Grab up all the places where you've created memories. Build a village that celebrates your life experiences from your custom-crafted childhood home to travel destinations and everything in between.

All About Us

Ah ha! Didn't anyone tell you curiosity killed the cat?
But still, you came to our About Page...curious! Lucky for you, you're human.
[Short-version About Us in 5 Bullet Points]
  • We make little wooden replicas of buildings [including your own home], landmarks, and scenes to help you remember the good times in your life.
  • We design and print the front of our 3/4" thick wood with colorful details, and the back includes written facts or your story.
  • Cat's Meow Village is so named because our black cat mascot, Casper, is hiding on every piece! Crafter-turned-Founder, Faline Jones, has a thing for cats!
  • You buy the Cat's Meows that have meaning for you [including your own home] and display them around your home or office.
  • Rest assured, you are doing business with a woman-owned, pure American company. We're right around the corner in Wooster, Ohio!
[Long-version, when you have more time to dig in the dirt]
Little did Faline Jones know all those years ago on the farm with her swarm of cats, that someday her love of crafts would catapult her into a Village with a cat as mascot! (more about that cat below)

Hi there, welcome to The Cat’s Meow Village. We're a small company birthed in Wooster, Ohio in 1982 from one simple wooden house Faline cut out on her grandfather’s saw in the loft of the hog barn.

Faline with her grandfather, Rudy Mullet, cutting on the bandsaw he built from scratch.


It’s 36 years later, and Jones with her “crew” continue to craft "little wooden buildings" of local, national, and international landmarks that spark memories and kindle smiles on the faces of “real life adventurers” like you.

Faline holds her first handpainted house along with the last one that was retired 5 years later.

Cat's Meow Village owner and creator, Faline Jones


We help you keep memories alive with unique wooden replicas of the places and times you love.

Celebrate your favorite places by including our 3/4" thick wooden keepsakes in your home décor. A few favorite spots where Cat’s Meows like to reside are: perched on top of your window and door trim, tucked into your bookshelves, or sprawled across your fireplace mantle. Our Black Cat Daily Blog includes many stories on how “Cat’s Meowers” decorate with the Village in their homes.


Photo of Faline's beloved cat, Casper, posing in a tree.

And what's with the cat?

Faline mixed her love of cats into the village by adding a black cat mascot to every design. This trademark cat, in either a laying or sitting position, is fondly known as Casper (a tribute to Faline's cat shown here). Keep your eyes open for Casper as you explore our website!  And if you want to hear Casper's side of the story + more about Faline...


We believe in supporting our community and the ones that surround our Village, both physically and virtually. Faline designs trees for her Charity Grove that don colored Awareness Ribbons. The sales from these trees support various organizations and create awareness of the battles being fought by our neighbors everywhere. Faline has also designated the sales of various Cat’s Meow designs to support specific causes. Check out our Rescue Cats, Map Of Africa, and Bible Stories currently supporting causes close to Faline’s heart. 


If you could pick just one?

With so many famous and not-so-famous landmarks around the globe, which one would you say brings a smile and warm memories to mind? Exactly…that’s what we thought…there's too many to pick just one.


And our Village reflects the larger world, too, so it can be a little confusing when you first start exploring. Let’s try to break it down neighborhood by neighborhood. Paw through our Search For The PURRfect Cat's Meow magazine to take some of the mystery out of our Village.


We’ve saved the best for last! It’s our CATillac!

Example of a personal home recreated into a Cat's Meow keepsakeExample of the front and back of a personal home we handcrafted for the home owner.

Did you know you can have your very own custom Cat’s Meow created by us?


Every day we work with people just like you to craft a keepsake representing your special place in time.

Ordering is easy online:

  1. Upload your photos and describe the details
  2. Write your story for the back
  3. And select the quantity you want to purchase (as low as 1)

Our "design architects" draw up your design, then our crew constructs your replica, and around six weeks later your Cat’s Meow creation arrives at your doorstep wrapped in gold Casper tissue! (time varies due to demand throughout the year)


Maybe you want to create your own home just for you,

  • or what about the family homestead for your siblings
  • or the vacation home
  • your first home
  • or all the houses you've lived in 


With so many memories, there’s sure to be others you want to share a special Cat’s Meow with. How exciting would it be to see a family member’s eyes sparkle when you gift them a keepsake wrapped in love (and gold Casper tissue)?


"Hello! I wanted to let you know that I just got my custom-made Cat's Meow of my home and I'm absolutely in love. I'm so excited, it looks so perfect! I can't wait to show it off to family and friends! Thanks so much! ~Marla S.



