Every month I LOVE meeting the new faces that attend our events as much as I LOVE seeing familiar faces that return month after month. Watching this organization grow over the past 11 months has been a true testament to the community that is Fort Collins. These monthly events that are hosted at various venues throughout Fort Collins and Northern Colorado are focused on building an inclusive network of entrepreneurs, business owners and locals. If you have not been to one yet, what are you waiting for?? Come on out and join us next month at Intersect Brewing. RSVP, here. Every event is so unique and individualized which makes them so much fun! Each event is similar yet so different and July's was exactly that. What a fabulous evening filled with building connections, shopping, and enjoying delicious pizza. appetizers and beer tasters from Old Chicago- Harmony location.
I wanted to share with you all the businesses that were spotlighted throughout this event. If you are in need of their services or products, don't hesitate to contact them. They would love to connect with you. So, here are the Locals We Love: July Edition.
A HUGE shout out to each of our businesses- your energy and excitement truly helped fuel the event. Thank you Old Chicago for your hospitality, service, and space. Macaya Photography and Design your photos truly captured the joy and connecting that was done at this event.
MidiCi Pizza recently opened its doors in Fort Collins. Yes, another pizza place. However - while there are MANY MANY pizza places throughout town this is not just “another” pizza place. In fact, MidiCi is focused more on PEOPLE and RELATIONSHIPS than pizza. “People are the best thing that can happen to anyone” is a tag line you will see around MidiCi and that is because they are a people-focused business. With that being said, their pizza and all other food was pretty darn fantastic… the pizza, meat and cheese trays, salads, gelato, nutella calzones…. Ahhh the gelato and nutella calzones. They use fresh, natural, high quality, mostly non-GMO ingredients in the dishes on their menu. Not to mention they have a gorgeous live olive tree in the middle of the restaurant that is made to be a place where "strangers become friends."
MidiCi made me feel like I was in a popular neighborhood spot while I was eating. I said to my husband multiple times, “I just want to come back and hang out here.” When they say they love people, their culture is focused on meeting a stranger, connecting with others, and not being distracted by social media. This is something that is so important in our society now a days. If I recall there is not a single TV in the restaurant. That is awesome and made me want to come back over and over again. In fact, on MidiCi’ s website it describes the vibe they are going for as:
“We wanted a place for people to meet up, sit back and be social without the media.
Because we believe it is moments we remember, not days, not posts, not pictures.
While we love today’s digital world for the connections it allows us to have with people we wish to know, we found ourselves missing the friends we do know.
It feels like we traded the tangible for the digital.
The human touch for the touch screens.
The laughs for the LOLs.
The love for the likes.
The eye contact for the emoticons.
When shared with a friend, a minute becomes a moment, and that moment becomes a happy memory.” –MidiCi Mission
So will I be back to visit MidiCi? YES! Will I stop in to pick up a quick take-away pizza or meal? YES!
MidiCi is another pizza place in Fort Collins; HOWEVER, it is not just “a pizza place”...it is a community. It is a culture that is wanting to compel us to connect with others and build relationships. That alone will change the “dining out” experience.
Thank you to Kim and Frank for opening MidiCi. Welcome to Fort Collins!
Lindsey and her husband Bobby own Peace, Love and Little Donuts (PLLD) in Fort Collins. It is a new donut shop off College Ave. in Fort Collins that helps you "feed your inner hippie." PLLD opened its doors last Monday, May 8, 2017, and has been "Sharing Happiness" ever since. Lindsey is a rockstar. She is a mom of 4 (ages 4, 3, 2, and 3 months), wife, and business owner. Lindsey keeps the household in order, all while supporting and traveling with her husband as they launched and opened Peace, Love and Little Donuts! Welcome to the Fort Collins business community! Let's get to know a little more about Lindsey.
Describe yourself in three words:
Developer, Loyal, Organized
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
My greatest professional achievement would be starting and opening up the first Peace, Love and Little Donuts shop in Colorado. We love serving up a fresh, warm donut that is sure to put a smile on any face. It brings me great pleasure to see that I can contribute to the joy of others.
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today. (How did you get the courage to open your own store, what motivated you, how many hours you put in, how you keep a positive outlook, etc?)
