Everybody wants to be a… cat cafe host.
Cafes are a chic spot for tea and coffee drinkers to get their liquid fix. Sitting at a table, savoring a drink, and taking in the cozy atmosphere. On the other side are the staff, serving up delicious concoctions and maintaining the blissful establishment. Did we forget to mention there are also adorable kittens playing in the background?
That’s correct, a kitten. And no we are not making up a scene from a manga. This is a real cafe.
Cat cafes are hugely popular in Japan, with over a hundred establishments under its collar. The concept for a cat-themed coffeehouse is gradually spreading throughout Europe and the U.S. Even our hometown Orlando is no stranger to the idea. Orlando Cat Café recently opened in Clermont and The Kitty Beautiful is scouting for a new location downtown.
If interested, a cat cafe could be your next place of employment. Ready to serve tea and pet kitties? Here are some options to nibble on.
The Cafe Meow
Opening in Fall 2017, The Cafe Meow will be the first of its kind in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There is no official location yet, but the women-led business is looking for a site near the U of M. A proud member of The North American Cat Café Embassy, this establishment hopes to bring a unique interactive experience to cat lovers and coffee drinkers.
Aiming to create a fun and relaxing environment for its patrons, there will be two separate rooms: a cat room and a cafe. Although it may be possible to order some cat time with your coffee.
The Cafe Meow is a strong advocate of local businesses and partnerships. The majority of the featured cats will come from local shelters and are available for adoption. Coffee and teas being sipped will be organic and provided by local vendors, such as Bootstrap Coffee Roasters.
Though they’ve received a flood of applicants, there is still a form open for a Cat Cafe Host/Barista.
Basic requirements include:
- Being able to serve customers and promote the cafe’s merchandise
- A willingness to help
- The ability to stand for long periods of time. After all, you’ll be walking to deliver drinks and standing behind a counter making them.
- A positive attitude. Only the cats could be the cranky ones.
- Being able to work a cash register. Along with basic math skills. In short, can you give back proper change?
- If you have any prior experience as a barista, mention your boss coffee making skills. Heck, wow them with your drink portfolio on Instagram.
- High tolerance for cats.
The application form is simple and nothing to scare you away from applying. The job listing was last retrieved on April 30, 2017. If you’re interested in the cafe and want to keep up with opening news you can follow their Facebook and Twitter.
Honey and Fox has reached out to The Cafe Meow for comment on job purrks and expected wages. To hold you off until The Cafe Meow opens, look to the following established business in New York City for job opportunities.
Koneko is the first Japanese cat cafe and saké bar in America, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. According to their website, Koneko’s mission is to create a safe, fun, and unique environment for cats to hang out with people. With a name meaning “kitten” expect a lot of them. As a patron, go in and have a glass of saké with a cat on your lap. Not big on saké? Let’s make that an espresso.
Inspired by the cat cafes in Japan, the Koneko team is proud to bring the experience to the States. With adoptable cats walking throughout the cafe and a menu with a touch of Japanese influence, this is an ailurophiles’ dream. Explore the cafe alongside the cats with three spaces to choose from: a sunlit Upper Cattery, a cozy Lower Cattery, and a outdoor Catio.
Hosting weekly events around cats and Japanese culture, this is an exciting place to work for. For instance, an open mic haiku poetry slam and guided meditation with cats are a thing. Koneko even held a Pussyhat Knit-in on International Women’s Day last month with many cats donning pink tiny knitted hats. Get absorbed in the cuteness while increasing your knowledge of Japanese culture.
There is an open application form for excited job seekers on their website. The Koneko team consists of both paid staff and volunteers. Have a resume and cover letter ready. Be sure to list your qualifications, which may include being a major cat person, being somewhat quirky, and open to other cultures.
For more information about the positions, visit the job listing on their respective websites. Ready to pounce on a new career? Let The Cafe Meow or Koneko know Honey and Fox sent you if you end up applying. Pet some kittens for us. Better yet name one Honey and another Fox. Send us a picture of our counterparts.
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