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




Loveland Chamber 2015-2016 Leadership class


Here is an announcement on Leadership Loveland from the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.   This is a great program whether you are new to Loveland or have been here a while.  I participated in it when I worked at United Way of Loveland-Berthoud-Estes Park.    Bob Mc

Loveland Chamber of Commerce Now Accepting Applications for 

2015-2016 Leadership Loveland Class 

Leadership Loveland develops emerging leaders in order to supplement and encourage high quality local leadership

Loveland, Colo. – June 16, 2015– The Loveland Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Leadership Loveland class until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.  Applications are available online at

From September 2015 through May 2016, Leadership Loveland classmates will attend monthly one-day seminars to learn about the community and how to become better leaders, network among themselves, with program alumni and with local leaders as well as 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 and leisure, public safety and natural resources. The class is open to investors for a tuition fee of $525 and to other community leaders for $625.

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, 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 media inquiries, please contact:

Nicole Yost | Lauren Rullman | Fyn PR for the Loveland Chamber of Commerce | | 970-682-2420


Local company on the move


                                                                                                                                                 Boxing up for the big move

 Local insurance company moving

Bob Snyder Insurance–a Farmer Insurance agency–plans to move in mid-July.  Bob and Gail Snyder have sold insurance at their current location on Lincoln Avenue in Loveland for fifteen years.

The new location at 1424 West Eisenhower affords the Snyder’s more room since it has 1,200 square feet compared to their current 750 square feet. The agency has four employees including the Snyders.

The couple will continue to offer life, auto, home insurances.  Additionally, they offer employee benefits and business insurance. Gail also works with Connect for Health organization.

Contact Bob Snyder Insurance at 970-461-5060.




Win a Harley-Davidson

I wouldn’t mind winning a Harley-Davison.  

Here is a press release from Nicole Yost about a Loveland event.

Win_a_Harley_Davison_Thunder_MountainPRESS RELEASE

Enter to Win a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson Prize Package Each Wednesday at Bike Night 

Huge motorcycle prize package will be announced Labor Day weekend at the 2015 Thunder in the Rockies Bike Rally

LOVELAND, Colo. – June 24, 2015 – During Bike Night every Wednesday until Labor Day at the Hideout Patio Bar and Grill, motorcycle enthusiasts can enter to win a Harley-Davidson Street 750 and a complete riding package courtesy of Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson. The winner of the bike and prize package will be announced Labor Day weekend at the 11th annual Thunder in the Rockies, the largest bike rally in Colorado and the Mountain West region.

In addition to the bike, the winner will receive an entire live-free ride-free experience, which includes at Street 750 Harley-Davidson, $2,000 gift card to Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson to outfit the new bike and a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy learn-to-ride certificate. Motorcycle enthusiasts, weekend warriors and newcomers alike are encouraged to enter to win this complete Harley-Davidson package.

“Bike Nights are a great place for motorcycle enthusiasts to connect. These events bring together riders of different ages and experience levels to connect and celebrate the culture shared by motorcycle owners and enthusiasts alike. We are excited to give away this great bike and prize package to someone who will be passionate about the motorcycle and the freedom it represents during the 2015 Thunder in the Rockies rally,” said Jill Almirall, marketing and event manager at Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson.

How to Enter

Every Wednesday night until the 2015 Thunder in the Rockies event, stop by Bike Nights at The Hideout Patio Bar and Grill to register to win the complete prize package. Starting at 6 p.m. each week, there will be live music, food and drink specials, bikini bike washes, contests, giveaways and your chance to win the Harley-Davidson Live-Free Ride-Free package.

About Thunder in the Rockies

The Thunder in the Rockies bike rally is an action packed, four-day event happening over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 – 7, 2015 at Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson in Loveland, Colo. The 2015 bike rally brings motorcycle enthusiasts and weekend warriors together from across the country to share their passion for freedom in the wind and to share the road for some of the most breathtaking, scenic riding in the U.S. The rally includes high-powered entertainment, events and activities, including concerts with national entertainment acts to be announced at a later date. Aspiring motorcyclists also have the opportunity to try Jumpstart, the stationary motorcycle experience and more.

Over the past 11 years, Thunder in the Rockies has grown to become a destination for motorcycle enthusiasts from across the United States. More than 45,000 people come to Thunder in the Rockies from all corners of the world and all walks of life to remember and reminisce, to partake and enjoy camaraderie as well as share stories from the past and plan for adventures yet to come. Learn more online at

About Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson

Located just off of I-25 in Loveland, Colo., Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson is Colorado’s largest Harley-Davidson dealership. With more than 300 new and used motorcycles available every day, a personable and top-rated service department and a vast selection of motorclothes and accessories, Thunder Mountain is a one-stop-shop for all levels of motorcycle enthusiasts. Contact us today at