Aggie Ace, a mini version of Davis Ace Hardware, opened on July 30 at 606 W. Covell Blvd. in Anderson Plaza. It fills the former 49er Video space.
“The soft opening was a good start to get our feet wet and work out any kinks before the busy months of August and September are in full swing,” said Carol MacDonald, executive coordinator for Davis Ace.
The satellite store concept is a new model for Ace, MacDonald said. The store supports — rather than competes with — its “mother ship.”
Aggie Ace is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Services include computerized color paint matching, key cutting and sales of other basic hardware supplies. Many of the employees at the new store are familiar faces from the downtown store.
Meanwhile, MacDonald said the remodeling of the downtown store’s pet department should be complete by the end of this month. During the construction, dog, cat and livestock supplies are sold in a temporary pet department at 912 Fifth St., while fish, reptile and bird supplies stayed put. The remodeled department will be larger, with an open floor plan.
That remodeling was well planned as a new pet store is coming to town, right around the corner from Ace. The space at 407 G St. that formerly housed Ray Johnston Designer Photography and various hair salons is being remodeled to accommodate Western Feed and Pet Supply. David Macko, a broker with Nor Cal Commercial Real Estate in Sacramento, confirmed the news. The photo studio moved to the top floor of the Chen Building at Second and G streets.
The Style Lounge has moved to 305 D St., the former location of Smooth As Silk. It is the hair salon’s second move in recent years. It was most recently at 803 Second St., and before that, the 407 G St. space mentioned above.
The signs are up at the future Panera Bread at Third and F streets. Spokesman Luke Lambert said Wednesday that plans are to open the bakery/café on Friday, Aug. 31. Although proposed opening dates keep moving, he said, “I would be very surprised if this date slips.”
Whole Foods officials anticipate an October opening for the downtown Davis grocery store. Enterprise reporter Jeff Hudson connected with a spokesperson at the regional office late last month, who said to watch for a sign in the windows saying, “Opening in 30 days…” then “29 days,” and so on.
The store is being built in the former Borders space in Davis Commons at First and E streets.
The new Akasha Yoga had its first class on Saturday, Aug. 11, at its studio, 140 F St., No. 300. It’s between the AT&T Store and Paesano’s.
Business partners and yoga instructors Carolyn Thomas and Jamie Testa opened the studio. It features hot vinyasa yoga, a Hatha-style practice in which the room is warmed into the 90s, using an infrared heater.
“While we are starting with a solid offering of vinyasa, we have one special class on Sunday evenings that is a vinyasa/yin combo,” Testa said. “We plan to add more yin yoga to the schedule soon.”
Vinyasa is a faster, flowing yoga — considered a yang. Yin is the opposite, where there are long, more restorative postures. Acro yoga, apparently, adds acrobatics.
The new Davis studio is a sister to the Akasha Yoga in Vacaville, and patrons can share certain class packages between locations.
“While we hope to bring a new energy and offering to the Davis yoga scene, we also hope to connect and collaborate with the existing yoga studios to enhance the community,” Testa said. Watch for announcements for a community yoga class at Central Park at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.
For an Akasha schedule, go to http://www.akashayogastudio.com/Davis.html.
Apex Computer Services opened on July 16 at 17 Arboretum Drive, Suite F.
ACS offers computer repair and services, including virus removal, system builds, networking, Web design and hosting, Exchange email and monthly service plans.
Call owner Mike Vaage at (530) 341-3336. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Bubble Belly is a new store slated for 340 G St., in the little A-frame building at Fourth and G that formerly housed The Secretariat.
The store’s tagline is “Designer maternity jeans, hip baby clothes and cool accessories.” Its Facebook page states, “Bubble Belly carries a well-edited selection of hard-to-find designer maternity jeans for the stylish, expectant mommy and hip, unique baby apparel for the best-dressed baby on the block.”
Owner Silvie Truong said she plans to open the store on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and host a grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Its online store has been open for a while at https://shopbubblebelly.com/index.php.
Executive Cleaners will soon open its third location, this one in the Oakshade Town Center in South Davis, according to the lease broker, Michael Bisch of Davis Commercial Properties. Its other sites are near Lamppost Pizza in West Davis and near the Davis Food Co-op downtown.
Executive leased the former spot for Paul’s Cleaners, at 2101-A Cowell Blvd. Paul’s closed on June 2.
Sacramento Heart Center is moving its Davis office to the Davis Medical Center, 635 Anderson Road, Suite 15, according to Davis Commercial Properties.
Nearby, Veterinarian Madeline Yamate, who specializes in alternative treatments, has leased space in Suite 20 of the Davis Medical Center for The Center of Integrative Animal Medicine, Davis Commercial Properties reports.
— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings Facebook page and the blog at www.davisenterprise.com has more frequent updates. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at [email protected].