The tradition of bookstore cats goes back to the beginning of bookstores, when cats were kept in shops to “discourage” mice from damaging the books. While most modern bookstores no longer have to deal with mice, the tradition of the bookstore cat has endured.
Our own Kona the Bookstore Cat is a rescue kitty, found as a days-old kitten in woods in the West End neighborhood. Born of feral parents, she has settled nicely into her job as our Director of Public Relations, and greets customers most days with a sleepy yawn. She takes seriously her traditional role as guardian against pests, and is deadly against flies and the stray moth.