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The Black Cat Market will be Pittsburgh's first cat cafe; where people can enjoy coffee while hanging out with adoptable cats!
The Black Cat Market will be Pittsburgh's first cat cafe; where people can enjoy coffee while hanging out with adoptable cats!
The Black Cat Market will be Pittsburgh's first cat cafe; where people can enjoy coffee while hanging out with adoptable cats!
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Black Cat Market: Pittsburgh's First Cat Cafe

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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.

Animal Rescue League's "Cat Colony Room", which our cat room will be loosely based off of
Animal Rescue League's "Cat Colony Room", which our cat room will be loosely based off of

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! 

Kitties from Animal Rescue League
Kitties from Animal Rescue League

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!

About Us

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.

A walk through time with us and our cats!
A walk through time with us and our 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!

Rewards

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!

Just a few examples of our rewards!
Just a few examples of our rewards!

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

How funds will be used
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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    BLACK CAT MARKET LOGO STICKERS

    An awesome sticker with the Black Cat Market logo on it. Stick it on your car, computer, or other things. But please don't stick it on your cat, I don't think they'll appreciate that.

    ~The sticker can be shipped, but you can also just pick it up at the store!

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    ONE VISIT + ONE DRINK
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    Come check out our cat room and receive a drink on us! You'll also get one of our cool stickers as a souvenir.

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    FIVE CAT ROOM VISITS
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    Get to know our adoptable cats. Visit our kitty room five whole times!

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    LOGO TRAVEL MUG
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    You can't take our cat room with you, but you can take our coffee! Receive a handy refillable travel mug with the Black Cat Market logo on it! Bring it back into the cafe for a percentage off your drink purchases.

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    TEN CAT ROOM VISITS
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    You will be our kitties' best friend after this! Come visit our cat room ten whole times on us.

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    HANDPRINTED LOGO T-SHIRT
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    You will be looking cat-tastic in this t-shirt, handprinted with the Black Cat Market logo.

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    CAT GIFT BASKET
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    A cat in a basket?! No, but almost as good. A basket chock full of toys and treats for your furry friend.

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    LIMITED EDITION FINE ART PRINT BY MAURA CREIGHTON
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    Let your home decor match your love of cats with a kitty-themed limited edition fine art print by local Pittsburgh artist, Maura Creighton.

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    PET PORTRAIT SESSION BY OLIVIA CIOTOLI
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    Is your pet ready for their close-up? Of course they are, look at those wittle eyes and wiggly nose and fuzzy paws. Uh, sorry. Your pet will be photographed by local photographer and Black Cat Market owner Olivia Ciotoli. You'll get a disc with all the photographs from the photo shoot.

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    MERCH PACK

    Well, we couldn't give away a jet pack, but this is second best! You will receive a handprinted logo shirt, refillable logo mug, a sticker, and few other small goodies!

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    BIG CAT GIFT BASKET
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    Treat your cat like the king or queen they are! This is a larger version of the cat gift basket, with a bonus food bowl with our logo on it!

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    MERCH PACK + TEN CAT ROOM VISITS + LIMITED EDITION FINE ART PRINT BY MAURA CREIGHTON

    Meowza! For donating $200, you will receive the entire merch pack containing our handprinted logo shirt and more, as well as ten visits to our cat room, and a fine art print by Maura Creighton.

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    ACCESS TO LAUNCH PARTY + MERCH PACK

    3, 2, 1, Blast Off! We are kicking things off right with a grand opening launch party and we'd love for you to be a part of it. There will be plenty of treats for you and our 4 legged friends. You will also receive a merch pack as a souvenir.

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    PRIVATE PARTY + ACCESS TO LAUNCH PARTY
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    Gather up your pals for a party of a lifetime. We'll take care of the cats, snacks, and drinks. Also be invited to our launch party!

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    PRIVATE PARTY + BIG CAT GIFT BASKET + ACCESS TO LAUNCH PARTY
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    This is the purrfect reward for your business, family, or friend group! Enjoy a private party on us, and even receive a big cat gift basket to give as a present or share! You will also receive access to our launch party.

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    SIX MONTH VIP + ACCESS TO LAUNCH PARTY

    For the true cat lovers! Be a VIP at The Black Cat Market for six months. That means you can visit the cat room, receive one drink and one snack once a day for six entire months. You will also be a guest at our launch party.

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    ONE YEAR VIP + ACCESS TO LAUNCH PARTY

    If six months of VIP doesn't purr-suade you, hopefully one year will! You will also have access to our launch party.

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    LIFELONG VIP + EVERYTHING ELSE

    Holy cow! Or should I say Holy cat. This is as purrfect as it gets. Enjoy one entry to our cat room, a drink, and a beverage per day for the rest of your life. Also receive every other reward on our list!
    -Access to our launch party
    -A private party
    -Pet portrait session by Olivia Ciotoli
    -Merch pack including handprinted t-shirt, refillable travel mug, logo stickers, and more goodies
    -Limited edition fine art print by Maura Creighton
    -Big cat gift basket

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