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MAUHAUS is a cat cafe - a magical place that combines coffee with cat snuggles. More people hanging out with cats means more adoptions.
925 backers pledged $36,147 to help bring this project to life.

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For more information, merch, or to contact us, head to www.mauhauscafe.com

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We want to bring a cat cafe to St. Louis!

Coffee. Cats. Snuggling. A place where YOU GET TO HANG OUT WITH CATS AND DRINK COFFEE! The absolute BEST part about this is that the cats in the cafe will be adoptable!

The cats in the cafe will be exposed to a lot of potential adopters that they wouldn’t otherwise get to meet. This increases adoption rates dramatically, which in turn opens up more spots for cats that need help.

Why would you come to a cat cafe?

  • love cats, but partner is allergic
  • not allowed to have pets in home/apartment
  • don't have time to take care of pets, but need snuggles
  • visiting St. Louis and homesick for your kitties
  • you require the magic only a room full of cats provides!

Even if you have a cat, getting to experience a large number of cats in one space is something special that we want every animal lover to experience.

DID WE MENTION YOU GET TO HANG OUT WITH CATS?!

We want MAUHAUS to be the best possible experience for everyone and in order for that to happen we need help. We have a lot of big ideas and we can’t do this alone. 

We are self funding a large portion of the cafe startup cost. Your pledges will help get us the rest of the way there.

Here is a detailed breakdown of how the money will be able to help us! Plus STRETCH GOALS!

Rewards for everyone. We've carefully selected great rewards for all budgets. Whether you're looking for physical goods and exclusive merch, or more experiential rewards, we have great options for everyone.

SPECIAL NOTE: Fur-Ever Friend's Club, Elite VIP Membership - this is one special reward that every backer $10 and up will get. Membership to the Fur-Ever Friend's club gives you lifelong access to special discounts, exclusive tastings, rare merch, and freebies. The specials will always be rotating, and will periodically include things like: 20% off beverages, free logo cookies, sample of new macaron recipe, and more! This club status is EXCLUSIVE to backers.

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  • Increase your pledge in the ‘Pledge Amount’ box by the total of the items you want to add.
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In order to give the cats time to adjust, we'll approach our opening in phases. We're excited to give YOU our Kickstarter backers several opportunities to be among the first people in the cafe!

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*Note, some of these opportunities are limited!
*Note, some of these opportunities are limited!

We already have a space. Our floorplans are done. We have been working with the city of Maplewood closely to make sure we are meeting all necessary codes and ordinances. They have been incredibly welcoming to us and we are so grateful to them.

We've done a handful of events with Tenth Life Cat Rescue and with the City of Maplewood. We've also partnered with LaCosecha Coffee and Traveling Tea. We've been experimenting with lots of recipes and have a great menu lined up!

We've been devoted to this project for the past year and we've been working hard behind the scenes to make it a reality. Your support invigorates us and we're happy to have YOU, our fans, as part of this process.

We envision MAUHAUS as a place for people to go where they can be themselves. Cats don’t care how much money you make or what kind of music you listen to. There is no one to impress, so be completely you!

MAUHAUS will be unlike any cafe you've ever been to - and not just because of the cats! We're dedicated to offering unique food and beverages from around the globe. You'll find offerings in MAUHAUS that you just won't see in most cafes. We've spent the last year perfecting recipes and experimenting with new ideas. 

Not only will we have an adventurous menu, we'll also make sure we accommodate our vegan and gluten-free friends too! 

In addition to our own recipes, we'll be partnering with great local businesses too!
In addition to our own recipes, we'll be partnering with great local businesses too!
Preliminary designs inspired by the De Stijl movement.
Preliminary designs inspired by the De Stijl movement.

 YES!

We began talking with the health department really early on so that we knew this was going to be possible. The way that the space will be kept safe and clean is by separating the cafe and the lounge. The two spaces will be separated by a double door system. No cats will ever enter the cafe. We will also have an air filtration system in place to make sure the air is properly circulated and clean.

