Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Shake-up for DQ — and more competition

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Dairy Queen is gone — but in name only. Owner Shahid Iqbal officially gave up his fight against the company and went independent this month. Its new name is Davis Burgers & Shakes, but its menu is “97 percent the same.”

The signage and menu board changed, but its prices and basic ingredients didn’t. The popular thick shakes, trademarked to DQ as Blizzards, have become Snow Storms.

Iqbal, who has owned the Dairy Queen since 1997, said it would have cost him $120,000 in cosmetic and accessibility upgrades to meet corporate demands. The burger and shake stand is one of Davis’ oldest fast-food restaurants.

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A large banner at the Target shopping center reads “T.J. Maxx COMING SOON.” After a phone call and some emails, a spokeswoman for the company said Thursday, “T.J. Maxx has not announced a new store in this location.” In response, I sent her a photo of that banner, which seems like an announcement to me. I’ll let you know when I get a response.

T.J. Maxx storesoffer designer and brand name fashion for women, men, teens, kids and baby for up to 60 percent off department store prices, every day,” its website says.

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As part of its ground-floor renovations, Hallmark Inn, at First and F streets, has a new lobby — and two new tenants for its retail spaces.

The beautiful new lobby, with an entrance on the F Street side, features a wall dedicated to public art. A rail with cord attachments accommodates paintings and photographs of any size. Owners Reed and Susan Youmans gave me a tour on Wednesday. They already have the space booked for two months of Second Friday ArtAbout exhibits. It currently features art to be auctioned for Tour de Cluck. The grand opening for the lobby and retail spaces will be in September, when the hotel has its Aggie Welcome event.

The lobby, which replaced staff offices and its breakfast room, debuted earlier this month. Reed Youmans hopes to open Café 11o, a breakfast and lunch eatery, to hotel guests later this month, and to the public by mid-June. Menu items include oatmeal, Belgian waffles or eggs, served with fruit and Pepper Peddler Coffee. Hotel customers will receive a voucher. Lunches will feature sandwiches, salads and soups.

Next door, its new tenants include CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me), a Bay Area-based ice cream sandwich parlor. Patrons pick the cookie and ice cream flavor and it’s assembled for them. All natural and gourmet cookies, bars and ice cream may also be purchased separately, along with toppings. Other menu items include shakes, malts and floats. Vegan and gluten-free alternatives are available. For information, visit www.creamnation.com.

Another exciting new addition is a tasting room for Putah Creek Winery. The hotel has been serving the Davis wine during its happy hour, and winemaker Gene Glaeser planted and maintains the grape vines that grow in the hotel’s courtyard under its mural. Visit its website at putahcreekwinery.com.

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Yogurtland opened Thursday at The Marketplace, in the spot last occupied by Cold Stone Creamery. Ajay Hira, one of three owners of the store, said, “North Davis was missing something.”

An official grand opening will come in June, with free yogurts, prizes and UC Davis’ mascot, Gunrock. Watch for giveaways on Feb. 6, which is National Frozen Yogurt Day, Hira said.

The frozen yogurt chain was established in 2006. Based in Irvine, it focuses on high-quality ingredients, using milk from its own dairy. At a preview event on Wednesday, my family’s favorites were Guava Grapefruit Sorbet, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Dutch Chocolate (made with Ghirardelli), and Red Velvet Cupcake Batter. I’ll have to come back to try their Plain Tart — my go-to flavor — and see how it compares to others in town.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, staying open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours may extend if there is demand, Hira said. For details on the chain, visit www.yogurt-land.com.

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Also in The Marketplace, Massage Heights’ owners hope to have their spa open by Friday, May 24. It fills the space last held by Massage Envy, which moved downtown near Hallmark Inn.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 530-564-5431 or visit www.massageheights.com.

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Loving Aquatic Massage will host a Davis Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday at Laurie Loving’s warm therapy pool at 1418 Colgate Drive in Davis. The event is from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The business opened a year ago. It offers “Watsu” or water shiatsu massage to clients floating with support in a warm pool. Contact her at 530-219-5118.

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The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St., now offers beer and cider on tap on the patio. Its selection rotates, but late last week it included Berryessa Brewing Common Sense, Racer 5 and Crispin Cider. Tap hours are from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Roots Fair Trade, which featured “fairly traded gifts from around the world,” closed as of this month, after two years in business. It was at 231 G St.

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Sudwerk Brewery expanded its Dock Store tasting room, adding a Barrel Room. It features beer aged in wine and bourbon barrels. Tasting room hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. The tasting room offers a fun selection of small-batch specialty beer blends. Check it out at 2001 Second St.

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Wingstop opened on May 8 at 408 G St. The take-out restaurant makes Buffalo wings to order, with lots of choices for sauces.

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Underdog Decals is a new Davis business that creates custom designs like personalized decals, banners and signs.

The owners are Brent Coker and Elena Dunkle of Davis. For more information, visit www.underdogdecals.com or call 530-400-8642.

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Nexcycle has a new beverage container redemption center in South Davis. The center is behind the Safeway store at 2121 Cowell Blvd. in the Oakshade Town Center.

The center pays cash for CRV aluminum, plastic and glass containers and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays (closed for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.). For more information, visit www.nexcyclecalifornia.com or call 800-969-2020.

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A new indoor playplace, Playland, opened May 9 in Dixon, at 410 Gateway Drive. For parents, there’s an espresso bar, lounge and “a separate area for laptop users who absolutely have to get some work done.” There’s a retail outlet selling gently used children’s and maternity clothing. Owner Tania Andersen is the mom of a 4-year-old and 18-month-old and told me she was “tired of sitting on hard plastic benches at all the play places in the area.”

I would have welcomed a place like this when my teen boys were younger. A decade ago, Enterprise Associate Editor Tanya Perez and I used to drive to the McDonald’s playplace in Natomas on cold, rainy days to exercise our little guys.

Playland has several themed play areas, including Princess Boutique, Retro Diner, Pirate’s Cove, Market and Tot Spot. Birthday party packages are available. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on weekends. For more information, visit www.playlandcenters.com.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings Facebook page has frequent updates. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at wendyedit@gmail.com

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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