Do you love animals? Do you love wine? Do you want to drink wine while helping animals?
Mount Purrnon is that place.
About the Cafe
Mount Purrnon Cat Cafe and Wine Bar will combine cats, wine, and history to provide a unique experience and relaxing environment for visitors. The cafe will be separated into two rooms: a cat lounge and a cafe/wine bar. The cat lounge will house adoptable cats from a local shelter and provide a comfortable place for visitors to play with the cats. If you fall in love with a cat, you can take them home! The cafe/wine bar area will have cafe items like coffee, tea, and pastries, but it will also have a variety of wine and beer as well as snacks like cheese plates and hummus.
There will be free wi-fi and visitors will have the option to buy a telework pass to work from the cafe! Cats love to lay on computers.
The cafe will also have special events like wine tastings, trivia, game night, and movie nights!
For those that love history as much as we do, or if you are visiting the area for the first time, we will have maps, local guides, and history books for you to plan and enjoy the local area!
How the Cafe Will Work
For those who want to go into the cat lounge, we will be operating on a reservation system to ensure the cats, and you, don't feel overwhelmed. We want to make sure that visitors have enough space to relax and not be falling over each other. We plan to have about 10-12 cats in the lounge at once, with a special private area for them when they need to get away. But we promise there will be plenty of cuties to play with!
Visitors to the cat lounge will be able to visit the cafe and wine bar area to grab drinks and snacks and will have the option of consuming them in that room or bringing them into the lounge area. It's up to you! When your reservation time is over, you are welcome to hang out in the cafe/wine bar area or you will have the option to extend your reservation as space permits.
If you don't want to hang out with the cats, you are welcome to visit the cafe and wine bar without paying a reservation fee. We plan to have glass between the rooms, so you can watch the cats in action.
As Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, EVERY donation helps!
Kickstarter donations will greatly assist us in being able to secure a location. Old Town Alexandria is an amazing spot, but also can be expensive, and our lease will likely require multiple months up front. We also need to construct a partition separating the cat lounge from the cafe/wine bar.
If we were to exceeed our goals (WE WOULD BE ECSTATIC), we would be able to work towards the fun things like catifying the space, getting comfortable furniture, and theme-appropriate furnishings!
Our opening date depends on a lot of factors, but most importantly finding a location that is the purrfect fit!
I am a cat lady. I have had cats my entire life. I refer to my cat as my child. I own more than ten cat-related articles of clothing. I even have my cat's pawprint tattooed on my foot. I would save all of the animals if I could, but unfortunately I don't think my landlord or boyfriend would like that. So I'm going to try to help as many cats as I can find homes!
I decided that life is too short to not do something you love, and also that it is super important to make a difference in the world. By combining my favorite things, I came up with the idea to start this cafe. I want to save animals and make people happy! Personally, nothing makes me happier than my cat Weasley and a glass (or two) of wine.
~ Hi guys, Adam here. Kristin and I are extremely excited about this project and can't wait to get our cat cafe rolling. We look forward to providing a fun, comfortable, and welcoming place for locals and visitors to the area alike and can't wait to get as many cats as we can out of cages and into the good homes they deserve.
As for me, I am also passionate about animals and I have a cat as well, a lady named Schrodinger who will turn 16 by the time this Kickstarter campaign ends!
Thank you and we can't wait to have you over for some coffee or wine and most importantly to play with some furry friends! ~
ANY donation is greatly appreciated and is making a difference in helping this business succeed.
For more information, please visit us at www.mtpurrnoncatcafe.com or on social media!
-Kristin, Adam, and Weasley
Read more on https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/04/26/old-town-alexandria-cat-cafe.html
Risks and challenges
We are in the beginning stages of this business, but we are committed to making it a reality. We realize that this is a process and are working with numerous individuals to get things done, one step at a time.
We have had a number of meetings already and are making substantial progress. The next step is to secure funding for a location and find that perfect spot! Because our cafe will be part adoption center, we are looking for a particular layout that will allow for the two separate rooms.
Once a location is secured, we will be working with the City of Alexandria to ensure zoning, health, and all other business guidelines are met.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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