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Online store will celebrate, mock People’s Republic of Davis

As Davis residents, we know our town has a quirky side. Shelley Dunning wants us to wear that with pride — perhaps on a T-shirt, bumper sticker or poster. Dunning will unveil The Davis Store and Free Museum on April 1 (no foolin’). The planned e-commerce site is http://thedavisstore.com. Merchandise will laud some of the fodder […]

Caffé Italia dancing to a new menu

Caffé Italia has a new menu, and is transitioning to a new name​. “Not to worry … everything is the same … except for the name!” its Facebook page says. Kevin and Shar Katz also own Dancing Tomato Caffé in Yuba City. The Davis menu highlights the restaurant as a family dining, coffee shop, pizzeria, bar […]

Comings and Goings: Tuesday Morning says good night

Sunday is Tuesday Morning’s last morning at the El Macero Shopping Center. It’s closing. Employees at the discount home goods store say plans are to relocate somewhere else in Davis – in 2016. The retailer is at 417 Mace Blvd. ———— Also in the El Macero center, Huku Japanese Bistro is finishing up construction at 4615 […]

Grilled cheese outlet melts; RadioShack to Sprint

The Melt served its last grilled cheese on Tuesday in Davis Commons. The eatery didn’t have the space to accommodate the chain’s new concept, which included burger melts and chicken melts. Employees told me last month that the company might be looking for another location in town. The store, at 500 First St., opened in […]

Japanese fondue dips into Davis scene

There’s a “coming soon” sign for Shabu Extreme at the former Judy’s Grinders spot at 213 E St. Shabu shabu (translated “swish swish”) is a Japanese fondue dish, with thinly sliced meat, seafood and vegetables. Customers cook the items in boiling broth at their table. I hope that swishing sound isn’t a revolving door. The location […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

New offices and gyms take root

You may have read Friday about Pollinate Davis, a new co-working space at 508 Second St. Expected to open Feb. 1, it offers a network of offices, conference rooms, work areas and equipment. The environment should encourage collaboration and creativity among entrepreneurs, freelancers and startups, and give a new option for those of us who work […]

January 18, 2015 | Posted in Comings and Goings | Tagged ,

Comings and Goings: New brewery on tap for downtown

Since 2011, the Sacramento region has added more than two dozen new breweries. But in Davis, 25-year-old Sudwerk Brewing Co. stands alone. Until now. Three Mile Brewing Company is coming downtown, and could be pouring by year’s end. I spoke with Joe Runner, one of seven partners with the brewery. The nanobrewery and taproom will be […]

January 11, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

More changes at El Macero center

Tuesday Morning, a discount home goods retailer in the El Macero Shopping Center, will close sometime in February. A sign is posted on its door, but employees declined to offer details. The 8,100-square-foot space is highlighted on the website for Engstrom Properties, which manages the retail center. Several times in the past eight weeks, I’ve […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 21, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 14, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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, […]

November 23, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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 […]

November 16, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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 […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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