Bertha’s Beans Cat Café has patrons saying me-wow.
Jessica Schlosser isn’t any stranger to taking up new initiatives. When she was approached about taking on the downtown cat cafe off Second Road close to Walgreens, she pounced on the problem. What was previously Papa’s Cat Café reopened as Bertha’s Beans Cat Café beneath her possession in November 2023.
“I’m here to provide the people what they want. And people want to hang out with cats,” says Schlosser, who additionally owns Lizzi & Rocco’s Pure Pet Market together with her husband, Kyle.
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Bertha’s Beans Cat Café incorporates a refreshed inside, with the cat facet receiving a lot of the work. Schlosser and her workforce used their entry to cutting-edge pet furnishings tendencies to design an interactive and secure surroundings for the cats.
“We want to really focus on cat enrichment,” she provides.
Schlosser has extensively studied cats and cat habits from her years of working Lizzi & Rocco’s and from many years of being within the pet retailer business. She explains how utilizing vertical house creates a extra fascinating surroundings for the cats and provides them a wide range of views.
“We’ve got a little staircase that goes up one wall. And then a little catwalk that goes the entire perimeter of the room,” she continues. “Some more enclosed corners for our shy cats who can kind of sit up there and observe but in a place where they feel more safe and protected. Lots of climbing shelves for them to explore, get creative, and have some fun.”
The cats within the café are all from Columbia Second Likelihood and can be found for adoption. Second Likelihood can home a number of the cats collectively to assist create a smoother transition into the cafe’s group surroundings.
“They are already pre-adjusted to each other and living in a little bit more of a group environment than a foster home,” Schlosser explains. “We’ve already done thirty adoptions. They’re excited. We’ve been open for two months.”
To undertake a cat, simply fill out an adoption utility with Second Likelihood and await approval. The method can occur fairly shortly.
The café menu has additionally been revamped.
“We expanded the menu just to make that its own focus,” she says.
Bertha’s Beans options espresso made with beans from Fretboard Espresso in addition to smoothies and different fruity drinks.
“We’ve also been doing a lot of non-coffee, caffeinated drinks because I don’t drink coffee, so I wanted something appealing to other non-coffee drinkers,” she provides, noting the number of choices obtainable.
The meals menu expanded to characteristic wraps and pastries. The pastries are made by native legend Rebekah “The Croissant Lady” Irby of The Bakery.
“Rebekah very much helped us with a lot of our set-up, procedures, and ideas because she is outstanding,” Schlosser says. “She helped put us in contact with a few other people to collaborate with as well.”
Bertha’s Beans additionally incorporates a small reward store that focuses on issues for cat lovers somewhat than cat meals and toys. Schlosser hopes the cafe serves as a gathering place, a spot to review, and a spot for cat lovers to get pleasure from cats.
“We’re learning that it is really a wide audience. It’s college kids who miss their cats from home. It is people who are looking for a different place to study,” she explains. “It’s a good place for parents to take their kids. It’s a very eclectic mix of people,” some who could also be on a date.
“You can for sure tell they’re on a date. Which is also adorable,” Schlosser says. “It’s just been a very cool experience.”
Bertha’s Beans Cat Café
14 S Second Road