Comings & Goings: Final inning for Davis Sport Shop
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Davis Sports Shop owner Aaron Patella shows off the major-league hat selection Tuesday at the downtown landmark. The store has been a go-to spot for sports gear since 1964, but will will close at the end of July following poor sales due to the COVID closures. Owen Yancher/Enterprise photo

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Comings & Goings: Final inning for Davis Sport Shop

Comings & Goings column mugAfter 56 years, Davis Sport Shop announced it will close at the end of July, owner Aaron Patella said.

“I want to thank all of the loyal customers that have supported the Patella family and the Davis Sport Shop for the past 42 years,” he wrote in an email. “Sadly, with the economic devastation over the past four months due to COVID-19, the uncertainty of the timing of the return of sports, and the changing economic model of internet shopping, we will be closing up the shop at the end of the month.”

The late George Belenis opened the store on Second Street in 1964. Patella’s father, John, purchased the store in 1978. Along the way, it was in the Brinley Building at E Street before moving to its final 凯发体育官方sporthome at 241 F St. in 2016.

“Over the years, the store has worked with local schools, little leagues, youth groups, adult teams, universities, professional teams and even some international teams,” Patella said. “We have been blessed with some outstanding employees that have become lifelong family friends. We have worked with excellent coaches, league and school leaders and the best sales representatives in the business, and are thankful to all of them.”

He concluded, “We will be open through the end of the month, trying to sell through existing inventory and to say goodbye and thank you to our customers … please stop by or call for a mail order. Though this is a sad ending to a long relationship with a wonderful community, we are proud and grateful to have been part of it for so long.”

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In the ever-changing business climate that is coronavirus, businesses are learning to take it outside. No more indoor food service. Patrons still need to purchase food with an alcoholic beverage.

Meanwhile, that haircut and pedicure are going to have to wait. Personal services, if indoors, are on hold again in Yolo County, as are indoor religious services and fitness classes.

Open Air Davis continues Friday mornings through Sunday evenings, with two downtown street sections open to pedestrians only. It includes most of G Street, between Second and Third streets, and the block of Second Street between E and F streets.

According to the DDBA, downtown businesses offering outdoor services include: Akasha Yoga, Ali Baba, Baskin-Robbins, Black Bear Diner, Bohème Hip Used Clothing, Burger Patch, Burgers & Brew, Café Bernardo and Wiki Bar, Cajun Feast, Cloud Forest Café, Cork It Again wine seller, Cultivé Frozen Yogurt, Davis Wine Bar, DeVere’s Irish Pub, El Patio, FIT House, Fish’s Wild Island Grill, G-Nails & Spa, G Street WunderBar, Good Friends Hawaiian Poke & Ramen, The Halal Guys, The Hotdogger, Inspire Martial Arts, KetMoRee, Mishka’s Café, The Mustard Seed, Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, Paesanos, Panera Bread, Peet’s Coffee, Philz Coffee, Pho King 4 Restaurant, Raja’s Tandoor, Red 88 Noodle Bar, Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Steve’s Pizza, Taqueria El Burrito, Tea List, Temple Coffee, Thai Nakorn, The Davis Beer Shoppe, Three Mile Brewing, Tim’s Hawaiian BBQ, Tommy J’s (Froggy’s), Tres Hermanas, UC Davis Downtown Store, The Vault Board Shop, Village Bakery, Village Pizza & Grill, Village Pizza & Pints, Woodstock’s Pizza, Yeti Restaurant, YoloBerry Yogurt, and Zumapoke & Lush Ice.

To keep up on the list, visit https://davisdowntown.com/.

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The Bank of America downtown branch at 325 E St. and its financial center at 4551 Second St., Suite 120, have been closed for more than a week.

The phone message says, “Our normal business hours have been adjusted, and we may temporarily close financial centers to respond to the current environment.”

On its website, the location says, “This Financial Center has been temporarily closed. Please visit one of our neighboring ATMs or utilize Online and Mobile Banking, all of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To make an appointment to access your safe deposit box during regular business hours, email us at: [email protected] and include your full name, address and phone number in the email.”

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After more than 50 years, the Davis Welcome Service is saying goodbye, owner Allison Woolley announced July 12.

Ann Testa started City Hostess Welcome Service in 1970, providing gift baskets to welcome new Davis residents. Minnie Brenner bought it in 1976. In 1994, Woolley started helping Brenner with the personal welcome visits, and in 2002 Woolley purchased the business, changing the updating the name.

In recent years, the program provided welcome bags filled with community information, gifts and coupons from local businesses – all free. New Davis residents and 凯发体育官方sporthomeowners received the packets, sponsored by local businesses.

“Recipients of the welcome bags often expressed to me how special this made their new city feel to them,” Woolley said. “It was a terrific service that I was proud to be a part of for over 20 years.”

In an email to sponsors, she said, “In-person visits haven’t been possible since mid-March and dropping off the welcome bag during a pandemic doesn’t feel right to me.”

Woolley said it came at a time when she was thinking about revamping the service into a digital platform. “However, I haven’t been able to develop any changes yet, so any new ideas are on hold.”

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I continue to update and add details to my Google spreadsheet of some 275 Davis businesses affected by COVID-19. It’s at https://bit.ly/DavisBusinesses. In it, there are sheets for Restaurants-open, Restaurants-closed, Businesses-retail, Businesses-service, Special hours (for older adults or compromised shoppers), and Gifting Stimulus Program beneficiaries. The notes mention if they are Black-owned businesses. Please email [email protected] to suggest updates.

The following restaurants remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19: Crepeville, Delta of Venus, D Street Steakhouse and Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

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The self-service car wash Auto Washette at 506 L St. is back open, with a new roof and equipment. The owners, who also own the adjacent Fifth and L Gas and Mart, had it demolished and rebuilt.

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The Barn and Pantry store and café, 125 W. A St. in Dixon, will officially close on Sunday.

“This closing is despite the fact that we managed to grow through COVID-19 and despite the fact that we were never late on rent, and invested heavily into improving an unremarkable garage into a downtown gem.”

The organic market delivers meat, dairy, bakery, coffee, tea, beer, wine and other grocery products made or grown in Solano and Yolo counties. It also prepares weekly farm and pantry boxes. Owner Lindsey Hickman said she plans to continue online orders, at https://the-barn-and-pantry.square.site/.

Hickman said the landlord terminated the lease. “We will be hosting a Barn garage sale on July 25 with lots of great pieces of furniture that we won’t be needing in the future, as well as sales on remaining grocery items on that day.”

She added, “Long term, we are looking for a commercial space that will adequately allow us to grow even bigger and better than we have over the last 2.5 years.”

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After Resler Brothers Barber Shop’s permanent closure on June 26, I received messages from many clients asking for contact information for owner Skeet Resler, who moved to Florida. The previous email address I gave out is not working. His cell phone number is 916-204-7019.

— 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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