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EAT bakery, enjoy a cup of coffee, relax with PURRing adoptable felines and LOVE helping homeless cats at a one-of-a-kind CAT CAFE!
EAT bakery, enjoy a cup of coffee, relax with PURRing adoptable felines and LOVE helping homeless cats at a one-of-a-kind CAT CAFE!
EAT bakery, enjoy a cup of coffee, relax with PURRing adoptable felines and LOVE helping homeless cats at a one-of-a-kind CAT CAFE!
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  • People love cats. 
  • Cats love people who love them. 
  • Cat Cafes bring loving people and cats together.
Cat cafes create a unique experience for shelter cats waiting to be adopted.
Cat cafes create a unique experience for shelter cats waiting to be adopted.

 

Waiting to be adopted at The Dancing Cat San Jose, CA
Waiting to be adopted at The Dancing Cat San Jose, CA

A cat cafe is on it's way to Central Ohio!

After a year of planning, we have finally found a "purrfect" location for Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe in Clintonville, a welcoming and wonderful community of Columbus, OH.  It's a "purrfect" location for adoptable cats & cat lovers to mingle with a cup of coffee, supplied by a variety of local coffee roasters, and delicious vegan bakery from Pattycake Bakery. It's also a "purrfect" location to host a clowder of cats from The Capital Area Humane Society.  

Now we need to convert the space into a one-of-a-kind cat cafe!  We want to make Ohio's first cat cafe the best cat cafe it can be when we open our doors.  The build-out is crucial in separating the cat lounge from the entrance and cafe area. We also plan to have lots of climbers and cubbies and a cat wheel along with many other fun items for the cats and of course, comfortable furniture for the cats and the cat-loving humans to share. We want to install a security/surveillance system to help keep the cats safe after hours.  We appreciate your support in making this happen so we can start connecting homeless cats with happy people at Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe as soon as possible.

We will be hosting a clowder of cats from The Capital Area Humane Society
We will be hosting a clowder of cats from The Capital Area Humane Society

 

Our reward "purrks" for cat lovers!

We have created several "meowsome" reward "purrks" for you, the cat lover in mind.  Many include passes-for-two, for some of our special events. Sure, you can use both passes for yourself if you'd like. There are few things that make life better than cats though, and we think one of those is a best friend who loves cats as much as you do!  

Don't forget to check out our Kickstarter Reward "Purrks"
Don't forget to check out our Kickstarter Reward "Purrks"

Eat, Purr Love Cat Cafe 101: 

 WHO would visit the cat cafe? 

 1. A cat lover who wants to convince a non-cat lover that cats are awesome and hopefully adopts one, or two.

 2. A cat lover who's significant other is allergic to cats, no matter how much allergy medicine they take. 

 3. A cat lover who is already owned by a dog or another cat that vetoes adding a new feline member to the family. 

 4. A cat lover who is sad for having a "no pets allowed" lease.

 5. A cat lover!

                      photo courtesy of The Dancing Cat San Jose, CA

WHAT you can expect at the cat cafe...   

1. All of the purrs you can handle.  

 2. Big smiles and "feel-goods".  

 3. Lower blood pressure and stress relief.  

 4. Lots of cool photos and selfies with cats.  

 5. Being with people who get it...you just really love cats!

Enjoy delicious vegan bakery and fresh brewed coffee.
Enjoy delicious vegan bakery and fresh brewed coffee.

WHERE you can enjoy... 

1. Yoga / Painting, with cats.

 2. Benefit cat art created by local artists, with cats. 

 3. Meow Mixers for singles who share their love of cats. 

 4. Special kid activities, with cats. 

 5. Yummy bakery and locally roasted, fresh-brewed coffee, with cats! 

                        photo courtesy of A Purrfect Start, Grove City, OH

WHY support the cat cafe?  

1. The adoption of and advocating for homeless cats.  

 2. The opportunity to bring awareness to the therapeutic benefits of making cats part of our lives and part of our families.  

 3. The support of local small businesses and animal advocate and rescue organizations.  

4. The cage-free, enriching environment and a high adoption success rate provided for cats.  

 5. The unique experience and opportunity for cat lovers and cats!

Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe; prepping and waiting for renovation.
Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe; prepping and waiting for renovation.

WHEN the cat cafe is officially open ...  

