Colorado-based Snack Company Leases 123,000 Square Foot Centerra Industrial Building

Loveland, Colo. – Nov. 8, 2021 — McWhinney, Colorado-based real estate investor and developer with expertise in commercial, mixed-use, hospitality, multifamily and residential assets and master developer of Centerra in Loveland, announced that Bobo’s has signed a lease for the entirety of Building 7, a 123,000 square foot industrial facility located within Centerra.

Bobo’s, a Colorado-based wholesome snack brand, will consolidate three Bobo’s locations – the Boulder bakery operation, the Loveland Bakery and the Loveland warehouse – into one single facility. Along with its manufacturing space, Bobo’s will grow its employee base providing new job creation with additional roles supporting the local community. Its corporate headquarters will remain in Boulder where the company began in 2003.

“We’re thrilled that Bobo’s selected Centerra to expand its manufacturing and distribution operations,” stated Clyde Wood, Vice President of Commercial Development at McWhinney. “Northern Colorado is one of the fastest growing areas in the state, and we’ve been intentional in developing industrial, warehouse and distribution offerings to support companies’ expansion needs and drive economic growth in our region. Bobo’s is a tremendous addition to the Loveland community, and we look forward to seeing their continued success as they expand nationally.”

Conveniently located off the Interstate 25 and Crossroads Blvd. exit in Loveland, Centerra Industrial has become a magnet for industrial, warehouse, manufacturing and distribution companies looking to expand their operations along the Colorado Front Range. Bobo’s future Centerra location will provide easy access to community amenities including a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options, miles of recreation trails and open space, in addition to growing residential options.

“We are excited Bobo’s Oat Bars has decided to expand their manufacturing and distribution operations in Loveland. They are a true leader in the healthy food manufacturing sector in Colorado and the U.S. Their long-term partnership with the City of Loveland is a commitment that will lead to a great deal of positive economic and social benefits to the community,” stated Jack Hill, Business Development Specialist with the City of Loveland.

The new Centerra industrial building located at 4501 Viking Way adjacent to the Northern Colorado Regional Airport will be completed in December. Bobo’s will then immediately begin build out of their tenant improvements with a plan to begin operations in summer 2022. Centerra’s growing industrial district consists of 660,000 cumulative square feet today, and McWhinney has plans to break ground on its next industrial building – the largest to date, just west of Bobo’s – in summer 2022.   

“The level of demand we are seeing for industrial space is unprecedented, and there are no signs of it slowing down,” said Mike Eyer of CBRE, who, along with Julius Tabert, represented McWhinney in the transaction. “As the country emerges from the pandemic, we expect more large industrial transactions and believe that Centerra Industrial is uniquely positioned to take advantage of it. Bobo’s is another example of companies finding great value in northern Colorado, and they will be a great addition to the tenant mix.”

Chris Boston and Kegan McNutt with Gibbons-White, Inc. represented Bobos in the lease transaction. “Bobo’s looked at several different facilities but appreciated the energy, experience and feeling of partnership with the McWhinney team, which made the Centerra development the place to be,” said Chris.

This lease marks the largest industrial deal in the region by square footage since the 2019.

Colorado abounds with seemingly unlimited outdoor fun but few residents have it as good as those of us at Centerra. With so much at our fingertips, it’s no wonder people all over Northern Colorado want to spend time here. And while we’re always happy to share our beautiful spaces with new friends, let’s not forget to also invite those furry companions who are with us day-in and day-out—our dogs!

With life opening back up across Colorado in the wake of the pandemic, we’re all jumping at reasons to get out of the house. Our four-legged companions, who’ve doubled as family therapists this past year, are ready too. If you’re one of the many who brought home a new dog during the pandemic, Centerra offers outdoor opportunities to work on socializing, training and exercise in a public atmosphere. If you’ve had your dog for a while, a little companion shopping or a stroll along the water with your old friend is just as rewarding.

Across Centerra, you’ll find a myriad of ways to spend the day with your buddy—whether that’s pondering existential insights from sculpture art, birdwatching along the water, snapping selfies in front of native Colorado flowers or treating yourselves to a few purchases along The Promenade Shops.

Grab your leash, pack a pocket full of high-value treats and take your dog out for an adventure at Centerra.

 

What to Know Before Heading Out

We love pups at Centerra, but we’re also mindful of the pawprint they leave behind. There are lots of places to bring your buddy throughout Centerra, but we do have a few rules to follow so everyone can have a great time while enjoying our lovely area. Here are a few things to remember:

 

Best Spots to Treat Your Pup

What is your dog into? Natural Music? Art? Retail therapy? Luckily, you two can indulge in all of that and more while soaking up the sun at Centerra. Here are some of the best spots to bond with your furry friend.

The Promenade Shops at Centerra

There are a variety of pet-friendly shops at our beautiful, outdoor Northern Colorado lifestyle shopping center. You probably need to swing by Famous Footwear to replace those slippers Fido chewed. After that, you may want to swap the idea of chewable slippers with tennis balls by swinging into Dick’s Sporting Goods. Here are a few more shops to take your pup:

Chapungu Sculpture Park

This one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibit displays 82 Zimbabwean stone sculptures illustrating a traditional African perspective of family across eight universal themes. Situated on 26 acres of native flora-rich lands, the poignant cultural experiences and endless photo opportunities may be highlights for you, but we’re betting the pet water fountain may be the highlight for your dog not to mention all the sights, sounds and smells for them to take in. Plus, admission is free!

Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake

Centerra’s two bodies of water—Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake—are huge draws for anglers, resident kayakers, birders andTwo people with dog near lake folks looking to get their steps in while gazing at the beautiful Colorado scenery. They’re also perfect spots to take your pup for a stroll (on a leash of course and never in the water).

The paths around the water are part of a four-mile walking/biking trail system that feeds into the greater Loveland trail network and serve as great spots to socialize your dog without worrying about sensory overload. Keep a handful of treats in your pocket for positive reinforcement and let the training commence.

