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This week's Utah Crowd-Funding Project aims to deliver a purr-fect cup of coffee. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Entrepreneur and animal lover Lisa Boone wants Salt Lake City to have what many other cities have started: A cat cafe.
Boone's Tinker's Cat Cafe and Tinker's Cat Lounge would be separate and adjoining areas (for health reasons). The cafe will serve up coffee and tea drinks with cat-related puns (such as "catpuccino" or "camomeow tea"). The lounge will house a cat playground, where a patron can snuggle with a cat or two for an hour.
Reservations will be required for an hour of cat time, to keep the cats from being overwhelmed with too many people. The cats will be fostered from local shelters, and available for adoption.
Establishing the cafe and lounge will take money, of course, and Boone has launched a crowd-funding campaign, via Kickstarter, to raise $28,000. So far, the campaign has received $3,393 in pledges. The deadline is Feb. 3.
Benefits for backers range from a sticker (for $10) to a pair of lifetime passes to the cafe and lounge (for $10,000).
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