Clothing business built on duo’s common threads

STITCHING SUCCESS: Heather Fortes, center, and her two business partners, Nicole Almeida, and Fortes’ son, Nathan, have moved an online business in specialty clothing and accessories into a retail store in East Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
STITCHING SUCCESS: Heather Fortes, center, and her two business partners, Nicole Almeida, and Fortes’ son, Nathan, have moved an online business in specialty clothing and accessories into a retail store in East Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Heather Fortes initially was looking for a distraction when she started sewing. Forlorn and directionless after her only son left for college at the University of Rhode Island, she taught herself to sew scarves in 2015 to keep busy. “I needed a hobby,” she said. “[My son] told me to find a hobby. He only…

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