WHAT IS A CAT CAFÉ?
A cat cafe is what it sounds like: a place to grab drink, cuddle up in window light and relax with friends while enjoying the company of adoptable kitties (don't bring your own cat! We have that part covered!)
We will incorporate local art for our walls, the talent of local musicians for your ears, kitty cat yoga, locally delivered beverages and snacks (even for our cats!) storytime, art classes and more. Mac Tabby Cat Café will be a community hang out, a place you can come unwind and feel the good energy of our city and it's amazing people! You'll be greeted by smiling faces and kitty head-boops and purrs! Did you know that a cat's purr actually promotes healing, healthy blood pressure, and helps lower anxiety? It's 100% true, Google it! ALSO, you can feel good about the time spent with our cats too, because the simple act of allowing the cats to interact with you helps them feel the love and fine tunes their socialization skills!
Mac Tabby Cat Café has partnered with Catering to Cats and Dogs, a local non-profit who rescue cats and provide for all of their medical needs, including spay/neuter.
Mac Tabby will essentially become their foster home, open to the public, to give cats a place to be at peace and surrounded by love until their forever family brings them home! Cats are like us, they get depressed in small spaces with little affection... they are sad, heartbroken and are unable to play. This makes them less adoptable. Mac Tabby will give cats the chance to come alive, show their true personality and cuddle their way into the hearts of many!
Our lease is signed! Mac Tabby has a home inside this iconic building on E. 15th and North Davidson Street, minutes from Uptown Charlotte. "Area 15" is also home to other entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and many more. We talk about why we love our location on our website... to learn more about Charlotte's only business incubator and why we love our new space, click the photo to read all about it! Mac Tabby kitties will definitely feel the positive energy of this place!
We have leased two spaces side-by-side to abide by NC law. One space is our "cat lounge" that will house 11 cats at any given time and lots of cozy seating for our guests. Our 'cafe' space will be for check-ins, to grab a beverage or some paw-some merchandise before heading over to chill with the kitties...
You will be allowed to bring food and drinks into the Cat Lounge - just don't share with anyone furry! Our kitties eat food from our local partner in health, Pet Wants: The Urban Feed Store (their food has no corn, wheat or soy and they never use animal by-products or gluten in their cat food formulas!) so never feel bad for the kitties, they eat well!
To hang with our cats, you'll have to sign our online waiver that you will respect the boundaries put in place for the well being of the cats and humans alike! We will have a maximum number of people who can enter at a time to make each visit an great experience for all.
We will have special sign up events too, like Cat Yoga... Story-time for the little ones, Live Mew-sic and more!
WHY WE CHARGE TO 'PET CATS':
We provide a roof over our kitties head, pay taxes, payroll and all fees any other regular business would pay to stay open, so it's necessary. We don't have a 'product' to sell, we only have 'time' with our kitties, so we have to charge for it... otherwise, we would never be able to do any of this and that makes us sad! It's totally worth supporting small, local family-owned businesses, not to mention contributing to the impact of saving lives...
WHY YOU WILL FEEL GOOD ABOUT PLEDGING:
1. YOU are now an advocate for scared homeless cats through your donation. Did you know 41,000 cats are sent to shelters each year in NC? We want to make a difference.
2. YOU are helping to fund local small businesses owners... yoga teachers, artists, musicians, animal advocates, coffee brewers and rescue organizations.
4. YOU are supporting the free-range cat lounge environment we will provide our cats. You're helping to get them out of cages and off the euthanasia list and into an amazing environment!
OUR FINANCIAL GOAL:
We have less than 30 days to hit our $20k goal, please help! We have been working on this concept for years and we are SO close. Due to the sometimes unseen costs of opening a new business, we are seeking additional pledges so our doors CAN open THIS FALL! If we don't get funded, we lose it all and don't keep a penny. Kickstarter is all or nothing, so every dollar counts!
Each pledge brings the dream of providing another solution to help these abandoned, sweet voiceless kitties... AND makes the cat cafe dream for our beautiful city of Charlotte a reality!
Every dollar above $20K goes into funding our next opportunity for an even bigger space to help more kitties in the future. So, please fund with love!
WHAT WILL THE FUNDS BE USED FOR?
My name is Lori and I have been holding/fostering kittens since I was three (thanks, Mom!) They have been my calling for over 35 years. Now that my husband and I have three crazy-cat-loving sons of our own, we have been fostering as many kitties as we can from our home in Charlotte.
Over the past few years, my heart kept getting pulled to help on a grander scale. Then it clicked, the time was NOW... so we pushed past fear and started moving forward on the cat cafe concept that is (finally) hitting big in the U.S! The doors began to open... the right people crossed my path...all such GOOD people... prayers were being answered. It has been a beautiful process and we are enjoying the journey. It's hard for me to get into words how much love I feel for cats and their well-being... but it's something that has always been in my heart.
This new journey feels right. I know that our family can make an impact in our city, my passion will never waiver to advocate for the lives of precious kittens... they need a voice, and I'm a loud Italian girl, so that works well ;) I will do everything that I can to make you all proud, I promise. The gratitude I feel for the support leaves me speechless. Thank you will never be enough...
THE MAC TABBY NAME:
Nick and I rescued our first kitten together in 2001. He was our first "baby" together who sadly passed over the rainbow bridge last year. Kitty was along for a 16 year ride...we were married, moved 5 times, had 3 children... we did a lot, and he was there for it all. To honor the memory of our awesome "Mackerel Tabby" cat, Nick came up with the name "Mac Tabby" for our cafe. Mackerel Tabby cats have rings around their tail and legs, and a "necklace" of stripes on the front of their chests. The also have bands of broken or solid stripes running down their sides. He was such a beautiful cat!
Kitty's memory lives on in the creation of Mac Tabby, which will help to rescue and re-home hundreds of homeless cats... just like he was.
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Lori Konawalik | www.mactabby.com | firstname.lastname@example.org | instagram: @mactabbycatcafe | 704-488-7701| facebook: @mactabbycatcafe
Risks and challenges
As with opening any small business, there have been challenges that come... but with each, we have faced them head on and continue to move forward.
- The love and support for Mac Tabby has been incredible... however, the reality is, this Kickstarter campaign could still fail. This would be a major setback in our plans to open and we would have to continue to seek additional resources to be fully funded, which increases the time needed to open our doors.
- The Agriculture Department has many rules set forth to stay compliant (and to keep our guests/kitties healthy and happy!) We have worked closely with them since day one to ensure we were following all applicable code regulations to enable getting our final walk-thru permit easily. However, this has come with some added operating costs and unforeseen expenses at our leased space. Not being fully funded will not allow us to make the appropriate upgrades and will delay opening.
We are fully committed to this project and have been seeking knowledge and guidance through the entire process. Once fully funded, we will be able to provide a safe, healthy and awesome place for our kitty and human friends alike, please help us get there.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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