Toe Beans Cat Cafe

$416 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 3 months
Toe Beans Cat Cafe is a business venture between husband and wife team Spencer Roffey and Alise-Ann Glover. They are working on opening Toe Beans Cat Cafe in downtown Port Hope, Ontario!
Spencer and Alise are both cat lovers and have over 20 years of business, retail and food service experience combined.

What... is a cat cafe?
Combining the traditional coffee shop model with animal rescue, retail space, tourist attraction and comfortable community hub, Toe Beans Cat Cafe will bring the business model of the animal cafe popularised in South Korea and Japan to a Canadian market in Port Hope, Ontario.
The world’s first cat cafe opened in Taiwan in 1998, and quickly became a tourist destination. By 2004 the idea had flourished and spread to Japan. By 2015, 58 cat cafes were in operation in Japan and the idea had spread world wide. A relatively new concept to hit Canada, the first cat cafe opened in Montreal in 2014. Ontario currently have 4 cat cafes in operation.
Toe Beans Cat Cafe will be a place where you can grab a coffee and a snack or have lunch in the anxiety reducing company of cats.

What's the money for?
We plan on using our crowdfunded money for renovations and building improvments. The requirements of a cat cafe are unique and no matter the space, we will need to do extensive renovations. The construction of a cafe area and a separate cat space to maintain a safe environment for cats and people is our top priority. Our current estimate for our required renovations is well over $20,000. If we excede our goal, we'll be using that money for kitchen equipment and cool furniture for cats and people!

Why should I bother?
You're helping us make our dreams come true and giving back to the community!
In addition to being a cool neighbourhood hub and a cute tourist destination, Toe Beans Cat Cafe plans on giving back to the community by partnering with a local animal rescue. Cats at Toe Beans would be adoptable through this organization.
We want Toe Beans Cat Cafe to be enjoyable for everyone and plan on having an exclusively gluten-free kitchen in addition to having vegan and vegetarian options. No worries meat lovers! We'll have options for you as well.  <3

Where can I watch your progress?
We'll be posting updates frequently on social media! You can find Toe Beans Cat Cafe on;
Instagram - @toebeanscafe
Twitter - @toebeanscafe
Facebook - www.facebook.com/toebeanscafe

Our tentative opening date is July 2018. We aim to have rewards beyond postcards mailed out around that time.

*Restictions to Name A Cat Reward are;
- Name cannot be racist, sexist, vulgar, obscene or offensive in anyway to any person or group
- Toe Beans Cat Cafe retains the right to reject, edit or change any name sugguested by the $5000 supporter
+ Read More
Are you one of our wonderful Go Fund Me supporters? We have great news! We’ve mailed out the rest of your rewards! Keep a look out for your cat inspected packages this week!
+ Read More
We have some amazing news!
After much research and negotiation we no longer have to rezone our proposed location in Port Hope! This means we can move forward with securing our location, don't have to wait up to a year for rezoning and most importantly, don't have to pay for rezoning. We've lowered our Go Fund Me goal to reflect this great news!
As always, please share, share, share if you can't donate. And a big thank-you to everyone who has already donated!
- Alise & Spencer
+ Read More
First of all, a huge thank-you to our first few donors, you guys are champs! Don't forget to share our campaign on social media where you can.
Since we're a business we've gotten this question a few times since we launched our crowd funding campaign on Friday. Check out this info-graphic we posted on social media for our answer.
If you're curious about The Art of Asking, check out the book by Amanda Palmer.
Thanks again! <3
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$416 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 3 months
Name a Cat
2 of 2 left
In addition to the $2500 rewards, name* one of the cats that will live at Toe Beans permanently & belong to Alise & Spencer. *Some restrictions apply.
Party x2
5 of 5 left
Receive the $1000 rewards and an additional invite to our opening party, for a total of 2.
Far Away Friend
Can't make it to the opening but feeling generous? Receive a thank-you card, 2 t-shirts, 1 mug, 1 tote bag, 2 stickers and 1 watercolour pet portrait by Alise.
30 Days 40% Off
5 of 5 left
Receive the $500 rewards AND a voucher for 40% off your minimum food & drink entry purchase for 30 visits.
I Can't Party 2
Can't party but, but still want to support us? Receive the $1000 rewards and a Toe Beans Mug & Tote Bag instead of a party invite.
5 of 5 left
In addition to the $300 rewards receive a custom watercolour pet portrait by artist Alise-Ann Glover.
I Can't Party
Can't party but, but still want to support us? Receive the $500 rewards and a Toe Beans Mug & Tote Bag instead of a party invite.
Opening Party!
5 of 5 left
Receive the $100 rewards & an invite for 1 person to our opening night party.
7 Visit 40% off
In addition to the $50 rewards, receive a voucher for 40% off your minimum food & drink entry purchase for 7 visits.
Shirt & Sticker
Live far away? We'd love your support anyway; receive a Toe Beans sticker, shirt & thank-you card.
Shirt & Coffee
Receive a Toe Beans Cafe t-shirt, a voucher for a coffee & snack, & a hand written thank-you post card.
Sticker & Post
Don't live near us? We'll mail you a thank-you card and a vinyl Toe Beans Cat Cafe sticker.
Coffee & Post
In addition to a hand written thank-you post card via snail mail, receive a voucher for a free coffee & snack at Toe Beans Cat Cafe when we open!
Post Card
Receive a hand written thank-you post card in the mail! Be sure to include your mailing address. :)
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
Tony Glover
3 days ago
Jon Mandrozos
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
Steph Meleady
1 month ago
Michael Glover
2 months ago
Meg Simmons
2 months ago
2 months ago
Laurie Reid
2 months ago
Hilary Lee
2 months ago
2 months ago
Kaitlen Burns
2 months ago
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.