[Photo: Paresse Cafe/IndieGoGo]
While San Francisco and Oakland eagerly await the arrival of their respective cat cafes, another novelty cafe with a mission to de-stress is plotting a debut. And this time, the relaxation engine isn't pets. It's hammocks.
French proprietors Ingrid Vierne and Babette Auvray-Pagnozzi are behind the project, which is currently seeking funding through an IndieGoGo campaign. Though they don't have a location yet, they do have a name: Paresse Cafe (paresse is French for "laziness"). "Lazy is the new cool," says Vierne in the campaign video, "stop wasting energy, and start relaxing."
The new spot, which is targeting a fall opening date, is billed as the nation's first hammock cafe. Designed with a beachy, Hawaiian vacation vibe in mind, Paresse Cafe hopes to feature fish tanks full of tropical fish (which they plan to rescue from owners that don't want them anymore by partnering with a "fish rescue association"). Hammocks will come from Long Meadow Farms and from Mexico, where Paresse friend Victor Aleman is designing a special heart-shaped hammock "for lovers."
As for food, Vierne and Auvray-Pagnozzi have a fruit-focused, healthy menu in mind, with cold pressed juice, vegan cookies, locally sourced produce for salads, and more. They also plan to partner with Farmigo to create a pickup location for farm-fresh produce.
To extend the theme of relaxation even further, Paresse Cafe plans to host a professional masseuse for 20-minute massages, and will showcase the work of local artists, as well as having musical guests perform during their daily 6pm-7pm "lazy hour."
The project is seeking $150K though their IndieGoGo campaign, but will seek a loan if they don't reach their goal. They've currently got their eyes on a Valencia Street location, and we'll keep you updated as we know more.