Kealy Bowers still lives in a place where there are towering, skyscraping mountains - only now they're made of steel, concrete and glass.
It's New York City.
Kealy, 22, whose hometown is Frisco, graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in May with a bachelor of science in apparel and merchandising and a minor in business.
One week later, she was in New York City, starting an internship with Harper's Bazaar Magazine's accessories department, working in the fashion closet.
A couple of months later, Kealy was hired full-time as the assistant for Hearst Magazine's Harper's Bazaar's new e-commerce platform, ShopBAZAAR.com.
"ShopBAZAAR is the first-ever fully developed content-to-commerce venture," explains Kealy. "ShopBAZAAR lets readers move from the inspiration of seeing desirable items in our pages to effortlessly acquiring them in a fully immersive fashion experience.
"We do not hold our own inventory of the merchandise we are selling," she adds. "Instead, we are working with retailers and designers directly to ship the styles to the customer - allowing the customer to purchase items from multiple designers in one unified shopping cart."
The site was launched to the public October 2012. Its link is http://shop.harpersbazaar.com/.
"It's been really exciting to watch the site come to fruition along the way," says Kealy. "I work with our merchandising editor to select items to be featured on the site in addition to the items that are already featured in the magazine each month."
Kealy explains her fashionista lifestyle in the Big Apple this way:
"Outside of work I love taking advantage of all of the amazing restaurants - trying not to go to the same place twice. I usually spend my weekends by grabbing a bagel in the morning and exploring the East Village and Soho's unique stores and coffee shops. I love going to the Brooklyn Flea Market on Sundays, which is full of cool vintage finds; never a dull moment living in this crazy city."
Kealy's parents are Eddie and Patti Bowers of Frisco. After a stint as a PR spokesman at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah, Eddie and Patti moved to Copper Mountain Resort. Up at Copper he was in resort media relations and Patti was busy designing and selling fashionable ski hats.
Today, Eddie is a broker associate with Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate in Breckenridge, while Patti is a paraprofessional at Frisco Elementary.
Kealy's brother Matt, 25, teaches high school math and coaches at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. He graduated from Summit High School in 2006 and Bowdoin College in Maine in 2010.
Kealy graduated from Summit High in 2008, where she was a strong student and athlete, playing volleyball and soccer.
The Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee Board's 2013 Artists Speaker Series continues Sunday at 4 p.m., featuring popular local entertainer Randall McKinnon playing his dulcimers and guitars currently on display in the Mount Royal Room at the County Commons.
Randall will talk about his musical exhibit and play Appalachia and Rocky Mountain standards.
It's free and refreshments will be served.
Not long ago, Hey, Spike! chatted via phone with fellow Pueblo Central High grad Larry Ambrose, now of Denver, where he's a hospitality law professor at Metropolitan State University and community activist.
Larry's wife is Jane Parker-Ambrose, a world-famous kitemaker and founder of "One Sky One World International Kite Fly for Peace." The French have dubbed her the "godmother of kiting."
The Ambroses were staying up in Breckenridge when they ran into Denver friends, newly engaged A.J. Steinke and Tiffany Cohen, who were "documenting the height of their bliss juxtaposed against the backdrop of Rocky Mountain peaks. We later met up to toast them over dinner with strawberries and champagne at the Whale's Tail," Larry says.
Coming from California recently for a ski vacation were those younger Annunziatas: Jim and Jen, with sons Max, 9, and Peter, 7, when the French American School had its winter break.
Jim is the director of finance at Apple, and Jen is a practicing psychiatrist in San Francisco. The couple is expecting a daughter in May. Congrats.
Jim's parents are Jim and Maryann, who have vacation place in Frisco, where they visit in the warmer months from Oakland, Calif.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years.
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