By Genevieve A. Suzuki
La Mesa shop owner Katharine Bowen’s heart may be softer than the stuffed animals she crafts by hand.
Bowen, 27, owns Handmade Market, the newest store in Grossmont Center. She is dedicating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of her stuffed animals toward opening a no-kill animal rescue. It’s not entirely surprising that animals are Bowen’s passion — each of her unique creations is a thoughtful tribute to the spirit of the animal it represents.