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What’s Old is Mew Again: VIA Furniture Repurposed for Vancouver Cat Cafe

Dec 18, 2015


Catfe Neon SignThe Vancouver Cat Café opened up in International Village this last Monday. This curious little storefront is breaking some interesting ground in Vancouver.

As part of our commitment to sustainable practices, VIA made sure that a high percentage of the built-in furniture from our former Homer Street offices in Vancouver were repurposed into new design and office projects.

Catfe Logo Illustration Rob OndzikThe Catfé was one of the beneficiaries of this program, and we have been excited to see how things have come along since their location in International Village was announced a few months back.

The Catfé offers patrons the opportunity to purchase a coffee and then enter a separate lounge with a variety of potential feline friends. There is also a program wherein if one of these rescue cats and clients hit it off, there are BCSPCA adoption services available. It is an interesting prospect and has garnered a lot of buzz for the second floor of the shopping center at Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain Station.

International Village is one of VIA’s projects dating back to the early nineties. The Catfé retail space overlooks the entrance plaza that acts as the crossroads between Vancouver’s Chinatown and the sprouting Northeast False Creek neighbourhood that is growing around stadiums and SkyTrain station. This new activity may re-enliven this retail hub with new users and cat-crazy activity.

Congrats cool cats. We can’t wait to see where it goes from here.