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UCD opens downtown store

By June 30, 2011

The UC Davis Store, Downtown opened last week at Second and F streets. At 4,200 square feet, it’s the largest new downtown retail store in recent memory. A ribbon-cutting is at noon Friday, July 8, and grand opening festivities continue all weekend.

It sells lots of UC Davis clothing and gear, “campus-grown” products like olive oil, gift items like coffee table books and art, and Davis souvenirs. There are also snacks and cold drinks, gift wrap, and some much-needed downtown school and office supplies. Clinique makeup gift sets are for sale, and customers can place makeup orders for next-day store delivery of other Clinique products.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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Linda Brida, owner of the upcoming Luigi’s Davis, has some more news on her family’s pizza parlor plans.

The restaurant will encompass the main floor of the former Discoveries store at 213 E St. Blue Elephant used furniture is there today, but will close later this summer to prepare for a projected late September Luigi’s opening. A “Fungarden” will fill the downstairs area, with an arcade, and space for parties and meetings. In the evenings, they’ll add music to that mix. Brida said she works with a sound technician from KDVS radio to find local artists and touring bands.

The music isn’t the only thing that sets it apart, said Brida. She owns the other two Luigi’s — one on Stockton Boulevard and another in Midtown Sacramento — with her husband, Greg. Luigi’s has been family-owned since 1953. Her father-in-law purchased it 10 years later. The food is made with homemade ingredients, down to its sausage and salad dressings. Along with whole pizzas and slices, the menu features lasagna, meatball sandwiches and pastrami sandwiches.

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Our House, the new restaurant at 808 Second St., opened June 15.

Its hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays for lunch, and 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for dinner, with the bar open “late.” Sunday brunch and dinner will be added soon.

According to Cary Arnold’s June 22 story in Davis Life Magazine, “The dinner menu features such items as Ahi Poke, Grilled Artichoke with Rosemary Aioli, Tequila Lime Beef … grass-fed beef steaks, Chicken Picatta, Barbecued Salmon, Gnocchi, and Root Beer Pork Sliders with Carmelized Onions and Horseradish Cream.” Desserts include the “chocolate-filled S’more with house-made marshmallows, Lemon Mousse with meringue chips and fresh berries. … (and) the cocktails are made with all freshly squeezed juices.”

Reservations may be made by calling (530) 757-1232, or by requesting them on Facebook and waiting for a confirmation.

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Bombay Dreams is now open at 715 Second St., (formerly Tacos & Beer and Togo’s). It serves Nepali cuisine, including chicken, lamb, seafood, Biryani and Tandoori specialties.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner. Call (530) 759-2040.

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The owner of downtown Davis’ largest hotel, Hallmark Inn, has plans to replace its ground-floor guest rooms with shops.

According to The Sacramento Business Journal, the hotel, at 110 F St., would convert 12 rooms into three shops. The shops would serve patrons as well as the public. It would also add more outdoor seating.

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The cupcakery Let Them Eat Cake!, just moved from its tucked-away spot on L Street to Smooth As Silk‘s former spot next to YoloBerry Yogurt. It’s set to reopen Friday at 310 C St.

The SAS spa moved to 305 D St.

— 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. It’s also on Facebook. 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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