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 […]

Wine seller’s concept promotes recycling

Cork It Again Wine Sellers, coming soon to 820 Fourth St., “is a retail outlet and wine-tasting room, its Facebook page says. “We offer great wines at great prices, and encourage customers to try before they buy. “Our mission is to dramatically reduce the environmental footprint by reusing, not recycling, our wine bottles. This allows […]

Davis Tako will be bigger, better than Sac’s

The Davis Tako Korean BBQ is scheduled to open Feb. 1, and will be “a better version” of the Sacramento eatery, a spokesman said. On Thursday, I talked with a Tako owner, Yoon Cho, and marketing rep Andy Duong. The Korean/Mexican fusion restaurant replaces El Mariachi, which closed last month at the corner of Fourth […]

2014 forecast: Barbecue, burgers, Asian

El Mariachi, a popular Mexican eatery at G and Fourth streets, closed on Tuesday. It will be replaced by Tako Korean BBQ, which serves Korean/Mexican fusion food, and has a restaurant at 3030 T St. in Midtown Sacramento. The El Mariachi owner told customers and his former landlord that he plans to provide some mobile […]

Customers don’t want to see El Mariachi go

El Mariachi, a Mexican eatery at Fourth and G streets, will close at the end of the month. It will be replaced by a new TakoKorean BBQ, which serves Korean/Mexican fusion food. It has an eatery at 3030 T St. in Midtown Sacramento. El Mariachi fans will miss its friendly owner, Victor, and some of […]

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, […]