In addition to buying coffee and food at Second Street Sundries located at 221 North Second Street in Albemarle, customers can soon support GHA Autism Supports when they visit the online virtual gift shop featuring handcrafted glass works made by individuals served by GHA as part of the Creative Arts Program. “The online site is in the development stages to give the people we support an opportunity to market and sell their products,” said Beth Olivieri, Chief Development Officer at GHA. “Each product is unique in the design and color the individual chooses,” said Kyoko Rorie-Bruton, who serves as the Creative Arts Coordinator for GHA Autism Supports. The primary mission of the Creative Arts Program is to provide vocational and employment opportunities for individuals with autism. Included on the virtual site will be vases, sectional trays, coasters, candle holders and more. “This is a very rewarding and meaningful job for our individuals to have, because it allows them to see the project from when they begin with two sheets of glass all the way to the finished product,” Kyoko said. There are a number of handcrafted pieces that will be displayed throughout the Second Street Sundries Café and Coffee Shop. The program was initially developed in 2014 with a grant received from the Stanly County Community Foundation to purchase a kiln. The virtual store is currently under construction during the COVID-19 crisis. More details will be shared as information becomes available.