New York City will see a first in 2018, residents of metropolis will be introduced to their first ever dog cafe. With the grand opening of Boris & Horton in the East Village, NYC will join a group of major cities that offer the opportunity to grab a cafe and relax indoors with your pooch. Boris & Horton has a soft launch in mid January and plans to be fully up in running by the end of the month.
As Co-Owner Coppy Holzman explained, the cafe is a place to “have great coffee, eat, have wine and beer, hang out, and also bring your dog inside.” Their goal is to design an environment that mimics the feel of a well designed living room. The cafe will also serve human food, such as a creative arry of pastries.
The goal of the cafe is to create a sense of community, the owners hope that the dogs act as an ice breaker and lead patrons to conversate with each other. Dogs have always been natural ice breakers, all you have to do is take your pooch to a dog park on a sunny day and conversation will occur. What type of dog is that? What his or hers name? Is he/she a rescue? It’s just natural that dog owners are interested in other people’s dogs and are more likely to start a conversation with a fellow dog owner.
Boris & Horton will differ from the cat cafes we have seen pop up across Japan and have become internet sensations. Those cafes are gear around adoption, the experience is more about grabbing a coffee in a pet rescue environment. Boris & Horton is more about creating a dog lover’s sanctuary, where owers and pooches can sit side-by-side and meet like minded people. But make no mistake, Boris & Horton is also supporters of rescue dog adoption and will host events on the weekends in hopes of finding dogs in need their forever homes.
The biggest hurdle the owners faced was the Health Department, they worked hand-in-hand with the NYC health department to make sure that the establishment would be up to code and would not violate any city codes. The finished product has the following lay out. The space is divided into two spaces, one being the cafe side, where customers can purchase food and drinks. The other side is known as the dog side, featuring tables to eat and drink at and a dog focused retail shop. They will also offer a walk up window, where customers can order beverages without entering the actual shop.
The shop also sports a trained staff and we don’t just mean the baristas and waitstaff. Boris & Horton took an additional step and has trained their staff to understand and read canine body language. This additional step was taken to create a safe environment and cut down on all the humping and mounting. So if you live in New York City or plan to visit the city in the near future, make sure to add Boris & Horton to your itinerary. The shop is located in the East Village on 12th Street and Avenue A. Send us a review if you do stop by, we would love to hear about your experience.