The Doc Chopp Award is given to a Grand Avenue businessperson who has totally committed himself or herself to individual business success as well as the success of the Grand Avenue Business Association, Grand Avenue and thus, St. Paul. It is the most prestigious award GABA presents each year. The award is named for Dr. William Chopp, a dentist who practiced on Grand from 1946 to 1976 and who took a personal interest in the development of the Avenue. He was affectionately known as Doc Chopp.
Doc Chopp Award Winners
1993 Maurice Mischke/Villager
1994 Billie Young/Old Mexico
1995 Bill & Jim Wengler/Billy’s on Grand
1996 Bill Skally/Skally's Tax Service
1997 Jim Solin/Grand Avenue Hardware
1998 Jim Wuollet/Wuollet Bakery
1999 Mella Martin/Mella Day Spa
2000 Donna Kelly/Macalester Groveland Community Council
2001 Matt McDonough/Grand Spectacle
2002 Tom Johnson/A. Johnson & Sons Florists
2003 Bonnie Johnson Alton/Great Harvest Bread Co.
2004 John Wolf/Dixies on Grand
2005 Beth Bergman/Wet Paint
2006 Dan Parker/White Way Cleaners
2007 Roxy Freese/The Bibelot Shops
2008 Michael Schumann/Traditions Classic Home Furnishings
2009 Michele Cromer-Poire/The Red Balloon Bookshop
2010 Peter & Linda Quinn/Cafe Latte, Bread & Chocolate and Quince
2011 Chad Skally/Live Green Apartments
2012 Jimmy Fritz/Wedding Shoppe Inc.
2013 Brian Alton/McClay-Alton P.L.L.P