ShareThis Page

More cats to cuddle as second cafe gets ready to open in Pittsburgh

| Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 12:39 p.m.
Black Cat Market's logo
Facebook
Black Cat Market's logo

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."

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."

For more odd takes on trending news, head to Upgruv.com , a news website of 535mediallc.com .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.