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South Davis reels in seafood restaurant, to open soon

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The owner of MermaidÕs Seafood & Grill hopes to open the South Davis eatery by the end of this month, with its official opening tentatively set for Jan. 10.

Sam Chimera of Dixon said the restaurant, at 2191 Cowell Blvd. next to Dos Coyotes, will offer comfort seafood and a casual grill atmosphere. It will be much different than the Fins restaurant it replaces.

ÒItÕs kind of a spin-off of JoeÕs Crab Shack,Ó which has an eatery in Old Sacramento, he said.

Instead of a fresh fish counter, MermaidÕs will have a full bar with a lighted counter and nine televisions. Chimera is working with Dos Coyotes to coordinate live music in their shared courtyard.

ÒIt will be like a Bistro 33 at night,Ó he said.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, offering weekend brunches as well as daily lunches and dinners. Live music will entertain patrons up to 10 times a month. A disc jockey will play inside from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on certain nights.

Chimera, who said he helped develop concepts for restaurants like Mikuni, Bistro 33 and Dos Coyotes, said emphasis on the full bar makes the business Òrecession-proof.Ó But at lunch and dinner time, itÕs still family-friendly. KidsÕ meals are served in little boats, and the atmosphere is fun and casual.

The menus are about 65 percent seafood and 35 percent other grilled items, with cioppino and chowders as well.

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After two decades in Davis, Aquarius will close its doors at the end of the month, owner Jenna Hekel confirmed Thursday.

The new-age store sells jewelry, gifts, crystals, gemstones, art, incense and candles. It also features books, poetry and music.

The store at 513 Second St. is AquariusÕ third location, and Hekel was the third owner. She said the economy is forcing the storeÕs closure. Its last day will be Dec. 31.

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The Irish Pub and Coffeehouse in Winters will close at the end of January.

The pub, at 200 Railroad Ave., is a 17-year institution that has roots in Davis, according to Winters Express editor Debra DeAngelo. It was started by Suzy Bonin, who was a bartender at The Club, a G Street bar in the Õ70s and early Õ80s where DavisÕ WoodstockÕs Pizza stands today.

The owners of the building, Karen and Joe Ogando, want to take over the space for an unspecified business of their own.

DeAngelo is sad to see The Irish Pub go. ÒItÕs our own little Cheers in the world,Ó she said.

There are lots of high-end businesses coming to Winters, which is nice, but diminishing choices for regular folks, she said. The pub has a wide cross section of patrons, from 20-something college kids to bikers, and was a popular place for karaoke.

Read more about the Irish Pub in DeAngeloÕs column on Page C2.

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The Luxury Out House Company opened the day after Thanksgiving at 207-A F St., next to Armadillo Music.

Owner Maza Webb, a 10-year Davis resident and registered nurse, sells handmade all-natural body care products and gift sets, as well as bath accessories and apparel.

The company has operated for four years online, and has a kiosk in Ohio run by WebbÕs sister Mary Poole.

The emphasis is on skin products that are free of harmful chemicals or preservatives, Webb said.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call (530) 902-3900 or go to http://www.luxuryouthouse.com.

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Harley DeLano, whose family plans to open the Westlake IGA Market, said Thursday that things are moving along for the new West Davis grocery store, but not as quickly as theyÕd like.

The opening for the store, at 1260 Lake Blvd. in Westlake Plaza, is tentatively set for the second week in January, but DeLano said that could change. Construction crews still donÕt have all the permits they need from the city.

According to a write-up in the Davis Chamber of Commerce newsletter, the DeLano family Òwill bring a 55-year history of great grocery experience to West Davis with … their newest family operated full-service grocery.Ó

HarleyÕs son, Dennis, and two daughters, Desiree and Denice, operate six grocery stores in San Francisco and Marin counties.

The note called the grocer Òcommunity-focused … paying their employees above-average wages with full benefits.Ó

The store will feature Òfresh local produce, poultry, and baked goods É a sushi chef, fresh fish counter, take-out deli, completely prepared meals, local wine and beer, great cheeses and roasted Rocky chickens,Ó it stated.

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Davis resident Mark Holman is principal of the new Holman Management Consulting at 1260 Lake Blvd., Suite 246.

The business Òhelps nonprofit organizations and small businesses grow,Ó according to an announcement in the Chamber newsletter.

Clients work with two of the firmÕs representatives Ñ a CPA and a strategic growth consultant Ñ to develop a business plan, and set and monitor five- and 10-year goals, its Web site says.

For more information, call (530) 750-7630 or go to http://www.HolmanConsult.com.

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Pacific Auction Company moved nearby to 1970 Fifth St. The longtime Davis business specializes in charity fundraising auctions.

Its new 9,200-square-foot space is at the intersection of Fifth Street and Pole Line Road. It took over the space this month, according to Michael Bisch of Davis Commercial Properties.

PAC was spread out over three locations, but its main place of business was 1949 Fifth St. It replaces Heron Technologies, which moved to Olive Drive in August.

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Downtown Davis gift cards made their debut Thursday.

The cards may be redeemed at more than 200 shops, restaurants, theaters and service providers in downtown Davis. A list of participating businesses will be posted on the Davis Downtown Business Association’s Web site, http://www.davisdowntown.com.

The gift cards may be purchased in increments of $5 to $500. TheyÕre sold at the DDBA office, 826 Second St., and The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. They also may be ordered on the DDBAÕs Web site and include free shipping.

Whether purchased in person or online, a $2-per-card convenience fee will be charged to help the nonprofit DDBA to cover the programÕs costs.

For more information, call the DDBA office at (530) 756-8763 or visit its Web site.

Ñ Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally 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 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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