R&R consignment is on the move

By From page A10 | April 22, 2012

All Things Right & Relevant, Davis’ original and largest consignment store, should move into its fancy new digs on Peña Drive near Spafford Street in Mace Ranch by early next month.

The new 10,000-square-foot store — about twice the size of the current consignment and thrift stores combined — cost about $1.2 million to build.

It will close its store at 1640 E. Eighth St., in Davis Manor shopping center, on Friday, and should open the new store, at 2801 Spafford St., on Tuesday, May 1.

R&R benefits 10 local mental health agencies. The nonprofit has been around for more than two decades.


Speaking of Davis Manor shopping center, it has new owners. The Sacramento Business Journal reported that Read Investments LLC, a Berkeley commercial real estate investment company, purchased the center in a package deal with four others, for about $30 million. The other centers are in Grass Valley, Hollister, Berkeley and Klamath Falls, Ore.

Davis Manor, anchored by Grocery Outlet, is at 1800 E. Eighth St.


You may have read Jeff Hudson’s April 13 story that Rominger West Winery is closing.

The winery emerged in 2004. The tasting room, at 4602 Second St., debuted in 2006, and hosts many music events and local fundraisers.

A closing date hasn’t been announced. Co-founder and winemaker Mark West said an ownership change is still a possibility.

The winery suffered setbacks from the start. In 2005, a Bay Area warehouse fire destroyed 11,000 cases from its first vintage. Then, in October 2006, winery co-founder Charlie Rominger died from cancer at age 52. Brother Bruce Rominger assumed the role of grape grower for the venture.

West said it came down to a lack of sales.

“Probably the biggest reason we are not surviving is that we sized the space (at the winery) for producing 5,000 to 6,000 cases a year, and we’re only selling about 1,500 cases a year,” West told The Enterprise. “We didn’t grow to the size that we needed to; we needed to get to about 2,500 cases in order to continue.”


Open Door Art Studios gave a preview at the Second Friday ArtAbout event on April 13. It’s at 231 G St., taking several spaces in the Court ‘N Cedar building.

According to Tom Sakash’s April 12 article, a group of artists banded together to rent a block of storefronts in the building to transform them into “open door” workspaces and art studios. There, the public can watch the artists in action, view their finished (and unfinished) work and even buy a piece or two.

It’s scheduled to open this summer.

Artists who are awarded the space will sign a one-year lease. The individual artist or artists sharing each space will pay the rent.

Two of the organizers are Nina Gatewood, co-director of the Davis Downtown Business Association, and Michael Bisch, DDBA president. Bisch’s commercial real estate brokerage, Davis Commercial Properties, manages the Court ‘N Cedar property. The studios fill several second-story spaces but will move downstairs if spots become available, Bisch told me.

Provisional board members are: Marike Deward and Nina Gatewood co-presidents; Jamie Anderson, secretary; Andrew Newman, treasurer; Bill Habicht; Steve Nowicki; Lauren Brandy; Brigitte Mayer; Thelma Weatherford; and Ben Tuason.


The owners of South Davis Veterinary Center hope to move to a different space in the El Macero Shopping Center, as early as November. Doctors Cara Bradley and Mike Yackey emailed me from their vacation in the Netherlands to confirm the news.

They still need to submit plans to the city, but hope to move into the larger space — former home of Mountain Mike’s Pizza – in November. Harrison Construction will do the remodeling.

The shopping center’s landlord put up a sign this week that says “Future Home of South Davis Veterinary Center.” The doctors said they are pleased with the center’s new ownership and the improvements being made.

“This move will double our square footage, allow for enhanced client and patient comfort, and improve our capacity to deliver high-quality medicine in an updated, modern facility,” the doctors wrote in the email. “We don’t expect to offer more services, just improve on the good work we already try to provide. We have been very grateful to the Davis community for supporting us the last nine years, and look forward to working with them for the rest of our careers.”


After more than two years, Vini Wine Bar may be making some progress toward opening. Owner Jeff Day posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he had his “on-site inspection with (Alcohol Beverage Control) this morning and looks like they’re prepared to issue my license. Need to get two other inspections finalized, and with no snags from the city, should be good to go. Beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.”

