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The Mayor Goes Shopping in Downtown Greeley, Colorado

I’ve been a longtime champion of Greeley. Over the years, it has suffered from a reputation that’s perpetuated by people who haven’t visited the town in more than a decade or who have never visited at all. Considering this, I think their new tagline, “Greeley Unexpected”, is rather apropos.

The Mayor Goes Shopping in Downtown Greeley. Einstein in mural. Courtesy of Visit Greeley

Image courtesy of Visit Greeley.

Earlier this month, Ryan and I spent the day shopping in downtown Greeley and discovered that, in addition to a good variety of restaurants and fun bars, the town offers an interesting array of boutiques appealing to everyone from clock fanatics to gamers.

We started our outing at Aunt Helen’s Coffee House. The shop is filled with quotes from Aunt Helen, who at the ripe old age of 105, has a lot of snarky wisdom to pass along such as, “It’s important to recognize your lack of talent early in life.” Continue reading

The Mayor Goes Shopping on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado

Shopping along Pearl Street is a longtime Colorado tradition, even for people outside of the state. Case in point, when my mother visits from Oregon, she always requests that we spend an afternoon shopping on Pearl Street.

The Mayor Goes Shopping on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado (11)

The pedestrian friendly Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder, Colorado.

I shopped Pearl Street Mall last Wednesday with my friend Karen on what was probably the last 80-degree day of the year. If you aren’t familiar with Pearl Street, it’s a stretch of road in Boulder, Colorado, bordered by lots of locally owned shops, restaurants and bars. And no matter the day of the week, it’s always a hub of activity.

We parked at the garage on Walnut Street below the St Julien Hotel & Spa. The hotel, which is glorious by the way, smells amazing thanks to their spa, and because of its proximity to the St. Julien, the underground garage is the best smelling parking garage in the world. This city should use this in any future parking garage marketing campaigns. Continue reading

The Mayor Goes Shopping in the Choice City, Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins is best known for craft beer, bikes and Horsetooth Reservoir, but downtown boasts a healthy variety of retail stores and whether you’re shopping for the holidays or for yourself, there’s a store here to fit every need (or want).

The Mayor Goes Shopping, FNB, The Perennial Gardener

The Perennial Gardener

This past week I went on a little shopping outing in downtown Fort Collins with my friend Karen, and our first stop was at a store that’s been a longtime tradition in downtown Fort Collins. The Cupboard just celebrated its 45th anniversary this summer, and while this milestone is fantastic, what makes this store even more special is that it’s been in the same family for all that time. Continue reading

Grand Opening of Colorado Coffee Exchange – free lattes and more

Colorado Coffee Company is located at Hwy 34 & County Road 9, inside the First National Bank Building in Loveland, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer.
 Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer.

This Saturday, December 12, 2009, Colorado Coffee  Exchange will be holding an official Grand Opening. Owners Mike and Carole Thorsrud’s first store, Colorado Coffee Exchange, has been open for fifteen years at the Fort Collins mall.

I am a big fan of this coffee shop, located in the 1st National Bank building on the corner of Eisenhower (Hwy 34) and Boyd Lake Road (CR9). Colorado Coffee roasts their beans and the difference is noticeable. They also feature a convenient drive-through.

Excellent homemade bakery items, addictive made-in-house breakfast burritos, and consistently good coffee drinks make this coffee shop a HeidiTown favorite.

Join me this Saturday at the Colorado Coffee Company’s Grand Opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free lattes and free award winning cinnamon rolls. Be sure to tell them you heard about it from HeidiTown!

By the way, Colorado Coffee Company is now open until 7 p.m. (Monday through Friday).

Read my previous review of Colorado Coffee BY CLICKING HERE.

Visit Colorado Coffee’s Web site at

A HeidiTown favorite: Colorado Coffee Exhange

Colorado Coffee

Colorado Coffee, Loveland, CO. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

I’ve been remiss in my duty to review this place. My husband and I been going to this coffee shop since they first opened as a Loveland Coffee several years ago. We go there so often they recognize our vehicles when we pull up to the drive-thru. I use the coffee shop as a second office, and I use the drive-thru when I don’t have time to stop in for a while.

Recently, the shop became a Colorado Coffee Exchange. Owner, Mike Thorsrud, has been working tirelessly to renovate the shop and get the word out about the shop’s existence. The location is sort of hidden, on the northeast corner of Eisenhower and Boyd Lake Road (CR9), inside the First National Bank building. The  original Colorado Coffee  Company  has been at the Fort Collins mall for fifteen years.

Thankfully, a lot of the same staff still work at the shop (and have been at the shop for years). The staff members are the reason I go, plus it’s close to my house and they have delicious coffee. Since the change over, I think I have been enjoying Colorado Coffee even more than Loveland Coffee, partly because the prices are better. I was startled when the price of my regular, an Americano with Irish cream, went down nearly a dollar.  

Colorado Coffee has homemade breakfast burritos every day ($3.51), but be careful, these big burritos are seriously addictive. They’ve also started carrying Colorado Coffee’s award winning cinnamon rolls, as well as Gib’s Bagels, and now they are experimenting with lunch options, recently a pulled pork sandwich ($3.99, including a side). This sandwich has proven very popular with the employees of First National Bank.

This is a great little coffee shop, with a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.   I highly recommend it.  

Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 5/5

HeidiTown Tip: Colorado Coffee offers free wi-fi.

Visit Colorado Coffee’s Web site at

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