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Hey Spike! rounds up a bunch of Fourth of July names

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

It was another wonderfully jam-packed Fourth of July on The Summit — as usual — with a slate-full of parades, concerts, fireworks and family gatherings.

Spike! spent much of the weekend in Breckenridge at the 34th July Art Festival produced by The Cunninghams, Dick and Mary with daughter Tina, again staged at the Main Street Station and The Village at Breckenridge surrounding Maggie Pond, where 120 juried fine artists set up their white tents.

Surveying the scene and fruits of their labors were Brent and Suzie Martin of Breckenridge and Austin, Texas, who are now the owners of the Main Street Station's almost completely leased commercial aspect following a dormant period with vacant spaces.

The Martins credit LIV Sotheby's International Realty broker and operating partner Jack Wolfe for breathing new life into the development of shops and restaurants on the site of the previous Bell Tower Mall.

Jack and Brent and Suzie were taking in the colorful art scene and stopped to chat, coming into town from their home up on Peak 8.

With previous development experience with Disney in Orlando, Florida, and Paris, France, Jack explained that Brent is a more "hands-on" owner than the former owner with a portfolio of 28 malls.

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Brent, who got in 30 days of skiing last winter, also has holdings in College Station, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, Jack says.

"Brent has a positive long-term outlook for Main Street Station," says Jack. "It's a real pleasure to work with him."

The commercial line-up at Main Street Station will soon be joined by Mollie B Lingerie, with a verbal commitment from another tenant, leaving just one to go.

Others in the carefully selected ensemble of businesses include Howard Head Sports Medicine, Breckenridge Jewelers, Faith and Flair, Continental Divide Winery, Christy Sports, Powder Tools, Bold Restaurant, The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, Mountain Time Escape Rooms, Caamano's, Lolo Juice, Edward D. Jones and Co., Elevate Breck, The Hub, Quandary Grille, Tom Langseth Real Estate, Simply Massage, Breck Cycling Lab and The Coffee Depot.

Other personalities Spike! and wife/artist Mary E. Staby saw included:

Roger Ogden, Dave Patterson, Maureen Nichols, Dede and John Tuso, Karen Jo and Phil Barker, Cynthia, Bill and Austin Starr with Kendall Looney; Lauren Fisher and Steve Kurtz, Cindy Beers and Paul Austin, Ada and Harold Anderson, Claudia Carbone, Susan Simon, Dot Vanderbeck, Lance, Cristina and Siena Foster with Sandra Fleet; Nancy and Matt Wyatt, Susie, Ty and Cassidy Cortright, Sandy Rush, Kim Dykstra and Dan Bell, Jody Strauch, Mary Ann and Jim Annunziata, John and Linda Wood, Sandi and Bill Bruns, Gene Dayton, Jan and Pat Butler, and Bob Bowers.

Among the artists were Guilloume and Gladys Perez, Ralph Parker, Brian T. Keller, Doug Tomlinson, Ted Schnack Jr., Jan and Don Whitney, Jerry Locke, Anne Reichel, Scott Hartley, Yoram Gal, Barb Holloway, Jason Pavalonis, Susan and Brad Williams, Mark Lewanski, Tim Lockwood and Carmen Ivory, Bruce Taylor, Michael Stipek, Dan and Steve Sawusch, Jason Waldron, Doug Wodark, Kara and Wolfgang Young, Brian Billow and Michele Scrivner, Keith Chew, and Carmel Walden.

We stopped in for dinner at Luis Flores' Hacienda Real in Frisco, and ran into Armando Sanchez Sr., with kids Ayari, Armando Jr., and Alex.

We also visited with Jimbo Deines and Linda Simon, Steve and Sandee Smith, Rob Philippe and Val Weber, Gary Sonnett, Jim and Connie Bull, Thom Emrick, Seth Bartley, Tom Hogeman and Jenn Shimp.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock 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. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com.

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