Pawsitivitea CNY

Syracuse's Premier
Cafe & Cat Lounge

Bring a little extra happiness to your world...

Our purpose is to bring a little more happiness to the world with warm beverages and, more importantly, animal companionship. There is nothing quite like kicking back with something to warm the soul, both inside and out.

Companion animals offer unconditional love and can reduce stress. In turn, we also perceive to find these cats their forever homes... Happiness for one and all! ♥

Our Staff

Alisha Reynolds

Owned by Alisha Reynolds, the idea to bring a cat cafe to Syracuse started in late 2017, some time after visiting Catnip Cafe in Norfolk, Va. The experience was awesome and, with the cat cafe trend on the rise, thought it would be a great asset to the CNY community for both human and feline.

Alisha has been in retail for over 17 years and has a passion for helping others, and a strong compassion for animal care and well being. She is a bird mom of eleven and cat mom of four. She has a Bachelors in Fine Art and an Associates in Culinary Arts Management.

Our Progress So Far

September 20, 2021

THANK YOU! Paws and Reflect 2021 was a huge success!

We are so happy to have been able to host an event like this and help our rescues in return for helping us! We hope next year will be just as exciting and then some!

Donor List

3Leaf Tea
BeeKind Syracuse
CNY Regional Market
Cory's Canine Cove
The Dazzle Store
Eclectic Clay
Fatcat Baking
Hollis Funeral Home
Hope Cafe and Tea
Mystic Craft Studio
Rooted Wildlings
Rose Quartz Salon
Heid's of Liverpool
Knot Plain or Tall
Moonraker Tea Shop
Nice Biscuit
Origins in Ink
Skytop Coffee
Lavender Corgi Co.
Tiny Unicorns Boutique
LaFayette Kennels
Wescott Cookie
210 Teas
Green Compass
Play the Game Read the Story
Alternative Hippy
Full Homo Earrings
Oswego SPCA
The Inconvenient Kitten
Critter Joy
Larger than Life
Mother's Cupboard
Salt City Coffee
Working Class Tattoo
Feats of Clay
Live Wild Adornments
Mother Nature Pet Supply
Critter Crossing
Jenn G. Photography

If I am forgetting anyone, I apologize, and truly appreciate you as well! 

To our Auction Item Donors

Things got a little chaotic toward the end with last minute add ins and drop outs, again, please know we are so grateful you were able to be a part of our big day!

To our Vendors

Y'all ROCK! So glad to have you all to celebrate the day with us, and to share your dreams and achievements with the community!

To Megan at Spaw at the Cove

"Huge thanks for even pitching the idea of hosting an event in the first place, you've opened a new door to our journey, and it's one we will continue to use!

Thank you also, for reminding and yelling at me to just stop trying to literally do everything, introducing me to some cool people, and reminding me to let you guys help. I still think we are at a draw on the uselessness battle, though."

To Ron, Crazy-Ass, and Johnny

"Thank you for dealing with my inconsistency, lack of mental presence, being an obstinate human being, and all the other b.s. that radiates from my existence. Your unconditional love and support rivals none. I love you."

To Erin, Cai, Kristen, Dana, Hunter, Cyel, Mike, Erika, Megan, Tanya, Craig, Alison

"Friendship powers are strong with you- I ain't never had friends like you! I could not ask for better humans to be associated with, and your dedication to the cause, the cafe, and more, outshines anything I've ever known."

Until next year ... See you soon!

September 19, 2021

Paws and Reflect Silent Auction Anniversary Event!

Holy crap, what a weekend that was! We picked up a spot at Canine Carnival at the last minute on Saturday, and on Sunday, the silent auction was a great success! We had so many small businesses contribute to our cause, a handful of crafters and pop-up shops who had a great time- we were able to raise just over $2k!

We want to say a huge THANK YOU so, so much, to everyone who attended, who donated, who volunteered, and took any part in making this weekend a success- we couldn't have done it without you!

Pawsitivitea CNY Cafe & Cat Lounge has completed its first year- we are looking forward to the next, and hope to be just as successful, if not more!

Stay pawsitive, be majestic!

September 19, 2020

We had a soft opening with a limited menu and a growing community of cats. We have already been able to help several get to their furever homes.

Prepare yourself to be grounded and connect to the world to find happiness and comfort! Pet some cats, warm your soul, feel the love!

We have an amazing following so far between all of our fans, Purrmoters, and local businesses who have reached out to be a part of something big! Much love and happiness to you all, and Thank You for following our journey!

June 29, 2020

In the search for cafe equipment, I couldn't find a pastry case to my liking. They were either too small, super plain, or super expensive. Finally decided to draw up a plan and got to work! A few days of hard work paid off in the long run!

We are currently finalizing the layout of the cafe and the cat room, and hoping to hear from the health department soon! 

We are getting so close! It's been a long year and change, with lots of ups and downs, and learning new stuff on the way!

April 25, 2020

We put a roof over our buffer room! Its got this "back porch" vibe going on. Still a lot of cleaning and tweaking to do at this point!

Right about this time, we started hunting for furniture and such for the cat room. Facebook marketplace has some pretty interesting stuff if you know where to look! Im really fortunate to have met some awesome people out there, and am happy to repurpose their furniture for a good cause!

We have a bookshelf, too, so there will be a small library!

March 15, 2020

The logo I designed was sent off to Voss Signs in Manlius where they printed off some storefront decals for our brand! Got them up on our windows!

March 9, 2020

Speaking of purple, I FINALLY got to cover the red and brighten up the place a bit!

March 1, 2020

We've been moving along fairly quickly once these enclosures were erected. I was able to spackle and paint the majority of the walls. We are going to put a vent/filter on the top corner of the litter room, and the cats have a cat door installed so they can go as they please. I found these awesome old storm doors and a couple windows from Golden Treasures in Constantia, Ny. We sanded them down and I painted the doors and replaced a couple broken windows for almost nothing! The whole "reclaimed stuff" look was kind of a happy accident, the only set design idea I had was the purple and blue color scheme.

February 29, 2020

We got our three (soon to be one) spaces at the end of December (I signed the lease December 31st!) and retrieved the keys a few weeks later toward the end of January. We only had keys for either end space. It wasn't a horrible problem considering we needed to connect them all anyway. So we, uh, had to break a couple things...Once that was (mostly) complete, we began building our litter room and the buffer room!

February 1, 2020

First viewing and first entry- I couldn't leave the old menu up there forever, gotta make our mark!