Small Business Profile: Atomic City Quilts And Warm Hearts Yarn Together Knit Strong Small Businesses

Shelly Kuropatwinski, left of Atomic City Quilts and Katie Brousseau of Warm Hearts Yarn inside their shared space. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday and an opportunity for the community to show its support by visiting and shopping at local small businesses.

Los Alamos is home to several gems in the small business community. One such gem is the pairing of fabric and yarn as Atomic City Quilts (owned by Shelly Kuropatwinski) and Warm Hearts Yarn (owned by Katie Brousseau); tow businesses together under one roof at 1247 Central Ave., Suite C in downtown Los Alamos.

Atomic City Quilts has served Northern New Mexico for more than a year by offering items for quilting, sewing, embroidery and cross stitch. With more than 400 bolts of fabric, a full wall of notions, patterns and books, that next quilt project is just a short trip away. For the person who loves embroidery – there are patterns, DMC floss and scissors for every project. Interested in cross stitch? Come see the variety of floss and the aida cloth waiting to be created into that next heirloom.

Warm Hearts Yarn offers items for knitting, crochet, scrapbooking and gifts for purchase. For that knitter in the family, come find needles (straight, circular and double-pointed), beautiful yarns (in alpaca, yak, silk, wool or acrylic) and knitting notions. Warm Hearts Yarn carries lovely yarns and hooks for the one who loves to crochet. Scrapbooking papers, inks and stamps are available. And don’t forget the lovely gifts for the upcoming holiday season: handmade scarves, shawls, hats, wooden cutting boards and jewelry.

Warm Hearts Yarn opened its doors nearly seven years ago in White Rock. In September 2015, Warm Hearts Yarn moved to Los Alamos and joined with Atomic City Quilts, which was just at the beginning of its new adventure. Over the past year, they have had many wonderful customers and appreciate them all. Both Brousseau and Kuropatwinski say, “We would not be here without our customers.”

To learn more, visit Warm Hearts Yarn at or call 505.662.1416 and visit Atomic City Quilts at or call 505.662.1416.

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