Town Talk

New west Lawrence business betting that need for body scans will grow

We are becoming a world of scans. We scan everything from our shopper cards to get a discount to our fingerprints to get into our smartphones. But lots of people are betting that the real scanning revolution will be in health care. Think of the day when we scan our whole body to get advanced ...

A do-it-yourself boutique to bring ‘intense crafting’ to west Lawrence

I’ve been told it is a faux pas to have a power tool inside a retail establishment. (Evidently it is “coercion” to ask for a half-off deal while holding a running chainsaw, lawyer-types say.) Regardless, a soon-to-open west Lawrence craft store will be putting power tools in the hands of ...

Talk of a downtown Lawrence grocery store revives, this time at a different site

It is time to keep our ears open for a new downtown grocery store rumor. This one doesn’t focus on the former Borders bookstore location at Seventh and New Hampshire streets, but rather is a block away at the old Journal-World printing plant. Dan Simons, a member of the family who owns the ...

A new fast-food Mexican restaurant, plus other updates on 23rd Street

Let’s do an update on some 23rd Street projects. “Soon” is the key word on that street, just as it is the key word I keep repeating to my kids who have taken on that late-summer feral look. Soon school will start, and soon a couple of new businesses will open on 23rd Street. The ...

Sales tax collections show signs of rebounding in Lawrence; online tax still soaring

Lawrence is on a winning streak. The city has posted back-to-back months of positive sales tax growth, and that hasn’t happened since January and February. (Yes, as the HR person explained, that is probably a lame excuse to blow a vuvuzela noisemaker in the office, but when you are a Royals ...

A guitar shop with a ‘400-pound iPod shuffle’ coming to downtown Lawrence

Whether your dream is to be a rock star or simply to imitate The Fonz, there soon will be a downtown shop designed to appeal to you. A lifelong Lawrence resident has struck a deal to open a Massachusetts Street guitar shop that also will have lots of other music memorabilia. “This shop has ...