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Sink your teeth into Vampire Penguin

As I’ve said before, there’s definitely no desert of desserts in Davis. And now, there’s shaved snow. Vampire Penguin opened Monday at 130 G St., Suite C. Shaved snow is different than shaved ice. It’s more like an airy, extra-sweet, non-dairy ice cream. The Hawaiian specialty is made of fruit and fruit concentrates, nondairy cream […]

Fish store underwater? We can help

One of Davis’ independent gems, Rivers to Reef, is asking the community for support. James Krause, sole owner of Davis’ only full-service aquarium, doesn’t want to give up his store without a fight. “We hope to raise at least $5,000 by January to just keep the store open.” It’s at 333 F St., next to Swanson’s […]

Coming soon: Tako Korean BBQ, take two

Tako Korean BBQ, at 400 G St., was temporarily closed for remodeling last week. A spokesman said Wednesday they plan to change the menu from Korean-Mexican fusion (tacos, burritos, nacho and quesadillas), to “more traditional Korean bar fare,” like bibimbap (Korean mixed rice with meat and veggies), tongdak (Korean fried chicken) and tteokbokki (spicy rice […]

Don’t pass up the parking gift downtown

One of the reasons I write this column is to spread the word about local businesses, hopefully encouraging readers to spend their money locally. And with a holiday parking promotion, there are no excuses. Starting Saturday, Nov. 29, downtown Davis shoppers will be given free unlimited parking on the weekends. The promotion ends on Sunday, […]

Davis burger joint comes to a grinding halt

If you’re craving a Judy’s Grinder burger, you’ll have to head to Woodland. The Davis restaurant closed earlier this month, after exactly a year in business. A sign on the front door at 213 E St. referred customers to the original Judy’s at 286 W. Main St. in Woodland. The Davis space has been a […]

Gym to make leap; Oshio Café closes

Davis Diamonds Gymnastics is getting ready for its big move. With construction still underway on its new gym in South Davis, it’s closing the week of Thanksgiving, with hopes of opening at the new location in January. The owners are asking volunteers to help Thanksgiving week, Monday through Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday. The new […]

Mocha Joe’s to close; center expansion planned

Mocha Joe’s in the El Macero Shopping Center will close at the end of the year. Owners Jason and Sophie Te made a deal with the property management company, which plans to remodel the center. With 2½ years left on their lease at 417 Mace Blvd., Suite I, the Tes said Mark Engstrom of Engstrom Properties […]

Davis is a temple for fine beverages

It’s official. Temple Fine Coffee and Tea officials signed a lease Monday to be the anchor tenant of the new building going in at Third and G streets. Anthony Ruebner, whose Davis family is redeveloping the corner, said they are “super-excited” to cement this deal. “It’s a great addition to downtown, and has a huge, […]

Shapes start to form for Davis Diamonds

Construction on Davis Diamonds Gymnastics’ new center on Cowell Road is well underway. The 14,000-square-foot private gym is being built at 2800 Cowell Blvd., next to The Printer. The pre-fabricated metal building was delivered last weekend, and construction started Monday. “We will have to move out of our current gym by the last weekend in […]

Comings & Goings: BofA lands prominent pad in Target center

Bank of America just finalized a lease for the 3,500-square-foot building at the entrance to the Target shopping center. The branch will be at 4551 Second St. Warren Hughes, senior development project manager with The Buzz Oates Group of Companies, said Thursday, “We expect them to open for business on or before Aug. 1.” Two […]

Styles on target for November debut

Styles For Less is styling for a Nov. 7 opening in the Target shopping center. The store is setting up in a 4,172-square-foot building at 4647 Second St., next to T.J.Maxx. Its press department was sparse in its response, so I will fill in the blanks from its website: “Our name tells you most of […]

Talks continue for proposed Old Soul site

Although negotiations have slowed, there’s life left in this Old Soul. That’s the word from the commercial real estate brokers helping land a lease for the former Little Prague site at 330 G St. “The parties have bargained in good faith and are continuing to do so,” said Jim Gray of Cassidy Turley Commercial Real […]

New waves for coffee, water – and on the radio

As a longtime journalist, I’m comfortable asking the questions. The tables turned recently when I was interviewed for a local radio show. If you have a spare 29 minutes and want to hear some stories and background about Comings & Goings, the “Davisville” interview with Bill Buchanan replays Wednesdays from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and […]

Comings and Goings: Is fro-yo craze melting?

There was no back-to-school treat for those who showed up Wednesday at SugarPlum frozen yogurt in University Mall. It closed. Sugar Plum is the second Davis frozen yogurt store to close this month, following Yogurtland’s shutdown on Aug. 15. SugarPlum opened in January 2010 at 825 Russell Blvd., Suite 21, next to O’Hana Hawaiian BBQ. […]

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