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HALF Coffee House, HALF Animal Shelter, ALL FUN! A revolutionary way to adopt your next pet or just relax with fellow cat lovers.
HALF Coffee House, HALF Animal Shelter, ALL FUN! A revolutionary way to adopt your next pet or just relax with fellow cat lovers.
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Happy Cat Cafe: Grand Rapids, Michigan's First Cat Cafe

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Imagine walking in, to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and home made pastries, then sitting down and having a chatty kitten welcome you and rub your leg asking for a warm lap. You are in the Happy Cat Cafe in Grand Rapids. 

Help us with our Kickstarter to make the first Cat Cafe in Michigan, serving cat lovers and saving local cats and kittens, a reality. MeeWow.

Rewards

For any donation over $10, you will literally become part of the cafe. We are offering every backer $10 and over a place on the “Thank You” wall, ranging from 12 pt font to large photo frames for individuals and businesses. 

Other rewards include T-shirts, CLOWDER early access tickets, launch party invites, behind the scenes passes, and the limited edition mug club memberships. You can even sponsor a free community yoga class for a year for $5000 to give back health to low income locals.

Why a Cat Cafe?

Cats are good for us, but not everyone can own their own cats. And sadly, not every cat has a human. Cats in shelters need our help.
 

How do we solve these problems?

 A CAT CAFE!  

Happy Cat Cafe is half gourmet coffee-shop, half cat adoption center. You can purchase a specialty coffee and bakery item, pull out a good book, and relax while a cat cuddles up on your lap. The best part is, if you meet your new best friend, you will be able to adopt him or her from a local non-profit shelter partner.

We are revolutionizing the way people adopt pets.

The Cafe Helps Cats

The Cafe Connects Humans

 

The Cafe Grows Grand Rapids

Our city has seen such a magnificent transformation in the last 20 years. The cafe will continue build on that by: 

  • Partnering and supporting local shelters
  • Providing a popular tourist destination. 
  • Building on the West Michigan craft coffee movement. 
  • Partnering with local businesses. 
  • Giving back to the Grand Rapids community in adoption fundraisers, free community workshops, and educational services. 

Who Am I?

Me at the Humane Society of West Michigan Cattery
Me at the Humane Society of West Michigan Cattery

I'm Kati Palmurkar, founder of Happy Cat Cafe. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, I am passionate and inspired to make Grand Rapids the best city it can be, all while improving the lives of it's human and cat citizens. I am a self defined crazy cat lady, but I’m not crazy when it comes to business

Our Recent Trip to India
Our Recent Trip to India

My husband and partner, Adarsh Palmurkar, attended Ferris State and Western Michigan for Mechanical Engineering, and started his own IT company. We know we are the best people to make this cafe happen. We are passionate, dedicated, and willing to do what it takes to make Happy Cat Cafe a reality! 

We <3 GR
We <3 GR

Our Progress and Timeline

You've watched our transformation from a simple idea to a fledgling business. None of our progress would have been possible without any of you! <3

But there's still a long road ahead...

How We'll Use the Funds

Every dollar we raise will go towards making Happy Cat the best cat cafe it can be!

Still Confused??
For those that are new to crowdfunding, here's how it works. 
 

Risks and challenges

1. Finding a Suitable Location
We have a good idea where the Happy Cat Cafe will be, but we haven't found the right space yet for our unique needs. We are looking everyday, so we could find a location during the Kickstarter, check for updates!

2. Health Department Review
We are working with the Health Department to ensure compliance with Health Code. We will need to submit our business plan to the zoning board. This process should not take long, but could be a potential challenge.

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    DONATE MEOW

    Do you have the warm fuzzies?

    You should, because you just helped rescue a cat and bring Michigan’s first Cat Cafe to Grand Rapids. Keep an eye on your inbox for a “Thank You” e-mail from the kitties you saved!

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    YOUR NAME, FOREVER ON DONOR WALL

    Your name, pet's name, or business’ name on our permanent “Thank you!” wall in 12 pt font. Congrats, you're immortal meow. See FAQ for more details.