We do even more than personal homes, though! Our Cat's Meows make great fundraisers and commemoratives for:


Today, our workshop with a crew of 14 enjoy "traveling the world" as we handcraft and ship Cat's Meow replicas of landmarks around the globe.

(Q) Now, what could be better than traveling the world each day while we work?

(A) Knowing that real-life adventurers, like you, are enjoying memories of special places when you admire your very own purrsonal Village!




I have a collection of Cat's Meow. I was married In St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Richmond, In. I'm curious if you have ever been commissioner to make St. Andrew's Church?
Hello Debbie, We have created some Richmond, IN pieces for a store many years ago, but we don't have St. Andrew's Catholic Church on that list. If you wish to have us create a replica, you would order it through our Create Your Own Home order page.
I have a Nebraska collection mostly Lincoln, are there still houses available in Nebraska? I can’t find anyone that sells them anymore. I absolutely love my collection.
Hello Cherie, We currently don't have a retail store location in Nebraska, therefore no new Nebraska Cat's Meows at this point. Over time you could check our Find A Retailer link ( to see where Cat's Meows are being sold around the country.
I have been a collector since the 1980s. I just found a 1992 Howey House Bed & Breakfast Music Box. It is signed on the bottom "Hugh & Maxine 1993 - Silver Bells." It is so cool and still plays beautifully. I didn't know that you guys did music boxes and can't find any information about it on the internet. Can you give me any information about my treasure? Thanks, Donna
Hi Donna, Mewow, you have a very unique Cat's Meow! Way back in the early 90's Hugh and Maxine (retired friends of mine) "tinkered around" with some of my Cat's Meows. They actually made some music box and clock ones + they would assemble 2 Cat's Meows together to create napkin holders. They worked with my seconds at that point in time to make all their goodies, and we sold them at local stores and at our workshop. You truly do have a treasure made by some sweet old friends of mine. Enjoy!! Faline
Can you remake pieces that's not on your website? I live in Fredericksburg and I'm having trouble finding finding pieces like chatham manor or belmont.
Hello Patrick, Fredericksburg, Va is filled with wonderful historic buildings! A Cat's Meow dream village for sure! We used to have a few retail stores located in that town who offered a lot of local Cat's Meow replicas. Sadly, there are no more retail stores carrying Cat's Meows there, but we still have all the designs in our file drawers. We do offer to make "onesies" of past designs at varying price options depending on how old the design is and if we are able to recreate it in current times with our newer printing methods. Best thing to do is email or call us with your question so we can search our files and give you exact answers for each item you are looking for. PS - there are times when old designs are requested, and I also decide to reintroduce that collection in my online store if I think it would have a wide appeal. Faline
Hi, My Mom collected Cat’s Meow, and I also did for a few years in the early 1990’s. I am a graduate of Berry College. My question is have you done any pieces of Berry College in Rome, GA? If not, if our alumni were interested in requesting you design one who would I connect to discuss? Thank you so much! Marcia McConnell
Hello Marcia, Love hearing about your mother and you collecting Cat's Meows!! Purring here! When I search my files, I find a "clock tower" listed from Rome, GA. That is all I see in our files. We would love to work with your alumni to create Berry College items. We do this a lot and the Cat's Meows are always a hit with alumni members. To get started you can email with your thoughts and we'll hook you up with a purrson who will help you through the process. Purrs, Faline
Do you still have a store in Wooster?
Hello Joyce, thanks for asking. We no longer have the store at our factory location, but we do welcome anyone to stop by our factory/workshop to visit with us in production and shop around in our inventory room. You can still buy product here when you visit. We are at the workshop Mon-Fri 9-4pm. And our location is: 2163 Great Trails Drive, Wooster, Ohio 44691.
I have some Cat's Meow pieces from many years ago. Some of them are water damaged. Is there a repair service available?
Hello Anne, That's too bad. Water damage is beyond repairable as it damages the wood. We hate to be the bearers of bad news.
I was in Bob Evans several years ago. They had a green, white and red barn that said Bob Evans New Homestyle Pasta on it. I said, “When you are done with that, can I have it”. Another day I was there it was given to me. No cat on the front, but there is one on the back. Date was 2006.
Hi Sue, you got your paws on a custom design we were commissioned to create for Bob Evans! Purrrrs to you!
How do I safely clean my cat's meow buildings?
The best way to dust off your Cat's Meows is with a 2-4" wide clean paintbrush. If you need to clean off marks, we don't recommend using soaps, but a soft wet cloth with very light rubbing might do the job. We also use a lot of spit around here at the workshop (LOL), so you can try licking your finger, then rubbing the soiled spot (just don't use a heavy hand doing it).
Hello, when I was a teen, I used to love the wooden replicas of landmarks and restaraunts that I would see in shops in sanibel and captiva. Did your company make those? If so, are they still available for purchase? Thanks
