Cookie Cart opens new location in St. Paul

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A new Cookie Cart location in St. Paul will be doing more than providing the neighborhood with delicious treats. It's also an opportunity for area teens to gain work and leadership experience.

Cookie Cart, the nonprofit bakery, had its grand opening and ribbon cutting at the new 946 Payne Avenue location Thursday afternoon. The late Sister Jean Thuerauf started the Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis in 1988 to provide teens a safe space to create, learn and grow.

"I'm a big fan of youth development work," said Mayor Carter. "I'm also a really big fan of good cookies and so to be asked to come and help to do the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the cookie cart - of course I'll come!"

The new St. Paul location has room for a bakery, retail and classroom space, where teens can learn about finance, digital, life skills and more.

"They're picking up a sense of ownership of our city, of our neighborhood, of our community, of Payne Avenue - we'll need that moving forward," said Mayor Carter.

The St. Paul location will serve about 50 teens this year, but that number will double next year when the bakery is at full capacity.

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