Construction Update – Week 4

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Greetings from the Orlando Cat Café! It’s really starting to take shape. We’ve closed up all the walls, so we can get a good picture of what the place is going to look like when it’s finished. You can  see the “coffee” side and the “cat play area” side now.

All of this work is good, however, I miss being able to run through the metal studs between the two areas!  Plus, this is last time that cats are going to allowed in the coffee area.

In any case, the guys and I have finished framing and we are almost done with the electrical and HVAC rough ins (note: if dogs were building it, we would call them “ruff” ins).

Jean Luc is quite the comedian, no?

Here are some photos taken just this week!  Next week we start drywall, which should be mess-ee!  Good thing my fur is white!

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Reaching for the screws. I’ll be honest, I thought it was a container of cookies!

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They really are screws — and not cookies — sadly

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Here’s a little door to our litterbox area that’s “cat sized” No people allowed!

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Construction Update – Week 2

JeanLuc, intrepid cat reporter, took a peak inside the new Orlando Cat Cafe, as week #2 of construction concluded.

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Take Your Catnip Mouse to Work Day!  You can tell it’s MY bag because of the Mouse Toy

This week we got to see the underground plumbing completed and inspected. This is good because it means that people coming to visit us can drink (and also use the bathroom!).

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Here’s me helping drill some holes into the framework that is going to support the walls!

The concrete trenches, which up until now made an EXCELLENT place to store my collection of catnip mice were treated for termites (yay!), inspected and prepped for pouring. Concrete is being poured next week, which means I should probably remove my toys now….

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Here I am checking my email in middle of busy workday!

They continue to frame the area and will eventually put walls up and they are also continuing putting in the electrical work (so that our people visitors can charge their cell phones) and also continuing with the HVAC system so that we can remain cool as cucumbers in the summer and warm and toasty in the winter!

These guys think of everything!

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Plan Review with “The Guys” They are laughing but it’s serious work!

So far we are on schedule and everything should be done by mid-August!

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Jean Luc’s Interview by Meow Meow Magazine Part II

 

Jean Luc recently sat down (and also rolled over a few times) with Meow Meow Magazine about his role as the Celebrity Spokecat and Blogger for the Orlando Cat Café. Here is Part II of his interview!

MMM: What’s the hardest part of being a blogger?

JL: You know, it’s the actual typing! I am VERY good at passing back and forth in front of the monitor and also laying on the keyboard, but when it comes to the actual typing of letters, it’s hard because of my paws.

MMM: Where do you get your ideas that you then incorporate into your Blog?

JL: Mostly from what is happening at the Orlando Cat Café. Right now we are still in the planning process and so I am mostly writing about what’s happening with that. Interestingly enough, inspiration sometimes comes while I am sleeping. I have some CRAZY dreams!

MMM: Taking a page from James Lipton and “Inside the Actor’s Studio”….

JL: Ooh…I have watched that show! Love it!

MMM: OK, then you are familiar with the questions — let’s start. What is your favorite word?

JL: “Cookie”.

MMM: What is your least favorite word?

JL: “No”.

MMM: What turns you on?

JL: Someone scratching me behind my ears!  It’s a literal turn on because I start purring almost immediately. It’s like turning on an engine!

MMM: What turns you off?

JL: Well — when the person stops scratching me behind my ears, it literally turns off my purr. Otherwise, I am not a fan of really long car rides as I tend to get a little car sick.

MMM: What sound do you love?

JL: The can opener.

MMM: What sound do you hate?

JL: I hate any loud noise, I also don’t like to hear people cry. It makes me sad too….

MMM: What is your favorite curse word?

JL: Jean Luc does not curse!

MMM: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

JL: I would love to be a movie star like Keanu!

MMM: What profession would you not like to do?

JL: I wouldn’t want to be a dog. Is that a profession? Nothing against dogs, but I don’t think I would be very good at it.

MMM: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear when you get to the pearly gates?

JL: Google just reported that Orlando Cat Café adopted it’s 1,000,000th cat!

MMM: Last question Jean Luc….Do you believe in love at first sight?

JL: Absolutely! I have seen it so many times with families coming from all over the country to adopt cats and dogs at the South Lake Animal League. Cats falling head over tails in love with their new “forever families” and dogs who do the same. And people who fall head over heels in love immediately with their new furry family member. If you don’t believe me, stop in to the soon to be open Orlando Cat Café and you’ll see it everyday of the week!

