Davis sees dip in apartment vacancy rate

The number of student apartments in Davis has grown by some 405 units since last year, with most of the additions coming at UC Davis’ new West Village neighborhood, according to a university report.

The annual Vacancy and Rental Rate Survey was released by the UCD Office of Student Housing on Friday.

At the same time, enrollment at UCD also grew, from 31,392 students at the time of the 2010 survey to 31,732 students this year.

Meanwhile, the average rent for certain categories of student housing …

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Should you send ‘season’s greetings’ or ‘seasons greetings’?

While preparing your holiday cards, you may be stumped by a recurring December dilemma: should you write “season’s greetings” or “seasons’ greetings”? Or “seasons greetings,” with no apostrophe at all? The expression “season’s greetings” is an expression of “genitive case” — also known as possessive — in which one noun is the “possessor” of another […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

DDBA appoints new director

Stewart Savage, owner of Abaton Consulting, has been appointed as the Davis Downtown Business Association’s new director. The DDBA also has named Nina Gatewood, owner of Haute Again Consignment shop, as deputy director in charge of marketing and arts and entertainment. Savage will handle the organization’s operations and community relations. “The division of duties between […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

First Northern donates $2,500 to area food banks

For the second consecutive year, Dixon-based First Northern Bank is demonstrating its holiday spirit by donating $500 to each of five local food banks — all within the counties the bank serves. Contributions went to the Food Bank of Yolo County, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Placer Food Bank […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Casa Verde Designs expands selection of eco-friendly home improvement alternatives

Why did Nancy Morrow decide to move Casa Verde Designs — the eco-friendly home improvement business that she’d operated from a small shop on F Street since 2007 — into bigger quarters in what was formerly warehouse space by the railroad tracks on Fifth Street? That’s an easy one. “More room! Better parking! And the […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Three Woodland companies honored with WRAP awards

Woodland businesses Econco, F & F Multiprint and HP are among this year’s recipients of waste reduction awards presented by the state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Interest in the 2011 program was high, with 280 winners recognized through the Waste Reduction Awards Program for their environmentally friendly business strategies. “This year’s WRAP […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Moller signs agreement to build Skycars in China

Davis-based Moller International announced that it has signed an agreement with a joint venture partner for the development, manufacturing, distribution and sales of its Skycar, Rotapower engine and Aerobot products in the People’s Republic of China. Moller is the developer of the Skycar aircraft, the Rotapower line of rotary engines and the Aerobot line of unmanned aerial vehicles. Under the new […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Coldwell Banker donates $5,000 to Measure C campaign

Yes for Our Students, the community campaign for the Davis parcel tax renewal — Measure C — to fund quality public education programs in Davis schools, has announced a $5,000 contribution from Coldwell Banker-Doug Arnold Real Estate in Davis. “Coldwell Banker is excited to recognize how much our amazing Davis schools contribute to the fabric […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Chase branch going up near Target

Construction of a new Chase Bank branch, which started in late summer off Second Street across from Target, may be completed by the end of next summer. The bank, with a drive through, is going up next to a site where construction of a multi-tenant office/light industrial building soon will begin in the Mace Ranch […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Toyota grows the Prius

Toyota sold more than a million Prius gasoline-electric hybrid cars in the United States, but anyone who needed more room than the mid-size hatchback could provide was left out. Not anymore. Toyota’s biggest Prius, the 2012 Prius v, has arrived as a minivan-styled vehicle with 58 percent more cargo space than the current Prius and […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Co-op shoppers help feed the hungry

Davis Food Co-op shoppers donated more than $2,700 in November to help purchase turkeys for the Food Bank of Yolo County’s Thanksgiving food baskets. A portion of the donations were used to purchase turkeys at the Co-op’s wholesale cost to fill more than 300 baskets. The balance was presented to the Food Bank to fill […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Pianist plays Wednesday at Our House

Jason Whitcomb — who once owned Mousie’s, a nightclub and restaurant at 212 F St. — will play piano beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Our House Restaurant and Lounge, 808 Second St. in downtown Davis. Whitcomb played at Jilly’s in Palm Springs for several years, accompanying Frank Sinatra on his many performances there. Jilly […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yummy Dummy Chocolate Company shutting down

After six years, 30,000 chocolate bars and $7,000 in charitable donations, Yummy Dummy Chocolate Company is closing down.

The girl-owned and operated company will see three of its seven founders heading off to college in the fall with the remaining four not far behind, so they’ve collectively made the decision to stop operations this month.

Remaining chocolate bars may be purchased through their website, www.yummydummy.com, through Saturday or until ….

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Right & Relevant will double in size with new building

After nearly 20 years in the Davis Manor Shopping Center, All Things Right & Relevant — the nonprofit consignment/thrift shop better known as R&R — is getting ready to move to a new, much larger home. The move, to a site at the corner of Spafford Street and Peña Drive in Mace Ranch, has been […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,