Ashley Brooks hopes to have Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar open by August
The quest to open Charleston's first cat cafe continues. Best friends and business partners Ashley Brooks and Annaliese Hughes hosted a Kickstarter kick-off last night at the Alley to drum up backers for their Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar
“The outpouring of support from the society and community has been insane,” Hughes said at the party. To get cat-lovers excited and willing to open their pocketbooks, the women put up a donation table, sold Charleston Animal Society T-shirts, had a place to dress up as a cat, and, of course, an accompanying photo booth to take purrfect pictures.
The cafe, which is tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 8, will serve all local pastries as well as local beer and tea. “We are actually in the works of working with a local brewery and we are going to have their beer solely on tap and they are going to be making us a house brew,” Brooks said.
Pounce (which doesn't have a location yet) will essentially be a large foster home, housing 15 to 20 cats from the Charleston Animal Society. Brooks and her team will be trained in adoption services, and will perform adoptions of the cats on the spot. “We are not going to cage them at all so it's going to be their house until they get adopted,” Brooks said. The cats will be free to roam in the Cat Room, with a bar in the main room dedicated to humans.
Both Brooks and Hughes are College of Charleston graduates, and said the cafe would be perfect for a college student who misses their furry friend. “You can come get your furry therapy at Pounce once a week and then not having to worry about litter or feeding them,” Hughes said.
The partners hope to raise $20,000 to start Pounce. For more information on the project, click here