Meet the Kitties & Cream Team

Kelly Whiteside (she/her)

Hello! My name is Kelly and I'm the owner of Kitties & Cream! I began working on making this dream a reality a few years ago after visiting cat cafes in Japan and Taiwan and experiencing pure joy there. I immediately knew I had to bring that same feeling to the cat lovers of Vancouver Island, and take it one step further by also helping homeless cats find their forever families. This dream has steered my life in a direction I never would have imagined, full of passion, learning, and a little bit of frustration (ok, maybe a lot). I have three cats of my own, two of which live in the cat lounge (Cas and Mouse), and one who lives at my house and seems much happier now as an only cat! Other than cats, I love classical music, nature, traveling, and photography.

Quinn (they/he)

Hi! My name is Quinn and pronouns are they/he. I’ve been working at Kitties & Cream since opening. I hope you come and say hello. I grew up in Japan with cats, and I’d missed having them around, so working here has been lovely. My favourite things to do these days are reading books, video chatting with my friends, and writing down my favourite English words like ‘pebble.’ Funny story, my family always name our pets after food. My cats are Buri (yellowtail fish) and Bonchi (rice crackers). Do you have any cats with funny names, too? I’d love to hear about them! I’m so excited to meet you!

Ace (they/them)

Hi everyone! My name is Ace and my pronouns are they/them. I started working here at Kitties & Cream in February 2021, and have been loving it! As soon as I heard about a cat cafe opening in Nanaimo I knew I had to work here and I am so grateful to have the opportunity. I have had cats all throughout my life and they are definitely one of my favourite animals. I currently live in a building with no pets allowed so working with the kitties has helped fill the pet void in my life.

Blake (they/them)

Hello, this is Blake! I've been cat obsessed and art obsessed since I was old enough to squiggle cat-shaped lines on any available surface in homage to our feline overlords. Since then, I've expanded my interests to writing weird stories about monsters and robots, modernizing men's historical fashion, and sustainable/slow living. I'm currently in school to pursue a future in medical!

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