Loveland business expands–south


Carla Schlosser

Schlosser Signs, Inc.

(970) 593-1334


Schlosser Signs, Inc. Adds New Denver Office

Office on Vallejo Street is company’s third location

Schlosser sign


Loveland and Denver, Colo. — Schlosser Signs, Inc.a leader in the design, manufacture, installation and service of signage in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska, has opened a new office in Denver. The new 7,000-square-foot facility is located at 755 Vallejo Street, near I-25 and 6th Avenue.


In a move that has been a year in the making, the company added this location to better serve its clients in Denver and southern Colorado, along with a growing national clientele. The new Denver facility also provides Schlosser with access to a larger labor pool of applicants with sign industry experience. The company expects the location to be fully staffed by the end of summer.

 CEO Carla Schlosser said, “We continually strive to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients. Expanding into Denver allows us to provide quicker response times and better serve this growing market.”

 Schlosser Signs was founded in Loveland in 1999 by the Schlosser family and has since grown into a full-service commercial sign company serving local, regional and national clients. In 2009, Schlosser Signs marked its 10th Anniversary by purchasing and relocating to its new headquarters, a 10,000-square-foot building in northeast Loveland near I-25 and Crossroads Boulevard. The company has since grown to 40 employees, added a second manufacturing location in downtown Loveland in 2013, added an energy efficiency service division, and expanded its contract manufacturing and installation services for national partners.


About Schlosser Signs

Schlosser Signs opened in LovelandColorado in 1999. Their experienced team offers the ability to design, manufacture, and install a vast range of interior and exterior corporate signage including: monument signs, electronic message centers, parking lot lighting, and awnings, among many others. Their goal is to create top quality, great-looking, functional signage that maintains the integrity of their clients’ brands while successfully promoting those businesses to guests and the general public.

 Schlosser takes care of every aspect of each project, so you don’t have to worry about the details. From property surveys and visibility studies, to permit acquisition and maintenance long after the project is complete — Schlosser Signs does it all, locally, regionally, and nationally.

 For more information about all Schlosser’s products and services, call (970) 593-1334, email, visit them online at, find them on Twitter ( and Facebook (




Loveland hams it up

Loveland_Valley_Ham_ShackThe Loveland Chamber of Commerce is a great place to network.  It also affords me access to great people who like to talk about the coming and going of Loveland businesses. At last week’s business after hours, someone told me about a building that has been razed on West Eisenhower.

I got in my trusty grandpa-mobile to check it out. The site was the home of the Valley Ham Shack (VHS).   This Loveland business calls itself “Northern Colorado’s Only Amateur Radio Store.”   The address is 4321 West Eisenhower Blvd.

A quick check on Facebook finds this info on the VHS found: The VHS building shown in the photo was razed so the landlord can put up storage units. We had 1 1/2 months to find a new place. We decided to finish a detached garage on Brian’s property west of town, about 4 mi SW of the Eisenhower location. It’s now up and running! Visit us at 710 Grove Ct. And no, we weren’t affected by the flood.

For those not familiar with the term “ham,” here is part of the Wikipedia definition of amateur/ham radio: Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication.

Check out the Valley Ham Shack website.




Loveland Enviropest wins award

Enviropest_Loveland   EnviroPest of Loveland won and award recently.   Thanks to my good buddy Jerry Swanson for alerting me to this news.

Here is what Enviropest’s Kevin Lemaster had to say:

EnviroPest has been providing pest and wildlife services to the front range for almost 50 years.  They are a Loveland-based company with 15 employees servicing north of Longmont into southern WY, from Estes Park to the Nebraska border.  EnviroPest provides services to both residential and commercial customers.  Part of their success has been a relationship with Copesan Services based in Menomonee Fall, WI near Milwaukee.  Copesan is a National Pest Management company that utilizes over 80 local companies throughout North America to provide service to National Clients.  They are recognized as a leader in the food processing and retail industry regarding pest services.

Copesan has recognized EnviroPest as the Small Partner of the Year for 2013.  This award is based on delivering consistent quality service to the national clients.  In the seven years EnviroPest has worked with Copesan, this is the first year receiving this award.  “We are honored to be recognized for this achievement”, states President and GM Kevin Lemasters.  “Our staff takes pride in taking care of their customers, they are why we do what we do.  The average tenure of our staff is about 7 years, it makes a difference when you can provide that consistency to the customer.”

Find out more about Enviropest at

Loveland’s Garment Gal

Garment Gal is a business in downtown (DoLo) Loveland.

This blog post first appeared in the Loveland Chamber of Commerce’s Aware newletter–October edition.

The Garment Gal


The west end of Loveland’s Fourth Street business area is anchored by a shop called The Garment Gal.

Garment Gal, owned by Robbie Emge, has been around for two-and-a half years.

Her shop is a consignment shop for women’s clothing and accessories. Some new items are also available.

Besides clothing and accessories,the store contains purses, shoes and vintage items.

Garment Gal is an upscale shop that has clothing for all occasions. Women bring in items they no longer need. Nothing can be torn or showing signs of wear, and everything must be cleaned and pressed when dropped off. After the pieces pass Emge’s inspection, they are available for sale.

This selection process allows the shop to sell unique stylish outfits that still have lots of useful life.

Garment Gal sets the prices for all consigned items but encourages input from the owner on the pricing of unique items.

Items are sold in the store and online. In not sold in 60 days, the items return to the owner or are donated.

The original owner receives a 40 percent of the amount when the item sells.

The Garment Gal is located 136 West Fourth Street. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Find Garment Gal online at

By Bob McDonnell, Writer and Blogger.   Keeping my finger on the pulse of Loveland



Loveland women veterans and families



I got this note from a member of the Veteran Business Owners Network, of which I am a member.

Tara Pogoda says there are  tuition scholarships are available to offset the participant cost, and there is a maximum of six, and only four spots remain.

(At the time this blog post was created.)

To: Women Veterans and Women Military Family Members,

Please join us at the upcoming Women Warriors In Transition (WWIT) workshop October 26th and 27th, 2013.

WWIT is open to ALL women veterans and ALL women military family members.

This 2-day, 16-hour – Intensive Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning program is designed to address the critical need veterans and family members have — in finding positive ways to manage stress, anxiety and depression. Participants of WIT gain peace of mind, have new insights, find different perspectives, and reignite their optimism and action for a healthy future.

Horses collaborate with fate. They accept what-is, spending their time in a relaxed, yet aware state…not spending time in wishful thinking, or dwelling on past worst outcomes. This equals emotional and social agility that arises naturally when you’re not afraid of life.

Now we have the chance to step out of the saddle, to come out from behind the cart and plow and listen, really listen, to these insightful non-predatory animals. As we begin to do so, we glimpse a new form of power. We discover a compassionate, courageous, inner and outer command that stands up to predators and protects vulnerable group members. This core of truth that collaborates with nature—is a form of power that horses silently embody while standing in our midst.

See attached Flyer for workshop details.


Tara Pogoda, EponaQuest Instructor / EAGALA Certified / PATH Member
Fifth Element Ranch
Business Owner Leadership; Teen & Families in Chaos; Warriors In Transition
Loveland, Colorado
303-638-6997 (cell)