ABOUT US

Handmade

Market

Carrying work from 90+ local artists, the Artisan Gift Shop is full of handmade art and craft from exclusively Western Pennsylvania.  We also feature artist demonstrations & sponsor regular shop events.

Pottery

Studio

Our Pottery Studio has five Potter's wheels and is intended for professional and students alike.  Classes and small projects are held regularly for adults and children alike, as well as parties for groups of 3 or more.

 

How we got to where we are

Stray Cat Studio started as a desire for owner, Renee Suhr, to find a place closer to home to keep developing her pottery making "addiction". What began as a personal journey has developed rapidly into a community gathering space of artists, sellers, customers and hobbyists.  With a full pottery studio on one side and a locally-sourced Artisan Gift Shop on the other, the Stray Cat has become a local treasure.

 

We are loyal "localists" and small business advocates. We work toward not only the strength of our own business, but the growth of both the local art and economic communities of which we are deeply a part.  We seek to pull together other businesses and organizations into our events and projects whenever possible, believing that if we work together, we will all be stronger.  Stray Cat Studio hopes to be a vital part of the resurrection of the shopping district of Beaver Falls, and is committed to the "town" as a whole, rather than to just our own survival as a business.

 

Why the Name?!

Living in Beaver Falls can give you a love/hate relationship with stray cats.  Like 'em or not, they are a fact of life.  Like the residents of this beloved small town, they are resilient, unshakeable and courageous.  Developing survival strategies and coping mechanisms to keep afloat, they inspire us to try new things and keep going.  If they can survive each year, frigid winter after blazing summer, so can unexpected pieces of life like art, beauty, and small business.



In addition, we at Stray Cat Studio are open to all the "stray cats" wandering among us: artists looking for a home studio to call their own, as well as those trying to find a marketplace that does not carry things made in China.  

 

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AWARDS​

  • Best of the Valley Award 2019, Finalist for "Best Gift Shop"

  • Best of the Valley Award 2018, Finalist for "Most Innovative Workplace"

  • Governor's Award for Small Business Nominee, 2016

Meet the Team

RENEE

SUHR

CEO & ARTIST

StrayCatArts@gmail.com

(724) 650-7978 (cell)

 

 

Renée Suhr is the visionary leadership behind two businesses that find their home in Beaver Falls, just 45 mins. northwest of Pittsburgh, PA. These two high impact businesses, Stray Cat Studio: Pottery & Handmade Market and Mycelia Development have worked to unite community resources and have enhanced the economic, community and creative development of the depressed small steel town in which they reside. In the coming year, Mycelia will break ground on a new construction 16,000SF building in the center of the town’s Core Business District. This “Portobello Building” will hold the current pottery studio and retail of Stray Cat, but also expand to become a local cultural life and arts center. This innovative project is an essential component of multiple revitalization efforts happening in Beaver Falls in the coming years.

KATIE

STONE

STUDIO DIRECTOR

StrayCatArtsStudio@gmail.com

(724) 494-9347 (Store Cell)

ALYSSA

CLIFFORD

SHOP DESIGNER

StrayCatArtsDesign@gmail.com

(724) 494-9347 (Store Cell)

 

Janine

BOOK

GIFT SHOP MANAGER

StrayCatArtsShop@gmail.com

(724) 494-9347 (Store Cell)

Kristl

KISSICK

BOOKKEEPER/OFFICE MANAGER

StrayCatArtsOffice@gmail.com

(724) 601-7205 (Direct Cell)

 

Tel: (724)494-9347

E-mail: StrayCatArts@gmail.com

507 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls, PA  15010 

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 Handmade Market

Hours

Monday: 10a-5p

Tuesday: 10a-5p

Wednesday: 10a-5p

Thursday: 10a -5p

Friday: 10a-5p

Saturday: 10-4p

Sunday: **CLOSED** 

Also Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day,

New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day

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