Spring has sprung and so have many new businesses in Davis.
From frozen yogurt to clothing stores to restaurants, there are a plethora of local places for Aggies to spend their cash.
Joy Cohan, director of the Davis Downtown Business Association, said restaurants are always a strong sector for downtown Davis, but the association is trying to keep in touch with the retail sector. Retailers are hit hardest by the economy and it is difficult for retail owners to start a new business in this fiscal climate.
“We’re glad to see new retailers coming into town,” Cohan said. “These new businesses really bolster others for a better business environment.”
Renee Ong of the Fulcrum Management Group said Pinkberry – a soon-to-be frozen yogurt parlor – at the Davis Commons on First and D Streets is still under construction and there is no set opening date.
Taste of Thai located at 301 G St., the former site of Noodle Express, opened last week. Owner Victor Lumpong-Poung, who previously worked at Sophia’s Thai Bar and Kitchen on E Street, was looking for a Davis location to open a restaurant for the past 10 years.
“Our location has helped to bring in a lot of customers,” Lumpong-Poung said. “The nice weather and number of students are great for our business as well.”
French Cuff Consignment is set to open at 130 G St., Suite A in June. Owned by Darcy McNie and Corey De Roo, the boutique has another location in midtown Sacramento.
With few consignment options in Davis and with many students limited to where they can shop, De Roo said Davis would be the perfect community to bring her business.
“We kept getting a lot of customers coming from Davis,” De Roo said. “Our business matches the college student lifestyle. It’s about fashion, swapping out clothes and not feeling trapped.”
In October, specialty grocery store Trader Joe’s will replace the former Radiological Associates of Sacramento at the corner of Russell Boulevard and Sycamore Lane. Demolition of the former building started in April.
According to a classified public notice advertisement that ran in The Davis Enterprise, The Pita Pit could be returning to 213 E St. The pita sandwich shop closed last year, but still has signage next to Watermelon Music.
Indian eatery Namaste Nepal Restaurant will soon replace the former La Esperanza Mexican restaurant in the University Mall on Russell Boulevard. Davis Commercial Properties real estate broker Michael Bisch told The Davis Enterprise Namaste Nepal’s grand opening is planned for May 15.
Anderson Glass, which has been open since 1971, will continue to sell glass, windows and shower doors, but will no longer install them. The changes took effect in April. The shop is at 920 Third St., Suite C.
Found, formally TWRF Creative/Highland Warmth, opened at the end of March at 132 E St., Suite 170. The store offers vintage items such as recycled sari blankets and throws, old peculiar ephemera, folk art, textiles, antique apothecary and decorative objects. New items will include soaps and candles and other gift items.
With James Anthony Men’s Wear at 207 F St. closing, a new retailer is set to come in during early summer, Cohan said.
Cohan also said Aquarius, a world import store, at 513 Second St. will be replaced by a bookstore in the near future.
On the list of closed businesses include the crêperie Crepe House Uni at 117 E St., which closed mid-March. The site of the former Gottschalks located at the University Mall is still vacated.
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