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hen the weather becomes predictably warm and summer is upon us, many of us look for ways to enjoy our beautiful outdoors. Golf is definitely a popular sport in our area. We are fortunate to have a wide range of beautiful golf courses in our region that cater to the recreational and competitive player. Look over our directory of courses and profiles of a few popular courses in “Summer On the Green” to get an overview of what is available within driving distance. Before I set a tee time this summer, I am going to book some lessons with one of the golf pros we interviewed for “Golf Tips From the Pros,” since it has been a few years since I’ve dusted off the clubs. If you are looking for a reason to golf, check out our “Summer Golf Charity Events” for a schedule of golf fundraisers to help out an area non-profit. Summer is also a favorite time for gardeners who love to get their hands in the dirt. I am one of those who can’t wait to plant flowers and a few tomato plants each year. Recently I was introduced to a beautiful new addition to the Fort Collins landscape – The Gardens on Spring Creek. If you haven’t discovered this jewel, be sure you take your family to see the native plant life, enjoy the vegetable garden or sign up for classes offered for all ages. Read “A Garden for the Community” for details. During the summer months, many families decide to remodel their home or landscape, embark on home repairs, spruce up a room or move to a new neighborhood. Look over our “Building Northern Colorado” section to get inspired with beautiful interior renovations, home additions, outdoor living enhancements and outstanding landscape improvements. Get acquainted with some of our area businesses that can help you with your project this year. When we think about summer we also think about buying and selling homes. Some of us are getting our homes ready for sale and others of us want to take advantage of lower home prices and historically low interest rates. The real estate business is starting to recover, but will take time, according to Dave Liniger, cofounder of RE/MAX. We at Style traveled to the Denver corporate offices to meet Dave Liniger and learn about the history of RE/MAX and his thoughts about the future of the housing market. Our local brokers, Gene Vaughan, Jerry Crawford and Fran Hardman joined us to share their thoughts on our regional area. Read “RE/ MAX Thriving in the Nation & Northern Colorado” to gain their insight. The start of summer is the perfect time to plan a project. Mine will be to do some home updating and gardening. I hope you enjoy all summer offers you. Enjoy each day, email@example.com
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On the Green
By Connie Hein
Bob Ryan, ESPN columnist, describes golf as,
“A passion, an obsession, a romance and a nice acquaintanceship with trees, sand and water.” City Park Nine, Fort Collins
epending on how you feel about golf – or maybe how good your game is – summer on the golf course in Northern Colorado can be all of these things. With our extraordinary climate and variety of courses, avid golfers can enjoy the game throughout spring, summer, fall and sometimes part of the winter. We talked to professional golfers to bring you information about what makes some of the courses in our area unique.
City Park Nine, Fort Collins
City Park Nine is the oldest golf course in Fort Collins. According to Doug Perry, head golf professional (or Supreme Commander of Golfology, as he likes to be called) the course opened up in June of 1940 when Alden V. Hill hit the first tee shot. Mr. Hill is still a Fort Collins resident and a practicing attorney. Perry says the course is known for its many
mature and stately trees. The nine-hole course is located in the heart of the city, which enables business people in the downtown area to drop in for a quick nine holes and then get back to work. Perry says this is the course played by many companies for their events and charities since it is shorter and takes less time to play. City Park Nine has the distinction of having the most junior golfers in Fort Collins that learned on the course, says Perry. “Lots of golfers that learned as young people to golf on this course still play the course today, just as Mr. Hill does,” Perry says. “It is fun to be part of the rich history of the course.” City Park Nine is unique not only because of its beautiful trees, but also because of its smaller, old-style greens. Perry says this makes it a course where accuracy is more important to a good golf game than distance. “When playing a course with this many trees and shorter greens, it is important to be accurate in your swing,” he says.
City Park Nine has been in the process of updating the clubhouse building, with upgraded carpet and paint, and is adding a few new options to the snack bar menu this year. According to Jim Higgins, golf course superintendent (aka His Royal Highness the Earl of Agronomics), City Park Nine is also working on having the course certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. “The City of Fort Collins is very aware of the impact the population has on the environment and is concerned with conserving energy and reducing the carbon footprint. In an effort to live carefully among the natural wildlife of the city, the course is very careful with its inhabitants, such as fox, deer and birds,” says Higgens. Perry says along with getting the Audubon certification, City Park Nine will be replacing gas burning carts with electric carts. City Park Nine is making plans for a celebration that will honor the 70th anniversary of the course this summer.
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Collindale Golf Course
Moving south, to the center of Fort Collins, Collindale Golf Course was built in 1970 and also has beautiful established trees and landscaping. Dale Smigelsky, head golf pro, says they pride themselves on the condition of the fairways and the greens. “Our crew is very diligent in the upkeep of the course, which is one of the things we are known for and most proud of.” Smigelsky says Collindale is known as the most challenging course in the Northern Colorado area. “The course has very long, narrow, tree-lined fairways with greens that are the best and fastest in the area.” He says since it is a difficult course to play, consistently playing Collindale will make you a better golfer. “If you can play Collindale, you can play anywhere.” The challenges and condition of the golf course have received national attention; it has been the site of Northern Colorado U.S. qualifying tournaments for over 20 years. Smigelsky says Collindale also offers the very popular Collindale Golf Academy and Club Fitting Center. The Academy provides instruction for any level of golfer with some instruction given on the course, and the Club Fitting Center fits golfers with the right size and type of shaft, lie angle and grip size, which Smigelsky
says will greatly improve their game. C.B. & Potts Restaurant opened this year in the clubhouse. It is open to the public and provides pub food and a great atmosphere, with a patio that seats around 120 people overlooking the course. “Once the outside temperatures hit 70 degrees, the patio is full,” Smigelsky says. “It’s great having Potts here so people don’t have to travel to the campus to enjoy their great menu.” The Golf Pro Shop provides merchandise at great prices so people can buy locally and save money. Smigelsky says Collindale provides something for everyone in one convenient, beautiful location.
Collindale Golf Course, Fort Collins
COURSE NAME Boomerang Golf Links Cattail Creek City Park Nine Collindale Eaton Country Club Estes Park Fort Collins Country Club Fox Acres Mountain Resort Greeley Country Club Harmony Golf Club Highland Meadows Lake Estes Executive Link-N-Greens Mad Russian Golf Course Mariana Butte Mountain Vista Greens Pelican Falls at Water Valley South Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club Ptarmigan Golf & Country Club Southridge Golf Course The Olde Course at Loveland
ADDRESS 7309 4th St, Greeley 2116 W. 29th St, Loveland 411 S. Bryant Ave, Fort Collins 1441 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins 37661 County Road 39, Eaton 1080 So. St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park 1920 Country Club Road, Fort Collins 3350 Fox Acres Dr East, Red Feather Lakes 4500 W. 10th St, Greeley 6432 Grand Tree Blvd, Timnath 6300 Highand Meadows Parkway, Windsor 690 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park 777 E. Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins 2100 Country Club Parkway, Milliken 701 Clubhouse Dr, Loveland 2808 N.E. Frontage Road, Fort Collins 1620 Pelican Lakes Point, Windsor 1620 Pelican Lakes Point, Windsor 5416 Vardon Way, Fort Collins 5750 S. Lemay Ave, Fort Collins 2155 W. 29th St, Loveland
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DINING Outback Pub & Grill No No CB & Potts Restaurant Hanger Restaurant Grill or catered food Grill Restaurant Concessions Tavern on the Green Snacks Snacks Café Stoneridge Grill Concessions Austin’s Homestead Austin’s Homestead Restaurant MacKenzie’s Pub Snacks
HOLES YARDS PAR RATING SLOPE 18 7214 72 73.4 131 9 1450 27 n/a n/a 9 3335 36 69.9 123 18 7157 71 71.4 129 18 6788 71 71.7 127 18 6321 71 68.9 124 18 7150 71 73.6 137 18 6286 71 70.5 132 18 6668 70 71.7 134 18 6823 72 71.3 135 18 7011 71 71.9 128 9 2209 31 60.2 96 18 4810 64 62.2 100 18 5675 69 66.4 121 18 6583 72 70.7 127 18 6988 72 71.4 127 9 2865 34 66.4 120 18 7264 72 73.8 134 18 7223 72 74.5 142 18 6666 71 71.6 131 18 6806 72 71.3 127
GOLF PRO Matt Cantu Jim Dargis Doug Perry Dale Smigelsky Rick Cole Mark Miller John Hanrahan Harold Garrison Greg Heiny Steve Lind Paul McQuade Mark Miller Mike Musgrave Steve Coffey Winston Howe 5 on site Several on site Several on site Mike Ball David McCleave Kim Stiner
Traveling out of town? Try one of these great courses in Nebraska: Bayside 865 Lakeview Rd, Brule, NE 308-287-4653 Cross Creek 900 Crosscreek Rd, Cambridge, NE 308-697-4768 Four Winds 2 miles east of Kimball, NE 308-238-4241 Heritage Hill 6000 Clubhouse Dr., McCook, NE 308-345-5032 Hillside 2616 Hillside Dr, Sidney, NE 308-254-2311 Meadowlark Hills 3300 30th Ave, Kearney, NE 888-818-3265 Wild Horse 40950 Road 768. Gothenburg, NE 308-537-7700
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Or if you are headed south, spend a day at Longmont’s Fox Hill Country Club: Fox Hill Country Club 1400 E. Hwy 119, Longmont 303-772-0246
Southridge Golf Course, Fort Collins Southridge Golf Course, Fort Collins
On the south end of Fort Collins is Southridge Golf Course, built in 1984. After over 20 years, the course is beautiful, with its mature landscaping and great view of the mountains. According to Dave McCleave, PGA head golf professional, the course is known for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere. “We work very hard to make our clients feel at home here with a laid back attitude. We want golfers to relax and have a good time.” He says the course itself is relatively short, at about 6,600 yards, but can be very challenging and interesting for golfers. “Southridge has lots of character in the course itself, with greens that have lots of slope and indentures and holes that have interesting terrain, elevation changes and dog-leg features.” The course is used by many area golf leagues and is the venue for many tournaments, charity and social events, says McCleave. Southridge also offers lessons for groups or individuals and many junior golfers come to Southridge to learn on the course. As well as being known for its friendly atmosphere on the course, Southridge is also known for its neighborhood feel in the restaurant, Mackenzie’s Pub and Grill. Rob Dahl, owner of Mackenzie’s since 2002, says their goal is to serve great food and to make people feel at home. “We like to remember the names of our customers and greet them when they step
in the door, and do everything we can to make them feel welcome.” Mackenzie’s is known for their fresh meat, which is smoked daily in a custom built smoker. “The smoker is on a trailer so we can pull it anywhere we need it to be for special events. We feature our own homemade dry rub and sauces and smoke all kinds of meat from pork and beef to chicken and fish,” Dahl says. A variety of smoked meat is available daily. He says another feature that is enjoyable for customers is the spacious deck/patio with beautiful views. “We plant hundreds of flowers in the many pots around the patio to give it a bright, warm, friendly feel.” The restaurant is open to the public as well.
Fox Acres Mountain Resort, Red Feather Lakes
Nestled between pine trees, natural rock and 15 private lakes is the Fox Acres Mountain Resort. Amenities range from on-property spa and horse hotel to the sprawling 18-hole golf course. Golf at Fox Acres is “hypnotic,” according to general manager Joey Moncayo. Moncayo is referring to the sheer beauty of Fox Acres’ mountain backdrop. It is easy, he says, to become mesmerized by your surroundings. But that is okay at Fox Acres: the luxury private course is an “exclusive course where you are never under pressure to play at a certain speed,” says CONT. ON PAGE 18
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GolfFrom Tipsthe Pros
By Connie Hein
Paul Gale, teaching pro and general manager of Fort Collins Golf Shop, says when teaching beginners to start golfing, or avid golfers to develop a better swing, he starts with the basics – your posture. “To have a good consistent golf swing it is important to have a strong foundation,” he says. The setup, according to Gale, is the one fundamental in the golf swing that golfers can execute correctly every time. “The goal for the setup is to ensure that our bodies are anchored to the ground in such a way that will provide a stable, centered platform for the rotation of the upper torso,” he says, “and that the proper muscles are engaged for correct posture, stability and ultimately power.” “Setting up over the balls of your feet is a myth,” Gale says. “Traditional instruction repeats to us over and over again that the weight should be on the balls of our feet. But this is not the way the body is intended to bear its weight and remain balanced.” The proper setup position includes all of the following elements: • Stance width: 2 inches outside of neutral joint alignment • Weight centered over the center of the ankle joints (or slightly forward of that) • Shoulder blades feel retracted • Lower abdominal muscles engaged to remove excessive curvature of lumbar spine • Arms: hanging naturally under the shoulders and hands under chin • Pits of elbows facing directly forward toward the target line • Ball position: directly off the left ear (“I look at the logo on my shirt,” says Gale.) • Axis tilt: 2-10 degrees of tilt depending on build, shot and club Gale’s Golf Shop is dedicated to improving your game with his unique teaching techniques, specialized club fitting with Russ Franson, and a great selection of state-of-the-art equipment.
We asked other PGA golf professionals from courses in the area to add their top tips for golfers. Here are their suggestions: Doug Perry – City Park Nine, Fort Collins • For beginning golfers - Get some lessons either in group sessions or private instruction and practice before actually setting foot on a course to play. • For any golfer - Focus more on balance and tempo in your golf swing. Without those two things a golf swing can be really hard to develop. Accuracy is far more important to develop than distance, especially on parks like City Park Nine with lots of trees and smaller greens. Barry Jennings – Fox Hill Country Club, Longmont • When you are hitting the ball on the ground, don’t shy away from taking a divot. • Always keep in mind that the divot is the area forward of the golf ball and take the divot only after striking the ball. Dave McCleave – Southridge Golf Course, Fort Collins • Correct posture when standing over the
ball makes a big difference in your game. You should have a slight bend at the knee, and bend from the waist to get your arms hanging straight down to be able to hit the ball solidly and consistently. • To drop your golf score quickly it is very important to work on your short game - putting and chipping. Work on your short game at least half of the time you spend practicing. Dale Smigelsky – Collindale Golf Course, Fort Collins • Catch every shot on the downswing. Keep the club head moving downward at impact. That is the best way to contact the ball solidly, create spin and to hit it consistent distances. • Play with clubs that fit you. The four basic things to look for are:
shaft flex - go with a stiffer shaft for control and softer shaft for distance; lie angle - each degree your club is off can result in your shots being up to six yards left or right of your target; shaft length - we try not to ever go longer than 1” over; and grip size - too small or large a grip can cause extra pressure and lack of control. The correct grip size can eliminate hooks and slices. Don Graham – Wild Horse Golf Club, Nebraska • There are two parts to a golf swing - the preswing and the in-swing. Make sure that your grip, aim and posture are correct during the pre-swing and then forget about all of that on the in-swing. • On the in-swing think about as little as possible - just the timing or balance of the right and left feet. Keep your mind as clear as possible. Cliff Brown - Bayside Golf Club, Nebraska • Having a proper grip on your club will help keep the ball on the fairway. The grip should be relaxed and not too tight. • The club should lie in the palm of the lower hand instead of gripping it with the thumb. Gripping with the thumb rolls the shaft of the club when making contact with the ball.
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CONT. FROM PAGE 16 Moncayo. The course is intentionally kept at a low volume for members’ maximum enjoyment. In fact, the privacy of the course means that members do not need a tee time. The course opened in 1982, as part of the mountain resort community. Homeowners at Fox Acres are required to have a golf membership, and additional memberships are available for those who do not own a home at Fox Acres. This year, the course was lengthened by 225 yards, but it is still a course that requires precise, technical play, according to Moncayo. “This is a true mountain course,” he continues, “with a lot of big undulating greens.” Nationally-known architect John Cochran designed the Fox Acres course. The 6,286-yard course is a par 71 and features 108 bunkers. Members of Fox Acres also have access to the many amenities at the resort. The 15 private lakes have an active fishing habitat. The Fox Den is a multi-use facility with televisions, pool tables and a large deck for BBQs. Two years ago, Fox Acres added the full-service spa and last year the Horse Hotel, where members can bring their horses up for the weekend to ride them through nearby Roosevelt National Forest.
Fox Hill Country Club, Longmont
Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont is what a full service country club should be, according to Head PGA Golf Pro Barry Jennings, offering many amenities for its guests since 1972. “The course itself has a parkland feel,” he says. “It sits on 140 acres of wooded area with every hole being separated by trees.” Besides defining each hole on the course, the hundreds of trees also provide shade from the summer sun and relief from wind, says Jennings. “We are very well known for our perfectly manicured greens and turf tended by our knowledgeable, hard working staff, and for our fast greens
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and fast paced play.” The fast pace of play the course is known for makes it easy for their golfers to make firm time commitments before and after their golf outings. They can plan to attend a school function with their children after their golf game, knowing it will only take four hours to play the 18-hole course. “The course is played in four hours instead of the typical 4 ½ - 5 hours because our golfers are used to the pace of play, most have a low golf handicap and have played the course often enough that it becomes a fast paced game,” Jennings says. He says this is one of the things they are very proud of at Fox Hill. The course is private for members and guests of members, but the club has a banquet facility that can be rented by the public for weddings, company and service organization banquets and golf tournaments. Jennings says the facility also has a swimming pool and kiddie pool, four lighted tennis courts, a great pub-like restaurant that is open and airy, and a covered deck. The deck area has a fantastic view of the mountains that overlook the course. In addition, he says the clubhouse was replaced in 1999 and is totally updated. “Fox Hill is truly the finest full service club in the area.” Support a local non-profit on the green. Visit our complete listing of summer charity golf tournaments on page 39. Have a great golf season on these unique and beautiful courses – and from all of us at Style – “May thy ball lie in green pastures... and not in still waters (or sand).” Connie Hein is a freelance writing living in Windsor.
