Thursday, August 28, 2014

Grocers adding beer gardens for craft brews, kombucha


From page A10 | September 08, 2013 |

More is on tap for the Nugget Market in East Davis. By spring or next summer, the grocery store at 1414 E. Covell Blvd. should have an enclosed beer garden.

The licensing and plans are all in order, Wine Steward Michael Taylor said, but the company has other construction projects it needs to finish first, including the current remodeling of its Woodland Nugget and Food 4 Less stores. The Davis beer garden would sell draft beer, and wine by the glass.

Due to alcohol restrictions, a short fence will separate the patio along the east end of the store, close to Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt. The secondary cart storage area will be removed, adding tables, chairs, and window to the smoothie bar. Patrons would purchase drinks at the beverage bar and receive them in the patio, through the pass-though window.

Taylor said plans call for eight taps for draft beer. He expects about half to be local craft brews. The setting is conducive to tastings and other events, he said.

Since last spring, The Davis Food Co-op has had a similar setup, with three or four beverages offered at a time. Besides two beers, there’s Crispin hard cider. This week, it added kombucha, the bubbly fermented probiotic drink. Berryessa Brewing Company ales are another popular choice.


Roos’ Café, an indoor playground and café under construction at 2939 Spafford St. Suite 140A, may open by mid- or late October, owner Ru Hua Zheng said.

Zheng, a Davis resident, created the concept “to provide a safe place for kids 0-5 to play while parents relax or socialize with other parents.”

About half of the 1,600-square-foot space will be filled with a kids’ play area, where little ones can explore while their parents socialize and enjoy family-friendly food and beverages. Business hours are tentatively set for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with play area hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s in the Fifth Street Plaza, near Peña Drive.

When I spoke with her on Thursday, Zheng emphasized that the café is open to people without kids, noting that there will be a large, fenced outdoor seating area as well as the indoor space.

The menu will include sandwiches, salads, yogurts and healthy grab-and-go options, along with locally roasted coffee, specialty teas, organic juices and milk.


Executive Alterations and Formalwear will host a grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 14, at its new store at 764 Fifth St., Davis, next to European Wax Center. The event includes free ice cream from noon to 4 p.m.

Unlike the three Executive Cleaners in town, this store specializes in alterations, and buys, sells and rents women’s gowns. Lydia Chu, who owns all four stores, also rents tuxedos and, she notes, sells those hard-to-find bow ties.


There’s a new mobile massage business serving Woodland and Davis. Certified massage therapist Anna Wisehart operates Wisehart Massage and Bodywork.

A former high school biology teacher in Fairfield and Woodland, Wisehart has a biology degree from UC Davis, and massage training from the Massage Therapy Institute in Davis. She offers Swedish style massage, with a focus on deep tissue.

“Sessions are aimed at increasing relaxation, reducing pain, and promoting the body’s natural healing process,” a news release said.

She’ll give free chair massages today at the charity Feather Falls Run in Central Park. For more information about her practice, visit

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



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.


Mr. Dolcini goes to Washington

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Marcy finds her place in the DHS Hall of Fame

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Learn about Girl Scouting at meeting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Low-income Davis homeowners can save money and go green

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Prospective foster parents welcome

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Davis Media Access: Get involved in community media

By Autumn Labbe-Renault | From Page: A4

‘Art of Acting’ offered at Senior Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Tai chi classes set at Davis Senior Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Do you have a project for the noon Rotary club?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Stroll Through History highlights Beamer Park

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

All are welcome at monthly sing-along

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Hosts sought to befriend international visitors

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Museum wants your old Davis High School yearbooks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9



Perfectly good playground?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Work on gun control instead

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Military has too much money

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Put flowers in our hair

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Give cops the ability to protect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Don’t let MRAP be a tool for bigger mistakes

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Yes, mother’s milk is best

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6



Gould, Shaw won’t dwell on it, but Biggs remembers The Upset

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

No. 8 keeps Republic unbeaten streak at 8

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS boys look to win seventh soccer section title

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

New attitude, new stadium for 2014 UCD field hockey

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Sports briefs: Aggie men ranked 11th in water polo poll

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

Dunning picks Cupcake Week

By Bob Dunning | From Page: B2

Youth roundup: Judges like what they see from Davis Diamonds

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: Huge inning helps Cats in Nashville

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B8



Local teacher and artist turns 100

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A10 | Gallery

100 years’ worth of stories

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A10 | Gallery



Ethereal dream pop to illuminate Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

By Anthony Siino | From Page: A11 | Gallery

Outdoor art classes to close out summer

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Well-known artist will be juror for exhibition

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A11







Comics: Thursday, August 28, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6