It’s been a month since I’ve had a column, but I have a good excuse: I was traveling in beautiful Ireland for three weeks with my family. I kept a daily travel blog with photos and map. If you’re interested in reading it, visit http://roadtripamerica.mytripjournal.com/Wetzlich2012. (Wetzlich is my family’s last name). It’s my second travel blog. The first one documented our six-week cross-country U.S. road trip in 2009: http://roadtripamerica.mytripjournal.com/Wetzlich2009.
I returned to Davis a week ago and began another adventure: an exciting new job at UC Davis. I’m alumni communications officer, handling publications for the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. I mention this because people keep asking me: Yes, I will continue to write this column. I started Comings & Goings in 2001, and love doing it, although it has been a night and weekend gig since I left The Enterprise in 2008.
OK, enough about me. Here’s what’s coming and going around town:
After more than two years, Vini Wine Bar is scheduled to open Sunday. Hours are noon to 8 p.m.
Normal hours take effect Tuesday: 3 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 3 p.m. to midnight Fridays; noon to midnight Saturdays; and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.
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. It’ll also offer six beers on tap, as well as sake.
Stones Catering will prepare the food: pre-plated, rotating menu items.
The general manager of Davis’ upcoming Panera Bread, Luke Lambert, said he is hoping the café-bakery will be ready to open on Aug. 16. Construction is under way at Third and F streets, in the former Blockbuster space downtown.
Luigi’s, at 213 E St., closed June 24. The restaurant opened Jan. 22, offering pizza by the pie or by the slice, meatball sandwiches, pasta, lasagna and salads.
Owners Linda and Greg Brida continue to operate their Sacramento eatery at 1050 20th St.
Downstairs at the Davis location, there was additional seating, a stage and sound equipment for its all-ages music space. Luigi’s closed immediately after the Davis Music Festival, for which it was a venue.
After four years, Renew Denim closed its storefront last month. Plans are to open a mobile boutique.
It’s “a fashion truck. Think food truck, but with clothing,” its Facebook page said.
“By doing this, we will be able to lower our prices and give back more to charitable causes. Instead of waiting for you to visit us, we can come to you! We will be available for fundraisers and special events.” It said the truck “will be popping up” within a two-hour drive of Davis.
Renew Denim sells jeans, tops, dresses, skirts, shorts and yoga wear.
According to a June 28 Enterprise story, the developer of the Target shopping center says T.J. Maxx officials are interested in coming to the Second Street center.
Dan Ramos, vice president of Ramco, said if a 25,000-square-foot T.J. Maxx moves in, only two 7,500-foot parcels and one 6,000-foot parcel would remain in the center as designed, leaving the city with few options for what types of stores could inhabit the spaces.
To remedy the problem, the developer has proposed altering those restrictions to help draw new retail to the open pads. Instead of city-imposed 10,000-square-foot minimums for community and regional retail stores, the developer suggests 2,000. And instead of an 8,000-square-foot minimum for apparel stores, it proposes 3,000 square feet.
Lower minimums would allow other retail shops that don’t need as much space, like telecommunications shops that sell cell phones and tablets.
The Davis Downtown Business Association is forming a committee to discuss the site design. The changes would have to go through the city’s Planning Commission and then the City Council, with public hearings.
The Enterprise reported earlier that signs are down and sheets of plywood up over the windows at the Wendy’s restaurant in South Davis, which closed June 26.
The Wendy’s Company also closed its restaurant at 401 Pioneer Ave. in Woodland.
“It’s strictly a business decision,” said spokeswoman Chris Dickinsen. “We want to take the opportunity to thank our loyal customers. It was great being in Davis and Woodland, and we’re looking for a spot to get back.”
Employees who could relocate were offered positions at other locations, she said.
The restaurant at 1701 Cowell Blvd. served its first square burger in 1997.
The Wendy’s chain includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 28 countries, according to its website. Sales at its North American restaurants were up 0.8 percent in the first quarter, but fell below the company’s expectations.
A new furniture store, Inspired Home Inc., opened July 7 at 607 Pena Drive, Suite 400.
Hours this month will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Davis residents Jennifer May and Nahid Shah are the owners, with help from May’s business partner, Penny Lorain of Lorain & May Design Associates.
The store sells “an eclectic variety of home furnishings and accessories, selective consignment and one-of-a-kind items, and also offers interior design services by Lorain and May from their office within the Inspired Home Store,” a news release said.
It has “a collection of sofas, styled and scaled with Davis homes in mind, that are sold exclusively at Inspired Home and manufactured locally.”
The owners plan a grand opening on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and 2. Showings of original artwork by local artists will begin in the fall. For more information, call (530) 750-1100.
In Woodland, the acclaimed Tazzina Bistro closed late last month. The upscale eatery was at 614 Main St.
The Woodland bowling alley Woodhaven Lanes also closed last week. A sign on its door reads, “We regret to inform you that this AMF center is being closed, effective immediately. We have enjoyed being part of and serving the Woodland community over the years. If you have any questions … call (530) 662-1014.”
On June 23, Davis Community Church, at 421 D St., hosted an open house for what it hopes to be a “collaborative, nonprofit tea and coffee shop that provides job training for adults with disabilities as well as an environment for them to share their gifts with the community.”
Still in the exploratory phase, Mosaic Tea & Coffee, if approved, would provide a social enterprise, a music/arts venue, a space for community gatherings and community-centered conversations, and a venue conducive to families with young children.
Mosaic plans to operate using a “gift economy” system, where patrons can receive a free cup of tea or coffee along with an invitation to “pay it forward” to the next person. The model follows the Karma Kitchen in Berkeley.
Symposium Restaurant, the Greek eatery at 1620 E. Eighth St., just added outdoor seating. There’s a new veranda that includes metal tables and chairs, and wine barrel planters and tables and candles.
Imaginable. Branding – Advertising – Marketing is a new consultancy, offering marketing outsourcing for local companies in Yolo and Solano counties.
It will host a ribbon cutting on Thursday at the Davis Chamber of Commerce, 604 Third St.
Owner Marcy Bradshaw-Angier helps companies with advertising, design, direct mail, Web strategy, social media, event planning, or person-to-person marketing.
Bradshaw-Angier’s background includes more than 25 years of corporate marketing experience in newspaper, radio, real estate marketing, high-tech, environmental consulting, agricultural and international product marketing.
Beloved Pet Mobile Vet of Davis recently transferred sole ownership to Dr. Lynn Hendrix.
The Davis vet also serves other parts of Yolo County and portions of Sacramento County, like Natomas. Hendrix’s former partner, Dr. Margaret Hunt, will offer a separate mobile vet service covering the Folsom, Roseville and Orangevale areas.
Hendrix, who earned her DVM at UC Davis, has 21 years of experience in the veterinary field. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice & Palliative Care. She offers in-home pet hospice care and palliative care services.
— 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.