SHREWSBURY, Mass. — A Shrewsbury High School graduate is wearing his pride in “The Bury” on his sleeve, almost literally. Chris Kinback has produced a line of Shrewsbury-themed T-shirts, sweatshirts and long-sleeve shirts that are for sale through an online portal.
Kinback was raised in Shrewsbury, graduating from Shrewsbury High School in 2005. He said that in high school, he and his friends referred to their hometown as “The Bury,” and so many shirts he produces are emblazoned with that moniker.
“It's something we used to say in high school—everyone called it 'the Bury,'” he said. “I'm sure other towns are doing it, but I thought it would make a nice niche.”
Kinback, 25, said he lives in South Boston, but frequently visits his hometown.
Kinback said he started a screen-printing business in Dorchester creating custom apparel. He said he decided to start selling Shrewsbury-themed clothing because he didn't see much Shrewsbury apparel outside of the schools.
“I saw the Spirit of Shrewsbury, the Turkey Trot, and thought it was a great opportunity, because I never saw any Shrewsbury-specific gear,” he said.
In addition to online sales, Kinback set up tents at these events, and so far, he said, his line has been successful. “People liked it a lot,” he said. “People have a lot of pride about Shrewsbury.”
“Eventually, I'd like to start my own line of clothing,” Kinback said. “I was in custom printing so long, but I found making my own was more rewarding. If I can do my own line of shirts or clothing, then that would be something I would strive for.”