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Cat cafe coming to Branson

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A dual-purpose cafe featuring adoptable cats is getting close to opening its doors in Branson.

Mochas and Meows LLC, a first-time business venture for Branson resident Mary Trexler, is targeting a Nov. 1 opening at 3265 Falls Parkway, Ste. V, in the Falls Shopping Center. She said her business incorporates a total of 2,500 square feet between two units she’s leasing for undisclosed terms with J.W. Franklin Co.

The concept will feature a coffee shop on one side and a separate cat lounge on the other side.

“I grew up here, and I want to do something that hasn’t been done in Branson,” Trexler said. “I wanted to bring a cool kind of chill spot.”

Trexler said coffee will be supplied in the shop by Liberty City, Iowa-based Java House Coffee Roasters. The menu will feature coffees, espressos, iced, herbal and hot teas, as well as fruit, peanut butter and dessert smoothies. Planned food options include smoothie bowls and cinnamon rolls. She declined to disclose startup costs.

In the cat lounge, felines will be available for adoption via Branson-based Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society. Trexler said the Humane Society’s Jayme Tabuchi would facilitate the adoptions. People wishing to spend time in the cat lounge can pay a cover fee of $6 for 30 minutes or $10 for an hour — and receive unlimited coffee during their visit.

“They all live cage-free,” Trexler said of the cats, noting the “less appealing” part of the lounge, i.e., the litter boxes, will be confined to a separate room not open to the public. “The cats themselves are getting more socialization and will be more desirable to adopt because they won’t have been living in cages their whole life.”

Once open for business, a schedule of events for the lounge, such as cat yoga, will be posted on the cafe’s website, Trexler said.

Trexler, who has been a stay-at-home mom of three children for the past five years, said she fell in love with the idea of a cat cafe. She said she recently completed an online bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado Technical University and completed a mock-up of the concept during one of her classes.

As a cat lover who owns two of her own, she saw the business as a chance to bring people together and help get felines adopted at the same time.

“I wanted to do this for a good cause,” she said.

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