Dimple closing, new winery emerges

By From page A14 | May 20, 2012

With online music downloads dominating the music industry, it’s no shock that stores like Dimple Records are feeling the vibe. The Davis store, at 212 F St. next to Starbucks, announced recently that it’s closing in mid-June.

Dimple sells music, movies and games. According to an employee, the Davis outlet is closing so the chain can open another store in Sacramento, selling just books and vinyl. Merchandise is available at a 30 percent discount until its closing date, when remaining inventory will be distributed to the other stores. It has stopped purchasing used merchandise.


A new Davis winery will open to the public on Saturday, May 26. Sundstrom Hill Winery will host a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. It will include “complimentary wine tastings, food pairings and smooth jazz in the relaxed atmosphere of the barrel room,” a news release said. It’s at 2744 Del Rio Place, off Peña Drive, near Konditorei Cafe.

Chef Rebecca Reichardt of Woodland’s Tazzina Bistro will offer an array of food pairings while the band Shake Don’t Stir performs on Saturday.

“The small production boutique winery will focus on producing high-quality wine made from the best grapes in the region,” the news release said.

The first release offers two versions of Zinfandel created with El Dorado County grapes from Walker Vineyard: the 2010 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel and the 2010 Private  Reserve Zinfandel. For white drinkers, there’s also a 2011 Viognier, a blend with Gewürztraminer from Borra Vineyards in Lodi. Prices range from $16.95 per bottle for the white to $21.95 for the reserve.

Agricultural consultant Chip Sundstrom is winemaker and his wife, Lynne, and their daughter, Molly, pitch in to make the operation a success. They are monitoring the progress of the fall release of another Walker Vineyard Zinfandel, a Lake County Petite Sirah and a Mountain Red blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.

Sundstrom Hill Winery donates 10 percent of all sales revenues to Esperanza Rising, a charity supporting needy families working in the California agricultural industry.

For more information, visit www.sundstromhill.com or call (530) 574-1296.


Meanwhile, Rominger West Winery had its last tasting room hours on April 28.

Co-founder and winemaker Mark West said, “We do still have some bottled wine available for sale and any interested customers can contact me at [email protected] to arrange an appointment. Alternatively, people are welcome to stop in. I am usually there Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be happy to help them. The signs will say we are closed, but if the front door is unlocked, I am there.  The winery phone and answering machine are still operational: (530) 747-2044.”


After more than two years, Vini Wine Bar is still working on opening its doors, hopefully by mid-June.

Owner Jeff Day said Tuesday, “I had my Health Department inspection and they issued my permit. The Fire Department completed their final inspection and I’m good there. The building/planning department has also completed their final inspection and signed off. I’m on the agenda for a Planning Commission hearing on May 23. If approved, the planning department will notify (Alcohol Beverage Control).

He said it usually takes two to three weeks to issue the license once ABC receives confirmation of approval.

“If everything comes together, I’m thinking I’ll finally open by no later than mid-June.”

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.


Dutch Bros. Coffee is taking over Caffino, Davis’ coffee kiosk at 980 W. Olive Drive.

Dutch Bros., which already has two kiosks along Main Street in Woodland, is expanding in the Sacramento market, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. It said the company sells franchises only to existing employees and operators who invest $105,000 per store.


El Toro Bravo Mexican Kitchen should open this summer, hopefully by late July, a co-owner said. It replaces the closed Baja Fresh at 237 D St.

The food will be a Mexican fusion style, Derar Zawaydeh said. He defined that as various foods accented with Mexican flavors.

It will have the same “value-driven concept” he and his partner offer at nearby Burgers & Brew and Crepeville. Lunch patrons will order at the counter, while dinner guests can expect full service.


The opening date for Panera Bread in Davis has changed — again. Company officials signed the lease on May 1. The bakery cafe will fill the former Blockbuster site at Third and F streets.

Construction is to begin soon, with an opening date in about three months, according to property owner Shel Givens. That puts an opening as early as August.


Similar but different: The restaurant at 712 Second St. recently changed hands. What was once Bombay Dreams is now Preethi Indian Cuisine. Preethi features more traditional food from Southern India, where Bombay Dreams offered Nepalese and Northern Indian cuisine.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. To see its menu, visit http://preethiindian.com/.


Another new opening is Yeti Restaurant, formerly Thai Bistro, at 234 E St., in the E Street Plaza. It offers Nepali cuisine.


Bed Bath & Beyond is purchasing Cost Plus for about $495 million, The Associated Press reports.

The move is part of a plan to put specialty food departments in some Bed Bath & Beyond stores, the story said. Both companies’ boards approved the deal, which is expected to close during Bed Bath & Beyond’s fiscal second quarter, which ends in August.

It’s not clear if there will be any changes to Cost Plus stores, like the World Market in Davis’ University Mall.


All Things Right & Relevant, Davis’ original and largest consignment store, opened early this month. It’s on Peña Drive near Spafford Street in Mace Ranch.

The new 10,000-square-foot store — about twice the size of the former consignment and thrift stores combined — cost about $1.2 million to build.

Its former store was at 1640 E. Eighth St., in Davis Manor shopping center. Its new address is 2801 Spafford St.

R&R benefits 10 local mental health agencies. The nonprofit has been around for more than two decades.


Speaking of Davis Manor shopping center, I need to clarify a previous column about new ownership. Read Investments LLC, a Berkeley commercial real estate investment company, purchased the portion of the center that includes Grocery Outlet and Dollar Tree. Davis Manor is at 1800 E. Eighth St.

The other side of the shopping center, home to Symposium Restaurant and former home to Right & Relevant, is owned by the Jim Byers family, a city spokeswoman said.


Sue Morris Pilates hosts a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at its new studio, 2939 Spafford St., Suite 130, in the Fifth Street Plaza.

She offers private, semi-private and small group classes, five days a week, using Pilates reformers and towers. “I also teach springboard, jumpboard, body bar, and mat classes, using all the small props such as flex bands, body balls, Bosus, magic circles, foam rollers and small weights.”

To schedule an appointment, call (530) 902-7160, or email [email protected]. Multi-level mat classes are offered at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 5 p.m. Wednesdays.


Loving Aquatic Bodywork officially opened on April 1. Laurie Loving offers massage therapy to clients who are floating with support in a private, warm-water therapy pool at her Davis home.

The method she uses is watsu, or “water-shiatsu,” which combines warm water with stretches and massage.

Loving has a master’s degree in social work, 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities, and is listed on the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association Registry. Call her for information or reservations at (530) 219-5118. Mention Coming and Goings for a $10 discount on your first session.


Woodland has two new businesses worth mentioning:

The Cup and Saucer is at 601 Main St., in downtown Woodland. It’s an antiques store with some new kitchen ware. Owner Edna Bohon has plans to open a cooking school as well. She also owns Fat Cat Cafe, operated by her daughter, Carla Bohon. The phone is (530) 402-1991.

The party supply store Party City opened at 1386 E. Main St., in the same shopping center as Orchard Supply Hardware.

— 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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