Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! takes haute couture route |

Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! takes haute couture route

Miles F. Porter IV

Gabe Conroy, who grew up in Frisco, the son of Claudia and Jon Kreamelmeyer, got some hefty print action from fellow bold-name-facer Penny Parker in the Rocky Mountain News on Wednesday.

Now 34, Gabe is a trend-setting fashion designer, living in Basalt. He will show his works at the first Aspen Fashion Week, which starts Sunday and runs through March 5. Gabe got his start when the vivacious Holly Kylberg began wearing his fashions in the high-falutin’ Denver social scene.

Others making Gabe’s works part of their style included Sharon Magness, wife of former Breckenridge mayor Ernie Blake, when they were married in 2004.

B’jewel, an Aspen boutique, is the exclusive retailer for Gabe’s clothing line.

A collection review ” described by the haute couture man himself as “Marie Antoinette meets Adam Ant” ” was held recently Denver’s La Rumba with Claudia and Jon attending.

Mother Claudia remembers young Gabe sewing down-filled sleeping bags and winter jackets.

Then a trip to Great Britain convinced him he could design clothes as he definitely knew how to put them together.

Today, it’s a job of illustrator-designer-manufacturer.

Gabe married Ruth Dantzer, a native of Calgary, Canada, and a massage therapist, in Boulder in September.

And how many wives can say their wedding gown was designed by their husband? Ruth can.

Gabe’s younger brother Josh, 33, who spent seven years in the Army, is now a nurse, along with wife Lana, at Skyridge Hospital in Douglas County. They have two kids, Nicholas, 13, and Leah, 5.

Gabe and Josh graduated from Summit High in 1992 and ’93, respectively.

Personally, we remember Gabe and our son Miles V, along with Tommy Oberheide, running around together, just being kids.

Check out Gabe’s website at


Hey, Spike! ran into the always glamorous Maggie Damour of Wildernest.

The former banker, who also worked in the oil and gas biz, was having her ski boot insoles tweaked following knee replacement surgery.

The 74-year-old will soon be back on the slopes of Copper. You go, girl.


Hacienda Real jefe Luis and wife Maria “Chely” Flores were back visiting in Ayutla, Jalisco, Mexico, a few hours from Puerto Vallarta.

Luis noted Ayutla can even be found on

The Floreses have been operating the popular place in Frisco Station for six years. Saludo, compa.


For a few birthday shout-outs, congrats to Ashley (21) Bass, Connie Bull, and photog Bobby W., Upper Hand stylist Bona Dea, Trevor (22) “The Prince” Philippe and Deborah Hage.


Summit Republican Chairperson Debra Irvine says the Lincoln Day Dinner is slated for Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m., in the Silverthorne Pavilion. Catered by Hearthstone, it is Western themed.

Call 453-2961 or 547-5875 to reserve your saddle.


 Porter-Staby visited with Merlin Dickeson, once owner of now long-gone Ace Hardware on Old Main Street Frisco, is currently a salesperson at Vista Auto Group in Silverthorne, to trade in an ’01 GMC SUV for a similar ’05 unit.

Easy guy to deal with is that Merlin, and honchos John Collins and Andrew Gonzales. Thanks.


Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” has been a resident of Summit County since 1982. E-mail him at

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