A few dozen people gathered Saturday for the rededication of the Wishing Bench in East Lawrence, but thoughts and memories of others who had touched and been touched by the bench filled out the bustling gathering.
It’s a jungle inside the window front of Wild Man Vintage, complete with live cats on the weekends. And courtesy of some creative middle school students, their domain includes a climbable tree, too.
Earl Moise, one of the best-known master plumbers in Lawrence, has been passionate about the craft ever since graduating from high school. With each pipe he hand-cut, he fell more and more in love.
Amid the lush leaves and neatly arranged rows of plants and trees, the orchard and gardens at West Middle School grow a bounty of food. The smells of clematis and lavender float through the air, and wherever you turn, you’ll see colorful fresh fruit and vegetables. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll also find the project grows people.
Where you find injustice in Lawrence, you may also find Tasha Neal, organizing a resistance.
Lawrence native Catherine Bell grew up with 10 siblings, but she was the only one to take up her mom’s passion for sewing and fashion design. Now she’s passing the torch — or needle — to the kids she’s had under her wing since 2019, when she started teaching sewing classes under the name Sew Simple Sewing.
Over the last year and a half, the consistency of learning a new instrument has helped some Lawrence musicians in more ways than one.
Through navigating COVID-19 as both healthcare workers and small business owners, the toy store’s regular customers have made things easier for the owners of 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
Evelin’s Auto Care, known for its wash, wax and detailing services, is tucked away in a corner off Sixth and Minnesota streets. It’s a small shop, but it’s named after someone even smaller.
Imagine entering a room full of famous women from the past and present who have inspired world change. Imagine the feeling of awe that would follow. That is the exact atmosphere Lawrence artist John Sebelius, 37, aims to simulate with his upcoming art exhibition, “Powerful Women.”
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