Another rainy day, so time to explore another part of town …
Today we headed South to visit Nine Lives Cat Cafe in Indianapolis. It’s a place we’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t had time. With soccer canceled due to rain, it felt like the perfect day to finally check it out.
Yep, that’s a big cat wheel (like a hamster wheel). If you are a cat lover (or even just an animal lover), Nine Lives is a place you need to check out. The store is divided into two parts – a coffee shop (with delicious coffee) and the cat lounge. To enter the cat lounge you’ll either need a reservation or maybe you’ll get lucky and there will be an opening. They only allow a set amount of people in the lounge at a time, so you might want to call ahead.
We picked up our coffees and headed inside to enjoy some kitty time. In the lounge were about a dozen cats – some were roaming, some playing and some sleeping. You can purchase a half hour of time for $3 per person or a full hour for $5. We opted for the half hour and it was a nice amount to time to visit all the cats and enjoy our coffee.
All of the cats in the lounge are up for adoption. The cafe has been open a little over a year and has adopted out 253 cats. Isn’t that wonderful? My son is a huge cat lover, so he was in heaven during this visit. The rest of us enjoyed petting the cats and playing with the ones who felt like playing. It was some good pet therapy!
After our time was up, we headed across the street to a vintage & local artist store. It was fun poking around the treasures and talking to one of the owners. She let my son try out a typewriter – which he thought was pretty cool and played some records for my daughter (who ended up purchasing a couple).
There is a lot more to do in the area of town we were in, but we were out of time. This afternoon will definitely be a repeat – especially on a day when we have ample time to explore the rest of the things to check out.
Have you ever visited a cat cafe? Ever heard of one? What do you think of the idea?
Nine Lives Cat Cafe, 1315 Shelby Street,Indianapolis, IN; (317) 602-5287 http://www.ninelivesindy.com/
Fountain Square Vintage & Novelty, 1336 Shelby St, Indianapolis, Indiana; (317) 496-7887 https://www.facebook.com/FSQVintage/
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