Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Halloween stores creep into Davis

From page A4 | September 21, 2011 |

It may still be September, but seasonal Halloween stores are creeping into town.

Xtreme Halloween is open at 612 Fourth St., at E street, in the spot last held by Baciarini’s Marital Arts (which moved to 912 Fifth St.) Xtreme Halloween is independently owned, with its base store is in Roseville. Hours are 11 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 to 9 on Fridays, 10-9 on Saturdays and 11 to approximately 7 on Sundays.

Halloween City is open in The Marketplace, in the former Blockbuster spot. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.


Border Books & Music “closed for good” on Sept. 16. No word yet on what will fill the anchor spot at Davis Commons at First Street and Richards Boulevard.


Mountain Mike’s Pizza, at 4615 Cowell Blvd. in the El Macero Shopping Center in South Davis, closed late last month.


I reported in my last column the pet groomer The Craft of Fo’ Paws moved to Woodland. Filling its space at the Ace Rock Yard is Pawsitive Groomers. Vicki Bunfill, Jessica Castorena and Kiana Freitas were with The Craft of Fo’ Paws until it gave up its lease on April 19. The trio opened the new business on April 25.

Its address is 904 Fourth St., Building D. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Call (530) 756-4400.


Stone Soup Catering and To Go will host a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 423-B L St. Its hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.


Robin and Amy Graham of Davis opened Island Barber & Spa on Sept. 1 at 331 D St.

The owners have more than 20 years of experience in the hair and skin care industry. Robin’s father, David Howard, owns David’s Haircutting, in Orange Court, which opened in 1975.

The salon serves men, women and children, and specializes in hot-towel shaves. Robin has worked at The Art of Shaving in San Francisco, and host classes to teach customers how to shave with a straight razor without causing burn or ingrown hairs.

The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. Call (916) 544-9494.


The sustainable crop protection company AgraQuest is expanding. The company is celebrating the renovation and expansion of its lab space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 13 at 1530 Drew Ave.

The growing Davis company’s revenues saw a 30 percent per annum boost in the past three years, allowing it to add 53 jobs, a news release said. Most of those hires were for skilled scientists, to develop biopesticides and similar natural ag products.


Davis native and first-year attorney Justin Lowenthal opened the Lowenthal Law Office in downtown Davis on May 15.

“My practice concentrates on corporate and small business law, but I also assist clients with real estate matters, estate planning and civil litigation,” he said.

Lowenthal lives in Davis. Before opening his practice, he was an intern for eight months at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, and worked as a senior law clerk for a boutique corporate law firm in Sacramento for 2 1/2 years.


Our House, the restaurant that replaced Aioli at 808 Second St., has added a banquet room for groups, receptions and office parties. It celebrated the event with a ribbon-cutting Tuesday by the Davis Chamber of Commerce.


Shuz of Davis is closed temporarily. It has a sign on its door that it will reopen in mid-October. The shoe store is at 801 Second St., at G Street, in the Chen Building. I left a message on its website to ask why, and will post an update if I hear back.


The Rad Vintager has replaced Jacksonfly Recycled Fashion at 820 Fourth St., next to APEX Cycles. Joy Erickson is the owner and her associate, Felicia Constantine, runs the shop. It specializes in vintage/thrift clothing and accessories. Instead of consignment, it buys, sells and trades for for clothing, Tuesdays through Fridays.

Its hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call (530) 297-5000. It’s also on Twitter as @TheRadVintager, and Facebook as The Rad Vintager. And it sells items on Etsy at


The Ethiopian restaurant Queen of Sheba, 213 E St., is closed. I’m trying to contact the owner to see if it’s just temporary.

The Yolo County Visitors Bureau has a new, revamped website at, designed by Heloisa Kinder of HK Atelier in Davis.

“Interactivity is a hallmark of the new website, providing extensive information about hotels and inns, meeting facilities with resources for event and meeting planners, and activities from visiting art galleries and historical sites to farm tours and winery tasting rooms,” a news release said.

“A comprehensive restaurant database, with mini-reviews, can be searched by city/location or by type of cuisine,” the release said. “Visitors to the site will find numerous maps ready for download, community links, and transportation resources available. The Calendar of Events section can be searched by date or type of activity.”

Alan Humason, executive director of the YCVB, said, “We are very excited about our new website, and we think it will serve both tourists to Yolo County as well as residents here.”

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings blog at 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



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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