Fort Chronic: Challenging Social Stigma Surrounding Marijuana

By Emily Clingman There’s a new movement growing in town, and it started with a clothing idea. Fort Chronic Clothing Company opened its online doors in October, selling apparel featuring marijuana leaves in its designs. The business name is a play on words: “Chronic” is often used to describe high-grade marijuana. Fort Collins has a reputation for producing some of the finest bud around; hence, Fort Chronic. The business name […]

Backbone Brings Affordable Gourmet Fare to Loveland

By Matt Minich At first glance, Backbone Gourmet Grub & Brewhouse seems an unlikely choice for Loveland’s best new restaurant. Housed on the La Quinta Inn and Suites complex at the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon, the restaurant is half the size of most family dining spots, and actually shares a building with one of the hotel’s event facilities. Just past the hostess stand, however, is the product of […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

Rolfe Duane Bautista: Bringing the Whimsical into Being

By Allison LeCain Inspiration can be tricky. Some artists are inspired by reading a beautiful poem; others by taking a walk in the park. Inspiration strikes Rolfe Duane Bautista at odd times, such as when he’s brushing his teeth or falling asleep. “Funny enough, a lot of good ideas happen when I’m doing really mundane things,” Bautista said. “I get artist’s block when I’m sitting in my chair [at my […]


Austin or Bust: SpokesBUZZ Bands Return to SXSW to Represent NoCo Music Scene

By Molly McCowan Nine SpokesBUZZ bands. Two stages. New Belgium beer. Coyote Gold margaritas. A vibrant, two-story venue in Austin, Texas, overflowing with musicians and music lovers. All during the annual South by Southwest festival: A gigantic yearly event that draws more than 50,000 people from around the world and upwards of 17,000 music industry professionals over a ten-day period. Put it all together and what do you get? The […]