Thursday, July 24, 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.

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