GG Boutique: Where clothes create family

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Mar 312013

Author: Kendall Greenwood

GG Boutique

GG Boutique is located at 204 West Laurel. Photo by Logan Martinez

Walking into GG Boutique you will be greeted by a plethora of colorful designs. The staff will be friendly and you will get honest opinions about what you are trying on. GG Boutique goes beyond a store mentality by making you feel welcome.

GG Boutique, a women’s clothing store in Fort Collins, opened its doors on Aug. 23, 2012 by owner Laura Ludwin, 37, with the goal of offering customers more than clothes. Ludwin wants store-goers to have an experience.

“I want to offer our customers an experience where they walk in and find [GG Boutique] to be a happy place,” Ludwin said. “[I want them] to find something that makes them feel good without having to spend all the money they have.”

One way GG Boutique achieves this is with the items they stock.

“What you see when you open a magazine is what we aim to have here at an affordable price,” Ludwin said.

New items are on the floor every day. This is what sales associate Julia Chenoweth, 41, enjoys most about the store.

“I think that always makes it fun and fresh, not only for the customers, but for [the staff] as well,” Chenoweth said.

Emily Davies, a 20-year-old CSU sophomore, shops at GG Boutique because she knows she will find unique items.

“If you go in once a week, there is [always] something different,” Davies said. “And, [even though] I know a lot of people shop there from CSU, there is a good chance no one else will have what you [buy].”

The atmosphere created by the staff also makes this store different. For one, the employees refer to themselves as “Team GG.” They have created a family, which Chenoweth embodies when helping customers.

“We try to get a feel for what it is they are looking for and what their style might be,” Chenoweth said. “[So we will] be able to suggest things in the store they might like.”

Davies has seen this herself.

GG Boutique Dress

GG Boutique has a selection of dresses and other contemporary womens’ fashion. Photo By Logan Martinez

“It’s not one of those retail stores where it’s like, ‘Hey do you need help, hey can I help you with that, you should really buy that,’” Davies said. “They’re like, ‘yeah that looks good on you.’ It’s not pushy at all.”

GG Boutique started with the family in mind. Ludwin named the shop after her grandmother.

“I was extremely close with her,” Ludwin said. “I [even] have her chandelier and dress in the store.”

GG Boutique stays connected to their customers with their Facebook page, where they hold giveaways every Monday, so customers can win gift cards, and post new looks.

Davies tries to go to GG Boutique every other week.

“I always get compliments on the stuff that I buy there,” Davies said. “It is a little pricey because it’s a boutique, but [the clothes] are really good quality. [The items] will last me a long time.”

The shop is located at 204 West Laurel St.

Ludwin said she enjoys being able to sell colorful outfits to all generations.

“They can all find something here,” Chenoweth said.

CSU Men’s Golf Team Prepares for Cowboy Classic

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Mar 312013

Author: Riley Adams


The CSU Men’s golf team just came out of the Desert Shootout coming in seventh place. Redshirt Junior Parker Edens came in third place overall, which is a career high. CSU men’s head golf coach, Christian Newton describes his transition from Georgia and the preparations for the team for the Cowboy Classic on April 8th. Also, Freshmen golfer Brett Wilson shows CTV11 Sports Reporter, Riley Adams how to putt.

Troubled childhood stars

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Mar 292013

Author: Melanie Rose



This week on Celebrity Countdown, Melanie Rose and Christian Zamora fill you in on all the latest stories going on in Hollywood. Lately all the buzz is about struggling child stars such as Justin Bieber, Lindsey Lohan and Amanda Bynes. Melanie and Christian will tell you all about the trouble they are getting into.

FoCoMX gets rock and rolling for the fifth year

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Mar 292013

Author: Tony Vessels

Fort Collins is a great city for artists. Not only do we have CSU, which has a fantastic program for music, theater and dance, but the city of Fort Collins also has multiple foundations and groups dedicated to the arts and to the many fans of music and art.

The Fort Collins Music Association, or FoCoMA, is one such group. Founded in 2009 by Greta Cornett and Kevin Micke, FoCoMA concentrates on local music, aiding bands with getting up on their feet.

Dead Floyd playing at the Aggie Theatre at FoCoMX 2012. Photo by Allison LeCain.

