Hey, Spike! finds Helen Carter Squire doing well
Special to the Daily
The lovely Helen Carter Squire is something else when it comes to making a fashion statement.
Back in the ’70s she was in the retail-clothing business in Silverthorne and Breckenridge, selling lines with pizzazz. Helen was attractive back then and most would agree she’s even better looking today in her 60s.
Like many locals, Helen, who was from Littleton and graduated in 1970, moved up to the mountains as soon as she could.
“I wanted to ski and also wanted to get far away from a boyfriend,” she explains of her Breckenridge move.
That was before Interstate 70 was four lanes, resulting in a one-hour trip to Denver, when all sailing went smoothly.
“Back in those days, you had to drive over Loveland Pass, so it seemed far away from Denver,” Helen recalls.
Right away, she got a job at what she thought was the best place in town.
“I was a flag girl on Boreas Pass Road, and it was actually closed to through traffic,” she says. “I got to sit in the heated trucks, making high wages and talking to the construction workers. It was lovely.”
Later she was working in the Holiday Inn dining room in Frisco.
“This was so fun, as we made great money, and after the restaurant closed, the lounge became a playground with all our favorite friends, bands, all the Old Dillon Inn guys,” she recalls.
She worked there until Mary Gilmer Drawbert and she opened up their first clothing store in 1976, The Foxy Lady Boutique.
“John Tuso went with me to negotiate my first lease with the Summit Place Shopping Center in Silverthorne,” she says. “Mary and I were off to the races.”
They went on to open a second store in Breckenridge about five years later.
“We named it 222 Main (A Boutique). It had a name change a little later to Foxy Lady Boutique,” adds Helen.
She and Mary say the name came from a song on the radio when they were driving up from the Denver Merchandise Mart. It was Jimi Hendrix singing “Foxy Lady.”
“Well, there you go,” she remembers.
Helen has always been an entrepreneur at heart, and she welcomes the idea of something new and exciting. Adding to the excitement factor in her life came with the birth of her son, Jacob, in 1984.
Now 33, Jacob lives in the Denver area after residing in San Francisco for many years and attending Academy Art University there.
“He is a gifted artist and continues to create,” she beams with pride. “I have a lovely welded metal sculpture of his in my home.”
A little before Jacob’s arrival, Helen had sold out to partner Mary, who operated the Foxy Lady Boutique for some years until she closed the doors and resumed her career as a medical technologist at the Summit Medical Center.
Mary splits her time between Breckenridge and Salida with husband Dave Drawbert, while she and Helen have “retained a fabulous relationship,” Helen says. “We continue to spend time together as much as possible. She is a dear friend to me.”
Helen also dabbled in real estate.
“I did practice real estate in Breckenridge with Jerry Cooney and later with Chris Eby in Frisco for a short while,” she explains. “They were both great mentors.”
In 1993, Helen married the founder of the Breckenridge Brewery, Richard Squire. They were married for 10 years and have been divorced since 2002.
“We remain friends and business partners,” she explains. “We are shareholders in Kenosha Steak House in Breck.”
Although Breckenridge Holding Co. just sold the brand and brewery to Anheuser Busch, the company continues to hold seven restaurants around Colorado.
While the call of Breckenridge attracted Helen, it couldn’t keep her forever.
“I have lived on Lookout Mountain since 1995. Absolutely love being up above the city with the pine trees, wildlife and the quiet that it offers. I am within 10 minutes to Denver West on Colfax and less then an hour to my own private ski area — Loveland,” she comments.
In addition to skiing, Helen does Pilates, walks and has taken up golf.
“I do try to get back up to the county as often as I can. My dearest and best friends of life are in Summit County,” she says, adding that she recently attended Alden “Ullr” Spilman’s photography show at the Barney Ford Museum in the Breckenridge Arts District.
In a bit of sad news, as Spike! and Helen were in the early stages of this interview, her mother, Iris, became ill and passed away at age 86 in Denver on March 29.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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