Ramen arrives, fusion blowing in

Wind of Change, the restaurant replacing Café Mediterranee at 113 D St., is wrapping up its remodeling. Representatives say they hope to have it open by late April or early May. “The food concept for Wind of Change will be mainly American-style cuisine with French and Mediterranean fusion delicacies,” general manager Roxy Bucu said in […]

Car Care: New laws emerge as technology impacts cars and driving 

From Brandpoint Have you ever felt that new technologies, from smartphones to Internet apps, are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up? You’re not alone. Many Americans feel overwhelmed by new technology. One-third of adults in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and China said they felt overwhelmed by technology in a 2011 […]

Cadillac takes on Tesla with plug-in ELR

The Associated Press Finally, there’s an electric car that rivals Tesla’s eye-catching Model S. The sleek, new-for-2014 Cadillac ELR coupe is arguably as sexy looking as the sporty Model S, and like the Tesla, it’s a plug-in vehicle that’s capable of traveling for hours without stopping. 2014 Cadillac ELR Base price: $75,995 Price as tested: […]

Marrone hires VP of technology development, general counsel

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a Davis-based global provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products, has announced two new members of its team. Amit Vasavada, Ph.D., has been hired as vice president of technology development, a newly created position within the company, and Linda V. Moore joins the company as its general counsel, also a […]

Morse captures three regional awards

Morse Remodeling and Custom Homes, a Davis-based design-build firm, took home three remodeling awards from the annual National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Contractor of the year Awards banquet held in Sacramento on March 20. The awards were presented for residential exterior specialty, residential exterior remodel under $100,000 and residential interior remodel under $100,000. […]

Former AgraQuest CEO to head BioConsortia Inc.

BioConsortia Inc., the newly formed parent company of BioDiscovery New Zealand, has named Marcus Meadows-Smith as its chief executive officer. BioConsortia is a Davis-based agricultural biotechnology company that has invented a method for rapidly identifying microbes that cooperate to form consortia that significantly improve crop yields. Meadows-Smith joins BioConsortia after serving as CEO and leading […]

Comings & Goings: New awards store making its debut

I called. I searched. I peeked into windows. Somehow, the Comings & Goings list is pretty short this week. Awards & More of Davis may be open by the end of the month, owner Fidel Sanchez reports. The new store at 1340 E. Covell Blvd., Suite 102, fills the void left when Davis Awards & […]

Kia doesn’t lose any Soul for 2014

The Associated Press The animated and dapper hamsters in Kia’s television ads aren’t the only ones who ride comfortably in Kia’s newly revamped Soul five-door hatchback. People of nearly all sizes and budgets can find the five-passenger, 2014 Soul to be a satisfying small car. For 2014, it has a more responsive engine, more rigid […]

Affordable housing developer gets $25K grant

Wells Fargo recently gave a $25,000 grant to Yolo and Sacramento-based nonprofit Mutual Housing California to continue developing and expanding its affordable housing communities. “We believe in supporting organizations that are working to help our communities succeed financially,” said Wells Fargo Area President Kevin Barri. “Giving grants like this is one way to do that.” […]

The personal touch is key for Oriental rug store owner

A good rug really ties a room together. Fortunately for his customers, Mansour Yaghoubian understands this very well. Since he first opened Mansour’s Oriental Rug Gallery in 1979, Yaghoubian has developed a well-deserved reputation for excellence, not just in his hometown of Sacramento but across Northern California. “I only sell handmade rugs,” he said proudly […]

Kaiser gets high marks for customer satisfaction

For the seventh consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente has been given the highest ranking for customer satisfaction in California, ahead of all other health plans in the state, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Member Health Plan Study, released this week. Kaiser Permanente out-performed seven other health plans in California, scoring 756 on a 1,000-point […]

Workshop offers insights on hiring

“Mindful Hiring” is the topic of an April 10 workshop sponsored by the Northern California Human Resources Association as part of its HR as Business Leader Series. The session will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at West Yost Associates, 2020 Research Park Drive, Suite 100, in South Davis. “One of the […]

Best Of Houzz award goes to Morse Remodeling

Morse Remodeling, Inc. and Custom Homes of Davis has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The local design-build firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users who comprise the Houzz community. The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: customer satisfaction […]