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 ,

Jeeba on vacation; Beaders fill in

Jason Dayne, owner and designer of Jeeba Jewelry Studio, is vacationing in Australia with family. The extended trip was booked before he took over the space this fall at 712 Third St., next to Bistro 33. So since Dec. 19 and through the end of February, two other local jewelry designers — Robina D. Slizeski […]

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Chamber mixers planned this month

Two mixers are planned by the Davis Chamber of Commerce this month. The first is set from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at West Yost Associates, 2020 Research Park Dr, Suite 100, in South Davis. Another mixer will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at H & R Block, 1411 W. Covell Blvd., […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

First Northern promotes Faye

First Northern Bank has announced the promotion of Hans Peter Faye IV to senior vice president/agribusiness lending manager, in recognition of the bank’s growing agribusiness loan portfolio and increasing importance of the agribusiness industry throughout the markets served by First Northern. A fourth-generation Californian whose family is still involved in agriculture, Faye has more than […]

February 12, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Rocknasium: Two decades and still rocking

The Rocknasium will celebrate the grand opening of its new rock climbing gym with a ribbon cutting — on one of the gym’s arches, 20 feet off the ground — at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event is open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served. The new gym replaces the original Rocknasium, which […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

County real estate sales

Address     Sale Price Davis (95616) 3135 Woods Cir.     $355,000 809 Cherry Ln.     535,000 2442 Elendil Ln.     577,500 1830 Glenn Pl.     611,000 645 Coolidge St.     612,000 Davis (95618) 2571 Hepworth Dr.     $614,500 3045 Audubon Cir.     720,000 Woodland (95695) 73 West […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Community mourns impending loss of toy store

After 18 years, Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures will close its doors at the end of the month. Christine Hildebrand, owner of the beloved toy store, announced the decision Wednesday in a letter to her customers. “We have loved every minute of it,” Hildebrand wrote. “We are proud to have provided a warm, friendly place […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Blogs | Tagged ,

Davis musician thrives as composer-for-hire

Music tells a special story, of love and laughter, heartache and sorrow or blessings and joy.

For Sarah Majorins of Davis, capturing these emotions in a melody is more than just a passion, it’s a business, too. She writes music for special occasions — including church services, weddings, concerts, new songs that go into albums, and more.

Working from her family’s East Davis home, she provides new arrangements of familiar hymns, as well as original material, to customers around the country, using the Internet to move sheet music and sound files back and forth.

She has long been an active musician.

“My dad (David George) is a pastor, at Valley Springs Church in Roseville. So I’ve been involved in church music my entire life,” she says.

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

With toy store closing, another downtown merchant retools strategy

For years, downtown toy merchant Alphabet Moon has been the point-of-purchase for countless birthday presents that delighted local youngsters. But with Alphabet Moon planning to close by the end of January, another nearby business that targets a  similar customer demographic is retooling its strategy, seeking to fill at least part of the niche being vacated […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Range Rover boasts sleekest SUV

Boldly forsaking a history of boxy, gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles, England’s Land Rover now sells a compact SUV that’s so stylish former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is consulting on a special edition model. The new-for-2012 Range Rover Evoque with standard all-wheel drive Terrain Response System also is impressively capable off-road and recently snagged the 2012 […]

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Hallmark Inn creates new retail spaces

The Hallmark Inn in downtown Davis has gone through several renovations since Reed Youmans and his family first bought the hotel about a dozen years ago. The Youmanses aren’t finished making changes just yet. The owners of the inn at 110 F St. recently gutted six bays of ground-floor hotel rooms that they plan to […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Playtime no more at Alphabet Moon

The message on the easel out front always said it all: “Come and play.”

And for nearly two decades, the children did.

Because Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures was never just a toy store; it was a Davis destination, a favorite place to visit, where to browse was to play, and where current owner Christine Hildebrand and her employees earned raves for their selection of toys and customer service.

But Christine Hildebrand, who bought the store nearly 10 years ago, said Alphabet Moon took two big hits about three years ago: the economy tanked, and Target opened in Davis.

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Pinkerton will weigh in on ‘State of the City’

Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton will give a “State of the City” talk at the January membership luncheon of the Davis Chamber of Commerce. The event will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. downtown. While most of the Chamber’s membership luncheons are […]

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