Amazing Airdrie Women


Story By airdrielife,

February 27, 2018

Kara Fulton

Amazing Determination


Personal grief hasn’t stopped Kara Fulton from achieving her longtime dream.

Rather, the passing of her father motivated the Airdrie mom to quit her full-time job to open Thumbprint Craft Beer Market, the first store of its kind in Western Canada.

“When you lose someone, it reminds you that life is short and you need to be happy,” she says. “We all deserve to be happy and do something we are passionate about.”

Janine Hartsook, Fulton’s friend, nominated her for an Amazing Determination Award because she was so impressed with her friend’s passion.

“Her innovative determination and her decision to go with her gut and support local breweries was just really inspiring,” says Hartsook of Fulton. “Being a mom and an entrepreneur … [and] having the guts to do it alone, that is huge.”

Despite opening Thumbprint in the midst of an economic downturn, Fulton says her business is off to a great start.

Her advice to other would-be entrepreneurs is to enjoy life and be passionate about what you do.

“If you are passionate about something, you can make it work,” says Fulton.

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