Town Talk

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 ...

Algerian duo bring crepes, and a taste of their country, to downtown Lawrence

In some ways, Algeria sounds better than Disneyland because I’m not sure the Magic Kingdom can even provide this delight. “In Algeria, just ask for a crepe and you will find one waiting for you,” said Mohamed Beziane, an Algerian native who is now co-owner of Lawrence’s new T&M ...

Latest sales tax numbers show Lawrence economy takes another dip

After posting surprisingly good numbers in June, Lawrence’s economy had no such luck in July, according to new sales tax data released by the state. Amid pandemic-related shutdowns and restrictions, Lawrence posted one of the larger sales tax declines of any major retail area in the state. ...

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 ...

$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 ...

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 ...