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Gift shop is latest downtown creation

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Creation, a gift shop filled with handmade textiles from Nepal, opened June 7 at 235 F St.

A wall was erected dividing the former Alphabet Moon location. The new store fills the half closest to The Paint Chip.

Davis residents Raju and Auju Manandhar own a textile factory in their native city Katmandu, Nepal. Most of the items for sale are made in that factory. This includes a wide array of colorful scarves, shawls and felt shoes. Some of the bags feature AujuÕs own embroidery. Jewelry is crafted by one of her cousins, she said.

The scarves were the biggest draw for me Ñ and the price range was excellent.

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Davis startup VinPerfect is in the testing phase of a new screw cap wine bottle seal designed to work better than corks, reducing spoilage and producing more consistent quality.

ÒThereÕs a love-hate relationship with winemakers and corks,Ó said Jim Love, a consultant with Altosa Group whoÕs serving as chief marketing officer for VinPerfect. ÒItÕs about time we solved the oxygen problem.Ó

The company was founded by former Davis resident Tim Keller, a UC Davis-trained winemaker who lives in Winters. He developed the VinPerfect screw cap while studying for his MBA at UCD, and with it, won the 2008 Big Bang! business plan competition.

Love said about 20 to 25 wineries will take part in the ÒbetaÓ trials for red wine in August. The results will be announced in September. He said the company has seen a huge response from wineries, and will choose a representative sampling from throughout the state.

ÒWe expect pretty cool results,Ó Love said.

For more information, visit VinPerfect Inc. at http://www.vinperfect.com.

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The dual restaurants at 4823 Chiles Road in South Davis changed ownership on June 1, according to the new owner, Chris Chuwong. It will continue to operate as the longtime CindyÕs diner for breakfast, with Thai food for lunch and dinner. The name of the Thai eatery has changed from Thai Dynamite to Kow Thai Restaurant.

But unlike the previous setup, there will be some overlap, with both menus offered at lunchtime. The CindyÕs menu will be available until 2 p.m.

For lunch, ÒYou can order Green Curry Chicken with a side order of waffles,Ó owner Chris Chuwong said with a laugh.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. weekdays. Dinner hours on weekends are 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call (530) 756-9894.

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Davis Creamery has changed hands. The ice cream, cookie and cupcake parlor is at 2191 Cowell Blvd., Suite F, in South DavisÕ Oakshade Town Center.

Former owner David Robert said the new owner, Stacy Daniels, took over May 1. Its new hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., staying open on Friday and Saturday nights until 11. Along with gourmet, handmade ice cream, it features sweets from Cupcake Craving and treats from Cookie Connection.

Robert, a pilot with Jetblue Airways, is a member of the cityÕs Business and Economic Development Commission. He says heÕs happy to be done with Òrestaurant-type stuffÓ for now.

For more information, visit, http://www.thedaviscreamery.com.

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Davis hair stylist Risto Pelivanov opened Risto Hair International on June 1 at 325 G St.

The building, owned by neighbor The Davis Enterprise, was formerly occupied by LilÕ Bit Sassy, which moved to 725 H St. Pelivanov remodeled the interior, said Michael Bisch of Davis Commercial Properties, who handled the lease for the tenant.

The salon specializes in hair coloring and cuts. Its owner plans a grand opening celebration later this summer.

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Antiques Plus is advertising a ÒStore Closing Sale.Ó The business, at 222 D St., Suite 1, in Park Place, opened in June 2008.

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The National Forest Foundation recently moved into Suite A of the Chen Building at Second and G streets.

The foundation Òengages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the national forest system,Ó said Vance Russell, its California director. It also administers private gifts of funds and land.

It shares its suite with Bay Area Economics.

ÒWe look forward to working with the local community to connect people to their National Forest, of which there are 20 million acres in California and 193 million acres in the United States,Ó Russell said.

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Paul Hosley of Davis has opened Hosley Communications, a new social media marketing firm.

ÒI help small businesses and organizations extend their reach through the power of social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, videos and blogs,Ó Hosley said.

His clients include Tandem Properties, Five Star Bank, Mapiz and Westlake IGA Market.

Hosley is a UC Davis graduate and father of three boys. His wife, Sally Hosley, is the new Davis High School girls tennis team coach. He is the former news director at KGO Newstalk radio in San Francisco and KFBK Newstalk radio in Sacramento, and former assistant news director at KCBS All News radio in San Francisco. He started the marketing firm last June.

Reach him at (530) 757-9705 or e-mail paul@hosleycommunications.com.

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Registered investment adviser Kevin Young has moved his office from Second Street to 502 Mace Blvd., Suite 5. Young Wealth Management provides financial planning on a fee-only basis, meaning it does not sell financial products or benefit from referral fees or commissions.

Young has been a fee-only financial planner since 2006. Before that, he spent 14 years in the biotech industry, holding management jobs at Genentech and Amgen. He has an MBA with an emphasis in financial planning from California Lutheran University.

ÒYoung Wealth Management concentrates on making sure that clientÕs are well-diversified, and that other aspects of their finances Ñ their budgets, credit ratings, insurance coverage, tax situations, estate plans and retirement accounts Ñ are in the best shape possible,Ó Young said.

For more information, call (530) 231-5152.

Ñ Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings blog at www.davisenterprise.com has more frequent updates. ItÕs also on Facebook. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact her at wendyedit@gmail.com.

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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