America’s First Cat Café Opens: Drink Coffee Alongside Adorable Cats
Yesterday, America’s first cat café opened in New York City. Cat lovers, you now have only three more day to sip coffee and eat pastries alongside adorable cats! Purina One teamed up with the North Shore Animal League, the country’s largest no-kill shelter, to create this pop-up café that’s the temporary home to rescue cats. While the concept of a cat café has been around for a while, with Asia and Europe leading the way, this is the first time one has opened in the United States. Two permanent cat cafés are scheduled to open in San Francisco this year.
The concept is simple. Visitors pay an hourly fee or cover charge to sit and lounge with cats. This one, on 168 Bowery, is free. Sixteen cats roam the premises and you’re welcome to pick one up and snuggle with it. If you fall in love with a particular one, you can even adopt it! (Read about each individual cat, here. Looks like “Sushi” is featured in the photo, above.) To get your feline fix, stop by the store from 10a to 7p each day till April 27. If you’d like to learn a little something, you can listen to different cat experts talk about cat health and behavior. The store’s capacity is limited to just 65 people, so you may have to wait in line.
Via My Modern Met
Hashtag Highlight: @mommyshorts and the Art of #babysuiting
"I love coming up with creative themes for baby photos and having my audience participate," says Ilana Wiles (@mommyshorts), a creative director and blogger from New York. Ilana sparked the #babymugging trend, in which people take photos of babies as if they’re sitting in mugs. Dogs were the next to get in on the fun with the popular #muttmuggin hashtag.
"Ever since the success of #babymugging, I’m always trying to come up with the next baby photo meme," explained Ilana. "When my nephew was born, I had the idea of photographing him in his dad’s suit. The photo was so funny to me, I decided to go around to friends with newborns and photograph them in their dad’s suits too."
When it came to giving the theme a name, Ilana polled her followers. “I went with #babysuiting,” she explains, “because it was a nice piggyback to #babymugging, and, in my experience, hashtags work best when they are very easy to decipher.”
Ilana offers this advice for those who’d like to give #babysuiting a shot: “Before you lie your baby down, set up the shirt in the suit jacket, with the tie around the collar. It’s much less likely to disturb your baby if you don’t have to move him that much once he is on the floor. Also, the bigger the suit, the funnier the picture!”