We’re supremely fascinated by seeing initiative in people where you don’t expect it. I suppose it’s called passion but what WORKHORSE Coffee, in the Saint Anthony Park district of St. Paul, did when they created the Smallest Museum in St. Paul was truly an initiative we found remarkably powerful.
Firstly, WORKHORSE is a phenomenal place to get a cup of coffee. Ty Barnett started it awhile back, on the foundation of 20 years in the coffee shop industry, managing, serving and partnering with individuals who share her desire to succeed.
It’s through those partnerships she brought on Shannon Forney, who manages the art that comes into the building, featured on a monthly basis. Shannon was also a big proponent of creating the Smallest Museum in St. Paul, made a reality from winning St. Paul Art Knights Challenge by the Creative Enterprise Zone.
While you enjoy your coffee you can see the latest installment of art from a local creator. Since its first exhibit last July, it’s featured whimsical works from Abigail Allan, Dick Wenkel, and, more recently, Andy Singer.
As a vintage fire-hose cabinet recessed into the exterior wall, it is on the street and allows people to view the Smallest Museum in St. Paul, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It’s a detail that makes sense for WORKHORSE, plainly. Ty has been paying attention to detail since the shop got started. Whether it’s the blackened tin ceiling, the art on the interior walls, the tables created by Ty herself you unluckily may get coffee rings on, or the way the light shines through the windows at 4 in the afternoon, details are everywhere here and it’s the combination of them all that makes the coffee taste better.