Provided by Catfe Diem
Local artist and animal rescue volunteer Kristen Reynolds is teaming up with Paws For Seniors to open a cat café in Centreville called Catfe Diem. Kristen and her husband Andrew Reynolds plan to open the cafe this coming fall. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for new venue, which is sure to delight cat lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike.
Paws for Seniors, a Bealton-based 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue organization which specializes in placing senior pets into their forever homes, will provide adoptable cats for the space. Catfe Diem will serve as a shared workspace (with furry companions) and a self-serve coffee bar. In addition, Catfe Diem will offer its patrons access to a highly curated selection of vinyl records, vintage items, original artwork, as well as Catfe Diem themed merchandise.
Kristen has been volunteering with a variety of rescue organizations since 2007, when she first volunteered to walk dogs and clean cages at a local shelter. Later, she connected with a cat-focused rescue organization in Manassas, where she fostered litters of kittens and cats. Last year, she got involved with Paws For Seniors, which provides adoptable cats for the kitty windows in the Gainesville PetSmart. The idea for Catfe Diem struck her after she visited a cat café on a business trip. Her experience with the cat café “changed her life” and her enthusiasm for the new venture is contagious.
When describing the initial concept, Kristen says, “It was kind of like an a-ha moment when I introduced this idea to my husband. I told him, ‘We can finally open up that art gallery/record store that we’ve always talked about. The main focus can be on keeping cats out of cages and adopting homeless animals!’ So, our focus is all about the cats. And, Andrew and I to get a chance to incorporate our dream into the project.”
Kristen and Andrew launched a Kickstarter campaign to help jump-start the project’s opening cost. People who contribute will be rewarded. The campaign offers a tiered gift program. Rewards range anywhere from a $30 personalized Catfe Diem coffee mug to hang prominently in the cat lounge to tarot card readings and paint parties with cats to an opportunity to name and sponsor an adoptable cat.
The couple has big plans for the “catfe.” They are eager to use their new space as a location for events where visitors can be surrounded by cats and support a good cause. Their goal is to offer patrons prime teleworking and study location by day and a lively spot for parties and events, yoga classes, poetry readings, artist exhibits, and acoustic musical experiences by night. Kristen envisions the café as a hub of positive interaction. Through Catfe Diem she hopes to connect cats with forever homes while bringing together animal-loving music and art enthusiasts.