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 think "Adaptive Re-use" is 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 its recent development in becoming Rabble-Rouser.
The Rabble-Rouser chocolate factory, cafe and community space in downtown Montpelier was just 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.