Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Old Soul looking downtown, Enju due by fall

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From page A9 | May 11, 2014 |

Comings & Goings readers worked hard for me this week, passing on tips and reaching out to businesses as far as Sacramento.

Tim Jordan, one of the owners of Old Soul Co. in Sacramento, even noted in an email, “We’ve had quite a bit of new interest since your last reporting. We are working on a spot (in) downtown (Davis), and hope to announce a deal soon,” adding that he and his business partner are “not ready to disclose.”

The Old Soul has four cafés in Sacramento. Besides its locally and ethically sourced coffees, the cafés serve Old Soul baked goods, sandwiches and salads.

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I spoke with one of the owners of Enju Japanese Restaurant, coming to the former Hoa Viet spot 305 First St. He hopes to have it open by late summer or early fall.

Owner Zi Qiang Huang is from San Francisco, and goes by the English name George Wong, He said Enju’s concept is traditional Japanese food with a fusion influence, to draw the “young college people.” He and a chef he recruited from Sacramento are developing “a lot of new, creative” items for the menu to complement other Japanese food choices in Davis.

Huang mentioned a connection or similarity to Tamaya Sushi Bar & Grill on J Street in Sacramento, which offers traditional Japanese food like sushi rolls, sashimi, noodle bowls, tempura and bento boxes.

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The new owners of Let Them Eat Cake! will host an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at 310 C St. Melody and Alan Steeples and their family took over the bakery on March 1.

The event is a chance to meet customers, and hand out samples of cupcakes and new menu items.

“We are now offering gluten-free, reduced- or no-added-sugar, and vegan baked goods daily,” Melody Steeples said. “The gluten-free and reduced-sugar products are generally muffins or bar cookies.” And the “vegan are generally cupcakes and cookies. We will expand those as the product lines take off.”

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Tibet Nepal, the clothing, jewelry and gift store that moved from 239 G St., is open in the former Hand Made Creation spot at 233 F St. And just in time for the Whole Earth Festival.

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Meanwhile, its former neighbor, Razor’s Edge Barber Shop at 714 Third St., needs a home. The owner worries he has no place to move his business when the Third and G building is demolished.

“I am having a hard time finding something (anything) that is going to work for me and my 400-plus clients,” Sukh Banwait said.

“It’s really great the support I have received from my clients, and now the city of Davis is helping, too, but I may have to get more creative in the search.”

The business phone is 530-753-3343 and Banwait’s email is sukhbanwait@gmail.com.

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Creative Hair and Spa at 1520 E. Covell Blvd., near Nugget Market, has a new home, just two doors down.

As of Tuesday, the salon expanded its services to include nail, skin and massage. Owner Luz Gomez said she heard a dry-cleaning business would fill the old space, but I have yet to confirm.

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Looking Good Salon & Spas opened on Monday at 140 B St., Suite 2, kitty-corner to Black Bear Diner. It offers hair, nail, skin, massage and waxing services, owner Kim Nguyen said.

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Davis Diamonds Gymnastics has its building permit and may start building its new facility at 2570 Cowell Blvd. The facility will be approximately 14,000 square feet, compared to its current 9,600-square-foot gym at 2795 Second St.

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Davis veterinarian Abbie Whitehead recently opened Ahimsa Animal Chiropractic.

Licensed with the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association, she provides animal chiropractic services, companion therapy laser and Tui na massage for horses, dogs and cats.

“These treatments work in concert with traditional veterinary medicine to provide pain control, and speed healing from injuries and chronic conditions such as arthritis. They also improve performance in athletic animals,” Whitehead said.

She offers a mobile service, to homes or barns in Davis or surrounding communities, and treats cats and dogs at Yolo Veterinary Clinic in Woodland. For more information, visit http://ahimsaanimalchiropractic.com.

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Velocity Island Park, a wake-boarding park in Woodland, has its lake filled and is testing its cable pulley system.

April Hartmann, vice president, said Thursday, “We are still in construction phase and will be calibrating the cable system for the next few weeks. We do plan on opening mid- to late June.”

— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column publishes on Sundays. Throughout the week, watch her Comings & Goings Facebook page. 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 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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