Photos: Cat Cafe celebrates grand opening Clermont

Photos by Alyssa McComb

Axum Coffee and The Animal League created a place where cats and coffee blend together. With the grand opening of Orlando Cat Cafe customers are able to sip on coffee and watch or interact with cats that are up for adoption.

Axum Coffee serves up baked goods to Orlando Cat Cafe’s first round of customers. Axum and The Animal League teamed up to help create Orlando Cat Cafe. The cafe’s grand opening was held in Clermont Thursday. Axum Coffee serves up baked goods to Orlando Cat Cafe’s first round of customers. Axum and The Animal League teamed up to help create Orlando Cat Cafe. The cafe’s grand opening was held in Clermont Thursday.

Axum Coffee’s menu consists of uniquely flavored lattes and traditional coffee. This Axum Coffee is located in Clermont and is the “cafe” section of the Orlando Cat Cafe. The Cat Cafe held its grand opening Thursday at noon. Axum Coffee’s menu consists of uniquely flavored lattes and traditional coffee. This Axum Coffee is located in Clermont and is the “cafe” section of the Orlando Cat Cafe. The Cat Cafe held its grand opening Thursday at noon.

Tania Ramirez is one of the first to order Axum Coffee on opening day of the Orlando Cat Cafe. Axum Coffee and The Animal League are a part of the collaborative project to help cats find new owners.  Tania Ramirez is one of the first to order Axum Coffee on opening day of the Orlando Cat Cafe. Axum Coffee and The Animal League are a part of the collaborative project to help cats find new owners.

The Orlando Cat Cafe held its grand opening noon Thursday in Clermont. The cafe brought together animal adoption service The Animal League and Axum Coffee to create this new unique experience. The Orlando Cat Cafe held its grand opening noon Thursday in Clermont. The cafe brought together animal adoption service The Animal League and Axum Coffee to create this new unique experience.

Initial onlookers peek through a glass window to get their first look at adoptable cats at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe on Thursday. Initial onlookers peek through a glass window to get their first look at adoptable cats at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe on Thursday.

Matt Eppurson (pictured left) and Shelby Norris (pictured right) cuddle with a furry feline at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe in Clermont. Eppurson and Norris were the first guests to play with adoptable cats Thursday at noon. Matt Eppurson (pictured left) and Shelby Norris (pictured right) cuddle with a furry feline at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe in Clermont. Eppurson and Norris were the first guests to play with adoptable cats Thursday at noon.

Sandra Cagan, the founder of Orlando Cat Cafe (pictured left), and Jessica Whitehouse, the director of development at The Animal League (pictured right), cut the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening of Orlando Cat Cafe on Thursday. Sandra Cagan, the founder of Orlando Cat Cafe (pictured left), and Jessica Whitehouse, the director of development at The Animal League (pictured right), cut the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening of Orlando Cat Cafe on Thursday.

Cats get cozy after a short while of playing at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe. Cats are up for adoption through The Animal League, and customers buy coffee just down the hallway in Axum Coffee. Guests take time in both the coffee lounge and the kitty playroom Thursday. Cats get cozy after a short while of playing at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe. Cats are up for adoption through The Animal League, and customers buy coffee just down the hallway in Axum Coffee. Guests take time in both the coffee lounge and the kitty playroom Thursday.

Various perches, toys and beds are placed throughout the play area at Orlando Cat Cafe.  Various perches, toys and beds are placed throughout the play area at Orlando Cat Cafe.

Barista Abby Lancaster at the Axum Coffee cafe shows off her foam skills at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe. Guests can order cat lattes of any flavor in the coffee lounge, while others play with adoptable kittens in the next room over. Barista Abby Lancaster at the Axum Coffee cafe shows off her foam skills at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe. Guests can order cat lattes of any flavor in the coffee lounge, while others play with adoptable kittens in the next room over.

Local artist Kathie Camara paints a picture of a kitten during the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe Thursday. Camara. Placed between the cat playroom and the Axum Coffee shop, guests watched her paint, as well as see some of her typical “pet art.” Local artist Kathie Camara paints a picture of a kitten during the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe Thursday. Camara. Placed between the cat playroom and the Axum Coffee shop, guests watched her paint, as well as see some of her typical “pet art.”

Chris Sims (pictured left) and Tania Ramirez (pictured right) coo over a cat available for adoption at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe in Clermont. Sims works as a volunteer with The Animal League, the pet adoption service at the cat cafe. Ramirez was one of dozens who played with cats and kittens Thursday.   Chris Sims (pictured left) and Tania Ramirez (pictured right) coo over a cat available for adoption at the grand opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe in Clermont. Sims works as a volunteer with The Animal League, the pet adoption service at the cat cafe. Ramirez was one of dozens who played with cats and kittens Thursday.

Jessica Whitehouse returns to the cat care area and holds a frisky cat during the opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe. Whitehouse is the director of development for The Animal League, the pet adoption service working with Axum coffee to create this collaborative project.    Jessica Whitehouse returns to the cat care area and holds a frisky cat during the opening of the Orlando Cat Cafe. Whitehouse is the director of development for The Animal League, the pet adoption service working with Axum coffee to create this collaborative project.