Loveland gets a little sweeter



Loveland, the Sweetheart City, is going to be even sweeter very soon.

A new shop called Starlight Dessert Bar & Bakery plans to open soon.  The new Loveland business will be located at 330 N. Cleveland.

This location is close to Fourth Street, and should benefit from foot traffic, especially on gallery night or when there are shows at the Rialto.  They are strategically placed near the site of the future (?) movie theater.

The person starting this new venture runs the  Sweet Express Images shop at 261 14th Street S.E.

That shop will be closing when the new Starlight Dessert Bar & Bakery open–probably near the end of May.


Loveland banks get together


Loveland banking business just got more interesting.

Here is a letter on the merger of two local banks.


Letter from Home State Prez:

Today, Home State Bancorp and Guaranty Bancorp have reached an agreement to merge their organizations, resources and expertise.


Together, our customers will benefit from an expanded branch network, a broader selection of products and services, and an increased lending capacity that can help you reach your financial goals. Our shared vision to deliver exceptional customer service, complemented by our local decision making and commitment to community banking makes this combination the perfect fit. Over the next few months, we will be making many decisions with regard to our combined organization and we will share that information as it becomes available. We thank you in advance for your patience in this transition period. We appreciate your loyalty, and look forward to continuing a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship. If you have questions not answered in the press release, please feel free to contact your loan officer or local branch manager. Harry Devereaux President, CEO Home State Bank Board of Directors

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.