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Shop reopens with used childrenÕs items

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October 3, 2010 |

Enterprise columnist

Tots Trade Center opened Friday at 515 G St. The store sells gently used and recycled childrenÕs items.

Owners Kelly and Dave Fritsch run the store, with an office for their consulting company, Fritsch Environmental, in the back.

Kelly first opened Tots Trade Center in 2001, when she was three monthsÕ pregnant with daughter McKella, now 9. It operated in several locations before it closed in 2005.

It will be a similar store in a smaller space, Kelly said. ÒI have to keep some of the inventory in another location and bring it in is as space permits.Ó

She said there will be dress-up costumes sold year-round, and special-occasion clothes like ski pants, snow boots and christening outfits. Inventory also will include books, furniture and hard-to-find toys. She said thereÕll be ÒPossibly some consignment but mainly cash or store credit.Ó

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SwimAmerica, a swim school at 2121 Second St., opened its own gift shop on Friday.

The FishBowl features childrenÕs toys, learning activities and gifts, and a selection of items for grown-ups, too, like jewelry, shopping bags and stationery.

ÒOur retail area has been popular since we opened in 2008,Ó said Rose Cholewinski, SwimAmerica program director and owner. ÒIt was time to expand.Ó

The indoor swimming facility will celebrate with a free open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. The Davis Chamber of CommerceÕs ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. Have some cake and, if youÕre among the first 50 guests, receive a T-shirt and a balloon to pop for a store discount.

SwimAmerica Davis offers swim lessons, parties and school break camps. For more information, go to http://www.swimamericadavis.com or call (530) 759-1214.

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The new business Pub Bites isnÕt a pub and doesnÕt sell its bites from its headquarters at 425 L St., Suite E. But you can buy and eat their stuffed jalape–os in town.

According to its website, http://www.pubbitespeppers.com/index.html, ÒPub Bites was formed by two UC Davis MBA students who love food.Ó Chris Lomuto is the sales and distribution manager and Peter Weber is production and operations manager.

ÒWe started Pub Bites because we both realized that while we loved the idea of stuffed jalape–os, the only ones we could find in the grocery store were over-processed and full of bad stuff. It seemed pretty obvious that if you were a person who liked stuffed jalape–os, like us, you really didnÕt have a premium option. Your choice was mass produced and artificial, or nothing.

ÒSo here we are, who knows how many jalape–os later, making gourmet stuffed peppers for the freezer sections of our favorite supermarkets and retailers.Ó

In Davis, Pub Bites are sold at Nugget Markets and the Davis Food Co-op. Flavors are Cream Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Sweet Corn, Blue Cheese, and Guacamole.

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A Òcoming soonÓ sign is up in a window of the former Alphabet Moon space on F Street for Natural Day Spa.

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Duramed medical supplies has closed. The business was at Fifth and G streets, in the Roe Building.

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Davis resident Debbie Roquet just launched a brand-new business called The Laughter Company.

Roquet is a Òcertified laughter leaderÓ and member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.

ÒOur goal is to help folks who arenÕt able to laugh much anymore due to the recession, unemployment, health or other events in their lives, to rediscover their authentic laugh.

ÒWe teach a method in our workshops of simple-to-follow, stress-relieving laughter exercises that we guarantee will lift the spirits of any business or organization, without jokes or comedy,Ó Roquet said.

Folks are not aware of the beneficial effects of laughter, she said. Her goal is to remind workshop attendees that Òwe have this tremendous gift free to us to use every day, to help us live longer.Ó

For information, call (530) 753-2413 or go to http://www.laughtercompany.org.

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Seahorse Bioscience will open an office in downtown Davis next month. The Massachusetts-based company provides Òanalytical instruments, biomanufacturing systems, and consumable labware products for biological research and drug discovery,Ó a news release said.

A lease has been signed for a space in Regency Square, at 508 Second St., Suite 109. Visit http://seahorsebio.com for more information. The lease was brokered by Davis Commercial Properties.

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Asian Auto Care at 1665 Research Park Drive, near ApplebeeÕs, closed earlier this year. A sign in front of the property says itÕs for sale and Òbank owned.Ó

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F & F Multiprint of Woodland has moved to 414 Fourth St., Suite E. The office was previously less than a block away, at 916 Main St.

A full-service print and copy center since 1979, it has evolved into a high-tech business center. It offers duplicating and digital color printing, website and graphic design, and online marketing services.

The firm now offers more green choices, owner Jon Lindo said.

The larger space allows the company to offer numerous ÒteamingÓ areas, including a wireless, interactive conference room for client meetings.

For more information, go to http://www.ffmultiprint.com or call (530) 666-3102

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.

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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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