By 7 a.m. each day, the kitchen staff at Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud is already hard at work preparing the day's meals. Along with the typical protein, vegetables, and starch, plus bread, fruit, and a freshly baked dessert, the crew also makes several dozen specialized meals each day to accommodate dietary needs and restrictions. Volunteers chip in around 8 a.m. to bag and package the food, and when the volunteer drivers arrive at 11 a.m., the food is ready for delivery. But the drivers do more than just deliver hot meals to the organization's homebound elderly, disabled, or ill clients—they also serve as friendly visitors, providing wellness check-ins and company in addition to hot, nutritious meals.
Although Meals on Wheels' history stretches across the country, every chapter has its own story. In Loveland and Berthoud, local Red Cross volunteer Dorothy Morin, philanthropist Helen Erion, and a group of concerned individuals first prepared and delivered meals for homebound residents out of the local Elks Club kitchen in January of 1968. More than four decades later, a team of 11 volunteers serves more than 567 clients and delivers more than 60,000 meals for homebound seniors every year.
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An orb of mauve tulips bursts from a tall, slender glass vase. A pink and green polka dot bow complements a spray of pale pink lilies and myrtle. Elegant and eye-catching, these sweet-smelling arrangements from Forever Flowers aim to enhance every conceivable occasion, from weddings to court arraignments. Once customers hone in on their ideal bouquet, the shop’s savvy florists can accent the seasonal blooms with balloons, stuffed animals, or chocolates. They also happily design custom arrangements according to your upcoming occasion or personal vision.
Loveland Furniture and Décor's knowledgeable staffers cull a colossal collection of top-quality home furnishings and accessories, taking a casual approach while helping customers to search the huge stash of elegant living-room, bedroom, and dining-room accouterments. They can guide customers as they peruse the vast selection of pieces from renowned furniture-makers such as Thomasville, Broyhill, and Drexel. To further help patrons to personalize their abodes, staffers can swiftly place special orders to acquire items that are not in stock or have been accidentally vaporized by mad scientists masquerading as janitors. They also host an online design center where customers can assemble custom furniture right down to the fabric.
Loveland Furniture and Décor extends its dedication to top-notch customer service beyond its doors by making monthly donations to charities that benefit homeless children.
Though the aroma of fresh-cut flowers has drifted from its doors for more than 60 years, Earles Loveland Floral & Gifts has not been quite the same since 1993, when United Floral Industry School graduate Elizabeth Parker took charge of operations. The time-honored flower and gift shop has blossomed under her guidance, experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity that recently culminated in its winning the Reporter-Herald’s Reader's Choice award for best local florist in 2011.
Parker went to school for floral wedding design, and it’s no secret that her field of study has become one of the shop’s strong suits. Along with her dedicated team of florists, she can turn any wedding venue into a lush garden of bridal bouquets, corsages, and elegant reception centerpieces. The shop's everyday bouquets hardly suffer from comparison, bundling together natural, seasonal flowers in arrangements available for pickup or delivery by a well-trained swarm of bees. Before whisking away a bouquet of grab 'n' go flowers, peruse Earles's eclectic selection of gifts and household accouterments, which includes flower-print tote bags, beaded jewelry, and gel candles.