Origins Wine Bar & Wood Fired Pizza celebrates 5th anniversary, reopens
Origins Wine Bar & Wood Fired Pizza in downtown Loveland celebrated its five-year anniversary Friday and Saturday with special seatings and champagne toasts.
In an email Thursday, the restaurant at 500 N. Lincoln Ave. said it will start opening its dining areas on a regular basis this week.
“We’ve spent the last couple of weeks cleaning, disinfecting, reorganizing and refining our menu, and we’re happy to say we’re ready for you,” owner Jeff Noffsinger said in the email.
Origins will be open 4-9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com or by calling 970-685-4269.
Also, Origins will send its mobile wood-fired pizza oven to Estes Park each weekend. It will serve pizza in the courtyard at The Barrel, 251 Moraine Ave., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays through the summer.
Webinar series to target marketing as COVID recedes
The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the Larimer Small Business Development Center and the Loveland Business Development Center are partnering to offer a six-part webinar to help businesses plan how to market as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to recede.
The program is called “Marketing Series for Business: Marketing Plan RECOVERY.”
The six parts will help businesses rethink their marketing plans in the face of a crisis and adopt tools that can help them in recovery.
The series kicks off at 11 a.m. Friday, June 12, with a free online session.
The first webinar is titled “Your Top 5 Marketing Evaluations and Actions.” Registration can be found at fortcollinschamber.com/event/marketing-plan-recovery.
The additional five hour-long sessions, which offer five marketing actions, will be hosted online June 22-26 and begin at 11 a.m. each day. The five sessions are:
• Marketing mix.
• Digital basics.
• Website design.
• Social media.
• Email marketing.
The five sessions are offered for $15 per session, or businesses can purchase the full series for $50; they go on sale June 15.
For more information about the marketing series, contact Ann Hutchison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bank of America ramps up expansion, including plans for Fort Collins branch
Bank of America NA will open at least five new branches in Northern Colorado and the Boulder Valley in the next couple of years, part of a major expansion of the banking giant into the state.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank ranks as the nation’s second-largest bank in terms of assets and deposits as of March 31. Deposits totaled $1.58 trillion, compared with $1.84 trillion for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Assets totaled $2.6 trillion for Bank of America, compared with $3.14 trillion for JPMorgan Chase.
Bank of America entered the Colorado market in 2015 with its first Denver branch and now operates 25 Colorado banking centers concentrated in the Denver area.
That number includes 11 branch locations, with the rest known as “advanced centers,” essentially peopleless financial centers from which customers are welcomed by a digital greeter who can walk them through various transactions.
Bank of America’s Colorado expansion has been concentrated in the Denver area, but the bank also has expanded outward from Denver, looking south to Colorado Springs and north as far as Fort Collins.
It opened a Boulder location in 2016 and plans to open branches in Fort Collins — in 2022 at 1305 W. Elizabeth St. — Broomfield, Greeley, Lafayette and Longmont. Loveland is not yet on the schedule for a branch.
Pilgrim’s Pride CEO indicted in alleged chicken price-fixing scheme
Jayson Penn, CEO of Greeley-based Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., was among four agribusiness executives indicted Thursday by a grand jury for the U.S. District Court in Denver on antitrust charges tied to allegations that major poultry producers conspired to fix broiler chicken prices.
The single-count indictment also charges Pilgrim’s Pride vice president Roger Austin and Claxton Poultry president Mikell Fries and vice president Scott Brady.
“Particularly in times of global crisis, the division remains committed to prosecuting crimes intended to raise the prices Americans pay for food,” Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division said in a prepared statement.
The indictment alleges that Pilgrim’s and Claxton executives conspired to rig bids and fix chicken prices between 2012 and 2017. The offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The criminal investigation into chicken price-fixing is ongoing.
Pilgrim’s Pride, a Greeley-based subsidiary of JBS USA, saw its stock price fall 12.36% Wednesday.
• Columbine Gallery and the National Sculptors’ Guild Sculpture Garden, 2683 N. Taft Ave. in Loveland, have begun their gradual reopening with appointment-only visits. Parties must be fewer than eight, masks are required at all times in the gallery and physical distancing must be practiced, according to a press release. To make an appointment, call 970-290-0425.
• Barnes & Noble bookstores across Colorado, including locations in Loveland and Fort Collins, have reopened following their COVID-19 shutdowns. Among the precautions instituted by the chain are that the cafés are limited to to-go service and the BN Café app pickup, and curbside pickup is available for books bought online.
• “Rise: An Anthology of Change,” edited by members of the Northern Colorado Writers organization, won a 2020 Colorado Book Award in the Anthology/Collection category. “Rise” is described as a “collection of prose and poetry exploring the concepts of change, renewal and rebirth.” It is available on Amazon and at northerncoloradowriters.com/Anthology.
• Colorado Springs-based Ent Credit Union announced a second round in its We (Heart) Small Business Giveaway. The 10 businesses receiving $5,000 included Butter Cream Cupcakery of Fort Collins. The giveaway, which has disbursed $100,000, was developed to help small Colorado businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.
• Ripley Design, a Fort Collins-based landscape design and architecture firm, has tapped Russell Lee to permanently take over leadership as company president from founder Linda Ripley, who will now serve as a designer and mentor. The company also said Sam Coutts will become vice president of operations.
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