The trend made it to the Mile High City: Denver Cat Company, a cat café , is in the works and will open before you know it. What is a cat café, you ask? It is a gathering place that serves drinks and some food items where patrons can interact with a variety of felines.
A trend that started in 1998 in Tokyo, cat cafès are becoming a thing in the United States: New York City got its first cat café experience in the form of a pop up and places like KitTea and Catfe are in the works in California.
Sana Q. Hamelin, a recovering corporate lawyer, partnered with Kevin Murphy, lawyer and entrepreneur, and Stella Min, marketing and design specialist, to open a cat café. This is their vision:
We envision a community space, one where cat- and book-lovers can come together over a cuppa, exchange books, appreciate art, have meetings, indulge in mild consumerism by admiring and perhaps purchasing our unique merchandise, meditate amongst nature's premier zen-masters (cats), and find new friends. We would also offer our space as an after-hours meeting place for book clubs and other "meet-up" groups.
The trio launched a Crowdfunding Campaign for the new venture and raised $1,540 (of the goal of $50,000) on day 24 of the campaign. The hope is to open by the end of the year in a yet-to-be-determined space either on East Colfax and South Broadway.
You can get excited and contribute, but don't pack your cat for an outing — that's not part of the program. The café plans to have its own rotating cast of cats that will be also be available for adoption.