The water is also a great spot to watch birds with your dog—a favorite subject for any pup. Just remember that our native and migratory bird populations are best viewed from a distance. Your dog might want to chase them into the water and beyond, so make sure you’re abiding by the strict leashed pets rule throughout Centerra.

Native Plants Demonstration Garden

Set against a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and designed by the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) at Centerra, the Native Plants Demonstration Garden is a kaleidoscopic sensory experience that both you and your pup will love. Learn how regionally appropriate horticulture supports biodiversity and water efficiency while your dog takes in new smells and sounds. Plus, imagine the colorful selfies you two can take together.

This living experiment will also give you some great home landscaping ideas, so you can transform your backyard into an eco-friendly sanctuary that you and your pup will enjoy for years to come. Pro-Tip: Scoop some new plants up at the HPEC Native Plant Sale through July 31.

Movies On Main

Your dog loves to snuggle with the family while watching movies on the couch, so why not try it on a grassy lawn with lots of friendly neighbors? The Movies on Main series is a free outdoor movie series on the Main Plaza at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. If your dog is well-socialized and a movie buff, this might just be your new favorite summer tradition. Did we mention free popcorn and cotton candy while supplies last?

On top of the featured movie, this monthly event also showcases live music, Promenade pop-up shops and giveaways that begin at 6:30 p.m. Movies start at sundown, typically at 8:30 p.m. The last two events this summer are scheduled for Friday, June 25 and Friday, July 30, 2021.

 

Have Endless Fun with Your Buddy this Summer

The lifestyle at Centerra is all about getting out and enjoying our surroundings, and no one is as reliably up for doing that as the family dog. There are so many adventures, big and small, waiting to inspire new memories. Just remember to abide by the regulations at Centerra and you and your pup will have endless fun all summer long!

If you’ve felt a little lethargic these days, you’re not alone. The pandemic, combined with winter hibernation, has forced all of us to spend a bit more time on the couch binging Netflix and carbs than we normally would.

It comes as little surprise, then, that studies have shown most of us have been less physically active since the start of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. As it turns out, those active steps to and from the fridge don’t add up as quickly as the calories.

If that doesn’t cause a pause in your “new normal” routine, an article in the New York Times examined how the pandemic changed the way people workout. It showed that as things start to normalize, people may not resume their pre-pandemic physical activity.

But, just like realizing you have an extra pint of ice cream in the back of the freezer, there is some good news. As warm weather settles in and we venture outside to enjoy the longer days, Centerra is a premier outdoor destination built on promoting an active lifestyle for all who live and work in northern Colorado. If you’re looking to get back on track with your physical fitness, you’ve come to the right place.

 

Centerra has it all

Our entire community is designed with wellness and activity in mind. From the ten miles of walking and biking trails throughout Centerra to the additional 26 miles of recreation trails throughout the Loveland community you can access off of Highway 34, there are plenty of ways to get out and get moving safely.

You can join others in the pursuit of health and wellness at Genesis Health Clubs-Miramont Centerra, Barre Forte or the new SPENGA: Spin, Strength and Yoga club opening soon in the Marketplace at Centerra. Or maybe what you need is a post-workout recovery session with a massage at Massage Heights in the Marketplace —you’ve earned it.

Additionally, UCHealth-Medical Center of the Rockies has a variety of programs to help you achieve or maintain good health such as Bright by Three, the Healthy Kids Club and the Living Well series for example. There is also the family-friendly Loveland Classic, a fundraiser for early childhood education that benefits The Thompson Education Foundation. This event organizes a 5K, 10K, broken 15K (where you run both the 5K and 10K) and a kid’s one-mile walk/run each spring. This year, the event will be held Saturday, May 1, and will race around the trails of The Lakes at Centerra.

Regardless of what motivates you to get moving, you’ll find it here at Centerra. Even if it’s just walking around and doing a little retail therapy at the Marketplace or Promenade Shops – we have it all.

Get fit with SPENGA

SPENGA: Sprint, Strength and Yoga is the newest fitness option coming to Centerra. Slated to host a grand opening in late May (depending on construction), SPENGA is Loveland’s first high-intensity interval (HIIT) fitness studio.

Owners Jason and Cari Frink are excited to bring this new style of workout to Loveland and Centerra for the community to enjoy. SPENGA provides an equal focus on three core pillars of fitness:

Each class or session includes 20 minutes of spinning on a stationary bicycle, 20 minutes of HIIT and 20 minutes of yoga for a full-hour workout that’s accompanied by aromatherapy in an inviting atmosphere.

Classes start as early as 5 a.m. and are offered until 6 p.m. on weekdays with additional sessions on weekends. Childcare is offered to members, as well.

“The Centerra location is a home run for me,” co-owner Jason Frink said. “Having the space open at the right time and being near some great stores like Target helps bring customers in.”

Jason is also thrilled to be near the Interstate 25 and U.S. 34 intersection where he can draw people from Johnstown, Greeley, Windsor and other areas of the region easily.

For those concerned with health and safety in light of the pandemic, SPENGA has strict cleaning protocols that have only gotten stricter since COVID-19 began to spread. All of the equipment is thoroughly cleaned between each session so that each participant can focus on their exercise experience.

In addition to the workout, SPENGA’s studio offers an array of amenities to make sure that people can get the most out of their workouts. Extras include:

For those interested, SPENGA is currently offering founding memberships with an ongoing lifetime discount with no payments due until the grand opening. For more information and to sign up, visit lovelandco.spenga.com

 

Check it out(side)

If exercising indoors is not what you have in mind for spring and summer — no problem! Just take a jog or walk around Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra on Sky Pond Drive in Loveland.

This one-of-its-kind sculpture garden is a great place to exercise and get some fresh air and sunshine with the backdrop of unique art. Chapungu, pronounced CHA-poon-goo, is an ideal mix of city and sanctuary.

It’s a place where culture collides with nature to offer 26 amazing acres of natural and landscaped gardens to explore freely and unencumbered. Within that space, visitors can enjoy 82 monumental stone sculptures from Zimbabwean artisans.