Dead Floyd playing at the Aggie Theatre at FoCoMX 2012. Photo by Allison LeCain.

The Fort Collins Music eXperiment (FoCoMX) is a weekend long annual music festival in Fort Collins run by FoCoMA, and this year marks the fifth time around.

FoCoMX features a wide variety of local bands and music types, including (but not limited to) reggae, Latin, metal, pop, blues, jazz, electronic and rock.

“I love FoCoMX because it really lets me experience what our city is all about,” said Bradley Vogel, a Fort Collins native. This year will mark the third year in a row Bradley has attended FoCoMX.

“I love seeing the city, and I love hearing the music in such a friendly space,” Vogel said. “It’s almost like I have a personal investment in all these bands because they’re homegrown. And I love witnessing their growth.”

The venues widely vary and are all over Old Town Fort Collins and the northern part of the city. From bars, bowling alleys, and movie theaters, FoCoMX has become a great way to get a good taste of local music in the truly unique setting of Fort Collins.

Sponsored by FoCoMA, the City of Fort Collins, the Bohemian Foundation, Odell Brewing Co., and many others, it truly is a great example of local sights and sound.

“I’ve been looking forward to the festival ever since I first heard about it. It sounds amazing,” said Sarah Julie. FoCoMX5 will be her first time going to the festival.

“I think it’s amazing how Fort Collins is so dedicated to music. This is an amazing opportunity for the bands and us fans alike,” Julie said.

FoCoMX5 accepts hundreds of volunteers every year, from working the door at venues, assisting with production or staging, helping with will-call and ticket stands, or even emceeing a stage. FoCoMX prides itself in allowing volunteers to help out, making it a great time for all.

FoCoMX5 is happening on the nights of April 19 and April 20. Wristbands can be purchased online at for $20 through April 7. After that, they can be purchased online or at Rock ‘N’ Robin’s for $30. FoCoMX is for all ages, with only a few venues exclusively 18+ or 21+.

Music therapy: Rerouting the brain note by note

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Mar 282013

Author: Kelsey Peterson


Music is a universal medium that constantly surrounds us, but it is used for more than just entertainment. Music and its function in the brain play an essential role in rehabilitation. Music is such an incredible medium because it ignites every part of the brain. This allows versatility in the patients it can assist, including those struggling psychologically, physically, cognitively and with their speech. People struggling with speech, for example, can sing words that they can’t normally say, providing a different medium of speech therapy that redirects the brain in a more effective way. As addressed by Dr. Michael Thaut, director for the Center of Biomedical Research, music is a feel-good mechanism, expanding music’s opportunity and ability within the field of therapy. According to Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University, dopamine is involved with motivation and addiction. Salimpoor and colleagues conducted several studies that prove the relationship between dopamine and feelings of motivation, reward, and pleasure. They found that when the brain interprets the electrical patterns produced by music, acoustical energy is turned into neurological activity and that is why music makes us feel so strongly.

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A Look Behind All The Fort Collins Construction

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Mar 282013

Author: Tom Mullen


Construction is nothing new to CSU students. Orange cones and signs can be seen all around town and campus. The closure of a section of Prospect Road has been a particular annoyance to students as it has increased the amount of traffic around campus. A lot of the construction is part of the City’s plan to revitalize the Mason corridor and implement the MAX Bus rapid transit system. The system will be the first in northern Colorado and one of only 36 in the nation. Students can ride for free and buses will come every 5 minutes.

The project also hopes to create 1000 new jobs and bring more commerce and tourists to the city. Prospect Road should be open in mid-April but there will be more construction on campus through the rest of the year. Students are frustrated by all the inconvenience but realize it may all be for the best in the end. The new transit system hopes to be up and running by May 2014

Everyday Explorations: CSU’s S. Arthur Johnson Hall

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Mar 282013

Author: Kelsey Contouris

Take a walk around Colorado State University’s famous Oval and you will see some of the oldest structures on campus. Each building has its own story, and like the books in the library, they preserve decades and decades of history. My most recent exploration took me to one of the more peculiar of such buildings: Johnson Hall.

Located on the southeast corner of the Oval, Johnson Hall was built in 1935 and originally housed the Student Union. Its namesake, S. Arthur Johnson, was the first Dean of Students and an entomology professor. The building is now home to several administrative offices and classrooms.

