Davis has received a healthy influx of new businesses over the past couple weeks. As older businesses are closing, new businesses emerge to cater to the city’s needs.
Among the newcomers is El Toro Bravo, which has replaced Baja Fresh on 237 D St.
In place of the closed-down Blockbuster on Third and F Street will tentatively be a Panera Bread, though not much construction work has been done yet.
Similarly, another Blockbuster — once located at the Marketplace on 1411 West Covell — will become the home of Leslie’s Pool Supply.
Vini Wine Bar is still waiting in the wings to be opened. It seems that the delays have been due to a pending liquor license approval. The owner, Jeff Day, said in an e-mail that it wouldn’t be much longer until the bar receives its liquor license.
Gizmo’s Rolling Video Games will be bringing an entirely new definition to the term mobile gaming. Starting at $199 an hour, Gizmo’s will bring a trailer touted as a mobile game theatre. In it, you will find four 46-inch Sony 1080p widescreen T.V.s.
The three main gaming consoles will be available for use — PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii — and up to 16 players will be allowed to play against each other or separately. In addition, vibration-rocking stadium chairs will be included.
To relieve post-midterm stress, Loving Aquatic Bodwork will be providing Watsu, or water-shiatsu, massages as soon as mid-April. Watsu takes place in a private, warm-water therapy pool that is coupled with stretches and massage.
Newmann Enterprises, a Sacramento valet service, tested its waters in Davis during the Davis Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Davis. Pending results, there may be future downtown Davis valet services.
Though Island Barber Spa in Davis has closed its doors, Robin Graham, the owner, can still be found in Dixon at Wild Hair Salon and Pine Time Barber Shop, both located on South First Street.
Jason Dayne, of Jeeba Jewelry Studio, returns from an extended vacation abroad. Ronbina D. Slizeski of Pavone Designs had been using the Jeeba space since December. Dayne will continue to sell Slizeski’s jewelry at the shop. The studio is located on 712 Third St. and features hand-crafted, semi-precious stones.
James Besser, a graduate of Davis Senior High School and UC Berkeley, has launched an online T-shirt company titled 6 Legged Tees. The tees are designed to repel insects via a process that involves binding permethrin to clothing. Besser said the tees are reported to repel “mosquitos, ticks, ants, flies and chiggers.” Delivery will begin in June.
Girlgonegreen skincare, which previously operated within Smooth as Silk, moved four doors down to 331 D St. Girlgonegreen provides organic skincare products with an emphasis on locally produced/grown ingredients.
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