Opinion: How a Small San Diego Business Survived COVID by Focusing on Community

Guests at The Cat Café in February. Image from the cafe’s Facebook feed

I was really looking forward to celebrating the fifth anniversary of my business, the Cat Cafe, last year, which was a milestone we were really excited about. Unfortunately, 2020 had different plans for us.

Originally, we envisioned continued success with reservations booked out months in advance and eager tourists lined up for a chance to enjoy coffee with friendly cats. Like so many others, when the pandemic hit, The Cat Café was forced to temporarily close its doors and unforeseen challenges COVID-19 brought arose.

Now as San Diego and the state reopen and vaccinations are accessible to everyone over 12, the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. While small businesses will undoubtedly never look the same, the value of supporting local businesses remains more important than ever.

Prior to the shutdown, The Cat Café relied heavily on San Diego’s large…

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