We are grateful to the American Institute of Architects for awarding their top prize for adaptive reuse of a space in Vermont to Stonorov Workshop for their design of Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. in Montpelier. We find "adaptive re-use" wonderfully apt. Adaptation as a super-power, in its manifestation as thoughtfulness, resource consciousness, and community inclusion, has been a core value in the long history of Nutty Steph's and its recent transition into Rabble-Rouser.
The Rabble-Rouser chocolate factory, cafe, and community space in downtown Montpelier was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ top prize for adaptive reuse of a space in Vermont. The building on Main Street was vacant for nearly five years before being converted to the award-winning new space. Principal contributors from left are Bill Kaplan of 60 Main Street Association, building owner; Tolya Stonorov of Stonorov Workshop, project architect; Justin Bourgeois from Community National Bank, financier; Dan Kitchen from Craft Design Build, builder; and chocolatier Jaquelyn Fernandez-Rieke.