MMM: Thank you Jean Luc for taking the time to talk to us.

JL: My pleasure!

We’ve Started Construction!

Jean Luc, your intrepid reporter, is pleased to anounce that construction has started on the Orlando Cat Café!

The folks at Kalos are estimating a 12 week buildout and they started today with some major demolition of the existing space (mostly the restrooms which will need to relocated).  No word yet on litterboxes, but I imagine that comes a little bit later.

Here are some pictures from today’s work!

 

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Walls are coming down!

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More Walls Coming Down

 

Activities this week include the demolition of all existing walls, flooring, electrical, HVAC (that’s construction lingo for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning!), plumbing and the fire alarm. They will also begin laying out the new walls and floor lines for plumbing as well as saw cutting the existing concrete.

Sounds messy and so they have asked me not to “help” them this week (I am only allowed to take pictures for now).

I will continue to send updates (and pictures) every week of our progress!

It’s going to be pawsome!!!!!!

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Exciting Construction News!

“The Pen is Mightier than the Sword” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Don’t Make Me Put On My Angry Eyes” – Mrs. Potato Head

“If You Want a Job Done, and Done Well, Put a Spokescat in Charge” – JeanLuc

JeanLuc here again with SUPER EXCITING news! No sooner did I post yesterday’s blog, referencing my growly level frustration and swishy tail, did I get a phone call from the nice folks up in the Lake County Building Department with the news that our plans for the Orlando Cat Café have been approved!  Did they read my blog and didn’t want to deal with a growly cat?  Who knows – but the end result is the end result!

Approved!

This means that we can officially start construction! That also means that within 90 days we will be up and open for business!

I have checked with our contractor, Kalos Services, Inc., and I do believe that they are going to let me do some of the actual work, so stay tuned to this blog for pictures of me working (and not just at my desk!).

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I am taking the rest of the day off. To be honest, I think I have earned it. If I could pat myself on my back I most certainly would!  Instead, I am going to take a bath, nap, have a snack and then play with some of those catnip toys I have been neglecting.

Tomorrow it’s back to work!

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Paperwork, Paperwork and More Paperwork

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JeanLuc can not rest.

OK, that’s not technically true because I am still getting a good 20 hours of sleep per day, but the remaining 4 hours are filled with paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork!  Very little time to bathe or play.  I have at least 3 catnip toys that now have a thin layer of dust, because I just haven’t had a chance to play with them!

People (and cats) think that opening a Cat Café is easy-peasy, but to be honest, it’s not. It’s a lot of work, and although for me it is a labor of love, it’s still labor. Not like the actual labor of having kittens (I don’t know what that’s like, but I have heard) but a labor nonetheless.

When I’m not working with State and Local Authorities, I am fielding dozens of emails from eager fans wanting to know when we are opening.

To be honest, I would like to know when we are opening too!

Here is where we stand right now. Our architectural team has submitted our plans to the reviewers at Lake County. They had some questions, which we answered, and now we are (patiently) awaiting our approval so that we can start actually using hammers and nails and other cool tools that make a lot of noise to do our interior buildout.  Our team expected to hear back from the County with our approval on Monday…then yesterday….and now today.

We have a great contractor all lined up who tells us that they know exactly how to use those tools to build us a really cool café with toys and perches and even a separate room for our litterboxes (gotta have privacy!).  The contractor says he can have us up and running in 60-90 days.  That’s like 4 years in cat years, but whatever.

While we are doing this, we are also getting our paperwork (paperwork, and more paperwork) ready to submit to the State of Florida, Department of Hotels and Restaurants so that they can give us their blessing as well.

I’m telling you — this is hard work. When I first took this job I really did for the cool red sunglasses and the chance to be on T.V. , but now that I am “in” I gotta say, I’m pretty tired and a tad frustrated.  Not “hiss” level frustrated, but maybe a low growl and some intense tail swishing.  You get the picture.

I know in the end it will all be worth it because it will be cool (remember, the Orlando Cat Café is where all the cool cats hang out — including JeanLuc!) and also because so many of my feline friends will be matched up with their forever families and find their forever homes.

In the meantime though, it feels like our approval process is taking FOREVER!

