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Community mourns impending loss of toy store

After 18 years, Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures will close its doors at the end of the month. Christine Hildebrand, owner of the beloved toy store, announced the decision Wednesday in a letter to her customers. “We have loved every minute of it,” Hildebrand wrote. “We are proud to have provided a warm, friendly place […]

Davis musician thrives as composer-for-hire

Music tells a special story, of love and laughter, heartache and sorrow or blessings and joy.

For Sarah Majorins of Davis, capturing these emotions in a melody is more than just a passion, it’s a business, too. She writes music for special occasions — including church services, weddings, concerts, new songs that go into albums, and more.

Working from her family’s East Davis home, she provides new arrangements of familiar hymns, as well as original material, to customers around the country, using the Internet to move sheet music and sound files back and forth.

She has long been an active musician.

“My dad (David George) is a pastor, at Valley Springs Church in Roseville. So I’ve been involved in church music my entire life,” she says.

With toy store closing, another downtown merchant retools strategy

For years, downtown toy merchant Alphabet Moon has been the point-of-purchase for countless birthday presents that delighted local youngsters. But with Alphabet Moon planning to close by the end of January, another nearby business that targets a  similar customer demographic is retooling its strategy, seeking to fill at least part of the niche being vacated […]

Range Rover boasts sleekest SUV

Boldly forsaking a history of boxy, gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles, England’s Land Rover now sells a compact SUV that’s so stylish former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is consulting on a special edition model. The new-for-2012 Range Rover Evoque with standard all-wheel drive Terrain Response System also is impressively capable off-road and recently snagged the 2012 […]

Hallmark Inn creates new retail spaces

The Hallmark Inn in downtown Davis has gone through several renovations since Reed Youmans and his family first bought the hotel about a dozen years ago. The Youmanses aren’t finished making changes just yet. The owners of the inn at 110 F St. recently gutted six bays of ground-floor hotel rooms that they plan to […]

Playtime no more at Alphabet Moon

The message on the easel out front always said it all: “Come and play.”

And for nearly two decades, the children did.

Because Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures was never just a toy store; it was a Davis destination, a favorite place to visit, where to browse was to play, and where current owner Christine Hildebrand and her employees earned raves for their selection of toys and customer service.

But Christine Hildebrand, who bought the store nearly 10 years ago, said Alphabet Moon took two big hits about three years ago: the economy tanked, and Target opened in Davis.

Pinkerton will weigh in on ‘State of the City’

Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton will give a “State of the City” talk at the January membership luncheon of the Davis Chamber of Commerce. The event will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. downtown. While most of the Chamber’s membership luncheons are […]

F150 keeps ahead as pickups evolve

Pickup trucks used to be for hauling stuff.  You would not want to use them for anything else because they were uncomfortable and crude. Today, you can get a truck that is as comfortable as any luxury car with state-of-the-art features. And while the comfort and features have increased, the amazing thing is that trucks’ […]

Davis couple works at keeping it all local

Jen Wendt moved to Davis when she was 7 years old. She made friends and quickly felt at home. She graduated from Davis High in 1993, and soon after felt like it was time to leave the Northern California hamlet. The energetic raven-haired girl headed to Southern California, went to college, fell in love and […]

Chamber changes site for January mixer

The Davis Chamber of Commerce has changed the location of its mixer Thursday, Jan. 12, to West Yost Associates, an environmental engineering firm, 2020 Research Park Drive, Suite 100. The event will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m., offering an opportunity for networking as well as refreshments and a prize drawing. The mixer had been planned for […]

Company gives away 12 free hearing aids for holidays

Paris Clark of Woodland was among a dozen area residents given free hearing aids by Avalon Hearing for its second annual “12 Days of Christmas” hearing mission in Sacramento and Yolo counties. The recipients were gifted their hearing aids because of their compelling stories of why they couldn’t get hearing aid help by themselves, a […]

Hallmark Inn offers special rate for CASA donors

The Hallmark Inn in downtown Davis is offering a special $99 nightly room rate to those who donate $1 per night of their hotel stay to the Yolo Court Appointed Special Advocate group, which helps Yolo County foster children. This special rate is available for travel through Wednesday, Jan. 11. Hallmark Inn, 110 F St., […]

Chamber plans luncheon, mixer in January

The Davis Chamber of Commerce will host a member luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., downtown Davis. Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton will give a “State of the City” talk. While most of the Chamber’s membership luncheons are on the first Tuesday […]

Davis Chamber Profile

The Davis Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following new members: County Fair Mall, Weintraub Genschlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin, Inside Out and Baytel. The following events will be held in the month of January. All listed events are open to all Chamber members and some are also open to guests. Call the Chamber offices for […]

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