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Baker raises the bar – s’more

There’s a new bakery in Davis, delivering an addicting version of a campfire favorite. Earlier this month, Davis resident and 2004 UC Davis grad Jenn Cheng launched S’mores Bar. It doesn’t have a storefront, but offers free delivery in Davis. The bars have a graham cracker crust and cookie dough middle mixed with marshmallows, chocolate […]

Restaurant chains getting popular downtown

There have been lots of changes in downtown businesses recently. Here are some highlights from recent Comings & Goings columns. Comings: A new Italian restaurant and bar is planned for the former Little Prague site at 330 G St. The owners are connected to the Evelyn’s Big Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Vacaville, but do […]

Online store helps Davis laugh at itself

The Davis Store — “Where Ripley’s Believe It or Not meets Mayberry” — is online and open for business at http://thedavisstore.com. It features Davis products, a Tiny Town Blog chronicling Davis life, and a Free Museum preserving our place in history. Among other funnies, the museum includes an image and explanation of the 1994 “audible snoring” citation, […]

Ground Zero skating out of Davis

The Ground Zero Boardshop in Davis will close at the end of June. In a May 4 Facebook post, the store blamed rent increases. “Unfortunately … the owner of our building has not renewed our lease after 17 years of being in the same location, so we are clearing out the Davis location now through […]

New firm helps students on path to college

Davis has a new education consulting company helping high schoolers and their families deal with the stress of school, teen life and college admissions. Élan Advising’s two-pronged approach includes Academic Success Coaching and College Admissions Consulting. Owner/President Eda Chen, a UC Davis alumna, calls the first process “academic-centered life coaching for teens.” Starting as early […]

Big Italian food, sports bar to fill Little Prague

Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant has been closed since July, so when I saw a group of people chatting Thursday inside that courtyard, I stopped. I ended up meeting the guys who just signed a new lease. Jason Ojeda and John Russell are from the Vacaville area. They are among several partners in what they describe […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Tucos closes; new Japanese, pizza, subs debut

The esteemed wine bar and restaurant Tucos closed last Sunday. Owner and chef Pru Mendez told me he ran out of money. Tucos opened in 2004 in the Depot Building at 130 G St., and expanded into an adjoining space in 2011. Mendez served inventive and delicious small plates, highlighting local bounty. His wine list […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Fitness programs gain momentum, heat

Fitness options are expanding rapidly in Davis. Thrive is a new women’s program at Get Fit Davis. The eight-week program “centers around fitness, food and well-being,” said owner/coach Amy Spence, a 1996 Davis High grad. She’s a triathlete who “returned to Davis in 2013 to raise my 3 kids under 6.” It kicks off on […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Make way for more Mexican food

The Mexican food restaurant La Piñata has a “Coming Soon” sign up at the former Enju Japanese Restaurant space at First and B streets. Enju closed last month. La Piñata is a Bay Area brand, with taquerias in Hayward, San Leandro, Newark, Fremont, Concord, Pittsburg and Novato. Its website says it’s been serving Mexican food […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

With new owner, DAC will Get Fit

Davis Athletic Club will change owners on Wednesday. Nick Walejeski of Get Fit Davis purchased the 24,000-square-foot facility at 1809 Picasso Ave. The new owner plans to continue leasing the Get Fit Davis space at 2795 Second St. The DAC facility will adopt the new company’s name. Current memberships will be grandfathered in, with an […]

March 29, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Davis’ restaurant glut slays Silver Dragon

After more than 25 years, the Chinese restaurant Silver Dragon is closing. The eatery, at 335 F St., is due to change hands on April 1, a family member said. Jimmy Kieng, brother of owner Nhi Kieng, said another Asian restaurant — possibly specializing in seafood ­— would replace Silver Dragon. It was 1:30 p.m. on […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

New buzz in store for bar space

The owners of ChickPeas think Anderson Plaza needs a caffeine fix. They plan to open a coffeehouse called Coffee Shots in the West Covell Boulevard center. Mike and Ilanit “Valerie” Ben Namer once owned a coffee shop in Israel. In August, they opened ChickPeas, which serves quick and tasty Middle Eastern food. They have a […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

It’s game over for Memorial Union arcade

It’s the end of an era for UC Davis’ Memorial Union Games Area. The arcade games and pool table were sold on Wednesday. It is all part of the Memorial Union Renewal project, which begins March 23. Matt Facile, director of building services for Campus Recreation and Unions, told UCD’s Dateline that the token-operated games […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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 […]

March 01, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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