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Whiskers & Wine Cat Lounge | Akron Small Business Feature

Nicole Farrell is opening a cat lounge called Whiskers & Wine in early 2023. Keep reading to learn from Nicole about the new addition to Downtown Akron.

Join the Whiskers & Wine mailing list to get an exclusive invite to their launch party. Visit their website to learn more.

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What types of products or services do you offer?

Whiskers & Wine, launching in February 2023, is a cat lounge and wine bar where patrons can hang out, grab a drink, shop local goods, and play with adoptable cats.

How do you help your customers?

We connect our customers with a safe, LGBTQIA+ friendly hangout space that connects patrons with local products and adoptable cats. Additionally, we will offer special events monthly including D&D and Cats, Drag & Cats, and more.

How did the business get started? 

Whiskers & Wine came about as a way to combine animal welfare and for-profit enterprises to create something entirely new.

What is your business’s relationship with the city of Akron and Akronites?

As an Akron native, I recognize the lack of development focused on younger and more diverse populations (especially in the downtown area). I want to be the change I want to see in my community, which is why I chose to headquarter my businesses here when I could easily have chosen more profitable communities like Columbus and Cleveland. I believe in Akron and want to inspire others to feel the same.

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How do you see your business growing/evolving into the future?

Our strategic plan includes our expansion into a second location within the next three years. Our goal is to be the first multi-location cat cafe company in the United States.

How can people support your business?

At present, people can support by liking our Whiskers & Wine Cat Lounge Facebook Page and subscribing to our mailing list on our website. Everyone who subscribes to our mailing list will receive an exclusive invite to our launch party.

Visit the Whiskers & Wine website and be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram.

If you’d like to get in touch directly, you can email founder Nicole Farrell at whiskersandwineneo@gmail.com.

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