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Thriving in the Nation & Northern Colorado By Angeline Grenz
RE/MAX’s branches reach far. In fact, they extend across the globe, with new franchises opening in countries faster than you can learn to spell Uruguay (one of eight new countries where RE/MAX opened offices in 2009). RE/MAX’s roots, however, are solidly planted on home soil, with their corporate headquarters not more than four blocks from their original location in Denver. Today, Northern Colorado boasts three healthy RE/MAX franchises and nine total office locations from Fort Collins to Loveland and Greeley. As the franchise falls just three years short of their fourth decade of existence, local RE/MAX experts and the company’s founding father, Dave Liniger, speak to their successful transformation through a variety of real estate markets, including the current recession, and to the history and branding that has made RE/ MAX a globally recognized name.
A Lesson in History
Chairman and co-founder Liniger is a tour de force in real estate smarts and market savvy. He has not only been an integral part of shaping how real estate franchises run today, but he has also become involved in shaping the way short sales and foreclosures will be dealt with at a federal level in the future. “When I started RE/MAX in 1973, there was tremendous turnover in the industry,” recalls Liniger. “Back then, 80 percent of real estate agents would fail within a year.” The fail rate was due in part to the difficult pay structure most companies had with their agents – a 50/50 split on commissions, where the agent paid all expenses out of their cut. “Those who were successful started with small mom-and-pop offices, then moved to the biggest real estate office in the area. But agents thought, ‘Why am I giving up half? I’m doing all the work.’” That dissatisfaction started Liniger and his wife Gail down their historic path. “We decided to operate an office like a cooperative. Agents could share the expense of running an office and keep their commissions for themselves,” says Liniger, a controversial concept at the time. Thirty-seven
years later, RE/MAX has 3,500 offices throughout the U.S., 700 in Canada and offices in more than 75 countries spanning the globe. “We are number one in transaction volume in the U.S. and Canada,” says Liniger. RE/MAX was also rated the No. 1 real estate franchise in 2009 by Franchise Times Top 200. Liniger has influenced many other changes in the industry over the years. When he opened his very first office, Liniger hired mainly women – a controversial move in the early 70s. “At that time the real estate business was very chauvinistic. The Equal Employment Opportunity laws had not passed yet,” he recalls. He estimates less than two percent of agents were women in the early 70s. But when he had a tough time recruiting experienced male agents, Liniger didn’t have any bias against hiring women. “I built my entire company on women. During the first five years, 70 to 75 percent of my agents were female.”
Shaping the Future
In 1977, Liniger sold his first eight franchises, but this impressive success story doesn’t end there. Liniger has in recent years devoted himself to the
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survival of his business by positioning RE/MAX agents worldwide to successfully navigate the new economy. Liniger has taken a two-pronged approach when it comes to shaping the future for the real estate market. First, he has been lobbying on a federal level, pushing lenders to release foreclosures and helping speed up the housing recovery. “We approached every lender and asset management company, and asked, ‘How can we help you to get rid of properties?’” says Liniger. The Obama Administration enacted their Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Short Sale program in April, initiating new short sale policies to help families facing foreclosure. Liniger’s second approach is to influence how short sales are dealt with, most notably by offering specialized training to real estate agents. In 2009, RE/MAX trained more than 10,000 agents on how to handle short sales. Many of these agents have gone on to earn their Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation. Agents with that designation are much more likely to help keep families in their homes. A CDPE also helps those agents who lost a sizeable portion of their clientele when the economy tanked and home sales, especially the top tier of the market, ground to a halt. “Today, 50 percent of our business is first time homebuyers,” says Liniger. RE/MAX’s rapid retraining program gives homeowners access to a “better educated” group of agents to work with when buying or selling a distressed property. Liniger estimates that the economy will continue to be sluggish for the next two or three years, as recovery happens gradually. “There is still a great deal of shadow inventory, and total recovery depends on five critical factors: price, availability, interest rates, consumer confidence, and the economy and unemployment numbers. Numbers one through three are as good as they can be.” Consumer confidence is rebounding slowly as well: “Most people are now saying, ‘yeah, we’ve bottomed out,’” says Liniger. Unemployment rates, however, are estimated to stay over nine percent for the next two years. Add to those factors that new home construction has virtually disappeared and the foreclosure rate numbers continue to be high, and the rebound will be slow in coming, says Liniger. Colorado will fare better than most, he continues, but buyer demographics will change across the country. Among the trends we will see: Baby Boomers will put off retirement and are expected to buy and sell an average of three more times in their lifetimes. Over half the Gen Xers (next after the Baby Boomers) are not yet married, have fewer children, and are having children later. The Y Generation (ages 15 to 29), all 76 million of them, will be similar to the Baby Boomers – marrying early, having children early and with an average home buying age of 33. These cultural changes will affect how and when buyers will purchase homes over the next several decades, according to Liniger. The traditional real estate market has approximately five percent of American households buying a home each year. The mortgage bonanza that put many homeowners in homes they couldn’t afford has been brought back under control. “We will be getting back to that average,” says Liniger. At the same time, “the multicultural buyer is rapidly increasing.” Multicultural families are more likely to purchase a larger home, with several
bedrooms, and live with multiple generations in the same home. “The idea that the McMansions will become dinosaurs is nonsense. Multigenerational families will live in the same household,” adds Liniger. Also impacting the larger home trend Liniger predicts for the future: 85 percent of Baby Boomers have no assets besides Social Security and pension plans. It is a high probability their children will have to provide them housing in the future.
Our Local Experts
While Liniger speaks to housing trends as a nation, local RE/MAX franchise owners speak up about how they continue to operate successfully in a tough market and where they feel the trends will take Northern Colorado in the future.
Gene Vaughan Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Alliance Gene Vaughan has been in the real estate business as long as Liniger, since 1972, and has seen firsthand the changes RE/MAX has brought to the industry. After a successful career with other franchises, Vaughan moved over to RE/MAX in 1978. “Even in those years, this was a business model that I could see would really work,” recalls Vaughan. Vaughan purchased the RE/MAX Alliance franchise from its owners in 1987. When he purchased the small franchise, it consisted of 11 agents. Currently, RE/MAX Alliance in Northern Colorado has 170 agents in Greeley, Windsor, Fort Collins and Loveland. In 2005, Vaughan sold 50 percent of his franchise to Chuck and Chad Ochsner, a father-son team originally from Windsor, who had a successful real estate company in the Denver area. “With the Ochsners and I, RE/MAX Alliance has local ownership and decision-making,” says Vaughan. The formula has been successful. RE/MAX Alliance has been recognized as the top RE/MAX franchise in the nation for volume of transactions for the second year. Vaughan says this is in part due to the RE/MAX concept, which naturally eliminates poor performing agents because of the financial commitment required to join RE/MAX. He also credits his agents, who take their careers in real estate seriously, viewing their jobs as an important way to fill the community’s needs. Vaughan says he has a “player-coach” management style; he is an agent and owner simultaneously. “You do both jobs 100 percent, with effective recruiting, coaching and training. And when you have been there yourself, you know how to help others.” Over the years, Vaughan and his partners have developed a family of services designed to create “one-stop shopping” for their clients. Included in the additional services are the Colorado Mortgage Alliance and Alliance Insurance Services. “These are integral to our overall success and quality of service to our sellers and buyers,” says Vaughan. Despite the challenges of selling homes under the shadow of the current recession, “I have been very lucky. We have good agents who have stuck with us for the last 15 to 20 years and we have wonderful managers – they are the ones who makes these things happen,” he says. As we move further into the new decade, “Northern Colorado’s market will remain steady with very modest growth in transaction numbers and price,” predicts Vaughan. “Statistically, we are now at 2004 price levels,” he adds. “And what is so horrible about that?”
Gene Vaughan, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Alliance Jerry Crawford, Owner RE/MAX Action Brokers
Fran Hardman, Owner, RE/MAX Advanced
Vaughan also recommends, “If you bought in the early 2000s and haven’t lost a lot” in market value, hang on to your property because “pricing is going to come back up.” He calls the current dip in the market a rebooting. “This system has been rebooted back to 2004 levels.” This rebooting is not such a bad thing, says Vaughan. Bursting the bubble brings pricing back down to more realistic levels. “I think people became too wrapped up in double digit increases [in home values] and lost the real reason why you get into buying a home in the first place.”
Jerry Crawford Owner, RE/MAX Action Brokers Jerry Crawford’s real estate career began more than 40 years ago in California. A circuitous route, via Salt Lake City, eventually brought him to Fort Collins, where he joined forces with Bill Neal of Wheeler Realty to create Crawford-Neal GMAC Real Estate. After four years with GMAC, Crawford realized the franchise did not offer the exposure and branding that was available through RE/MAX. “RE/MAX was by far the Cadillac of franchises and was the one that made sense to me. Every office is independently owned and operated. I can use the RE/MAX name, but they don’t tell me how to run my business,” says Crawford. That sense of autonomy continues to be how Crawford sets his franchise apart. After his partner Neal died in a plane crash in 2004, Crawford closed the doors to Crawford-Neal. Don Mogorit, one of Crawford’s agents, had left to purchase RE/MAX Action Brokers. After joining the franchise, Crawford bought the office from Mogorit and has expanded the franchise to 60 agents and three locations in Fort Collins, Loveland and Wellington. “I have been around long enough to see it all,” says Crawford, referring to the fluctuations in
the housing market. “I have seen seven different cycles, and this cycle will remain until unemployment changes.” Even then, he adds, the market before the recession will not return: “That was a luxury market and it won’t come back.” But Crawford is energized by today’s market. “Northern Colorado is changing and improving. We opened a commercial division two years ago. We have had reasonable commercial sales, primarily of large pieces of vacant land and of land with existing businesses. I find that encouraging.” Crawford was also savvy enough to set up a separate negotiating company called The Fidelity Negotiating Team, made up of a few of his senior RE/MAX team members, to work with banks in “expertly negotiating short sales.” His team can negotiate terms with banks, then turn those files back over to his real estate agents – meaning short sale transactions are completed faster, with less potential for uncompleted sales. In addition, Crawford’s team of brokers has earned the CDPE designation. The program is working. This year, Crawford’s office was able to close 44 of 45 short sales, as well as hundreds of regular sales. His next undertaking: creating a special division to handle Real Estate Owned (REO) properties that are currently held by numerous banks. “There is a huge backlog of properties that banks aren’t releasing.” In anticipation of the flood of released properties, Crawford is positioning his agents to be ready to move forward by achieving a special national designation for REO properties. While the number of units sold in Northern Colorado will remain relatively the same, says Crawford, the average sales price will go up. As Crawford moves forward, he is positioned to react favorably, aggressively recruiting new agents. He is also considering future expansion – adding two more offices under the name of his RE/MAX Action Brokers franchise. “I am truly excited about this market.”
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Fran Hardman, Owner, RE/MAX Advanced Fran Hardman has taken a different approach to running her RE/MAX Advanced franchise. “I have had every job in a real estate office except selling real estate,” she quips. The RE/MAX Advanced franchise was incorporated in 1989, when Hardman became a shareholder, and in 1993 Hardman bought the franchise with three other partners. Currently, she owns the franchise with partner Linda Brinkman, and they have more than 35 agents at their Fort Collins office. Early on, Hardman made the decision to remain a managing owner, staying away from the sales side. It is a formula that works for her office, giving her agents unlimited access to her for support and assistance, without the barrier of also being a competitor in the sales department. Her office is also designed to offer agents an abundance of secretarial support, “so agents can get out there and sell instead of chasing paper. I describe the office as ‘agent-centric’ – the agents are why we are in business.” Like Vaughan, Hardman says the RE/MAX business model is designed to weed out weaker agents. But her screening process goes a step further to find the most qualified and dedicated agents. “We are picky who we hire. I always look for agents that are entrepreneurs. I also want agents who think about people first, then the money will follow.” Hardman says she advises her agents to act as counselors – “this is such a huge financial investment” – helping clients to understand and enjoy the process and feel good about their decision. Starting this month, Hardman will be creating a monthly newsletter geared at supporting her agents in the field. Many of her agents have taken advantage of the CDPE designation with great success, including one agent who has managed to make 90 percent of her business short sale transactions, says Hardman. Hardman is also dedicated to promoting women in the business. Currently, she estimates that women make up 55 percent of her agents. “Women really do excel in this business. They are great at relationship building.” Hardman is watching changing trends closely. She says while the federal tax credit for homebuyers (that expired in April) did boost home sales somewhat, overall buyers are still looking. “For most buyers it still had to be the right house and the ones that didn’t get in under the time limit are still buyers,” she says. Buyers are out there, she adds, but there is a lack of confidence. Hardman plans to grow her franchise to 50 agents, but does not plan on adding additional offices at this time. She likes her tight-knit group, who can “feed off of each other in a creative way.” Despite the rocky road in recent years, Hardman’s enthusiasm remains untarnished: “This is a fun business – I never get burned out.” For more information about Northern Colorado’s RE/MAX franchises, please visit the following websites: RE/MAX Action Brokers, www.RealEstateActionBrokers.com RE/MAX Advanced, www.realestateadvanced.com RE/MAX Alliance, www.HomesInColorado.com
Angeline Grenz is editor of Style Magazine.
By Corey Radman
Don’t know a Tweet from a hole in the ground? Tweeting and other social media aren’t just for teens anymore. The grownups have gotten on board, and the successful ones are growing their businesses for free. You’ve been told, “You’ve got to get on Facebook!” Or, “Twitter changed my life.” And you thought, “Yeah, maybe, but I’m running a business here. I don’t have time to figure that out too.” Here’s why it’s a good idea to at least consider social media forums like Facebook and Twitter as a part of your overall business marketing plan: • It’s free! • Social media is experiencing explosive growth. Traffic to Facebook is up almost 200 percent over the last year, and Twitter has seen an
increase of almost 1,500 percent. • Demographic shift: Facebook users in the 35-54 age range are the fastest growing group, up 328 percent from 2009-2010. They account for 29 percent of overall users.
Best Case Scenario
The Mantooth Company recently demonstrated how easy it is to use Twitter to boost public image for their client, Johnson’s Corner. By searching Twitter, a Mantooth employee found a customer who had just breakfasted there and liked it. They tweeted back and forth a few times, resulting in this comment from the customer, “Awesome when a restaurant picks up that you checked in and thanks you for the business – that’s what Twitter is about!” That message went out to his 2,500+ followers on Twitter. The whole interaction took about six minutes. Compare that six minute investment to the hundreds or thousands of dollars you have spent on other marketing, and you can see the payoff. A recent report on social media in Business to Business Magazine noted: “The perception now is that the ROI (return on investment) on social media is good, if only because the ‘I’ part of the equation is so small.”
All the local marketing experts interviewed for this article agreed that social media is crucial, but is only a piece of a successful marketing campaign. Doug Larson, principal at Sage Marketing, explains, “We always recommend to clients that they develop a full campaign strategy that includes traditional media working in tandem with social media.” Tom Campbell, Funkmeister General (his real title) at Toolbox Creative elaborates on the point, explaining part of the strategy he used for Living Space (formerly R&R Furniture). “With a new location in the Opera Galleria and a sharpened focus on home accessories, we helped Living Space organize ads, shot a unified portfolio of good-looking photos for use on all marketing, and ensured that the owner capitalized on his commitment to the community by using Facebook and Twitter to promote other area businesses as well as himself.” The end result is a sleek, well-integrated look that customers will recognize no matter where they see it, and a general feeling of connection to the Living Space owner, Rodney Clough.
