Mo. is coming to Lawrence to clean our vehicles. After all, a Lawrence basketball team has been cleaning the clocks of a Columbia basketball team for decades. (Hey, if they are going to restart the basketball games, I’m going to ...

New report claims Lawrence is now one of the best beer cities in America

There has been talk in some circles that Lawrence is the beer capital of Kansas. Now, there is evidence that goes beyond the fact that the pile of discarded beer bottles in your garage is roughly the size of the Statehouse dome. A national website lists Lawrence as one of the 50 best beer ...

New west Lawrence doughnut shop features made-to-order menu

Maybe you too have learned what a snow day during holiday baking season is good for: about 20 pounds. Doughnuts, though, weren’t on my list of treats I was making and eating, but, of course, I didn’t have the benefit of a doughnut-making robot. A new west Lawrence doughnut shop, however, ...

Signs went up Tuesday announcing that Gap would close its store at 643 Massachusetts Street. The company earlier this year had announced it would close about 230 stores, but had not released a list of specific store closings.

Gap to close its only Lawrence store; no word on last day of business

Get ready to say goodbye to the Gap location in Lawrence. The apparel store today placed “store closing” signs all over its windows on Massachusetts Street. The closing likely will create a big gap in downtown Lawrence’s streetscape. Gap occupies about 100 feet of street frontage in the ...

Papa Keno’s Pizzeria strikes deal to move from its longtime downtown location

One of Lawrence’s oldest New York-style pizzerias is moving, but don’t worry, you won’t have to get on a new subway line to find it. Papa Keno’s Pizzeria has reached a deal to leave its longtime home on the southern end of downtown for a new location a few blocks north on Massachusetts ...

Lawrence sales tax collections bounce back

Maybe we all decided to buy our football tailgating supplies at the same time. (Is that why Taco Bell refused to fill my stock tank with nacho cheese sauce?) Or maybe there is some other explanation, but the start of fall ended up being the start of a new spending season in both Lawrence and ...

Lawrence home sales try to finish the year strong

It makes sense that fall is the time homes start feeling a little cramped. The garage is full of Halloween candy and the free-range Thanksgiving turkey is roaming in the living room. (They say they’re healthier for you, but my blood pressure rises every time he messes with the remote.) Maybe ...