Loveland business in the news

Two sides to every story



Loveland residents have been hearing a lot about the catalyst project to grow and change downtown Loveland.  As might be expected, there are arguments both pro and con for changing the face of downtown.

One of the hot items is whether the Larimer County building at 6th Street should relocate to a new facility in the soon to be rejuvenated area south of Fourth Street.  The have been multiple discussions on this topic at city council meetings.   As an aside, I invite those interested to view the videos of past meeting and/or attend future council meetings.

Now, Channel 9 News in Denver is airing a piece on the proposed court house, and the differing opinions on whether the first floor should be devoted to probation activities. knows both parties in this news video.  I have know Steve Johnson for many years–way before he became a county official.  I know Jackie Marsh since she moved downtown and opened her shop.  Since is not a political blog, (I leave that to, I will just give the URL to the 9 News video and encourage you to check both Rabbask and Commish. Steve Johnson’s Facebook page.

Here is the link to the 9 News video and story about downtown Loveland.



Grimm Brothers in Wyo

Here is a press release from the popular brewery in Loveland called Grimm Brothers. Their expansion and success contines as they expand into Wyoming.

PRESS RELEASE Grimm Brothers Brewhouse announces partnership with Wyoming based Western Distribution LOVELAND, Colo. – August 31, 2015 –

Grimm Bros in Wyoming

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and Western Distribution of Wyoming Announces Distribution Partnership to Open Central Wyoming to Grimm Brothers Beers Grimm Brothers Brewhouse of Loveland Colorado is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Western Distributing of Casper Wyo. This partnership will allow Grimm Brothers products to reach most of central Wyoming.

“This is an important step in our controlled growth model, and I’m personally excited that we are now sending beer to an area I spent a lot of time when I was younger. I actually proposed to my wife near Lander Wyo, and it’s a bit of a homecoming to me.”­Russell Fruits, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Beer Evangelist.

It’s important for us to partner with great distributors in areas we think are developing craft scenes, but are small enough we can provide great service. We plan to announce several new distribution partnerships in the coming months.

“Switching all of our packaged beer to 12oz cans has given us the ability to reach out to new areas and reach new consumers.” ­Russell Fruits.

Western Distributing Company was founded in 1950.  In 1987 the current ownership acquired the business. Western Distributing Company is owned and operated by Kirk L. Klungness and his son Kirk J. Klungness. The Sales Manager/Craft Brand Manager is Jason DePoorter. Jason has 19+ years of experience in the beer business. Of those,17 years have been with Western Distributing Company.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse was founded by avid homebrewers captivated by the rich tradition of European beers. They knew that the long history of beer production in Germany and surrounding areas would give them plenty of tales to share with their customers. Inspired by the stories collected By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, they have crafted their beers to tell not only the story of Craft Brewing, but the harrowing and dark tales handed down through the generations.

For media inquiries please contact: Rose Schlosser, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse,, 970­308­4202

Leadership Loveland Application Deadline

Application Deadline Extended for 2015-2016 Leadership Loveland Class

 LOVELAND, Colo. – Aug. 3, 2015 – The Loveland Chamber of Commerce, the driving force for Loveland business, today announced that the deadline for its 2015-2016 Leadership Loveland class has been extended to 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14. Leadership Loveland develops emerging leaders in order to supplement and encourage high quality local leadership.Applications are available online at The class is open to Loveland Chamber investors for a tuition fee of $525 and to other community leaders for $625.

 Through the involvement of business, civic and community leaders, the Leadership Loveland program aims to identify, motivate and develop community leaders; assist future leaders in identifying issues and problems facing the community and to develop possible solutions; and to provide program participants with opportunities to meet current leaders and encouraging greater community involvement.

From September to May, Leadership Loveland classmates will attend monthly, full-day sessions on the second Tuesday of every month to learn about the community and how to become better leaders; network among themselves, with program alumni and with local leaders; and complete a class project that encourages inspired and active community involvement. During the year, the class will be introduced to a diverse curriculum with sessions on business and the economy, health and human services, educational systems, state government, leadership development, city government, arts & leisure, public safety and natural resources.

Graduates of this program have gone on to become active leaders within the community. The chamber encourages current leaders or persons seeking political office to participate in Leadership Loveland if they have not done so. Anyone seeking or serving in a position of leadership in their company or community would greatly benefit from taking this class.

For more information, please contact the Loveland Chamber of Commerce at 970-667-6311 or by email 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 lead and 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

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Yost | Fyn PR for the Loveland Chamber of Commerce | 970-776-9980 |


Orchards Shopping Center gets a new tenant

Orchards Shoppping Center in Loveland seems to be on the verge of getting a big box store as a new tenant.

new_pet_shop_lovelandThis maybe good news for some but not the two local shops being displaced.

I am hearing that a pet company will replace the existing NSCAR shop called Trackside Collectibles. The new unnamed PET COmpany (read betweent the lines) also will occupy what is now Rosemary’s Card Shop.

Trackside Collectibles address is 257 East 29th Street and Rosemary’s is 261 East 29th Street.

The store that sells NASCAR toys, etc. plans to close on Sept. 1.   It looks like Rosemary’s will be around for a couple weeks after that.

Orchards Shopping Center is on a roll, with the opening of Noodles and Co. in the former free-standing bank building.

This addition comes on the heels of the expansion and updating of the King Soopers grocery store also in Orchards.





Bass Pro Shop — Not so fast

Bass Pro Shop   Gone fishing


Bass Pro Shop was the topic of a Sept. 2012 blog post.   I talked about Bass Pro Shop coming to the Sweetheart City.

At the time everyone was excited that they would be coming soon(?) to the I-25 and Highway 34 exchange.

Over the months, the relationship between BPS and the McWhinneys seemed to deteriorate.

I predicted a few months ago  (with the input from some pretty knowing people in Loveland) that Bass Pro Shop would not build on that site.

I even bet two Lovelanders a beer that this would not happen.

Well, well–Lookie here.   Seems the BizWest is reporting today that good old Bass Pro will not be building in Loveland.  Makes me thirsty Paul and Al!

My guess, again based on input from others is that Lovelanders with have to drive north to a “crossroad” in the area to get their fishing gear.


Here is the link to the BizWest article