Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Downtown adding ice cream, winery, wings and grilled cheese

WendyWeitzelW

It’s time for another summary of recent downtown business changes. All of these items have appeared in previous Comings & Goings columns.

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As part of its ground-floor renovations, Hallmark Inn, at First and F streets, has a new lobby — and two new tenants for its retail spaces.

The beautiful new lobby, with an entrance on the F Street side, features a wall dedicated to public art. A rail with cord attachments accommodates paintings and photographs of any size. Owners Reed and Susan Youmans gave me a tour on Wednesday. They already have the space booked for two months of Second Friday ArtAbout exhibits. It currently features art to be auctioned for Tour de Cluck. The grand opening for the lobby and retail spaces will be in September, when the hotel has its Aggie Welcome event.

The lobby, which replaced staff offices and its breakfast room, debuted earlier this month. Reed Youmans hopes to open Café 11o, a breakfast and lunch eatery, to hotel guests later this month, and to the public by mid-June. Menu items include oatmeal, Belgian waffles or eggs, served with fruit and Pepper Peddler Coffee. Hotel customers will receive a voucher. Lunches will feature sandwiches, salads and soups.

Next door, its new tenants include CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me), a Bay Area-based ice cream sandwich parlor. Patrons pick the cookie and ice cream flavor and it’s assembled for them. All natural and gourmet cookies, bars and ice cream also may be purchased separately, along with toppings. Other menu items include shakes, malts and floats. Vegan and gluten-free alternatives are available. For information, visit www.creamnation.com.

Another exciting new addition is a tasting room for Putah Creek Winery. The hotel has been serving the Davis wine during its happy hour, and winemaker Gene Glaeser planted and maintains the grape vines that grow in the hotel’s courtyard under its mural. Visit its website at putahcreekwinery.com.

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Dairy Queen is gone — but in name only. Owner Shahid Iqbal officially gave up his fight against the company and went independent this month. Its new name is Davis Burgers & Shakes, but its menu is “97 percent the same.”

The signage and menu board changed, but its prices and basic ingredients didn’t. The popular thick shakes, trademarked to DQ as Blizzards, have become Snow Storms.

Iqbal, who has owned the Dairy Queen since 1997, said it would have cost him $120,000 in cosmetic and accessibility upgrades to meet corporate demands. The burger and shake stand is one of Davis’ oldest fast-food restaurants.

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The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St., now offers beer and cider on tap on the patio. Its selection rotates, but late last week it included Berryessa Brewing Common Sense, Racer 5 IPA and Crispin Cider. Tap hours are from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Roots Fair Trade, which featured “fairly traded gifts from around the world,” closed as of this month, after two years in business. It was at 231 G St.

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Wingstop opened on May 8 at 408 G St. The take-out restaurant makes Buffalo wings to order, with lots of choices for sauces.

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Underdog Decals is a new Davis business that creates custom designs like personalized decals, banners and signs.

The owners and Brent Coker and Elena Dunkle of Davis. For more information, visit www.underdogdecals.com or call 530-400-8642.

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The Melt should start serving “grilled cheese happiness” in Davis Commons this fall.

Expect a soft opening in late August, with a grand opening in September, once UC Davis classes start. The Bay Area chain usually promotes its grand openings through Facebook, giving fans a password for free food.

Its main menu features five different grilled cheese sandwiches, four soups, and five combos that include soups. Breakfast items are available as well. For details, visit www.themelt.com.

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Davis Community Church members are still working on a business plan to turn its 3,500-square-foot Fellowship Hall into “a nonprofit, collaborative tea and coffee house and arts venue.” Mosaic Tea & Coffee would provide job training and experience for people with disabilities. It would use a pay-it-forward model and cater to families.

The church is at Fourth and C streets. The business model calls for a community gathering place with music, theater, TEDx-style workshops and craft fairs. A children’s play area would entertain kids while adults gathered to enjoy Mosaic’s specialties: loose-leaf teas and gluten-free products.

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The Davis Warehouse, an indoor batting and training facility at 17C Arboretum Drive, closed on May 3.

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On May 9, Luci’s Salon moved from the E Street Plaza to 222 D St., Suite 9A.

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Literary specialist Michel A. Johnson is opening her own practice, The Savvy Reader, starting June 10, at 423 E St.

Johnson teaches language and literacy to native and non-native speakers. She specializes in Spanish and English learners, and language-based learning disabilities like dyslexia.

Reach her at 530-798-0791 or thesavvyreader@gmail.com.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on 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 wendyedit@gmail.com.

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing, marketing and design.
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