2014 Goods and ServicesEditors' Choice
Best Repurposing of a Candy Shop
Temescal Community Foundation
Anyone who lives in the Temescal district is familiar with the old Hooper’s Chocolate store. The eccentric pink Cape Codstyle building has been a charming landmark on Telegraph Avenue for decades. But as the Hooper’s business fortunes wound down, it was also undeniable that the slowly decaying building had become a bit of a dilemma: Who the heck would be willing to take on this odd space? The Temescal Community Foundation, it turns out, which moved in its thrift store annex. It seems obvious in retrospect, but what better use for a quirky old structure than to sell quirky second-hand wares. The foundation gave the place a little facelift (preserving the exterior sign and even the old candy display counters inside, now used to showcase jewelry), and in the process has injected even more new life a rejuvenated neighborhood.
4632 Telegraph Ave.