Shuz is out, Sole Desire steps in

By From page A4 | September 29, 2011

Despite its signs about a temporary closure, Shuz is gone for good. The Davis shoe store’s space reopened Sept. 24 as Sole Desire.

The Sonoma-based chain, around since 1990, has stores in Petaluma, Burlingame and Santa Rosa, according to its website, http://www.soledesire.com. It offers domestic and international brands of comfort and fashion footwear.

A Davis employee said it has the same brands that Shuz carried. According to the website, those include Dansko, Ecco, Merrell, Keen, UGG, Beautifeel, Earth and Arcopedico. The difference, however, is that is no longer offers men’s shoes.


A mural is being painted, plumbing adjustments are planned and other hookups await for Vini Wine Bar at 611 Second St.

Owner Jeff Day of Davis gave me a peek inside on Thursday. The walls are painted, the furniture, bar and enomatic wine machines are in place, but it’s still early to predict an opening date. The self-serve machines deliver tasting pours to customers who insert a pre-paid card.

The specialty equipment is not completely plumbed, and requires experts to install. He needs to meet certain requirements before he can apply for a liquor license. Once it’s approved, there’s a 30-day wait.

Meanwhile, Day’s coordinating a menu with Chris Stone of Stones Catering. He also hopes to work with a local eatery to sell gourmet pizza once a week. There will be six beers on tap, and dozens of wines available to taste or take home. The wine bottles will be sold at retail prices, with a corkage fee applied if consumed on the premises.


Westlake IGA Market dropped its IGA affiliation as of Sept. 1, changing its name to Westlake Market. I hope that’s not a sign of things to come for the struggling grocer on Lake Boulevard. I left a message with the management and will keep you posted.


The seafood restaurant Fish’s Wild Grill & More, going into two spaces at 514 Second St., looks like it’s going to be quite large. Construction is under way in the spots formerly occupied by Cartridge World and Mishka’s Café, both of which have moved.

Its Torrance menu features healthy options like grilled fish and chicken, brown rice, veggies, and grilled fish and chicken tacos.


Zion Taddese, owner of the Ethiopian restaurant Queen of Sheba, confirmed that it is closed for good at 213 E St.

“I am hoping to reopen soon when I find a better location, but I still have the Sacramento Broadway location — it’s not far from Davis. Thank you for your support.”

The Sacramento restaurant is at 1704 Broadway, in the Land Park neighborhood.


Olive Drive Barber Shop has a new owner. After 42 years, Frank Vidales retired. Lily Nguyen took over as of Sept. 6.

Nguyen spent the past seven years at Aggie Barber Shop and Davis Barber Shop.

The shop, at 1065 Olive Drive, serves men, women and children, and offers straight-razor shaves with hot shaving cream. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Call (916) 670-3928.


Style Lounge 2 closed at 407 G St. Style Lounge 1 is still open at 803 Second St., Suite E, in the Chen Building at Second and G streets.


The longtime Watch Repair shop run by David Lazzari has closed. The space at 712 Third St., next to Bistro 33, is empty, and the phone number has been disconnected.


Most Kragen Auto Parts stores have become O’Reilly Auto Parts, including the Davis store at 1681 Research Park Drive.


Nearby, the former Asian Auto Care spot at 1665 Research Park Drive has been filled with a Cooks Collision.

Cooks is a chain with 19 locations between the Bay Area and El Dorado Hills, specializing in repair of high-performance cars. It plans to open in mid-October. Go to http://cookscollision.com/index.htm for information.


Blue Oak Energy, a solar energy engineering and construction firm founded in 2003, announced Thursday that it moved its Davis headquarters to a larger and more modern space.

The new 10,000-square-foot facility at 1560 Drew Ave. will provide the ability to double in staff as the solar industry scales to meet demand, a news release said. Its former site was at 4614 Second St.

“We have diversified our market segments into utility and government sectors while also adding medium voltage and civil engineering disciplines to our in-house staff,” Tobin Booth, CEO of Blue Oak Energy, said in the news release. “Our new facility allows us to continue leading growth in the United States PV industry.”

With this expansion, Blue Oak Energy plans to add 50 new jobs in the next 24 months. Federal tax credits and other incentives have helped fuel the growth of the company.

The solar energy company helps customers take advantage of tax credits in the form of a grant.

“The Investment Tax Credit Grant program is set to expire on December 31, 2011, and if not extended by Congress, it will become more difficult to finance projects next year,” Julia Hamm of the Solar Electric Power Association said in the release.

— 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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