Sandra Hooper is a committed alpaca enthusiast. More than nine years ago, while raising, breeding and showing her large herd of alpacas, she created The Alpaca Bedding Co. “Alpaca fiber is light-weight, extremely fire retardant and incomparably soft with great insulating features,” she says. “The Alpaca Bedding Co. is the only company in the United States to offer a complete ensemble of alpaca duvets, mattress pads and pillows made of US materials.”
Because of the success of her bedding, Hooper recently decided to offer her customers alpaca products for the whole house, including the garden, living room, children’s room and closet. “So many new items have been created by alpaca artisans, it seemed natural to showcase these beautiful pieces under one roof,” she says. Hooper now runs The Alpaca Home Store, a website where visitors are able to learn more about the fiber’s unique qualities and purchase products. “Free shipping and complementary gifts are our way of saying ‘thank you,’” Hooper says.