Opened in 2007, the outdoor museum continues to entice and reward visitors with its cultural experience, tranquil paths for walks or runs and myriad quiet spots that are perfect for yoga.

The pristine landscape is sure to spur an inner sense of wellbeing that can transfer to outward health and exercise. The Chapungu Sculpture Garden has eight ways for you to move through the installations:

Whichever path you choose, you are sure to learn about traditional Zimbabwean art and culture. The park is free and open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Grab your sneakers and check it out!

 

Centerra is open

Whatever you do, don’t let the pandemic stop you from getting in shape! Centerra is open and here to help. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll or a hardcore HIIT workout, you will find it here.

 

 

For those of us in northern Colorado with a green thumb, there’s no better way to spend a sunny day than by digging and playing in the garden dirt. Feeling nature shift from cold to warm while snowmelt fuels new plant growth is the epitome of spring rejuvenation—and we’re so ready for it.

This time of year is also a reminder that as we enjoy digging into the dirt, we also have a responsibility as stewards of the local ecosystem. Luckily for those of us living in northern Colorado, Centerra is full of opportunities get your green thumb on while ensuring our environment continues to thrive for years to come.

From the annual plant sale at High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) to preservation activities like Certified Wild status and an annual Earth Day cleanup, Centerra is packed with ways to appreciate and protect the environment.

 

Let’s Get Planting With the Annual HPEC Native Plant Sale

The annual event, which is open to the public, is a gardening enthusiast’s spring highlight. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and dig into some fresh soil to plant new flowers or grasses, this is the place to start.

The Native Plant Sale will run through Sept. 6, 2021. While the sale is always a favorite for plant enthusiasts locally, it’s also a great source for all levels of growers that might be interested in outfitting their space with eco-friendly options. Browse online to see the range of native plants that conserve water while helping the native environment thrive, including wildlife and even bees.

All plants come in 3.5-inch or narrower 5.5-inch pots (both have the same soil volume). Shop today so you’re equipped in time for the spring planting season.

Some of the plants and flowers available this year include:

The majority of the plants and flowers range in price from $5 to $6, which is a steal for such a great array of native varieties. For that price, you can stock up on a little bit of everything to ensure you have the most “Colorado” garden or backyard on the block—and since your neighbors are bound to ask about your new vibrant landscape, HPEC also provides you with the background on each variety, including why each is unique and important to the local ecosystem.

That’s why every plant includes its Latin name, height, width, water requirements, sun exposure needs, color, bloom timeframe and wildlife value in its description—it’s far more intuitive than simply buying a bag of seeds!

The hope at HPEC is that all of this information will help gardeners become more invested in new plants and, as a result, lead to increased years of blooming and lowering water usage for you and your family to enjoy.

If you need some expert advice or more information about native plants and pollinators, check out this video from HPEC’s Executive Director Jim Tolstrup.

 

Centerra’s Gone (Certified) Wild

Life here in Centerra is unique and special—it’s Certified Wild.

We think that all visitors, residents and businesses flock to Centerra for the trails, lakes, open skies, mountain views,native flowers and natural wildlife. For us, Certified Wild is more than just a tagline. As a 3,000-acre master-planned community designated as Colorado’s first and only National Wildlife Federation Certified Community Wildlife Habitat, being Certified Wild is part of our DNA.

Considering Centerra has the distinct honor of being designated as Colorado’s first Certified Community Wildlife Habitat, our natural spaces are something we take seriously and passionately. Being Certified Wild is a conscious commitment to ensuring that nature here remains pristine and wild. With this designation, we intend to keep our natural community protected and thriving for centuries to come so beautiful species continue to return to Centerra year after year.

HPEC is a living laboratory where the non-profit organization does more than just organize its famous annual plant sale.

Barn with Foliage

It serves as a space where everyone from adults to children are welcome to come and explore the native wildlife and scenery.

As more and more of society builds over such spaces and paves nature into the ground, Centerra and the HPEC are stewards of this Certified Community Wildlife Habitat. This all ties back to the HPEC’s core mission of educating communities to become replicable “living laboratories,” which demonstrate restorative examples of land stewardship, native plants and wildlife habitat.

 

Earth Day Clean-Up Event

Now that you’re a bit more familiar with the effort Centerra puts into maintaining its commitment to the environment with its Certified Wild status, you can help take that message and spread it through clean-up activities. Centerra is rallying the neighborhood, with HPEC as our partner, to help clean and beautify our trails.

We’ll kick off the feel-good event Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. If you’re interested in joining, find out more about the event and register here.

 

Educate & Protect

When it comes to preserving the spaces throughout our community for future generations, being a steward boils down to educating people and protecting the natural environments. To do this, the HPEC has a set of core values to accomplish this:

If this appeals to you, then check out their upcoming programs and events for the year. With the pandemic, we are still ensuring that everything is done safely and adheres to local and state COVID-19 protocols.

Living in northern Colorado provides us ample opportunities to really enjoy all life has to offer, but it’s also on us to make sure our area is clean and healthy for tomorrow’s activities and beyond. That’s why Centerra and our partners are committed to creating educational activities, program and shopping events, so Northern Colorado will continue to offer us bountiful beauty, no matter the season.

If the air seems a little sweeter these days it’s not the elevation getting to you, it’s almost Valentine’s Day in the Sweetheart City!

There is no better place in the world to be for Valentine’s Day than in Loveland, which is affectionately named the Sweetheart City. Loveland exudes sweetness every day of the year, however on Valentine’s Day, the love shines a bit brighter.

Here at Centerra, we are making sure to do our part to live up to the reputation as the “love capital” of the world. Here, Valentine’s Day is more than just a day to exchange cards and chocolates, it is a feeling that can be seen in the streets where romantic heart-shaped love notes dot the light poles across town and red, pink and white outdoor lights glow against African sculptures in Chapungu Sculpture Park. In the land of love, even the beer tastes sweeter on Valentine’s Day and yes, there are cards, but cards from Loveland are done a little differently than the rest of the world.

