Video game trailer brings fun to you

By From page A6 | March 11, 2012

Gizmo’s Rolling Video Games is a new business that offers a mobile game theater — delivered.

For a starting price of $199 for an hour, a trailer arrives filled with all the makings of an electronic gaming party, including: Xbox 360, Wii and PS3 stations, allowing 16 gamers to play at once or separately; four 46-inch 1080p widescreen TVs; “vibration-rocking” stadium seating; a large selection of new and classic games. A tech or “game coach” is included, who assists the players.

For information, go to http://gizmosrollingvideogames.com/mvg/ or call (530) 601-7918.


Davis Dermatology hosted its grand opening on March 1 at 132 E St., Suite 220 in Mansion Square. Earlyn Noll, M.D., offers medical, surgical and cosmetic services.

In addition to her private practice, Noll is on the clinical faculty in the UC Davis department of dermatology.

For information, call (530) 756-5753 or go to http://davisdermatology.net/.


Smooth as Silk, the day spa at 305 D St., is closing its doors at the end of the month. Owner Stella Forbes posted a thank-you note on her business’ Facebook page on Tuesday, notifying customers of the closure “after 26 years of serving this wonderful community of Davis.” Its last day will be March 31.


Meanwhile, girlgonegreen skincare, which operates inside Smooth as Silk, is moving four doors down, to 331 D St.,  starting April 1.

Jennifer Wendt opened girlgonegreen in November. She uses organic skincare products and wax with an emphasis on local ingredients. Her phone is (530) 219-5822.


Leslie’s Pool Supply, which is filling the former Blockbuster video spot in The Marketplace, is looking toward a possible April opening, a representative said.


Jeff Day, owner of the long-anticipated Vini Wine Bar at 611 Second St., says he’s still waiting on liquor license approval. “(I) imagine it won’t be much longer,” he wrote in an email Tuesday.

He plans to use Facebook to selectively invite people for a soft opening before an official grand opening. We’ll keep you posted.


The owner of the Hanlees Auto Group says he’s not giving up plans to bring a Volkswagen franchise to Davis, he just has too many projects to juggle right now. (A legal notice that ran in The Enterprise classified section last month said the application to add Volkswagen to the Hanlees name had been abandoned.)

Don Lee said he’s opening a VW dealership in Richmond, Hilltop Volkswagen, in mid-April. Meanwhile, he hopes to break ground this summer or fall on a full remodel of the Davis Hanlees Toyota dealership, which will triple in size. He said a local Volkswagen dealership will proceed after the Toyota project is complete.


The Chevy’s restaurant in Dixon closed on Feb. 19.

A Dixon city official told The Vacaville Reporter that the closure was the result of the chain’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in October. It’s unclear if other restaurant closures are planned. Its parent company is the Cypress-based Real Mex Restaurants.


Newmann Enterprises, a Sacramento valet service, is getting a taste of the Davis market with The Davis Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Davis. The event will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Valets will pick up cars for $4 and park them in nearby lots. If the concept is well received, more downtown valet services may follow.

For information on the company, visit http://neumannlimo.com/.


Laurie Loving is bringing an unusual massage business back to Davis. As soon as mid-April, Loving Aquatic Bodywork will offer massage therapy to clients who are floating with support in a private, warm-water therapy pool at her home.

Watsu, or “water-shiatsu” combines warm water with stretches and massage, Loving said.

According to a news release, “therapeutic benefits may include deep relaxation, relief from pain, stiffness, muscle tension and spinal pressure, and relief of symptoms from chronic medical conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s (and) fibromyalgia.”

Loving ran a similar business, Embracing Watsu, but discontinued it nine years ago because she lost access to a warm pool.

Loving has a master’s degree in social work, 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities, and is listed on the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association Registry, she said. Call her for information or reservations at (530) 219-5118.


A Davis High graduate has launched a new T-shirt company called 6 Legged Tees, selling shirts online. The tees repel insects, and are an alternative to wearing insect repellent. The company motto is “Keeping Bugs Away in Style.”

James Besser graduated from DHS in 2006 and UC Berkeley in 2011.

According to his father, Bob Besser, James “started the company in February and is using kickerstarter.com to take orders initially. T-shirts are hand silk-screened using organic inks with several designs and colors. Delivery will begin in June, or sooner.

For information, go to http://6leggedtees.com/.


Jason Dayne of Jeeba Jewelry Studio has returned from an extended vacation in Australia, bringing his jewelry designs back to the space at 712 Third St., next to Bistro 33. His designs feature hand-crafted semi-precious stones like pearls and garnets.

Local beader Robina D. Slizeski of Pavone Designs has been filling the Jeeba space since December. Dayne will continue to sell Slizeski’s jewelry at his shop.


Robin Graham closed his Island Barber Spa in Davis but is doing haircuts and old-fashioned barber shaves in Dixon at Wild Hair Salon and Pine Time Barber Shop. Both are on South First Street.

— 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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