Author: Ashley Duval

New Traditions

During the month of October, my husband and I celebrated 23 years of marriage. We debated how we wanted to celebrate, and ultimately decided to spend a couple nights in Denver, enjoying some good food, touring some local breweries and catching some fun farmers’ markets. All of this we did to great success. For those of you who are wondering, the hotel felt very safe and clean…aside from check-in and a few people at the restaurant, it was very quiet. All but one of our dinners was outside on a patio. The single dinner with an inside reservation charged...

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Keep Downtown Alive

Downtowns are the lifeblood for many cities. Cultural events, festivals, shopping and dining make the perfect backdrop to long summer days and festive holiday seasons. When a pandemic shuts down much of a city’s ability to celebrate local business by drawing in shoppers and diners with seasonal events, it can be crippling. Sean Hawkins, executive director of Loveland’s Downtown District, knows this well. He and his staff have gotten creative in promoting Loveland’s Downtown despite 2020’s challenges. Q. Tell us about yourself. A. I am originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky and University of Montana....

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Opening a Business During COVID-19

By Dan England Kyle Jongerden moved to Colorado in December to help open Rove, a new restaurant in Old Town Fort Collins. It was an exciting time. He looked forward to serving unique drinks, curated American cuisine and running a nightclub up top, a perfect mix for the hip district that sees college students, young urban professionals and natives who love the outdoor lifestyle encouraged by the area. In March, construction was 90 percent complete, and they were so, so close—until news about this strange new virus began to float around. Almost a year later, Jongerden shudders a little, loud enough...

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Preserving Charm in Old Town

HighCraft’s thoughtful redesign of a Craftsman cottage By Becky Jensen Chris and Stefanie loved their 1920 bungalow so much they got married and hosted their wedding reception in the backyard. But time had taken its toll on the quaint old house; the crumbling fireplace, musty master bath, and leaky single-pane windows needed attention, not to mention the awkward kitchen. When they decided to remodel their 2,400-sq.ft. home, Chris and Stefanie vowed to honor its Craftsman heritage and character. “I love having an old house…because it has history. And we’re keepers of its history,” says Stefanie. “Chris found this newspaper...

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Staying Alive

This holiday season will be unlike any other, and our local retailers are looking for creative ways to keep customers happy and sales up. Here’s what you can expect.

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Say Cheese!

Need a holiday centerpiece to impress your family? Assemble a meat and cheese board that is a showstopper with these tips from local cheese expert, Tina Mooney of The Fox and The Crow.

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Empire of His Own

By Angie Grenz | Photos by Joe Pekara Joe Pekara’s photography is all about catching moments. The moment a rapper pauses to catch his breath or emphasize a rhyme. The moment of exhale before a bird takes flight. The moment before a blink and the transition from childhood to the road that leads to adulthood. Perhaps Pekara is good at catching moments because he knows what they mean to people. He is music photographer of rap band Nappy Roots, he cares for a mother battling cancer, and he advocates for the rights of Indigenous people. Moments are important to...

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