I had always been curious about Johnson Hall. Its architecture resembles few other buildings on campus – the rounded portions of the exterior, arching doorways and castle-like appearance makes it stand out from its Oval counterparts.

The south entrance of Johnson Hall

The south entrance of Johnson Hall

I first entered Johnson Hall from the south side, which is where signs direct students to go if they are looking for Room 222. I was greeted by a somewhat odd commons area. The scattered stone benches looked better suited for the outdoors, as did the roofed, window-like structure jutting out from the wall separating the commons and a small classroom.

The main focal point of the commons, however, is a sprawling timeline mural on the north wall that details the origins of CSU’s most significant buildings, from the humble Claim Building erected in 1874 to the Rocky Mountain Regional Bio-containment Lab constructed in 2007. I stopped for a while and studied the timeline, taking pictures of the plaques and peering into the university’s rich architectural history. I urge you to go take a look at it if you’re interested in when and why much of CSU was developed.

The Johnson Commons

The south commons area

While I was in the commons, I figured I might as well see what was so special about Room 222, considering the prominent signage outside and in. Unsure if a class was in session, I opened the door cautiously. Luckily, the room was empty. And dark. And massive – much more so than I had imagined. And, unlike most large lecture halls, it was flat. I shot the best photo I could considering the lack of light and went back out into the commons.

The end of the dark, creepy hallway

The end of the dark, creepy hallway

On the west side of the commons I saw a doorway leading to the restrooms. I entered it, and to my right was a long hallway so dark that I could barely make out the signs on the doors. Slightly creeped-out and armed with only the flash of my camera, I made my way through it. The hallway opened up into an area that looked like it had been untouched for years – light from the single window exposed dusty cabinets, while the opposite wall was littered with the remains of old posters. The hallway seemed to lead to a dead end – a random half-door atop a small set of stairs. Thoroughly confused and afraid of getting lost, I decided it was time to leave the dark hallway and see what I could find on the north side of the building.

Unsure of how to access the north side from the interior of Johnson Hall, I went outside and walked around the building. Upon going in and seeing doorways to several offices and hallways leading to classrooms, I felt more at ease. That changed, however, when I started to venture up the stairs.

The narrow, twisting stairway took me to the second floor, which opened up to an office-like space. Not wanting to confuse the guy at the desk with my tourist-like photography, I quickly left and continued up the stairs. The third floor had some restrooms and a door that led to a space overlooking the office-like area. Surprisingly though, the stairs kept going. I followed them until they led me to nothing but a mysterious door – cracked open, yet fitted with a heavy-duty lock. In hindsight, I wish I had tried to peer inside, but my uneasiness got the best of me again and I made my way back to the first floor.

The locked door at the top of the stairs

The locked door at the top of the stairs

Aside from somehow finding another entrance to Room 222, there was not much else to see in Johnson Hall. I’m sure there are more discoveries lurking in its dark rooms and passageways, but that is an exploration for another day (and a braver student). I look forward to venturing through more of CSU’s oldest buildings – especially Ammons Hall, considering the spooky rumors I’ve heard.

Maybe I’ll take a friend with me on that one.

CSU Bike Sharing Program

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Mar 272013

Author: Makenzie O’Keefe


Sustainability and being green is something Colorado State University has always focused on. A new project being put into place by ASCSU and the city of Fort Collins will help our university withhold these environmental standards. CSU, being a bicycle friendly campus, is looking into working with the city of fort collins to implement a bike sharing network across the city. The primary goals of this project is to provide bicycles for students and resident of Fort Collins that will increase campus accessibility and hopefully relieve campus traffic.

This project will provide kiosks at bus stops and transit centers in which anyone can rent a bike to ride anywhere in Fort Collins. It will also include more bike racks on campus and the option to leave your bike in an overnight locker. With Meridian being closed, the possible on-campus stadium and a lack of student parking already, ASCSU hopes this project will help our university as well as maintain the image of being green. For CTV11, I’m Makenzie O’Keefe.

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CTV News for Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Mar 272013

Author: Wayne Stafford


For this episode of CTV News we have Wayne Stafford and Makenzie O’Keefe behind the desk, Ashley Wallinger with your local weather, Christian Zamora with your entertainment news and Ryan Hillman with your latest sports update.  All that and more here on CTV.