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MBW Cafe 1My Brother’s Workshop (MBW) moves from the wood box to the breadbox as it expands job training to culinary arts. Back Street once again is filled with the alluring smell of fresh baked bread as My Brother’s Workshop adds a second training school in downtown historic Bakery Square.

“With major contributions to our needed funding, we have been able to quickly move forward and see the realization of our goal to open a new avenue of job training in hopes to double our training capacity,” said MBW Executive Director Jenny Hawkes.

The Bakery and Café offers fresh baked breads, rolls, scones, confections and sandwiches with indoor and outdoor seating.MBW Cafe 3

My Brother’s Workshop was founded in late 2007 by Scott Bradley, MBW Program Director, to provide hope, faith and purpose to at-risk young people by offering mentoring, counseling, education, job training and placement primarily through teaching job skills in woodworking and carpentry. The new MBW Bakery and Café will open a whole new training program where youth ages 16 to 24 can learn about the service industry, cooking, baking and hospitality.

MBW Cafe 2“The facility will be a unique place that will speak to your heart,” said Jenny Hawkes. “The current program trainees did the majority of the build out as well as making the tables, chairs and exclusive wooden items that will be for sale. What an exciting opportunity this is for our workshop and the community!”

The historic Bakery Square complex is one street north of Main St., bordering Back Street and Nye Gade, and is open seven days a week. Thanks to visionaries and generous donors, MBW Café and Bakery is expected to “take the cake” as the best baked goods on the island, but more importantly, by providing life tools that build hope.

For more information, contact Jenny Hawkes 340-715-2769 or 340-715-2767.