 

 

 

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JeanLuc’s Interview for Orlando Cat Cafe

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JeanLuc recently sat down (and also laid down) with MeowMeow Magzine to discuss his celebrity status with Orlando Cat Cafe. Here is Part I of his interview:

MMM: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us about your job as SpokesCat for the Orlando Cat Café. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

JL: Thank you for having me. My name is JeanLuc and I am a cat.

MMM:  JeanLuc is a French name — are you originally from France?

JL:  No I am not, however, I think my great, great, great grandparents on my father’s side might be from France.  I was named JeanLuc because my mom loves French Fries.

MMM:  So you don’t know any French?

JL:  My French is limited — for example, I know “Miaou” which loosely translates to “Meow” in English.

MMM: How did you become the SpokesCat for the Orlando Cat Café?

JL: It’s a funny story actually. The nice folks at Southlake Animal League brought me out to star in a video for the Orlando Cat Cafe back in September and all agreed that I completely “stole the show”, despite the fact that I was asleep for the most of the actual filming. Because I did so well, they brought me back to the Sneak Peek Event in October and many people that attended that event were drawn into my star quality and eventually I was asked to take the job as SpokesCat.

MMM: As the Official SpokesCat, what are your job duties?

JL: There is a lot of eating, sleeping, and snacking that has to be done, in addition to looking super cute at all times. I also write a weekly blog keeping our fans updated as to how our construction plans are coming along and when we plan to open.

MMM:  How are the plans coming along?  Do you have an opening date yet?

JL:  I wish we did.  We recently went through the first review process with Lake County and they had some questions that our architect needs to address.  Something about working ducks I think.(editors note — we think JeanLuc meant “duct work”).  Nothing out of the ordinary.  Our architect will resubmit in the next few days and then the plans should be approved and we can begin actual construction.  Once construction starts, we are estimating that we will be open in 60-90 days.  I have been quite busy attending meetings with our architect and contractor.

MMM:  What is your role in those meetings?

JL:  I enjoy knocking the pens and pencils off the table when they are working and I also like to lay down in the middle of the plans while they are reviewing them.  They like it when I swish my tail back and forth over the sections that they are reviewing.  I also find that shedding on them excessively works well as far as fostering collaboration and encourages them to work faster so we can open!

MMM: Do you have a celebrity crush?

JL: Besides myself? Currently I am crushing on Keanu – another alumni from Southlake Animal League who is going to be staring in his own movie opening April 29th! www.keanumovie.com.  I am so proud of Keanu!

MMM: What are you most passionate about?

JL: Right now it’s getting the Orlando Cat Café open! After that I will probably go back to one of my catnip toys but for right now, I really want to get the Café up and running so that my fellow felines can find their forever homes. It’s that kind of alliteration, by the way, that a blog writing SpokesCat has got to be good at!

Part 2 of JeanLuc’s Interview with Meow Meow Magazine will appear in JeanLuc’s blog next week!  Stay tuned.

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Bad Hair Day

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I have a friend who is a Maine Coon cat. Many cats think that they might be Maine Coons, but in reality they are just tabbies with a bit of a weight issue.  My friend is a bona fide Maine Coon. Gorgeous cat — big green eyes, cute tufts on his ears, giant paws and a big fluffy, squirrel like tail. He’s a real looker! Here’s the problem — the person who works for him — you know, cleans the litterbox, feeds him, buys him toys — I think people call them “owners” — decided that he could be “improved” and so she took him to a groomer to have a “lion cut”. If you are not familiar with the lion cut, I have included some pictures in this post, but I warn you, some images may not be suitable for….well…..anyone.

 

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You know who I think looks good in a lion cut? A LION! Really works for them being “King of the Jungle” and all.

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You know for whom a lion cut does not work for? Everyone else! I mean seriously, the lion cut for housecats is what the bad home perm was for people in the 80’s (when my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandparents were alive).

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See the resemblance?

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How about now?

 

JeanLuc thinks this may be a form of  what sociologists called anthropomorphism which is a fancy word for giving human characteristics to animals.  In this case, it seems to be the human condition known as “the bad hair day”.  Cats don’t have bad hair days.  The worst it gets for us is if we get a mat, which can be easily rectified by combing it out.  Or, there might be a situation where we get a bit of peanut butter stuck in our fur, although I do NOT know about this from personal experience…really.  I heard about it once.

 

We love our fur and don’t need any help with styling.  Combing yes.  Dye no.  Crazy Lion Cut definitely NO!  If you are thinking that your cat may look cute with a lion cut, think again.  If you are thinking your cat would look even cuter dyed green to look like a dinosaur, think again.  Seriously — think again.

