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.



Loveland business helps save money

Schlosser Signs, Inc. Adds New Energy Efficiency Service Division

Retrofit upgrades with utility rebates help companies save on electric bills

Schlosser sign

Loveland, Colo. — Schlosser Signs, Inc. (, a leader in the design, manufacture and installation of signage in northern Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska, has announced the addition of a new energy efficiency service division. The new department will evaluate the energy efficiency of customers’ existing lighting and signage and replace inefficient lighting with energy-saving LEDs and other lighting technology. This type of retrofit can save customers thousands of dollars a year in energy costs.

The new department is the brainchild of Ian Senesac, who brings eight years of experience working with a national corporate sign company to the local, family-owned business based inLoveland, Colorado. Senesac contacted Schlosser Signs with the idea for a service team dedicated to evaluating the energy efficiency of customers’ existing signs and lighting, and performing retrofits to those fixtures to reduce energy costs by as much as 80%. Schlosser’s new service team also offers expertise in taking advantage of regional rebate and incentive programs through local utility companies, which help to offset the initial cost of the retrofit upgrade.

LEDs (light emitting diodes) used to replace existing light sources are powered by just 12 volts, compared to traditional neon or fluorescent fixtures, which typically use between 120- and 15,000 volts. LEDs can be used in parking lot lamps, canopy lighting, cabinet signs, and more. An LED sign uses up to 40% less energy than other electronic signage. Retrofitting a neon sign can lead to a 75% reduction in energy costs. While the initial cost of LEDs is more than the cost of older, less-efficient technologies, the differential is more than made up by the savings in electricity use over the lifespan of the fixture and the reduced level of maintenance required.

Traditional bulbs have a life span of about 20,000 hours, or about two and a half years. An LED, however, has a lifespan of 60,000 to 100,000 hours, or about 7 to 12 years. Because LEDs last longer, there are significant savings realized because they require less maintenance. This becomes especially important for places like parking lots, where changing burnt-out bulbs on tall pole lights can be a time-consuming and dangerous task. A car dealership can light their entire lot, display their merchandise under a more flattering spectrum, and save up to $30,000 a year on energy costs.

“Ian recently did an energy-efficient retrofit of the signs at my Fort Collins Perkins Restaurant & Bakery,” said Eric Spanier, managing member of Northern Colorado Pancake, LLC. “He recommended that I convert our signage from neon to LED. The project was seamless in every way from beginning to end. He even took care of the rebate paperwork, saved me $2,500 on the new lighting equipment, and $1,800/year in energy usage. The signs look like new again, and are much brighter.”

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