Cat lovers, if you haven’t made it to Mac Tabby Cat Café, it’s time you planned a trip.
The first of its kind in the Charlotte region, Mac Tabby Cat Café officially opened at the end of 2018 at 516 E. 15th St. in the NoDa area.
The café features coffee, wine, beer, yoga, live music and, most importantly, a host of free-range adoptable kittens and cats.
The business came to fruition, in part, thanks to community support, as nearly 300 people pledged more than $21,000 in a 30-day Kickstarter campaign that helped give owner Lori Konawalik enough upfront capital to launch her passion project.
A longtime wedding photographer and the owner of CaptureMeCandid Photography, Konawalik has been around cats her entire life. One day, her husband asked, “If you could do anything, take all the logistics out of it, what would it be?”
Her response: “Get cats rescued, hang out with cool people and be around artsy musicians.”
Well, just do it, her husband said. And from there, Konawalik was on her way to making one of her dreams a reality.
One of Mac Tabby’s main roles is to foster cats from local nonprofit Catering to Cats and Dogs. The cats in the café are all adoptable, spayed and neutered, with shots and blood work updated for each animal. You can adopt a cat for $125, once you have filled out an application on Mac Tabby’s website. From there, Catering to Cats and Dog will handle the decisions, communications, and coordinate the adoptions.
Inside, you can enjoy local bites including M&M chocolate chip cookies and gluten free cookies from A Smart Cookie, Raw Crunch Bars, along with local beverages, such as Lenny Boy Brewing kombucha, hot drip coffee from Pure Intentions Coffee, and more.
Merchandise includes cat earrings, T-shirts from Ink Floyd, and local art for sale. According to Konawalik, the cats enjoy live music, so if you know how to play guitar, you can grab one of the two they have to play.
“I can’t wait for people that don’t like cats to walk in here,” Konawalik said. “I want to show people that cats are amazing animals.”
Guests can walk in, but Konawalik recommends making a reservation. Cost is $12 per hour. Monthly memberships are also available. The café is open noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
NOTE: You cannot bring your own cat inside the café. mactabby.com
Photos by Lori Konawalik | CaptureMeCandid Photography