As the owners of the Peace, Love and Little Donuts Fort Collins my husband, Bobby, and I desire to serve up happiness every day. Peace, Love and Little Donuts makes the grooviest donuts on the planet. Our donuts break away from the status quo in every respect. It all begins with a small and attractively sized cake donut, packed with great flavor. Our donuts stay undressed, or "naked", as we might say, until the customer decides what they want them to be topped with. But don't worry; they're never old or stale. We're constantly making a new supply, and work hard to give customers a donut with a fresh taste and a lightly warm temperature. When a customer does decide to select a dozen, or two, from our 45+ different flavor combinations, we'll dress the donut right in front of them. But what if they don't see something they like? No problem. They can tell us what they're craving and we'll do our best to satisfy their need. Whether it's just some extra sprinkles or helping them create the next fan favorite, we'll partner with them to make exactly what they want, and make their day with a donut.
Our overarching goal for Peace, Love and Little Donuts of Fort Collins is to become a place where people know they can get a great donut, the way they want it, and have fun doing it. We want to “Share Happiness” with everyone who works at or comes through our store. We believe this theme will lead to the creation of a company and a store many employees will want to work for and even more people will want to visit. Providing an environment where our employees feel free to have fun, enjoy what they do, and pass it on to others is a fundamental key for us achieving success.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Over the next 6 months we hope to open more Peace, Love and Little Donut shops across the front range.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I have a heart for children in foster care and those who have aged out of the system without a family to ever really call home. My dream is to start a program that serve these kids and provide them with the love and connection to feel they belong and are cherished.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
In my opinion keeping a balance in work and family life is vital to a healthy lifestyle. I’ve found that remembering my most important job is to be a devoted wife and loving mom and keeping that focus fuels me to success. My husband and four kids, Katy 4, Julianna 3, Lauren 2, and Luke 3 months, are the absolute most important things to me. When I keep them as my number one priority, I am able to live a happier, more content life knowing that I am succeeding in honoring the position God has blessed me with in life right now. For me what has to be done today is raising kids that love, learn and lead well, all other things, business things, can be put on hold.
I truly believe that having a strong support system is vital to success and balancing family and work. I would not be able to achieve and be successful if not for the support of my husband as well as close family and friends. We were not created to live as islands, but as a community serving and supporting one another!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
We are a ski family; therefore, hitting the slopes in Vail is among our top favorites, along with getting a Chai Brid at Alleycat Coffee House, and grabbing a drink at one of Fort Collins local breweries and then enjoying dinner at the latest new restaurant.
What websites do you visit every day?
Gmail.com and Peace, Love and Little Donuts of Fort Collins Facebook page
What is your goal for retirement?
My goal for retirement and the future would be to foster success in my own businesses so I am able to donate time, effort and finances to building into others and forming the next generation to rise up so they can be successful as well.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
I believe to be successful in business you need to have a strong and clear vision. Think about what drives you and develop something that that exudes your own passions.
Our company's ultimate mission statement is to "Share Happiness". That is why we exist and, that theme will permeate all we do. We believe sharing happiness is good for business. Happy employees enjoy coming to work, are good ambassadors for the company they work for, and intuitively want their customers to be happy as well. Happy customers lead to repeat visits, better tips for employees, and great word-of-mouth advertising. Best of all, when their ideas about happiness line up with ours, they are more likely to reward us with their loyalty.
Our plan for "Sharing Happiness" centers on creating a unique food product in a fun environment. People enjoy being treated like, and thought of as, individuals. They like choice; and we let them exercise that desire through the purchase of our fresh, delicious, little donuts. But we don't want our donuts to be the only thing they remember about our shop. We want them to remember how much fun it was to buy our donuts, how good our employees made them feel, and how they'd love having that experience again in the future. The smell of donuts shouldn't just trigger a gut reaction. It should remind them of happiness.
Any final comments?
Come and satisfy your donut craving by stopping by Peace, Love and Little Donuts
If you are looking to visit Peace, Love and Little Donuts you can check them out at
632 South College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Hi! I am Lisa Downer, married mother of 3 girls and a 20+ year resident of NOCO! I was introduced to HITC in January 2018 and fell in love with the concept of not only networking with local women in business but promoting/sharing them and what they do!
We have such a unique mission and it is right inline with my personal business passions! Come be a part of our amazing group of supportive women and learn how to build your Tribe right here in your own market! with me!