C.L. Barnes is the founder of Grape Collective, a multi-media and retail company that has been operating for over a decade. Before Grape Collective, Barnes co-founded and served as Publisher of amNewYork in New York City, the largest free daily newspaper in the United States. He has also been involved in start-ups in Boston and London, including co-founding The London Monthly. Barnes also has a credit in the film "Pumpkinhead II" which included the sensational performance of Roger Clinton as "The Mayor".