Hello Julie, You are in the right place! Over the years we've recreated many, many landmarks representing locations all across the US. These used to sell through local retail stores, however, many of these stores have closed. We'd love to get you the Cat's Meow replicas you're looking for! We'll give you a list of the replicas we have in our design files, then you select the ones you want. Because we're making just 1 replica for you the price will be between $35-$88 depending on how old the design was created and if we need to update it for current production methods. Let's talk!
I am delighted to discover this company! I love that you include the black cat mascot in every creation. (My first time browsing, I thought to myself, "I'm going to choose THAT one because of the beautiful black cat. :) )
Welcome to Cat's Meow Joan! We are purring with delight that you found us. Make yourself at home as you walk through our neighborhoods!
Hi , I have a question.....I'm a lady fron United Kingdom and many years ago I became a collector of cats meows . This was due to meeting on holiday and becoming good friends with a lovely family from Annapolis. Ann ( now unfortunately passed away ) had a huge collection and I began myself on all our many trips to the USA ...Our new found friends came to visit us in UK and hence bought cat meow English collection as did I . Anyway reason for writing is my collection is in the hall . One of my grandchildren age 7 , I don't think quite believe me that there is a cat on all 72 . (2 on White House as sox in residence when we visited Washington) . She obviously looked at all bit by bit and has found a piece without a cat , gone over it with a magnifying glass ...its Shakespeare's birth place in the Cotswolds village series has faline 96 ! and c 1995 ...bought in the States as has $ 10.50 sticker on bottom still !!!! Was this an error in whole batch ??? Does this happen occasionally ?? I told Eliona I'd write to find out .... Kind regards Pat
Hello Pat, Wow, what a lovely Cat’s Meow story you have! Thanks for sharing it! Regarding the Shakespeare's birthplace piece. I remember at least one time where we didn’t get the cat printed on a batch of those! My brother was a screenprinter for me, and there were times when he kind of made his own decisions even on the colors that he printed….instead of going by our “recipe card” that told exactly what colors and how to print. Brothers!!! So, you do have a Cat’s Meow, and Eliona was a very good detective!!! You also have a special White House piece that includes Casper and Sox!!! I love that you and your friend, Ann, had a wonderful friendship connected by Cat’s Meows!! ~Faline
I have a Friendship 7 to Discovery 36 Years & cannot find a cat anywhere. Was it supposed to be made without the black cat? I have a lot of Cat's Meow & always enjoy finding the cats that aren't immediately obvious. Thanks
Hi Jacquelyn, The Friendship 7 piece you have should have glitter and glow-in-the-dark ink printed on it. Hold it up to a lightbulb for a few minutes, then take it into a dark room. Look closely, you will find Casper! Faline has designed a few pieces over the years where Casper can only be found when you turn out the lights, and this is one of those pieces. Enjoy looking!
Hello, I am one of the granddaughters of Betty Jean Kardas. I inherited her very large collection. I believe she worked at The Cat's Meow for many years. My favorites are the plaques with her name on them, I even have a few with my grandfather's name, Julius Kardas, as I believe he worked there for some time as well. My reason for being here today, I was wondering what the SECOND stamping on some of the houses/businesses means. If you could please let me know I would be so grateful! Thank you for your time!
Hello Julia, your grandparents were such wonderful dedicated crew members at Cat's Meow many years ago. They are fondly remembered! You are lucky to have your hands on their Years Of Service Awards! Instead of certificates, plaques or trophies, Faline wanted to use the houses as service awards. So every year, even to this day, crew members receive an annual house with a brass plaque attached engraved with their name and years of service. Regarding your SECOND question... hand screen printing always resulted in pieces that didn't pass the final inspection to be sold in stores, so they would be stamped SECOND and then sold at rock bottom prices several times a year during Seconds Sales. And of course, crew members got their pick of SECONDS any time they wanted.
Hi Faline, I have been collecting the Cat's Meow Christmas Village pieces since 1989. My husband was able to surprise me last Christmas with the 1988 Philadelphia Christmas Series and the 1987 Maine Christmas Series which hecwas able to purchase on E-bay. My question is: What year was the first Christmas Series manufactured? Thank you.
Wow, your husband has been really searching for Cat’s Meows! Those are some old, old Christmas collections. I created my first Christmas series in 1983, it was called Williamsburg Christmas, although it was just make believe buildings. There are hardly any of those pieces to be found. I even had to make myself a “fake” set a few years back just so I had a set for the local historical society to display. I would have probably made around 100 or sets of those and they were only sold in Ohio and Western PA at that time. ~Faline

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