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William Hannon
· September 28, 2017
I love the Cafe Southside!!! I'm just a straight catholic boy from Minneapolis and I've been going to the cafe for a couple of years and I want to say I support all the Cafe represents and the coffee... and tea and food are really kick ass too!!! My views and care for all people has grown in this time!! There was a day when the crowd there stopped and looked at me as I entered like I might be a right wing ass but then as I said hello the mood shifted and I was welcomed like all who wish to go there and be just who they are and be comfortable and feel safe!! So when your in the neighborhood Stop and enjoy a great cup of joe!! See More
Julie Tilsen
· April 5, 2017
This is what community looks like! And tastes like. Get your radical hospitality, critical analysis, and queer activism served with a cuppa hot awesomeness. The west-facing window brings in so much su...nshine, it's warm-on-warm. The community garden is a jewel.

Rox & Anna hosted my book launch at the Cafe and I couldn't have been happier with how the food and the vibe they created made possible the experience I hoped to have for that event.

Gotta go--I hear a chocolate-covered peanut butter rice krispie bar & Americano calling me.
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Alison Yocom
· April 5, 2017
You are always welcome at Cafe Southside. Come to the cafe to be who you are, have a muffin or something from the fresh food menu, and drink a soy chai (or your particular favorite). My happy place!
Quinn Villagomez
· April 5, 2017
Cafe Southside is the best Coffee Shop and also Community Space in the stein Cities. They are very Safe, Inclusive and make all LBGTQ people feel at home with no worry or concern. They are deeply enci...rcled in their passion for Community and making sure all are welcome. Great Drinks, Great Food, Staff is Awesome and I wouldn't go anywhere else in the Community except for Cafe Southside. Also the Cafe puts on Events and that are on 💥 See More
Melissae Bee
· April 20, 2017
Cafe Southside is completely unique in the Twin Cities & is the closest thing we have to a Queer community center! It is created by the community for the community. Find out what it means to be in a b...rave space when you go there! See More
Katie Echols Moore
· April 5, 2017
This is a great cafe and super welcoming community space. I love their beverages and their many vegan/vegetarian options! I have always had positive experiences here and enjoy supporting this independ...ently owned local business. See More
Bill Nichols
· August 8, 2017
I was a loyal customer to this establishment. After it closed,rather abruptly , I found out why. Their fundraising efforts have got them about $35000. Wow... Why are their doors still closed? Am I... the only one who sees a problem with this? I will not be supporting them if they ever do decide to re open. See More
Zoe Grubbs
· April 5, 2017
Going to Southside is like going home. Its warm, comfortable, filled with delicious smells, has awesome food and there is always someone there who is glad to see you. Filled with artwork and plant...s, an outside garden and, did I mention awesome food? A great place to go and hang for a while and be a part of a great community. See More
Heather Kamia
· April 5, 2017
Café Southside is more than just a café. It is a community center for the safe and transformative exchange of ideas and important dialogue around equity and access. The service and food are great as well!
Jennifer Byers
· April 5, 2017
We are lucky to have Cafe South Side in our area. The way they support and create community is amazing. I am especially grateful that this feels like a safe place for LGBTQIA folks. This place is a... blessing! See More
Joy Marsh Stephens
· April 5, 2017
Cafe Southside is a place that leads with love from the coffee served to the inclusive hospitality. Thank you for being a beacon of light in our city.
Nick Leonard
· May 30, 2017
I love this place, the coffee and food are good and the people are wonderful!
Mary Clark Hoelscher
· December 20, 2016
Cafe SouthSide has the absolute best mocha! I love the sandwhiches. The owner and staff are wonderful and deeply committed to the local community.
Jason Garcia
· April 5, 2017
Good food and drinks. A great place to get work done or just hang out with friends in a safe and accepting space.
Adrienne Doyle
· April 11, 2017
This place has meant a lot to me over the years as a place to meet and build with other QPOC. Also, they offer the best coffee I've ever had.
Ryan Stopera
· April 5, 2017
Cafe Southside defines what community looks and feels like in Minneapolis. Thank you for everything you do. And for the amazing coffee and delicious food!
Leigh Combs
· April 5, 2017
this Gem is more that a Café ♥ ♥ I recommend the salami sandwich and the breakfast sandwich - Yum ♥
Nimo H Farah
· April 5, 2017
It's place to cross paths with community, get inspired and build. We need more businesses like cafe Southside.
Sara Lopez
· April 5, 2017
Thank you for your enormous contributions to the community!
On a more personal note, you guys were crucial to my work back in the day when I was a PPNA Community Organizer, thank you for your support..., feedback, guidance and your delicious chocolate bars! See More
Heather C. Lou
· April 5, 2017
my favorite place to go, connect with community, be hella radical, and exist as a queer artist. this place represents resistance, love, and family.

Dear Friends, Family & Community,

It is with so many emotions that we have to inform you that Cafe SouthSide, as it currently operates, will be closing. Cafe SouthSide and RARE will be leaving 3405 Chicago effective Friday, February 23rd.