Maybe you’re tempted to try it now, but still have no idea where to start. Commonly used tools include:
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Websites Blogs (Most common tool is Blogspot) Facebook Twitter LinkedIn (better for B2B – business-to-business – communication and job searches) MeetUp (good for publicizing events and meetings) Email blasts (Still an effective tool, especially for a promotion. However, consider how many emails you delete without reading before you send one out to your list. Will it be worth their time to read it?) There are so many more tools that they won’t all fit here. For brevity, this article will concentrate on what is most commonly used for business-to-consumer communications (and therefore where you will find the most potential clients). While there are no silver bullets, and not every tool will work for every business, here is a typical formula many entrepreneurs use. A good website is key. Start there. But don’t stop yet. A well-written blog draws people back to you repeatedly. “It also screams publically that you are an expert on something,” says Connie Hanrahan, founder and owner of The Mantooth Company. She estimates that 40 percent of her clients have blogs. After your website is in place, consider using Facebook or Twitter. Facebook is useful in longer form discussion and offers easy photo uploads. “Five years ago there was a perception that Facebook was basically for teenyboppers – and it was at the time. Now it’s totally business-minded,” says Hanrahan. With Facebook, business owners can build a fan site, and invite as many people as possible to “Like” it (an actual button they click on). Once you have a group of people in your Like pool, post regularly about things they would be interested in. Facebook benefit: customers can talk back to you and tell you about their experiences or thoughts (an ad hoc focus group, really). Unless your business is about you and involves your personal life, resist the urge to post pictures of your grandkids or other personal messages on this business forum. Set up a separate individual page for family and friends. Twitter appeals to business people, perhaps even more than Facebook, because of its forced brevity –140 characters are enough to sum up a quick thought, post a link or announce a promotion. The same idea about building “followers” applies. You can invite people to receive your Tweets through www. Connie Hanrahan, The Mantooth Company
Tim Northburg and Cindy DeGroot manage Markley Motors eMarketing efforts. twitter.com, or people can follow you by signing up (you’ll receive notification of new followers). You can Tweet from your phone or from the Twitter website. Many business Tweeters employ scheduling software like HootSuite to pre-program their communications (as well as to track the traffic their Tweets generate). A partner of Sage Marketing, Markley Motors, has climbed aboard the social media train by devoting a staff member to ensure effective communication with their customer base. Tim Northburg, Sales/ Internet Manager at Markley, says he employs a tiered approach to eMarketing, with all efforts funneling down to the main website. Www.markleymotors. com is supported by their blog, their Facebook site, and their Twitter activity. All these applications are interconnected, meaning visitors can click through from one to the other from wherever they are. “Having so many different platforms all driving traffic to Markley.com has helped our SEO [search engine optimization], which increases our Google ranking. That way we pop up more in searches through Google,” Northburg explains. He recommends using Google Analytics to easily track visitor clicks, which tell him where all that traffic is coming and going and which promotions are working well.
Posting for Dummies A few rules apply when considering what to say in your Tweets and Facebook posts. Mixed Messages: While no experts interviewed for this article agreed on the exact mix of sales/ marketing versus engaging or interesting conversation, all concurred that you should be heavier on the latter. “You don’t always want to blast people in the face with sales, sales, sales, or they will get turned off and stop listening,” Northburg advises. No Bonehead Posts, Please: The recently defunct website, www.pleaserobme.com, brought to light a common problem: oversharing. With a few quick searches of social network sites, PleaseRobMe found and posted people who left Tom Campbell, Toolbox Creative
too much personal information online. Unless you are certain that you will not be burgled, do not post that you are leaving town. Oversharing also applies to posts of a more personal nature – posts that it is safe to assume would be inappropriate in a business setting anyway. Enough said. Chatter: Be considerate of your readers’ time. Post about subjects you would find entertaining or valuable. Avoid being more noise in the background of people’s lives. The Law: Local attorney, Kevin Houchin, cautions, “It’s a lot easier to get into trouble online than the real world. For instance, it’s very simple to inadvertently close a contract.” He explains that the core issues people should pay attention to are privacy and copyright. “Don’t disclose personal information of yours or your clients,” he says. “And just because you can pick up a logo and put it on your site as quasi-endorsement does not mean you should.” In other words: a copyright is a copyright.
Doug Larson, Sage Marketing “The key thing with all internet law is that the natural barriers around infringement have all but been removed. It’s a lot easier to screw up with a few quick keystrokes, but the laws are the same as in the real world,” says Houchin. Houchin has blogged further on the topic of internet law at his site, www.houchinlaw.com, under the topic heading “Play Nice.” Overall, social media is a worthwhile consideration for your business. At present, none of these services charge for their use. Your biggest investment will be time. If you have the ability (or a budget to outsource it), converting clicks to cash can be accomplished. Corey Radman is a local writer and editor who spent way too much time surfing Facebook while researching this article.
Colin and Shannon Westcott opened Equinox Brewing Company with the help of a small business loan through Home State Bank.
Defy the Credit Crunch Ask owners of Fort Collins businesses Equinox Brewing Company and Alpine Dental Health about the muchpublicized credit crunch and they’re likely to respond, “What credit crunch?” With help from Home State Bank – a local community bank – and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), both businesses recently received sizeable, low-interest loans that increased clientele numbers for the dentists and allowed Equinox to begin pouring hand-crafted beers in its new brewery and tasting room. “No question about it. The SBA loan has helped build our business,” says Dr. Michael “Mick” McDill of Alpine Dental Health. McDill and his business partner Dr. Todd Rosenzweig worked with Home State Bank to secure a $225,000 SBA loan. The progressive dentists used the funds to refinance a higher-interest loan obtained
when they purchased the 3,000-patient practice five year ago. In addition, the SBA loan allowed them to add an operatory room for dental surgery, buy new X-ray equipment, install a larger sign out front and significantly remodel the practice, which is located near the corner of College Avenue and Laurel Street. “We now have eight treatment rooms,” McDill says. “We’re able to get our patients in sooner, which makes everyone happy.” At Equinox Brewing Company, on Remington Street in Old Town, head brewer Colin Westcott and his wife, Shannon, have introduced a concept new to the Fort Collins brewing scene. Equinox, which opened in late April, is Fort Collins’ newest brewery and features hand-crafted ales and lagers created by Colin, who has nine years of brewing experience. After enjoying Colin’s beers in Equinox’s tasting room or shaded outdoor beer garden, visitors can walk next door to the Westcott’s thriving Hops and Berries store, which has sold home-brew supplies since 2005. At Hops and Berries, beer lovers will find Colin’s beer recipes along with ingredients, tasting notes and equipment to brew the same Equinox beer at home. “Our dream was to brew premium, boutique beers and share our expertise with beer lovers,” Colin says. “We knew we needed a loan to open a second business next to Hops and Berries. After coming up
with the concept for Equinox, we presented the idea to Kathe Mehlbach at Home State Bank. She told us about SBA loans and determined we qualified, so we pushed forward. Our dream has come to life.” “Kathe set it up so we initially had working capital to cover payroll and other basic expenses until we opened for business, which helped a lot,” says Shannon. “The $252,000 SBA loan was instrumental in ensuring we could purchase the equipment we needed. Best of all, it’s a loan we can repay over 10 years.”
How SBA Loans Work The Small Business Administration doesn’t make loans to businesses; the loan money actually comes from banks like Home State. SBA’s role is to establish detailed loan guidelines and, more importantly, significantly guarantee the SBA loans that banks make. The loan guarantee is what’s most appealing to bankers, especially in these challenging economic times. SBA guarantees that a large percentage of borrowed money will be covered if the business doesn’t repay the loan. Before even applying for a SBA loan, a business first must learn from a bank that it’s not eligible for a traditional commercial loan. While the rule seems strange, the law dictates that the SBA can’t guarantee money that a business could obtain on its own through traditional commercial loans.
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Misconceptions about SBA-backed loans abound. To qualify, a business must be in good standing with decent credit, have its own money, produce an exceptional business plan and prove it has a track record of success. “The SBA won’t back a loan to a failing business,” Mehlbach says. The specific SBA program designed to help small, established businesses and start-up companies is called the 7(a) Loan Program. It’s the most popular – and flexible – SBA loan, and is the loan both Alpine Dental and Equinox received. The government will back anywhere from 75 percent to a whopping 90 percent of a loan’s value. In general, the maximum amount the SBA will guarantee for a 7(a) loan is $1.5 million. That means the total loan amount could be $2 million if the SBA guarantees 75 percent of the loan. Financing can be guaranteed for working capital, machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, the purchase of land and buildings, renovations, new construction, and debt refinancing under special conditions. According to the SBA, loan maturity is up to 10 years for working capital and generally up to 25 years for fixed assets. “For Equinox Brewing, we were able to secure a 10-year SBA loan, rather than a regular 7-year commercial loan,” Mehlbach says. “They used the money to purchase a brewing system, walk-in cooler, fermenting tanks, serving tanks, sinks and furniture, and to remodel the 2,500-square-foot space. A 10-year loan means lower monthly payments, which frees up cash flow.” The dentists at Alpine Dental Health and the Westcotts at Equinox had no problem proving their strong cash flow numbers during the SBA application process. CONT. ON PAGE 37
Drs. Todd Rosenzweig and Michael McDill were able to expand their dental practice with the help of a small business loan.
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Randy Ewan Alliance • 481-5102
Laurie Foerster Action Brokers•581-9324
Cherie Gibout Action Brokers•988-4666
Linda Gillett Advanced • 218-9519
Jill Glaser Alliance • 227-8084
Beth Glassmeyer Action Brokers•215-1807
Dana Goode Advanced • 231-6507
Chris Guillan Advanced • 310-9357
Bruce Hansford Advanced • 215-6428
Fran Hardman Advanced • 227-5486
Cathy Harris Action Brokers•691-0368
Leslie Henckel Action Brokers•217-4370
Connie Herrera Advanced • 689-9219
Amber Huber Alliance • 217-2939
RE/MAX ALLIANCE • 970-330-5000 5586 W. 19th Street, Suite 2000 • Greeley RE/MAX ADVANCED • 970-221-5995 1018 Centre Ave. • Fort Collins
RE/MAX ACTION BROKERS • 970-229-9200 4102 S. Timberline Rd. • Fort Collins
Sherri Hursey Action Brokers•227-4882
Barb Imes Advanced • 581-8279
Vonda Jacobson Action Brokers•217-8324
Anthony Jarmula Alliance • 219-6776
BJ Johanningmeier Alliance • 227-3393
Bonnie Johnson Action Brokers•218-1731
Mark Keller Advanced • 219-5570
Jennifer Kelly Alliance • 581-9005
Connie Killian Alliance • 218-6655
Lou Kinzli Action Brokers•222-7666
Marty Kleeberg Alliance • 690-9676
Christina Koder Alliance • 405-8385
Rick Koentopp Alliance • 222- 4841
Bret Lamperes Alliance • 980-9700
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Ralph Lee Action Brokers•556-9874
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Jill Leichliter Alliance • 443-7789
June Lemmings Alliance • 388-3692
Tim Leonard Alliance • 227-0152
Rick Lesquier Action Brokers•481-0157
Jaimie Lowry Action Brokers•214-7944
Kirk Lussenhop Alliance • 481- 4970
Peggy Martin Alliance • 391-1745
Jill Marum Advanced • 566-0313
RE/MAX ALLIANCE • 970-669-1234 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd. • Loveland RE/MAX ADVANCED • 970-221-5995 1018 Centre Ave. • Fort Collins
RE/MAX ACTION BROKERS • 970-612-9200 1685 Rocky Mountain Ave. • Loveland
Angie McKevitt Advanced • 402-6430
Rose Merkey Action Brokers•219-4859
Mary Miller Advanced • 391-7513
Tim Mitts Action Brokers•215-4027
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Laura Olive Team Alliance • 495-6393
Mary Ann Ozmina Alliance • 222-9594
Warren Pachek Action Brokers•231-5000
Mike Pesce Action Brokers•227-9498
David Powell Alliance • 481-5015
Cheryl Pribble Action Brokers•667-8355
Janell Prussman Alliance • 691-1727
Mary Alice Reid Advanced • 689-9440
Kirk Relford Alliance • 690-1871
Abby Renner Action Brokers•556-0635
Bob Renner Action Brokers•217-1444
Dan Rieck Alliance • 227-6767
Tom Romero Alliance • 307-640-1159
Ron Rudolf Alliance • 225-3990
Charlotte Ryan Action Brokers•978-9817
RE/MAX ALLIANCE • 970-686-6888 4630 Royal Vista Circle #13 • Windsor RE/MAX ADVANCED • 970-221-5995 1018 Centre Ave. • Fort Collins
RE/MAX ACTION BROKERS • 970-229-9200 4102 S. Timberline Rd. • Fort Collins
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Peggy Schram Alliance • 222-4107
Sandra Schwab Alliance • 396-4502
Tom Scott Action Brokers•391-3054
Kathy Scribner Action Brokers•669-4175
Renee Shaw Action Brokers•227-9600
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Patricia Streeter Alliance • 412-8900
Kelly Swift Alliance • 310-4876
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Kay Weitzel Alliance • 301-0424
Carolina Westers Advanced • 690-7667
Bill Webster Alliance • 222-6995
Lori Weeks Advanced •443-9800
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Under the leadership of McDill and Rosenzweig, Alpine Dental Health has grown to 10 staff, increased new-patient numbers 40 percent, boosted the practice’s overall production numbers an astounding 125 percent and added such new services as gum surgeries, implants and cosmetic work. The Westcott’s five-year-old Hops and Berries was profitable when Colin and Shannon approached Home State Bank. “When opening a second business, a big issue is cash flow,” Shannon says. “We’re lucky we have Hops and Berries to help Equinox along.”
Local SBA Loan Specialists Home State Bank, Larimer County’s largest locally owned community bank, is one of Colorado’s leading SBA lenders. The bank received an Excellence in Lending Award in February from the non-profit Colorado Lending Source, the state’s SBA-loan administrator. Home State was the only community bank among the top five lenders recognized. Loan officers Mehlbach and Jamie Hardy in Fort Collins, along with David Besch in Loveland, are Home State’s SBA loan team leaders. They agree key benefits of SBA loans are:
Donna Wetzler Action Brokers•566-0771
Ruth Wheeler Alliance • 231-8420
Denny Whitehead Alliance • 229-9911
Margo Wiebelhaus Action Brokers•227-9543
Nancy Wiehagen Action Brokers•222-5366
Jeff Williams Alliance • 481-5329
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reduced monthly expenses; improved debt management by consolidating conventional loans under a lowinterest SBA loan; and, greater ability to hire additional staff using cash freed up by lower SBA loan payments.
“If a business can reduce expenses by securing a SBA loan, then it’s easier for them to use that extra cash to hire more staff,” says Hardy, who has worked with nearly half of the area’s medical and dental practices on their lending needs over the years. “We were able to reduce Alpine Dental’s loan payments about $4,000 a month by switching their conventional commercial loan to a SBA loan. As a result, they hired an additional hygienist and a part-time person at the front desk.” Added Shannon from Equinox Brewing, “We’re able to create three new jobs and bring more business downtown since we’re locally owned. That means more money stays in our community.” Business owners interested in an SBA loan need to realize the paperwork involved is daunting, the process is complex and closing costs can be hefty, says Mehlbach. “It’s a government program that’s paper intensive,” she says. “We ask for more documentation from businesses than we would for a regular commercial loan. An SBA loan can be time consuming for a company, but once it’s up and running, it’s definitely a win-win.” Mehlbach and Hardy recommend businesses find a bank that is fiscally sound, with experts who are willing to sit with customers and guide them through the SBA process. “Check a bank’s profitability by asking to see its Statement of Condition, which clearly lists its financial numbers. Interview several banks and find one with deep SBA experience and an appetite for lending.” Alpine Dental Health’s McDill says Home State’s lending appetite caught his attention. “Jamie was extremely helpful. Our previous loans were through another bank and we never had one individual dedicated to our business,” he says. “Being busy businesspeople, we didn’t have time to sit down and research all the options. It was nice to have Jamie there.” “I love working with small businesses,” Mehlbach says. “You really, truly feel you’re making a difference. It’s a partnership between the bank and business.” Information provided by Home State Bank.
Recommended SBA Loan Resources Larimer County Small Business Development Center – provides free 1:1 business counseling, low-cost workshops, assistance in identifying potential financing and help in networking with local, state and federal resources. www.sbdc-larimer.com Janey Wise-Gronewoller Action Brokers•231-6043
Leo Wotan Action Brokers•691-3757
Small Business Administration – federal government agency that provides assistance to help start, build and grow businesses. www.sba.gov SCORE – volunteer counselors (working or retired business owners, executives or corporate leaders) who provide free business advice to entrepreneurs. www.score.org Visit these websites to learn more about Alpine Dental Health and Equinox Brewing Company:
Donald Wride Action Brokers•231-9531
Susan Zack Alliance • 226-1222
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Bent Fork the grill
5971 Sky Pond Drive Loveland 80538 In the Promenade Shops at Centerra (Across from Dick’s Sporting Goods) (970) 613-9333 Open 11:00 a.m. daily www.bentforkgrill.com Bent Fork the grill has one of the best patios around. Their location is ideal for alfresco dining and great people watching. The upscale casual restaurant features two patios, both surrounded by beautiful stone water fountains, a play fountain for the kids, and a view of the mountains. Nearby is Chapungu Sculpture Park, which along with summer concerts, gives the patios an extra appeal. Covered patio dining areas, umbrellas and heaters to control the climate are additional benefits. On the bar patio enjoy a daily happy hour with halfprice appetizers, $4 house wines, $3 draft beers and $6 premium martinis. Keep cool with one of their specialty drinks, such as the pineapple mojito or refreshing Sangria. For lunch or dinner, Bent Fort provides a diverse offering of traditional dishes that are inventive, fresh and flavorful in a distinctive environment of casual sophistication.
