Pranksters turn Dimple into a raging moat

By From page A13 | May 25, 2014

An anonymous posting on Davis Wiki and Facebook is spreading rumors that a nightclub called “MoT” will soon fill the former Dimple Records spot at 212 F St. The page has a link to a website with a video of the concept, saying its name is pronounced “mote.” I’ve been in contact with the city and the landlords, and this MoT doesn’t hold water.

Katherine Hess, Davis’ community development administrator, officially buried the rumor on Wednesday: “We’ve gotten confirmation from the property owner that the ongoing lease discussions don’t include these people or this concept.”

But I’ll pass on what could be a senior prank, just for fun. The club’s Davis Wiki and Facebook pages say MoT is an acronym for “moment of time.” It’s described as “a high-energy nightclub aimed to bring the people a place to let loose, go wild and dance all night! With its two bar areas, three lounge areas, massive dance floor, state-of-the-art sound system, enough lighting to compete with the sun, snow maker, lasers and more, MoT makes the perfect place to party any time. MoT will be located at the former location of Dimple Records (212 F Street) and is expected to launch July 2014!”

I’m thinking the name is a play on the word “moat,” which has been used to describe Davis. We have a reputation for insulating our town from outside riffraff and politics.

When I posted a comment on the MoT Facebook page, calling it “bogus,” the anonymous prankster replied, “This woman doesn’t know how to party. MoT COMING SOON, GET READY TO RAGE!!!”


Across the street, Armadillo Music will move a couple of doors down, to the former nestware spot at 207 F St., in early June.

The corner of the new space features a small stage. On Wednesday, owner Josh Chapman set up the first band: an adorable foursome of toy armadillos. The new spot has about a third more space, which will let Chapman expand inventory of its new and used CDs, LPs and tapes, and provide a nice venue for occasional live performances.


While I was in the neighborhood, I peeked into The Root of Happiness Kava Bar last week. The mural and construction are coming along. Workers said it might open the first week of June.

It’s at 211 F St. in the E Street Plaza. Kava, a traditional Polynesian, nonalcoholic beverage, is touted for its calming effects. The bar is for ages 18 and up.


Comings & Goings readers are piping up about another smoke shop in town. Davis Tobacco Square is open at 1260 Lake Blvd., Suite 106, in Westlake Plaza. Besides cigarettes and cigars, it sells water pipes, hookahs and the trendy e-cigarettes and vaporizers.


Sugar Daddies is deserting its name. This month, it became Jake’s Desserts. The ice cream and cupcake shop, formerly dubbed Davis Creamery, is at 113 E St. It offers homemade ice cream, cookies and Cupcake Craving baked goods.

“Now that we are starting to grow and expand to other locations, we will officially be known as Jake’s Desserts!,” its Facebook page said. “(We’re) still serving the same great treats, just with an even more family-friendly name.”


A building permit has been issued for the new Davis Diamonds Gymnastics center, the city’s email newsletter said Tuesday. The 14,000-square-foot private gym is being built at 2800 Cowell Blvd., across from Playfields Park.

“This facility will be a superb complement to our local recreation needs and will help facilitate Davis as a host to gymnastics tournaments moving forward,” the newsletter said.


After nearly two years, Yolo Brewing Company will open to the public in early June. Meanwhile, it’s selling tickets to preview parties Thursday, Saturday and June 3 and 8. They include tours and samples of beer and food truck treats.

The personal brewery and taproom is at 1520 Terminal St. in West Sacramento. Owner Mike Costello founded Brew It Up!, as a personal brewery in The Marketplace in Davis. It moved to Sacramento, adding a bar and restaurant, and later closed.

— 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 [email protected].

Wendy Weitzel

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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