It’s time for this month’s recap of downtown Davis business changes. All of these items appeared in a similar format in earlier Comings & Goings columns.
The rain was steady on 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 and beyond.
The treats are no longer free, but the lines — at times — remain. The aroma of fresh-baked cookies wafting into onto F Street may have something to do with it.
The store’s main draw is custom-made ice cream sandwiches, where patrons choose the flavors of ice cream and warm cookies. (Tip: you can pick two different cookies, if you like!) CREAM is an acronym for Cookies Rule Everything Around Me.
Next door, Café 110 is open. The restaurant, on the ground floor of the Hallmark Inn at 110 F St., has been serving breakfast to hotel guests since July. Last month, Seasons Restaurant chef and owner Tamas Torok took it over, opening it to the public this month.
Torok expanded the menu, adding lunch. It features sandwiches like grilled cheese, salads and soups. Breakfast items, desserts and pastries are available as well. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nearby, Exclusive Wireless, a T-Mobile outlet, has secured a lease as the final tenant in the ground-floor Hallmark Inn remodel. It’ll be right next to the AT&T Store. Besides CREAM and Café 110, others include Massage Envy, which is open, and Putah Creek Winery, coming in a few months.
Another college-town favorite, The Melt, will open in mid-November at 500 First St., in Davis Commons.
Its main menu features five different grilled cheese sandwiches, four soups, two salads, and combos that include soups or salad. Breakfast items are available as well. For details, visit www.themelt.com.
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.
Owners Ashot and Janet Manukyan posted a sign at the cash register: “Thank you very much for 12 years of faithful patronage. We have enjoyed sharing our food and culture with each of you. But, as of October 31, 2013, Café Mediterranee will change ownership. Thank you for your support, and we wish all our customers all the best!”
The former Discoveries space at 213 E St. has been a revolving door of businesses lately. Since 2011 it’s been a mattress store, used furniture store, Luigi’s pizza and International Bistro. Now Huong Lan Sandwiches has closed.
The Vietnamese (Bánh Mì) sandwich shop opened early this year. It still has a shop in Sacramento at 65th and Broadway.
A kava bar is coming to Davis. Kava, a traditional Polynesian, nonalcoholic beverage, is touted for its calming effects.
Rancho Cordova is home to The Root of Happiness Kava Bar, which opened in March. Construction is underway in Davis, in the space last occupied by Cut Loose salon, 211 F St., facing the E Street Plaza.
The Davis location will have a kava bar downstairs; a lounge with couches and games upstairs. Other menu items likely will include kombucha, teas, coffee and teriyaki rice bowls. It will open around noon and stay open late.
Blythe hopes to open the kava bar as early as January. For information on the Rancho Cordova bar at 1949 Zinfandel Drive, visit The Root of Happiness Kava Bar on Facebook.
Nearby, Sweet and Shavery, the Italian shave ice store coming to 210 E St., is under construction, and co-owner Brian Nuss says it should be complete around Halloween. He hopes to open it in November.
The store will specialize in a sorbet-like treat that mixes shave ice and frozen vanilla custard. Frozen custard is a richer, creamier soft serve that’s popular on the East Coast. The store also will serve warm crepes.
Preeti Girl, the fashion and accessories boutique at 200 E St., is back open. It closed temporarily for remodeling.
Davis Stages opened in August at 915 Third St., behind Candy House. It’s a dance studio for ages 3 to adult.
The owner is Miguel Garcia. Teachers include Denise Fladager and Tracey Freeman. Classes include different ballet options, tap, jazz and Broadway/musical. For more information, visit www.davisstages.com or call 530-564-4759.
— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her regular business column publishes on most Sundays, but her Comings & Goings Facebook page has frequent updates. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at [email protected].