Loveland business chills out

Loveland lost another locally-owned business this week.   Chill_Colorado_creameryThis time it was the Colorado Chill ice cream store.

They tried cutting back on hours and offering specials but to no avail.

Here is what the owner said on Facebook:

After lots of analysis, we’ve made the decision to close Chill. Not just for the winter, but for good. We’re selling our building and assets. We would even sell the business concept to someone better able to make it fly. The greatest part of Chill for us has been meeting and serving great customers like you. Let us know if you’re interested in anything we’re liquidating. And thanks for being a great customer!

Sorry to see some good people try to bring in something new and then have it fall.




Loveland to get more Asian food?

Asian_buffet_LovelandAll indications are that Loveland is in for at least one more Asian restaurant.

This one is called Hokkaido Buffet.  The location is at the Old Widow McCoy — 1011 East Eisenhower Blvd.  The current owner has a building permit for doing interior renovation.  Additionally, Feasting Fort Collins, a local food/restaurant blog, has it listed a a coming soon restaurant.

This all falls in line with what the people who tried to go in there for The Local’s Spot Food and Brew said when their deal with the owner of The Widow.  They stated that the owner stopped negotiating with them because he was going to open a restaurant there himself.

With the recent addition of Bangkok Cafe II, Bai Tong and most recently Ocean Bistro, is there room for an Asian Buffet in Loveland?  As one of my friends said when I first posed this question–“Is there room for  GOOD Asian Buffet?   (Sorry to my buddy PM who loved old Asian buffet on West Ike.)

By the way, as far as I know, The Local Spot is still seeking a viable location for their restaurant. Any ideas?





Coffee’s on, Loveland

Loveland_coffee_shop_newLoveland will be getting one, and maybe two, new coffee shops.  Both are businesses not currently serving Loveland.

The Human Bean coffee shop has started construction on a small (500 sq. ft.) drive-thru business located at 6180 Crossroad Blvd. in east Loveland. This would make it right by the Palamino restaurant.  The Human Bean currently have a location in Fort Collins.

Loveland’s second newest coffee shop is still in the planning stages.  Dutch Bros. Coffee wants to build a 720 square foot drive-thru at 43rd Street and Garfield Ave. (Hiway 287)  This is all tentative right now.  The proposed location will be 125 West 43rd Street.  Here is the link for Dutch Bros. Coffee.


Does Loveland need more coffee shops? Can we support them?




The first one in for sure.

Loveland names 2016 Miss Loveland Valentine

2016_Miss_ValentineThe Sweetheart City of Loveland, Colorado kept up its longstanding tradition of naming Miss Loveland Valentine for the 2016 Valentine season.

Here is the press release from the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.

Lauren Rullman

Fyn Public Relations :: 970-682-2420


Mountain View High School Senior Alice Mueller Named 2016 Miss Loveland Valentine


LOVELAND, Colo. – Nov. 12, 2015 – The Loveland Chamber of Commerce selected Alice Mueller, a Mountain View High School senior, as the 2016 Miss Loveland Valentine. Mueller is the 55th Miss Loveland Valentine.


Not only is Mueller the president of both her school’s National Honor Society and student council, but she also excels in extracurricular activities. She is in her school’s pit orchestra, is first chair of her school’s symphonic band, member of the marching band and swim team. She gives back to the community by volunteering with the Maple Terrace Kids Club, mentoring at risk youth and serving as a volunteer lifeguard at the Loveland Lake-to-Lake Triathalon.

Miss Valentine is Loveland’s spokesperson as she makes many presentations throughout the community including television, newspaper and radio interviews. Over the years, the title of Miss Loveland Valentine has been held with honor and pride as this young woman spends the next year representing our community. As the selected candidate, Mueller will receive scholarship funds toward her college education awarded from Ted and Mabel Thompson’s Trust.

For more than 50 years Miss Valentine has met the Governor, presenting him with a special gift from Loveland and an official Loveland Valentine card. For 48 she made a formal presentation to the Senate. On occasion, she has also met with the Lieutenant Governor and the treasurer. Today, she is introduced and leads The Pledge of Allegiance to the House of Representatives at the Colorado state capitol. Mueller will be accompanied to all of her engagements by the official Miss Valentine chaperones, Norma Jean and Chet Goodheart.

Additional details about the Miss Loveland Valentine program and the 2016 Valentine Re-mailing Program can be found at

About the Loveland Chamber of Commerce 

Founded in 1902, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce is northern Colorado’s “driving force for business.”   Comprised of more than 700 local companies, the Chamber offers a vast array of educational and networking programs to help its investors, both large and small, gain the skills and resources necessary to thrive and prosper in today’s economy.  As a founding member of the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA), the Chamber also serves as an advocate for business, working on behalf of entrepreneurs to leadand influence local, state and federal policy on issues affecting the unique interests of business in northern Colorado. For more information on the Loveland Chamber, please call (970) 667-6311 or visit

Media Contact: 

Nicole Yost | | 970-776-9980


Loveland cooking classes

McKee_cooking_classesLoveland – Here are a couple of cooking classes.

One of the many resources offered by McKee Medical Center is cooking classes.  Not just cooking, but healthy cooking.  My wife has attended a few of these educational seminars where the food is actually prepared as you watch.  I have tagged along on a couple of occasions, too.

The classes cost $10, and include the recipes of the dishes prepared.

Here are the ones to round out this year:

Thursday, November 5th: Crockpot Recipes

Location: Fort Collins- Pathways Hospice Kitchen

Time: 6-7:15 p.m.

Enjoy the comfort and warmth of home cooked meals. We’ll share and sample some heart-healthy crockpot fare that will give your home and belly the comfort of Grandma’s house.

Call 970-810-6633 to register

Our December class is in Loveland.  Here is the information for that class:

Thursday, December 10th: Healthy Holiday Desserts

Location: Loveland- McKee Education Building

Time: 6-7:15 p.m.

Worried about the holiday weight gain? No need to skip the dessert table! Indulge sensibly this holiday season with healthier options!


Thanks to Michelle Driscoll, Wellness Specialist at the Worksite and Community Wellness part of Banner Health Northern Colorado, for suppling this information.