Could Dickey’s be smokin’ by the end of April?

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is tentatively scheduled to open on Thursday, April 24. As of last week, the flooring and other finishing touches were going in at the former McDonald’s Express space at 640 W. Covell Blvd. Owner James Domsic said Thursday that the opening date is pending inspections scheduled this week. It will feature Texas-style […]

Lexus LS keeps up tradition of excellence

The Lexus LS sedan was a game-changer when it first appeared more than 20 years ago. It was a sedan that competed directly with the big German giants at a much lower price. It was such a huge success that it forced the competition to re-engineer their cars and pricing. Today, the LS is still […]

Responsible for the recluse

Dear Annie: My husband and I live in Minnesota. His 78-year-old stepbrother lives by himself in Florida. “Horace” has a part-time job and goes to church regularly, but otherwise sticks to himself. He has only a nodding acquaintance with the neighbors. We are his only family. We are the ones who initiate phone calls and […]

Newest Jetta keeps a good thing going

The Jetta remains Volkswagen’s best-selling car, three years after the sixth-generation model was introduced to the U.S. marketl. For 2014, the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine in the SE and SEL trim lines has been replaced by a new 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine, carrying the EA888 Gen 3 designation. We were excited to drive the […]

Volkswagen Passat a fuelish family sedan

The Associated Press Don’t be fooled by the mild-looking exterior of the Volkswagen Passat sedan. This mid-size four door comes with a solid, stable ride, European-style handling, exceptional back-seat legroom and superlative fuel economy. In fact, the Passat differentiates itself well from other mid-size family sedans because it is one of the few sold in […]

4Runner keeps rugged charm

The Associated Press Thirty years after its U.S. debut as a utilitarian, four-wheel drive truck with a fiberglass cover on the back, the Toyota 4Runner remains a different kind of family sport utility vehicle. Sure, the 2014 4Runner has seats for up to seven passengers and can be stocked with navigation system, leather-trimmed seats and […]

Agri-biotech company makes Davis its home

A newly formed agri-bioscience company will soon bring about 10 jobs to Davis to explore the use of microbes to improve fertilizer efficiency and yield in crops in an effort to potentially replace chemicals to achieve these results. The company, BioConsortia, will be headed by newly appointed CEO Marcus Meadows-Smith, who ran Davis-based AgraQuest from […]

Davis startup offers a low-cost ‘Learn to Code’ class

Everybody Codes, a startup company in Davis, will offer an introductory “Learn to Code” course starting in late April. The curriculum teaches computational thinking to solve math applications, from algebra to calculus. Anyone who wants to learn to code is welcome. This is a beginning course, and no prior programming experience is expected. The goal […]

Design-build firm wins honors

Davis remodeler MAK Design Build Inc. received two Contractor of the Year Awards from the Greater Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Association of Remodeling Industry. The awards were in the categories of entire house remodeling project for less than $250,000 and for a residential interior element. Contractor of the Year Awards recognize and reward […]

Talk stocks at monthly coffee club

Carolyn Stiver, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Davis, will host a coffee club at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at her office, 4627 Fermi Place, Suite 130, in Davis. The coffee club is an informal gathering at which she’ll provide an update on the stock market and the economy. Reservations are not necessary; for more information, […]

Peruvian grapes to use MBI biopesticide

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a Davis-based provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products, announces that Peru has approved the use of its Regalia Maxx to control a variety of bacterial and fungal diseases in crops. Peru joins El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Mexico as Latin America countries having approved the fungicide. “Peru […]

Lyon hires new property manager

Lyon Real Estate has hired Aleena Weiss as a full-time, dedicated property manager. Weiss, a graduate of Sacramento State, is a licensed Realtor with more than nine years of experience as a property manager. She was previously with Realty Roundup in Elk Grove, where she managed portfolios for more than 180 properties, advancing from executive […]

Dutch Bros. raises $19,000 for girl with leukemia

Dutch Bros. Coffee customers raised more than $19,000 to help Brooke Beaubier, a 9-year-old Sacramento area girl who was diagnosed recently with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. All local Dutch Bros. stores, including those in Davis and Woodland, participated in “Shake it For Brooke,” March 10-21. “I’m so happy to see everyone’s support for me,” Brooke […]

Budget Masters help manage family finances

Local residents are invited to learn how to manage their monthly budget and achieve their financial goals. Meetings of Budget Masters run from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at 200 B St., Suite G, in downtown Davis. The next meeting will be Tuesday. The cost for the first class […]