1624 S. Lemay Ave. #4, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (970) 494-4501, Tastebudscateringfortcollins.com Café / Classes / Full Service Catering
2555 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, CO 80526 (970) 490-1800, raintreeathleticclub.com Café / Classes / Full Service Catering Tastebuds at the Café is housed inside the newly renovated Raintree Athletic Club. They offer a casual, contemporary lounge, patio and conference room for club members as well as the general public. The Café offers Tastebuds’ all-natural, made-from-scratch baked goods, salads, soups and sandwiches. The Café also offers a full espresso bar, protein beverages, draught beers, wines by the glass and mixed drinks! Try their Thai Red Curry Chicken Salad or Roasted Turkey and Brie Cheese Panini with Apple Berry Chutney and a Low Cal Xena Wing Cocktail or Chai Hazelnut Martini. The patio has a glass garage door that opens up into the lounge area bringing the outdoors inside for truly al fresco dining. The patio offers outdoor music, patio heaters, outside menus with a pass-through window for ease of ordering and pickup, and its own entrance separate from the club. The Café can accommodate large and small groups for all types of occasions with a full catering menu available.
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Rustic Oven – Old Town
123 North College Avenue, Fort Collins 80524 (970) 482-6500
Rustic Oven – Harmony
2350 East Harmony Road, Fort Collins 80528 (970) 226-2300 Open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sun - Tues and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wed - Sat (Both Locations) www.therusticoven.com Rustic Oven American Bistro is the perfect place for dining on the patio during the warm summer months. Enjoy Rustic Oven’s outdoor waterfall and fire pit at their Harmony location or people watching on the patio at the Old Town location. Bask in the sun while sipping a chilled white wine, refreshing beer or one of their specialty martinis. Start your meal with a delicious Seafood Stuffed Poblano Pepper appetizer. For your main course, choose the melt-in-your mouth Filet Mignon al Oscar, Shrimp and Spinach Salad or house favorite Asiago Stuffed Chicken. For dessert, indulge in the oven-baked Strawberry Rhubarb Crostata topped with a vanilla gelato. Look for Rustic Oven’s great weekly specials. Monday night is $5 wine flights. Enjoy half-price bottles of wine every Tuesday. Wednesday night is Burger Night starting at $6.95. Or join Rustic Oven for their Saturday or Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harmony location or Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Town restaurant. Kids eat free on Sundays with a paying adult from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
charity Golf Tournaments June
19 - 3rd Annual Mulligan’s Pub Charity Golf Tournament benefitting Shared Journeys Brain Injury Foundation, Southridge Golf Club in Fort Collins, www.mulliganspubfc. com 25 - “Shanks for the Memories” Golf Tournament benefiting Foothills Gateway Foundation, Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club in Windsor, www.foothillsgateway.org 28 - CB& Potts/RAMSTRONG Tournament benefitting RAMSTRONG, Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club in Windsor, www.ramstrong. org
12 - 2010 Realities Cup Golf Tournament benefiting Realities for Children, Ptarmigan Country Club in Windsor, www.realitiescup. com 23 – Dohn Construction Inc. Charity Tournament, benefitting Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County, Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club in Windsor, (970) 490-1855
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25 - 8th Annual Kristi Visocky Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the Kristi Visocky Memorial Foundation, Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, www.kristisfund.com 26 - 14th Annual Prairie Dog Classic Golf Tournament benefitting the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Greeley Country Club in Greeley, www.greeleychamber.com
9 – Respite Care Tournament benefitting Respite Care, Ptarmigan Country Club in Windsor, (970) 207-9435 19 - Birdies on the Green Ladies Golf Event benefitting the McKee Medical Center Foundation, Olde Course in Loveland, www.bannerhealth.com
ber of Commerce, Fort Collins Country Club in Fort Collins, www.fcchamber.org
10 - McKee Masters Golf Tournament benefitting McKee Foundation, Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland, www.bannerhealth.com 13 - PVH Foundation Golf Tournament benefitting the PVH Foundation, Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor, www.pvhs.org 16 - Western States Burn Center Golf Classic benefitting the NCMC Western States Burn Center, Boomerang Golf Course in Greeley, www.ncmcfoundation.org
23 - Hogerty Open Golf Tournament benefitting Foothills Gateway Foundation, Fort Collins Country Club in Fort Collins, www. foothillsgateway.org 30 - Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce Tournament benefitting The Fort Collins Cham-
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hether it’s the world-famous Harrod’s luxury department store with its mindboggling 330 departments (founded in 1834 by Charles Henry Harrod), or Tiffany & Co. jewelers (founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany), a store so iconic that Holly Golightly found it to be the place to have breakfast (while window shopping for diamonds), or even Coca-Cola (invented by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in 1886), now sold in more than 200 countries – there are just some businesses and products that do more than stand the test of time. They flourish. After all, longevity in living things is a result of successful living, and it’s the same with commerce: a long-lived business is a business that has “lived” successfully, weathered difficulties and adapted. For instance, Harrod’s began as a wholesale grocery with a “special interest in tea,” Tiffany & Co. as a “Stationery & Fancy Goods Emporium,” and Coca-Cola initially got its “pep” from a famously peppy little ingredient called cocaine. They may have changed over time, but each business did some things without fail: they offered goods that delighted and service that satisfied patrons enough to bring them back again and again. Northern Colorado, too, has its own distinctive array of successful, long-standing (and family-owned) businesses, offering everything from glittering luxury items to daily necessities and services. Here are a few of those businesses…
By Laura Sebastian
Fort Collins - Since: 1962
With accreditation, a “Torch Award,” and an A+ rating, all from the Better Business Bureau, Allen Service has more than just time on its side. They also have a stellar reputation when it comes to treating their customers well, which their two mottos, “The Name You Know and Trust” and “You deserve service this good!” reflect. The company was founded in 1962 by M.T. Allen, who learned the ins and outs of plumbing from his Texas uncle. According to Jeff Allen, M.T.’s son and the current CEO of Allen Services (Jeff’s mother June serves as secretary and treasurer and his brother Mike serves as president), plumbing agreed with his father, who deemed it “an honest trade.” In the 48 years since then, M.T. and his family have grown Allen Services to where they now employ 70 people and service virtually all of Northern Colorado, from Fort Collins, Loveland, LaPorte, Bellvue, Windsor, Timnath, and Severance, to Ault, Eaton, Johnstown, Milliken, Berthoud and Wellington. Their services may have begun with plumbing, but they now include taking care of heating, sewers, drains and air-conditioning, with the additional benefit of “green” options that help the environment and give you tax credits. Examples include “Green Standard” heating and cooling systems, tank-less water heaters and solar-powered hot water systems. Then there is Allen’s 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service, its promise of a “firm, up-front price” and
“clean, courteous and prompt service,” all fitted to accommodate the customer’s schedule. Allen’s trucks are another marvel, so comprehensive in what they carry they’ve been dubbed “rolling warehouse” trucks, making it possible to finish almost every repair in one visit because virtually everything needed is always at the service person’s fingertips. And, for those of us who’ve spent time cleaning up after contractors and repair people, they promise to leave your home as clean as – or even cleaner – than they found it. “We treat each customer’s home as if it were our own,” Jeff Allen says. And if you are experiencing what is known as “homeowner’s nervous breakdown,” check out the company’s website for a free downloadable version of The Homeowner’s Save-the-Day Handbook: Quick Tips and Emergency Information to Save You Time, Money and Grief on Plumbing, Heating and Air-Conditioning. The handbook is authored by Allen’s own management team and is described as “A quick-reference guide that gives you tips on how to trouble-shoot common problems and emergencies, how to work with contractors to make sure you get what you want, and even tips on maintaining your plumbing, heating and cooling systems to save money, prevent problems and extend the life of your equipment.” The company has experienced its own challenges to “save the day,” like everyone else, in weathering the economy. “We’ve implemented some cost-savings,” Allen says, “But we’ve done it without compromising our quality or professionalism. Our team went through the tough times together and I think our quality
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The Allnutt men: Walker, Bill, Rick and Spencer Allnutt work and reputation continues to pull us through. Allen will be here in the future and the community can depend on it.” Now in its third generation of Allen family ownership, the future is indeed looking bright…with excellent plumbing, heating and air-conditioning, too.
Allnut Funeral Service Loveland - Since: 1886
The Colorado State Chamber of Commerce recognizes Allnutt Funeral Services as “The oldest continuously-operated family-owned business in Colorado.” This amazing tradition began on April 6, 1886, when the Allnutt family conducted its first funeral service. The company is now owned by Bill Allnutt, who serves as senior director, and his son Rick Allnutt, who began working in the family business in 1985 and serves as president (Rick’s sons, Spencer, 19, and Walker, 16, also work at the family business). All told, five generations of the Allnutt family have now guided Northern Coloradoans through the difficult and often confusing aspects of taking care of the last wishes of a lost loved one. It all began in an unusual way. “My great-greatgrandfather, Captain Thomas Macy, was a Union Colony Pioneer,” Rick Allnutt says, “and he was building bridges in the Greeley area when someone bet him he couldn’t get elected to the county’s first coroner position.” The Captain won the bet and the election and from there, decided to go to mortuary college. He was to become the area’s first funeral director. The Allnutts opened their first funeral home in Greeley, Colo., and now, with 50 employees and additional locations in Fort Collins, Estes Park and Loveland, they’re even better equipped to help people. “We’re the only funeral home in the area that has multiple locations nearby,” Allnutt says. “That allows us to draw help from our other facilities when we’re busy so we can make sure each family gets the best service every time.” They also offer on-site cremation services, as well as another unique service: a place in Greeley for grieving families to stay at no charge. It’s called Jack’s Place. “Jack was my dad’s brother and he worked with us for 50 years and died in 2007,” Allnutt says. “We wanted to do something as a tribute to him and as a way of helping families struggling with a pending death who need a place to stay when they come in
from out of town, or just a place to get away from the main house where hospice may be helping them prepare for the death of a family member.” Though the funeral business may seem to be recession-proof, it too has felt the impact. “It’s made us focus even harder on making sure we’re offering quality service at a reasonable price,” Allnutt says. “We’ve also adapted to the changing needs of the families we serve because, as times change, so do traditions. One of the ways we do that is by connecting with quality funeral directors around the country and the world in order to anticipate consumer preferences for service options. But the biggest key to our success is the great people that work for us and their dedication to being the best they can be in their respective positions. We listen carefully to the family and customize a funeral or memorial service to best represent the life of the deceased and share that with the people attending so they walk away feeling, ‘Wow, that really was a nice and a meaningful experience.’”
Manweiler Appliance Windsor - Since: 1946
Family owned and operated since 1946, Manweiler Appliance in Windsor, Colo., is now owned by Charlie Manweiler. His grandfather, George Manweiler, began the family’s tradition of business-owning in 1918 in Greeley. A blacksmith by trade, he opened up a shop and instilled in his son, Herb, a love of hard work and business ownership. Before acting on this, Herb served in the army infantry during WWII, and in 1943, having finished his tour of duty, Herb, still only six years out of high school, opened his own grocery store. He eventually decided to sell the grocery store and, in 1946, he and his father opened a farm implement store, which would evolve into the family store of today. “My grandfather wanted to get out of blacksmithing,” Charlie Manweiler says. “It was after the war and he and my father decided to sell farm implements but, because of the war, there were shortages and those kinds of goods were hard to get. One day, some salesmen came through town and talked them into widening what they offered to include hardware. They added more and more over the years.” What became Manweiler Appliance and Hardware was split up (amicably) by Charlie and his sister, Janice Glines, in 1998. Glines now owns the hardware side of the family business (Manweiler
Hardware, located nearby at 418 Main Street), while Charlie took on the heavier work of operating the appliance side. But things are still firmly “all in the family.” Manweiler’s father worked in the store until his death in 1989, as did his mother, Alma, until her death in 1998. Manweiler’s wife, Linda, works in accounting, and the couple’s children are also in the appliance game. Martin, 15, works there after school and during summers; Stacy, 24, does sales and accounting; and Christina, 28, used to work for the family business but is currently on maternity leave. The store offers an array of appliances from manufacturers such as Dacor, Frigidaire, Jenn-Air, Bosch, Sharp, Viking, Kitchen Aid, Maytag, Fisher & Paykel and more. And you won’t be left scouring the land for help if something goes wrong because Manweiler’s says, “We Service What We Sell!” It is this kind of service that Manweiler believes has kept his family in business for so long. “We’ve been through hard times before. It’s a cycle, you adjust. We rely on our customer base, which is solid. We’ve cut back a little bit on a few things because of the economy, but I think things are getting better. People like to buy in their own town, from people they know, and we offer a good selection, a good service department, and we’re honest. I also think our excellent product knowledge makes us unique. And,” he says, “I like the fact that I look forward to coming to work every day.”
Ft. Collins, CO - Since: 1957
Weak and pale with hunger after a day’s sightseeing, Fort Collins visitors will usually be pointed to the Charco Broiler, one of the town’s most popular restaurants. Though it now seats 350 customers, has 77 employees and offers a wide array of simply scrumptious dishes, when it opened in 1957 it was a humble coffee shop on what was then the lonely stretch of Mulberry Street. Back then, Fort Collins was home to only 20,000 residents, but as the town grew, so did the Charco Broiler. The story began when Lee Stark (uncle of current owner, Stan McGarvey) decided to check out a restaurant he heard was for sale in Estes Park.
Charlie Manweiler, Manweiler Appliance
“The key is quality, being consistent, and offering great service and value.” The Charco Broiler Family: Front row: Lee Stark, Lynn McGarvey, Gib McGarvey Back row: Austin McGarvey, Carol McGarvey, Stan McGarvey and Chad McGarvey
But, luckily for future eaters of Fort Collins, he missed his turn on the way out of town and ended up on Mulberry Street instead. There, he spied a building for sale, snapped it up and fixed it up, and when the newly christened Charco Broiler opened, it made its debut with nine booths and a counter seating 14. Customers served themselves rolls, coffee, juice and milk and paid for the items by using the honor system, putting money in a cigar box on the counter. The honor system only lasted until the 1970s, but the menu grew and grew. Now there’s a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, featuring everything from fluffy omelets, biscuits and gravy, sandwiches and burgers, to
lobster tail, shrimp and, of course, steaks. (The most popular item is the Sirloin Steak Sandwich – 8 ounces of beef broiled to top tastiness.) Visitors can stuff themselves to their heart’s content while sitting in the soothing, dimly lit dining rooms, amid sculptures by founder Lee Stark and such eclectic décor as light fixtures fashioned out of old farm implements. There’s a cozy bar in back with a bust of comedian George Burns surveying the good times, and a bust of that famous writer and drinker Ernest Hemingway is tucked in the corner of another room. Outside is the restaurant’s most well-known patron, another of Lee Stark’s bronze sculptures. It is that of a seemingly sorrowful and lovely hooded girl, perched forever on one of the benches as if longing for a good steak. And who can blame the poor girl? While most
restaurants get their steaks pre-cut, here they’re cut by hand by an employee of 31 years, Lorenzo Venzor. Other longtime employees include cook Roy Serrano, who has been there 49 years, and manager Willie Zapata, who’s been there for 30 years. Stan McGarvey serves as general manager while his uncle and parents Gib and Lynn McGarvey remain co-owners. The next generation of Charco Broilers includes McGarvey’s sons, Chad, 26, and Austin, 24, who work at the restaurant with their dad. McGarvey says in some ways things are really no different now than they were back in 1957. “The key is quality, being consistent, and offering great service and value.” The restaurant has weathered the current economy by watching costs while still maintaining the same quality and generous food portions they’re known for. “Whether it’s good times or bad,” McGarvey says, “you just can’t lower your quality or your portion sizes. Here, you’ll always get a great price for your food.” Yes, so somebody please feed that poor bronze girl out front.
Bob & Tony’s Pizza
Estes Park - Since: 1957
The Graves Family: Christine Houldsworth, Scott Houldsworth, Jack Houldsworth, Skylar Caledonia, Sherry Graves, Sierra Nicol, Sara Caledonia, Lauren Houldsworth, Bryan Graves, Amber Graves, Allyx Graves, Trevor Graves, Kelsey Graves, Rob Graves, and Lori Graves
In 1957, a man named Tony Paglia, a/k/a “Big Tony,” was already operating a thriving Italian restaurant in Salina, Kan., when he decided to expand and open a little place called Tony’s Pizza. He and his sister ended up selling that first restaurant to the Red Baron company, but Tony’s Pizza he kept, moving it to Estes Park, Colo., in the 1960s. Tony’s Pizza lived in several locations in Estes Park until 1969 when Paglia partnered up with a man named Bob Cooper. Together, they opened Bob and Tony’s Pizza on Elkhorn Avenue, where it stands today. Still a family operation, since
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The next generation at Bob and Tony’s Pizza: Jennifer and Paige Paglia
1999 the current owners have been Linda Paglia (Tony Paglia was her father-in-law), and her parents Bill and Madie Burcaw. The restaurant has a self-serve, casual dining atmosphere, which Bill Burcaw describes as “family friendly,” complete with a game arcade for the kids. With expanded summer hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., now’s the time to drive up, check out the wildflowers at nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, and then head to Bob and Tony’s for such specialties as the Philly Cheese Steak Pizza (steak, mushrooms and onions), the Confetti White Pizza (chicken, fresh spinach, tomatoes, garlic, onion, feta cheese and mozzarella), or the unique Mexican Pizza (refritos, hamburger, onion, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato). The crusts are homemade, as is the sauce and even the sausage. And, also unique, says Burcaw, “Our pizzas have the cheese on top of all the toppings instead of the other way around.” And if you’re that rare being who’s not a pizza person, there are homemade soups, such as Manhattan Clam Chowder and Hawaiian Portuguese Bean Soup, as well as their famous chili. Bob and Tony’s is also home to the largest salad bar in Estes Park, with 35 items to pile on your plate. In addition, you’ll find sandwiches, subs and hoagies, and appetizers such as mini tacos, clam strips and onion rings. You can even choose the “take and bake” pizza option, cater a party or, if you have a large order, there’s also delivery. “We still use all of Big Tony’s popular original recipes,” Burcaw says. “I think that’s part of our key to success. And, like any business in a tourist town, we depend on a strong economy and the referral of our customers. I think we’re also different from other pizza places in that we’re known all over the world because of the word-of-mouth from tourists. People return year after year.”
