London’s cat lovers who have heard of Tokyo’s infamous cat cafés will be pleased to know that very soon they might get one of their own opening up in their city. For many Londoners owning their own pet just isn’t feasible – whether it is because of restricted living space, long working hours or other commitments. So a place like this will give many the people the chance to get some one-on-one time with their furry friends.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is the brainchild of Australian-born entrepreneur Lauren Pears. Pears hopes to open what will be the UK’s first cat café in East London’s thriving business district but she needs your help to do it and that is why she had launched the project on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo!
If the project is funded, Pears wants to make the Cat Emporium a luxurious place, with Victorian style décor that is comforting and welcoming. She plans to source the café’s food from local bakers and sandwich shops (fur and food prep don’t go down too well with food standards agencies) and will have a separate area where drinks are prepared that the kitteh’s can’t access.
The café’s feline fixtures will come from the nearby Mayhew Animal Home and Pears is adamant that she doesn’t want to just provide them an adequate home, but an exceptional one where they will get all the creature comforts and lots of love and affection from the café patrons.
For the £5 entry fee, patrons can enter the café and stay as long as they like. There they can use the wi-fi, borrow books from the library, play board games, buy hot drinks and snacks and of course pet the kittehs! Regular customers will have the option to sign up for membership packages or choose to sponsor an animal from the shelter.
Pears and her team need to raise £108,000 to get Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium off the ground and have 44 days left to run on the project. Contributors are offered a number of different incentives for their cash, including general admission once the café has opened, private hire of the venue , VIP membership and various different food and drink offers.
Source: Wired UK