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Second Twin Cities Cookie Cart opening next month

It's a nonprofit that makes amazing cookies and empowers teenagers.

Cookie Cart, the popular nonprofit cookie shop on West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis is expanding with a second location opening in late April. 

The new Cookie Cart will be in St. Paul off of Payne Avenue, bringing not just delicious cookies to the east metro, but jobs and training to teenagers from low-income families. 

The Star Tribune reports, and the Cookie Cart confirmed, that it will open to the public in late April.

Cookies they make include: chocolate chip, M&M, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raison, double chocolate chip, ginger snap, peanut butter, Chicago-style butter, peanut butter oatmeal, and frozen cookie dough. 

The current location in North Minneapolis employs about 200 teens aged 15-18, and the new St. Paul Cookie Cart has a 2018 goal of providing 12,000 hours of job experience to 50 teens, according to the nonprofit's website. 

Goals for the St. Paul shop: 

  • 50 teens will work at the Cookie Cart bakery.
  • 40 teens will go through foundations training.
  • 32 teens will finish customer service training.
  • 40 teens will attend financial fiteracy classes.

Cookie Cart started in 1988 when Catholic Sister Jean Thuerauf was looking for a way to help keep teenagers off the streets of North Minneapolis. She wound up inviting teens to her house for help with homework and to teach them how to bake cookies.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Cookie Cart, and to celebrate they are hosting an event that's free to the public on Thursday, April 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis. 

It'll include a free breakfast and cookies, and anyone who RSVPs (deadline is Mar. 29) is encouraged to make a donation. 

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