Locust Street Marketplace

Drive north across the bridge over the Kansas River, take a quick right on Locust Street, drive a few blocks to 7th and you will discover a charming little shopping district in North Lawrence known as the Locust Street Marketplace. It’s off the beaten path and many people find out about it by word of mouth from others who have been pleasantly surprised by their experiences there. 

The Locust Street Marketplace has shops with unique home décor, antiques, re-purposed furnishings, charming accessories and perhaps even vintage clothing. The store-fronts are picturesque and inviting, welcoming you inside for some leisurely browsing. 

There are several restaurants and coffee houses nearby to complete your outing, and we recommend taking a camera - the photo opps are plentiful. The shops aren’t open every day; some of them only on Friday and Saturday, so you will want to plan ahead. Another helpful tip: the merchandise sells quickly so when you see something you like, don’t take too long to make your decision (similar to the real estate market in Lawrence right now).

Enjoy your Saturday paper and then take a drive across the bridge to Locust Street.

Stephens Real Estate is locally owned and proud of the great town in which we live. We are an independent, full service company linked to Lawrence through roots that run decades deep. Our agents know the Lawrence market, and have the experience and the connections to help you find the home that’s right for you. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

Walk this Way to Final Fridays!

On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5-9PM, the streets of Downtown Lawrence erupt. Storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses.  Final Fridays include activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages.


Final Fridays began in August of 2010. The Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and a wealth of artists, gallerists, art collectives and local businesses came together. They all saw the value of the arts in Lawrence, and that an opportunity existed to bring the arts to a wider public. The idea of a monthly free arts festival was agreed upon, and as a result Final Fridays was born. 

Lawrence has one of the highest percentages of working artists in the country per capita, therefore Lawrence has long stood out in the Kansas landscape as a mecca for creative thought and energy.

There’s something for everyone at Final Fridays. Here are some of the events on tap for Friday, June 30. 

Lawrence Arts Center Main Stage - Legendary political satirist and activist Barry Crimmins follows up his special Whatever Threatens You (filmed at the Lawrence Arts Center in 2016 and directed by Louis C.K.) with a new one-man show, Atlas’s Knees.

Massachusetts Street - 3 stellar street acts from the Busker Festival will be bringing their act to Massachusetts Street during Final Fridays!

Essential Goods - Katie’s Kat Show - a collection of works by local artist Katie Reese

Lawrence Arts Center Main Stage - Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World


Take your summer grilling to a whole new level

(BPT) – When the summer arrives, you spend much of your time outdoors. Your yard becomes your living room and you move your cooking to the grill. Now is the perfect time to make this grilling season your best yet. To do just that, here are a few suggestions to up your grilling game in 2017.

Switch to lump charcoal. The number one reason people grill with lump charcoal is due to the enhanced wood-fire flavor it imparts. When you grill with it, you'll enjoy a quick, hot burn with less ash production. Lump charcoal is natural and available in an array of varieties, allowing you to find the perfect charcoal to match your menu.

Use a Smarter Starter fluid. Lighter fluid is a mainstay around the grill when you want to get cooking quickly; however, the chemical taste it leaves behind poses a serious drawback. You can gain the benefits of a quick burn without the chemical taste by using Smarter Starter Fluid. Made from recycled restaurant cooking oil, it doesn't smell like traditional petroleum-based alternatives and you'll never have to worry about it corrupting the taste of your food. And, it's perfectly suited for use on lump charcoal.

Customize the smoke flavor. Lump charcoal already lends itself a natural smoke flavor when compared to briquettes, but to really customize that flavor in your food, you can complement your lump charcoal with wood chips or chunks. Chips are smaller and more readily available in most stores, but they burn faster. Chunks burn slower and give you a better chance to lock in that unique smoke flavor. And once you pick a wood size, it's time to pick a flavor. Apple, cherry, oak, mesquite and hickory are just a few of your options, so don't be afraid to explore several. Whatever you're planning to smoke, there's a chip or chunk out there that offers the perfect flavor complement.

Take control of your temperature. In the hands of an experienced grill master, the uneven heat offered by charcoal grills is a benefit, not a drawback. Creating two zones on your grill will give you the strong, searing heat of the fire on one side, and indirect heat on the other side to cook your meat all the way through. To accomplish this, pour charcoal into one half of the grill - this will be your direct heat source - and leave the other half empty as your indirect heating zone. Heartier meats like steak can then be cooked for two minutes on each side in the direct zone and allowed to finish cooking in the indirect zone to lock-in the flavor.

You look forward to the summer grilling season all year. Now that it's here, don't let a single opportunity pass you by. Apply the tips above and you'll take your time-honored pastime to a whole new level.

