Cat lovers and coffee lovers alike can add a new place to visit on their Florida bucket list: the anticipated Orlando Cat Café.
The café held its open house and sneak peek launch party Wednesday at Clermont's Cagan Crossings Town Center.
Along with putting a spin on the typical coffee meeting venues, Orlando Cat Café will offer adoptable cats from South Lake Animal League, a pastry and coffee bar, and a cat play area, where customers would be able to socialize while playing with cats, said Sandra Cagan, vice president of Cagan Management Group.
"I emailed our Lake County commissioner, Sean Parks, with the idea, and in my email, I said, 'You're going to think I'm crazy, but this is what I'm thinking about doing,'" Cagan said. "And the commissioner responded … saying he didn't think I was crazy at all — he thought it was a great idea."
"It's a great idea for tourists who, maybe, are missing their pet at home and want a little feline fix, or for locals who, maybe, are in a situation where their family members are allergic, and they can't have a pet — or perhaps they live in an apartment or a condo that doesn't allow pets," Cagan said.
While a new concept to Central Florida, cat cafés are present in other states across the nation and in other countries, like Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
Architects say the café is estimated to open in spring 2016.
Nada Hassanein is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @nhassanein_ or email her at NadaH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.