Loveland’s Equinox sculpture explained

Equinox — One of Loveland’s newer sculptor pieces.


Let’s start with the basics.  I am not the biggest fan of the three horse Equinox sculpture out at the I-25 and Highway 24 interchange.  I guess it looks good to those zipping down the interstate at 80+ m.p.h.     I barely get  glimpse of it as I head east or west on Highway 34.  (Is it my imagination or do the horses lack tails?)

There have been some articles written about this piece that encapsulates the essences of Loveland.   Dave Jensen at TRI-102 radio sent me a video he produced explaining the artwork.

His, maybe tongue in cheek, video of Loveland’s Equinox gives some interesting facts.

Here is the link to the TRI-102 Equinox video.



Loveland restaurant inspections 2/24/2015 to 3/5/2015

Loveland restaurant inspections – Health Dept.

Here are the Loveland restaurants inspected and their ratings for the period 2/24/2015 to32/05/2015.   Restauarant-health-department_rating

For details on an individual establishment, go to the Larimer County restaurant inspection website or click on the restaurant’s name to see past inspection information.

Note that some restaurants have followup inspections so then they can improved their rating.

3/5/2015 Walgreens #6343 3690 N Garfield Ave Excellent
3/4/2015 Loveland High School 920 West 29th Excellent
3/3/2015 Starbucks #17663 1535 Rocky Mountain Ave Excellent
3/3/2015 Thompson Valley High School 1669 Eagle Drive Excellent
3/3/2015 Loveland Classical Schools 3835 14th St Sw Excellent
2/27/2015 Truscott Elementary 211 West 6th Excellent
2/27/2015 K Mart No 7329 2665 W Eisenhower Blvd Excellent
2/26/2015 Seven Eleven St. No 17142 2081 West Eisenhower Excellent
3/4/2015 Blue 32 Bar & Grill 3021 North Garfield Average
3/3/2015 Kobe Sushi 1569 Fall River Rd Unit 169 Average
3/3/2015 Asian Cafe & Grill 1323 Eagle Dr Average
2/26/2015 Mcdonalds #28252 1325 N Denver Ave Average
2/26/2015 Chili’s Grill & Bar – Loveland 1425 Rocky Mountain Ave Average
2/25/2015 Johnny Carino’s Italian 1455 Rocky Mountain Ave Average
2/27/2015 Seven Eleven #35708a 4277 N Taft Ave Good
2/26/2015 Mcdonald’s Of Loveland 1809 W. Eisenhower Good
2/24/2015 Taqueria Rancho Alegre 3 251 Se 14th Street Good
3/5/2015 Lone Star Steakhouse – Lvld 5330 Stone Creek Circle Marginal
2/27/2015 Schrader Country Store #380 6140 E Crossroads Blvd Follow-Up
2/27/2015 Subway #16283 – Outlet 1753 Rocky Mountain Way Follow-Up
2/25/2015 Walgreens #09564 2370 W Eisenhower Follow-Up
2/24/2015 Bamboo Express 1611 West Eisenhower Follow-Up
2/24/2015 Chipotle Mexican Grill 1425 W Eisenhower Blvd. Follow-Up



Loveland old and new


Loveland restaurants come and go

Loveland, Colorado

This has been an interesting few days for   Last Saturday, my wife and I ventured to downtown Loveland (I am still pressing to call it DoLo) for a last meal at the Heartland Cafe.   I broke the news on this longtime Loveland eatery going away in a blogpost.  Here is what I said about the Heartland closing.

Admittedly, I was not a frequent flier at The Heartland.  But I do like the look and feel of an old time, homey local restaurant.  I miss the Widow McCoy for this same reason.

Progress and change are good, but I hate to think of the downtown that I have known since 1969, and my wife for her entire life, change so much.  The evolution of Loveland since I arrived in 1969 has brought great changes.  The expanded library, the Chilson Center, the improved Rialto, bike paths, and more shopping and eating options come to mind.

Anyway, I hope The Heartland surfaces again in some form.  The note at the restaurant hinted that they are leaving the door open to this possibility.

On a humorous note, when we were seated for our meal, the server said she had to find a menu for us.  The place was packed but I suspect one of the reasons for a menu shortage is that long-time patrons kept a copy as a keepsake.

On the flip side, my wife and I went to SKU Grill a few days later.  I first wrote about SKU in April of 2014.  I updated the status of SKU Grill shish kabob restaurant in January of 2015.  Well, they are in their soft opening phase now.  I will not give a full review until they get a few weeks and more customers under their belt.  But, if you are looking for a change of pace or something that does not come with a bun and fries, check them out.

SKU is located at 216 East 29th Street in Loveland.



Loveland business gets a thanks

Loveland business gets kudos

from BobsHeartbeats

kudos_Loveland-businessI don’t often endorse or thank a business for services I pay for.   Breaking that tradition starts today, with a shootout to a Loveland garage door service–Garage Door Sales & Service.

For some time now the garage door on my wife’ side of the two car door garage has been weird.  The clicker and the keypad do not want to work when the weather is cold.  It is an annoyance, and since the garage door opening mechanism is old, it was time to have it checked out.

I called Garage Door Sales & Service.  They came out quickly to check out the old piece of equipment.  The assessment was that the clicker was bad. After some discussion, I decided it was more efficient to just replace the piece that lifts the door, the clicker and the keypad.

I called the Loveland garage door company that same day.  They came out the next afternoon and did all the necessary work.  Now that is fast turnaround time.

My hat is off to this customer service related company in Loveland.

Disclaimer — I am writing this after the work was done and the check written.  I got no discount for posting this.

To contact Garage Door Sales & Service in Loveland, call 667-6554.



Loveland gets more heart


One more heart sculpture for Loveland

Here is a press release  I received about another heart sculpture.  This one will be downtown.

The Loveland Chamber of Commerce and Quick-Print Shop Unveil a new City With HeART Fiberglass Sculpture March 20

LOVELAND, Colo. – March 17, 2015 - The Loveland Chamber of Commerce will be unveiling a new City with HeART art piece with Quick-Print Shop at 4 p.m. March 20, 2015. This heart unveiling is free and open to the public.

“The City With HeART program is a wonderful way for Loveland businesses to promote their business, add a new art piece to Loveland’s collection and celebrate their success. We are proud to help Quick-Print Shop showcase their business,” said Mindy McCloughan, president/CEO of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.

Quick Print-Shop just celebrated its 53rd anniversary as a family-owned business in downtown Loveland. “Since the program was created, we have always wanted to be part of the City with HeART program. The biggest thrill is having our former team member and local artist Tanielle Childers paint it,” said Kim Bernhardt, owner of Quick-Print Shop. “I love showcasing the local art community.  It’s one of the things that sets Loveland apart from other towns in northern Colorado.”

The City with HeART program allows Loveland businesses to add a new dimension of visibility and art to their business.  Each fiberglass heart is 5’ tall and 4.5’ wide, and are displayed all around the city of Loveland.  Each sponsor is assigned a creative, collaborative Loveland artist to create and design a heart that will be displayed for the community to see.

All hearts will be included in the popular City with HeART map available online, at the chamber and through the Loveland Visitors Center. The cost for a heart is $3,500, which includes the fiberglass heart and the cost of the artist.

For more information, please visit or call the chamber at 970-667-6311.