Now, we know kissing is a little harder with masks on and cuddling is not an option when social-distancing, but we are reimagining the holiday for 2021 to ensure that it is as special as ever for those looking to experience the Sweetheart City during the most romantic time of the year.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day From the Land of Love

Perhaps what Loveland is best known for is its Valentine’s Re-Mailing Program. For 75 years, people have been getting cards on Valentine’s Day re-mailed from Loveland. Each year more than 120,000 Valentine cards are mailed all over the world.

You can have a personalized Valentine’s Day card sent from Loveland to your sweetheart anywhere in the country. The official 2021 Valentine can be purchased at the Loveland Visitors Center or various locations throughout the city for $3.50. A small price to pay for love.

For those living outside of the region, visit the Loveland Chamber of Commerce’s website to buy one online for $7. Normally, more than 500 senior volunteers from the community oversee the stamping program but with COVID considerations this year, the Chamber is partnering with local partners like McWHINNEY and Centerra to help support and sponsor the Valentine’s Day stamping activities, so the tradition lives on.

 

Valentine’s Lights at Chapungu


While you may think that lights are just for Christmas, here in Loveland, lights are also for Valentine’s Day. Make sureto take a moment to check out the Valentine-themed lights at Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra on Sky Pond Drive in Loveland.

Starting on Feb. 1, Chapungu will transition its Winter Wonderlights holiday theme to a sweet red and pink hue. The romantic lights will be pared with sweetheart-themed décor to illuminate the festive park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 14 for the Valentine season. Just like the Winter Wonderlights display, the colorful lighting decorations are free and open to the public. There will even be music playing as a romantic backdrop to the lights, so make sure to grab your significant other and come check it out.

 

Love Locks

Love Locks

Don’t let the pandemic stop you from expressing your love with a special Love Lock.

Loveland is known internationally for its famous art installations and sculptures and when it comes to Valentine’s Day, two specific sculptures take center stage – the LOVE sculpture and the HEART sculpture, located at the Loveland Visitors Center, 5400 Stone Creek Circle.

At the Visitors Center, lovebirds can purchase official Loveland Love Locks and get them engraved. Or, in today’s digital world, you can also buy a Love Lock online if you prefer and arrange for pick-up or delivery. Locks are $20 and $25 with the engraving. You can even have the Love Lock hung for you if you prefer, just specify which sculpture you would like it locked to.

For those who do it in person, you can hang it on either sculpture for all the world to see. In fact, make sure the world sees it by snapping a photo of the Love Lock and post it on your favorite social media site using the hashtags #visitloveland and #lovelandlovelocks.

These Love Locks have been known to sell out quickly so if you missed the chance to purchase one, you could win one by participating in our social media contest on the Centerra Facebook page!

 

Group Wedding at Chapungu

What could be more romantic than saying “I do” on Valentine’s Day? Saying “I do” in the Sweetheart City on Valentine’s Day of course! Now more than ever, celebrating love and connection is needed and Loveland can help make those dreamy wedding day plans a reality.

To honor love, there is a special Loveland Valentine’s Day Group Annual Wedding on Feb. 14 where couples can get married or renew their vows with a special custom ceremony and romantic touches, making for a memorable Valentine’s Day.

Two ceremonies will take place at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra. The custom ceremony includes music, keepsake photos, a Love Lock to use on the signature LOVE or HEART sculptures, gift bags, signature wedding cupcakes and even a chance to win a huge gift basket.

There really is no better way to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day. And in light of the pandemic, there will be very careful accommodations and adjustments made to ensure all participants’ safety.

Tickets are on sale now for just $95 per couple.

 

Libations & Games

If nothing on the list appeals to you yet, here’s something no one can refuse – a socially-distanced scavenger hunt followed by a celebratory Valentine’s wine, beer or coffee.

Join the fun by helping find Dan Cupid, the official mascot of the Valentine Re-Mailing Program who has gone missing! First, download the free “Quest to Find Dan Cupid” app from EVENTZEE and then follow the prompts of challenges, questions and puzzles to solve the mystery.

Once you have traveled around Loveland discovering history, solving mysteries and finding Dan Cupid, take your “I Found Dan Cupid” badge to the Loveland Visitors Center to claim your prize.

To cap off V-Day, let the libations begin! First, pick your potion. If wine is your love potion of choice, then pour yourself a tall glass of Sweet Heart Winery’s special 2018 Malbec selected as the official Valentine’s Day 2021 bottle. It features a custom-designed romantic label by local artist Billie Colson.

If beer is your tipple, then look no further than the official 2021 Loveland Valentine’s Beer. The Loveland Chamber of Commerce partnered with local Grimm Brothers Brewhouse to create a special batch of beer each year. This year’s one-off elixir of love is a barrel-aged Baltic Porter brewed with vanilla and bourbon.

Perhaps you are more of a caffeine fiend, in that case, the official 2021 Loveland Valentine Coffee from Top of the Lake Coffee is for you. This small, local roasting operation partnered with The Loveland Chamber of Commerce to create the Sweetheart Blend, which is rich with gingersnap flavors. Make sure to get your bag at the Visitors Center.

 

Love All Year-Round

As excited as we are for Valentine’s Day, the great thing about Loveland is that the love flows year-round (and we can all use a little more love these days), so check out the special events happening this month and carry those good feelings into the months to come as we all enjoy living in such a great place!

Hawk on RoofLife here in Centerra is unique and special. It’s unlike living anywhere else in Loveland, Northern Colorado, or the state for that matter. It’s Certified Wild.

Nature lovers flock to Centerra for the trails, lakes, open skies, mountain views, native flowers and natural wildlife. For us, living Certified Wild is more than just a catchphrase, it’s part of  Centerra’s DNA – a 3,000-acre master-planned community that is designated as Colorado’s first and only National Wildlife Federation Certified Community Wildlife Habitat.

This is a certification that’s not taken lightly and offers easy access to miles of trails, open space, botanic gardens, wetlands and natural habitat for both residents and wildlife to enjoy year-round. Just to the west is Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the country’s most pristine wilderness areas full of hiking, fishing, camping and nature watching.

