Picture118 Throckmorton Avenue, the former home of the Mill Valley Hat Box.

The Mill Valley Hat Box, which closed in early February due to serious water damage, isn’t re-opening in the space at 118 Throckmorton Avenue, where it’s been located for 10 years, according to shop owner Danielle Schubert.

Schubert says she’s looking for a new space, “hopefully in Mill Valley,” and will let us know when she does. Bob Knez of HL Commercial, which is representing the building owner, says the owners are looking for a new tenant for the space. He says the owners would prefer not to rent to a food-serving business. Contact Knez at bob@hlcre.com.

While Hat Box had a decade-long history in downtown Mill Valley, the building itself is steeped in the town’s history. Frank Canepa, who emigrated from Genoa, Italy in 1913 at the age of 17, rented out half of Gosser’s Meat Market, a butcher shop located at 118 Throckmorton, to open the original Mill Valley Market in July 1929. Canepa later moved the business in the 1950s to its current location at 12 Corte Madera Avenue, expanding the business over time into the adjoining office, pet shop, restaurant and bar. At 118 Throckmorton, a laundromat occupied the space for more than 20 years prior to the Hat Box opening there.

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