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Comings & Goings: Is another large retailer leaving Davis?

The future of Cost Plus World Market is in limbo. On Thursday, a manager repeated what I’d heard before: the store would close as early as July, to accommodate the rebuild of University Mall.

Meanwhile, the store in Elk Grove announced its closure, effective last week. With the company struggling, will it return after the remodel? It doesn’t look promising.

When I reached out to the corporate office about plans for the Davis store, spokeswoman Jill Osaka said, “Unfortunately, I’m unable to confirm our Davis store plans at this time. As soon as I am able, I will share with you.”

The store is at 871 Russell Blvd. The mall’s owner, Brixmor Property Group, plans to demolish the mall and replace it with a seven-story development of retail and apartments called University Commons. The only mall tenant that would not be affected is Trader Joe’s.

University Mall also is home to Starbucks, Fluffy Donuts, and several other shops, eateries and service businesses. Two major tenants — Forever 21 and The Graduate restaurant and sports bar — recently closed for good. The developer hopes to retain as many of the tenants as possible, though some will likely have to close or move temporarily, even if it’s built in phases. The proposal is still making its way through the city planning process, with a Planning Commission meeting tentatively set for March.

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Cajun Feast is open at 206 Third St. It describes its fare as Cajun and Asian fusion.

One side of the menu features Chinese food, including noodle soups, stir-fried noodles, curry, vegetarian dishes and rice plates. The other side has Cajun food, including seafood combos, fried foods, skewers and sides. Patrons can choose the flavor and spiciness. There is a breakfast menu with soup, noodle, porridge, dim sum or sandwich options.

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B&L Bike Shop moved next door on Jan. 3. It previously leased both 610 and 608 Third St. At one point, the auxiliary space at 608 was called B&L Too. Today, the larger space is up for lease, and the bike shop fills the smaller space, which offers sales, parts and repairs.

“All the same great stuff and awesome service, we just condensed down to our smaller building,” a Jan. 10 Facebook post said.

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Sun & Soil Juice Company is closing its Davis store on Friday.

365体育滚球In a Jan. 23 Facebook post, it said, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of Sun & Soil Juice Co. in Davis on January 31.”

The post said its employees “have worked hard over the years to provide Davis with certified organic nutrient-dense juice and food.” It plans to continue local availability through a subscription home delivery service. Learn more at its website, http://www.sunandsoiljuice.com. It also has a retail store at 1912 P St. in Sacramento.

“Thank you, Davis, for all of your pure organic love and support over the years, and we hope to see you in this next chapter.”

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Water Pig, the long-coming Asian fusion restaurant in South Davis, sounds like it’s making progress. Owner Calvin Liu said he’s starting to hire kitchen staff.

The restaurant fills the former Moshi Moshi space at 2120 Cowell Blvd., Suite 143. Liu plans seasonal dishes — an Asian farm-to-fork concept ­— with whimsical cooking techniques.

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Crucial Vibes Unlimited is on the move. The store, which features reggae, Jamaican and Rasta clothing and accessories, has been in downtown Davis since 2014. Originally on F Street, it moved to E Street in late 2017 to accommodate a new, larger Starbucks.

The clothing store filled the former Davis Sport Shop space at 204 E St. — also in the Brinley Building. It’s more than 1,000 square feet larger than the first space. Owner Larry Warren said the landlord, Browman Development Group, gave him a two-year break on rent because of the circumstances. That discount is up, and he can’t afford the increase. He said he was trying to negotiate sharing the space with another store but the landlord told him it wasn’t available. I left a message with Browman Development, but it wasn’t immediately returned.

365体育滚球The Davis store will be open through Jan. 31. Warren hopes to have the new shop open at 521 Main St. in Woodland by mid-February. He plans to continue selling wares at Davis events.

“I love Davis,” Warren said. “It’s always going to be a part of me.”

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The cookie bakery Stirred, Not Shaken is still in the oven. It’s filling the space at 710 Main St. left when Cookie Connection closed in October.

Woodland native Dan Ponticello, who owns the company, originally planned to have it open by Christmas. “The timeline is still rough, but it looks like we can confidently say we will open sometime in February,” he said Thursday. “I would be happy to update you further once we have a firm date scheduled.”

Cookie flavors include chocolate chip, gluten-free chocolate chip, white chocolate chip, oatmeal, snickerdoodle, vegan snickerdoodle, ginger molasses, double chocolate crackle and s’mores. Its Facebook page also mentioned bacon chocolate chip, German chocolate and red velvet.

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365体育滚球There are some musical chairs underway in the Woodland music scene. There were three music businesses under one roof at 527 Main St., but success of all three led one to move, and the other two to expand.

Robb and Cheri Wallace own two of the businesses, and the building: RDM Entertainment & Audio Visual Rentals and Main Street Music Lesson Studios. On Jan. 1, the third business, Davids’ Broken Note, moved to 10 N. East St., Suite 203. It offers repair, retail, rentals and custom guitars. (The business began as a partnership between David Lardizabal and David Carrasco. Lardizabal is the sole owner today.)

“We will continue our great relationship with David and will be working hand in hand to refer customers to him for any retail or repair needs,” Cheri Wallace said in an email.

RDM Entertainment & Audio Visual Rentals offers DJs as well as sound systems, movie projectors, screens and lighting for events.

Wallace said moving their part of businesses to the front of the store has “been a real positive thing. People are walking in, saying, ‘I didn’t know you did this.’ We’ve been doing this for 30 years.”

Main Street Music Lesson Studios offers rental spaces for lessons. “We have grown our teacher roster for the music lessons, and we have moved the audio-visual equipment rentals back up into the storefront,” she said. We are currently looking for more music teachers to fill lesson spots.”

RDM Audio Visual and Watermelon Music365体育滚球 shared the building from 2010 to 2015, before Davids’ Broken Note came. Watermelon ran it as a complement to the Davis store.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis writer and editor. Her column publishes on alternate Sundays. Check for frequent updates on her Comings & Goings Facebook and Instagram pages. If you know of a business coming or going in the area, contact her at [email protected]

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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 and public relations.

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