Ace to open neighborhood store

By From page A11 | June 10, 2012

Davis Ace Hardware has some big news. It is opening a second hardware store in Davis in Anderson Plaza, the shopping center at West Covell Boulevard and Anderson Road.

According to executive coordinator Carol MacDonald, the 3,500-square-foot neighborhood store will be called Aggie Ace and will carry core hardware products. She said to expect a soft opening in mid-August and a grand opening in September. The space was last occupied by 49er Video.

“As we are celebrating 90 years in business at the main location at what many people in town still refer to ‘Davis Lumber and Hardware,’ we are excited to welcome this new addition to the family,” MacDonald said in an email.

Jennifer Anderson, president of Davis Ace, is kin to the namesake for Anderson Road and owns Anderson Plaza.

Meanwhile, some expansion is under way at Davis Ace. The pet department, on the Fourth Street side of its Ace Garden & Pet store, is being remodeled. On Thursday, a temporary store opened across from the Rock Yard, at 912 Fifth St., Suite 300 (in the alley between Fifth and Fourth streets). It will be open daily until 6 p.m. Fish, reptile and bird supplies will stay in the current pet department during the makeover. The transition will take six to eight weeks, MacDonald said.


The new Avid Reader Active opened on Friday, June 1. The new store, at 605 Second St., was last occupied by Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures. It is a couple of doors down from its primary store at 617 Second St.

Active will feature how-to books for things like cooking, travel, crafts, activities and science experiments. The original Davis Avid Reader will focus on “thinking” books: novels, literature, science, philosophy, religion and science fiction.


Whole Foods Market is still on track to open this fall in the former Borders site in Davis Commons, spokeswoman Jennifer Marples said Tuesday. Management targets a late October opening for the 20,000-square-foot Davis store.

“We are still in the early stages of construction,” she said. “We have been working on upgrading the underground and overhead utilities, and pouring a new slab inside the space, as well as preparing the space for our refrigeration system.”


Red Orchid Restaurant in Davis Manor served its last meal on Monday. Shixian Ren of Alameda owned the restaurant, which featured dim sum (dumplings) and shabu shabu, a Japanese hot pot.

After being closed on Tuesday, the space at 1750 E. Eighth St. reopened Wednesday as Golden Sun Chinese. Mel Ying Luo is the new owner.

The new menu features traditional Chinese food, with lots of vegetarian specials, an employee said.


Paul’s Cleaners, at 2101-A Cowell Blvd. in Oakshade Town Center, closed June 2. A note on its door reads, “This cleaner has been closed. Please pick up your garments at the new location below: Greenhaven Cleaners, 6425 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95831, (916) 422-0107.”


Woodland has a new brewery fermenting. Its owners, brewer Jason Breatt and his wife, Heather, hope to have it open to the public by the end of July.

Black Dragon Brewery is at 175 W. Main St., off Community Lane, in Woodland. That’s already home to its Woodland Homebrew Supply, which opened in November.

“When the brewery opens, we will have 16 beers on tap (we will start out with about four of our own and have unique and local guest taps to fill the rest),” its Facebook page states. “The brewery will be serving food that will consist of appetizers and sandwiches. We will have live music on occasion.”

Look for some quality beers from this place. The Breatts offered samples of a couple of their brews at the Davis Brewfest, June 2 at Sudwerk, a fundraiser for Citizens Who Care for the elderly. The India Pale Ale was excellent: rich, complex and fruity, with a great hoppy bite.

For information, visit blackdragonbrew.com or call (530) 666-KEGS or (530) 668-HOPS.


Jeff Day, owner of Vini Wine Bar, is still working on opening his doors, hopefully by mid-June, he reported last week.

The wine bar is at 611 Second St., former home of Mengali’s Florist. It will feature self-serve wine vending machines, which pour tastings or glasses when a patron swipes a prepaid card.


I have multiple reports from readers that Jack’s Urban Eats locations in Sacramento have signs saying it is coming to Davis. I reported earlier that it had been looking. I haven’t been able to reach any management, or go there myself, but I’ll let you know when I have more information on a location.


Attorney Matthew Crider opened a new office on May 1 at 132 E St., Suite 370 in Davis.

Crider Law PC specializes in estate planning, business planning, special needs planning, probate, trust administration and estate litigation, a news release said. Crider is a member of Wealth Counsel, a national organization of  estate planning attorneys. The firm also has an office in Sacramento, at 8880 Cal Center Drive, Suite 400.

The firm “was established in 1999 to advise individuals, families and business owners on how to protect themselves, their loved ones and their assets,” the news release said. It counsels families, individuals and businesses.

Visit  www.criderlaw.net for more information.

— 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. Comings & Goings is also on Facebook. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at [email protected].

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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