$1,342
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 1 2019 6:58 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 1, 2019

Mochas and Meows

Mochas and Meows is Branson's first permanent Cat Cafe - a small slice of heaven that marries delicious coffee and free-roaming cats!

Mochas and Meows

Mochas and Meows is Branson's first permanent Cat Cafe - a small slice of heaven that marries delicious coffee and free-roaming cats!

$1,342
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 1 2019 6:58 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 1, 2019

About

Branson needs a cat cafe!

Delicious coffee. Heavenly baked goods. Cats. More cats. 

And don't forget about the best part of it all - all the cats are adoptable! Cat cafes provide a unique experience for cafe patrons where they can drink coffee, relax, chat, play board games, etc..all while lounging in comfort and surrounded by free-roaming cats. The cafe cats are exposed to potential adopters they otherwise wouldn't get to meet, which dramatically increases chances of adoption and in turn, allows other cats to take their place in the lounge. 


"But why would you want to go to a cat cafe?"

There are many reasons to visit a cat cafe, even if you aren't looking to adopt your own furry friend, but a few of the most common reasons are: 

  • You love cats but your partner/roommate is allergic
  • Your residency doesn't allow you to have pets, or requires such a steep pet deposit you just can't justify it at this time
  • You're going through a hard time right now that can only be improved by immersing yourself in a roomful of cats
  • You love the idea of pet ownership, but don't have the time or motivation to do it yourself
  • You're visiting Branson and missing your kitties back home
  • You're a good person and you deserve happiness

"But I don't want cat hair in my coffee!"

Well, it would be pretty weird if you did. 

Mochas and Meows has been working closely with the Taney County Health Department to ensure everything is by the book and clean, clean, clean! The lounge and the cafe will be completely separate and the only time the cats will be anywhere near the coffee or food is if it is brought into the lounge - after purchase. All baked goods will be individually wrapped and prepared with the utmost attention to cleanliness and care. There will be a vestibule area with a double door system through which patrons will have to pass to get from one area to the other. 

Both the lounge and the cafe area will be equipped with its own HVAC and ventilation system so air will remain clean and free of possible contaminates. 

"What if I want to do more than just drink coffee with cats?"

We're firm believers that anything worth doing is worth doing with cats. And we do mean anything. 

We will be hosting regular event nights each week, including (but not limited to) cat yoga, paint nights, movie nights, and trivia contests!

"So why do you need my money?"

We want to provide the absolute best experience we can at Mochas and Meows for both customers and kitties alike and to do that, we need some help. We are primarily self funding the cafe startup but all pledges will help us get there more quickly and without compromising too much of our vision. To keep on track with federal, state, county, and city regulations we had to search long and hard to find a space that will work. Well, we did that. 

After weeks of agonizing searching, interviewing, calling, driving, and looking, we finally found the perfect place - but it's going to cost just a little more in construction and prep than the other potential spaces we'd previously viewed. The space we've chosen will provide a large, spacious area for the cats to roam and live comfortably where people can join them to just lounge or participate in event activities in addition to a private room where potential adopters and their families can hang out and get comfortable with the cats one on one to see if they're going to be a good fit for the family prior to taking them home - this will cut down on mind changes and the possibility of the cat becoming perpetually homeless. The cafe side of the space is just as large and will provide a lot of space for extra seating and retail space. 

The money raised through this campaign will go primarily to construction costs, covering the expenses of installing the double door vestibule area, adding and removing walls, installing necessary appliances and equipment, and updating the floors to be completely safe and sanitary for our guests and the cats. 

Risks and challenges

There is risk involved in any business venture and as you can probably imagine, mixing food and drink with live animals doesn't make it any easier. There is definitely a lot of learning in experience, but with the support of our friends, family, and our community, we are fully confident that we have what it takes to make Mochas and Meows a success. Here are some of the risks we've considered and how we plan to handle them:

Health Department Issues - I mentioned above how we've been working with the health department but this is a business model previously unseen in Taney County, and as such we are preparing ourselves for the very real possibility of unforeseen issues arising once construction gets underway. We prepare to build up one side at a time while keeping the health department involved for every step. There are some issues that can't be addressed until they came up, but by keeping the health department up to date and in the know with everything we're doing, we should be able to get off the ground with minimal issue.

Construction - When you're looking at a business that is comprised of two incredibly different business models, construction is likely to be an issue. We have a current construction estimate but we are prepared to seek a small business bank loan for any additional construction costs that may arise. We have a tentative opening date in mind but don't want to announce an official opening until we can get a better idea of exactly when construction will wrap.

Staffing - We currently have a small team of people who are involved in making the important decisions and getting this crazy dream up and running, but as we aren't sure how busy we are going to be until we open, we will be looking forward to meeting and interviewing those of you who have already expressed interest in being part of our journey!

The Kickstarter could fail. See, I really am a realist. This is always a possibility when running a fundraiser but we are dedicated to this project and wound press on toward our ultimate goal without the additional funding - we were planning on doing it anyway, this would just help us speed things up! Though it would severely decrease our initial funds, failure of this campaign could potentially mean there just isn't the interest in Branson we thought there was. In this case, we would move forward with a much smaller, very scaled-down version of our current vision.

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    Mochas and Meows Logo Decal

    4" x 4" white decal proudly displaying the Mochas and Meows kitten mug logo that can be applied to vehicles, laptops, notebooks, etc.

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    Mochas and Meows Loyalty Punch Card

    This card is good for ten FREE one-hour-long visits to the cat lounge (including free regular coffee and discount prices on premium beverages) to be used at your leisure any time during our first year of operation.

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    Mochas and Meows Kickstarter Backer Tee

    EXCLUSIVE DESIGN - only available to Kickstarter backers
    Display your support for all the world to see - right on your chest. This tee was exclusively designed for this campaign and is only available here! Includes all lower tier rewards and a commemorative tote bag!

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    VIP Backer Party

    We're hosting a party in your honor! A very limited engagement, before our doors are open to the public. Food and drinks on us! Cats will provide all the entertainment. All VIP Backers will receive an official invitation to the VIP Backer Party with all the info as well as all the lower tier rewards with a commemorative tote bag!

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