Friday, December 26, 2014

Putah Creek Winery changes hands

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Going soon: A customer browses at Hand Made Creation, a textiles gift store at 233 F St. in downtown Davis that will close by the end of the month. Courtesy photo

From page A9 | February 16, 2014 |

Putah Creek Winery is under new ownership. In an email to customers on Tuesday, Gene and Cathy Glaeser wrote, “We have recently completed the transfer of Putah Creek Winery to Garba Wine Company, LLC. Garba’s principals, Diego Barison and Jessica Chin Foo, bring exciting energy and a depth of wine and business expertise to the winery.

“From our first vintage in 2005, we have enjoyed and have been gratified by the adventure of creating Putah Creek Winery, and transforming the grapes we grow into great wines,” they wrote.

“We are excited about the energy and expertise that Diego and Jessica bring, and we sincerely hope that you will continue supporting Putah Creek Winery.”

Barison, a native of Piedmont, Italy, comes from a family with more than a century of winemaking experience, the winery’s website states. The Glaesers’ vineyard, at the end of Drummond Avenue on the south edge of town, will continue to supply the grapes.

“We want to thank all of you for your friendship and support over these past several years,” the email said.

Meanwhile, the winery’s downtown tasting room is still under construction at 110 F St., Suite D. The sign was installed on Tuesday, and the new owners hope to have it open in the next couple of months.


Hand Made Creation, a clothing and gift store at 233 F St., is closing by the end of the month. Raju Manandhar, who owns the store with his wife, Auju, said the rent is increasing, so they’re looking for a new space.

The shop, which opened in 2010, is filled with handmade textiles from Nepal. The Davis family owns a textile factory in their native city of Kathmandu, Nepal. The Davis store sells a wide array of colorful scarves, shawls, clothing, purses, backpacks, felt shoes and other accessories. Some of the bags feature Auju’s embroidery.


Guitar maker and repair expert Harrison Phipps is moving his business, Fretted Strings, out of his Davis garage and into a shop at 231 G St., Studio 27, in Court ‘N Cedar. He plans to open the new shop on Monday, March 3.

It’s part of the Radiate Art collaborative, and he’ll participate in the Second Friday ArtAbout events, with live music, Phipps said.

“I do guitar and other instrument repair and build one-of-a kind guitars, one at a time,” he wrote in an email. “I have been in business … since 2008 and started in the trade as an apprentice to Master Guitar Builder Art Overholtzer in Chico in 1976.

“This is also the site for the Northern California School for Guitar and Ukulele Building, where we offer classes in building your own instrument. “

More information is at or call 530-304-1886.


Drom’s Comics & Cards’ last day is Sunday. The comics, cards and collectibles store at 231 G St., Suite 4, is closing after five years in business.


Butterfly Vegan Bakery opened in January. Owner Parvaneh Keivanfar makes vegan, low-fat and healthy cookies, muffins, cakes and pies, without using refined sugars. Gluten-free options are available.

Butterfly offers a Cookie Club with weekly or monthly deliveries. The bakery will soon have goodies for sale at the Davis Food Co-op and the Davis Farmers Market, she said.

For more information, visit or email


Bambu Desserts & Drinks will open at 11 a.m. Thursday at 213 E St., Suite C.

It will serve “exotic Asian-inspired desserts and drinks, always made with the freshest ingredients,” its website says. The menu includes hot and cold drinks, milk teas, blended coffees, smoothies, and some interesting desserts with various jellies, beans, tapioca and exotic fruits. For more information, visit


The Davis Tako Korean BBQ is still under construction at Fourth and G streets in downtown Davis. It keeps postponing its opening date, but I expect it to be later this month. I’ll keep you posted.

— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column publishes on Sundays. Throughout the week, watch her Comings & Goings Facebook page (approaching 1,000 “likes”). If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at



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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