THIS is the first look inside Carlisle's new sweet treats cafe, The Buttered Cat. 

The Buttered Cat is set to be officially opened on Tuesday, March 5 by owner Andrew 'Jabba' Davenport. 

This comes five months after the cafe, which will open in the unit previously occupied by I Love Cafe in Carlisle's Kinmont Arcade, was announced by the owner of popular businesses Get Modified and Get Pierced.

News and Star: The cafe has outdoor seating which overlooks Kinmont Arcade.The cafe has outdoor seating which overlooks Kinmont Arcade. (Image: Matthew O'Hara/NQ)

On Friday, March 1 the News & Star was invited for an exclusive first look inside the cafe as Andrew, alongside his baristas Laura Brown and Marisa Crane, prepare the new spot for its grand opening. 

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The cafe has also partnered with a number of local businesses in order to source its sweet treats with cakes and other snacks coming from Blondie Brownie House, ice cream from English Lakes, and coffee from Bruce N Lukes, which is also available to buy in-store. 

Ahead of the cafe's grand opening, Andrew reflected on all the work that has gone into bringing his vision for The Buttered Cat to life. 

News and Star: Barista Marisa Crane hard at work prepping the café for its grand opening next week.Barista Marisa Crane hard at work prepping the café for its grand opening next week. (Image: Matthew O'Hara/NQ)

He said: "It's hard to believe that it has come to fruition after all that time.

"It's not just been me... we have had electricians, builders, joiners, everyone has grafted.

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"It has 100 per cent been a team effort, maybe my idea but it wouldn't be a thing without everybody's help.

"It is better than I thought it was going to be, we are super happy with how it has turned out.

News and Star: The Buttered Cat's menuThe Buttered Cat's menu (Image: Matthew O'Hara/NQ)

"I think Tuesday will be insane, the messages we have had on social media, the shares, all of that has been almost overwhelming. It started as a silly idea I had a couple of months ago and now it is a fully working coffee shop so I am really really happy."

Andrew also explained how The Buttered Cat has been embraced by the Kinmont Arcade community and how he is hoping the cafe can assimilate into this community. 

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"We have a 10 per cent local discount on the till so if anybody from, for example, Ashbridge and Brown, wants a coffee they can because they are helping bring trade to my shop.

"Some people who go to Ashbridge and Brown or Namh Moon might want a coffee and vice versa. You have got to give a bit back and it will be interesting to see how it goes.

News and Star: Behind the counter.Behind the counter. (Image: Matthew O'Hara/NQ)

"Everyone has been so supportive, Flutter and Fern, the tattoo shop next door, and even the Arches cafe at the end, they are all behind us and there is a really good sense of community within the arcade."