Have you ever visited a bookstore where you can buy books and adopt a cat? Cupboard Maker Books in Enola, PA, is a unique indie bookstore where you can do both. It’s a cat lover’s and a book lover’s dream. In addition to three resident cats, the store always has several adorable cats and kittens looking for Furever homes.
First, let’s meet the resident cats with their unique personalities:
My favorite is Annika. I’d never seen a grumpy-looking cat before, but Annika looks annoyed when you meet her. Maybe she didn’t like posing as a unicorn when she has a dragon-cut fur, or else she wants to look fierce when she guards the books. Don’t let her expression fool you, though. She’ll warm up if you offer her a treat. And she loves books.
Next is Mouse, a cuddly gray and white cat, who was born in the bookstore during the COVID-19 shutdown in Spring 2020.
If you want to hold or pet a cat, Mouse’s buddy, Zak, loves attention. The two of them also enjoy helping each new foster cat feel at home.
In addition to these three lovable felines and about 130,000 books at Cupboard Maker Books, you’ll also find cats to take home. The bookstore partners with Castaway Critters, a local rescue organization, to find foster homes for abandoned cats.
When you enter the store, go on a cat hunt. Some of the cats will seek you out. You’ll find others on the yellow brick road to the children’s section. . .
sitting on stools or ladders. . .
lounging atop cages. . .
snuggling in baskets. . .
peeking out from behind chairs. . .
sauntering down aisles. . .
or hanging out at the inspiration wall, where cats and people can get their pictures taken with butterfly wings.
Don’t forget to check out the book arch. . .
High overhead, the cats also like to strut along the ramps above the bookshelves. But they can always be lured down by treats. (The pictures on the ramps represent the more than 170 cats who’ve found their special homes.)
The bookstore has an interesting history. You might wonder how it got its name. When it opened in 1998, the store was called the Cupboard Maker, and they sold hand-crafted cupboards. Back then, the store had only one bookshelf. But the book collection grew and grew and grew until it moved to its present location at 157 N Enola Rd (Routes 11/15), Enola, PA 17025.
So would you rather buy a book or adopt a cat? If your answer is either or both, you’ll want to visit Cupboard Maker Books in Enola, PA. Owner Michelle Mioff-Haring and her book-loving (and cat-loving) staff love matching readers with great books and special pets. They also host multiple book clubs and author visits. You can check them out online, see the most recent foster cats on Facebook, or call (717) 732-7288.
Mon-Sat 10 am – 8 pm
Sundays 11 to 5
(Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas)