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Caitlin Doornbos

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Best Liquor Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

Having won best liquor store in 2013 and 2014 and having scored runner-up in 2012, On The Rocks general manager Matt Easley attributes the store’s consistent success to its “neighborhood feel with a metropolitan selection.”

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Best Happy Hour | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

Partakers in Merchants Pub & Plates’ happy hour specials have much more to look forward to than a cheap swig after work. With 30 craft beers on tap at any given time, customers at the historic former bank building can expect the best, owner Emily Peterson says.

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Best Outdoor Dining | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

When the weather warms up, Cielito Lindo co-owner José Lopez says he knows to expect the masses.

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Best New Restaurant | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

“Our objective is to be lively and approachable,” says Ladybird Diner owner Meg Heriford. “Ladybird is staffed by friendly, energetic people. It’s a little family.”

Lawrence artist's 'meaningful' gemstone necklace line picked up by Urban Outfitters

Megan Roelofs’ personal mantra is “Life keeps getting better and better.” And for the Lawrence occupational therapist and jewelry artist, it seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Her handmade gemstone necklace line was picked up by Urban Outfitters this year. Her unique wearable art features leathers intricately woven around gemstones, shells and other natural elements. By Caitlin Doornbos

Best Vegetarian or Vegan Food - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

When Zen Zero first opened 11 years ago, owner Subarna Bhattachan recognized it could fill a nice niche in Lawrence. “When we opened, we realized we could cater to specific clientele,” Bhattachan said. “There are a lot of vegetarians in Lawrence.”

Best KU Souvenir Shop - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

In a town packed with game day gear, Kansas Sampler store manager Kathy Mattan said it’s imperative to offer anything and everything to her customers.

Best Gym/Fitness Center - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Health & Fitness

When Scott Elliott and Chad Richards opened The Summit in 2012, Elliott said they wanted to change the way people thought about gyms.

Best Place for Breakfast - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

When The Roost opened in July 2013, the breakfast restaurant had some big frying pans to fill.

Best Hair Salon - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

After more than a decade of business, Salon Di Marco took home its first Best of Lawrence award last year. But the full-service salon and day spa was hungry for more.

Body found in park identified as missing local DJ

A body found at Clinton State Park Friday morning has been identified as 26-year-old Lawrence resident Michael Packard, according to Clinton State Park Manager, Dale Schwiger.

Furniture artist Wendell Castle donates piece to Spencer Museum

In May, Kansas University gave Wendell Castle, father of the art furniture movement and a KU alumnus, an honorary doctorate of arts degree. On Thursday, Castle gave the university an honorary gift — a new piece of his artwork.

Library unveils winning designs in banned books trading card project

Cards will be released for public collection starting Sunday

From the seemingly innocuous “Charlotte’s Web” to the oft-maligned “Catcher in the Rye,” this year’s winning banned books trading cards feature a variety of titles. Throw in assorted mediums to illustrate them — art-quilting, crayon and digital collage, to name a few — and the spirit of banned books is captured in a well-rounded set of trading cards. By Sara Shepherd and Caitlin Doornbos

Improv comedy troupe cultivates local actors' creativity

Marty Honig had always thrived on stage, but she hated memorizing lines. So when she found local improvisational comedy troupe, Roving Imp, she was hooked. With improv, no longer does she worry about forgetting what to say; the comedic acting style made popular by the television show, “Whose Line is It Anyway,” is completely unscripted.

Abe & Jake's fireworks-viewing party to benefit local nonprofit

Abe & Jake’s Landing will celebrate Independence Day with something truly American: charity.

Mourning mothers, authors to give book reading

On Friday, June 7, authors Melissa Miles McCarter and Margaret Kramer will present their work and experiences at a book reading hosted by The Raven Bookstore.