Call to Action: We will be moving everything out of the two spaces on Thursday, Feb 22nd 10am -9pm and Friday, Feb 23rd 9am- Noon. We need help moving large and small items during these times, and would greatly appreciate any support you give. If you’d like to say goodbye to this space that has meant so much to so many people, come to the closing ceremony on Thursday, February 22nd at 5:30pm.

Why we're closing: We have been trying for months to negotiate a fair and equitable agreement with the building owner. After years of beautiful connections, artful expressions, happy reunions, resistance, healing, community connections AND sub-par space accommodations, property turn over and gentrification we have decided to refocus our energies and efforts.

Anna is focusing her energies toward healing. Rox is working on sustainably building infrastructure, moving the work of 3405 Chicago from a ‘DeFacto’ queer community center to an equitable real POC trans and queer lead community center, so we can continue our path of providing safer healing spaces for Trans, Queer, and GNC folks of color.

The redevelopment, i.e. gentrification, of this property is clear. The newest property owner has informed us that the building will be up for sale again as he is accepting offers starting at $579,990.00 (he purchased for $450,000 November 2017 from Investors Capital who purchased it for $300,000 in September of 2017). There has been no building improvements or upgrades to anything except the rent. Through community sleuthing we found that the RARE space will be listed at about a 48% rent increase after we move out.

Combined, the rents of RARE Productions, Cafe SouthSide, and MTHC are already almost $5000.00 a month. That’s a lot of money for a space that doesn’t fully support the hard work and energy needed to generate that money which could be better directed towards building equity in our own communities.

What’s Next: The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition will remain in its current location 3405 Chicago Ave S, Suite 103 Minneapolis MN 55407, as we learn from you how to better serve the needs of our community. We will do this by conducting one on ones and continuing community conversations while working with city officials and community partners to better map and share resources.

Getting Involved: To learn more about community conversations visit:

We look forward to continuing this work, and building with you in sustainable and equitable ways.

With our deepest gratitude,
Rox & Anna

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Come get those gifts and art just because it's good to buy art from Local Artists. Support the Hustle!!


Support local Black, Indigenous and People of Color Artists and get your holiday shopping done at the same time at this pop up we are partnering to do with a group of local artists!

Sun 12:00 PM CSTCafe SouthSideMinneapolis, MN
Party · 1,106 people

It's that time y'all

Today is Giving Tuesday. Support the ONLY By and For TRANSGENDER run Health Organization in the state. MTHC offers support groups, harm reduction, community meeting space, education. Housed at 3405 THE DeFault Trans and Queer Community Cultural Center. Do it now it feels Great to Give!!!

Who We AreWe are trans and allied community organizers and health care providers working to improve the health care experiences of transgender, transsexual, intersex, genderqueer, and other gender non-conforming people living in Minnesota. MissionThe Minnesota Transgender...
Roxanne has raised $385 for Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition.

Hey there check out our new look and let us know what you think!
Cafe SouthSide is feeling festive.

Black Santa is getting ready to see you tomorrow! Santa is at home checking the list twice... Were you naughty or nice this year? You know you want a pic with this Black Santa! Support small local BIPOC Trans and Queer business and community by getting your pic with Santa Rox tomorrow 1-4pm! Elf Photographer Jason Bucklin will be there to capture the joy!

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Looking for a picture with Black Santa this holiday season? You're in luck! Black Santa will visiting Cafe SouthSide this Saturday, November 25th for Small Business Saturday! Guess who Santa is?!?!? Santa Rox is helping the big guy out this year!

We will have coffee, hot cider and cookies available and a coloring station for kids and adults with Santa coloring sheets so you can color and sip on hot apple cider during your visit. All are welcome - this is a friendly event for... all families and folks.

Photographer Jason Bucklin will be on hand to take your holiday pic with Black Santa. Suggested fee is $25.00. Sliding scale $10-40. You will receive a digital image via email after the event. All funds go to support Cafe SouthSide, which is Black/POCI/Queer/Trans owned and trying to reopen.

Shop local this season and support BIPOCQT owned businesses!

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Sat 1:00 PM CSTCafe SouthSideMinneapolis, MN
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Cafe SouthSide updated their profile picture.

We have a special holiday surprise for you this Saturday for Small Business Saturday 2017! Keep an eye out for our event announcement!

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Beloved Community,

We are so happy to announce we met last week's match!

What a whirlwind of a couple of weeks. We are still kind of in shock & truly amazed. We never doubted that our communities are strong & giving but raising 100% of the 1st goal of 25k in 24 hours is incredible especially knowing that most gifts were under $50. That speaks volumes to our collective power. Thank you.


House Update: We filled our paperwork out to postpone the sheriff sale. We will be able to reinstate our mortgage at the end of August-Generosity releases the 1st distribution of funds raised after 30 days.

Cafe Update: Identifying gaps & needs. Making plans to address those needs & gaps. Working on a new hiring/staffing plan. Creating Work Plan that includes space usage & events.

It’s been such a surreal & humbling experience for us. Reading your stories assures us that safer spaces are desired & needed in communities & that when those that are able to find such places do indeed grow, learn, find community, network & get the resources from their peers they need to be their authentic selves & thrive.

