Gabriel Carlson Butcher and Baker 8 years Lowry Hill Meats, Minneapolis I re-handle and restore knives. I also do some leatherwork to make knife sheaths. I get the material from a local cowboy shop in Minneapolis. I’ve also experimented with wood burning to make etchings into wood. For the most part I have been restoring old knives and doing handle work here and for my friends, but like to explore expanding in the future. (You can see Gabriel’s work on some of the knives used by workers at Lowry Hill Meats)
Kristina Bassler Barista 3 years Groundswell, St. Paul Nothing now. But, this spring I will be starting school at the Aveda (beauty) Institute. I am going to be studying and training to become a cosmetologist.
Kat Combs Server 6 years Haskell’s Wine Bar, Minneapolis I quit my office job a while ago, and am now a Thai massage therapist and Ayurveda wellness counselor. Ayurveda wellness uses food and diet as a means to care for afflictions. I am also graduating from a yoga teacher training. For myself, I practice Hatha yoga.
Corin Turkowitch Cashier/Front of House 2 years Rise Bagel Co., Minneapolis I’m involved in the magical arts. I am an herbalist and read tarot cards. Right now I have a residency at Healing Elements. I also am a poet.
Brooke Schounard Barista 6 years Workhorse Coffee, St. Paul I wouldn’t say I am as involved in the arts, but I would say that I am an active supporter. I like to support the local music scene. We have a lot of local artists showcased here in the coffee shop and I get the chance to be at their opening receptions. We also have the Smallest Museum of Saint Paul (a vintage fire-hose cabinet that hosts a rotation of different projects inspiring public engagement) right outside our door. Our owners are really invested in the community and the arts, which is inspiring for my own involvement in that sphere. For myself, I would one day like to create a program to provide at-risk or homeless teens with skills necessary to work at a coffee shop. This can build confidence, create options and help them gain entry into the coffee industry, which can have a lot of elitism. There is an organization near by that offers help to homeless and at-risk queer teens. I think I would be most interested in working with them.