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Stephen Montemayor

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Best Hotel - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

The Eldridge is no stranger to rising from the ashes, most famously having been burned to the ground during William Quantrill’s infamous raid on Lawrence in 1863. The modern day, however, has seen the hotel prosper: the 48-room hotel boasts a bar, restaurant and plans to double in size moving forward.

Best Electrician - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

When George Grieb bought Lynn Electric & Communications in 1999 from Chuck Lynn, who started the business in 1977, it was a small residential company whose services were largely confined to Douglas County. In the last decade, business has boomed.

Best Liquor Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Entertainment & Nightlife

The ownership at On The Rocks claims to be among the first bring the concept of a large discount superstore, mix and match beer options and a beer cave to Lawrence when the store opened in 2009. Along the way, the store added another distinction: some of its regulars are of the four-legged variety.

Best Plumber - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

Howard Kastl still remembers the day a client called his plumbing service — in Lawrence since 1971 — under direct orders.

Lawrence quilter, area students hope to follow Mandela quilt to international exhibit in South Africa

The result of two months of work, in which nearly a dozen students and a longtime Lawrence quilter had a hand, will soon be boxed up and shipped across the Atlantic. Now, those who produced the quilt hope to find a way to follow it to South Africa. By Stephen Montemayor

Class dances away from the past with annual New Year's Day event

On display at a downtown dance studio, as it has been for more than a decade each New Year’s Day, was the delicate art of avoiding collision in a closed space where the number of fellow twirling bodies releasing energy has grown considerably. By Stephen Montemayor

Best of Lawrence 2011: And the winners are...

You had the facts and you voted. Here are the Best of Lawrence 2011 Winners.

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Best Of Lawrence tops 2,000 ballots, hungry for more

There's still much time to let your voice be heard

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Looking at early Best of Lawrence results

Voting began Monday but we're already noticing some tight races

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Vote here in our 2011 Best of Lawrence competition

From now through Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, you can vote on your favorites local businesses and help them be dubbed one of the 2011 Best of Lawrence. One vote per e-mail address.

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Best Of Lawrence returns Monday

You've helped us nominate candidates, now vote on the town's best Monday

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Best Of Lawrence 2011: Auto service, best overall restaurant

With voting beginning in a few days, we roll out the last of our categories to be previewed

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Chili con carnage: Painfully hot 'ghost chili' popping up on Lawrence store shelves

It's officially recognized as the hottest chili pepper in the world and we tried tried them just to be sure.

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Best Of Lawrence goes gluten free, vegan and vegetarian

Help us make sure we include Lawrence's best options for consideration

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Best of Lawrence 2011: Store Cat, New Restaurant

Voting begins Jan. 24, but there's still a few days for you to let us know if we've missed any of your favorites

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Best Of Lawrence 2011: Sweets, quick eats and game day hot spots

Voting begins Jan. 24. Let us know if we're missing any candidates for our categories.

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Best of Lawrence 2011 seeks haircut, new wardrobe

With voting just weeks away, we look at Best of Lawrence's haircut and clothing categories

Best of Lawrence 2011: Asian food, breakfast

With voting just weeks away, we look at our candidates for the best Asian cuisine and best breakfast in town

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Best of Lawrence 2011: Pizza and Italian

We're taking a look at pizza and Italian in anticipation of Best of Lawrence 2011.

Best of Lawrence 2011 Gets Spicy

Today we look at candidates for Best Latin American and Middle Eastern food

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Best of Lawrence 2011: Coffee, Burgers and Dancing

In the weeks leading up to Jan. 24, we're seeking feedback on our lists of candidates for each category

Best of Lawrence 2011: Live Music Venue & Bookstore

Best of Lawrence returns Jan. 24. Weigh in on our nominees for each category.

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Best of Lawrence 2011: And the nominees are...

In the coming weeks we'll be unveiling maps of candidates for each category. Let us know what you think.

Best of Lawrence is back and we want your help

For the first time since 2006, the town's best food, drink, fun and services will be voted on by you