Morning Fresh Dairy Bellvue - Since: 1894
It is trendy to go “green,” but Morning Fresh Dairy is one business that has always believed not only in kindness to the environment, but also in kindness to their dairy animals. Their logo is simple enough: a horse and carriage and a dairy man in crisp whites just moseying off to drop the day’s fresh cream and milk on a nearby porch. And that is exactly how Morning Fresh Dairy began: with a man, a horse and carriage and, of course, milk.
The Weiss Jewelers Team: Richard Weiss, Julie Monaco, Cathy Hempstead, Aline Gasner, and Scott Rettmer Now owned by husband and wife Robert Laurence and Lori Graves, the family’s dairy tradition began more than a century ago. It was 1894 and Robert Laurence Graves’ great grandfather, William Charles Graves, was living on the family farm in Bellvue, Colo., and decided to make some extra money by selling milk to the neighbors. It soon grew into a bona fide business, and Robert Laurence’s great-grandfather handed it down to his grandfather (William Charles, Jr.), then to his father (Robert Charles), and then, in 1990, to him and his wife Lori. Still operating out of Bellvue, Morning Fresh Dairy now has 45 employees and delivers to most areas in and around Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Fort Collins, Ault, Severance, Eaton, Berthoud and Wellington. You’ll even spy their products on grocery store shelves and in coffee shops. The milk products include non-fat, 1 percent, 2 percent, whole, cream top and even chocolate. But there’s more than just milk in the mix of products. You’ll also find such creamy delights as whipping cream, half and half, butter, cottage cheese and Noosa Finest Yoghurt (“Made from the creamiest milk and freshest fruit… uniquely thick and velvety”). Then there’s pink lemonade, fresh juices, clover and whipped honeys, cheeses, strawberry rhubarb and red raspberry preserves, and cookie dough in multiple magnificent flavors. And that’s not even their full list of products. Though they, like everyone else, have been hit by the economy, their products and their green philosophy have helped bring them back to prosperous times. “Order-wise, things have picked up again,” Lori Graves says. “But, like on any farm, you have to be willing and able to work nonstop. We even grow our own pesticide free feed – we don’t outsource anything. And we definitely have an old-fashioned feel, what with home delivery and reusable glass bottles. People also like that we milk the cows and bottle the milk on the same day it’s delivered.” Their special care in service and fine treatment of customers carries over to special care for the dairy’s most important residents: the cows. They have 420 of them, milked three times a day. And for all their hard work, they are treated to a nice life, with plenty of
pasture time, and given no harmful growth hormones to increase milk production or antibiotics to stimulate growth. You won’t find pesticides or preservatives in the milk itself, either. “As far as competition with the big milk companies,” Graves says, “we have our own niche. We’re a 100 percent, all-natural dairy, so when you’re a customer of a farm like ours, you reduce your carbon footprint, you support your local growers and economy, and you make a healthier choice for your family. The people in the areas we service are concerned about the environment, so we fill their desire to be environmentally conscious. I love that people here support the kind of farming we do, and support recycling and reusing. I also love that this area still has a small town feel. It suits our product, how we package it and deliver it.”
ring or create a new piece of your own design, they also offer custom-made jewelry. Richard Weiss, who also manages the store, says the family’s key to longevity has been simple: “It’s the same as that for any successful retailer: treat people the way you’d want to be treated.” Weiss has guided the store through changing styles and economies. To adapt to the current economy and jewelry market, he makes sure the store is up on changing tastes and trends. “The economy affected us as it did other luxury industries,” he says. “One of the ways we’ve dealt with it is by expanding our selection of sterling silver pieces, which are quite beautiful. And people like them and can afford them.” Another nod to current tastes is the addition of the wildly popular “Pandora” jewelry, a collection featured in numerous fashion magazines and famous for its colorful art glass beads and gold and silver charms that sell separately to adorn bracelets, necklaces, earrings and pendants. They’ve also added the “Lorenzo” collection, which features sophisticated pieces with sparkling gemstones in settings of sterling silver and 18 carat gold. And anyone who’s not an expert and has ever shopped for jewelry knows there can often be anxiety about the quality of gemstones and the trustworthiness of the seller. That worry doesn’t exist at Weiss Jewelers. They are a member of the American Gem Society, which is a trade association that includes retail jewelers, and whose members are held to an especially high code of ethics with a promise to uphold consumer protection and education. Only a few hundred jewelry stores in the entire country qualify. There is another special aspect to the store, Weiss says. “I believe our customer service makes us unique. Some of the people who work here have been with us for 10, 20, 30 years, and we know everyone who comes in here by name. We keep track of our customers’ birthdays and anniversaries, even what they bought in the past so we can
Greeley - Since: 1915 Their motto, “Building On the Past With a Commitment to the Future,” reflects both their long history and the adept way the Weiss family has adapted their store to fit the changing times. Opened in 1915 by Fred Weiss, Weiss Jewelers is now owned by Fred’s grandson, Richard Weiss, who took over in 1984 and who remembers how his grandfather was such a fine and natural mechanic that he was able to teach himself watch making by simply reading a book about it. After polishing his skills as a craftsman, Grandfather Weiss moved his family from Ogallala, Neb., to Greeley, Colo., in 1915, and began selling jewelry and making and repairing watches. His son, Howard, continued the family tradition and expanded on it, and by 1944 they not only offered jewelry, watch making and repair, but also fine china and silver. Today, Weiss Jewelers still offers watch making and repair, but concentrates on its vast selection of fine jewelry and watches. Or, if you want to modify your grandmother’s old wedding Warren Yoder with his father Lee Yoder of Weld County Garage
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Weld County Garage Greeley - Since: 1908
Weld County Garage was opened in 1908 by the MacArthur family of Greeley, Colo., who ran the business for three generations and began by pumping gas and selling appliances such as refrigerators. Another local family, headed by father and son Lee and Warren Yoder, took over in 1982, and today, Weld County Garage is far more than a “garage.” It is home to 174 employees who tend a total of four related businesses, all in Greeley. Lee Yoder runs Herbie’s Auto Sales, and Warren Yoder is the dealer/ general manager of Weld County Garage, Truck City and Abbra Body Shop. They are home to the oldest Buick dealership west of the Mississippi and the largest overall dealership in Weld County, selling General Motors vehicles and Buicks new, as well as Isuzu trucks and used cars – an array of inventory that blankets 11 acres. The Yoder family has long been in love with all things automotive. Lee, who is now 70, began his career in cars clear back in 1961, when he got under the hood and started fixing them. Then, after years of experience in car sales, when Weld County Garage became available, he jumped at the chance to use his expertise to run a well-established outfit of his own. “What makes us unique is that we’re a full-service dealership that includes a retail and commercial sales and service department,” the elder Yoder says. “Our body shop and parts department specializes in the sale of retail and wholesale parts. And we offer the strength of being in business for over 100 years, plus a long list of employees that have been here for decades.” In the years since, he and his son have had to face a host of challenges, everything from the current economy, to fuel prices and the bankruptcy of General Motors. “It’s been many things,” Lee says. “They eliminated medium duty trucks, then we lost Pontiac, then the factories closed down for three months and inventory was almost impossible to get. We’ve just now begun picking up inventory. And the gas prices almost killed the big SUVs for a while but we adapted by getting into the used car business. We were also helped by the fact that we have lots of service bays and a body shop whose business kept us going. Our good customer service kept us going too.” That good service has also led to multiple awards, such as Pontiac’s Master Dealer award for nine years running, the Greeley Tribune’s “Best Dealership in Weld County” award for seven years running, the Greeley/Weld County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business of the Year award in 2001, and the prestigious General Motors Company award. But all the accolades have not changed the company’s down-home feel. “We make it a family atmosphere with both employees and customers,” Lee says. “We have about 40 or 50 employees who’ve been with us for more than 10 years and about 15 employees who’ve been with us for more than 20 years. We take care of each other and we take good care of our customers.” Laura Sebastian, who lives in Fort Collins, has worked as a freelance writer for 11 years.
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Steiner Project An aging landscape, a busy lifestyle and an engineering background led the Steiners to desire a large patio area and xeric landscape that was easy to care for and would go with their glass and chrome decorating tastes. Their old deck was removed and recycled, the concrete walk was removed and used as a foundation for their new patio, and their lawn was removed and composted. Local stone creates a multi-level sitting area along with a natural fire pit and sitting rocks. New plantings were added to their existing plantings to replace their seldom-used back lawn. The incorporation of these sustainable choices resulted in an inviting sanctuary right outside their home.
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xperience what it’s like to come home to your very own tranquil outdoor retreat. Whether a new outdoor kitchen complete with a seating area and accent lighting or a stone patio, walkway, fire pit or inviting water feature - if you can dream it, Alpine Garden’s landscape professionals can build it. Outdoor living spaces are a hot trend that not only increases your home’s value but also creates an inviting living area to entertain, relax and enjoy for years to come. Natural stone is a great way to set the tone for sustainability and complete functionality. Alpine Gardens and The Rock Garden are a natural fit when it comes to outdoor living renovations. The Rock Garden offers unique natural stone and natural stone products, mined right here in beautiful Colorado, only a few miles from Fort Collins. Alpine Gardens has showcased this high-quality product on many landscape
Windsor Retreat Homeowners of this versatile property, Eddie and Claire Speir, envisioned a large area to entertain, while keeping the space cozy and maintaining the magnificent views. Thorough collaboration with the clients during the design process resulted in a project that everyone could be proud of – dramatic granite “Water Wall,” a sunken fire pit and bubbling fountains that encompass the upper deck. “Sunrise Brownstone” was selected for the natural retaining walls as well as cut for the capstones of the seat-walls and fountains. This choice was logical since the color blended beautifully with the existing stone on the house. Whether they’re enjoying the breathtaking Colorado sunset alone, or entertaining large groups of friends, this backyard retreat can accommodate every atmosphere.
renovations throughout Northern Colorado’s Front Range. Each project they undertake together is tailored to your specific desires and handcrafted to achieve a design that captivates all your senses. Kris Nylander of Alpine Gardens explains, “As designers and installers of custom landscapes, it is great to have such a beautiful product to work with right here in our backyard. Our clients can visit The Rock Garden and see firsthand what we are trying to represent in our designs.” According to Jim Striggow, Rock Garden owner, “Alpine Gardens has a top design-build team. They have tremendous skill designing with and installing stone. Their results give customers the natural, beautiful retreats they are looking for.” He adds, “Thirty years of our working together has created an atmosphere of mutual confidence and reliability. Our people and customers benefit from the long standing collaboration.”
Alpine Gardens L andscapes handcrafted for life Alpine Gardens has decades of experience taking your idea or inspiration all the way through to the construction of a beautiful, practical landscape. Their goal is to make the process simple from the design and permitting, to details like irrigation, lighting and recommended plantings. They make your landscape feel like an extension of your home. Whether it is a new deck, pergola or fence, installation of an outdoor kitchen, a flagstone patio or an awe-inspiring water feature, find out just how easy it can be to achieve your landscape dreams.
the Rock Garden R ock solid inspiration “Visiting The Rock Garden is an adventure in inspired creativity,” says Chris Boyd, manager of The Rock Garden. “Our products include landscape stone, custom stone fountains, natural stone veneer and specialty rock art.” The Rock Garden’s stone is characterized by rich earth tones and a user-friendly composition. “In other words,” says Boyd, “our stone is beautiful and easy to work with. People are drawn to the unique colors and textures of real stone that gets better with age.”
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creating VISUAL IMPACT The kitchen is the heart of the home â€“ where our friends, family and guests gather. Homeowners today want a kitchen that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, but how is this accomplished? How do you achieve a design that is both stunning and unique â€“ without breaking the budget? When planning a new kitchen or a kitchen remodel it is important to work with an experienced professional who can both design and build custom cabinets that address the integration of appliances while delivering visual impact. Here are a few suggestions for creating a signature look in kitchen design:
ISLANDS Everyone loves to congregate in the kitchen. As space allows, consider including an island or peninsula. There are many factors to consider when designing an island. How much seating, desired elevations, built-in appliances or sinks, and location of electrical outlets need to be considered. Whether the design is contemporary, Old World, traditional or Mission, the island should be a focal point of the design.
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CUSTOM HOODS Custom hoods can create a strong focal point in the kitchen. Tharp Cabinet Corporation offers seven different styles of custom hoods. One example is the Chimney Hood. While all Tharp hoods are engineered to fit the most popular vent liners, the exterior of this hood allows the flexibility to easily extend all the way to a 10-foot or higher ceiling.
CABINET FINISHES Consider hand-rubbed stains, painted, glazed, distressed or toned. The finish is one of the most important elements to make your kitchen stand out. A contrasting finished island can be effective in giving your island a custom, furniture look without the expense of painting the perimeter of the kitchen. Popular colors for islands include creamy off-whites, hand-rubbed black and glazed soft greens. These colors are both beautiful and timeless.
Building Northern Colorado Tuscany Interior Design features award-winning designs and a solid reputation built on 20 years of creating beautiful spaces. They have created solid brand name recognition in communities across Colorado and Wyoming, and have completed projects in Arizona and California. From traditional to contemporary, Tuscany can create an interior reminiscent of your taste and lifestyle. Tuscany specializes in remodels, new construction and commercial spaces. They are an invaluable resource for builders and their all-inclusive program allows them to order and install any interior element so their clients can have more time to focus on construction and less time spent on the design details. Designs featured on this page: Athena Salon and Wellness Center in Windsor and a remodel project completed in Littleton, Colo.
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Don’t move – improve. Fall in love with your home all over again with Champion’s patio rooms. The addition of a patio room can transform the look of your home and increase your livable space. Champion has three-season and four-season room options and their wall systems can enclose under an existing roof. Best of all, the professionals at Champion offer a computerized “visulizer” to aid with design options. Champion’s custom-made windows and doors qualify for up to $1,500 federal tax credit and can save upwards of 40 percent on your year round utility bills. Explore their exterior siding options: top quality vinyl, hearty board, fiber-cement or steel siding. Trust Champion for top quality products, professional installation backed by the best warranty, and complete in-home local service. Champion has 57 years in the business and factory direct pricing!
This Wellington home gained 500 extra square feet of living space in this three-season patio room, completed July 2009.
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Transform Your Backyard into your outdoor sanctuary with The Resort Collection from Lloyd Flanders Let the subtle refinements of the relaxing Resort Collection transport you to the serenity of a pampered vacation. Dramatic yet simple lines define every aspect of the collection. Created in an exclusive SunLoom Vinyl, the Resort Collection can transform any outdoor living space into a tranquil retreat. The Resort Collection offers luxurious seating comfort to help anyone unwind and escape the day. The elegant contemporary design of this set is woven over sturdy aluminum framing to meet the demands of any environment while maintaining the feel of any exclusive Four Star resort. The Resort Collection is essential to building that elegant getaway in the comfort of your own home. Visit www.outpostsunsport.com for this and other collections.
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It’s Green and Comes In 20 Vibrant Colors Until Breezesta™ Poly Outdoor Furniture, the great outdoors wasn’t so great on outdoor furniture. Metal rusted. Wood splintered. Paint faded and chipped. Webbing tore. Aluminum frames bent. Every year thousands of HDPE milk jugs and water bottles are rescued from America’s waste stream and recycled into sturdy poly lumber. The result is safe, maintenance-free, stylish furniture that is affordably priced for your backyard or patio. Instantly feel the comfort difference that quality materials and attention-to-detail make. Available at Outpost Sunsport Monday thru Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sundays 11am – 5pm.
Casual Fireside by O.W. Lee is a collection of outdoor fire pits and accompanying accessories that gives the outdoor room a focal point where you enjoy family and friends. Pictured here is the Largo Chat Pit, called this because the idea is to have family and friends sit around the fire and chat throughout the evening. You could match it with two love seats and two spring base club chairs to create a warm and cozy environment. This and other designs available at Outpost Sunsport located at 931 East Harmony Road in Fort Collins. Call 970-225-1455 for more information.