However, living in such a treasure comes with the responsibility of preserving it and protecting it for future generations. A space such as this, in such close proximity to wildlife and nature, must be carefully cared for.

One of the best ways to keep the intricate ecosystem of Centerra buzzing in harmony is to leave it as it is. When possible, just observe and don’t interfere – leave only your footsteps. To help keep our community thriving for all who call Centerra home, we’d like to share thoughtful insight into how to best live in harmony with wildlife in our community so everyone thrives.

 

Recommendations for pest control

There are times when we may interfere with the natural world without even knowing it. One instance of this is pest control. Jim Tolstrup, executive director for High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC),  would like residents to know that rodenticides do not just affect rodents. When you put poison out to get rid of a mouse in your house, it can just as easily harm other animals, including natural predators, pets and humans if you don’t handle prevention carefully.

In developed areas, natural predators, such as owls, hawks and coyotes, can be exposed to rodenticides through secondary poisoning. This occurs when the predator eats an animal that consumed the rodenticide.

“Most rodenticides take several days (sometimes over a week) to kill the rodent, so these prey animals are available to predators after they have consumed the poisoned bait. We urge residents and businesses to forgo the use of all rodenticides if at all possible, because of this risk to wildlife.”

If you have tried every other non-pesticide option, including working with a pest control company, it may be necessary to temporarily use a rodenticide. If this is the case, HPEC recommends rodenticides that are not anticoagulants. Anticoagulant is a technical term for poisons that work by interfering with the blood clotting process, which causes the poisoned animal to die from massive internal bleeding if consumed.

If your pest control company has tried other options with little success, you can request that they use a non-anticoagulant rodenticide like zinc phosphide or bromethalin. These should be used as a short-term strategy to support long-term non-rodenticide solutions. We recommend only using rodenticides inside a building rather than outside if at all possible. This helps keep poisoned rodents out of reach of predators. Of course, you will need to keep a close eye on pets and children regardless of where you place the rodenticide.

 

No poison, now what?

Tolstrup and the HPEC team recommend residents and businesses refrain from using rodenticides if possible to help preserve Centerra’s precious wildlife. So, if you can’t poison those pests, how should you get rid of them?

Fortunately, there are some ways to eliminate those unwanted guests that migrate inside during colder months without hurting other animals as well. One option is using a wide variety of traps sold at local stores. These traps, along with removing any attractive food source or habitat, can be effective in reducing the local population of rodent pests. A pest control company should also be able to do all of this if you prefer not to do it yourself.

HPEC also uses and recommends local service vendor Affordable Pest Control because they understand and respect the concerns for wildlife. However, you should be able to request any pest control company to refrain from using rodenticide. If a company insists on using rodenticide without trying other strategies first, we recommend you look for another company that is more environmentally friendly.

 

Other threats to consider

While poison may be a serious threat to animals, there are other things that we do all the time that impact nature without even knowing it.

Scott Rashid, director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute, notes humans can pose a threat to birds and other wildlife by living in close proximity to Centerra.

Rashid says that one of the major threats to smaller animals and birds, nesting or otherwise, is cats. It’s also good to keep dogs on leashes when out and about walking.

“Keep cats inside,” Rashid said. “Cats kill indiscriminately. They react to movement.”

He also notes that birdbaths and bird feeders should be kept clean. Often birds are negatively impacted by these features if they are not regularly maintained.

“In Centerra, humans are a significant part of our ecosystem. By developing open spaces for homes and businesses, we have reduced the habitat available for predators. This generally results in more prey animals, including rodents,” Tolstrup said. “Wild predators are very effective at controlling rodent populations, so one of the easiest ways to address a rodent issue is to encourage more wild predators to live with us in our community.”

We are not just Certified Wild, you are too and that is so much more than open spaces, gardens and wildlife – it’s our personal decisions that can directly impact beautiful wildlife in a negative way. So, please follow best practices, don’t use poison, keep cats inside, birdbaths and feeders clean, and animals leashed.

 

More about High Plains Environmental Center

HPEC has played an integral role in the Centerra community since 2001. The idea for the education center was originally conceived by Tom Hoyt, president of McStain Neighborhoods and builder of High Plains Village at Centerra.

Tolstrup joined the team in 2007 and oversees everything from HPEC’s land management program to maintaining native plant botanic gardens to day-to-day administrative tasks of managing a non-profit.

HPEC’s influence goes beyond simply attracting people to Centerra. They help develop, educate, and maintain a healthy balance of living for all.

Tolstrup played a key role in getting Centerra designated as Colorado’s first Certified Community Wildlife Habitat in 2018 and knows the environment landscape like the back of his hand after working closely with Centerra’s master-developer McWhinney for more than 13 years. Tolstrup cares deeply about the outdoors, plants, birds and wildlife, making his position at HPEC the perfect fit to share tips on how to live in harmony with it.

We thank all residents and businesses in advance for considering this advice. Being Certified Wild is a conscious commitment we take seriously and we need every community member’s help to keep our natural community protected and thriving for centuries to come so beautiful species continue to return to Centerra year after year.

Winter means snowflakes and sweet treats. Twinkling lights and lots of spice. Hot cider and stars shining brighter. Whatever winter means to you, we want to make it a bit more special this season. So, put up the mistletoe and break out the sweaters, it’s time to celebrate the holidays around Centerra.

In addition to the annual local favorite Winter Wonderlights happening at Chapungu Sculpture Park, our community has some other special treats in store including a surprise from Santa and even holiday gnomes. Read on to uncover the holiday cheer we have planned to wrap up what has been quite the year!

 

Turn up the lights

Opened in 2007, Chapungu Sculpture Park is a one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibit, displaying 82 monumental stone sculptures from Zimbabwean artisans traversing 26-acres of natural and landscaped gardens. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this outdoor cultural experience is a community gift for all ages to gather, explore and experience.

