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Lady Dinah’s: Our Story So Far

For those who have just tuned in…

Welcome to the Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium Blog!

Now, this isn’t our for-real and forever website, this is a little blog we set up so we could share tidbits of news during crowdfunding. We’re currently making it WAY better, and can’t wait to launch the new site as soon as possible.

If you’re new to the Lady Dinah’s tale, here’s some things you need to know:

1. We are not open yet

We have had loads of press coverage because of our crowdfunding campaign, but we are not actually open yet, even though it might come across that way online or in the media. It has taken a few months to find the property we need and get all our business in order. We are right on the verge of signing a lease right now, which is very exciting.

Because the lease is not signed, we’re also not announcing our location. As soon as we’re sure it is all going ahead, we’ll share.

2. We don’t have an opening date yet

Because we haven’t signed the lease yet, we have no guarantees on when we can actually get keys, start building and open the doors. So right now, we’re keeping quiet about an opening date because we only want to announce it when we have all the information we need to make a sensible projection.

Also, even if we announce an opening date but we find our cats aren’t ready for us to open the doors, we will delay opening until they are. They need to be comfortable with guests coming in before we can open up.

3. We don’t take bookings yet

This is mostly because we don’t know our opening date. When we’re certain of our opening date, we will be opening up an online booking system for:

  • Large groups > 8 people
  • High Tea service

We are still considering whether to implement a booking system for normal visits. In order to do that, we would have to ensure the bookings ran for a fixed time (otherwise we can’t guarantee there will be a seat available to honour your booking). We’ve polled our customers about it and the responses are mixed, so we’re still thinking that through.

4. You can still buy tickets online

There is a cover charge for the Cat Emporium, it’s £5 per person, per entry, per day. There are other discounted options available including a 9 Lives Card, which gives you 9 x £3 entries for yourself or your friends. Also a VIP membership, which gives you unlimited free entry for £130 per year. There are only 120 VIP tags in existence and of those, only about 28 remain, so if you think you’d like a VIP membership, don’t dally!

Now, it’s worth pointing out that you don’t *have* to buy anything online: everything online will be available in-store as well, unless it has sold out. Entirely up to you!

Our online store is here: http://lady-dinahs-cat-emporium.myshopify.com/

2 Responses to “Lady Dinah’s: Our Story So Far”

  1. Clemmie Pearson says:

    Hi Lauren,

    We are all avidly following your progress at Spider PR as we think the Cat Cafe will be a fantastic venture. We work with a number of pet brands, and we would be really keen to discuss one in particular.

    This independent pet brand is much-loved for their natural, organic pet food and have just launched a cat food range, which is unlike any other on the market. The food is Grain Free, Meal Free Complete Dry Food.

    As such we wondered whether you might be interested in partnerships for the launch of the cafe and potentially ongoing. Might you be interested in meeting with us to discuss further?

    Initial ideas would be to have this brand as your official Cat food sponsors and have all the cats at the cafe eating this food.

    We would PR this partnership as a way of generating maximum exposure for the Cat Cafe and our pet food client.

    I look forward to hearing from you and potentially meeting to discuss further.

    Best,
    Clemmie

  2. Dr A says:

    What a wonderful idea! I have owned a feline specialty clinic for over 5 years. We have 3 rescue hospital cats. Two of them love meeting new people, but never venture out of the door and never bite. At most we may have had a gentle swat if some over aggressive person was too pushy with one that just wanted to nap.

    The right personality definitely helps and one never knows who will settle in well.. Our Sonny and Cleo have lived this way for 5 years, but the first two years or so they hated each other with inter cat spats. Overall bold male neutered kitties appear to co-exist better.

    I am not sure we could ever have such a cafe in California: no animals in a food establishment health rules. Also anybody with an allergy or possibly a scratch or bite would be likely to sue. So much for being free in America!

    All the best of luck and success in your venture.

    Faithfully yours

    Birgit

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