Thursday, April 2, 2015

Frozen yogurt brain freeze ahead

June 7, 2009 |

Enterprise columnist

Believe it or not, more frozen yogurt is on its way to Davis. The Tutti Frutti chain is setting up in Oak Tree Plaza, next to the Nugget Market on Covell Boulevard.

(A frozen yogurt shop also has a new lease in University Mall. Read on for those details.)

The self-serve fro yo store offers many tart and traditional flavors, along with assorted toppings, mostly fresh fruit. No word yet on a projected opening date. The chainÕs headquarters are in Santa Fe Springs. Its Web site is


Ritz Camera in University Mall has lost its lease, its landlord reports. The store is part of the largest camera store chain in the United States. The chain filed for bankruptcy in February.

A lease is under way for its replacement Ñ another frozen yogurt shop Ñ according to Stacy Slater, a spokeswoman for Centro Properties, which owns the mall in the 800 block of Russell Boulevard. A Davis Ritz employee who answered the phone last week denied the closure.

Slater declined to expand on her comments or name the yogurt store. Could Pinkberry be an option? Published reports say the Southern California tart yogurt phenom plans some 30 stores in Northern California.


A new tenant also has been found for the soon-to-be-vacant Gottschalks store at University Mall. The Los Angeles clothing retailer Forever 21 plans to take over all 34,000 square feet, according to last weekÕs Enterprise story.

Forever 21, which sells low-priced fashions mostly to young women, also will offer menÕs and plus-size clothing at the Davis store. Until recently, most of its stores were 24,000 square feet or less. But it has taken over several former Mervyns sites, offering a larger selection. A spokeswoman told reporter Jeff Hudson that plans are to open the store by late summer or early fall.

It is unclear whether there will be a space anytime soon for Trader JoeÕs, the specialty grocer that has tried to locate in University Mall for several years.


David Robert, owner of the Davis Creamery, was in New York last week finalizing a partnership with Cookie Connection.

The creamery is in Oakshade Town Center in South Davis. It features homemade ice cream, and already has a partnership with Cupcake Craving. The Cookie Connection chainÕs area stores are in Fair Oaks and Roseville. It features a traditional selection of large cookies, baked each morning.

Robert said he hopes to start selling the cookies later this month, with a possible July 1 grand opening as Òa Davis Creamery, Cupcake Craving, Cookie Connection conglomerate.Ó


Monticello Bistro owners Tony and Rhonda Gruska report that negotiations have soured in their plans for a Davis restaurant.

ÒOur fairy god-landlords, who contacted us in December telling us how much they wanted us and asking us to wait a year for them, recently had an abrupt change of heart,Ó the Gruskas wrote in an e-mail to their followers. The Davis landlords apparently have contacted a commercial Realtor, to consider a chain to fill a vacant corner spot downtown.

Meanwhile, the Gruskas are frustrated. While waiting, they passed on another prospective site for their restaurant, which lost its lease last year in Winters. The fine-dining Monticello Bistro features regional and organic ingredients. You can enjoy their food at WednesdayÕs Picnic in the Park, or by hiring the Gruskas as caterers.


Recent openings include:

n Black Bear Diner, which debuted May 22 at the former Bakers Square location at Second and B streets.

n Teach Your Children, which reopened May 26 in the former Outdoor Davis spot on the E Street Plaza. Outdoor Davis moved to Second and F streets. The education supply store was previously in West Davis.

n The pasta restaurant and bar Fuzio, which reopened May 29 at 139 G St. The brand-new building is larger than its previous one in Davis Commons.

n Ara Spa opened April 21 at 636 Fourth St. It offers manicures and pedicures, massage, skin care, waxing and permanent makeup.


Some recent closures include:

n The sandwich shop Pita Pit, at 213 E St., which shut its doors on May 19.

n Videos to Go, which closed May 31 at 1770 E. Eighth St. in the Davis Manor shopping center.

Ñ Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column appears occasionally on Sundays, but her blog at is updated frequently. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact her at [email protected]



Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing, marketing and design.
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