Common Grounds Coffee may reopen as soon as Tuesday in its new grounds, owner Son Chung reports.
“I just want my customers back,” he said Thursday night, as he showed me the inside of the new space, next door to the old one.
Chung lost his lease in March when Oakshade Town Center’s landlord, Regency Centers, wanted to make room for the upcoming chain store, Pet Food Express. It took community outcry for him to secure the spot next door, at 2171 Cowell Blvd., across the patio from Dos Coyotes.
A final inspection is scheduled for Monday, and he’s hoping to have the soft opening the next day.
Chung is excited about the new, larger space, which adds outdoor seating (and dog-friendly leashes). Longtime customers will get the fine coffee they’re used to — and more. He’s adding cookies from Cookie Connection in Woodland, and is negotiating with an area baker to sell their cakes and pastries. In a few weeks, he’ll add sandwiches and salads, as well as local beer and wine.
In every effort, Chung’s trying to give back to the community that rallied around him and his wife, Michelle Kim, to save the store. From customers to politicians to city staffers, he’s grateful, he said. He’s already preparing a sign for his front door that will say, “Thank you. We would not be here without your support.”
The ice cream sandwich shop CREAM was scheduled to have its grand opening Saturday at 110 F St. Store owner Tom Tu put in lots of late nights with his crew, preparing to give away treats all day. Setup was still under way Thursday night, with employee training on Friday.
The Bay Area-based ice cream sandwich franchise is popular in college towns like Berkeley and Palo Alto. Patrons pick the cookie and ice cream flavor and it’s assembled for them. All natural and gourmet cookies, bars and ice cream may be purchased separately, along with toppings. Vegan, soy and gluten-free options are available. For information, visit http://www.creamnation.com.
Nearby, Exclusive Wireless, a T-Mobile outlet, has secured a lease as the final tenant in the ground floor Hallmark Inn remodel. It’ll be right next to the AT&T Store. Besides CREAM, others include Massage Envy, which is open, and Putah Creek Winery in a few months. Café 11o is open to hotel guests for breakfast, but its plans to open its doors to the public, and add lunch, are delayed.
— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column runs on most Sundays, but her Comings & Goings Facebook page has frequent updates. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org.