Kate Van Dis Creative Content


Monthly merchant features for the Ninth Street Merchant's Association. 

copywriting for Senior portrait films, Full website copy 

A Senior Portrait, as we usually think of it, is a photograph capturing the essence of a young person and all they have accomplished up to their final year in high school. It conveys both a feeling of celebration and a sense of accomplishment. Most importantly, it conveys this young person at a particular moment in time — a preserved memory in a photograph.

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Our Senior Portraits also celebrate individuals at a particular moment in time — the senior as he or she is now, their presence, their warmth, their language and expressions — while capturing the personal lore that made them who they are today. These are not comprehensive biographical films. Instead, they are personal accounts of seniors’ most treasured stories — what they most loved, what surprised them in life, what wisdom they have to share — in a beautiful format that can be shared and appreciated by future generations.

The Senior Portrait mission is to help seniors capture their memories and family history through the tradition of oral history and the craft of documentary filmmaking. Together, we create something meaningful, both in process and product, for the individual and their family.”

copywriting for ELLERBE CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION, Full website copy 

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“In its healthiest places, the banks of Ellerbe Creek teem with creeping phlox, wild ginger, and Jack-in-the-pulpit, the water flowing through groves of red buckeye, river birch, and black gum. In its most polluted places, the banks of the creek are crowded with invasive privet and lesser celandine, its twists and turns choked with plastic bags, styrofoam cups, and other trash.
Due to Durham’s industrial past, it has been many years since each mile of this creek was healthy and thriving, when children could swim and play on its banks, or catch fish in its deeper pools. Today, many parts of the creek are simply uninhabitable for wildlife and too polluted for children to safely play.
But our watershed, which has been on the list of North Carolina’s most polluted water bodies since 1998, remains a vital source of clean drinking water for more than half a million people. That’s why we’ve been working since 1999 to protect and restore the land within our watershed. We are engaging the neighborhoods around Durham’s creeks to join us in advocating for our community’s most vital natural resource: our water.”

copywriting for ninth street merchants association, Full website copy 

"Eats, errands, and eclectic gifts – everything you need in a unique, walkable district with a rich history and a friendly neighborhood feel.

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This colorful West Durham street has roots that go all the way back to Durham’s early days of textiles and tobacco. Today, its modern amenities are matched with a strong tradition of independent business to create a vibrant culture.

Spend your Saturday afternoon on Ninth Street – drop off your dry cleaning, send a package, get a haircut, grab some groceries, and then relax over drinks or coffee beneath the shade of an awning. Our businesses are as independent and eclectic as our clientele. So, while you’re here, get to know your neighbors or make a few friends while you’re in town.

Referred to by the Herald-Sun as “Durham’s Greenwich Village,” Ninth Street is a cure for your shopping-mall blues. This is a street with character, a street with soul." 

copywriting for michelle henry fitness, full website copy

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"Michelle Henry may be small in stature, but she counts super-sized athletic events among her achievements: triathlons, competitive swimming,  Alpine skiing, and dragon boat racing, to name a few.  As a child, Michelle’s favorite class of the day was Physical Education and she decided during an elementary school kickball game that her size would not get in the way of her strength, determination, or performance. Michelle may have been picked last, but her classmates rarely regretted picking her." 

copywriting for InDIO, Full Website copy


"We love that our products are made in kitchens and workshops, tiny attic studios and barns, back bedrooms and back yards. Indio steers clear of mass-produced goods and champions those that are handmade – we like for our goods to pass through the hands of a maker before they are passed on to us. The result is startling originality and a balance between delicate attention-to-detail and the roughhewn but joyful imperfections of handcrafted work. In our store you’ll find pillows embroidered with woodland animals, simple but statement-making jewelry in cast bronze or fine silver, and candles that smell miraculously like the great woods of the Pacific Northwest.  

We are committed to thoughtful commerce. To us, this means supporting regional makers, whenever possible. It means selecting low-impact packaging and shipping methods for the goods that travel from Seattle or Brooklyn or Ohio. It means paying an honest price for the honest work that goes into the goods we carry, and it means selecting goods that we can sell to you at prices you can afford. We believe in beauty that is accessible, ethical, and authentic." 

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