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)



Loveland business closes — suddenly

Loveland has a business that seemed to close literally overnight.

One of my good friends alerted me to the fact that this store is out of business.  It owns her high school-aged son four weeks of pay.  That is bad enough but he was working extra hard to save money for prom.

The business is Mrs. Goodthrift. It is located on north Lincoln in Loveland.  I blogged about this Loveland thrift store that gives its proceeds to nonprofits.

I stopped by today to see what was going on.  Three cars pulled into the lot wanting to do business there.  A note on the door said they closed for family reasons.  They apparently have a few kids.   I don’t know what day the note was posted but it says we are closing today.  Not much notice.

I hope the owner does the right thing and at least pays his employees.



Loveland business cools down

Loveland TCBYLoveland businesses — some go on forever and some come and go quickly.

I just found out that one of the two fairly newLove‘s in Loveland has closed.  I blogged about the ew versions of TCBY when they came to Loveland.

Sadly, one of them has closed already.  The location at 1431 Denver Avenue is no more.   The 3303 N. Garfield location continues to operate.

The address on Denver Avenue is somewhat confusing.  This Loveland TCBY is in a strip mall facing Eienshower Blvd. and the Wal-Mart across the street.  It is just a few doors down from Smashburgers.

On a related note, the two new ice creams shops are still in process of opening. One is downtown on the corner of Fourth Street and Cleveland Aveune.  The other is north on Cleveland.  This one is a new Loveland ice cream shop that uses nitrogen to freeze the ingredients.