 1. Permits will be filed and renovation completed to keep cats separate and safe from the cafe and entrance.  

 2. Catifying of the space is "purrfected". Shelves, cubbies, climbing items and other fun cat stuff like a cat wheel will be purchased.  

 3. Security system and surveillance will be installed.  

 4. Employees will be hired and trained.  

 5. The first cats will be moved in and are ready to snooze, snuggle, play and purr the day away with the people who visit them!

Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe Rules.
Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe Rules.

HOW will the cat cafe work?  

1. Make a reservation: This will ensure that your waiting time is minimized and your time in the cat lounge is maximized. We will only allow a small group of people in at one time so you and the cats don't feel overwhelmed during your visit.  

 2. Sign a waiver:  Cats are cute and fuzzy but they are still live animals nonetheless. We're just making sure that you're aware of some of the risks associated with hanging out with small cats (which are a lot less than hanging out with big cats!)

 3. Review the cat rules: This keeps everyone safe and comfortable. Cats can be persnickety, so we've considered what some of them would want the rules to be.  

 4. Pay an hourly cover fee: The cover fee helps pay bills and keeps the cat cafe in operation, so we can continue making a difference for many cats for many years to come. We will also utilize the cat cafe during off-hours for programs that will benefit groups of people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the therapeutic benefits of being around purring cats. As well as opening the cat cafe to cat rescue groups to use for fundraisers, workshops volunteer recruitment / orientation through our Cat Cafe "Co-opurrative" These programs will be at no charge to them.  

 5. Enjoy the cats! Sit back...relax...forget your troubles with purring, playful magnificent cats. If you make a love connection with one of the cat cafe cats, we will be implementing The Capital Area Humane Society's adoption procedures and policies when adopting out their cats!

Please visit our website:  www.eatpurrlovecatcafe.com for additional info. Or feel free to send a us a message:  Comments and questions are welcomed and appreciated.

Risks and challenges

We have already tackled many of our challenges while searching for a "purrfect" location but we have also encountered several obstacles along the way. For instance; the location, as wonderful as it is, did require a zoning variance. This entailed a two month long process of filing paperwork, paying an expensive zoning variance fee and attending several public hearings. Luckily for us, the City of Columbus was extremely helpful during this process and the variance was passed unanimously!

Since we have signed the lease on June 1st, we have been meeting with contractors, electricians, plumbers and architects in order to apply for the proper permits required for renovation. We hope this portion of the project goes just as smoothly but there are always unforeseen costs and issues that could cause delays during a renovation process. We will remain diligent and continue to work hard in order to open in July as we had predicted and hoped for. If we are not able to open in July, we hope that it won't be long after that. We plan to keep everyone apprised with updates and announcements if and when changes arise.

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    1. Purr-all Mural

    For all backers who support us with $5.00 or more:
    Your name, pet’s name, business name or a person or pet you wish to memorialize, will be displayed in the cat lounge on an artistic typography cat mural. Receive exclusive updates and photos about the cat café as we prepare to open.

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    2. Kitty-Camer-awwww!!! Subscription

    Our "Purrveillance" cameras will monitor our cats while we’re away. Get a one week subscription for a birds-eye view of the cats and enjoy the after-hours kitty shenanigans from their home to yours. Your pledges will help us install a security and surveillance system.

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    3. T-shirt, Cuddles, Cookies & Coffee

    Be one of the first cat aficionados to fashion an exclusive Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe Grand Opening t-shirt. FREE Shipping (OR) Pick up your t-shirt at the cat café once we're open and enjoy an hour in the cat lounge (excludes special events) and a cookie / coffee (or other beverage) combo on us. With a reservation please.

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    11. ("NEW PURRK") Kitty "Litterary" Hour

    Settle in with some feline friends for an hour long reading of "Crime Cats: Missing" read by the author himself, Wolfgang Parker! Afterward, you'll receive a personally signed copy to take home! "Crime Cats: Missing" was awarded the Silver Medal for Preteen Mystery in the 2016 Literary Classics Book Awards.