He continued, “Needless to say, I’ll notify everyone of the Grand Opening once I can do so. I really appreciate everyone’s patience. Cheers!”

The wine bar is at 611 Second St., former home of Mengali’s Florist. It will feature self-serve wine vending machines, which pour tastings or glasses when a patron swipes a prepaid card.


Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies celebrated its grand opening last weekend in The Marketplace shopping center in North Davis. It fills the former Blockbuster video store space at Covell Boulevard and Sycamore Lane.

“Customers will find knowledgeable pool professionals to assist with pool care needs in every store as well as an expansive selection of quality swimming pool supplies, pool equipment and recreational items,” Leslie’s CEO Larry Hayward said in a news release. “All of our locations offer free water tests as well as free labor on in-store equipment repairs to help make pool care easier.”

The store is open seven days a week. Kristin Barr is the manager. For more information, call (530) 792-1342.

Founded in 1963, Leslie’s Poolmart Inc. is the world’s largest specialty retailer of swimming pool supplies and related products, the news release said. The company markets its products through more than 700 retail store locations in 35 states; a mail-order catalog; and at www.lesliespool.com.


Kitchen Four Twenty-Eight is a new restaurant in Woodland, filling the space left by Morrison’s. Its address is 428 First St.

According to its website, the restaurant “provides a casual yet sophisticated dining atmosphere serving American cuisine while using the best and freshest ingredients, respecting the seasons and utilizing Yolo County and Northern California’s local farms.” The dinner menu features steak, seafood, pasta and salads. Lunch includes items like burgers, pulled pork sliders, sandwiches and “protein” salads. It’s open seven days a week. Call (530) 661-0428 or go to www.mojoskitchen428.com.


Another hearty addition to Woodland’s dining scene is The Burger Saloon, which opened March 12 at 601 Main St.

“The Burger Saloon offers a comfortable, pub-like atmosphere to relax with friends and family while enjoying a wide selection of good food, craft beers and specialty drinks,” according to its Facebook page.

Burger choices include Angus beef, turkey, chicken, portabella mushrooms, and “a rotating selection of ‘exotic’ fare, such as ahi tuna, bison, and ostrich.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Call (530) 668-2747


Kangaroo Fitness has its grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Rainbow City Picnic Area in Community Park.

The company, founded by locals Dana Herthel and Raychel Kubby Adler, offers fitness and wellness classes for prenatal and postnatal mothers, as well as fathers and caregivers. Participants carry on while their young ones are secured in a stroller. They offer in-home personal training, group exercise and wellness coaching. Sunday’s event offers a free class from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Classes include interval training, cardio endurance and yoga, and are offered at parks and greenbelts around town. Times and locations vary.

For additional information, call (530) 219-5986 or email [email protected] or visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kangaroo-Fitness/344905962189759.


Kaia F.I.T. Davis is another new fitness program in town. It leases space in the Davis Athletic Club at 1809 Picasso Ave.

Tiffany Filbert owns and leads the Davis franchise. The all-female, group-based training program promotes clean eating and functional intense training, which is similar to boot camp. Participants pay fees per session, and do not have to be members of DAC.

For additional information, visit http://kaiafitdavis.com, email [email protected], call (916) 284-4735 or visit it on Facebook www.facebook.com/kaiafitdavis


Spa Central moved to the former Just KIDding at 213 F St., this month. The salon offers facials, waxing, threading, massages, body treatments and nail care. Its former space was at 333 F St., near the Chase branch.


Stella Swisher closed her downtown day spa Smooth as Silk last month, but the Institute for Restorative Health welcomed her at its facility at 1460 Drew Ave., Suite 300 in South Davis.

Swisher offers permanent makeup, facials and waxing, and her sons, Jeff and Corey, do massage. She said The Institute is in the process of creating a “medi-spa,” which offers medical beauty treatments. That change is still in the works.


Two other skin specialists from Smooth as Silk, Lisa Lais and Stacey Pereira, opened La Renew Skin Care, at 129 E St., Suite B3, in Orange Court. They offer spa facials, acne treatment, micro-dermabrasion and waxing. The website is www.larenewdayspa.com.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings blog at www.davisenterprise.com has more frequent updates. Comings & Goings is also on Facebook. 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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