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Wendy Weitzel

Is de Luna’s the start of changes on Second Street?

Davis will lose one of its longest-running retailers when de Luna Jewelers closes on Jan. 26. While the two hardware stores in town and probably a handful of other merchants have longer histories, 48 years is an impressive run. Owner Dick Luna said he was hoping to delay retirement until his business hit the 50-year […]

Comings and Goings: Are you ready for some retail?

Four new boutiques are on their way ­to downtown — three of them on G Street. That’s right. Not another bar, restaurant or tapioca tea shop. (OK, maybe I spoke too soon on the last one). Clothing stores Miyamo, ShopCuffs and Philanthropy will join the upcoming Vault Skate Boutique in the next couple of months. I’ve […]

Sweet news for Caffé Italia, See’s Candy fans

Caffé Italia co-owner Shar Katz reports that the Davis restaurant “will keep on cooking” through the holidays, and remain open until at least the end of February. The lease was due to expire this month but property owner Ashok Patel has agreed to an extension. The City Council on Aug. 25 approved a new 120-room […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Comings & Goings: Big bars on hold, time to share tea

Three restaurant building permits are on hold after the City Council approved a 45-day moratorium on large bars. Blondies New York Pizza Co., which plans to fill the 330 G St. space left vacant by Little Prague, is the largest. It has 5,900 square feet of combined restaurant and bar space, and a 3,000-square-foot patio. […]

October 11, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Sam’s moves next door, La Piñata breaks open

Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine has a new home. On Sept. 21, it moved from 247 Third St. to 301 B St. (the former ciocolat spot). “Our new menu will slightly expand, with a few new additions,” owner Samir Abughannam said. “We will add more as we go along.” Run by a large contingent of the Abughannam […]

September 27, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Fitness is a HITT in Davis

Interval training, drop-in rates keep interests up Are your muscles confused? Maybe they should be. That’s the word from some of Davis’ fitness experts, who say varying your exercises with short bursts of intensity helps your body prepare for the unexpected. And, it keeps you from getting bored — and quitting. “I think what people tend […]

September 22, 2015 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Downtown businesses prep for rush of students

It’s September in downtown Davis, which means businesses are moving quickly to accommodate the influx UC Davis students. Here are some Core Area highlights from recent Comings & Goings columns. Taqueria La Piñata is open in the former Enju Japanese space at 305 First St., at B Street. It has a large menu featuring authentic […]

September 29, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Bored? Go boarding or be a beach bum in Woodland

Want to hang out on a white-sand beach and chill by the water? You can — in Woodland. Velocity Island, the wake park that opened a year ago in Woodland, just added an on-site restaurant and bar, and a stage for concerts. What’s more, there’s a new white-sand beach, where you can relax on an Adirondack chair […]

September 13, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged , ,

Hot Italian preparing to heat up Davis pizza wars

Plans are coming together for Hot Italian in Davis Commons. I met with founder Andrea Lepore, who is “super-excited to be here.” Lepore hopes to have the pizza restaurant open by late fall. It takes over the space last occupied by The Melt, and will expand into the spot behind it, where Verizon Wireless is, […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Cold poke, Hot Italian and a warm Temple welcome

Hoping to start a wave in Davis, a Sacramento couple plans to open a Hawaiian poke restaurant, featuring build-your-own sushi bowls and boozy shaved ice. Zuma Poke and Lush Ice will fill the last ground-floor spot in the 3+G building, next to Temple Fine Coffee and Tea at Third and G streets. They hope to […]

August 16, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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