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

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.