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cluding HP, Agilent, Avago and Intel. For those who commute to surrounding areas, the Park and Ride with transit service is just down the hill, as well as the convenient Harmony Interchange on I -25. The Ranches at Sunrise Ridge have been beautifully architected and painstakingly designed to fit the most discriminating buyer. The kitchen is a chef’s delight with the most current technology available combined with Old World granite and solid wood cabinets. The amenities in the master suite rival those of five-star luxury hotels and include a fireplace and wet bar area. Guests of Sunrise Ridge will enjoy their own private entrance off the partially covered front courtyard, while still being attached to the primary residence. These low-maintenance, Mediterraneanstyled, luxury patio homes are just what has been missing in the Fort Collins market. The builder is open to customizations if needed, but most will agree that these homes “hit the target” for the next phase of homeownership. More details on The Ranches at Sunrise Ridge and the surrounding ½ acre estate lots is available. Currently, there are two homes under construction that will soon be available. www.theranchesatsunriseridge.com
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“It’s a pleasure to wake up in the early morning hours to a view of the most incredible sunrises in Northern Colorado from my home on Sunrise Ridge,” says Kelly Smith, resident of Sunrise Ridge Estates in Fort Collins, Colo. Keeping up with current trends and desires, Sunrise Ridge Estates is one of the newest “pocket developments” in southeast Fort Collins, designed for today’s homeowner. Featuring only 10 Mediterranean-styled, lowmaintenance luxury patio homes on ¼ acre lots, The Ranches at Sunrise Ridge are suitable for today’s busy lifestyles by being virtually free of exterior maintenance. Boasting stucco and stone exteriors and tile roofs, minimal upkeep is necessary over the years. As a patio home community, the large yard and landscaping will be attended to for you, as well as snow removal on those wintery days. The Ranches at Sunrise Ridge are located just west and above the proposed River Walk Community near Harmony Road and I-25. With walking and biking trails, lakes, streams and the Poudre River nearby, the feeling of the “great outdoors” abounds in this neighborhood. Residents of Sunrise Ridge enjoy close proximity to all the Harmony Corridor has to offer, with upscale restaurants, convenient shopping, a public library and several of Northern Colorado’s primary employers in-
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Layers of mountains fan out from every window. One of the most exciting remodels of the year was the large renovation of a 7,500 sq. ft. home in Steamboat Springs. The home was a recently purchased foreclosure that showed potential for being a great investment vacation rental property. The challenge was to completely update and remodel the home while not exceeding the appraisal value after the changes. After numerous high bids from mountain design groups, Park Place Interiors in Windsor was chosen for the remodel. Being a family-owned business, Park Place was able to offer a one-on-one experience like no other. They were able to detail every room using only the finest materials, while staying
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true to the budget. “Not only did they stay within our budget, they completed the whole job in four weeks, making it available for rental during the last few weeks of the ski season,” says Brad, the homeowner. “They personally oversaw all phases of construction, ensuring a smooth building process and seamless communication with us, our general contractor and subcontractors.” The goal of the remodel was to create a comfortable contemporary rustic family lodge. “Park Place Interiors was able to express our personality and capture our lifestyle with the interior design and furniture they chose. They delivered beyond our expectations,” concludes Brad.
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Bath Landscape Design strives to reconnect their clients with nature through designs that are soothing and low-maintenance. More than 40 years of experience has given the Bath design team the knowledge to plan spaces that are sustainable and embrace the natural beauty of the Front Range. Bath delivers landscape designs and installations that are not only beautiful, but functional and environmentally-sound. To reduce their impact on the environment, they use organic products and conserve water with efficient irrigation plans. From design to installation, the Bath design team will help you transform your property to its fullest potential. Their unique 3-D modeling allows you to see the finished design before breaking ground and helps them reduce their need for natural resources. Your landscape is an extension of your home and requires the same attention. Let Bath do the work â€“ their affordable maintenance service will keep your landscape beautiful for years. Bath is a full-service landscape company dedicated to helping you achieve the outdoor space of your dreams. Contact them for a complimentary consultation today.
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“Don’t fence me in,” may have been the cries of our ancestors as they moved west for more room to build their lives, but fences have come a long way from the simple rusty barbed wire used to tame the West. They have progressed to be more functional and attractive; some could even be called sophisticated and artistic. Wrought Iron Fences
Wrought iron fences are among those more sophisticated and artistic. They are constructed just as any other fence with posts and rails, or posts and panels, yet there are endless ways to design these fences to make them unique. The beauty and expense of wrought iron fencing accomplishes more than just enclosing a yard. According to Kent Garvin of Colorado Iron and Metal, customized wrought iron fences are constructed to enhance the character and design of a home or property and will last forever with little or no maintenance. “Wrought iron fences become an investment in a home or facility that shows an attitude of quality and character and belief in the future.” Garvin says their custom fences run from $65 to $75 per linear foot at the low end, and hundreds of dollars per foot at the higher end. He says fences and gates can be anything from simple to elaborate with laser designs, monograms or anything else you can imagine.
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“If you can draw it on a cocktail napkin, we can manufacture it and incorporate it into a fencing system,” Garvin says. “This gives customers thousands of options for creative designs.” To install, the posts are set in concrete and then the rails and panels are either welded or bolted to the structure. The designs can include flat, twisted or hammered posts and rails. Other post options include masonry or stone. There are several ways an iron fence can be finished, including leaving the fence bare or using a rust resistant spray paint. The most common and efficient way to finish a wrought iron fence is with a powder coating that adheres to the surface of the metal because it lasts forever. Powder coating is available in hundreds of colors to give a fence the desired look and character, from ultra contemporary to antiqued and rustic.
Wood Fences A wood fence can be constructed in almost any size, shape and design ranging from solid privacy fences to deter intruders, keep in pets or block traffic noise, to lightweight open lattice-work that invites the cool Colorado breezes. They can be stained or painted to match the look of a home or facility. Kevin O’Donnell at Sutherland Lumber and Design Gallery says cedar fences are the most popular wood fences because cedar is attractive, affordable and naturally resistant to the Colorado climate. Sutherlands carries lumber for cedar fencing at great prices, and has a huge catalogue with varieties of features for cedar fences to give them any desired look. From decorative caps or gate hinges, to solar lights for the posts, Sutherlands can order anything you need. Cedar for fencing can be purchased in various lengths and widths to suit the need of the customer. Four to six foot lengths are available in 1x4, 1x6, 1x8, 2x4 or 2x6 diameters. O’Donnell says they have experienced employees that can help with ideas and estimates. They don’t do fence installation, but work with many local contractors that offer their customers quality work. Cedar Supply, located between Fort Collins and Loveland, sells wholesale cedar fence supplies to fence installers as well as retailers and carries all types and sizes of lumber for cedar fences. The owner Skip Thomas started out in the fence installation business, so he and his staff have plenty of knowledge about the needs of the customer and the different types of cedar products that will be best for a specific job. Gold leaves glint in the sun. This one-of-the kind custom iron gate, by Colorado Iron & Metal, graces the entryway of Châtellen in WIndsor.
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Vinyl fence meets stone columns at this Rigden Farm home in Fort Collins. Fence by Heritage Fencing. Dylan Thomas, the general manager and second generation of Thomases to work at Cedar Supply, says they sell wholesale to installers as well as retail to the general public, but now also sell to customers around the country through their Internet business. So at this point, anyone can purchase material through them. He says they are often able to offer better or equal prices as the big box stores because they carry all grades of cedar lumber and buy in such large quantities. “We carry everything from value grade to premium grade lumber so we can fit any need or budget.” Installed cedar fences typically range in price from $15 to $25 per linear foot (lft.), according to Thomas.
Chain Link Fence Chain link fence is one of the most popular choices of fence for both light residential and heavy commercial applications because of its practicality, relative ease of installation, and low cost. Curt Kon, sales manager at Cedar Supply says the market for chain link fences for residential use has lessened a bit over the past few years as wood and vinyl privacy fences have become more popular, but there is still a large market for chain link for commercial properties. This is why the company invested in a Chain Link Weaver, the only one in Northern Colorado. “Investing in the weaving machine has given us the ability to make sure the quality of the chain link we sell is the best we can get,” Kon says. Cedar
Chain link, maufactured locally by Cedar Supply, is among the lowest costing and easiest to install fencing options.
Supply keeps common size silver galvanized chain link fence fabric and parts in stock. For custom sizes, they can produce the fence material in approximately a week. He says chain link fence is most commonly available in galvanized, which is silver in color. But it can be ordered coated with several different choices of color, including black and green. The coated fence material takes approximately two weeks to receive. Chain link fabric comes in 9- and 11-gage sizes. Eleven-gage is lighter and typically used for residential applications. Cedar Supply carries the 11-gage in four, five and six foot heights. They carry the 9-gage in stock in six and eight foot heights. The 11-gage chain link fabric or mesh in a fourfoot height is $1.54 per foot. Posts are $7.18 each with corner posts and gateposts at $10.50 each. There are many pieces and parts for chain link, but it remains one of the most cost effective fences.
Vinyl Fences Vinyl and PVC fences have become quite popular since around 1993. Chad Rodman of Heritage Vinyl Products in Eaton says that is when the price of the product started to drop and become more affordable. Rodman says he is proud to offer vinyl and composite fence and deck material because it is part of the green-build movement. “All vinyl and PVC fencing is considered ‘green’ because it is made from resin that is a by-product of petroleum,” he says. “So we are not cutting down trees or material from a rain forest to build decks, fences and pergolas.”
Rodman says the approximate price for six-foot solid style vinyl installed fence is $25 to $40 per lft., depending on the quality and design. Kon of Cedar Supply says the company invested in a vinyl fence fabricator, which allows them to offer the typical styles of vinyl fence, but also to fabricate custom orders for clients who want something unique. Both Heritage Vinyl Products and Cedar Supply have vinyl fence material available in picket, privacy, farm and ranch, and split rail, with different design and feature options. Cedar Supply does not do installation, but works with many reputable contractors in the area that do. Heritage Vinyl Products does their own installation for most types and styles of fences.
Composite Fences Rodman says the newest innovation in fence products is called FenceScape, made by TimberTech. It is made of recycled wood fiber and plastic resin and has the color, look and texture of a cedar fence. “The composite material that is used in decks, fences and railing is made from recycled sawdust from large lumber mills and mixed with the resin to create a product that is as sturdy as wood, but has a 25 year warranty,” Rodman says. PVC, vinyl or composite fences will look as good in 25 years as they do the day they are installed. Composite fences are approximately $45 to $65 per lft. installed. The addition of a vinyl or composite fence actually adds to the value of a home because it lasts for the life of the home. “Any investment the homeowner makes in a vinyl or composite fence, deck or pergola is returned to them upon the sale of the home,” Rodman says. “With most other fences, that is not the case.” He says the cost of vinyl or composite fence is about double the cost of a wood fence, but without any of the upkeep costs, it pays for itself within 8-10 years of purchase. Before building a fence out of any material you must check city codes for traffic visibility and neighborhood covenants or HOA requirements. Cedar Supply, says Kon, can help provide that information. Connie Hein is a freelance writer living in Windsor and enjoying her white vinyl picket fence in the yard, knowing it will last forever.
Cedar, shown in this pergola by Cedar Supply, is a classic fencing choice.
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16 – Concert w/ Fubar 2, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Old Town Square, free, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop
11 – Lagoon Concert w/ Dokajovi, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CSU Lagoon west lawn, free, www. lagoonseries.com 20 –Concert ConcertSeries, w/ Big11:30 Southa.m. String Noontime Notes to Band, 1 p.m.,7 p.m. to16 – Concert w/ Fubar 2, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Old Town 11 – Lagoon Concert w/ Dokajovi, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., OldTuesdays Town Square, sponsored by Ben Square, & 15 & 16 – 7th Annual PoochScoop Plunge, 5:30 p.m. to8:30 p.m., CSU Lagoon west lawn, free, www. Oak Street Plaza, free, June –free, August free, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Shop Jerry’s Scoop Shop 7 p.m., City Park Pool, price TBD, www.fcgov.com/ .m. to 9 p.m., Oldwww.downtownfortcollins.com Town lagoonseries.com & Jerry’s Scoop Shop 20 – Concertrecreation w/ Big South String Band, 7 p.m. to 21 – Lagoon Concert w/ Lindsey O’Brien Band, 6:30 9 p.m., Old Town Square, free, sponsored by Ben & 15 & 16 – 7th Annual Pooch Plunge, 5:30 p.m. to June p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CSU Lagoon west lawn, free Jerry’s Scoop 20, 21 & 22 – Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest,7 p.m., City Park Pool, price TBD, www.fcgov.com/ Brewer’s Festival, Shop 18time – Concertwww.lagoonseries.com w/ Daddy Rab, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Old Town 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 20th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ces TBD recreation Square, free, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop concerts until 10O’Brien p.m. onBand, the 21st, dba.php/brewfest 21 – Lagoon w/ Concert w/ Lindsey 6:3010 a.m. 23 – Concert w/ Second Hand Smokers, 7 p.m. top.m. to 8:30 p.m., to 7 p.m. on the 22nd, Downtown, free, www. CSU Lagoon west lawn, free 20, 21 & 22 – Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, 26 & 27 – 21st Annual Brewer’s timeby Ben & 9 p.m., OldColorado Town Square, free,Festival, sponsored downtownfortcollins.com/dba.php/nwfest www.lagoonseries.com 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 20th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. TBD, Civic Center Park, ticket prices TBD Jerry’s Scoop Shop p.m. to 9 p.m., Old w/ concerts until 10 p.m. on June the 21st, 10 a.m. www.downtownfortcollins.com/dba.php/brewfest 27 – 5th Annual Northern Colorado Greek 18 – Friday Ben & Jerry’s Scoop 23 – Concert w/ Second Hand Smokers, 7 p.m. to to 7 p.m. on the 22nd, Downtown, free, Fest: www.Mad Cow Posse, 6 p.m. to 9 28 – Lagoon Concert w/ Mark Sloniker Group, 6:30 Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Old Town Square, free St. Plaza, free, www.greeleydowntown.com 9 p.m., Old Town Square, free, sponsored by Ben & downtownfortcollins.com/dba.php/nwfest July p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CSU Lagoon west lawn, free Jerry’s Scoop Shop 2 – Concert w/ Mark Van Ark, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Old 28 – Annie Walk & PetFest, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30 – Greeley Stampede, c 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. OldSquare,www.lagoonseries.com 27 – 5th Annual Northern Colorado Greek Town free, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Scoop www.poudrelibraries.org Grove Regional Park around 9:35 Shop p.m., 28 – Lagoon Library ConcertPark, w/ Mark Sloniker Group, 6:30 Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Old Town Square,Park, free www.greeleystampede 30 – Concert w/ Cornerstone, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Old com/dba.php/4july p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CSU Lagoon west lawn, free Town Square, free, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Scoop – 17th www.lagoonseries.com 28 – Annie Walk & PetFest, 926a.m. to 1Annual p.m., Greeley Garden Tour, 9 a.m 4 – 4th of July Downtown, music 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Old Shop p.m., $12 per person & The Twins, 6:30 Library Park, www.poudrelibraries.org Town Square, fireworks at City Park around 9:35 p.m., west lawn, free www. 30 – Concert w/ Cornerstone, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Old free, www.downtownfortcollins.com/dba.php/4july 31 – Breakfast in the Park, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Town Square, free, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Scoop July City Park shelter #7, price TBD, benefitting grief and 1, 2, 3 & 4 – Greeley Stampede, Island Grove Shop 7 – Lagoon Concert w/ Harley Dchildren, & The Twins, 6:30 loss programs for www.pathways-care.org/ Park, www.greeleystampede.org xperience, 12 p.m.p.m. to 9to 8:30 p.m., CSU Lagoon west lawn, free www. Events wntownfortcollins.com/ 31 – Breakfast in the Park, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., lagoonseries.com City Park shelter #7, price TBD, benefitting grief and August 8, 9 & 10 – A4Fort CollinsConcert Jazz Experience, 12 p.m.Celtic to 9 Band, loss programs for children, www.pathways-care.org/ – Lagoon w/ Skean Dubh z Project, 7 p.m. p.m., to 9 Downtown, free, www.downtownfortcollins.com/ Events 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CSU Lagoon west lawn, free nsored by Ben & dba.php/jazz Jerry’s www.lagoonseries.com August 9 – Concert w/ Rosann Winn Jazz7Project, 79 p.m. toOld 9 Town 4 – Lagoon Concert w/ Skean Dubh Celtic Band, 6 – Concert w/ Lila, p.m. to p.m., ins, 6:30 p.m. top.m., 8:30Old Town Square, free, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CSU Lagoon west lawn, free Thursday Night Live, 7 p.m., Performance Par Square, free, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop free, www.lagoonwww.lagoonseries.com Scoop Shop theater, free, Thursdays June – August 14 – Lagoon Concert w/ Kingpins, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CSU Lagoon west lawn, free, www.lagoonseries.com
