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Comings & Goings: Retail businesses learning to navigate the pandemic

365体育投注Local merchants are starting to add more curbside retail pickup options, as some COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift. But reopening is a challenge for small businesses as the owners work to comply with safety standards.

365体育投注Yolo County is in Early Stage 2, where nonessential retail businesses may reopen if their work can be done safely at a 6-foot distance from others, and follows other safety measures. On Thursday, the county expanded those offerings to include car washes, pet grooming, outdoor museums and gallery spaces, childcare, and residential and janitorial cleaning. Also new but mostly uninterrupted is appliance repair and landscape gardening.

365体育投注County officials hope to qualify for a higher level of Stage 2 soon, which would allow destination retail shopping (like malls and swap meets), dine-in restaurants, and schools (with modifications).

With that in mind, I will use more of my column to share those changes, focusing less on listing restaurants that are open. My Google sheet, Davis Businesses during COVID-19, remains a work in progress. It’s at http://bit.ly/DavisBusinesses. In it, there are sheets for Restaurants-open, Restaurants-closed, Other businesses-retail, Other businesses-service, Special hours (for seniors or compromised shoppers), and Gifting Stimulus Program beneficiaries. The spreadsheet is not editable. Please email [email protected] to suggest changes.

As I begin this phase of coverage, I will mention businesses as I learn about them. It is in no way a complete list of what’s open. Please email suggestions that I can add.

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Bizarro World365体育投注 is back open with limited hours, usually from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Curbside pickup is available. “We will continue to do delivery and mail order for at risk customers that cannot come down,” owner Dan Urazandi said.

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Davis Shoe Shop365体育投注 is back open for normal business hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. “We can’t wait to help you with whatever your shoe, purse or boot needs may be,” it wrote on its Facebook page.

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Pet Food Express, 2171 Cowell Blvd., is taking appointments for its self-service dog baths. Call 530-297-7777.

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Three of Davis’ most popular restaurants have been closed during the pandemic. They include De Vere’s Irish Pub, Café Bernardo and Bistro 33. I reached out to all of them and heard back from the first two.

Henry de Vere White said De Vere’s, closed since St. Patrick’s Day, planned to reopen on Friday and Saturday for dinner, with curbside pickup from 5 to 7 p.m. It took a while to implement online ordering, he said. They plan to add items and hours of service each week. Visit .

Family meals are available if you order before 3 p.m. for same-day pick up. “We also have a local beer program, cocktail program, and we will be selling featured spirits and wine.”

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On May 11, Stephanie Patton, general manager of the Davis Café Bernardo, said, “We are definitely reopening once we are able to serve guests in our dining room. I assure you we are anxiously waiting to serve the Davis community as soon as we are able!” The restaurant, at 234 D St., has been closed since April 1.

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Bistro 33 and its adjacent City Hall Tavern have been closed since March 18. They are at 226 F St. A message to restaurant owner Matt Haines and other employees went unanswered all week.

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UC Davis’ Coffee House, closed since March 18, is back open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Delivery and pickup orders for CoHo can be made through Grubhub.

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Plainfield Station, 23944 County Road 98, remains open, serving takeout food to go from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Some passers-by have been confused by a “FOR RENT” sign out front, which is for a cottage the owner is renting in the back of the property, the owner said.

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Green River Brewing & Taproom, 4513 Putah Creek Road in Winters, says it has the permission from the local health department to open its outdoor park area for “takeout” dining and drinking.

“In keeping with the spirit of social distancing, we are happy to have a minimum of 10 feet between all tables in the park,” it said, noting that horseshoes and cornhole games remain closed, but dogs are allowed on leash.

The sponsored Facebook post garnered 130 comments by Thursday, mostly favorable, where many people were tagging friends to meet there.

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Center City Automotive, 300 Madson Place, changed hands this month. After 39 years, owner Doug Hatton retired in April. Although Doug and his wife Margee (bookkeeper for five years) will be mostly gone, the other employees remain. The new owners include 29-year employee Jim Wohlgemuth, as well as the owners of Davisville Express Lube365体育投注: Ron Lautzenheiser, James Williams and Bruce Jewett; and Davisville’s manager, Miguel Leon.

“We’re changing very little,” Lautzenheiser said. Jim will still be behind the counter, and Doug may even pop in occasionally. Tire sales, service and wheel alignment are new additions to the service menu. “We’re also considering opening on Saturdays for oil changes and tire and brake service.”

Meanwhile, Lautzenheiser said they’re working on a service and charging package for electric vehicles for Davisville Express Lube, 2014 Lyndell Terrace. That has been delayed because of COVID-19.

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YOLO CYCLE is a new fitness business, offering indoor cycling classes on Facebook Live. Owner Raychel Kubby Adler was searching to lease a multi-use health and wellness space for her business YOLO WELL365体育投注 when COVID-19 struck. Adler is a fitness, wellness and life coach who offers resources, training, workshops and retreats.

“I was looking for a multi-use space for health and wellness practitioners of various modalities to teach classes, host workshops and trainings,” she said. If that materialized, it would include a space for YOLO CYCLE, and a community rental space.

Adler is a master-level certified spinning instructor who has taught cycling classes for more than 20 years, most of it at Davis gyms around town. Rides are donation-based, “but I tell people to not let that keep them from joining in!”

She has suggestions on her website, , on how to turn your regular bike into a do-it-yourself Peloton or spin bike, by using training stands. She provides Amazon links for trainers from $65 and up.

“While the primary focus is an indoor cycling model, I have had people “ride” on treadmills, rowers or just using their bodies. Adler said. “More than anything, it is a place to find community during this time, if this is how you love to move your body.”

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365体育投注In case you missed it, a Davis Chamber of Commerce survey released last week said half of respondents have experienced a severe reduction in income, and 14 percent have shut down completely as a result of the pandemic. The results were from early May, with responses from 124 Davis Chamber members.

Among the findings listed in a May 13 Enterprise article:

365体育投注* 75 percent of surveyed businesses reported a reduction in income, with half seeing the reduction as “severe”;

* 18 percent furloughed or laid off most or all of their staff, and another 26 percent reported some layoffs or a reduction in staff hours;

* 66 percent of businesses reported reducing operating hours, with 14 percent having to shut down completely;

* 37 percent have turned to online sales and/or delivery options to keep their businesses operational; and

365体育投注* 70 percent have applied for some form of federal, state or local assistance, with half of those businesses receiving funds, and the other half still waiting.

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Davis Downtown’s Gifting Stimulus Program reopened for a second phase on May 8, and the $25,000 in additional matching funds was exhausted in less than four hours. In all, 125 businesses benefitted from the program, and 73 hit their stimulus cap of $1,000 in matching funds. The program infused more than $200,000 into Davis’ downtown businesses.

The Greater Davis Stimulus Program continues, offering a $500 match for gift cards purchased through the end of May. Beneficiaries are Sudwerk Brewing Co. (); The beauty supply store Sassafras Beauty (email: [email protected]); beauty salon Estética Art & Beauty (, or call 530-848-7832); fitness program Rowdy (); Running Rivers Wine Cellar (email [email protected]); and Super Owl Brewing, which is the only on the list to have met its match. Two new additions are the co-located Power10 and Thrive fitness studios. Email them at [email protected] or [email protected]365体育投注, respectively.

365体育投注The program is funded by a small group of local residents, led by Nils Sorenson. “We’ve reached our max matching opportunity, (so) I’m definitely looking for additional supporters.” Contact him at 530-219-4111.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis writer and editor. Her column runs on 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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