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    Just in time for holiday shopping, Andy’s was full of curious customers Monday.

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    The large display of gourmet sweets in the middle of Andy’s Apothecary.

Andy’s Candy Apothecary opens downtown in time for holiday shopping

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 - 12:15 pm

I was running a few errands downtown Monday morning and stumbled upon Andy’s Candy Apothecary, a new upscale candy boutique on 9th Street downtown.

It’s a stylish, well-organized shop full of all kinds of candy selections, many of them grouped into little boxed sets that seem perfect for gift giving.

This much-anticipated shop was actually the grand prize winner of the Downtown Sacramento Foundation’s “Calling All Dreamers” competition.

Owner Andy Paul won prizes worth $135,000 — $10,000 cash, and a variety of business services, along with a year of free rent courtesy of CIM Group, advertising in Sacramento Magazine and Inside Publications, build-out help from Market One and several other services.

Andy’s Candy Apothecary, which opened for business Friday, is at 1012 9th St., beside Temple Coffee and across from soon-to-reopen Blackbird Kitchen & Bar. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

If you’re in search of a special gift for that candy lover on your list, this place is a great option.

Call The Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson, (916) 321-1099. Follow him on Twitter @Blarob.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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