Help Bring Pittsburgh's First Cat Cafe to Life!
Pittsburgh, PA has been rising in the ranks as one of the most livable cities in the US. But how livable is it really if there isn't a cat cafe?
We are here to change that! The Black Cat Market will be Pittsburgh's first cat cafe, where people can enjoy delicious beverages and baked goods while hanging out with some of the coolest cats in town: adoptable kitties!
About The Black Cat Market
Cat cafes, originating in Japan, are becoming incredibly popular throughout the United States. A cat cafe is exactly what it sounds like: a coffee shop where you can interact with and enjoy the company of cats!
This is good for both the customers and the cats. Cat's purring and energy promote healing, healthy blood pressure, and help lower anxiety. Allowing the cats to interact with humans helps them learn socialization skills and prepare for their furr-ever homes. Everybody wins!
At The Black Cat Market, we will have a specialized room, separate from the serving area, for our customers to visit our cat colony. This room will have cozy furniture for people and cats, as well as some enrichment toys for the kitties, making it the perfect place for you to interact with our cats.
Every cat will be adoptable via Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh, who will be training us in cat colony room design and adoption services. If you find yourself falling in love with one of our kitties, you can apply to adopt them on the spot!
One of our main missions with The Black Cat Market is to act as a community gathering place. Not only will we provide a comfortable environment for people to work, read, study, and relax, we will host many other events as well. Book clubs, art shows, yoga classes with cats, pet therapy sessions, and more will all be on our schedule!
We are Olivia Ciotoli and Indigo Baloch, two pals who love coffee and cats. We have been cat fans basically since we were born. Between the two of us, we've owned over nine furry friends, and don't plan on slowing down any time soon. It only seems natural that our first official business endeavor together revolves around saving cats.
We are both students from Pittsburgh, and are heavily involved in the music and art community. Olivia books and hosts small concerts at City Grows in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, and loves being involved in the local music community. One of Indigo's three jobs is being a barista at Chatham's cafe, so we have the coffee experience covered too!
We don't mean to brag, but we think our rewards are ameowzing! From handmade merchandise and art, to gifts for your favorite furry friends, everything a cat lover wants is available as a reward. We also are going throw our supporters an awesome launch party with coffee drinks, delicious homemade baked goods, and some quality kitty time!
Progress and Timeline
We work hard every day to make sure this dream becomes a reality. At this point, we have a completed business plan, are partnered with Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh, and are actively seeking out potential locations for our cafe!
The Black Cat Market plans to open in Fall of 2016. We have lots of hard work to do between now and then, and you can always check out our website or social media for updates.
How Funds Will Be Used
Every dollar of the $20,000 raised will be spent directly on making The Black Cat Market a reality. It will cover the security deposit, first month of rent, and first month of utilities at our future location. It will also help fund our startup supplies such as an espresso maker, coffee supplies, and furnishings. Renovations will be a large part of our expenses in order to make the cat room safe and livable for the cats. The rest will be spent on creating the amazing Kickstarter rewards we have prepared, as well as any other expenses that may pop up.
Risks and challenges
We plan to open in the Fall of 2016, but there are still some steps to take to make that happen!
Here are some possible risks:
1. Finding the purrfect location.
While we have narrowed our possible locations down to some neighborhoods, we have not found our storefront yet. The money you help us raise will go towards rent at our future location.
2. Constructing the cat room.
We will have to construct the cat room so that it passes Allegheny County's health codes. However, we have done quite a bit of research and will have input from Animal Rescue League on how to build the best cat room possible.
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