A rogue in Loveland?



Driving around Loveland, as I do much of the time, I see signs of new businesses popping up.  Recently, this happened at the corner of Tenth Street and Lincoln Avenue in Loveland. This place was Gallery East for many years.  (Ironically, the owner of Gallery East, Solveig Lark just passed away a few days ago.)   More recently, Crafty Faeries and Things occupied this space.  The actual address of this building is 229 East 10th Street, Loveland.

Now the building is looking good inside as The Rogue’s Roost Gamehouse and Comics.  Josh Murphy, an aspiring comic book writer, has converted the building including lots of areas with tables and chairs for the game-playing crowd. This includes both board games and card games.  He also takes consignments of jewelry and other items.  In the future, Murphy plans to host tournaments at the Rogue’s Roost.

Hours of operatiion are Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 8, Friday and Saturday from 12 to 1o and Sundays from noon until 6.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on December 13, the Gamehouse will host and grand opening.







Loveland breweries — working together for a cause

Loveland businesses are the best.  Here is a great example of how our local breweries will work together to benefit a local charity.  I received this press release from Ross Schlosser at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, so I wanted to pass it along to the BobsHeartbeats audience.-

Anything for Love Poster



Loveland Breweries Team Up to Support Local Non-Profit Hearts & Horses

Available in local liquor stores in January 2015

Loveland, Colorado December 5, 2014- Five years ago, Loveland was a desert in the brewing community.  Pan to the present day, Loveland boasts seven breweries with multiple national and international awards.  In August all the breweries of Loveland met on a collaboration project. These breweries have combined their efforts and created a beer of the highest prestige.  We are proud to introduce Anything for Love, a traditional Belgian Quadruple Ale with ample flavor, body and aroma.

100% of the proceeds from Anything for Love will benefit Hearts & Horses, Loveland’s 2013 Non-Profit of the Year, whose mission is to provide for the well-being of people with special needs through equine assisted therapy. “These amazing Loveland Breweries have really rallied around this cause,” says Jan Pollema, Hearts & Horses Executive Director. “We are so thrilled that Hearts & Horses continues to touch lives in a way that encourages individuals and organizations to lend their support. We remain committed to growing this program to be the best of its kind and we couldn’t do it without the support of these six great Loveland Breweries and our Northern Colorado community of supporters.””

Join Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Big Beaver Brewing, Loveland Aleworks, Verboten Brewing, Buckhorn Brewers, and Crow Hop Brewing as they release Anything for Love on 12/31/14 at Pourhouse Bar & Grill at 5:00 PM.  This will be a limited release and will be available at Loveland liquor stores shortly after.  Please stop by and support a great cause and sample a great beer.


For media inquiries please contact:

Rose Schlosser, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse,, 970-308-4202

Loveland restaurant on the move


As promised yesterday, here is the info about one of Loveland’s restaurants moving a few yards to their new location.

This transition is in progress in the Palmer Gardens Shopping Center. George’s Pizza & Gyros will be vacating their current space (104 East 29th Street) and move to what was the Island Grill (110 East 29th Street).    I blogged earlier about the Loveland Island Grill closing.

Today, I stoppped by to talk to George (as in George’s Pizza & Gyros) about the move.  First of all, the new space will be three times what the Loveland eatery had before. After the first of the year, George’s will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The familiar salad bar will stay after it makes the trip across the parking lot.

The new breakfast menu will be what George calls both “classic” and “old school.” Lunches will include burgers and Philly cheese steak sandwiches.

Although, George’s Pizza & Gyros served beer at the previous location, the have had a full liquor licence.  With the larger bar areas, customers will have a wider choice of alcoholic beverages.

A special thanks to Ann Clarke for alerting me to this new.





City of Loveland trashes program

The City of Loveland’s Recyclebank rewards program seems to be heading for the landfill.




One of the faithful readers of BobsHeartbeats pointed this out to me today.  I want to my email and found this related email:

Thanks for being a Recyclebank member. We’re sorry to let you know that the Recyclebank rewards program offered through Loveland is ending on 12/1/2014, which means we can no longer grant you points for your curbside recycling. The good news is that your Recyclebank membership doesn’t have to end here. 

That’s right – you can keep getting rewarded for green activity. By earning points through quizzes, pledges and other interactive features on our website, you’ll still be able to shop our entire catalog of rewards. Just remember, points do expire if you fail to earn any points or redeem rewards within 12-months of the program end date (12/1/2014).

So let’s start adding to your point total right now!

Additionally, my blog reader got this response when she probed into the matter more.

Yes, unfortunately, the City and Recyclebank will no longer be partnering to offer additional points for recycling. As you know, the partnership was designed to divert more recyclable materials from the landfill, increase recycling tonnages and rewards residents for their recycling efforts. In spite of everyone’s good faith efforts, ideas, energy, and hard work, the Recyclebank program didn’t achieve desired outcomes. The first-year results of the program were very disappointing, falling short of important benchmarks set by the City and Recyclebank. After complete review of the data, it became clear the substantial cost did not benefit the community as originally planned.

We encourage you to continue to access the Recyclebank website where you can learn even more recycling facts and, of course, use those valuable points. Your points will continue to be valid for coupons, subscriptions, etc.

Please know we will refocus our energies, time and city dollars in other, hopefully more productive, ways.

Readers of   —  Did you use the rewards program?   Will you recycle without it?



Loveland author and poet has signing

My friend, Loveland resident and fellow writer, Dean K. Miller  sent this announcement about  a couple of chances for people to meet him and buy one of  his books.


Greetings everyone.

The release of my first poetry collection, Echoes: Reflections Through Poetry and Verse happened on Sunday, a few days earlier than planned. Imagine that…something ahead of schedule! Thanks to Kerrie Flanagan and Hot Chocolate Press for the publishing work, and to April J. Moore for her illustrations in the book.

There are two upcoming local chances to purchase Echoes (retail $6.95):

Wednesday December 10: Fort Collins Coffee House. Afternoon, but time to be determined. Books will be signed but I may not be there in person.

Friday December 12: Official Book Launch at Lo Co Aritsan Coffee House. Located in downtown Loveland at 544 Cleveland Ave. I’ll be there (officially) from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, but they don’t close until 10:00 so who knows how long the fun will last. I’ll read a few selections from Echoes and will also have And Then I Smiled available for sale. Launch party prices are:

Echoes:  $6.00 +tax (retail $6.95)
And Then I Smiled: $10.00 +tax (retail $11.95)

Bundled together: $15.00 +tax (savings: you do the math).

If you can’t make either event and still are determined to get a signed (or not) copy, drop me an email and I’ll be sure to order an extra for you ($6.50/copy). If you need it mailed, cost is $8.00.

We’ll have the links up to order directly through Create Space soon. Rumor has it the book will be on sale for Black Friday (but you don’t have to get up early to buy it!) Also, Amazon is selling Echoes for $6.60. The Ebook is available soon for $2.99.

From the Back Cover: Deep within us are places we avoid, wellsprings of despondency and tenderness. Tangled among suffering, happiness, confusion, and love, a voice silently waits. Negotiating a labyrinth of emotions, Miller’s poetry articulates the echoes of life’s diversity. 

Also: Today, Dec. 1 my E-book short The Odyssey of a Monk is free for Kindle readers via  the Amazon link below:

Happy reading, writing, and best wishes for the holiday season.


Dean K Miller
Twitter: @deankmiller

Author of:

And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete

Echoes: Reflections Through Poetry and Verse
The Odyssey of a Monk (Ebook Short Story)

How I Found the Write Path: A Compilation of Letters (Anthology Contributor)

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Guide to Self Publishing (Anthology Contributor)