Small Business Profile: Two Fiber Arts Businesses Join Forces To Keep Los Alamos In Stitches

Katie Brousseau of Warm Hearts Yarn, left, and Shelly Kuropatwinski of Atomic City Quilts in the storefront they share. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Katie Brousseau, owner of Warm Hearts Yarn, and Shelly Kuropatwinski, owner of Atomic City Quilts, have exposed Los Alamos to the world of fiber art.

Brousseau said both businesses “teach and encourage all skill levels in the knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting arenas.”

Brousseau has knitted and crocheted for more than 20 years and Kuropatwinski has made quilts for almost 16 years. Between the two, they bring a total of 36 years of experience and appreciation toward fiber arts. 

Brousseau said, “We enjoy seeing your projects when complete and/or are happy to answer any questions during the creating process.”

Kuropatwinski arrived in Los Alamos in December 2002 while Brousseau moved to Los Alamos with her family when she was 11 years old. Atomic City Quilts was opened in September 2015 and Warm Hearts Yarn opened for business in May 2011.

Brousseau moved her business from White Rock to Los Alamos in September to partner with Kuropatwinski. Brousseau said, “Together, our businesses show the community that hand-crafted items are a work of art that any individual may be successful at accomplishing. Our customers are great and are the reason we are here. We enjoy teaching others as well as learning from them.”

Both businesses are at 1247 Central Ave; Suite C and open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 505.662.1416 or visit Warm Hearts Yarn’s website, www.warmheartsyarn.com, and Atomic City Quilt’s website, www.atomiccityquilts.com.

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