Cats are everywhere on the internet. And now people can play with cats and sip some coffee at Mew Haven, the first cat café in Connecticut. I sat down with owner Angela Pollo to find out why she started this business with her husband, and how the day-to-day operations go.
While cat cafés have been popular in Asia for quite some time, they’re a relatively new occurrence in the United States. We discussed the many logistical issues surrounding Mew Haven: animal welfare concerns, government regulations, health issues, and more.
The extended interview with Angela Pollo can be found here:
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#12: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0iKqFMoxo Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist.