Who doesn’t love a good cat café? Especially one that opens in a city near you. Cool Beans Café recently opened a couple of towns away from me in Gastonia, North Carolina.
All of our local media did the opening here in Charlotte. I immediately contacted the owners Julianna Coon (left picture) and Sue Ann Robb (right) to get the shovel.
“Julianna (that’s my daughter) and I were sitting in front of a small café one evening,” explains Sue Ann. “She’s 22 and has graduated from college but wasn’t sure what she would like to do. She said, ‘When I’m older, I want to own a little café and sell used books.’ “
When a former landlord asked Sue Ann if she was interested in a small piece of land he had bought, “I thought it would be perfect for what she wanted to do, but we needed a niche. My fiancé and I have four cats and are “cat people” and the idea occurred to me one night. So that somehow became apparent! “
Juli has barista experience, which she enjoys. Sue Ann loves coffee too, but cats are her great love. She and her fiancé Ben live with the cats Burt, Newton, Cat Von D and Flakey. “These are all older cats that stand in their way, at least until Flakey came over. She is a horror. Julianna has Booger and Mr. Butters who are teenage cats. She also has mom, the old wandering cat who doesn’t care about people. “
The Cool Beans Café offers coffee, frappes and baked goods (cookies, bars, brownies) from the local bakery Let’s Get Baked. What about the cats? “Our rescue cats come from NC Paws Rescue,” says Sue Ann, “a small cat rescue company from Hickory, North Carolina.”
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