Downtown Lawrence Inc. (DLI) is a not-for-profit membership organization created in 1972 to promote the interests of the Downtown business district. DLI has over 190 members including individually-owned specialty stores, national retail chains, restaurants, bars, hair salons, and service and professional businesses.

Mission

The mission of DLI is to preserve, protect, and promote Downtown Lawrence as the retail, service and professional, governmental, entertainment, and social center of our community.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Downtown Lawrence, Inc. (DLI) is a not-for-profit organization created in 1972 to promote the interests of the Downtown business district. We have more than 190 members including individually-owned specialty stores, national retail chains, restaurants, bars, cultural institutions and service businesses. Our mission is to preserve, protect, and promote Downtown Lawrence as the retail, service, professional, governmental, entertainment and social center of our community.

Downtown Lawrence is the heart of the city, our community gathering place for everyone. As such, we believe the health, safety, support, equality and inclusion of all people is fundamental to our purpose. We value the differences of the myriad of businesses and their customers – it is this diversity that has created our vibrant business, entertainment, and arts & cultural district.

We are committed to ensuring that Downtown Lawrence continues to be a place that welcomes and celebrates all people.

Leadership

2016 Board Members

Sally Monahan Zogry, Executive Director

Morgan Mattison-Fellers President Eccentricity
Michael Riling, Past PresidentRiling, Burkhead & Nitcher
Emily Peterson , TreasurerMerchants Pub & Plate
Kathleen Morgan, SecretaryLawrence Public Library
Codi BatesThe Burger Stand at the Casbah
Andrew Madl The Sandbar
K Meisel – Ameriprise
Deb Werts
– Waxman Candles

Membership Information

What do you get for your membership in Downtown Lawrence, Inc.? DLI members receive numerous benefits including: representation with the City of Lawrence on issues pertinent to Downtown businesses, monthly members’ meetings for mentoring and networking, free listings on all printed maps and directories on on the Downtown Lawrence website, and many more. Click here to get all the details.

Downtown Lawrence, Inc. is solely responsible for the holiday decorations you see every year on Mass. Street, as well as special events including the Annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale, Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week, Dinner & A Movie Downtown Film Festival, Halloween Trick or Treating, the Holiday Lighting ceremony and Santa Rescue, and Winter Wonder Weekend. We co-sponsor, or otherwise support, many other Downtown events including, but not limited to, Final Fridays, That DAM Beer Event, Kansas Craft Brewers Expo, Lawrence Busker Festival, Oktoberfest Lawrence, The Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, Free State Festival, Tour of Lawrence, Downtown Shot Put, KU Homecoming Parade, Zombie Walk, and Rev It Up Hot Rod Hullaballoo.

Member Resources

DLI staff will do our best to provide members with information and to answer any questions they might have regarding any aspect of doing business in Downtown Lawrence.  For general information and answers to “frequently asked questions,” here are some helpful links.

City of Lawrence, Kansas (Temporary use permits, licenses, signage, etc.)

Parks and Recreation Dept (Mass. Street planters, general clean-up, posters)

Public Works Dept. (Traffic and street lights, street signs)

Lawrence City Commission (City policy, ordinances, resolutions, budget issues)

Still asking questions? Call us at (785) 842-3883 or email: director@downtownlawrence.com.  If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

Lawrence History

Settled by members of the New England Emigrant Aid Company on August 1, 1854, what is now the town site of Lawrence was forged on the anvil of the Civil War. During its Territorial days, Lawrence was defended by John Brown in the 1855 Wakarusa War, sacked by sheriff Sam Jones in 1856, and was designated the free state capital of the Kansas Territory from 1857-1860. At least 143 men were massacred on August 21, 1863 when Lawrence was burned to the ground by the pro-slavery forces of William Quantrill. Much of the town was rebuilt following the raid, and some of those buildings still stand; bronze plaques mark the most significant historic structures. Exhibits of those pioneer years and Lawrence’s free state heritage are on display at the Watkins Museum.