Cats and coffee: Raleigh couple seek to open cat cafe :: Out and About at WRAL.com
Raleigh, N.C.— A Raleigh couple is parlaying their love of felines into a business.Sarah Newton and
Arthur Hailey are looking to open Purr Cup Coffee shop, the very first cat coffee shop in downtown.”It is as if you had a coffee bar and made a room within that cafe that is a cat lounge,” Newton stated Wednesday.Cat coffee shops came from Taiwan in the late 1990s as a way for
people to delight in hot beverages and interact with cats. Customers can sit and drink beverages while looking at the felines in the opposite room or pay to reserve time in the cat room. The idea has actually expanded throughout Asia and Europe, very first reaching The United States and Canada just a few years ago.The first irreversible feline cafe in the United States, Cat Town Cafe, opened in 2014 in Oakland, Calif.”I fell for the idea, “Newton said of the concept.After retiring as a dancer with the Carolina Ballet in 2015, Newton started work at downtown Raleigh pastry shop and cafe Lucettegrace. She hoped operating in the food service industry would get her all set to one day open her own cat cafe.After some research study and check outs to feline cafes throughout the United States, she decided that 2017 would be the year of the feline.
She and Hailey, who have four felines of their own, strategy to release a crowd-funding project in May. She said the company is aiming to open in downtown Raleigh, “so we can be part of the entire growing tourist scene.”Purr Cup Cafe would serve pre-packaged ready foods from local merchants, however coffee would be made on website. The felines would come from Meow House Feline Rescue in Raleigh
, which rescues cats from high-kill shelters.So far, North Carolina does not have a cat cafe, however a Wilmington female is hoping to open one called The Scratching Post Coffee shop later this year.Newton confesses that she does love canines, too.While feline coffee shops are hot right now, there
are likewise other types of animal coffee shops out there, according to AnimalCafes.com. The Tokyo location has several bird cafes, where people can socialize with owls,
parakeet and parrots, in addition to dog, penguin and rabbit coffee shops. Some coffee shops are also using numerous types together including snakes, lizards and hedgehogs.The very first pet cafe in the United States, called The Pet Coffee shop, opened last year in Silver Lake, Calif.