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Screen printing collective aims to promote local artists

A new shop focused on promoting local artists through screen printing expects to open this spring and is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to boost its efforts.

The Oak City Collective aims to give local artists a platform for their work by screen printing and selling items including T-shirts, bags and posters that feature those artists’ designs. Each of the designs will reflect the city of Raleigh in some way, and each artist will select a local charity to receive a percentage of their sales, said Stefanie Baxter, one of three owners.

“It’s to generate a sense of community awareness,” she said.

Baxter said the idea is that affordable screen printed items will give the artists greater exposure and encourage people to seek out their other work.

Oak City is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign that aims to raise $5,000 by early April. The money will go toward a marketing plan that promotes the collective’s artists.

Staff writer Sarah Barr

Shore Grief Center opens in Wake Forest

The Shore Grief Center, which provides free, peer-based grief support groups, has opened in Wake Forest.

Trained facilitators lead groups and implement art therapy to help participants work through the loss of a parent, sibling, caregiver or friend. New groups are starting and looking for participants.

The center offers four groups, each of which run for 6-8 weeks in 1-1/2-hour sessions: Cameron’s Kids grief group for ages 6-11, Save the Teens Grief group for ages 12-17, Young Adult Grief group for ages 18-24, and Survivors of Suicide support group for adults who have lost someone to suicide.

The center currently borrows space in the Wake Forest United Methodist Church at the corner of 98 bypass and South Main Street.

Learn more about The Shore Grief Center at www.theshoregriefcenter.org. To register for a group, contact founder Carolyn Zahnow at 919-368-6286 or carolyn@theshoregriefcenter.org. From staff reports

Raleigh’s CompostNow wins $5,000

CompostNow, a Raleigh company with a mission to turn food scraps into compost, has won a People & Planet Award from Green America. The award comes with a $5,000 cash prize.

The business was started by Matt Rostetter in 2010 to help people who wanted to sustainably dispose of kitchen scraps without dealing with maggots.

For a $25 monthly fee, CompostNow provides a bin for food scraps, takes it away each week and leaves a new bin. You also get a refrigerator magnet telling you what can and can’t be composted. Members earn compost soil as well.

The company partners with Brooks Contractor in Goldston to turn the scraps into rich soil.

After starting small – Rostetter was a one-man show, picking up scraps around Raleigh and Cary – he has been joined by a CEO and a chief technical officer. The company has also extended its reach to clusters of homes in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Apex.

Rostetter said they are close to expanding into Asheville.

“We have a contractor (for the composting) and we’ve been running a campaign to raise awareness,” he said. “We need 300 people to sign up to make it worthwhile and we’re almost there.”

Rostetter is still the main driver, picking up scraps four out of five days. He said the most immediate thing they’ll do with the prize money is hire another driver.

Staff writer Mary Cornatzer

High Line Boutique off to good start at North Hills

Jesse Jenkins has turned a longtime dream into a reality with the opening of his own retail store, High Line Boutique at North Hills.

Jenkins, a Goldsboro native who has called Raleigh home for more than a dozen years, worked in retail for the Gap and Express and always wanted to have his own shop. So after a nine-plus-years detour in a more corporate environment, he decided it was now or never.

He opened High Line on Feb. 28 with a focus on what he calls “clean and classic preppy looks.”

“I don’t do fashion-forward,” he said.

The store sells men’s and women’s clothes and accessories and gift items. He carries such brands as Southern Tide, Darling, American Vintage, Joe’s Jeans, Penguin, Ecru, Just Madras and Ivy and Blu.

Business has been good since the opening, Jenkins said, both from people searching him out and walk-by traffic. The store is next to McAlister’s Deli at 4361 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Suite 105.

High Line is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

In case you’re wondering, the store is named after High Line Park in New York. The park used to be an old elevated railroad track that ran along the lower west side of Manhattan. “It was run down and torn up when a group of people turned it into a beautiful park,” Jenkins said, adding that it reminded him of the renovation of the old enclosed North Hills Mall into the new shopping and dining destination. “I liked the idea of taking something old and making it into something new.” From staff reports