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Comings & Goings: Smoke Hut pops up in East Davis

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Employees Evan Blanco, Kacey Ehresman, Alissa Villegas, owner Judy Seo and her son and manager, Sun Seo, pose outside Judy’s Grinder on Thursday. Wendy Weitzel/Courtesy photo

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A new smoke shop opened on Halloween in Oak Tree Plaza, and it’s a hot topic on my Comings & Goings Facebook page. Smoke Hut is at 1300 E. Covell Blvd., next to Cenario’s Pizza and Pink Dozen Donuts.

Owner Mosen Aly of Elk Grove sells hookahs, cigarettes and e-cigarettes, water pipes, tobacco, incense and smoking accessories. No one under 18 is allowed, and Aly said he’s careful to check IDs. But parents raised concerns about its proximity to junior high schools, particularly Holmes. The Nugget Market shopping center is a hangout for local teens.

I visited the store and learned about the different items Aly sells. I was especially curious about e-cigarettes after hearing recent reports on NPR. “Vaping” is a new trend, where users inhale steam vapors from a battery-operated pipe filled with flavored nicotine juice. E-cigs are legal to use anywhere, Aly said.

“I am trying to quit smoking myself, and it does help, actually,” he said. The fruit-flavored juices come in varying strengths, so users can taper their nicotine dose.

Hookahs are popular in party settings, where multiple people smoke fruit- or mint-flavored tobacco at the same time. Water and hand pipes are legally sold for tobacco, but it’s widely known they can be used for other drugs.

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Judy’s Grinder opened late Tuesday at 213 E St., Suite A, in Davis, where Huong Lan Sandwiches recently closed.

It’s had a Woodland restaurant since 1977. The Davis eatery is open for lunch and dinner. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, with hours extending to 1 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturday nights.

I spoke with Sun Seo and his mother, Judy, on Thursday. They pride themselves on scratch sauces, crispy lettuce and hearty portions. “We want to see empty plates,” with people leaving full, he said.

There is beer on tap, lots of shakes, malts and banana splits, and a wide selection of specialty burgers and sandwiches. Other offerings include teriyaki plates; fried foods like fish, chicken and sides; and salads.

Sun said he knows the restaurant’s spot has had high turnover, but he thinks Judy’s quality and customer service will set it apart. The lease does not include the downstairs section of the building.

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Davis Community Church members are hosting a grand opening party Saturday afternoon to launch Mosaic Tea and Coffee. The Rev. Bill Habicht said the pay-it-forward venture provides job training for adults with disabilities. For more information, visit http://teams.mosaictea.com.

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The former Dairy Queen property at 909 Fifth St. is in escrow, owner Dan Dowling confirmed Thursday. He said he could not disclose the buyer because the deal isn’t yet final.

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Kaleidoscope Living Foods is open at 423-B L St. It sells artisan kale chips and sprouted cereal, in small batches, its Facebook page said. Davis resident Alexandra Hudson is the owner and chef.

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Fastenal Company just opened a warehouse at 606 Peña Drive, Suite 900, near FIT House. It’s a wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction materials like screws, bolts and fasteners, according to Forbes magazine.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

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The grilled cheese restaurant The Melt opens Wednesday in Davis Commons.

There is a sneak peek event from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Those who visit The Melt’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages can get a password for a free sandwich and side order. UC Davis staff members got a preview on Thursday.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays. On Friday and Saturday nights, it will stay open until 10 p.m.

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The Cup & Saucer, a kitchen supplies and collectibles shop in Woodland, just moved down the street, from 610 to 721 Main St.

— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column runs on most 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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