In addition to the “paw” in Pawtucket, Angelika Pellegrino felt that the city’s large creative community – and abundance of artist spaces – made it the perfect place for The Cat Parlor, Rhode Island’s first cat café. After becoming a proud cat mom to kittens Fitz and Isla during her senior year of college in December 2016, Pellegrino was ecstatic to discover Providence’s first cat-friendly cafe, The Purrfect Cup, on a google search. But she quickly found out that the coffeehouse never opened.
Pellegrino then asked herself, “Why can’t I do this?” She’d felt fortunate to have a full-time job lined up after graduation, and she knew that bringing a cat café to RI would take a great deal of work. Yet Pellegrino came from a family of small business owners, and she “didn’t think twice” about starting her passion project.
Teaming up with PawsWatch, an all-volunteer adoption/rescue network, The Cat Parlour on Minerial Spring Avenue in Pawtucket will serve as a place for eligible adopters to meet foster cats. This comfortable setting contrasts sharply with adoption events at pet stores, which are sometimes overwhelming with large crowds and barking dogs. Such noisy environments can turn the “sweetest, most lovable purr-machine into a different cat,” Pellegrino explained, drawing out the adoption process.
Not only can Cat Parlour patrons socialize with super cute cats and adopt animals into their “furrr-ever home,” but they can also enjoy the self-serve coffee bar and packaged pastries. The cafe will celebrate its grand opening on April 28 with art studio Paint & Vino and networking initiative Millennial RI. Although The Cat Parlour will be a limited engagement, stay tuned for more feline-filled events in the future. Pawtucket