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Half wine bar. Half adoption center. Whole new way to find your furrever friend.
Half wine bar. Half adoption center. Whole new way to find your furrever friend.
318 backers pledged $23,022 to help bring this project to life.

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Get ready Charleston. A Cat Cafe is Pouncing into Downtown this Summer!

The South is finally getting its own cat cafe! Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar will be a place where you come to enjoy freshly brewed coffee or tea, sip on wine or local beer, indulge in delicious pastries, and cuddle with adorable (and adoptable!) cats and kittens. 

What Is A Cat Cafe?

Long story short, a cat cafe is a place where you can hang out with adoptable cats, sip on your favorite beverage, and snack on some yummy goodies. The best part? If at the end of your visit you've fallen in love with your new feline friend, you can take them home with you!

In many communities across the country, there are too many cats either in shelters or on the streets and not enough space, resources, or people to help get them into their furrever homes. This is where cat cafes come in!

Cat cafes are great not only for the humans who get to enjoy their coffee with a furry friend, but they're great for cats in need AND the community as well!

  • Cat cafes act as foster homes for local shelters, which frees up space in the shelter to care for more animals in need.
  • Cat cafes get cats out of cages, socialized and played with, and into their loving furrever homes.
  • Cat cafes are great places for people who cannot have pets in their apartments or dorms (we see you, college kids!) but still need some fuzzy therapy now and again. (Did we also mention you don't have to scoop a litter box? Yeah.)

A Cat Cafe in Charleston

Charleston, SC is a city known for its beautiful beaches, friendly people, and amazing food. Over the past ten years, Charleston has become an internationally recognized tourist destination, and in 2012, Conde Nast Traveler Readers ranked Charleston as the #1 tourist destination in the entire world. On top of being on the global list of cities to visit, Charleston has also been ranked as the #1 city in the U.S. for four years in a row. (We get it, we're awesome.) As Charleston continues to grow and thrive, the cat cafe will add to the Charleston community by:

1. Partnering with Charleston's largest shelter, Charleston Animal Society (CAS). This shelter saves the lives of thousands of animals a year, and since Pounce will be fostering between 15 and 20 cats and kittens from CAS at any given point, CAS will be able to focus their attention towards animals who are in dire need of care (i.e. Caitlyn the Pitbull).

2. Supporting small businesses by partnering with local breweries and coffee roasters. All of the coffee, tea, pastries, and beer served at Pounce will be provided by other small and local businesses in the Charleston area.

3. Giving back to the Charleston community through various fundraisers and events. Pounce will host monthly fundraising events (think Mew-vie Nights, Puppy Takeovers, Cat People Speed Dating, Yoga with Cats, etc.) and will donate a portion of all ticket sales to benefit local charities and animal shelters.


About The Founders

Our names are Ashley Brooks and Annaliese Hughes, and we are the self-described crazy cat ladies behind Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar. You might be asking yourself, "Crazy cat ladies? But...where is the grey hair? Where are the bathrobe pockets filled with kitty kibble?!"

Well my friend, a "crazy cat lady" doesn't have to be a stigma anymore. In fact, you (yes, you!) could be a crazy cat lady too! To us, a "crazy cat lady" is a person of ANY gender who loves: cat puns, cat videos, funny cat shirts, wearing cat ears for fun, cat jokes, cat cartoons, or, you know, the adorable fluffy cats themselves. So, we extend a formal invitation to join the ranks of the proud "crazy cat ladies" everywhere and to help us make Charleston even more cat lady friendly.

It started early...
It started early...

Like many best friends, we met our freshman year of college while living in the same dorm. Even though we lived across the hall from each other and saw each other every day, we didn't break the ice until 6 months later when we started talking about the one thing that brings us all here today: CATS. Long story short, we've been insepurrrrable ever since.

In the years that have followed, we've seen 5 major/minor study changes, 4 ex-boyfriends, 3 big moves, 2 people becoming BEST friends, and 1 cat snuck into our dorm room (spoiler alert: huge mistake). Throughout college, our running joke was that we should just drop out and start our own cat cafe, and while we never ended up dropping out (you're welcome, mom and dad), we are finally starting our own cat cafe!

Cats are love. Cats are life.
Cats are love. Cats are life.

With our combined passions and experiences, we make the purrrrfect team to open Charleston's first cat cafe! Ashley comes to Pounce with extensive knowledge of cat health and behavior, impressive design and marketing skills, and 8 months of experience working in a cat cafe. Annaliese brings 5+ years of customer service experience, formal training in Charleston's hospitality and tourism industry, and a background in bookkeeping and accounting. We know we are the best people to make this cafe happen, and we are willing to do whatever it takes to make Pounce a reality!

Rewards

For every donation, you will literally become part of the cafe! We are offering every backer a spot on our “Thank Mew” wall to show you our undying catitude for supporting us. We really want this cafe to be just as much yours as it is ours.

Other rewards include logo stickers, VIP invites to opening weekend, pre-paid reservations to the cafe, a gift box full of cat swag, and an unlimited access membership to the cafe for a whole year! (No - we're not kitten mew!)

Reward Add-Ons

These rewards are unlocked after you pledge any amount (even as low as $1!). Add any of these items to your pledge to put a little extra cat swag in your life.

How We'll Use the Funds

Every dollar we raise will go towards making Pounce the absolute best cat cafe it can possibly be!

