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Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! sees art lovers and entrepreneurs

Two imaginative synergistic efforts came to be with openings of the public Breckenridge Arts District and Frisco's private Elevate CoSpace.

First off, Spike! attended the Arts District preview event, with its "BreckCreate" tag, which went over extremely well.

Led by cultural arts CEO Robb Woulfe, Arts District manager Jenn Cram, events and communications coordinator Heather Pease and communications director Kim Dykstra, a myriad of events animated an always lively Kingdom in downtown Breckenridge.

Jenn's efforts in turning vision into reality — nearly a decade-and-a-half in the making — were recognized by Breck Councilman Gary Gallagher.

That tagline "BreckCreate" came out of brainstorming by the Denver ad/creative agency Barnhart Communications, Robb says.

"Last weekend, the town of Breckenridge culminated over a decade of planning with the successful launch of its beautiful new Arts District campus, which was greatly welcomed and enjoyed by the community. It was a true spectacle, full of music, visual arts and eye candy of all sizes. Now that the campus is open, we can't wait to share it with locals and visitors alike," he adds.

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Spotted in the crowd were Rob Neyland, Councilperson Wendy and Jack Wolfe, Phyllis and county manager Gary Martinez, Sean Mills, Rick and Janis Bunchman, Kim Mauser, Jody Thompson, Leigh Girvin and Carl Scofield, Tracy and Todd Powell, Hilary Chu and Ric Rixon, David Allen, GoBreck chief Lucy Kay, Dan Mikolitis, Dancing with the Mountain Stars winner Noreen Galaba and Carl Shellenback, Leona Sophocles Brownson, David Askeland and KSMT's Stacy Towar.

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Second, in another good example of great synergy, came Wednesday's opening of Elevate CoSpace in the former Buffalo Mountain Gallery location at 711 Granite St. in Frisco, the Backcountry Brewery block.

"Our vision is to give locals, as well as vacationers and visitors to Summit County, a new place and a new way to work and collaborate with flexible and affordable workspaces as well as workshops, sessions and coaching to help start or grow your business. Or, as we like to say 'to elevate' your business," says co-founder Amy Kemp. "We believe Elevate will be a game changer for Summit County and will help to position our county as the Rocky Mountain hub for innovation, tech and new startups."

Amy, who heads Mountaintop Media, is joined in the venture by Julia Landon, of Bun in the Oven Bakery; Wendy Basey, a certified business consultant; and Megan Erickson Kellin, of be.Media House.

Amy worked in Keystone and Vail Resorts corporate positions after landing her first job with Spike!'s and Mary's publications back in the late '90s.

Already signing on for the concept is Rocky Mountain Patent and Quandary Group's Jeff Schell, Gabby Tinner, Nicole Gravagna and Yuta Okkotsu.

Mayor Gary Wilkinson cut the ceremonial ribbon with Amy.

Also on hand for the opening were Woody Van Gundy, Steve Smith, Ann McCrerey, Sharil Caffery, Linda Roberts, Kim Dykstra, Carol Craig, Karn Stiegelmeier, Colette Smith, Bill Efting, Del Bush and Emily Tracy, Jack Taylor, Small Business Development Center's Lindsey Stapay; Jeff Cospolich, Great Western Lodging; Rachel Zerowin, GoBreck; Holly Resignolo, Mountain Town Magazine; Rodney Robinson, Team Summit; Holly Robinson, Copper Mountain Village; Nell Baily, Climax; Brian Edney, Juli Rathke; Lindsey Cotton, Always Mountain Town/KSMT; and Jackie Fazendin, Copper Mountain.

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. He and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com.