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Purr-fect! Couple aims to open first cat cafe in Spokane

Contrast Design Studio created the logo for Kitty Cantina: A Cat Cafe. A Spokane couple is trying to open Kitty Cantina, the city’s reportedly first feline cafe. (Contrast Design Studio)

Contrast Design Studio announced on Facebook on Monday that a client of the Spokane-based graphic and web design firm is planning to open Kitty Cantina: A Cat Cafe, Spokane’s reportedly first cat cafe.

Kitty Cantina: A Cat Cafe hopes to open for feline fans adjacent to a cat adoption center, with a glass wall separating the two businesses for prime kitty viewing.

Husband and wife Justyn and Tori Cozza – he went to Gonzaga to be a teacher and she is a nurse – are the hopeful owners of Kitty Cantina. According to Nick Kimmet of Contrast Design Studio, who is Tori Cozza’s cousin, two locations in North Spokane are being considered to house Kitty Cantina.

“It’s been difficult trying to secure a loan being a small startup involving food and animals,” Justyn Cozza said. “But once it goes through, fingers crossed.”

The couple stumbled upon the cat cafe Neko in Seattle while visiting friends and joked about opening a cat cafe in Spokane. “I’ve always wanted to open a business, and we love cats,” Justyn Cozza said. The Cozzas have been working on the business plan for a year, and it would be their first business.

Contrast Design Studio created the logo and design for Kitty Cantina posted on Facebook. “Once they’re up and running, we’ll help them with the design of the space,” Kimmet said.