Summer is also a great time to buy or sell a home and we’re ready to help. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.


The Eldridge Hotel

If you know anything about Lawrence history, you know about The Eldridge Hotel. A pillar of downtown Lawrence for over 150 years, this hotel has quite an interesting story. 

The original structure, called the Free State Hotel, was built in 1855 by New England settlers who needed temporary quarters while waiting for their homes to be built. The next year Colonel Shalor Eldridge leased the building and equipped it as a first-class hotel. Just months later, it was attacked and burned to the ground by pro-slavery forces. Colonel Eldridge rebuilt the hotel, adding another floor, and making a pledge to rebuild every time it was destroyed. 

Six years later the hotel, along with the rest of Lawrence, was destroyed by Quantrill and his raiders. Lawrence has always been a proud city and the people were determined to rebuild. Using an original cornerstone from the burned hotel, Colonel Eldridge promptly rebuilt the hotel with a new name – The Hotel Eldridge. 

For the next several decades The Eldridge stood as one of the finest hotels west of the Mississippi River and played an important role in the early development of Lawrence and the State of Kansas. In 1925 the hotel had started to deteriorate and was purchased by a group of Lawrence business leaders who decided it should be torn down and rebuilt to its former dignity and elegance. A few decades later the building and the hotel’s business started to decline, and in 1970 the old hotel closed its doors and was converted into apartments. 

In 1985, a group of investors supported by The City of Lawrence decided The Eldridge Hotel should be revived once again. The top four floors were completely rebuilt converting them into 48 two room luxury suites, and the lobby was restored. Then in 2004, the hotel was sold at auction, closed for a short time, and a multi-million dollar renovation project restored it to its 1925 grandeur. The Eldridge, occupying its historic corner on Massachusetts Street, once again became Lawrence’s premier hotel. 

With such a fierce history, it’s no surprise that The Eldridge has its share of ghost stories. The fifth floor – especially room 506 – has been host to other-worldly happenings such as breath marks on recently cleaned mirrors, doors opening and shutting on their own, and lights turning on and off by themselves. Guests have even encountered an “elevator ghost” who opens and closes the elevator doors on the fifth floor.

Today The Eldridge Hotel, located at 7th and Massachusetts in Downtown Lawrence, is a thriving hotel and event venue perfectly situated and waiting to help you make your own history there.

Stephens Real Estate is locally owned and proud of the great town in which we live. We are an independent, full service company linked to Lawrence through roots that run decades deep. Our agents know Lawrence, and they have the experience and the connections to help you find the right home. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.


We have daytrips, yes we do.

Warm weather has arrived and if you’re looking to fill some time, we have a few daytrip ideas just a short drive from Lawrence.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is comprised of the 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties that experienced events leading to the Civil War and an enduring struggle for freedom. Conflict over slavery and other issues drew both sides into a violent Border War, and now Freedom’s Frontier bridges the border. Visit for information on upcoming events. 

Lecompton - 6 miles north of Lawrence - was the capital of Kansas Territory from 1855 to 1861 and hosts several public-access national landmark sites. Lecompton is best known for its role in the lead-up to the Civil War. The drama that occurred inside the walls of Constitution Hall, the Territorial Capitol Building and the First Kansas Democratic Headquarters highlights the conflict between pro-slavery settlers and abolitionists.

Eudora - 8 miles east of Lawrence - has a revitalized downtown and award-winning wineries making the drive back and forth extra fun. If you time your summer trip just right, you can catch the CPA (Central Protective Association) Picnic. This event, held every July, is a 3 day celebration which began as a picnic to honor those who protected Eudora from cattle rustlers and horse thieves in the late 1800s. Go back in the fall for EudoraFest, held the first Saturday in October with crafts, art displays, food, music, a garden tractor pull and car show. 

Also, check out Pendleton’s Country Market on your way to Eudora.

Baldwin City - 15 miles south of Lawrence - is the home to Baker University, the oldest four-year college in Kansas. One of the most eye-catching buildings on the Baker campus is a Gothic chapel built in England in 1864 and reconstructed on campus in 1996. The Midland Railway gives visitors a chance to climb aboard at the historic 1906 Santa Fe Depot. It offers summer and seasonal rides that kids enjoy. Adults will enjoy the Kansas Belle Dinner Train that mixes a formal meal with 22 miles of beautiful rolling scenery. The third weekend in October each year Baldwin City hosts the Maple Leaf Festival drawing 30,000 to 40,000 visitors who come for the parade, craft show, food and entertainment.

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Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: 785-841-4500
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