6 – Concert w/ Lila, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Old Town Square, free, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop
23 – Dick Orleans, 7 p.m., Performance Park A ater, free
25, 26 & 27 – The Best of Estes Wild West Fe Lodge, www.elkhornlodgeco.com/bestofestes
25 – Cool Nights Cruz-In, 5 p.m., Estes Park V 7 & 8 – 27th Anniversary Sculpture in the Park, 9:30 9, 10 & 11 – SummerFest in the Rockies, Friday 6:30 to Center, free a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 7th, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the 9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 8th, Benson Sculpture Garden, adults $6, kids 13 and a.m. to 5:30 p.m., free, www.engagingloveland.org 26 & 27 – Scandinavian Midsummer Festival free, www.sculptureinthepark.org 7 & 8 – 27th Anniversary Sculpture the26th, Park,10 9:30 9, 10 & 11 – under SummerFest in the Rockies, Friday 6:30 to June to 4 p.m.inthe a.m. to 4 p.m. the 27th 15 – Foote Lagoon Concert w/ Chris Daniels, 7 p.m. top.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 7th, 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. on the 9:30 17 – Foote Lagoon Concert w/ The Jurassicasters, 7 Park, freetoadmission, www.estesparkcvb.com 7 & 8 – 46th Annual Art in the Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 p.m., 500 East 3rd Street, free, sponsored by Kroh 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 8th, Benson Sculpture Garden, adults $6, kids 13 and a.m. to 5:30 p.m., free, www.engagingloveland.org p.m. to 9 p.m., 500 East 3rd Street, free, sponsored by on the 7th, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 8th, North under Lake free, www.sculptureinthepark.org Charitable Trust ree, www.centerracoloKroh Charitable Trust 27 – Cowboy Sing-Along, 7 p.m., Bond Park, Park, www.lincolngallery.com/text/events 15 – Foote Lagoon Concert w/ Chris Daniels, 7 p.m. to 16 – Sounds of Centerra w/ Kenny Cordova and The 7 & 8 – 46th Annual Art in the 10 a.m.Road, to 5 7p.m. 9 p.m., 500 East 3rd Street, free, sponsored by Kroh 19 – SummerBlast at Centerra, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 30 –Park, Peregrine p.m., Performance Pa Olde Rock Band, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chapunga Sculpture 13 – Sounds of Centerra w/ Modern Rhythm Project, Kizumba, 7 p.m. toPromenade Shops on the 7th, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 8th, North Lake Charitable Trust at Centerra, free, theater, free Park, free, sponsored bywww.centerracoloStonebridge Properties, www. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chapunga Sculpture Park, free, Park, www.lincolngallery.com/text/events , sponsored by Kroh rado.com centerracolorado.com Properties, 16 – Sounds sponsored of Centerraby w/Stonebridge Kenny Cordova and Thewww.centerJuly racolorado.com 13 – Sounds of Centerra w/ 2, Modern Olde Rock Band, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chapunga Sculpture 24 – Foote Lagoon Concert w/ Kizumba, 7 p.m. to 3 & 4 –Rhythm ArabianProject, Horse Show, 8 a.m., Fairgr 21 – Teen Battle of the Bands, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., North 0 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chapunga Stanley Sculpture Park, free, Park, free, sponsored by Stonebridge Properties, www. 9 p.m., 500 East 3rd Street, free, sponsored by Kroh Park, free Lake Park, free 20 – Sounds of Centerra w/ The Modniks, 7 p.m. to 10 and under free, sponsored by Stonebridge Properties, www.centercenterracolorado.com Charitable Trust 9 p.m., Chapunga Sculpture Park, free, sponsoredracolorado.com by rg 2 – Elk Hollow in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p 22 – Foote Lagoon Concert w/ Rani Arbo & Daisy21 – Teen Battle Stonebridge Properties, of the Bands, 3 p.m.www.centerracolorado.com to 9 p.m., North 26 – Loveland Garden Tour, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Barlow Plaza, free 20 – Sounds of Centerra w/ The Modniks, 7 p.m. to Lake Park, free Lake Loveland, adults $15, kids 10 and under free, august 27 & 28 – Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival and9Loveool Shooz, 7 p.m. www.lovelandyouthgardeners.org to p.m., Chapunga Sculpture3Park, free, sponsored by 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p – Dick Orleans Concert, 5 – Foote Lagoon Concert w/ Wendy Woo, 7 p.m.22 to – Foote Lagoon land Sweetheart Rally, Fairgrounds Park, Stonebridge Properties, www.centerracolorado.com , sponsored by Kroh Concert w/Balloon Rani Arbo & Daisy Barlow Plaza, free 9 p.m., 500 East 3rd Street, free, sponsored by Kroh www.engagingloveland.org July Charitable Trust august 27 & 28 – Old Fashioned Corn Festival and Love1 – Foote Lagoon Concert w/ Cool Shooz, 7 p.m. to 4 –Roast Coolest Car Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bond 27, 28Concert & 29 –w/ Rocky Mountain 12 p.m. m. to 9:15 p.m., North – Foote Lagoon Wendy Woo, 7 Irish p.m. Festival, to land Sweetheart Balloon Rally, Fairgrounds Park,$2, $10 for a family, www 9 p.m., 500 East 3rd Street, free, sponsored by Kroh7 p.m. to 95p.m., adults $5, students 6 – Sounds of Centerra w/ Kutandara, to 12 a.m. on the 27th and 28th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and.org 9 p.m., 500 East 3rd Street, free, sponsored by Kroh www.engagingloveland.orgestesparkcvb.com Charitable Trust Chapunga Sculpture Park, free, sponsored by Stoneon the 29th, The Ranch, adults $15, seniors 60+ and Charitable Trust bridge Properties, www.centerracolorado.com military personnel w/ ID $10, kids 12 and under free, e Elders, 7 p.m. to4 – July 4th Celebration, 27, 28 & 29 – Rocky Mountain Festival, 12 p.m. 5:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., North 4 – Irish July 4th Fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Lake Estes, , sponsored by Kroh 6 – Sounds ofwww.fortcollinsirishfestival.com Centerra w/ Kutandara, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., to 12 a.m. on the 27th and 28th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lake Park, free, www.cityofloveland.org 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 – Larimer County Fair, The Ranch, www. Chapunga Sculpture Park, free, sponsored by Stoneon the 29th, The Ranch, adults $15, seniors 60+ and 6, 7, 8 9, 10 & 11 – Rooftop Rodeo, 7:30 p.m larimercountyfair.org bridge Properties, www.centerracolorado.com military personnel w/ ID $10, kids Fairgrounds 12 and underatfree, 8 – Foote Lagoon Concert w/ The Elders, 7 p.m. to Arena Stanley Park, adults $17 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the 500 East 3rd Street, free, sponsored by Kroh www.fortcollinsirishfestival.com 9 p.m., www.estesparkcvb.com 7 & 8 – 19th Annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational, th, Downtown, price 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 – Larimer County Fair, The Ranch, www. Charitable Trust 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the 7th, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the m larimercountyfair.org 9 – Birgit in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 8th, Loveland High School, adults $5, kids 13 and under 9 & 10 – Loveland Loves BBQ, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Plaza, free free, www.lovelandsculpturegroup.org 7 & 8 – 19th Annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational, 9th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 10th, Downtown, price 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the 7th, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the TBD, www.lovelandlovesbbq.com 8th, Loveland High School, adults $5, kids 13 and under free, www.lovelandsculpturegroup.org
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17 – Water Carnival, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Chimney Park Pool, adults $4.25, kids 6 to 17 and seniors $4, kids 5 and under $3
25 – Movies in the Park: Planet 51 (PG), 8:30 p.m., Boardwalk Park, free, www.ci.windsor.co.us
17 – Movies in the Park: UP (PG), 8:30 p.m., Highland Meadows Golf Course Driving Range, free, www.ci.windsor.co.us
13 – Movies in the Park: Rudy (PG), 8:30 p.m., Highland Meadows Golf Course Grill, free, www.ci.windsor.co.us
23 – Breakfast Station for Bike to Work Day, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., Community Recreation Center, free
3 – 4 Legged 4K Walk/Run, 7 a.m., Boardwalk Park, $15 per person pre-registration 9 – Family Camp Out, 6 p.m., Boardwalk Park/Windsor Lake, $8 per person, www.ci.windsor.co.us
23 – Movies in the Park: Surf’s Up (PG), 8:30 p.m., Chimney Park Pool, $2 per person, www.ci.windsor. co.us
6 – Movies in the Park: The Blind Side (PG-13), 8:30 p.m., Boardwalk Park, free, www.ci.windsor.co.us
20 – Movies in the Park: Where the Wild Things Are (PG), 8:30 p.m., Boardwalk Park, free, www.ci.windsor. co.us
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16 – Friday Fest: Ben Pu & Crew, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 9th St. Plaza, free, www.greeleydowntown.com
1 – Weld County Fair, Island Grove Regional Park, www.weldcountyfair.com 23 – Friday Fest: Funkiphino, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 9th16St.– Friday Fest: Ben Pu & Crew, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 9th y Stampede, Island August 18 – Friday Fest: Mad Cow Posse, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 9th Plaza, free, www.greeleydowntown.com leystampede.org St. Plaza, free, St. Plaza, free, www.greeleydowntown.com 1 – Weld County Fair, Island Grove Regional Park, www.greeleydowntown.com www.weldcountyfair.com 24 & 25 – Greeley Arts Picnic, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the 24th, en Tour, 9 a.m. to 25, 4 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30 – Greeley Stampede, Island 23 – Friday Fest: Funkiphino, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 9th St. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the 25th, Lincoln Park, Plaza, free, www.greeleydowntown.com Grove Regional Park, www.greeleystampede.org www.greeleygov.com/CultureArt 24 & 25 – Greeley Arts Picnic, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the 24th, 26 – 17th Annual Tour, 9Fair, a.m.Island to 4 Grove Regional 28, 28Greeley & 30 – Garden Weld County Island Grove Regional 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the 25th, Lincoln Park, p.m., $12 perPark, person www.weldcountyfair.com g www.greeleygov.com/CultureArt
1, 2, 3 & 4 – Greeley Stampede, Island Grove Regional Park, www.greeleystampede.org
28, 28 & 30 – Weld County Fair, Island Grove Regional Park, www.weldcountyfair.com
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10 – Dick Orleans Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Barlow Plaza, free
6 – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Barlow Plaza, free
14 Live, – Vic7Anderson, 7 p.m., Performance 7 – ElkConcert, Hollow 5:30 in Concert, Thursday Night p.m., Performance Park Amphi-Park Amphi10 – Dick Orleans p.m. to5:30 7:30p.m. p.m.,to 7:30 p.m.,6 – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., mance Park Amphithetheater, free theater, free, Thursdays June – August Barlow Plaza,Barlow free Plaza, free Barlow Plaza, free
16 – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 11, 12,713, 14 Performance & 15 – HunterPark Jumper Festival I Horse June 14 – Vic Anderson, p.m., Amphi7 – Elk Hollow in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wild West FestElkhorn Barlow7 Plaza, free 23 – Dick Orleans, p.m., Performance Park Amphithetheater, free Show, 8 a.m., Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, free, Barlow Plaza, free m/bestofestes.phpater, free www.estesparkcvb.com 17 – Dick Orleans Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 16 – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15 – Hunter Jumper Festival I Horse , Estes Park Visitors Plaza, free Wild West FestElkhorn – Laurie Dameron, 7 p.m., Performance Park Amphi25, 26 & 27 –Barlow The Best of Estes Barlow Plaza,11free Show, 8 a.m., Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, free, theater, free Lodge, www.elkhornlodgeco.com/bestofestes.php www.estesparkcvb.com 21 – Max Wagner Quartet, 7 p.m., Performance Park 17 – Dick Orleans Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., mmer Festival, 9:30 Amphitheater, – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 25a.m. – Cool Nights Cruz-In, 5 free p.m., Estes Park Visitors Barlow Plaza,13free 11 – Laurie Dameron, 7 p.m., Performance Park Amphip.m. the 27th, Bond Barlow Plaza, free Center, free theater, free parkcvb.com 23 – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 21 – Max Wagner Quartet, 7 p.m., Performance Park Barlow Plaza, free 14free – Birgit Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Barlow 26 & 27 – Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, 9:30 a.m. Amphitheater, 13 – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., , Bond Park, freeto 4 p.m. the 26th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the 27th, Bond Plaza, free Barlow Plaza, free 24 – Dickwww.estesparkcvb.com Orleans Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Park, free admission, 23 – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., formance Park AmphiBarlow Plaza, free – The Dennis-Tobias Band, 7 p.m., Performance Barlow Plaza,18free 14Park – Birgit Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Barlow Amphitheater, free 27 – Cowboy Sing-Along, 7 p.m., Bond Park, free Plaza, free 28, 29, 30 & 31 – Hunter Jumper Festival I Horse 24 Show, – Dick Orleans Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 8 a.m., at StanleyPark Park, free admission, & 22 – Heritage Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bond 30 – Peregrine Road,Fairgrounds 7 p.m., Performance AmphiBarlow Plaza,21free 18 – The Dennis-Tobias Band, 7 p.m., Performance Park 8 a.m., Fairgrounds at free www.estesparkcvb.com Park, free, www.estesparkcvb.com theater, Amphitheater, free 28, 29, 30 & 31 – Hunter Jumper Festival I Horse Show, 28 – Kim Lankford, 7 p.m., Performance Park Amphi23 & 24at–Stanley Riverside Rhythms, 3 p.m., Riverside Plaza, July 8 a.m., Fairgrounds Park, free admission, 21 & 22 – Heritage Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bond p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,2, 3 & 4 – Arabian theater, free Show, 8 a.m., Fairgrounds at free, www.estesparkcvb.com Horse www.estesparkcvb.com Park, free, www.estesparkcvb.com Stanley Park, free 30 – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 25 – Ron Ball, Performance 7 p.m., Performance Park Amphitheater, 28 – Kim Lankford, 7 p.m., Park Amphi23 & 24 – Riverside Rhythms, 3 p.m., Riverside Plaza, .m. to 7:30 p.m.,2 – Elk Hollow Barlow Plaza,5:30 free p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in Concert, theater, free free free, www.estesparkcvb.com Barlow Plaza, free 31 – Dick Orleans Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 26 – Plein Air Rockies – Paint Our Town, 30 – Nancy Cook in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 9 a.m. to255 – Ron Ball, 7 p.m., Performance Park Amphitheater, 3 p.m., Bond Park, Barlow Plaza,5:30 freep.m. to 7:30 p.m., 3 – Dick Orleans Concert, Barlow Plaza,p.m., freedowntown, free free family, www. Barlow Plaza, free August 28 & 29 – Estes5:30 Parkp.m. Bicycling 31 – Dick Orleans Concert, to 7:30Festival, p.m., throughout 26 – Plein Air Rockies – Paint Our Town, 9 a.m. to 5 1 –Show, Hunter9 Jumper I Horse Show, 8 a.m., Barlow Plaza,Estes 4 – Coolest Car a.m. to 3Festival p.m., Bond Park, free Park, www.estesparkcvb.com p.m., downtown, free , Lake Estes, freeadults $5, students Fairgrounds at for Stanley Park,www. free $2, $10 a family, estesparkcvb.com August 28 & 29 – Estes Park Bicycling Festival, throughout eo, 7:30 p.m., Rodeo 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 – Hunter Jumper Festival II Horse Show, 8 1 – Hunter Jumper Festival I Horse Show, 8 a.m., Estes Park, www.estesparkcvb.com rk, adults $17, kids a.m., Fairgrounds at Lake Stanley Park, free, 4 –$5, July 4th Fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Estes, free Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, free www.estesparkcvb.com 6, 7, 8 9, 10 & 11 – Rooftop Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Rodeo 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 – Hunter Jumper Festival II Horse Show, 8 o 7:30 p.m., Barlow 4 – ElkatHollow, p.m.,adults Performance Arena Fairgrounds Stanley7Park, $17, kidsPark $5, Amphithea.m., Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, free, ater, free www.estesparkcvb.com www.estesparkcvb.com 9 – Birgit in Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Barlow Plaza, free
4 – Elk Hollow, 7 p.m., Performance Park Amphitheater, free
for the community
ucked quietly into an open field surrounded by buildings and houses lies The Gardens on Spring Creek. Stepping onto the 18-acre site is like being transported to a sanctuary filled with the aromas of budding flowers and the sight of tall grasses blowing in the wind. Off in the distance, the sound of water flowing down Spring Creek is only interrupted by children’s laughter. The Gardens is a public/private enterprise between the City of Fort Collins and the Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek, the non-profit organization created to support the gardens. This oasis in the city offers classes, special events and hands-on activities for people of all ages. It con-
By Kimberly Lock sists of six gardens, each offering a different view of plant life in Colorado. These include: • The Lauren Springer Ogen Garden – the first garden developed on the site. It is a xeriscape garden located on the “hell strip” section of land sandwiched between the perimeter sidewalk and Rolland Moore Drive. The garden contains succulent ground covers, yucca and flowering perennials. • The Children’s Garden – a place for kids to explore and learn about the joys of gardening. The garden includes an interactive water sculpture, a hide and seek garden area and a Dr. Seuss playhouse.
