Java Cats Cafe opens near Marietta square

Java Cats owner Hadyn Hilton (in black) checks in on the cats and customersJava Cats owner Hadyn Hilton (in black) checks in on the cats and customers (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

Java Cats in Meowietta

Java Cats Cafe opened its second location to the public on July 6. The original cafe is in the Grant Park neighborhood and was the first of its kind to open in Georgia back in March 2016. Owner Hadyn Hilton noticed that a significant number of patrons came from the suburbs and said they wished they had something like it nearby. The first location she looked at fit the bill perfectly and is walking distance from Marietta Square. She dubbed it “Meowietta.”

Storefront of Java Cats (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

Storefront of Java Cats (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

GoFundMe site for Java Cats

Hilton launched a GoFundMe to help cover costs, which has raised more than $13,000 so far. On July 5, she held a soft opening for donors and volunteers to meet the cats. Five of the cats found sponsors that day who covered the $100 adoption fee for when they find their forever home.

cats lounging on elevated platforms at Java Cats

“Please, adopt us, but give us a few minutes. We’re comfortable right now” (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

Cats from Humane Society for adoption

The cats come from the Humane Society of Cobb County, which often pulls cats from shelters where they face euthanization. Lacey, at 12 years old, is a friendly brown and white tabby who has spent six years in a shelter. Temple, a black and white tuxedo, is the youngest at two years old.

“A lot of these cats have been in a shelter half their life. Here they will get constant attention and affection,” Hilton said. “It’s a game changer.”

Kitty and customer playspace (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

Kitty and customer playspace (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

Space for getting to know the cats

Two of the first patrons through the door said the barista warned them the cats may be shy and hiding. Instead, they were greeted by the feline residents as soon as they walked inside. As more customers arrived, the cats became more lively, climbing the shelves, batting at toys and rubbing against the visitors. The decor includes bean bags, couches, old hollowed-out televisions, tables and painted murals.

Linda Icard came all the way from Portland for the opening. Her daughter lives in the area and she was already planning a visit. She said she selected the dates for her trip when she saw the plans for opening weekend. Before she left to also visit the Grant Park location, she decided to sponsor one of the cats.

Linda Icard and another patron show affection to the residents (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

Linda Icard and another patron show affection to the residents (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

The cafe and the cat room are separate

The cafe and the cat room are two distinct spaces separated by double doors. Though patrons can take their coffee into the cat room, the cafe area also has tables and chairs for those who are just dropping by for a treat. Patrons who wish to visit with the cats are advised to make an appointment online in advance. Walk-ins are first-come, first-served based on space available. Adults are $10 for an hour, and children 12 and under are $7. A drip-coffee or tea is included in the cost and kids can have a hot chocolate, juice or fruit snack. For $2.50, customers can upgrade to a crafted beverage. The admission helps cover the cats’ expenses.

Java Cats Cafe is located at 85 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta. There are eight spaces in front and additional shared parking in the back.

>> Check out our previous coverage of this fascinating cafe

Java Cats serves a variety of drinks and snacks. (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

Java Cats serves a variety of drinks and snacks. (photo by Rebecca Gaunt)

Rebecca Gaunt
Rebecca Gaunt earned a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in education from Oglethorpe University. After teaching elementary school for several years, she returned to writing. She lives in Marietta with her husband, son, two cats, and a dog. In her spare time, she loves to read, binge Netflix and travel.

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