Our Progress and Timeline

So, where are we in the process? At this point, we've gotten our food and beverage model approved by the SC Department of Health, we have officially partnered with Charleston Animal Society, and we're now in the process of finding our furrrrever location! We are planning on opening in downtown Charleston in early August, and we would love all the support we can to help make this cat cafe the best it can possibly be.

Risks and challenges

Our goal is to open in August of 2016, and there is a lot to get done between now and then. Because of this, we may experience some setbacks such as:

1. Finding The Right Location
While we have a pretty good idea about where Pounce will be, we still haven't found the right space yet for our unique needs. We are searching for the purrrrfect place everyday, so keep checking for updates!

2. Licenses and Permits
While we have already had our business model for serving food and beverages approved by the SC Department of Health, we are now working towards getting all licenses and permits approved for opening. This process should not take long, but it could be a potential challenge to being able to open on time.

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    YOUR PHOTO FURREVER IN THE CAFE

    Send us a picture of you (or your cat?!) to be furrever immortalized on our "Thank Mew" Wall!

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    YOUR PHOTO + A POUNCE LOGO STICKER

    Your photo on our "Thank Mew" Wall, a Pounce logo sticker, and our undying catitude!

    *Sticker also available for pick up at the cafe

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    YOUR PHOTO + A FREE PASTRY OR BEVERAGE

    Your photo on our "Thank Mew" Wall and a sweet treat or beverage of your choice during your first visit!

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    EARLY ACCESS + A POUNCE LOGO STICKER

    Guess what, cool cat?! Reservations are open to you before anyone else! Snag your spot for our opening week and see the cafe before any of your friends.

    + A Pounce logo sticker
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    EARLY ACCESS + A LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT

    Show your support for Pounce with our special limited edition t-shirt available ONLY to our Kickstarter donors! How ameowzing is that?!

    + Early access to reservations
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    EARLY ACCESS + A LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT

    Show your support for Pounce with our special limited edition t-shirt available ONLY to our Kickstarter donors! How ameowzing is that?!

    + Early access to reservations
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    VIP EARLY ACCESS

    Want first dibs on the cat cafe? Enjoy 2 pre-paid passes for you and a friend to visit Pounce BEFORE they go on sale to the general public. In addition to your VIP early access, 2 beverages of your choice are on the house during your first visit. How purrrrfect?!

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    VIP INVITATION TO OPENING WEEKEND

    Be part of the exclusive group to see the cafe during our first few days of business! This VIP invitation guarantees 2 spots for you and a friend on our opening weekend as well as 2 beverages and 2 pastries for you both to enjoy. Pawesome!

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    VIP INVITATION TO OPENING WEEKEND + 2 FREE VISITS

    Be part of the exclusive group to see the cafe during our first few days of business! This VIP invitation guarantees 2 spots for you and a friend during our opening weekend as well as 2 beverages and 2 pastries to enjoy during your visit.

    + 2x passes to the cat cafe
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    VIP INVITATION TO OPENING WEEKEND + 2 FREE VISITS + CAT SWAG

    Be part of the exclusive group to see the cafe during our first few days of business! This VIP invitation guarantees 2 spots for you and a friend during our opening weekend as well as 2 beverages and 2 pastries to enjoy during your visit. We're also throwing in 2 Pounce logo t-shirts and 2 pairs of cat ears for you and your friend to rock while you're at the cafe!

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    EXCLUSIVE VIP "LITTER BOX"

    A gift box with all of our favorite cat swag (and no actual litter - don't worry!) The box will include: a Pounce logo t-shirt, a Pounce logo sticker, 2 Pounce postcards, a pair of cat ears, a whisker mug, and a personal thank mew note from all of the cats at Pounce.

    + VIP invitation to our opening weekend
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    *Also available for pick up at the cafe

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    EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO OUR LAUNCH PARTY

    Wanna party with the cool cats? Well you and a friend are invited to our grand opening launch party! Hang out with the founders, get a behind-the-scenes look at the cafe, and help us introduce the kitties to the space before we open!

    Best party ever? We thought so too.
    Oh and ps - the food and drinks are on us!

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    SPONSOR A CAT

    Help a shelter cat find their furrever home by sponsoring a cat at the cafe! In addition to supporting a very special kitty of your choice, you will also get the opportunity to name your new feline friend! We will credit you on the cat's profile displayed in the cafe as well as send you regular updates and pictures of your kitty. Thanks for helping us save a life.

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    PRIVATE PARTY + EARLY ACCESS

    Enjoy a private 3 hour party at the cat cafe for a group of up to 20 people. We've got the cats, snacks, and drinks covered!

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    1 YEAR VIP MEMBERSHIP

    Long story short, every day will be Caturday for you!

    The VIP Membership includes unlimited access to the cafe for one year plus 1 beverage and 1 pastry of your choice per visit. We're also going to hang a gold plaque above our bar with your name on it. You seriously are the cat's meow!

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    THE WHOLE KITTEN-CABOODLE

    Where do we even start? The cat's got our tongues...

    + Your *framed photo* on our "Thank Mew" Wall
    + Exclusive early access to reservations
    + Limited edition Pounce t-shirt
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    + VIP invitation to our launch party
    + Exclusive VIP "Litter Box"
    + Sponsor and name a cat
    + Private party for up to 20 people
    + 1 Year VIP Membership
    + A gold plaque with your name above our bar

    YOU REALLY ARE THE CAT'S PAJAMAS, AND WE CANNOT THANK MEW ENOUGH!

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