WHAT IS "AREA 15"?
The iconic mural that sits against the Charlotte skyline in the Optimist Park section of NODA is a building called "Area 15"... home of Mac Tabby Cat Café! The 23,000 square foot building is a "small business incubator" and is home to over 13 small businesses at any given time. It is a place specific to entrepreneurs who care for the community and exude good energy and helping hands... Area 15 has artists, hair stylists, chefs, tattoo artists, a fitness studio, distillery, dancers, a bicycle recyclery and more!
WHY IS IT THE PURRRFECT PLACE FOR MAC TABBY?
We read a 2009 Charlotte Magazine interview and immediately knew that Mac Tabby found its place:
"The folks in the Optimist Park art collective known as Area 15 pride themselves on being a communal, non-hierarchical group where everyone shares and no one's opinion is more important than anyone elses. So Carlos Espin, owner, refuses to give himself a neat little title for what he does there. Let's just say he's the guy who makes sure everything runs smoothly at the 23,000-square-foot warehouse that's home to a loose confederation of artists, small businesses, and do-gooder groups."
"We say that the building itself is an evolving piece of art that changes with the different people and groups that come through here. So I would say the future is whatever the people want it to be, wherever the people here take us." says Espin.
"I like to think of Area 15 as a community of geniuses. Everyone has something to offer, and we all give what we can."
We felt that our kitties could use the "do-gooder" energy that makes Area 15 what it is... and who wouldn't like to be around other like-minded, helpful, creative folks? Seems like a nice place to visit, and the purrrrfect place to be each day.
For more information and to see current businesses at Area 15, click here.