When Andy Cohen first announced that the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City was coming to Bravo, I literally thought it was a joke. I received a few emails from y’all alerting me and I thought to myself, “These people will believe anything.” Then, I went to the NBCu site to just see if there was an official press release. And there was. I still thought is was a really dumb choice for a new franchise.
I’ve changed my mind.
The more I hear about this franchise, the more excited I am to check it out. First seasons are usually the best seasons. Except for Dallas. I tapped out of Dallas after just a couple episodes of season one because of Brandi’s fascination with poop.
The three ladies at the top of this post, seem to be the center of the show. Think the Mormon version of the three Amigas. Only they seem to actually do things. Like snowmobiling and skiing and traveling. I already get the three of them mixed up!
Lisa Barlow is married to John Barlow. they have two sons Jack,15 and Henry,7. They are Mormons who own part of a tequila distillery in Jalisco, Mexico . Not sure how that works. I didn’t think Mormons could even have Starbucks. Lisa has sort of “tres amigas” thing with Jen Shah and Meredith Marks. The couple also owns a restaurant called Silver that is in the fashionable Main Street area of Park City. The family lives in Draper which is almost an hour outside of Park City. However, they are currently building a second home in Park City.
Meredith is very close with Lisa Barlow and Jen Shaw. She is a jewelry designer who has sold her pieces to many celebrity clients. From her website:
Meredith is a Chicago native immersed in fashion from a young age. She studied fine arts as an undergraduate, worked as a model, and then attended graduate school at Northwestern University, earning two diplomas: her law degree and an MM from the Kellogg Business School. While working in real estate development and owning a health club, Meredith also became a wife and a mother and later found her niche in jewelry design. Having launched her business during the 2009 recession, she was fortunate to be able to draw on her business acumen to overcome these challenges. After studying at the GIA, Meredith began to create her designs.
Meredith appears to spend some of her time living in Chicago. Her husband Seth lives there permanently. Not sure if they are divorced. She does have a new storefront Jewelry store on Main Street in Park City it seems. She and Seth have three kids who appear to be around college age.
Rounding out this little threesome is Jen Shah. Jen owns a marketing agency called The Shah Squad. She is from Utah and her husband Sharrieff played for the University of Utah where he is now a coach. Their eldest son Sharrieff Jr., followed also played football at the University of Utah. Junior is now in graduate school. Jen and Sharrieff also has a younger son Omar.
Jen’s family is very into football but Jen also enjoys all of the outdoor winter sports Utah has to offer from snowmobiling to skiing she’s quite athletic herself. Her social media is a little spicy so I expect her to have a very outgoing personality that make shake things up from time to time.
Sara is a life coach (le sigh) and owns Sara McArthur Design.She is a newlywed. She married Kaleb Pierce last year. She says she is a mother of six but it seems like she might be counting pets. I only see her with on third grade boy in her IG and that may be Kaleb’s son from another relationship.
I haven’t heard much about her. I’m not sure how she fits in here.
What is up with the Utah people and their skin creams and facial procedures? Whitney has an online skincare business with lotions and potions for men and women. She’s been married to her husband Jason for 10 years and so of course they are renewing their vows on the very first season. KISS OF DEATH FOR REALITY SHOW MARRIAGES. They have five kids, four boys and one girl ranging in age from 27 to 6. It seems like they have a 9 year old girl and a six year old boy together and the three oldest boys are from Jason’s previous marriage?
Jason Rose is the Chief Sales Officer of a MLM company currently under federal investigation for a pyramid scheme. It alleges that “LifeVantage must operate as a pyramid scheme to turn a profit because its products—some of which are falsely advertised as remedies for various diseases—are snake oil and have no real medicinal or nutritional value.” The complaint further states that “[s]elling products alone was not profitable for LifeVantage, but selling false dreams of wealth and financial independence turned things around for the company.”
On Becoming God In Salt Lake City?
The 71-page complaint is chock full of alleged deception on the part of defendants. But its main allegation is that defendants are perpetuating a pyramid scheme. Specifically, the complaint claims:
LifeVantage is nothing more than a pyramid scheme dressed up as a multi-level marketer (an “MLM”) of dietary supplements. LifeVantage induces people to become Distributors with sales pitches promising wealth and business independence, and its marketing and compensation system encourages its Distributors to recruit others into the system with the same promises of wealth and business independence. Distributors pay money to participate in the business opportunity, which funds LifeVantage’s payments and “bonuses” to other Distributors. Despite LifeVantage’s claims of retail sales, little money comes in to the system from actual retail users of LifeVantage products disconnected from the business opportunity. The majority of its retail sales are monthly sales to its Distributors purchasing product in order to participate in the compensation system and remain eligible to receive bonuses. Distributors really can only make money by bringing in new Distributors – a classic pyramid scheme.
Well now, this family must have loved Showtime’s series, On Becoming A God In Central Florida even more than I did! Between the lawsuit and the curse of the vow renewal, I don’t see these two being married for season two.
Angie writes a fashion blog with affiliate sites. This is a good gig for her because she has a seven month old son named Hart. She reminds me a lot of Meg King. Her husband Chris is CEO of XANT. I have no idea what XANT is despite several minutes on his website. It looks like a company he started about a year ago that has something to do with helping companies increase their sales revenue. Or something.
Angie was previously married to a former BYU quarterback, Bret Engemann. They have two sons together, fourteen year old Rome and twelve year old Cole. Just like Jen Barlow, this family does not live in Salt Lake City either. They live 45 miles away in Provo.
Oh look! Heather is a podcaster. She is a proponent for women’s equality. She has a teenaged daughter. Also she is a co-owner of Beauty Lab and Laser. The company does lip injections and vampire facials and other laser enhancements. All of her social media accounts are private and I was not able to find out much. I think she might be a friend of the show via Whitney Rose rather than a full-timer.
Are You excited for the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City?