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Downtown Dixon Gets Fresh Energy

Smaller merchants make improvements, hosts celebrations

Robben's Revived

You might have noticed Robbie Robbens, owner of Robben’s Department Store, busy re-painting one end of downtown Dixon. He has spruced up his place as well as Dawson’s.  I asked him for an update on Dawson’s as the sign has said it was closed for remodeling for sometime now and he said that everything inside has been redone by the business owners who are waiting for the last of paperwork to regain their alcohol license.

It seems the folks put a hold on it while they remodeled but the ABC cancelled so paperwork, inspections, and permits had to be restarted. “They are ready to open so it should be any day now,” he said.

Meanwhile, he is negotiating a lease with a new Sushi Restaurant owner for the old Kim and Ned’s place that has undergone numerous business owners in the past few years.

Dixon Florist Expands

In other downtown news, I hope you’ve had a chance to visit the expanded .  Jean Williams and her daughters—as well as faithful long-time employees—have added lawn and yard decorations including water fountains to their retail selections by incorporating the back of the florist building.

“We’ve been talking about doing this since 2007,” said Dana Martin who along with sisters Courtney Kett and Melissa Taylor manage the shop. “We just decided this is the year and we’ve had a great response. Everyone is super excited about it,” she said.

The women were surprised at how much space they actually had behind the shop that used to be where their children played or where they stored items.

“It just kept growing and it grew on us,” Martin said. “We’re excited about it, too.” There are statuaries and vintage-looking lawn décor as well as various plants including perennials, succulents, and even trees. Next week, they will have heirloom tomato plants.

Hours are 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm.

Every Baking Moment Celebrates

Downtown Dixon is seeing all kinds of customers from all over Solano and Yolo Counties being brought here by the newly expanded business, . This very large store offers everything for cake baking and decorating and will mark its new location with a Grand Re-Opening, Saturday, April 14, 9 am to 5 pm.

Owner Janis Luzzo reports that she will offer cupcakes, of course, and beverages, and will also offer chances to win gift baskets and gift certificates. There willbe free gifts for anyone making a minimum of a $20 purchase. Special sale items will include Nordic Ware Pans and an offer where when you buy one 'Sprinkles,' you get 50 percent off another. Throughout the day, there will be gum paste flower demonstrations, too.

Janis has a calendar full of classes and activities but reports her children’s birthday parties are proving to be very popular now that the expanded facility has lots of room for the fun. Call (707) 693-0112 for more info.

Linda Schneider March 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
So exciting to see downtown getting a face lift. It certainly is a step in the direction. Dixon is a beautiful down to earth town and we should be proud to show it off.
Life's Too Short by Debra Dingman March 29, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I agree with you wholeheartedly, Linda! Thanks for reading.

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