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/