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Styles For Less, Old Soul plans revealed

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From page A9 | July 06, 2014 |

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Old Soul Co. owner Jason Griest and Tim Jordan sit on coffee beans at their Alley cafe on L Street in Sacramento. They hope to finalize a lease this month for the Little Prague spot on G Street in downtown Davis. Wendy Weitzel/Courtesy photo

What’s going in near Target? That’s Comings & Goings’ most frequently asked question. And I finally have some news.

The management company said leases were just finalized for a Styles For Less and Verizon Wireless.

And there are more announcements ahead, said Warren Hughes, asset manager for Buzz Oates Management Services. “We are also working with another user for 3,500 (square feet), which I believe will be finalized in the next two weeks,” he wrote Wednesday in an email.

The Styles For Less is going into the 4,172-square-foot building at 4647 Second St., next to T.J.Maxx, and Verizon will go next to that, with a 1,155-square-foot store.

The closest Styles For Less stores are near IKEA in West Sacramento, at Vacaville Premium Outlets, and in Natomas and Fairfield.

“Our name tells you most of the story — we offer trend-seekers the latest styles of clothing, shoes, accessories and more. For less,” the Styles For Less website says.

“With over 150 stores, we keep savvy shoppers feeling connected and looking fresh. Find clothes for school, athletic, career and most importantly — the weekend! Choose from a chic selection of apparel and accessories that fit your style and budget, including denim, dresses, sweaters, handbags, shoes and jewelry.”

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But I’m actually more interested in the next announcement: that Old Soul Co. is finalizing a lease for the space occupied by Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant and bar at 330 G St., Suite F. If everything falls into place, Old Soul will replace Little Prague with a bistro style café and full bar — by the end of 2014.

On Wednesday, I took a field trip to the Old Soul headquarters, its Alley location at 1716 L St. in midtown Sacramento, and spoke with owners Tim Jordan and Jason Griest.

Old Soul specializes in small-batch, craft beverages, roasting its own coffee and baking breads. It uses local products, following the principles of the Slow Food movement. Among the offerings are Berryessa, Ruhstaller and Rubicon beers; Revolution Wine; Zeal Kombucha; and Red Blossom Tea. They feature local honey, make their own syrups and try to be the “epitome of farm to table.”

“We want to either make the product, or look eyeball to eyeball with the person who does,” Jordan said.

The menus at their cafés include pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups and quiches. One popular new addition is a nitrogenated coffee, brewed in kegs like beer, and served cold with a creamy head. Think Guinness — with caffeine instead of alcohol. On Wednesday, the lavender lemonade was a hit.

The Davis location, with its large patio and what would be Old Soul’s first full bar and complete kitchen, provides lots of opportunity to add depth to the offerings, Jordan said. The proposal includes plans for many cosmetic improvements, which they will disclose later.

All of their cafés have a community feel. “Kind of funky and kind of hip,” Jordan said. They love the energy of this town, and wouldn’t see themselves moving into a suburb like Roseville, Natomas or Elk Grove. “Davis has great energy.”

But just because it’s on G Street, doesn’t mean it will be part of the Thursday night pub crawl. Nor will it be a place to park your laptop for hours.

“It’s not revolving around students,” he said.

Current cafés open at 6 a.m. and close about 10 p.m. This one may stay open later for the bar.

Meanwhile, Little Prague remains open for dinners daily and brunch on weekends until a deal is finalized.

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The Root of Happiness Kava Bar is scheduled to open on Friday, July 11. It’s at 211 F St. in the E Street Plaza.

Co-owner Travis Lewin said they got the temporary OK to open while they make changes to a counter. The upstairs area is closed for now; it’s under review.

Filled with comfy couches, tables and bar stools, the lounge’s hours are 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Kava, a traditional Polynesian, non-alcoholic root prepared as a tea, is touted for calming, anxiety- and pain-reducing effects. It has a bitter, spicy, peppery flavor that makes your mouth tingle. Although not required by law, Lewin said they check IDs and serve only to those 18 and over.

They’ve arranged for Nugget Markets to provide premade food, including salads, wraps, sandwiches and fruit bowls.

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Nami Sushi has a new business license for the former Sushi Nobu at 2939 Spafford St., No. 105.

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Another new business license is for Rowan and Sarah, a vintage clothing shop in Third Space, at 946 W. Olive Drive. Its website said it is closed for July. For information, visit www.rowanandsarah.com.

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On Tuesday, APEX Cycles and Service moved to 716 Second St., the former location of Davis Awards & More.

Owner Aaron Curtin said the new spot has a dedicated showroom and a 1,000-square-foot basement workshop “where I am hoping to start having bicycle repair classes on a weekly basis,” he said.

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The owner of Yakitori Yuchan, a Japanese barbecue restaurant filling the former Beach Hut Deli location at 109 E St., said he hopes to open the restaurant in August. “It’s all up to how the construction goes in the next several weeks,” Yuji Yokoyama said Monday.

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Davis Diamonds Gymnastics center hosted its groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, with new Mayor Dan Wolk handling the shovel, next to the bulldozers that have already done some real digging. The 14,000-square-foot private gym is being built on Cowell Boulevard, next to The Printer.

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A recent UC Davis grad founded an all-purpose mobile tutoring service in May called KnowHow Tutors.

Jeremy Lowenthal graduated with a degree in political from UC Davis in the fall, and from Davis High in 2010.

“I received the Distinguished Scholar Award from UC Davis and I used the money ($500) to set up this business as a platform to give back to the community,” Jeremy said. His brother, Trevor Lowenthal, is co-founder and chief administrator.

“Trevor was a member of the ROTC at UC Davis until he was in a traffic accident, which forced him to end his service,” Jeremy Lowenthal said. Three major surgeries and lots of physical therapy later, “he has returned to school, and has become a source of inspiration for our students.”

“Our tutoring service focuses on the commonality and achievability of all learning endeavors. … We teach a wide variety of subjects, ranging from math, science and writing, to basketball, chess, web design and music,” he said. “Our tutors include award-winning musicians, collegiate athletes, local artists, world travelers and linguists, mathematicians and web design professionals.”

For information, visit www.knowhowtutors.com or phone Trevor Lowenthal at 530-902-5317.

— 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 wendyedit@gmail.com.

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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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