Ready to rock

Rocknasium co-owners Mark Leffler, at top, and Carter Schmeck, holding the giant scissors, celebrate a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for their rock-climbing gym’s new space at 720 Olive Drive, Suite S — just 100 feet away from its old space in the same building’s Suite Z. The gym moved into its new digs Nov. 1. The new […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Luigi’s postpones opening date

Luigi’s, the new Italian food restaurant going in at 213 E St. in downtown Davis, announced Sunday that it will not be ready to open Tuesday as planned. Owner Linda Brida said she hopes to have the restaurant open later this week, and will offer some free slices when it does. Watch the Comings & […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

DDBA finds new leadership in two downtown business owners

The Davis Downtown Business Association finds itself under new leadership, in more ways than one, as the calendar has flipped to 2012. The biggest change comes to the director position, which the DDBA board has decided to bisect into two separate jobs. Stewart Savage, the sole proprietor of his downtown Davis company Abaton Consulting, will […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

A sad farewell to a childhood favorite

Sickened. Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures will close by the end of this month. Of all the adjectives describing my feelings, this is the word that says it best. When I write, I love to use sarcasm and humor. But this column will not be funny, nor will it have been fun to write. My […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Baja Fresh closes as Luigi’s and Zindagi emerge

Davis’ E Street scene continues to blossom with two new restaurants likely opening this week. Luigi’s, at 213 E St., will open Tuesday, giving out free pizza slices from noon to 3 p.m. Construction manager Shawn Eldredge, who also handled the Davis de Vere’s project, said the Luigi’s concept is “like an Italian Chipotle,” with […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Mustang fans get what they want

The Mustang is one of those iconic cars everyone recognizes, so Ford has to be very careful what it does to it. Back in the early ’90s Ford decided to revamp the Mustang and the public went into an uproar, unhappy with the direction that the company chose. Fortunately, Ford officials made the right move […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Travis Credit Union offers free tax help

Travis Credit Union will offer free tax help for low- to moderate-income people through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA assists those who cannot prepare their own tax returns. This year, individuals and families earning up to $50,000 are eligible for the free services. Area residents can visit Travis Credit Union’s corporate headquarters in […]

January 22, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Capital Public Radio adjusts format, with jazz and classical music sharing same frequency

Sacramento-based Capital Public Radio — which has a large following among Davis listeners — announced format changes on Wednesday that will go into effect Tuesday. Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ (90.9 FM), will now carry news and information programs 24 hours a day. In addition to the current lineup of flagship NPR programs like “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” KXJZ will […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Whiteford joins Cedarwood Financial and Insurance firm

Nationwide Cedarwood Financial & Insurance Services in Davis recently hired Anthony Whiteford as a life insurance associate. “I am excited to have Tony join our team,” said Andrew Yang of the Cedarwood agency, in a news release. “He brings a vast amount of knowledge and life experience to the position. With his help, (the) Cedarwood agency will be […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Woodland Surgery Center recognized as quality unit

The Woodland Healthcare Surgery Center was honored with a certificate of recognition as a quality endoscopy unit by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The ASGE recognizes endoscopy units that follow its guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infection control guidelines. An important requirement for the program […]

March 25, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Johnson promoted at PremierWest Bank

PremierWest Bank has announced the promotion of Anthony Johnson to assistant vice president and district manager of the Sacramento Valley region. Johnson will oversee the growth of all branches throughout Sacramento, Nevada and Yolo counties. Johnson has been at the Davis branch since 2008. He will continue as Davis branch manager in addition to his […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

State of the city: challenges and opportunities

The city of Davis faces many budget challenges in this tough economy, City Manager Steve Pinkerton said Tuesday, but is well-positioned for new economic development in collaboration with UC Davis, which he described as an “incredibly powerful economic engine.”

Davis business owners and employees packed into the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. downtown, to hear Pinkerton map out the “State of the City” during the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly membership luncheon.

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Baja Fresh closes

The Baja Fresh at 237 D St., at Third Street, closed late last week. The Mexican fast-food restaurant was next to the downtown Post Office which is also scheduled for closure. The eatery just opened this fall, around late October. I received this email from Diana Garcia of the Baja Fresh corporate office today: “The Baja Fresh […]

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Travis offers first-time home buyer workshop

Travis Credit Union will present a free seminar titled “Everything You Want to Know About Being a First-Time Home Buyer” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21. The workshop will take place in the Community Room at Travis Credit Union, One Travis Way, Vacaville. Preparation for home ownership begins long before the purchase actually […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,