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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owner James Domsic, center, checks on UC Davis students Narmin Alabbasi, left, and Chris Johnson, as they sample some barbecue Wednesday at a preview event before it officially opened on Thursday. Wendy Weitzel/Courtesy photo

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Beloved compounding pharmacy closing

By From page A11 | April 27, 2014

El Macero Pharmacy’s last day is Thursday, customers are being told.

An old-fashioned pharmacy with a new-age twist, it is Davis’ “first integrative pharmacy, bridging traditional pharmacy services with complementary alternative medicine,” its website says. Custom compounded medications are a specialty. Pharmacists prepare the drug in a more palatable form or to avoid ingredients that cause allergic reactions.

Employees told me that owner Brad Brazill, a pharmacist and professor, was out of town. He didn’t respond to my messages and emails. Customers’ files are being transferred to the Rite-Aid store in South Davis, customers say.

El Macero Pharmacy is at 417 Mace Blvd., Suite D, near the South Davis Nugget.

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened Thursday at the former McDonald’s Express space at 640 W. Covell Blvd.

Owner James Domsic and his enthusiastic staff greeted guests at a preview night Wednesday, where invitees sampled pit-smoked meats like pulled pork, beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, turkey, ham and sausage, topped with sweet, original or spicy barbecue sauce.

There are also sides like mac and cheese, coleslaw, various beans, potato options, fried okra, onion rings and salad. Self-serve vanilla frosty cones are free with purchase.

I liked the meat plate, which came with a small crusty roll and two sides. The chicken breast I ordered was juicy and lean, but Domsic said the brisket and pulled pork are the best sellers in California.

The liquor license will take another month or so. Domsic plans to offer hard-to-find craft beers by the bottle.

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Come the end of May or beginning of June, Armadillo Music will move two doors down, to the former nestware spot at 207 F St.

Owner Josh Chapman said he’s been looking for a new spot for about a year, and was glad to stay in the same building. Armadillo had been at 205 F St. for 17 years, and it’s starting to outgrow the space, he said.

The new store has about a third more space, which allow him to expand the inventory and provide a slightly larger stage for occasional performances by area bands.

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Dunkin’ Donuts announced in March that it was coming to Davis. It hasn’t said where, but we know one place it probably won’t be: campus.

I asked UC Davis spokeswoman Julia Ann Easley to look into any campus connections, and after some digging, she said, it “won’t be us.”

The Davis store will be part of a 46-restaurant expansion in the greater Sacramento area. The franchise-based company offers “flexible concepts for any real estate format, including free-standing restaurants, end caps (store displays) … gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments,” the March 5 news release said.

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Putah Creek Winery will open Davis’ only downtown winery tasting room on Saturday, May 3. A ribbon-cutting and private reception is set for May 2.

The 390-square-foot space is at 110 F St., on the Hallmark Inn property.

“Using only the finest estate grapes, predominantly coming from its South Davis vineyard, Putah Creek Winery delivers a new dimension to a city that loves great wine,” a news release said. “UC Davis’ global reputation in enology and viticulture education makes downtown Davis a natural location for the new tasting room.”

Although the winery has occasional tastings and events at its vineyard in South Davis, managing partner Diego Barison said “launching the tasting room will make us more accessible, and allow us to share our wines with a wider audience.”

Doors will open at 11 a.m. on May 3, with promotions that weekend. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.

Jessica Chin Foo, another managing partner, said, “We’re thrilled to offer the Davis community a fun and educational new wine-tasting experience.”

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A reader recommended the new Lifeline Acupuncture & Herbs Clinic, a natural and alternative treatment clinic that opened in September at 635 Anderson Road, Suite 12A. Drs. Hong Joon Lee and Samuel Chung focus on Eastern medicine, while emphasizing modern scientific analysis and technology. For more information, visit http://www.lifelineacu.com or call 530-756-1445.

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Downtown Woodland soon may have a new deli and frozen yogurt shop, according to the Daily Democrat.

Culture Shock Yogurt and an as-yet-to-be-named deli will occupy the bottom floor of the former Sofy’s Furniture at 540 Main St., (Woodland). Building owner Ron Caceres (said) the two eateries are should be up and running by mid-summer,” the April 18 story reported.

— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column publishes on Sundays. Throughout the week, watch her Comings & Goings Facebook page. 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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