The Crossing Cafe in the Mabee Business Building has happy hour from 12-1:15 p.m. where burritos are half-off. The cafe is also selling home-made cookies for the first time.
Mandy Stratton, sophomore finance and accounting major from Ham Lake, Minn. and leader of the student-run Crossing Cafe said, “We don’t like throwing away burritos at the end of the day because it’s just sad and wasteful, and so we decided that if we could sell them at a cheaper price to get rid of more of them and get them in peoples’ stomachs instead of in the garbage, that would be better.”
The Crossing Cafe sells breakfast burritos, kolaches, coffee and even scantrons to help students prepare for the day.
“It tends to be busier Monday, Wednesday and Friday more than Tuesday and Thursday just because there are the three classes in the morning verses two classes,” Stratton said.
“We have seen an increase in profits all around,” Stratton said. “Last semester, I know for sure it would just barely break even every day, but this semester we have been a little above that line so that is really cool to see. But we have higher hopes for it, that we can offer more services and get more of the student population to know about it… not just the kids in the business building.”
For Valentine’s Day the Crossing Cafe sold home-made cookies made by Sarah Miller, graduate student in the masters of accountancy program from Irving. Miller will continue to sell home-made cookies at the Crossing Cafe starting next week for the Easter, spring and summer seasons.
“It’s just a hobby that really just started when I went home for Christmas break,” Miller said.
There will be different types of cookies each week, said Stratton, such as flowers for spring, eggs for Easter and suns for summer. Miller said the cookies taste like a shortbread, a perfect treat with coffee.
“It’s just for fun,” Miller said. “And I am an accounting major so it’s like a creative outlet. So I will just keep doing it until it’s not fun anymore. If it’s a success, great, if it’s not then nothing is lost.”