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Flea market finds home for Father’s Day weekend

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From page A5 | June 16, 2013 |

Looking for a fun Father’s Day outing? Take Dad to the Davis Flea Market. This weekend is the grand opening for its new, permanent venue at 946 Olive Drive. The monthly event runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The next two events are July 27-28 and Aug. 24-25, with the same hours, organizer Lauren Norton said. They “plan to keep the flea once a month, and will be inviting applications for pop-up shops the rest of the time.”
The move fulfills the goal of its organizers to find a brick-and-mortar home for the initiative, which acts as a business incubator, recycling center and performance venue all in one, a news release said. The 4,000-square-foot space was previously the site of Bennett Audimotive.
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T.J. Maxx spokeswoman Doreen Thompson got back to me Friday about the store under construction next to Target on Second Street: “I am pleased to confirm that we are expecting to open a T.J. Maxx store in Davis, CA, sometime in the early fall.”
The “T.J. Maxx: Coming Soon” signs have been up for more than a month, but the company declined to confirm it when I contacted them in early May. And didn’t respond when I sent them a photo of a sign on May 16.
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Last week, Putah Creek Winery added tasting room hours: Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., at 9518 Drummond Lane. Before this, open houses and wine club pickup days were the only time patrons could try and buy at the source.
As I reported earlier, the winery plans to open a downtown tasting room later this year. It has a lease for one of the ground-floor retail spots owned by Hallmark Inn.
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Mike Costello is Brew(ing) it Up again­ — this time in West Sacramento. Brew It Up was a personal brewery business that originated in Davis, moved to midtown Sacramento and added a large restaurant, then closed during the recession.
His new venture, Bluffs Brewing Co., would feature small-batch brewing, a taproom, beer hall and a beer garden. Costello hasn’t announced the location he’s secured but it appears to be in a warehouse close to Raley Field.
“This isn’t quite a done deal,” he wrote on the new Facebook page. “Fingers crossed.”
Plans include a “pub menu featuring locally sourced meats and produce,” and a bottle shop with hundreds of craft beers to bring home, it says.
According to its mission, “Bluffs Brewing Co. defines the craft beer lifestyle ­— fresh, local, fun and deeply connected to our community! Craft your own small-batch beers onsite or enjoy the two-dozen draft beers and tasty eats in the beer garden. You’ll experience craft brewing and beers at Bluffs Brewing Co.”
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Hacker Lab, a new midtown Sacramento nonprofit offering co-working rental spaces to tech entrepreneurs, is looking to add a location in Davis, according to published reports.
“We like what they are doing in Sacramento and we think it could be good for startups in Davis,” Rob White, Davis’ new chief innovation officer, told The Sacramento Business Journal.
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Kiwi Tree, a tree-trimming business owned by a native New Zealander and his wife, closed June 7 after 13 years. Arborist Don Perkins and his wife Nancy Houlding moved to Oregon last week. They are looking forward to cooler weather and “semi-retirement.”
“(Don) may raise some sheep,” Houlding said when reached by phone Thursday night, after their first full day at their new country home outside of Eugene, Ore.
Houlding said her husband “had enough of the heat,” noting that it’s even hotter and more humid when you’re working up in the trees. After moving from New Zealand in 1996, he never adjusted to the valley climate. “It rained today (in Oregon), and he was ecstatic.”
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Longtime local pet groomer Terri Martinez brought Fo’ Paws back to Davis this fall. The business went through several locations in Davis and Woodland in recent years. Now she’s a one-woman operation, running the business out of her home at 1041 Olive Drive. Hours are by appointment. Call 530-759-0124.

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Family Dollar is slated to open in late summer at 1260 Lake Blvd., in West Davis, according to Bryn Winburn, public relations manager for the company.
— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column publishes occasionally on 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 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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