More cats to cuddle as second cafe gets ready to open in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s about to have its second cat cafe.
In May 2016, it was announced that the Black Cat Market was all primed to be the city’s first coffee shop where you could sip java and snuggle some kitties.
“Our main goal is to create an environment that makes our customers and the cats happy,” Ciotoli said at the time. “It’s been scientifically proven that cats can help provide healthy blood pressure, lower anxiety and improve general mood. Giving these adoptable cats a space to socialize and be comfortable increased the chances of them finding forever homes.”
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Great idea, right?
Well, things didn’t move as quickly as owners Indigo Baloch and Olivia Ciotoli had hoped.
Their Kickstarter campaign more than met their goal, generating more than $21,000. The pair seemed to have a spot in Aspinwall by the fall of 2016. However, “conditions beyond our control” forced them to seek another location.
Then, back in February, their hopes to be the city’s first cat cafe were dashed when the Colony Cafe opened in the Strip District. But Baloch and Ciotoli weren’t about to give up. They filled their time with pop-up appearances at events like City Grows, the Mr. Roboto Project.
But now — as the team just announced on its Facebook page — they finally have a storefront at at 5171 Butler St. in Lawrenceville.
The cafe looks poised for a December opening, complete with a “cat cuddling room.”