A mission for the sole

A new program in the Triangle wants to make sure needy children have new shoes.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton showed up barefoot at a news conference last week to show his support for the partnership with Charlotte-based Samaritan's Feet and the Finish Line. The nonprofit group is asking shoppers to go to Finish Line stores and spend $5 for a pair of Samaritan's Feet shoes, which will be given to children around the state.

"Going barefoot for residents in North Carolina is the least that I can do," Dalton said. "I know that many families in North Carolina are struggling to make ends meet. I am excited that we have partnered with Samaritan's Feet to make a difference in a state that I love and have served for many years."

The shoes will be available at the Finish Line stores through Oct. 15. Find out more about buying shoes at www .finishline .com/ soledestination . And learn more about Samaritan's Feet at www .

The Triangle has three Finish Line stores: one at Cary Towne Center and two in Raleigh at Triangle Town Center and Raleigh Towers, 3533 Maitland Drive.

Kudos for Kessler

Blaire Kessler's Pristine Beauty line, based in Raleigh, continues to rack up kudos as well as new store outlets.

Her Take A Whiff natural deodorant has been chosen as an Editor's Pick in the deodorant category of Natural Solutions magazine, which annually gives beauty products "Beauty with a Conscience" awards.

Kessler's aluminum-free deodorant was touted by the magazine's editor because it was free of excessive chemicals and harmful toxins. The product will be recognized in the magazine's October issue to coincide with breast cancer awareness month.

Look for Take A Whiff and the rest of the chemical-free products in the Pristine Beauty line at Whole Foods in Raleigh, the latest Whole Foods in the area to carry Pristine Beauty. The line is also available at stores such as Luxe Apothecary in North Hills and Nicole's Swimwear in Knightdale.

Join the fashion fight

Want an American Apparel store in the Triangle?

So do the owners of University Mall in Chapel Hill. The group, Madison Marquette, has started a grassroots effort to attract the clothing and retail chain to the mall by turning to Facebook to ask local American Apparel fans to show their support.

"As owners of University Mall, we want American Apparel here because we know it will be a great catalyst for attracting other top-notch national brands that will mix well with our already top-notch local brands such as A Southern Season and Modern Times," wrote Denise Browning, vice president of leasing for Madison Marquette, on the "Bring American Apparel to Chapel Hill" Facebook event page.

Facebook users can support the effort at www .facebook .com/ event .php ?eid= 122200243811 &ref=mf .

Market increases

A few big changes are in store for the growing Rock & Shop Market. While it will still be in downtown Raleigh, it's moving to larger space at All Saints Chapel Dec. 19. Expect all the usual Rock & Shop fun: There will be a bar, live bands and designer shopping.

The second change is another market in Durham. This one will be a vintage-themed market at Durham's Cotton Room at Golden Belt on Oct. 17. The twist here is that designers will be selling "upcycled, repurposed and vintage fashions and furniture."

If you want to sell at either market? Go to www .rockandshopmarket .com to submit your application.