Hopkins Center for the Arts building made of two-tone brick and lots of windows

The Depot Coffee House

The Depot is a renovated train depot in Hopkins that now serves as a coffee house, youth community project, and trailhead for area bike trails.

The Depot opened in 1998 as the result of a four-year collaborative effort to create a chemically-free environment for teens by many local business people, service organizations, volunteers and students from the Hopkins School District.

The Depot is unique in that its Board of Directors consists of high schoolers, providing students an opportunity to create their own place to learn, relax, and have fun while running a coffee shop and investing their efforts in the local community and economy. All of the Depot's profits go to support programs for teens.

The Depot Coffee House is available to rent for private parties and/or business meetings.

Depot Youth Foundation

The Depot Youth Foundation was established in 2012 to sustain the youth programs at the Depot Coffee House. The Foundation is a charitable non-profit registered as a 501(c)3 organization with the State of Minnesota and the IRS. More about the Depot Youth Foundation.

Mission Statement

To provide a place of community and learning in which student involvement and youth development are encouraged in a chemically-free environment.

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  • The Depot Coffee House
    9451 Excelsior Blvd
  • Depot Project Coordinator

  • Operations Manager