Cookie Cart celebrates first year on Payne Ave.

Cookie Cart St. Paul will mark its one-year anniversary on Friday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a public open house at its 946 Payne Ave. bakery. The celebration will include late afternoon informal tours, 4 to 6 p.m., led by the youth employees, and a special cookie discount all day: the “9-4-$6” cookie discount of 9 cookies for $6, as a nod to the bakery’s address at 946 Payne Ave. Some highlights from the bakery’s first year in business include:

• Cookie Cart St. Paul exceeded its goal of hiring 50 youth employees in 2018, with the hiring of 58 teens who completed 8,996 hours of hands-on training and employment. 

• This year, the organization will hire 100 St. Paul teens, who will complete 15,000 hours of hands-on training and employment.

• The youth employees at Cookie Cart St. Paul baked more that 23,000 dozen cookies in the first year of operation.

Cookie Cart employs and empowers urban teens by providing them with lasting and meaningful work, and life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery. The bakery was founded in 1988 by the late Sister Jean Thuerauf who years earlier had begun baking cookies with the neighborhood teens and helping them with their homework in her North Minneapolis kitchen. The bakery opening was the realization of her dream to provide a safe, secure, creative and engaging space for area teens. In 2010 the organization served 100 teens and now Cookie Cart’s Minneapolis location serves approximately 200 teens each year. In May 2018, Cookie Cart opened its St. Paul bakery. The St Paul bakery served 58 teens in 2018 and will hire 100 teens in 2019. For more information, go to

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