Being Thunder Bay born and raised, we, as founders, want to support our fellow local businesses and contribute to the growth and diversity of our great city. Our goal is to establish partnerships with as many local businesses and organizations as possible:
Kitty Kare Feline Rescue
We are excited to be partnering with Kitty Kare, a 100% volunteer run, not-for-profit registered charity that receives no government funding. Established in 2010, Kitty Kare rescues felines from the City of Thunder Bay Animal Services, saving them from life in cages and possible euthanasia. Kitty Kare will receive 100% of the adoption fees for each cat adopted from the cafe, as well as regular monetary contributions from our various cafe events and fundraisers so that we all can continue saving four-legged heart beats, meow and furever. If you’re looking to add some feline love to your life, please visit Kitty Kare’s website (http://kittykare2010.org) to view all the purring bundles of fur they currently have available for adoption!
Rose N Crantz Roasting Co.
Founded in 2013 by Jamie Nichols, Rose N Crantz Roasting Co. locally roasts ethical trade coffee in Thunder Bay. They are committed to local, sustainable food programs and resources, and regularly collaborate with local companies. Rose N Crantz will be supplying Paws & Purr with all our coffee-related needs, and we are so proud to be partnering with such a socially conscious local business.
Stardust Vegan Bakeshop
Introducing Thunder Bay’s first vegan bake shop! At Stardust, they bake in small batches using only plant-based ingredients to reimagine and recreate your favorite sweets. Their tasty treats lack animal ingredients, but they are not short on flavor or quality. They will be designing exclusive and one-of-a-kind treats specifically for our cafe as well as a couple of fan favorites. One bite is all it will take to convince you what many already know: that animal products aren’t always necessary for world class taste or texture.
Dagwoods Bakery & Deli
Dagwoods Bakery & Deli has top of the line custom cakes & cupcakes. They also provide lunch with subs, sandwiches and a variety of delicious pastries. We are proud to welcome this well-established bakery to our team, and believe that their customer base will quickly become regular cafe patrons.
Curniss Yoga & Wellness
Yoga asana is an exploration of movement and self-awareness. It is an opportunity to explore what is possible both for the body and mind, and also to notice what may be in the way of these possibilities – whether this is tight hamstrings or limiting beliefs. Curniss teaches from her experience of yoga as a wonderful practice to support personal growth and self-realization, interweaving themes, pranayama (breath work), and meditation in flowing sequences of postures, and inviting students to engage with what arises with curiosity, playfulness, and compassion. She will be offering a one of a kind feline yoga designed specifically for our felines.
Local Pet Stores
We will be teaming up with our local pet stores, including Pet Valu and PetSmart, who have offered adoption packages full of discounts and coupons to go to our new adoptive parents and partners.
And we’re just getting started! We also plan to establish partnerships with other local vendors to supply the cafe with tea, food, desserts, merchandise, etc., as well as other local pet stores, photographers, veterinary clinics, and health and wellness practitioners, so stay tuned!