The Crooked Tail Cat Café, 604 S. Elm. St. in Greensboro, has announced plans to open a second store in Winston-Salem. It will be Winston-Salem’s first cat cafe.

Crooked Tail plans to open a second store at 229 W. Fifth St. downtown next to Bright Leaf Books, a few doors down from Small Batch Beer Co. and less than a block away from Benton Convention Center.

Crooked Tail, owned by Karen Stratman, is a space where people can come to meet and play with adoptable cats. It offers coffee, tea and pre-packaged cookies and other treats in an area separate from its kitty lounge. It also serves beer and wine.

Stratman said that Crooked Tail in Greensboro keeps about 12 cats at one time. “Most cats don’t stay that long. We probably average two adoptions a week,” she said.

Stratman said that part of the success of the café is that it is welcoming to everyone, whether or not they want to adopt a cat. “We give people a personal experience. We spend time with them, and tell them about the personalities of the cats. Some people come here just for cat therapy,” she said.

Stratman started the business in Nov. 2017. She said she wasn’t actively looking for a second space but that an opportunity presented itself. “I always thought at some point I would like to be in Winston-Salem because it’s been growing so much, and this just seemed like the right time,” she said.

The Winston-Salem space is currently under construction. Stratman said that the 1,800-square-foot-space is just a bit smaller than that of the Greensboro store.

Stratman expects to open by early summer.

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Michael Hastings