September 24, 2019

How long of a gestation period does a community-wide public art mosaic project require before being "birthed"?

"About a thousand years," jokes Renée Suhr, Owner of Stray Cat Studio who years ago voiced a dream of creating a piece of public art as a contribution to the revitalization being experienced in Beaver Falls.

Thankfully, less than 1000 years later, (closer to 6), the...

July 15, 2019

Watching potters work and being surrounded by their beautiful handcrafted pieces recently got me thinking: I were to take a personal inventory of the pottery in my kitchen cabinets, what would I find?  Would the majority of my plates, bowls, and mugs fall into the mass-produced category? Perhaps even manufactured overseas with no clear details about the working conditions...

April 19, 2018

April is Stray Cat Studio’s Earth Month! Designer, Alyssa Young, working for Stray Cat for over 4 years, has always brought a special energy to the month of April. In the following she speaks about all the things that are going on at the shop this month, as well as in her own life, as she tells us why Earth Day is her favorite holiday:

The interconnection of all life is the...

I've always kind of grumbled my way through Cyber Monday. Isn't EVERY day "Cyber day" now? As if it isn't hard enough for local businesses already without the constant lure of online ease pulling people away from the face-to-face experience!  However, this year I decided to try and use it to our advantage, or at least give those who love shopping online some alternatives....

June 2, 2016

We're getting ready for our "Weddingtown" Bridal Event coming up on June 26, 12-5p.  It's been a growing edge for the Gift Shop, and a meaningful way to engage our customers. When we do a registry with a Bride and Groom, we get to know them a lot more than the typical customer because we end up doing so much talking about their specific styles and needs for setting up "home...

May 19, 2016

It's always hard to think of things that Dads REALLY want. There's the standard tie, golf equipment, sports gear, the newest tech gadget, a best-seller book, or maybe even a new music download or CD.  I'm sure these are high on the list of many Dads. But we've been trying to think about what's at the heart of being a good Dad, and it's probably the fact that they spent time...

August 14, 2015

I've been thinking quite a bit about how to share the vision and Core Values that Stray Cat uses to navigate our business practices.  I will be starting a series called "Did you Know???" for our Facebook feeds that will help people understand a bit more about local business, the world of things handmade, how & why we do what we do, etc.  Here's the first in the series.

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