You’ve helped us reach our 1st goal of saving our house & giving us a moment to stabilize our lives. The 2nd part of this campaign is about putting in place the pieces the cafe needs to be sustainable; we are getting closer & will continue to strive to reach our 2nd goal of 50K.

Your investment in us means so very much & shows so clearly what Cafe SouthSide & 3405 mean to our community.

With Love & Gratitude,
Anna & Rox…/save-rox-anna-s-home-phase-2-c…

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AK Meyer is with Roxanne Anderson.

Today we are so excited to announce, thanks to an anonymous donor, that for the next 24 hours your donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1500! So pl...ease, keep posting and boosting!

Community, Thank you for the outpouring of support! This weekend we sat together in our backyard amazed and humbled by the love and generosity our communities have shown. Folks are sharing their stories, and our hearts are filled by them. People have offered to help at the cafe, throw additional fundraisers including yard parties, music classes, dance classes, concerts, art shows, visual art pieces and matching donations.

We have received beautiful messages from so many folks about the impact of our work and Cafe SouthSide. Ari sent us a message a few days ago and said we could share it with you. Thank you to Ari for reaching out and being vulnerable and empowered with us. This is why we do what we do. We know that cafe is a second home for many, including us.
With gratitude and love, Rox & Anna

“Hi, Cafe SouthSide! I'm a MN native, currently in LA, about to move to Boston. I can't stop by and ask what I can do to help, unfortunately, but I'd give what I can. This cafe was the first place I could express my gender identity, the first place, I stopped feeling phony, and the first place I felt free from a bad home situation. Honestly, I think this cafe saved my life when I went to a TYSN meeting there, and the whole ambiance made me think "Hey, maybe I'm going to be alright. Maybe I can get top surgery someday." I decided to stay in high school instead of dropping out, and graduated from Caltech four years later. I'm financially independent now, and am still working on affirming my own gender... but I'm about to start graduate school at MIT this fall! This cafe was the first place where someone asked for my pronouns, and the first place I had a choice. I wish I were an angel investor, and I've never wished that before. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the time I went to your cafe was one of the most important days of my life. Thank you.” – Ari

Some examples of what 3000 dollars could fund at Cafe SouthSide
• A new ice machine- ours has been broken which means we buy ice instead of making it in house which reduces our overhead cost
• A new Espresso Machine- ours is very old and not fully functional, a new one will increase productivity
• 2 weeks of staffing at pay rate of 10 per hour
• 1.5 weeks of staffing at a pay rate of 15 per hour

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Support 'Save Rox & Anna's Home' by donating or sharing today!

UPDATE: Save Rox & Anna's Home Phase 2 Cafe SouthSide 50K

Beautiful Community,

From the deepest part of our hearts, THANK YOU! We raised enough to reinstate our mortgage and keep our house, our home. We feel loved and embraced.


With your continued support, we can keep building towards the stabilization of Cafe SouthSide/3405. We know we can end the cycle of survival with the generosity and power of community. Keep boosting and sharing your stories. We love your stories; it validates what we know- centering queer, two spirit, trans and gender non-conforming, indigenous folks and people of color, ensures equity for our communities.

We have been asked by many folks to raise our GOAL amount to $50,000 but the site will not allow us to do that. We did update the title since that could be edited. So, please keep pushing it out!

Here is the link to the livefeed of last night’s community gathering – thank you!

With deep amazement, gratitude and love,
UPDATE: Save Rox & Anna's Home Phase 2 Cafe SouthSide 50K
Roxanna Bautista

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Support 'Save Rox & Anna's Home' by donating or sharing today!

Hello amazing community, we hope you are able to join us Cafe SouthSide from 6-7:30pm to hear from us about our situation and how you can support us and our work. For those of you who aren't able to join us or who want to take action now, here is the link to our fundraiser page where you can learn more about our situation and support us.

With deep love and appreciation, Anna & Rox

Support 'Save Rox & Anna's Home' by donating or sharing today!

Hello Community, we know you are all wondering what is going on with us personally and at Cafe SouthSide/3405 Chicago. We invite you to come and hear from us (Rox & Anna) directly about our situation and how you can help support us this Friday, July 21st from 6-7:30pm at Cafe SouthSide. We love you and your support is deeply appreciated. We are still closed for regular hours but hope to see you Friday!

We are still closed for regular hours but come by tonight for this food justice event with Equal Exchange!

Tue 7:30 PM CDTCafe SouthSideMinneapolis, MN
Causes · 435 people

UPDATE on 7/11/17: Community, we will be closed temporarily. We are struggling and need a minute. We are experiencing some family crisis situations.

Thank you for supporting our small community focused mom & pop business as we continue to think, plan and listen to the universe about the direction that we will going with Cafe SouthSide and the energy we provide to the 3405 community.

With our love and gratitude,...
Anna & Roxanne - SouthSide4Life!

We are working on a sustainability crowd funding campaign but for the moment, folks can donate to the cafe and support the work at:

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Live experimental improv jazz at 5:30 tonight!

Thu 5:30 PM CDTCafe SouthSideMinneapolis, MN
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