The fifth edition of Davis author Jamie JensenÕs book ÒRoad Trip USAÓ officially launches May 1, but is already available in stores and online. And with the sluggish economy, the timing couldnÕt be better.
If you havenÕt experienced JensenÕs way of travel, I highly recommend it. My family used his booksÕ guidance for several trips in the West, and may again this summer if we embark on a cross-country adventure.
Jensen, who has logged more than 400,000 miles himself, encourages travelers to get off the interstates and use more scenic, two-lane highways. ItÕs more about the journey than the destination, with lots of side trips to break up the drives. There are suggestions for classic, fun, touristy things to do, and non-chain places to eat and stay.
His Web site, http://roadtripusa.com, dishes out advice, Òmainly to try to encourage people to cheer up, hit the road, and enjoy the USA,Ó he told me in an e-mail.
And just in time for that summer road trip, La Mesa RV has reopened in South Davis, saying there are signs of recovery in the recreational vehicle market. It closed in August, worrying local leaders who cited the dealership as among the top 25 sales tax contributors in the city.
The dealership, on Chiles Road near Mace Boulevard, sells new and used RVs. It is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Call (530) 747-8400.
Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar at 500 First St., Suite 11 in Davis Commons, opened Wednesday evening. It features an outside patio, full bar and seven large-screen HDTVs.
ÒWe were thrilled to find this highly visible location in the heart of downtown Davis within walking distance from the UC Davis campus,Ó Mikuni CEO Derrick Fong said in a news release. ÒDavis is a wonderful community and Mikuni already has many loyal patrons here.Ó
The restaurant fills the spot vacated by Fuzio Universal Bistro, which is moving to a larger site being built at 139 G St., next to FroggyÕs. Fuzio is expected to open in June.
MikuniÕs, founded in 1987, operates five Òupscale, casual dining locationsÓ in the Sacramento region, The-Village-at-Northstar in Truckee, and Lone Tree, Colo. At 2,000 square feet, the Davis Mikuni is smaller than most.
Its Davis menu includes more bento box lunch specials to attract UC Davis students, spokeswoman Freya Marriott said.
Its hours are modified this month while it makes the transition. It is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and stays open until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours are noon to 10 p.m., and it closes at 9 p.m. on Sundays.
The Longs Drugs stores in Davis are making the transition to CVS/pharmacy stores soon. The chains merged in the fall.
The two Davis Longs, at 1550 E. Covell Blvd. in Oak Tree Plaza, and 1471 W. Covell Blvd. in The Marketplace, will be remodeled in late July, an employee said. They will remain open during the two weeks of construction, which will occur mostly at night. ThatÕs when the signs will be changed.
Employees will stay the same, but upgrades will be made to registers, the photo lab and pharmacy computer systems, to name a few. Customers may have already noticed a shift in product lines to CVS brands, although the signs outside still say Longs Ñ until July.
ÒIt will look like a new store,Ó the employee said, enthusiastically.
The Blockbuster Video store in The Marketplace shopping center at Sycamore Lane and Covell Boulevard closed April 5. An employee said they are clearing the inventory and referring customers to the downtown store at 303 F St.
The bankrupt Fresno chain Gottschalks is closing all of its stores. The last day for the University Mall store is projected to be June 1, an employee said Thursday.
If you were in Woodland instead of at UC DavisÕ Picnic Day on Saturday, you may have noticed several new retailers opening in the Woodland Gateway mall. Michaels crafts, Pet Extreme, Matthews Mattress and Best Buy were all slated to open this weekend.
Verizon Wireless, Subway sandwiches and a nail salon should be open by the end of the month. In-N-Out Burger is shooting for May 1.
The hotel across from Applebee’s, which used to be Holiday Inn Express, has changed its name to Hotel Davis. ItÕs at 1771 Research Park Drive. Call (530) 758-2600.
Its page on the Davis Wiki Web site says the hotel Òis functionally identical to the Holiday Inn Express, but is no longer affiliated with the Holiday Inn name.Ó
A local plumbing company is expanding to add heating and air conditioning services to local customers. Plumbing M.D. will begin offering residential and light commercial heating and air conditioning services next month.
It will offer system tune-ups, troubleshooting, repairs and unit replacements.
Expanding into heating and air conditioning was a natural move, founder and CEO Mike Farias said in a news release.
ÒWe have service technicians who are cross-trained in heating and air conditioning, and plumbing, so this expansion will allow them to fully utilize their skills.Ó
For more information, call (530) 756-2209.
The Fast & Easy Chevron station at 1601 Research Park Drive is adding three new options at its pumps. Starting Monday, it will offer ethanol, biodiesel and a plug to charge electric cars.
The fuels will mean two new pumps. The electric plug, near the vacuum, will allow electric cars to fully charge in 10 to 15 minutes. Price is determined by the amount of time and energy used.
Lyle Najita has moved his private practice as an acupuncturist, massage therapist and herbalist to 638 Cantrill Drive, Suite A1. It was formerly on Olive Drive. For information, call (530) 220-2689.
Najita also runs Davis Ju-do Kai at that address. Classes are offered for youths 9 to 14 on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings. Adult classes are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. For information, call (530) 204-8194.
The area is a martial arts hub, with Aikido Institute and Elite Instinct nearby.
Ñ Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs about twice a month on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings blog at www.davisenterprise.com is frequently updated. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact her at email@example.com