Here’s What Happens When You Try to Pick Up a Date at a Cat Cafe
Meet Jeff. Jeff is our in-house data guy at Pet + Co. If you’re one of Jeff’s closest coworker friends, he will send you puppy GIFs throughout the day. It’s the best! What’s strange though, is that Jeff’s nickname from his days at Bleacher Report was “Big Cat.” Is Jeff a closet cat lover? He denies it, but admits an affinity for cat shirts. Collection count: “10 or so. Is that weird?” Um…
Despite Jeff being a “dog person,” when the team learned of a cat cafe opening up in San Francisco, we unanimously decided to send him. Jeff’s mission: Pick up a woman at a cat cafe.
I went with Jeff as his photographer and source of moral support. On the ride over, we brainstormed pick-up lines for Jeff to use. You’re a fine feline lover or You’re purrrfect or Some days I feel like a cat, do you? If all fails, I told Jeff to simply go up to a girl and then purr. That’s a guaranteed way to get digits.
Jeff wore his best cat shirt for this special day! He even got a haircut a week before in order to be ready for all the fine cat ladies of San Francisco! Let’s see how it went…
When we arrived at KitTea, the first step was familiarization with the place. Know the space, meet the cats and use all of this to your advantage when talking to the fellow cat cafe visitors.
With some solid cat play moves in his repertoire, Jeff began to show off for the ladies. The cats like Jeff, therefore so should you!
“I think the cats respect me. They recognize me as one of their own.” – Jeff
Despite the pick-up lines and the close spiritual connection with the cats, Jeff had a hard time picking up any women at the cat cafe. There were two prospects, but ultimately the sparks weren’t flying. What’s up with that? We asked KitTea cat wrangler Maggie McKay, working here since June, about love in the cat cafe, and here’s what she had to say:
B+C: How often do people come on dates to the cat cafe? Do you ever see first dates?
MM: Yeah, all the time. Sometimes it’s great. I guess it’s like a first date anywhere. You see between some people, it’s magic and it’s amazing. And every now and then you see a couple that’s super quiet and super awkward, and you’re like… Well, you guys are having a really cute time individually, but don’t know if you’re a match.
B+C: Can the cats be blamed for a missed connection at the cat cafe?
MM: No, no I wouldn’t blame the cats. If anything, the cats are like a litmus test. Cause I would say if I went on a date and there were cats involved and this guy couldn’t hold his own, I would be like huh… bad with pussy. Good to know.
B+C: Have you ever seen anyone pick up someone at the cat cafe?
MM: No, that I haven’t seen yet. But just because I haven’t seen it, doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened.
So why no love, Jeff?
“I got a little bit of a weird vibe from one of them. I think her quote was, ‘I’m actually a cat‘ which is a little strange…” Fair enough, Jeff.
So while the mission was not a success in terms of meeting a fellow cat lover, there was an abundance of general cat love! And hey, who’s to stay that KitTea SF might not work out as the best place for singles to mingle in the near future.
Would you go on a first date at a cat cafe? Hit us up @BritandCo with the hashtag #petandco!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)