Our top priority is making sure that the cats have a safe and comfortable environment to live in. Not only does this mean that there will be a lot of different vertical spaces and cat walks for the cats, this also means having enough spaces for the cats to go when they don’t feel up for socialization.

These cats are cute, but make terrible baristas.
These cats are cute, but make terrible baristas.

Risks and challenges

Starting a cafe is already a risk. Starting one with cats is an even bigger risk. This business model is so new and unexplored that we will be learning a lot as we go. We know that with the community support we can make MAUHAUS a success.

When beginning a business from scratch, there are a lot of things that could go wrong. Here are the things we’ve thought of, and how we would deal with them.

Construction could take more time or money than planned. This is common, and we’re prepared to get a bank loan if needed to finish construction. This is also why we haven’t announced a specific opening date yet!

Health department issues. We’re doing everything we can to be proactive here, but some things just don’t come up until they can see the space. We’ll be working to get them in as soon as possible, and we’ll be building out the kitchen before the rest of the space.

Staffing. Staffing a restaurant is often a challenge. We also don’t know how busy we’ll be in the first few months. We’ve secured a few core team members that have already been helping us with some of the important decisions and we’re excited to meet many of you who have expressed interest in working with us.

The Kickstarter could fail :( This is always a possibility when running a Kickstarter. We are dedicated to this project and we would continue on without the funding. The Kickstarter failing would severely decrease our available funds. It would also tell us that there may not be a very big audience in St. Louis. As a result, we would pilot the cafe as a very scaled down version of what we have planned.

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    FUR-EVER FRIENDS CLUB - ELITE MEMBERSHIP CARD
    An exclusive VIP club available ONLY to Kickstarter backers. Fur-Ever Friends will have access to limited specials, exclusive tastings, rare merch, and freebies. Check for a different perk every time you come in!

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    TEA FOR TWO
    Bring a date or a friend and enjoy your choice of beverage and baked good on the house. When we open up for reservations you'll get first choice before the general public.

    ALSO INCLUDES: Fur-ever Friends Club Card

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    MAUHAUS SHIRT - EXCLUSIVE DESIGN
    Designed exclusively for this campaign, this shirt highlights the elegance of mid-century design with the sophistication of a cat that thinks it's a people.

    ALSO INCLUDES: Fur-Ever Friends Club Card

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    MAUHAUS MERCH BUNDLE
    Exclusive Orange MAUHAUS Mug
    Exclusive Shirt Design
    MAUHAUS Logo Buttons + Exclusive Kickstarter Buttons
    MAUHAUS Stickers

    ALL inside a branded MAUHAUS canvas tote.

    ALSO INCLUDES: Fur-Ever Friends Club Card

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    VIP BACKER PARTY
    We're hosting a party in your honor! A very limited engagement, before our doors are open to the public. Food and beverages on the house. Cats will provide the entertainment.

    ALSO INCLUDES: Fur-Ever Friends Club Card

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    EARLY ACCESS
    Special entry for you and one friend before we're open to the public! Be one of our first customers and get access before anyone else! Includes food, drink, cats, and bragging rights.

    ALSO INCLUDES: Fur-Ever Friends Club Card and MAUHAUS Merch Bundle

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    BEHIND THE SCENES
    A 2-part behind the scenes tour:
    Part 1 - You and a friend get a sneak peek at the lounge under construction, then join us for coffee in the kitchen and taste test a selection of baked goods.
    Part 2 - Come back a few weeks later to watch as some of our cats get to explore the lounge for their first time.

    ALSO INCLUDES: Fur-Ever Friends Club Card and MAUHAUS Merch Bundle

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    GOLDEN MUG
    Exclusive 1 of a kind MAUHAUS mug grants you a free coffee any day you bring it in. Be the holder of the GOLDEN MUG!

    ALSO INCLUDES: Fur-Ever Friends Club Card and MAUHAUS Merch Bundle

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    PRIVATE CAT PARTY
    Your group of 15 friends gets the whole lounge to yourselves! Beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and baked goods will be supplied by our kitchen, and each guest will receive a special gift bag of pawesome party favors (including a Fur-Ever Friends card for each person!).

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