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Reno Business Weekly: Radical Cat book shop opens on Wells Avenue

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The Radical Cat, a new bookstore and cat-friendly hangout, recently opened on South Wells Avenue at the former location of KWNK community radio. KWNK recently relocated next to the Holland Project.

Co-founder Melissa Hafey said the shop is a feminist bookstore, cat adoption center and community space. 

“We are a cozy, inclusive space full of amazing books, beautiful art and purring cats,” she said. “Discover a new author, tell us about your most recent read, sip on a coffee (from the delicious Magpie Coffee Roasters next door) and pet a cat.” 

Rosie Zuckerman, along with Ilya Arbatman and Mike Hafey, are also partners.

“We work with the SPCA of Northern Nevada to host transitioning cats who are available for adoption and informal cat-assisted therapy in our glass house,” Zuckerman said. ”Our mission is to nurture a revolution in Reno/Sparks by promoting positive mental health, radical inclusion, a love of great books and meaningful connection.”

Radical Cat is open now, but has not yet set regular hours. The owners said the store will be open most days from about noon to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

A grand opening is expected in late April or early May, they said. 

New Detroit-style pizza restaurant opens 

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Detroit-style pizza from R Town Pizza in Reno, Nev. Image: Bob Conrad / This Is Reno

There are two places to get Detroit-style pizza in Reno now. Pizzeria Lupo, which opened last year, and newcomer R Town Pizza are both serving up these decadent and delicious pies. And that is so, so great.

The pizza is cooked at a high temperature. Online sources say restaurants shoot for somewhere between 440 to 700 degrees.

The result is a smallish thick rectangle or square of mouthwatering, very chewy pie.

R Town opened Sunday at 4 p.m. After 15 minutes, the place was full. By 5:30 they had so much demand lined up they stopped taking orders. 

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Bob Conrad
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Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.

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