Old Soul looking downtown, Enju due by fall

Comings & Goings readers worked hard for me this week, passing on tips and reaching out to businesses as far as Sacramento. Tim Jordan, one of the owners of Old Soul Co. in Sacramento, even noted in an email, “We’ve had quite a bit of new interest since your last reporting. We are working on […]

Departing pharmacist: Support Davis retail

El Macero Pharmacy, a neighborhood compounding pharmacy at 417 Mace Blvd., Suite D, closed on Thursday. Owner Brad Brazill is moving his family to Texas to become a department chair in the College of Pharmacy at University of Texas, Tyler. But the “quite emotional decision” to close the business came first. The lease was up, […]

Beloved compounding pharmacy closing

El Macero Pharmacy’s last day is Thursday, customers are being told. An old-fashioned pharmacy with a new-age twist, it is Davis’ “first integrative pharmacy, bridging traditional pharmacy services with complementary alternative medicine,” its website says. Custom compounded medications are a specialty. Pharmacists prepare the drug in a more palatable form or to avoid ingredients that […]

Will Davis get an Old Soul?

Old Soul Co., an artisan coffee and baking café with four locations in Sacramento, is looking to brew something up in Davis, sources confirm. Tim Jordan, a coffee expert who co-owns the business with craft baker Jason Griest, told me he’d provide more details next week. The Old Soul cafés in Sacramento include The Alley […]

Could Dickey’s be smokin’ by the end of April?

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is tentatively scheduled to open on Thursday, April 24. As of last week, the flooring and other finishing touches were going in at the former McDonald’s Express space at 640 W. Covell Blvd. Owner James Domsic said Thursday that the opening date is pending inspections scheduled this week. It will feature Texas-style […]

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 […]

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 & […]

Paint store coming to South Davis

A Kelly Moore Paints store is coming to the former Denny’s space at 4120 Chiles Road, next to Days Inn. The site has been vacant for some time. Caffé Italia’s owners planned to move their restaurant there at one time, but plans fell through. After Denny’s, the space was an Abe’s Café & Grill and […]

Will Dunkin’ Donuts or a huge hotel fill some Davis holes?

Dunkin’ Donuts announced Wednesday that it’s coming to Davis. Where? It won’t say. The Davis store will be part of a 46-restaurant expansion in the greater Sacramento area. The franchise-based company offers “flexible concepts for any real estate format, including free-standing restaurants, … gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments,” […]

Nestware leaves its nest — for good

The downtown gift boutique nestware closed last Sunday. Owners Rosalie Payne and Lynne Ferda were ready to move on. They will be missed. Both were active in the downtown association; Payne is a past president. The shop was at 207-B F St.  ———— Tako Korean BBQ opened Friday in Davis, at 400 G St. featuring […]

Putah Creek Winery changes hands

Putah Creek Winery is under new ownership. In an email to customers on Tuesday, Gene and Cathy Glaeser wrote, “We have recently completed the transfer of Putah Creek Winery to Garba Wine Company, LLC. Garba’s principals, Diego Barison and Jessica Chin Foo, bring exciting energy and a depth of wine and business expertise to the winery. […]

Digging begins for new Davis Diamonds

Davis Diamonds Gymnastics is starting to move ground on its new site at 2570 Cowell Blvd. The facility will be approximately 14,000 square feet, compared to its current 9,600-square-foot gym at 2795 Second St. Davis Diamonds owns the new 1.05-acre parcel. Its Second Street space is leased. The gymnastics center offers recreational and competitive gymnastics, […]

Nestware closes shop, holds ‘moving-on’ sale

The adorable gift shop nestware will close in February after a decade in business, owners Rosalie Payne and Lynne Ferda announced Thursday. A “moving-on sale” began Friday, and will continue for 10 days or so. It’s at 207B F St., in the E Street Plaza. “When it becomes apparent that there’s no more to sell, we will […]

No desert of desserts downtown

Bambu Desserts & Drinks soon will sweeten up E Street, replacing Zindagi Indian Bistro at 213 E St., Suite C. Bambu, a franchised chain, has more than 35 locations, mostly in the Bay Area and Texas, and a few others, including ones in Southern California, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Georgia and Virginia. Locally, there are outlets in […]