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    PRE-PAID RESERVATION

    2X prepaid passes to Happy Cat Cafe with 2x drip coffees and a dessert to share. A purrfect afternoon with a friend, great gift, or donate it to someone in need.

    + Your name on “Thank you!” wall in 12pt Font

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    EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT

    Show your support for Happy Cat’s Kickstarter with our T-Shirt available ONLY to Kickstarter Donors! PAWESOME!

    + Your name on “Thank you!” wall in 12pt Font

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    EARLY ACCESS RESERVATION

    2x FIRST ACCESS prepaid passes to cafe, with 2x included Specialty beverages and a dessert to share BEFORE they go on sale to the general public.

    + Your name on “Thank you!” wall in 14pt Font

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    MEMBERSHIP TO HAPPY CAT MUG CLUB FOR ONE YEAR

    Benefits:
    - Special Mug in Cafe
    - VIP Treatment: Special Privileges like cat treats and tour.
    - First invitation to special events and parties for the Cafe.
    - 25 Prepaid Drip Coffees (can upgrade)
    - Sample size bag of our premium Indian Coffee on first visit.

    + 2x Early Access Passes to Cafe with 2x included specialty beverages.
    + Your name on “Thank you!” wall in 16pt Font

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    BEST DEAL EVER BUNDLE

    MUG CLUB + T-SHIRT

    All benefits of our $75 Mug Club Tier + Our EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter T-shirt!

    + 2x Early Access Passes to Cafe with 2x included specialty beverages.
    + Your name on “Thank you!” wall in 16pt Font

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    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!!

    LAUNCH PARTY + EARLY ACCESS

    2x Tickets to Our Pre-Launch Party. Think 2-3 hours of great food and beverages, music, chatting with the founder, goofing around, and a cat photo shoot! Plus, get your picture or business logo on our "Thank you" wall!

    + 2x FIRST ACCESS Passes to Cat Cafe with 2x included specialty beverages before it opens to the general public.
    + You or your cat’s photo, or business logo on “Thank you!” wall.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES + EARLY ACCESS

    A once in a lifetime experience to introduce the cats to the space, hang out with the founder, and get a behind the scenes look at the cat cafe! We'll have delicious food and beverages and enjoy the first day with the cats in the cafe.

    + 2x Passes to Cat Cafe with 2x included specialty coffee before it opens to the general public.
    + You or your cat’s photo, or business logo on “Thank you!” wall.

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    SPONSOR A CAT + EARLY ACCESS

    Support a shelter cat's second chance at a furr-ever home. You will be credited on the cat's profile displayed at the cafe, and get a fun photo shoot with your cat. We’ll also give you regular updates on their health and activity. You truly saved a life!

    + 2x Passes to Cat Cafe with 2x included specialty coffee before reservations open to the general public.
    + Framed photo of you and your sponsored cat will be displayed in the cafe on "Thank You!" wall.

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    PRIVATE PARTY + EARLY ACCESS

    Private 2-3 hour party with the cats for a group of up to 25 people. We provide the cats, snacks and beverages. You will get first access to reservations before the public.

    + A photo of your group on “Thank You!” Wall.
    + Your entire party will also get an additional free visit to the cat cafe that can be redeemed at future visit! That's 25 free passes!!

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    SPONSOR FREE COMMUNITY CAT YOGA

    Support the health and well-being of your local humans and save cats’ lives by sponsoring a FREE weekly yoga class at the cafe for one year! Each sponsor (up to 5) will add another class, up to 5 classes per week. THANK YOU for supporting the Grand Rapids community!

    + Any Other Tier

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    LAUNCH PARTY + EARLY ACCESS

    2x Tickets to Our Pre-Launch Party. Think 2-3 hours of great food and beverages, music, chatting with the founder, goofing around, and a cat photo shoot! Plus, get your picture or business logo on our "Thank you" wall!

    + 2x FIRST ACCESS Passes to Cat Cafe with 2x included specialty beverages before it opens to the general public.
    + You or your cat’s photo, or business logo on “Thank you!” wall.

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Funding period

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