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You will not see any cats with lion cuts at the Orlando Cat Café.  I am forbidding it – and I am the official spokescat so what I say, basically goes.  See you soon!

 

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How to Take the Purfect (Cat) Nap

Time Magazine recently ran a story entitled “How to Take the Perfect Nap”.  I am assuming that this story was meant for humans because Jean Luc and his feline friends have been doing this for correctly, without instructions from a magazine, for years.  The story lists 4 actual steps to obtaining the “Perfect Nap”

 

Step 1 – Pick a Regular Time

According to the article, (which you can read in its entirety here) a daily schedule helps train your body to know when it’s time for a nap and suggests late morning or early afternoon to avoid interfering with your nightly sleep.

In my experience, beginning as a kitten, I have set the following schedule for myself, which I find does not interfere with my nightly sleep.  Early morning nap, followed by middle morning nap, followed by late morning nap.  After a short break, for food and possibly litter boxing, I repeat the process again in the afternoon — early afternoon nap, middle afternoon nap, and then late afternoon nap.  Evening time finds me snacking, litterboxing again, especially if I was dreaming about food, and then gearing up for my early evening nap and middle evening nap.  I rarely take a evening nap, for fear that that would interfere with my nighttime sleep.

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Step 2 – Set Your Alarm for 20-25 Minutes

Apparently this is supposed to work for humans.  25 minutes is supposed to be enough time to help you wake up refreshed without falling into deeper states of sleep.  I can tell you from experience that this does NOT work for cats.  I like to sleep anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour, even up to 1 1/2 hours.  I really don’t feel refreshed until my whiskers have twitched and my mouth has moved as if I am chewing gum and my paws are jerking around like I am running a marathon.  For this I need a minimum of 45 minutes.

Step 3 – Avoid Stimuli

The article suggests humans turn off their phone and find the darkest, quietest place they can since a bright and boisterous environment can keep them from falling asleep or waking up midnap.  This is actually excellent advice for both humans and felines.  It is difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep when those crazy phones play the theme song from Jaws everytime a text comes in.  I think a box makes a place for a nap.  If that box is in a closet, that makes it better!  Humans make surprisingly good pillows as well.

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Step 4 – Sniff Lavender

I don’t know anything about lavender, but I can tell you that you should NOT sniff catnip prior to napping!  That stuff is crazy!  Makes me want to jump around the house, box imaginary prey, hunt dust bunnies – really anything but sleep!  Friends don’t let friends sniff catnip.

This post has, surprisingly, made me kinda sleepy…..

I’ll see you soon at the Orlando Cat Café, where the cool cats hang out (opening soon!)

JeanLuc’s Blog – Patience vs. Patients

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Patience vs Patients — this is something that JeanLuc has been thinking a lot about this week — in between bath time and sleeping and eating, so basically I’ve devoted about 5 entire minutes pondering this subject. I and all my kitty friends are patiently awaiting word from government officials in the Lake County Building Department on our final approval of our architectural plans so that construction can begin! Being patient is hard, but not as hard as being A patient, like at the vet’s office! I particular don’t like being poked and prodded. And don’t get me started on that cold metal table! So — being patient is easier than being A patient I guess, although I usually get a treat when I get home from the vet. We’ll have a bunch of treats when The Orlando Cat Café opens, so we have that to look forward to! In the interim, we await approval so that construction can begin…soon I hope. Like maybe during my next nap.

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JeanLuc’s 1st Blog Post!

JeanLuc here!  Official Mascot of the Orlando Cat Café!  I’ll be your intrepid cat reporter for all things relating to Orlando Cat Café from construction updates to information on our Grand Opening!  For my first post, I am pleased to announce that the architectural plans have been submitted to Lake County and they are in the process of being reviewed as we meow — err speak.  We expect to be able to start construction within the next few weeks and the contractor tells us to expect between 60-90 days until we ready to open.

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Eat, drink and become a new cat owner?

From The Daily Commercial:

Most food establishments offer to-go boxes, but soon one place in Clermont will offer to-go kitties.

It’s called the Orlando Cat Café, and its mission, in partnership with the South Lake Animal League, is to save the lives of homeless cats in Central Florida while customers drink coffee, enjoy a bite to eat and mingle with the felines.

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