Time running out for Davis Awards & Watchworks

Davis Awards & Watchworks, 716 Second St., will close on New Year’s Eve after 20 years in business, owner Andy Rathbone confirms. Rathbone said the date marks “exactly 20 years to the day of serving the community.” He is thankful to everyone who came in to his store in the last two decades. The store […]

Beach Hut Deli re-emerges, play café opens Monday

Roos’ Café, an indoor play place and café in Mace Ranch, will open to the public on Monday, with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Thursday. It’s at 2939 Spafford St., Suite 140A, in the Fifth Street Plaza. Ru Hua Zheng, a Davis resident, created the concept “to provide a safe place for kids 0-5 […]

Coffee co-op café links farmers, caffeine lovers

Pachamama Farmer Owned Coffee Bar is the newest addition to the John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 First St. According to spokeswoman Mollie Moisan, it’s the first café in the United States that links coffee farmers directly with consumers. The organic coffee comes from small farms in Ethiopia, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico that are part […]

Love grilled cheese? Chase it with a Kaia workout

The Melt opened with fanfare in Davis Commons. Wednesday was its official opening day, but there were multiple preview events. A social media giveaway on Tuesday drew 727 people and the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh. Spokeswoman Aarti Mehta said many of those in attendance mentioned this column! My husband and I stopped by Wednesday night, […]

Comings & Goings: Smoke Hut pops up in East Davis

A new smoke shop opened on Halloween in Oak Tree Plaza, and it’s a hot topic on my Comings & Goings Facebook page. Smoke Hut is at 1300 E. Covell Blvd., next to Cenario’s Pizza and Pink Dozen Donuts. Owner Mosen Aly of Elk Grove sells hookahs, cigarettes and e-cigarettes, water pipes, tobacco, incense and […]

Comings & Goings: Jamba Juice gets the squeeze

Jamba Juice in Davis Commons is closing. Its last day will be Tuesday, Nov. 12. A store employee said the store’s lease came up, and Whole Foods Market outbid Jamba for the space. (Jamba’s outlet in The Marketplace in North Davis will remain open.) Kristen Tantarelli, who handles marketing and communications for Whole Foods Davis, […]

Judy’s Grinder heading to E Street spot

That was quick. The revolving door I wrote about for the former Discoveries spot is already being filled with a burger joint. Judy’s Grinder, a Woodland eatery since 1977, is opening a new one at 213 E St., Suite A, where Huong Lan Sandwiches just closed. A sign out front says it will open on Nov. 4. It’s also hiring. The […]

Comings & Goings: Another closure for doomed Discoveries site

Could the former Discoveries space at 213 E St. be cursed? It’s been a revolving door of businesses. Since 2011, it’s been a mattress store, used furniture store, Luigi’s pizza and International Bistro. And on Oct. 11, Huong Lan Sandwiches closed. The Vietnamese (Bánh Mì) sandwich shop opened early this year. It still has a […]

Comings & Goings: Change in the wind at Café Mediterranee

Café Mediterranee, the Middle Eastern restaurant at 113 D St., is closing at the end of the month. A new owner, Kitchen Counter LLC, will take over in November. According to the liquor license change notice posted in the window, the new name will be Wind of Change. I’ll let you know when I get […]

Dickey’s Barbecue is Davis-bound

A Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has a lease and business license to occupy the former McDonald’s Express space at 640 W. C0vell Blvd., Suite D, in Anderson Plaza. It could be open as soon as January, the owner reports. The spot has been vacant for a year. The owners are James and Amanda Domsic of Sacramento. […]

Comings & Goings: CREAM and coffee bliss in Davis

The rain was steady on Saturday, Sept. 21, but so was the line for free ice cream sandwiches on opening day for CREAM. Ice cream fans, especially teens and college students, held umbrellas to stay dry in the line that stretched from 110 F St., next to the Hallmark Inn lobby, to the AT&T Store […]

Common Grounds may open Tuesday

Common Grounds Coffee may reopen as soon as Tuesday in its new grounds, owner Son Chung reports. “I just want my customers back,” he said Thursday night, as he showed me the inside of the new space, next door to the old one. Chung lost his lease in March when Oakshade Town Center’s landlord, Regency […]

Grocers adding beer gardens for craft brews, kombucha

More is on tap for the Nugget Market in East Davis. By spring or next summer, the grocery store at 1414 E. Covell Blvd. should have an enclosed beer garden. The licensing and plans are all in order, Wine Steward Michael Taylor said, but the company has other construction projects it needs to finish first, […]