    Admits one adult and one child (ages 5 and older recommended)

    Reservations for up to two additional children per adult will be be available for this event for $10.00 each. (Book not included)

    Additional books and signing will be available for purchase after the event.

    http://crimecatsbooks.com/

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    4. "Purrparazzi" Pass

    Do you like cats? Taking pictures? Taking pictures of cats? Help us get our very first cats prepared for guests. This purrk gets you and a friend into the café before we open to the public. Take the first pictures of our cats and get them used to the spotlight. We’ll also use your best cat photos to display at the café and on social media. Enjoy access for 4 hours of kitty kuddle time for an entire morning or afternoon while we are there putting on the final touches prior to opening. You will litter-ally be the first guests that our cats will have the pleasure to meet. Also receive a pass for an hour to the cat lounge for two. (excludes special events) Come back after we open and visit the cats again, with a reservation please.

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    5. VIP (Very Important "Purrson") Passes

    Help us celebrate the Grand Opening of Ohio’s first Cat Café with live music and fun, fun, fun! EAT delicious bakery from Pattycake Vegan Bakery. Enjoy our cats while they play, pose and PURR the night away. LOVE having a cat café in Columbus, Ohio!

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    6. Health & "Harmeowny" Package

    Health & “Harmeowny” Package

    Relax and get your asana on while helping us keep our cats healthy and in shape. Share your mat with a cat! This "purrk" will include; a pass for you and a friend to attend one of our first “Yogatos” Classes (or use both passes for yourself) plus an Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe "Yogatos" tank-top and water bottle. The fun isn’t over yet. Receive a laser light and become a “purr-sonal” Cat Wheel (yes, it’s a real thing) trainer during your visit. Then keep the laser light for your own cats to enjoy. Write a “purrsonal” message on the cat wheel. Your pledges would help us provide the cats with a cat wheel and lots of shelves and climbers. Our "fitty- kitties" will have you to thank for the fun

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    7. Feline Good After Meowers Party

    Be some of our first guests to monopolize on all the purrs and whisker rubs you can handle! Invite up to 15 of your cat-loving friends for a three hour private party with the cats, after we close to the general public. Receive an exclusive Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café t-shirt and your choice of water bottle or travel mug for yourself. With a reservation please.

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    8. "Purrtrait" & Painting Package

    Have a beautiful water color portrait of your own cat created by one of our featured artists. "Maria's Watercolors" http://www.mariaswatercolorart.com/ You will keep the original and we will display a copy of the painting in the cat cafe for all of our guests to enjoy as well. Then receive a pass for you and a friend to attend one of our first "Purrs and Palettes" Classes. (Or you can use both passes for yourself.) With a reservation please.

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    9. Don't Worry, Be Happy Cat Month Pass

    If you can wait until September to hang with the cats at the cat café, then this is the “Purrk” for you! September is Happy Cat Month, so we are offering an unlimited pass to the cat lounge during regular hours for the entire month of September, no reservation necessary! Then choose a pair of passes to either a “Yogatos” (or) “Purrs and Palettes” class in September as well. This "purrk" also includes and exclusive Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe t-shirt. Take your worries away at the cat café and make every day a “Happy Cat Day”!

    THIS REWARD "PURRK" ALSO INCLUDES THE NEW KITTY "LITTERARY PURRK"!

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    10. The "Meowabunga"!!!

    If you are crazy for cats, then this is “The Cat’s Meow” of “purrks” for you! Be one of the first cat lovers to experience Ohio’s first cat café and all of the exciting Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café events we have planned! With a reservation please. You will receive a pair of VIP Premiere Party passes for our Grand Opening. Then host a “Feline Good After Meowers” Private Party for you and 15 of your cat loving friends. Also receive a pair of passes to ALL of our special events; "Yogatos" class and "Purrs & Palettes" (also includes a portrait of your own cat). This “purr-k” also comes with a one week Kitty-Cam subscription for you and a one day “Purrparazzi” pass for you and a friend. You will also receive a “Kitten Kaboodle Kit” which includes; one water bottle and one travel mug and your choice of two Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café t-shirts or tank-tops, along with a kitty laser light to have fun with our cats and yours. Finally, we’ve added a little “hypurrbole” to this "purrk" by including a pass for (99) one hour cat lounge visits (excludes special events) Use them all yourself or share with friends. Use them all right away or throughout the year! Meowabunga!!! With a reservation, please.

    THIS REWARD "PURRK" ALSO INCLUDES THE NEW KITTY "LITTERARY PURRK"!

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