We’ve lived in Loveland, Colorado since buying a house here in 2002. I’ve previously written about our reasons for moving here, but I’ll refresh your memory.
We found Loveland in the book “100 Best Small Art Towns in America.” Loveland was ranked #8 out of 100 and the author claims that the town actually inspired him to write the book.
Our decision to move here was based on three main things: 1) the town’s proximity to Boulder and Denver, 2) the community’s history of embracing the arts and 3) the charming downtown.
The second two reasons come into play this week during Loveland Sculpture in the Dark, an annual tradition that has grown every year since its inception in 2010.
Ryan hasn’t competed in this artistic venture yet; it would take him away from the shop for a significant period of time, but we imagine that one day he may join a team.
The idea of snow sculpting is fun and results in good media attention for the town, but none of us should lose sight of the fact that this is an artistic competition occurring in a town that has long been associated with great artists – mainly sculptors, but other artists have and do call Loveland home.
While we sell mainly in Boulder, Vail and various other pricey zip codes around Colorado and Texas, we never lose focus of the reason we wanted to make this community our home base. This event is just another reason we’re proud to have our business located in Loveland, Colorado.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture. She is also a full-time freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com.