After completing a successful Kickstarter campaign, the co-founders of Charleston’s first forthcoming cat cafe announced yesterday that they have secured a space on Meeting Street. Co-owners Ashley Brooks and Annaliese Hughes told City Paper that construction could start on Pounce Cate Cafe + Wine Bar as soon as next week. The space was formerly Holy City Consignment, which sold beer and wine in addition to vintage clothing.
Brooks and Hughes also plan to sell beer and wine, along with coffee, tea, and pastries — all in the company of kitties.
Cat cafes are already popular in larger cities, in places like San Francisco, New York City, and Austin. If you haven't heard of this trend, cat cafes are basically a coffee shop with the addition of cute, cuddly kitties for petting and/or adoption. The first cat cafe opened in Taiwan in 1998, but the concept didn't hit the U.S. until recently, with the opening of KitTea in San Francisco. The nearest cat cafe to Charleston is Crumbs & Whiskers in D.C.