The Kitty Beautiful: An Orlando Cat Cafe
The Kitty Beautiful: An Orlando Cat Cafe
We want to open a cat cafe near downtown Orlando, a place to eat pastries, drink a coffee or juice, and play with adoptable kitties!
We want to open a cat cafe near downtown Orlando, a place to eat pastries, drink a coffee or juice, and play with adoptable kitties! Read more
Hi! Welcome to the Kickstarter page for The Kitty Beautiful, a cat cafe we hope to bring to downtown Orlando with your help!
So what is a cat cafe? We're glad you asked!
On one side, a cat cafe is just a regular place to get pastries, coffee, teas, freshly made organic juices, and snacks. It's a place to bring your laptop and use free Wi-Fi while you enjoy a good morning pick me up. Or a place to unwind during a busy day.
But the other side of a cat cafe is that it is an attraction where cats can be watched and played with.
Patrons pay a small cover fee, and they can go into a separate room to play with and hang out with a whole bunch of free roaming, fully adoptable cats.
The world's first cat cafe opened in Taiwan in 1998. A few years later, they started to open in Japan, which is where the concept took off. The concept spread to Europe and then to the United States in 2014.
(Note: In Japan, it is common for the cats to be allowed everywhere. Here in the USA, for cultural and legal reasons, we keep the cats in a separate room and away from the food areas.)
Cat cafes in the United States differ from those in many other countries with their focus on adoptions. So you can come down to a cat cafe, pick up a muffin, get a coffee, go play with cats, and if you fall in love, adopt them and take them home.
Sounds great, right?
That's why we're excited to announce plans for The Kitty Beautiful, a cat cafe, here in Orlando.
The name is a play on our Orlando city motto, the City Beautiful. Think of a place where people can come for quick bite, grab a pastry (we'll have vegan options available) and a coffee, order a cup of freshly made organic juice from our juice bar. You can relax with a magazine or a book using Wi-Fi in our cafe area, playing a board game, or take that coffee into the cat play area and spend as much time as you want playing with and enjoying the company of our furry little friends.
Because of our connection to Orlando Organics, almost all items in the cafe will be organic. We are aiming to have our coffee be organic and free trade, and many items will be vegan.
And if you meet a kitty who you fall for, you'll be able to adopt them and take them home.
We are ecstatic to announce that we will be working with Candy's Cats, Inc. to provide adoptable cats in our cat cafe. Candy's Cats, Inc. is a Florida 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation whose goal is to make a determined effort within our community to educate our residents about the tragedy of "throwaway" kittens and cats. It is their mission to teach and empower the residents in our community to take responsibility for the scourge of the throwaways. Candy's Cats has saved over 5,000 cats during the last decade. All of their cats are spayed/neutered, tested for feline leukemia and feline aids; administered age appropriate vaccines, treated for parasites, and all microchipped.
The cafe will not only to be a place where people connect with cats, but with each other. Special nights with local musicians, small theatrical events, parties, and the like. A regular "Mewvie Night" where we gather together and watch a movie on a flatscreen surrounded by cats.
We want to have a little tiny library on site so people can grab a book and read surrounded by cats.
And cat yoga? It's gonna happen. Namaste.
How can you help make this dream happen? We're turning to Kickstarter for help from people who'd love to see a cat café near downtown Orlando.
So what does The Kitty Beautiful intend to do with the money raised through Kickstarter?
First and foremost secure and pay for a space near the downtown area. We've found a great location right near Lake Eola and the courthouse.
Some of the money raised will go to make physical changes in whatever location chosen, both for the cafe side and for the kitties to have a great fun environment to play in.
Cat towers, cat toys, comfy places to sit, accessories. And of course cat food and litter.
We'll need to buy equipment both for the people side and the cat side, such as fridges and display cases for our baked goods. A top flight coffee machine and juicer is a must, which we intend to lease.
Kickstarter fees and rewards will take up a percentage, and some will go to insurance, licenses, fees, all that boring stuff, and of course promotion and marketing.
But that's where you can help too of course -- the more of you who share our Kickstarter video and let friends know about our cafe, the more we can raise to make The Kitty Beautiful an amazing place.
And of course, you can donate to help make this happen!
Please donate! Every donation helps, even as low as $5. If you donate over $10 your name will go on our thank you wall.
Higher level donations will get you such special rewards as t-shirts, limited edition prints, personalized mugs, free memberships, tasting events, passes to our yoga classes and movie nights, discounts on food and cat time after we open, tickets to our launch party, and other special deals.
Thank you so much for supporting The Kitty Beautiful!
Risks and challenges
Any food business is always a risky venture. While we've run a produce business for over 13 years, an actual retail location is new for us. Insurance costs are an unpredictable variable. We hope to have all of our permits and legal hurdles cleared soon, but bureaucracy can be unpredictable as well.
We do believe we will have great community support, as our initial announcement has generated a lot of offers to help. Hopefully any problems we come across that we have not anticipated can be solved with the assistance of that community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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