Cool Jobs: May Day Cafe

Gracie stands beneath the recognizable sign. Photo credit: Emily Lazear

Nestled on the corner of Bloomington Ave and E 35th, in the Powderhorn neighborhood is the quaint May Day Cafe.

I spoke with Gracie Hallberg-Cain, a two-year baker and prep-cook at the quirky spot, who is also an MCTC Community Development student.

The cafe has a deli stocked with quiches, burritos, scones, muffins and sandwiches.

“My favorite thing to eat is… oh! When we have pizza with white sauce, which we have today. So good,” said Hallberg-Cain.

There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

When asked about the history of the place, Hallberg-Cain responded, “This building used to be The Powderhorn Food Co-op. The owner bought it in his mid twenties and he’s been working here ever since.” She said. “People like him a lot.”

The people in the cafe on the Tuesday I visited were having conversations, sketching, and quite notably these days, nobody was on a laptop or a phone. Hallberg-Cain seems to enjoy the diversity of the customers, ranging from “weird old guys”, to “younger punks and alternative kids”. “Everyone”, she said.”It’s the community here that’s super awesome.”

Hallberg-Cain says, “I’ve made a lot of really good friendships. It helps me feel centered in my neighborhood.”

You can visit the cafe at:

3440 Bloomington Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55407

Monday-Friday 6:30am-6pm

Saturday 7am-6pm

Sunday 7:30am-6pm

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