By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – Beginning Saturday, Feb. 24, Main Street Sidney will be home to the Barking Cat, a retail fundraising arm of the Delaware Valley Humane Society.
Located at 40 Main St., the store’s aim will be to ease fiscal stress too often placed on shelter operations, DVHS Board President Terri Heath said.
“We needed to close the gap,” Heath said. “We’re in the hole every month or so, depending on what’s happened in that month, so we’re hoping to close that.” All Barking Cat proceeds, she noted, will go directly to the humane society.
Heath added, “We’re also a 501(c)(3), so we’re a great write-off.”
The Barking Cat will offer an assortment of upscale antiques, collectibles and artisan crafts, as well as tuxedo rentals. Plans for the shop, Heath said, got underway late last year.
“We decided to go for it,” she said. “We’ve been working on the building (since) December. We did a little painting, we’ve been working on getting displays and we’ve done some wallpapering.” Members of the shelter board of directors, Heath said, performed the renovations.
“It’s a great building and we’re really excited about being able to have this location,” Heath said. “It’s going to be great.”
Though some inventory has been gathered, Heath said, the board is seeking high-quality donations and consignment items in the lead-up to the Feb. 24 grand opening.
“We’re at the point where we’re starting to take stuff in,” she said. “We’re looking at getting antiques and collectibles; new stuff and old stuff. (We want) an eclectic mix, where you come in and there’s something for everybody.”
Heath said board members are in the process of interviewing candidates to staff the store, expected to be open Tuesday through Saturday.