Departed Businesses


  1. Closed in 2014
  2. Closed in 2013
  3. Departing Businesses
  4. Departed Businesses
    1. Art Galleries and Stores
    2. Automotive
    3. Beauty Salons
    4. Bookstores
    5. Clothing Stores
    6. Computers
    7. Gas Stations
    8. Grocery
    9. Hotels/Motels
    10. Medical and Dental
    11. Music Stores
    12. Newspapers
    13. Restaurants, Bars, Clubs
    14. Taxi Services
    15. Video Stores
    16. Other Services
    17. Other Shopping

If you were to think about all the businesses that have ever existed, you'd never be finished. The same is true for Davis. However, there are a few well-known institutions that are still remembered fondly by longtime Davisites. Feel free to add any that you remember to this page. Old telephone books and the City of Davis Planning Commission [WWW]agenda/minutes archives are good research sources. The [WWW]Comings and Goings blog is a useful source for news about departed and new businesses.

Make sure to add the Departed Business macro to businesses' wiki pages in addition to listing them here.

For those that like to think more positively, we also track the Arriving Businesses.

Closed in 2014

Closed in 2013

Departing Businesses

Departed Businesses

Art Galleries and Stores


Beauty Salons


Clothing Stores


Gas Stations



Medical and Dental

Music Stores


Restaurants, Bars, Clubs

Taxi Services

Video Stores

Other Services

Other Shopping

Comments, questions, research

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I propose that right after the business name we list the "born - died" dates, like tombstones have. —SteveDavison

Wasn't there an "ecology bookstore" downtown, on 3rd? 4th? and D? E? What was it's name, etc?

I think you're referring to Transition Books which was situated at 317 D Street.

*The two older bookstores I remember in Davis were Orpheus and agAccess. -DonShor

I've heard several rumors about a vintage (read: used) guitar shop somewhere in Davis years ago. I don't even have a name - just rumors. True/False? - BigDave

Discrepancy to solve some day: The Gypsy Crow replaced La Bou, yet their addresses are different. Also, EVERY online map says 260 Russell shouldn't be at B St., yet I verified they are ALL WRONG. —SteveDavison

2006-02-24 16:28:09   Does anyone remember the A&W Root Beer that was in Davis years ago? I used to stop there for lunch on my trips from the East Bay to Sac. I think it was located about where In-and-Out is now. —GrumpyoldGeek

2006-05-16 17:26:40   Wasn't there a Moroccan restaurant where Sophia's now is? Anyone remember the name? —JimEvans

2007-03-24 15:47:16   Wasn't there a XXX drive-in where the corn fields are East of Davis near the causeway? I remember seeing it as a kid when we drove through the area. Westland I believe was the name, or something close to that. —DavidGrundler

2007-06-01 14:42:57   There used to be an ice creamery over in the G Street Shopping Center—it wasn't Colleen's, was it? Or was that more downtown-ish? —KevinChin

2007-06-27 20:31:13   Anybody remember a very small bookstore in a house on the west side of D street between 3rd and 4th, like a long time ago? My wife and I walked by there tonight and thought of it, but couldn't remember the name. —EdHenn —agAccess? —DonShor

Does anyone remember the breakfast place in Albertson's plaza perhaps where Guadalajara is now or perhaps where McDonalds is? It was open in the early 90s and seemed like a family business. —JimEvans

2007-08-24 02:42:22   also on that same note, i'd like to see this page more "timeline"-y, with most recent closures at the top and oldest at the bottom. . .maybe separated by years instead of business category? —KellyCorcoran

2008-04-25 13:52:26   There used to be a place on olive drive called "Bikes and Brews" it was a pub and bike repair shop, I think it was there in 1999 in the location that is now a martial arts studio and was a PC game store before that. I never went here but I always wanted to. It souded like a very nice thing for Davis. Does anyone remember? —DagonJones

2008-08-14 16:20:01   Did there use to be a Larry Blake's in Davis? And if so what or is it still a place of business today? —perleystone

Yes, roughly across from where the log cabin is downtown. —DonShor

Where Seasons is now. Used to be much funkier building, but it was a great upstairs deck looking over the tracks.

2008-09-09 01:34:55   Bogey's Books deserves a tombstone in the Departed Business cemetery. I'd move it myself but I'm not sure how. —SteveGreen

2010-07-30 14:11:00   State Market. Independent grocery. Was the last downtown supermarket (2nd and D). Moved to the current RiteAid site on Russell when they tore it down to build that bank thing. Gone since, what?, 199-something.

2011-07-13 17:50:06   I don't see AJ bumps on there, era mid 70's. Also there was an Italian restaurant on olive drive called Gizeppies, I remember eating there in the late 60's, early 70's and I remember that it was pretty damn good. —Theangrydiner

"Giuseppe's" I think - great pizza! PaulKillam

2011-07-13 18:30:37   Does anyone remember the gun smith? A little bit west of H St. and 8th. —Theangrydiner

2011-07-13 18:40:54   There was a bar/night club on south highway 113 when it was only 2 lanes to woodland to Davis and it was called the Cat Patch at night they had a girl in a bikini who would dance in a glass looking booth on the roof of the building, it was lit up, you could see it from the freeway, we would always know when to look when my dad would say "Don't look" Wish i had more info —Theangrydiner

2011-08-04 16:44:34   How about a section for Banks? I remember the bank at 4th and E (now Chase) was previously a Washington Mutual. I'll probably miss a few in between, but some time before that it was a Sacramento Savings bank... and way back in the 70's, it was actually a toy store(!) They had huge model trains inside (bigger scale than Discoveries). Awesome. —OldDavis73

2011-11-04 18:15:34   There was a restaurant in the mall near Anderson Davis Shell - Angela's Italian Kitchen - mid-Seventies, I'd say. Love, love, loved that place. They used to cut the pizzas into square pieces... —PaulKillam

2011-11-30 00:09:34   What was the name of the 1970s bookstore on Second between F & G? Epicenter? The guys who ran it had a good selection of poets, radicals, and local authors. —LoisRichter

2013-01-22 14:55:02   I humbly would like to add the two businesses I owned, from 1980 to 1983. The first was Drop of a Hat, in Orange Court in front of the Sandwich Company. Started on a whim and a prayer right after college, we sold (a very few) hats and accessories. Our crowning moment was selling a hat to Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead when he was in town. We converted over to Games Plus, with about 13 video arcade games and a small collection of roleplaying supplies. We were the first free standing arcade in Davis, but could not compete with The Library and Atlantis, and went out after our lease was up in 1983. —RobRodgers

2014-07-04 10:53:01   Hi! I'm looking for a small Japanese Restaurant that closed, probably about 15 years ago... was my favorite restaurant to go to when I was a kid when we lived there in the 1990's. I remember it was in walking distance from the Regal 6 movie theater. Not visible from the street, had to walk through a small courtyard to get there. Really small inside, everything made fresh. Had the BEST Japanese meatballs over rice (4 meatballs seasoned, over white rice, topped with a sweet sauce and garnished with green onions), and I haven't been able to find anything like it since. Great homemade salad dressing too... kind of like the mainstream "asian/oriental dressing" seen now in grocery stores/Wendy's, but back then they were the only ones that made it, so fresh and delicious— ahead of the times :) This food did something to my brain, bc I miss and crave it from time to time! After looking at this website, I think it may have been Kamon Japanese Restaurant @ 129 E St, where Davis Noodle City is now. I'm visiting Davis this fall (from VA) and was hoping to see if anyone knows if they closed, moved, changed their name. Love those Japanese meatballs over rice!!!

Sad to see Osaka Sushi closed too, that was my other favorite restaurant as a kid. Yummy sesame chicken, fun sushi boats... and their Farmer's Market foodcart that served teriyaki chicken on a stick was the best!!!

Thank you for your help!!!

P.S. Great website, I know its accurate bc Professors Pizza (my family's old pizza parlor) even made the list. Incredible! —ChrissyMeyers

2014-07-14 11:42:16   Barney's Records actually shut down around 1992 or 1993 or so. I remember buying the Metallica black album there that came out in 1991. So, it was not the mid-80's as you have listed. —KenGreen

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