The corner of Oswego and Elizabeth streets is now a must see for both cat and antique lovers.
The Baldwinsville's Chamber of Commerce recently honored two new retail businesses, The Nantucket Cat and Trader Antiques and Bazaar, with a double ribbon cutting ceremony. The two retail establishments have opened side by side at 60 Oswego St. at the corner of Elizabeth Street, the former home of Baker Real Estate.
Barbara and Bill Donaghey of The Nantucket Cat pioneered the transformation of the former professional offices into lively retail shop space earlier this spring. Today, The Nantucket Cat is filled with things for cats and things for people who love cats.
A unique line of cat furniture designed by Barbara is one of the business's specialty items. Styles range from simple scratching posts to elaborate multi-story stands and even replica houses. Each piece is hand built by Bill who prides himself on the high quality of materials and workmanship that goes into each piece. Custom requests are always welcome.
With over 30 years experience in the pet industry, Barbara felt at home when she and Bill established The Nantucket Cat three years ago as a traveling vendor exhibiting at cat shows and select craft shows throughout the northeast. This spring, the Baldwinsville couple decided to open a storefront to showcase their varied and extensive product lines.
The Nantucket Cat offers everything for cats from its unique furniture to cat baskets, beds, catnip filled toys of all sorts, dishes, collars and more. It is also stocked with colorful and unusual items for people who enjoy cats. Cat motifs are found on everything from purses, silk scarves, aprons and jewelry to neck warmers, mugs, tea sets and soaps.
Trader Antiques and Bazaar
Next door, also at 60 Oswego St., Trader Antiques and Bazaar features antiques, collectibles and art. Owner Harlow Kisselstein, long-time B'villian and banking industry retiree, has turned his antiquing hobby into a full time business. An active member of the Syracuse Antiques Club, Kisselstein has been associated with several area antiques cooperatives and shows. He has also been a speaker with Baldwinsville's famous 19th century Darrow pottery as his specialty topic.