During this very special time of year, we are excited to turn Chapungu into a winter wonderland for all to enjoy! Each night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., visitors can revel in the 80,000-holiday lights with synchronized music, including string lights and festive music during Loveland’s Winter Wonderlights from now until Jan. 1, 2021.

With new health and safety protocols designed to keep families physically distanced from each other while enjoying the musical light show, you can end your year on a bright note with holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures and 30-minute music and light shows every night. The light and music show features six total songs and moving lights on the 20-foot tall LED mappable Christmas Tree – the only one of its kind in the state of Colorado!

In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special programming during Winter Wonderlights Live events are planned for select weekends in December, pending Larimer County variance approval. While this is a free event, visitors are encouraged to bring and donate canned food donations to benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County. Visit the Visit Loveland website for more information and know before you go recommendations including proper social distancing and face coverings.

Looking for more festive lights? Take a trip down the Loveland Light Trail — a self-guided tour of the holiday lights across Loveland, ranging from Downtown to the Lagoon. Check out the official Loveland Light Trail Map, which includes all the best spots in town sure to light up your holidays.

 

Skate into the holiday season

Is it even winter without lacing up a pair of skates and hitting a fresh ice rink in the cool crisp air? Of course not! This is why it’s high time to head over to The Promenade Shops at Centerra to continue, or start, that annual tradition of ice skating.

We are excited to announce that the Ice Rink, which is a winter treasure at The Promenade Shops at Centerra, is now open for patrons to enjoy through Jan. 18, 2021. Capacity is limited on the ice rink, so consider making a reservation in advance online.

Northern Colorado’s favorite shopping and dining destination, the shops are easy to reach at the crossroads of I-25 and Highway 34 in Loveland and featuring over 75 specialty shops and restaurants in a breathtaking outdoor setting, The Promenade Shops at Centerra have something for everyone, especially this time of the year. Knock out that holiday shopping and hit the ice for a good skate session to burn off that holiday energy and perhaps a few calories following lunch.

One price will cover admission to the rink for the entire day and include complimentary skates at no additional cost. For children under the age of 12, a ticket is only $8.50, while 13-year-olds and up are $10.50. For those who really want to skate this season, there are even 10-pack passes available for $68 for children and $84 for adults.

What better Christmas gift to give a loved one than the gift of a skate pass to the spectacular Ice Rink at The Promenade Shops at Centerra?

 

Say hi to Santa

Don’t let the pandemic stop you from seeing Santa. This season make sure to swing by the side of Massage Envy, 1657 Rocky Mountain Ave. in The Marketplace at Centerra, to get your photo taken with Santa, or at least a likeness of him. Until the start of the New Year, there will be a Santa mural installation on the side of the building where people can take a photo with “Santa.”

Unfortunately, no sitting on Santa’s lap this year with COVID-19 restrictions, but you can still make sure he gets your Christmas wishes by leaving letters to him in the Santa letter drop box set up at Massage Envy and one at Winter Wonderlights in Chapungu.

 

Gnome scavenger hunt

Take to the streets for the new Gnome scavenger hunt across Loveland! Get ready to find Herbie (Loveland’s holiday gnome) and all of his gnome friends around town.

Herbie and his friends have found homes at various locations throughout the city. To play, you must download EVENTZEE, a free app, to find out where they are, meet each of them and complete each of their challenges.

Simply snap photos of yourself with the gnomes and you will be entered into our contest through the app for a chance to win prizes. There are no losers in this game! All players who complete all of the challenges on the app will win a holiday prize by showing their Challenges Complete badge to the staff at the Loveland Visitor’s Center during business hours (Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

While this game can be played anytime, it’s intended for and best at dusk or later to take advantage of viewing all of the holiday lights in Loveland. All of the gnomes are outside and accessible anytime, but we do ask that players try to wrap up no later than 10 p.m. to keep everyone safe. The challenges can all be completed in a few hours, or over multiple days. However, they must be completed by Dec. 31.

 

Seasons greetings from Centerra

The holidays may look a little different this season, but that does not mean there is not still fun to be had. You and your loved ones can still enjoy all the trimmings of winter and the holidays while staying safe. Just make sure to follow proper health guidelines and rules and we look forward to seeing you, from a safe distance, at Centerra this season!

Fall is flowing into winter and before we know it the holidays will be here. That means all the fun festivities, including family photo sessions for those cards and greetings.

Rather than wait until the last minute to take a frenetic photo with your phone, why not consider a photoshoot while it is still beautiful outside? While you really can’t go wrong with taking photos here in colorful Colorado, Centerra offers endless options for a stunning backdrop.

Picking to the pros’ brains

The best way to learn about photography is to talk to someone who has done it for years. While it just takes a smartphone to take a photo, it can take a lifetime to master the art of photography.

We decided to chat with a couple of local pros who have experience shooting landscape and portrait photography. Danny Dodge and Garland Green are two Loveland photographers who enjoy taking photos throughout Loveland and Centerra.

Danny appreciates shooting landscapes and long-distance hiking or backpacking to get that perfect shot. Garland specializes in portrait photography and has been photographing everyone from high school seniors to families since 1992.

Both Danny and Garland have offered to give us some “behind the lens” insight and expertise so even the novice can feel a bit more prepared heading out this season with the camera. Let’s hear from them!

Dig in with Danny Dodge

After college, Danny was having a hard time finding a job in video production and a friend remembered he had taken black and white photos for the college newspaper and told him he should contact one of the local graphic designers who paid people to take pictures so he could draw from them. Next thing, the designer started using Danny regularly.

Danny really enjoys landscape photography. Landscapes are simply a canvas waiting to be painted. There are endless ways one can capture them, with endless moods of lighting that happen throughout the day and night. And half the fun of photographing them is to experiment with all the possible combinations of light, composition time-lapses and post-processing to explore all the possible outcomes.

Danny’s go-to camera is the DSLRs, drones and cinema cameras to capture images.  He loves traveling and photographing overseas, because of the cultural differences. But locally, he enjoys photographing in the foothills near rock outcroppings and water. Not many people realize it, but a wide-angle lens can be a wonderful experience when you get up close. It allows you to capture fine details of tiny micro-scapes while revealing the larger world around it. Angles, perspectives and the use of selective focus can have a profound effect on these types of images, and I use just the right combinations to tell my story.

Danny’s favorite season to shoot is the fall. For a brief moment, we get to see nature at its best. These types of photographs lend themselves to some of the most powerful post-processing options of any other time of the year. The colors, the contrast, the detail… it’s never-ending. And Danny is no stranger to shooting photos in Centerra, he loves the variety of trails, ponds, art pieces and wildlife that are so fulfilling to capture. Even when he doesn’t have his camera with him on a walk through the park, he captures memories the same way he would a photograph. Seeing detail, looking closer and wondering what it would look like in a frame is something he thoroughly enjoys.

Some of the best places Danny likes to take landscape photos in Centerra are around the ponds. The grasses that grow along the pond’s edge and the reflections in the water from the trees and the Loveland Winter Wonderlights can produce amazing images when you change the focus, vary the time of the exposer or combine that with the changing light through the day. When combining the Christmas lights, his favorite time of day is twilight. The half-hour that comes just after sunset. His second favorite time is an hour that occurs beginning at sunrise. The detail and contrast of colors during this hour are absolutely impactful.

Get to know more with Garland Green

Local photographer Garland was always interested in photography, at least since jr. high school. His first camera was a Kodak brownie and shortly after that, he received a small range finder camera for Christmas while in the sixth grade. He later studied art in college along with photography and has been capturing images ever since.

Garland was attracted to portraits because the only image they have of their grandmother was a candid he had taken shortly after he got his camera for Christmas. It wasn’t even a portrait, just a snapshot. When she passed away, he realized the importance of this one image when we couldn’t find any others.

He loves and prefers portraits because he is able to work with people. When he’s doing portraits, it is usually an important milestone being celebrated or one of those few times when everyone is together and having fun. He realizes the importance of his clients’ images well before and how the client will start understanding how priceless their portraits will become over time.

When it comes to camera gear, Garland has used Mamiya, Canon, Nikon and now depends on Sony’s professional line of cameras to meet clients’ needs. He also believes in knowing how to properly use OCF (off-camera flash).

Their clients usually prefer the outdoors, especially here in Colorado and Chapungu Sculpture Park is a great central location to meet. They feel blessed to have a beautiful studio in Loveland that can accommodate large groups. It works great for bad weather, infants, when clients are looking for a more formal look and for high school seniors that want stylized sport and hobby portraits.

Centerra’s Chapungu Sculpture Park is a great location for portraits. There is a variety to fit most clients’ requests, from a well-groomed area with water to a more natural look along certain paths. It is also convenient because of its central location and the opportunities for our clients to shop or have dinner at the local restaurants or even go to the movies after their session.

The best locations at Chapungu depend on the time of day and the time of year. Some of the areas for great portrait lighting are right along the parking area where the trees line the road. The east side is great for the afternoon sessions with the sun behind the subject and the natural grasses create a nice vignette to frame the subject. Garland offers a free Beginners Photography Class PDF on his website that he uses in presentations.

Have your own photoshoot

Now that you are armed with this pro knowledge, we encourage you to get out there and take a moment to stop by Centerra to take a photo or two for yourself! Or, if the idea of taking photos yourself still seems too daunting, consider just contacting one of our local pros!

Veteran’s Day is a time when the country proudly recognizes and honors those who have served our country. Their sacrifices have protected our freedoms, freedoms including the “American Dream” of owning and operating a business.

Loveland’s D.O.G.S. (Dog Owners General Store), started by owners Brandon and Cionne Lauzun, is a high-end pet boutique with a full-service grooming salon located in the Promenade Shops at Centerra. November is a special month for the business due to Veteran’s Day. Brandon served in the U.S. Army and is proud to run a veteran-owned business.

“Being a veteran-owned business is amazing. There are a lot of opportunities for veterans to get assistance when starting and operating a business,” Brandon said. “We get to interact with a lot of veterans and active-duty military members every day. We are always open and willing to be a support system to any veteran looking to start their own business!”

Brandon decided to join the military with a childhood friend. The duo joined together and completed basic training at the same time. After his basic training in Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri Ozarks, where Brandon trained to be a combat engineer, he was assigned to Fort Riley, Kan. It was there that Brandon spent four years before embarking upon a yearlong combat tour in Iraq.

It was thanks to his time in the military that Brandon met his wife and future business partner, Cionne, who helped him transition from military life to civilian life and the challenges that can bring. Brandon said she has been his rock and plays a large part in their business’ success.

D.O.G.S. was started by a previous owner who had a passion for pets. The Lauzun’s acquired the business with the help of Brandon’s veteran status that gave the couple access to business loans that wouldn’t have been available otherwise. That was 10 years ago, and now the couple and business are facing one of their biggest challenges with the pandemic.

“Our foot traffic has definitely slowed down,” Cionne said. “With the pandemic, our customers have been wanting to shop more online. We listened to them and decided to take our store online. We currently sell a significant amount of products through our website and even offer food delivery service with an option to set up recurring delivery like Chewy and Amazon!”

Like many businesses that were impacted by the unexpected pandemic, Brandon and Cionne refused to give up or throw in the towel. They were able to change, adapt and navigate the new way of doing business in 2020 successfully.

It’s their unique ability to adapt and listen to customers while providing good, friendly service that sets D.O.G.S. apart from other pet stores. The food and treat education D.O.G.S. provides is also something customers love in addition to their convenient and accessible location within Centerra.

The Promenade Shops at Centerra, located on the northeast corner of Interstate-25 and Highway U.S. 34, is an open-air lifestyle center offering clothing, footwear and jewelry shops along with a movie theater, restaurants and more.

Cionne’s favorite part of her job is interacting with customers, especially those that have been loyal and consistent over the years. “I enjoy seeing them and catching up with them. It’s like we have another little family that is made up of regulars. In fact, when we became Larimer County foster parents, we received a generous amount of donated clothes and formula for our foster son from our local customer-base, ” Cionne said with gratitude.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, D.O.G.S. will be running a 15% off promotion on all bully sticks and bagged treats, which is in addition to their normal discount of 10% for all veterans in-store products and grooming.

“Veterans Day is for celebrating those who have given part of their lives for their country. These veterans were away from family, friends and all support systems for a long time. Veterans Day is our chance to show veterans we appreciate and understand their sacrifice,” said Brandon. “It’s a great way to honor those who have served or are currently serving. We think it’s important to honor that.”

So, this November take a moment to thank a veteran for their service and consider supporting a veteran-owned business like D.O.G.S. not just this month but throughout the year. During this pandemic especially, small local businesses need our continued support.

This pandemic has led to more time spent outdoors this summer. Long walks have become common for most, especially families looking to get out to enjoy the outdoors and couples wanting to unwind at the end of a workday. With all the time spent outside, why not support local artists to help us engage with our community by connecting art with nature to make a visit to Centerra a little more interesting?

With that in mind, Centerra was thrilled to partner with two talented local artists to share an unexpected temporary outdoor sidewalk art experience located at the Centerra Marketplace and Chapungu Sculpture Park. The colorful hand-crafted installations were created in about six hours by sidewalk artists – Jennifer Chaparro and Jen Strona Tracy.

The talented artists took to the Centerra sidewalks, using two different techniques, to sketch their respective masterpieces based on individual themes allowing retail and park guests to enjoy and interact with their Installations.

Jennifer’s chalk and paint art is located at the Centerra Marketplace on Fall River Drive and features a unique three-dimensional piece celebrating back-to-school. While Jen’s drawing in Chapungu Sculpture Park is a tribute to nature and the master-planned community’s historic designation by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as Colorado’s first certified Community Wildlife Habitat.

Art jumping off the sidewalk

Jennifer’s street art at the Marketplace does not just appear three-dimensional to those who come across it, it is also interactive. Chalk art on the sidewalk dates back to the 16th century in Italy when artists who painted churches would take to the streets to recreate their masterpieces to make a living. Those early murals painted high up in the churches incorporated “tricks” that made the images appear different than they actually were drawn, also known as tromp l’oeil.  And just in the last 20 years or so artists have combined the illusion aspect and traditional chalk art into interactive street painting.

Interactive street art dates back to the 16th century in Italy when artists who painted churches would take to the streets to recreate their masterpieces to make a living. Those early street productions incorporated “tricks” that made the images appear different than they actually were drawn.

As the owner of Amazing Street Painting, Jennifer creates her images and uses computer programs to help skew the art into a one-point perspective. She explains her art is not actually three-dimensional, and people do not need special glasses to view it, it is an optical illusion that gives the viewer a sense of depth that is not actually there, also known as anamorphic art.

With the artistic magic in her chalk, Jennifer created a stack of schoolbooks featuring an apple and a pencil for this piece that allow Centerra visitors to sit or stand on, allowing people to interact with the art in a number of ways, from trying to bite or lean on the apple or climbing or resting on the stack of books.

“It’s fun to see what people come up with in new ways to interact with the art,” said Chaparro who spent six hours creating the school drawing. “We wanted to celebrate students and teachers going back to school, and I wanted it to be colorful. The big red apple certainly catch people’s attention!”

Jennifer has been capturing people’s attention with her art for 12 years professionally and 20 years altogether. A lifelong artist, Chaparro has a Bachelor of Arts in design from The University of California, Los Angeles and has been a graphic designer for 35 years. In 2004, she started experimenting with pastel chalks and attending street painting events. She picked up and honed her craft by observing other artists at events and festivals.

She started street painting as a fun activity to do with her two talented daughters when they lived in Florida. They all took to the art form quickly and she realized there was an opportunity with this to make a living doing something she loved. In 2009, she decided to take her graphic design skills and seize the opportunity to begin her street painting and chalk artist business. You can find her work on sidewalks throughout the U.S. or featured on window and sign displays at Trader Joe’s in Boulder.

Nature meets art

As for Jen, our second artist featured at Chapungu, she started her chalk art journey in 2015 at the Pastels on 5th St. annual fundraiser event in downtown Loveland. The event is for artists to showcase their colorful creations on the sidewalk and seeing other artists at work inspired Jen to pursue chalk art herself.

While her full-time job is a geologist project manager and contractor for the National Park Service, street art is a way for her to break away from work and flex her creative muscles.

For her Centerra installation, Jen was asked to highlight the natural habitat park walkers might encounter during their visit at Chapungu Sculpture Park, a unique natural botanic garden filled with African Zimbabwe stone sculptures.

“Chapungu Sculpture Park is an exciting space to create and share art. The sculptures and stories on display are fantastic,” she says. “Being able to walk through an outdoor art gallery and be in nature at the same time is special and unique. Chapungu offers great natural spaces and it was fun to capture and highlight some of that nature that is often the backdrop to the sculptures.”

Her creation for this installation showcases the natural grasses you spot in the garden alongside the animals including squirrels, birds, snakes and frogs. The colorful chalk art design pops right off the sidewalk as visitors come around the corner and encounter it before walking over the bridge that passes over the canal.

To create the piece, Jen spent a few hours on the computer sketching out her concept and then incurred roughly six hours drawing, shading and coloring on the sidewalk with her pastels.

Sidewalk spectacle

One of the unique aspects of street art is that bystanders who come along can watch the artists live at work. In their open-air studio, artists are able to engage with the community, bring their visions to life while answering questions or sharing information about their installation.

According to Jen, that is one of the best parts of doing community sidewalk art. She loves the people who pass by as she is working. She enjoys striking up a conversation and sharing stories with curious onlookers. People are often very interested in the work, and Jen gets ideas from people for future projects.

Professional 3D street artist, Chaparro initially found a live audience strange while she worked. But now she loves it and actually enjoys engaging and answering questions while people are watching. She views her work as performance art where she is the performer.

While the artists may have moved on, their temporary artwork remains. Take a moment to stop by Centerra to check it out for yourself!