• Entryway Demonstration Garden – this garden, developed by the Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University, is an example of the diverse terrain found in Colorado. The garden allows visitors to see the abundance of plants that flourish in the area’s tough climate so they can experiment in their own yards. • Community Gardens – this half-acre garden allows the community to dig in and plant one of 35 plots. A $100 fee allows gardeners to rent a 10’ X 15’ plot for the growing season. • Garden of Eatin’ – this hands-on edible garden grows food for the garden’s outdoor
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kitchen and donates the extra food to the Larimer County Food Bank. The garden sits on a third-acre and in 2009 donated over 2,000 pounds to the food bank. • The Rock Garden – the newest addition to the Gardens on Spring Creek will open in Fall 2010. Creation of the garden is occurring by layering rocks on a berm to showcase foothills plants. The Gardens on Spring Creek opened in 2004, but the project was originally envisioned in 1986. A funding mechanism was established in 1997 when voters approved a municipal measure, which allotted $3 million to the project. The second crucial step occurred when the city swapped land with Colorado State University. In the deal, the university swapped land on College
The Children’s Garden provides interactive fun and educational activities for budding gardeners.
Avenue, which is now used as its trial gardens, and the city received the 18 acres on Centre Avenue for The Gardens. “This project is the brainchild of Jim Clark (currently the president of the Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau). He went up to Cheyenne to their botanic garden and saw their facility and thought we should be doing something similar here in Fort Collins,” says Michelle Provaznik, director of The Gardens on Spring Creek. “And like us, Cheyenne is a public/private partnership between the city and the community.” The City of Fort Collins pays a portion of the operations and maintenance budget and the Friends of The Gardens work to raise funds to pay the rest of the needed monies and for capital expansion of the gardens. The Friends of The Gardens on Spring Creek is a volunteer-run non-profit with a membership of 200. The organization consists of five committees that write grants, increase membership, raise funds, plan special events and market the gardens. “It’s a great organization and helps the gardens grow and is community focused,” says Kristine Koschke, president of the Friends of The Gardens at Spring Creek.
The Garden of Eatin’ provides vegetables for The Garden’s outdoor kitchen, where cooking classes are held throughout the summer.
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“The Gardens seem to be a little gem in a rather large city,” Koschke says. “You just go down this little road and you look over and see lots of little gardens and activities going on.” Because of the work of the non-profit arm, The Gardens are expanding with the addition of the Outdoor Teaching Kitchen, expected to open this year. The kitchen will allow visitors to learn how to prepare and preserve garden fresh food. “We will be able to have classes where people will be able to go ahead and pick produce then come in and learn how to prepare them,” Provaznik says. “We will have classes on nutrition, and some on basic meals on up to gourmet.” Classes are currently offered for all ages and range from children’s story times to watercolor painting sessions. Classes are now listed in the Recreator catalog or can be found on The Gardens’ website. The master plan for The Gardens also includes adding a planned quarter-acre grass space located near a stage area for special events, concerts and weddings. As well as the great lawn, the gardens will also include a rose garden and a wetlands demonstration site with ponds. “We have a master plan that was done years ago and we are following that pretty darn close, but I can see it is still going to take years to do all that is listed and by then there may be other areas that need revamping,” Provaznik says. “A garden is never truly completed.” A garden takes a lot of work, and an 18-acre garden takes a lot of manpower – especially volunteer manpower. Volunteers answer the phone, work in the greenhouse, pull weeds and help coordinate special events. Donna Roberts began volunteering in the Garden of Eatin’ in 2009. After a career involving food she knew she would feel at home in the outdoor kitchen. “I thought perhaps I could help get the kitchen up and running and coordinate chefs to do food demos,” Roberts says. “But I have found much more, I found joy for myself in working there.” She has been working in the greenhouse replanting seedlings and bundling onions, and she spends the summer at the gardens planting and harvesting. “It doesn’t feel like work. I really look forward to spending my Fridays in the Garden.” Kimberly Lock is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids in the Colorado outdoors.
Watching over The Gardens at Spring Creek are Kristine Koschke, president of Friends of The Gardens at Spring Creek, and garden director Michelle Provaznik.
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breakfast for champions February 16 :: Lincoln Center :: Fort Collins The common thread for the 270 guests at this 3rd annual event was love of character, sports and young people. The highly inspirational morning included the awarding of the 2010 Sonny Lubick Coach of Character Award to Lyle Moddlemog, a moving video about CHAMP and an enriching presentation by keynote speaker Rod Olson. Proceeds of the event benefit CHAMP, promoting positive character in life through athletics and their Heart of a Champion scholarship programs.
Jeff Thomason, Armi Hall
Kevin Corcoran, Kelly Koza
John Bailey, Ray Caraway
Todd Crisson, Rick Callan
Chad Smidt, Rod Olson
Jim Hayes, Bob Meserve
Roger Sample, Rocci Trumper, Ross Alexander
Tom Livingston, Tom Waldo
Mike Bergerson, Steve Yemm
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8 th annual M A R D I S G R A S February 23 :: Lincoln Center :: Fort Collins Beads and masks were in abundance at this Mardis Gras celebration for the 275 guests in attendance. The evening included a dinner provided by local restaurants, a silent auction and live music. Nearly $20,000 was raised to benefit Bas Bleu Theatre and their continual contribution of theatre to the community.
Kenny Ecton, Sandy Walker
Brad Handley, Debbie Dixon
Tom Campbell, Dawn Putney
Mary Berg, John Hill
4 th annual mardi gras fashion show February 26 :: The Rio :: Fort Collins Over 200 guests were excited to see the latest in fashions provided by locally owned boutiques at this event. Delicious food, margaritas and both a silent and live auction rounded out the evening and helped raise $30,000 to benefit the Macdonald Family Charity and help grant dreams to kids in Northern Colorado.
Becky Hood, Kam Gentry, Cathi Roth
Julie Rye, Kim Horton
Kathy Jacobson, Molly Macdonald
Sandy Gray, Cara Reeser
5 th annual R eflections for youth benefit February 27 :: Marriott Hotel :: Fort Collins Over 200 guests enjoyed an evening of entertainment including hearty hors dâ€™oeuvres, refreshing libations, a silent auction and casino tables at this fundraiser for Reflections for Youth (RFY). More than $22,000 was raised to benefit RFY programs to support substance abuse and mental health treatment for teens in crisis.
Jim & Eunice Doctor
Jeff & Carol Johnson
Jessica Johnson, Rose Greenwood, Willie Johnson
DINNER OF CHAMPIONS March 4 Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center: :: Loveland The Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society presented the 2010 Hope award to brothers Chad and Troy McWhinney in recognition of their outstanding community service and Brant Gluth was honored as the 2010 MS Champion for his courage and commitment in the fight against MS. Over $90,000 was raised to help support programs and medical research in Colorado. Photos courtesy of richardthephotographer.com.
2010 Hope Award recipient Chad McWhinney, Larry Kendall, 2010 Hope Award recipient Troy McWhinney
Candi Caulkins, Chad McWhinney, Linda & Rulon Stacey
Janene Dellenbach, Mary Kay Loner, Paula Edwards
2010 MS Champion Brant Gluth, 2009 MS Champion, Paul Joncas
Craig & Carol Harrison
P R O J E C T S E L F - S U F F I C I E N C Y C O M M U N I T Y B R E A K FA S T March 23 The Drake Center :: Fort Collins More than 300 community members enjoyed delicious food at The Drake Center and donated or pledged donations exceeding $50,000 to Project SelfSufficiency (PS-S) during their annual Community Breakfast. Highlights of the breakfast included personal stories by graduates of PS-S programs, keynote speaker Lori Schlotter, and the presentation of the inaugural Nancy Story Gunn Award. Proceeds benefit PS-S programs to help low-income single parents achieve economic independence while building strong, healthy families.
Bruce Nelson, Brett Kemp, Becky Dixon, Judy Allard, Mike Grell, Chris Otto, Jamie Hardy, Beth Rosen, Bruce Hottman
Photos courtesy of Larry Chapman.
Gary Burge, Lori Schlotter, Paula Thomas, Betty Moldenhauer, Kim Martin, Beth Aldrich, Jerry Moldenhauer
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V O YA G E T O A F R I C A April 10 :: Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center :: Loveland More than 500 guests raised over $50,000 at the 7th Annual Hard Hat Gala, Voyage to Africa. Funds benefit Fort Collins and Loveland Habitats for Humanity. This was the first year the two affiliates joined forces to raise much needed funds to build simple, decent and affordable homes in both communities. The event included silent and live auctions, an African themed dinner and the sounds of the Colorado State University West African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Special guests from Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat Egypt also made an appearance. Photo courtesy of Image Gallery Photography.
Back Row: Yousry Makar, Rex Smithgall, Dave Pietenpaul, Steve Taylor, John Sailer Front Row: Candace Mayo, Rick Belt, Christine Odom, Kimberly Stenberg, Sue Kreul-Froseth, Rick Griggs
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B B B T O R C H AWA R D S April 15 :: Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center :: Loveland More than 300 guests were present to honor six diverse businesses from Northern Colorado and Wyoming at this 12th annual Mountain States Better Business Bureau event. The businesses were awarded the Torch Award for Business Ethics for demonstrating exemplary management practices, upholding high standards in relationships with customers, suppliers and shareholders, displaying honesty and integrity in marketing and advertising, and giving back to their communities.
Glory Burns, Donna Chapel, Karen Morgan
Doug & Cynthia Evans
Lori & Mike Shoop, Steve Cox
Carrie & John Hintzman, Susan Peterson
T he taste of loveland April 22 :: Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center :: Loveland More than 60 local restaurants, wineries and craft breweries tantalized the taste buds of nearly 1,000 guests with their creative samples at this 5th annual culinary benefit sponsored by the Foothills Service League in Loveland. A live auction of exciting items included the â€œWagon of Wineâ€? and helped to net $26,000 for Foothills Gateway Inc. and their programs to help people with cognitive disabilities and their families in Northern Colorado, and the Namaqua Center and their programs of Family Support, Specialized Foster Care, Respite Care and Kinship Navigation. Photos courtesy of Jim Moser.
Sue Osborn, Dale Osborn
Don Reid, Dave Murtha, Bob Hewson, Harry Buckler
Jim Strait, Nicole Yowell
Carol Moser, Diane & David Campbell
Hedy Smith, Brenda Tatman, Kathi Wright
Chuck & Debbie Freitag, Stacy Libal
Karen Vance, Pam Osborn
Kay & Rodney Broughton
T H E TA S T E April 29 Hilton :: Fort Collins Over 50 of the finest local restaurants and beverage purveyors provided the 700-plus guests a delicious evening of savory, tantalizing and creative food samples and beverages at this 16th annual popular event. Live jazz entertainment added to the ambience as guests bid on silent auction items and the Palette of Plates, plates specially designed by local artists. More than $90,000 was raised to benefit both Food Bank of Larimer County and Neighbor to Neighbor and their programs to help end hunger and homelessness in Larimer County.
Donna & Doran Beaman
Wendie Robinson, Amy Pezzani
Kari Arneson, Rick & Shelly Arneson
Steven Pickelner, Rick Arneson
Kirby Mann, Debb Brown
2 N D A N N U A L K E N T U C K Y D E R B Y PA R T Y 2 0 1 0 May 1 :: CSU Equine Center More than 200 guests attending the 2nd annual FC Symphony Guild event enjoyed an afternoon of beautiful hats, sipping mint juleps and dining on Southern cuisine. Activities included a dressage exhibition and watching the Kentucky Derby Race. The nearly $20,000 raised will benefit the FC Symphony and their mission to provide entertainment and education to Northern Colorado through the production of high quality orchestral music.
Ellen Brown, Genevive Steensma
Photos courtesy of Jessica Pisano.
Mary & Howard Senn
Trudy Sargent, Lynette Jung-Springberg, Laura Druse (Winners of Lady Derby, Hot to Trot & Mint Julep Hats)
Maryann Ruck, Wendy Ishii, Marilyn Cockburn, Kareen Davison
Gail Bratz, Donna Stroh, Dianne Sherry, Bev Donnelley, Marta Farrell, Dean Bratz (seated)
Chris Jones, Wes Kenney
Wes Sargent, Marilyn Kopp, Judy Miller, Terry Irby, Mary Senn
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KENTUCKY DERBY GALA 2010 May 1 :: Faulkner Barn :: Greeley A magically transformed barn provided the perfect backdrop for the inaugural Run for the Roses event. The 150 guests enjoyed an exciting day of exquisite hats, mint juleps, a sumptuous array of food and strolling musicians. Highlights included watching the giant screen and rooting for their favorite horses. Nearly $18,000 raised at this Greeley Philharmonic Guild fundraiser will benefit the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, celebrating their 100th season this year.
Laura McGuffey, Katie Pastor, Laura Kensinger, Lindy McCarty, Anna Tibbetts, Jennifer Suntych
Andria Welch, Demetria Hurst, Nancy Teksten, Sue Kading
Paula & Dutch Mulhern
Lea Faulkner, Cynthia Lee
National day of prayer breakfast May 6 :: Hilton :: Fort Collins In observance of a resolution signed by President Truman in 1952 declaring a National Day of Prayer, more than 100 local leaders and community members attended this the 9th Annual Fort Collins National Day of Prayer Breakfast and 59th Observance of the National Day of Prayer. A cross section of attendees included business leaders, pastors, military personnel and government officials, with many of the well-known community members leading the breakfast attendees into a concert of prayer.
Becky Asmussen, Nancy Skaggs
Tina & Sven Brown, Ellen & Frank Buck
Jane Norton, Betsy Hoff, Lydia Dody
Sheriff Jim Alderden
Mike & Terri Fassi, Myrilla & Woody Carson
General Colin Powell Leadership to Build the Economy
here is something to being in a room with a man who has influenced some of the most significant political and military decisions of our modern day, a weighty importance to what he has to say and an aura of untold intrigues that may only be hinted at in his biography posthumously. That is the way it was sitting in the room with 73-year-old General Colin Powell. He exuded authority, no doubt about it. Later, listening to Gen. Powell at CSU’s Moby Arena quip about the antics of Mikhail Gorbachev during the negotiations to end the Cold War put this significant figure into perspective. He was laughing at himself and those tense times in retrospect. Powell addressed a crowd of thousands as part of CSU College of Business’ “Leadership Month” in April. Watching him, one begins to understand the charisma that has carried Powell through both his military and political careers. It is a powerful charm that still has media asking the septuagenarian: “Any plans on running for President?” Powell’s address focused on the themes
of global leadership and diplomacy. He touched on the importance of local businesses as the drivers of our economy, educating the next generation of young people, and of leadership that inspires and benefits communities. Interspersed among these themes was a healthy dose of good humor: he joked about missing public life, his purchase of a corvette as a consolation prize and the “thing I miss – and I miss it badly – is having my own airplane. Hilary’s got it now.” Powell’s engaging smile made a nice contradiction to the hardlipped photos that seem to be his trademark. Former Secretary of State, decorated war hero, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell’s resume is impressive. After serving under four presidents, Powell stepped down as Secretary of State in 2004. Since that time, Powell has become a partner in venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He is also the founder of the Colin Powell Policy Center at his alma mater, City College of New York. Prior to his address at Moby, media had a brief Q&A period with the magnetic Powell. He spoke about the nation’s responsibility as a global leader. “We are a nation that people still look to for inspiration, for innovation, for moral leadership, for political leadership . . . we are coming out of a difficult recession . . . but America will remain a global leader, even with the emergence of other leaders in the world community. I think America will still hold a position of number one.” Powell went on to say that the biggest national and global issues surround the economy, unemployment rates, and our responsibility to train future leaders – not the war in Iraq. “Business is the institution that drives the country and our economy. If we are going to recover from the recession . . . to spread wealth around the rest of the world, wealth that creates jobs . . . this is the primary role of people who create industries that give people jobs.”
When asked who will be most influential in driving this, Powell pointed to small business owners. “The person who is most important as we come out of the recession is the small business owner. The person who starts a business believing in the capitalistic system, wanting to get rich – and there is nothing wrong with that – but in the process of getting rich, creates wealth and jobs and gives other people hope. The engine of growth is small to medium businesses which all hope to become great big businesses, and many of them do.” Later in the evening, Powell recalled how as a young man he began his journey to adulthood a little aimlessly, but found his home in a military career that started with the ROTC. “It is not where you start that really matters, but where you end up.” He then described the qualities of a good leader: “Leadership is about inspiring other human beings. Great leaders motivate, but motivating is not enough. To be a good leader you must be inspired yourself; you must have passion.” Powell said good leaders do this by having the highest standards, strong ethics, the willingness to sacrifice their own well being for others, and knowing the importance of having understanding and empathy for other people. Powell continued by talking about the powerful influences in operation today: economic wealth, energy, our environment and educating our young people. “There are cities today where the drop out rate is 74 percent,” said Powell, calling it not just a problem for parents but for the whole community. Powell said statistics such as these are a “moral catastrophe – unless it is turned around, the U.S. will be in a crisis situation.” Yet, despite these challenges to our economy and the need to inspire strong future leaders, Powell concluded with this positive thought: “We are still the land of hope, of dreams, of opportunity. I believe the best is still in front of us.”
Angeline Grenz is editor of Style Magazine.
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