The Kneady Cat Books & Gifts, which sells used books and cat-themed decorations and gifts, has opened at Bluffton’s Berkeley Place.
The name is a play on words and also reflects one of the store’s missions.
“Helping cats in need, educating all wild cats here and complete shelters,” said owner Carla Onofrio of Okatie.
Onofrio said she would donate part of her profits to Palmetto Animal League. In turn, as it did at the store’s opening on December 11, PAL will occasionally be invited to visit adoptable cats and kittens. Two cats were adopted at the inauguration.
“Our family has worked with PAL for a long time,” said Onofrio. “We raised kittens from them. We adopted cats from them. They rely on donations.
The former stay-at-home mom of two and owner of four cats said she originally wanted to open a cat cafe but couldn’t find a suitable location. She had collected books to give her future cafe a library feel, so her new business idea came to fruition from that.
The store includes a wide range of genres, including cookbooks, gardening, and sports.
“I have all kinds of books,” said Onofrio, “a huge section of fiction novels with a lot of thrillers, crimes, mysteries. A nice sized children’s section.
There are also gift ideas for writers like bookmarks and journals.
The bookstore accepts donations of children’s novels and books. Onofrio said she expects to have room to accept donations from other genres in the future.
Prices, in general, range from 95 cents for a children’s book to around $ 3 or $ 4 for a hardcover novel.
Onofrio hopes its customers feel comfortable enough to linger in the store with a free cup of coffee or tea.
“If you want to have a mug and sit in a chair and read a book or have a mug while you’re sailing,” she said.
If you are going to
What: The Kneady Cat books and gifts
Or: 108 Buckwalter Parkway, Unit 2D, at Berkeley Place
Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday