Hello and welcome to Classic City Cat! My name is Tina Whitehair and I’ll be one of your friendly neighborhood bloggers, bringing you cat knowledge, humor and cuteness! As stated in my bio, I currently own a 2 year old male Maine Coon named Stormy. My handsome boy was found in a storm drain on campus and rescued by Campus Cats. The moment I saw his photo, my heartstrings were tugged and I knew I wanted to take him in. He has been a joy so far and I’m sure you will hear more about him in future posts.
For our first blog post, however, I wanted to take a few moments to talk with the founder of Classic City Cat, Jessica Boston. She is an amazing person with a huge heart and is very passionate in regards to her work with cats. She will be working hard to make this site a hub for information for all things cat-related! So please, sign up for blog updates, site updates, etc., invite your friends and come back and visit to see all the new and exciting things we have in store for you!
Now, without further ado, allow me to introduce you to our fearless leader and cat lover, Jessica Boston.
Tina: Jessica, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Jessica: Heya! My name is Jessica Boston, formerly Pilgrim (get it?!). I spent the first half of my childhood in Lawrenceville, GA before my family relocated to Watkinsville, GA. I have two younger brothers, Aaron a cop with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and Matthew a junior at the University of Georgia. I have been married for four years now to Christopher, a good man who supports me in this crazy cat journey of mine! After two years at UGA, two years working odd jobs, and then two years at Gainesville State College, I managed to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. I’ve had a hard time finding my “purpose” but I think I finally found it in working with and advocating for cats. I’m so excited to share my passion and, hopefully, ignite a similar passion in our readers and customers!
Tina: I know you have a good number of cats right now. Can you tell us a bit about them?
Jessica: I do have a quite a brood, or pride as Chris and I sometimes call them. My original, the O.G., is Holly. I bottle raised her from two days old back in 2008. After I moved in with Chris we adopted another cat, our wonderful wizard Harry, so that Chris could have a cat of his own. We adopted a third cat in 2014 after moving into our first house, Polly aka Little One. The explosion happened when I started fostering with Circle of Friends Animal Society in 2015 and realized my heart is not strong enough to let the cats go once they are in my home, lol. First I kept Jameson (The James), then Chris kept Mia, then I kept Charming (Bud), then Ella, then Hiccup, and now...Cinna. Hahaha! There have been a couple of others along the way that we thought about keeping, but you can’t literally adopt every cat so we found them very good homes with family and friends so they at least didn’t go too far. We also have a couple of dogs that came from being involved with Circle of Friends, Lucy the big pit mix and Lanie the little Chihuahua mix.
Tina: What inspired you to start this business?
Jessica: I first started thinking I wanted to run a small “mom and pop” style store while I was working at the now-closed Nature’s Outpost. It was a small specialty store for wild bird food and products. I liked the atmosphere of the store, getting to work with customers one-on-one and educate them about the wildlife they were feeding and trying to attract or, sometimes, deter. Of course, my specialty is not birds. After I started fostering and learning even more about cats and the rescue world I began noticing how little the average cat parent really knows about their own furkid and how hard it can be to find good quality food or toys or cat trees for our whiskered pals. This is especially true for Athens, a dog dominated town as home of the UGA Bulldogs. So I thought, hey, this is something I can fix! I can help provide the products and tools and information and guidance that the cat lovers of Athens need! Having said that, I wouldn’t be where I am at the moment if it weren’t for the friends and family who supported my decision and helped push me forward.
Tina: As a cat lover myself, I am really excited about this site. What can one expect to find featured here?
Jessica: Hopefully, anything you might need to find related to cats, including things you didn’t know you needed to find. The blog will be a vault of information on cat health, products, services, funny stories, and so on. The forum will be a safe area for cat lovers and cat parents to come together to ask questions and find answers and share adventures. The products page will be a reference guide to some of the best products out there for your feline friends and a taste of what to expect when we get the store up and running. Then there’s my pet project of Clowder Creek Photography, where I hope to help cat parents capture the true essence of their furkid.
Tina: Tell us a little bit more about Clowder Creek Photography and what inspired you to start this venture.
Jessica: I have always loved taking pictures. I’ve had so many different cameras throughout the years, I even remember when I was little and had the plastic toy camera that had a cube on top colored to look like a flash and it spun when you pressed the “shutter” button. Geez, the things we remember! Anyway, I love taking pictures and I love cats and cats are such perfect models. I’ve had the opportunity to practice working with Circle of Friends by taking pictures for the cats’ online adoption profiles. It’s so important for those pictures to be good and really capture the viewer’s attention. Of course, I also had the unfortunate experience last year to lose a foster kitten I had bonded with unlike any other and having the (way too many) pictures I had taken means I can go back and remember special moments with him. That’s what I want to be able to do for other people, give them something that always them capture memories of their beloved furkids.
Tina: What is your ultimate vision for the business?
Jessica: This site and blog are just the starting point, I hope to eventually have a brick and mortar store. This starting point is very important, however, as the information here will always be needed and can always be used. It also allows me to start connecting with the community and meeting the people who could one day be customers.
Tina: What are some ways people can participate?
Jessica: Subscribe! Join the forum! Like the page on Facebook and share! Help create the hub for the Athens cat community. Give me feedback! Tell me what you do or don’t like about the site and tell me what you want added and what you’d like to see in the store one day. Hire me to photograph your kitties! I want to meet everyone and their furkids and any profit from my photography services will go toward funding the store. Soon I hope to do some fundraising with contests or t-shirts or something of the like and participation from the community will be crucial.
Tina: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and for giving us a glimpse into your personality and at what we can expect to see out of you and the business in the future! I am certainly excited to be a part of it and am already cooking up some good content for the blog.
Jessica: Yes, and thank you for joining me on this adventure! I appreciate your hard work and dedication! I can’t wait to read your posts!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by to read our first post. I hope you enjoyed it and will come back to see what great things we have in store for you in the future. In the meantime, feel free to explore the website and let us know what you think. What would you like to see? What do you like about the site?
Also, please feel free to contact me if there is something you would like to see an article about here on the blog. I am very open to suggestions and want to provide as much fun and information as I can!
See you soon!