Hal­i­fax com­pany shows sup­port for fam­ily of Quinn Butt

The Compass - - Front Page - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A cou­ple orig­i­nally from Win­ter­ton are work­ing to­gether with Quinn Butt’s fam­ily on a new way to show sup­port.

Sara and Stephen Cole own and op­er­ate Home­town Pride, a com­pany based out of Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia that fo­cuses on cloth­ing and other items such as drift­wood frames, its orig­i­nal claim to fame. In re­cent years, they’ve taken to cre­at­ing and ship­ping cloth­ing items rang­ing from pil­low cov­ers to sweat­shirts, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween with a va­ri­ety of themes. The com­pany’s lat­est en­deav­our, how­ever, hits a lit­tle closer to home.

“In Hon­our of Quinn” is a cloth­ing line Home­town Pride re­leased at the end of March, hav­ing worked along­side An­drea Gosse to cre­ate ar­ti­cles they feel best rep­re­sent Gosse’s daugh­ter Quinn, who was killed in a house fire in her home in 2016. Trent Butt, Quinn’s father, is fac­ing charges of first-de­gree mur­der and ar­son in re­la­tion to Quinn’s death, with a trial set for March of 2019.

Sara said that although she did not know Gosse, or any of the fam­ily prior to this, she still felt some­thing of a per­sonal con­nec­tion be­cause of her roots in Win­ter­ton. She added she wanted to show sup­port for Gosse and her fam­ily, while also help­ing oth­ers show their sup­port as well.

Although Home­town Pride is a six-year-old com­pany, Sara and Stephen have only been work­ing on cloth­ing items for ap­prox­i­mately a year-and-ahalf.

“My hus­band and I have done sim­i­lar things be­fore – back in the fall, we worked on some­thing for our friend’s daugh­ter, who un­for­tu­nately got di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal can­cer, and we were able to raise so much money for her in such a short amount of time through those shirts we made, that we thought maybe it would work again this time around as well,” she said. “So, we linked up with [Gosse] and got to de­sign­ing the shirt, and it’s been a huge suc­cess al­ready, so things are def­i­nitely go­ing well.”

The de­sign Sara ref­er­enced is some­thing Sara, Stephen, and Gosse all worked to­gether on, at­tempt­ing to cap­ture Quinn’s per­son­al­ity as best they could with a rel­a­tively sim­ple and rec­og­niz­able de­sign.

The out­come of that team­work re­sulted in some­thing all par­ties in­volved were very pleased with, Sara ex­plained. The shirts fea­ture an out­line of a cat wear­ing a crown, with Quinn’s own sig­na­ture trail­ing the bot­tom.

“An­drea would al­ways call Quinn her pussy cat, so we knew it had to have a cat,” Sara said. “And Quinn was just the sweet­est lit­tle girly girl who loved pink, and pur­ple, and princesses, so it all came to­gether pretty or­gan­i­cally. My favourite part is the sig­na­ture, though – the two Ns in her name are back­wards, and I just thought that was the cutest thing. That, to me, makes it feel like Quinn her­self helped us with this de­sign.”

Sara went on to ex­plain that she and Stephen de­cided they wanted the shirts to bring on a sense of hap­pi­ness, to prop­erly rep­re­sent Quinn as the happy young girl she was. To do this, they de­cided against in­clud­ing things such as num­bers rep­re­sent­ing the year of her death, or any­thing along those lines.

The de­sign is avail­able on a wide ar­ray of cloth­ing items – shirts for all ages, sweaters, tank tops, as well as, pil­low cases and small de­cals buy­ers can use on their elec­tron­ics or ve­hi­cles.

Sales have been do­ing sig­nif­i­cantly well. Home­town Pride re­leased the de­sign on Fri­day, March 31 and have since raised over $1,500. With 30 per cent of the money go­ing di­rectly to Quinn’s fam­ily, Sara said the en­deav­our has been very re­ward­ing thus far.

“Ob­vi­ously, An­drea has a lot on her plate,” Sara said. “This money that we’re rais­ing, it’s mostly just to help out with what­ever she, or any­one else in the fam­ily, might need. It’s a dif­fi­cult time for her, and any­thing we can do to sort of help with the heal­ing process in any way, that’s our goal. Our vi­sion here? We want to see a sea of pink and pur­ple – peo­ple sup­port­ing and show­ing love for Quinn Butt, and show the fam­ily just how many peo­ple are cheer­ing them on, and are go­ing to con­tinue to cheer them on through all of this.”

Any­one look­ing to pur­chase an item in the “In Hon­our of Quinn” line can do so by vis­it­ing Home­town Pride’s web­site at www.drift­wood-mem­o­ries. myshopify.com.


Stephen (left) and Sara Cole, orig­i­nally from Win­ter­ton, are us­ing their com­pany Home­town Pride to show sup­port for the fam­ily of Quinn Butt.

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