A few months back it was revealed that plans were underfoot for a cat cafe in Portland, a la the ones popular in Japan, where people can seek feline refuge from their cramped, pet-inconducive apartments. Purringtons Cat Lounge and Cafe promises a cushy holdover for adoptable cats and a destination for those who love them, serving, coffee, tea, beer, wine, and snacks. Doesn't it sound wonderful? Of course it does. That's why I had this same idea like four years ago, which I subsequently gave up on after becoming discouraged at the amount of start-up capital that would need to be involved. Not so with Purringtons! They are sallying forth with a Indiegogo campaign for the venture:

And while ordinary folk tossing coin at this is great, I still kind of can't believe some of Portland's restaurant/bar/coffeeshop seed investment money (which I know has got to be out there) isn't all over this. If we can sell dick doughnuts and bone marrow ice cream in this city, so had better believe we can do it even better with cats. Nonetheless, with just over two weeks to go, Purringtons has reached only six percent of it goal. If you know any eccentric, moneyed cat ladies, now's the time to give them a call.