My Name Is... Yvette Shew-King

Accountant, masseuse, Englewood native

Posted 6/11/18

Hometown girl I'm a Colorado native, and most importantly, I'm an Englewood native. My oldest son is a third-generation graduate of Englewood High School. I married my high school sweetheart, from …

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My Name Is... Yvette Shew-King

Accountant, masseuse, Englewood native

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Hometown girl

I'm a Colorado native, and most importantly, I'm an Englewood native. My oldest son is a third-generation graduate of Englewood High School. I married my high school sweetheart, from the class of '85.

I'm an accounting manager. I'm studying to get my human resources certificate. I used to run a day spa, called Key West Spa, on Broadway.

Massage maven turned accountant

I loved running a spa. I stay in touch with my old customers. I had to learn accounting while running my business. When the market crashed in 2008, luxury services like massage fell away. I miss it, even though I like the regular paycheck of accounting.

I don't do much massage anymore. It ran its course — it's really hard on your body to be a masseuse. I did it when I was young and I don't regret it. There's a lot of bad reputation around massage, and that's a hard obstacle to overcome, but it's important to keep your body and mind healthy.

I still get massages myself, every month or so. As a society we're not open to touch, even though our bodies are geared toward it. It helps you relax, get in touch with yourself and slow down.

Mall of yore

This part of the city has definitely changed. I really miss Cinderella City Mall in Englewood. We have the outlet malls, but it's just not the same. I worked there, I hung out there — it was the place to be. My young life there was like the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” It was safe. If you couldn't find your kid, they were probably at the mall.

Change happens, and I accept that. But it would be nice if they replaced it with a little more entertainment-oriented stuff. There's not a ton for teenagers to do in the first place. Thankfully, my kids spend time with me. We make sure we always have Sunday dinner together.

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