Spas, beer, fitness and food

By March 24, 2011

Smooth as Silk Day Spa’s salon at 310 C St. suffered a major blow from last weekend’s storm. Winds uprooted a large hackberry tree, which fell on its roof. The business was closed last week, but found a temporary home thanks to some quick and generous neighbors.

Owner Stella Forbes is moving her team to 305 D St. She hopes to have the spa open by early next week.

The spa building’s owners, Ken and Pat Henderson, also own the lots where YoloBerry yogurt, Burgers and Brew, and UC Davis’ West Village real estate offices reside. The West Village leasing office is at 409 Third St. in the beautiful new two-story house constructed next to Burgers & Brew.

UC Davis is a tenant through August. The Hendersons said they’re hoping to fill the space with retail or a small eatery, like a bakery. I put in a plug for the customized fast-salad concept that is becoming popular in San Francisco, New York — and our nation’s capital, where I delightfully munched earlier this month.

Davis Beer Shoppe, 211 G St., opened Saturday, March 19. The beer-tasting bar offers brews — from the tap or bottle — to consume there or bring home.

A new fitness studio opened March 10 at 630 Peña Drive, Suite 500. FIT House specializes “in individual, small group and athletic team training” and provides “classes that range from Boot Camp to Barre FIT.”

Davis residents and co-owners Jennifer Miramontes and Lisa Yackzan Herrington are “passionate trainers” who have worked throughout California, a news release said. They focus on safe, challenging, “cutting-edge” workouts for novices to competitive athletes. They have multiple certifications, most recently in Combine360 training. It is one of only three studios offering it in the state. For more information, go to www.fithousedavis.com

The housewares store nestware opened March 11 in its new location — 207 F St. The store moved from 204 G St. It took over the spot last occupied by James Anthony Men’s Wear.

The new space is slightly smaller, but is a corner spot in E Street Plaza, with more windows. The store is filled with an eclectic mix of wares co-owner Rosalie Paine describes as “stuff we like.”

Jaymes’ Fat Face sandwich shop, at 425 L St., Suite C, closed March 11. But there’s good news — for her. Jaymes Luu is taking her sandwich recipes to Sacramento — and has found a wholesale outlet for her gourmet frozen Aisu Pops.

She announced in a letter posted on her front door that “we are in partnership with Bows & Arrows at 1815 19th St. in Sacramento.” She also noted that her “long-awaited dreams to develop the popsicles into wholesale markets (is) finally coming to fruition.”

Saturday morning breakfast sandwich sales at the Davis Farmers Market will continue, it said.

Rostini Italian Kitchen opened March 14 in the former Strings spot in The Marketplace. It’s a “fast-casual Italian restaurant, featuring pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and chickens prepared in the stone oven,” its Facebook page says.

Polly Felan moved her Orchid Skin Spa to 509 Fourth St., in the Natural Touch building, in October. She offers massage, facials, body treatments and full body waxing. Call or text to (916) 904-2346.

You may have read that the university plans to open one of the largest downtown Davis retail stores “in quite some time” with its new UC Davis Store, coming this spring.

UCD has leased a 4,600-square-foot retail space on the southwest corner of Second and F streets, next to the Varsity Theatre. It will be a retail outlet for university products, “part of a wider effort to create a more seamless transition between the campus and the community,” a news release said.

The deal was an impressive demonstration of cooperation between city and UC Davis officials, and downtown merchants, real estate officials and property owners, according to Michael Bisch of Davis Commercial Properties. Jacquie Crabtree, owner of Strands Salon, agreed to move her business from the prized corner spot to another one within the building. Landlord Steve Boschken agreed to the remodeling. The Davis Redevelopment Agency provided financial help for façade improvements, and Davis’ Community Development Department facilitated. Davis Commercial Properties recruited the tenant and handled the lease.

Grocery Outlet opened on Thursday at 1800 E. Eighth St. in the Davis Manor Shopping Center. Its grand opening begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 2.

Co-owners Eric and Shannon Flick are new to Davis, but they’ve been living in Yolo County for a decade, and operating a Grocery Outlet store in West Sacramento for nearly 10 years, according to Jeff Hudson’s March 14 article in The Enterprise.

The 12,000-square-foot store will feature canned and dry goods, dairy, eggs, meat and produce. It has a beer and wine license as well.

The Red Robin Gourmet Burgers restaurant in the Woodland Gateway mall is scheduled to open at the end of April, according to Jamie Winter, the chain’s communications manager. It’s currently hiring “team members.” (Go to http://redrobin.com/careers).

The chain eatery, known for its burgers, bottomless fries and free mud pie slices on your birthday, is on County Road 102, in the center anchored by Costco and Target.

Meanwhile, another Woodland chain restaurant, Ruby Tuesday, closed on March 15. It was at 164 Main St.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs at least once a month in the in The Enterprise’s print edition, but the Comings & Goings Facebook page and Enterprise blog feature more frequent updates. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact her 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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