Riki, a stylish fixture in Davis for 32 years, will close this month.
Announcing the closure, owner and designer Ursula Labermeier said the clothing store’s last day will be Thursday, April 26. “We’ve had the best time — 32 years — dressing you and your children in riki clothing. To all of our wonderful customers that loved riki and supported us throughout the years, we want to say thank you!”
Labermeier grew up in Northern Europe, and opened the Davis store in 1987. Her designs have sold worldwide. The specialty boutique focuses on modern, urban designs and accessories from France, Italy and Spain. Labermeier’s philosophy is “to create a European look and a feel that would be stylish yet comfortable, youthful but not too trendy, chic yet affordable.”
The store is at 200 E St., in the former Brinley Building that changed hands in 2016. Businesses in that portfolio have seen increased rents, forcing several tenants to move (like Watermelon Music) or close (like Outdoor Davis and de Luna Jewelers). Vini Wine Bar is for sale, with its lease ending in May.
Unfortunately, Miyamo, at 225 G St., just announced it’s closing, too. The fashion boutique’s last day is April 30.
Miyamo sells affordable, contemporary clothing and accessories for women and juniors. Owner Becky Anderson earned an economics degree from UC Davis in 2004, and opened a Miyamo boutique in Napa soon after. She lives in Napa with her husband, also a UC Davis graduate. She opened the Davis store in 2015.
And, as previously reported, ShopCuffs, a store for new and vintage clothing for men, women and children, was set to close on Friday, April 20. It opened in 2016 at 231 Third St.
As recently as two years ago, Davis had more than a dozen independent women’s clothing boutiques downtown. Closures have included Paulina’s Boutique and Preeti Girl (both in the Brinley Building), RIRE and Philanthropy. These remain: The Wardrobe (in the Brinley Building), Pinkadot, Shu Shu’s Clothing and Accessories and Bohème Hip Used Clothing, Haute Again (available by appointment), and The Vault, which sells clothing geared toward young men and women.
Let’s cling to the good news, like more coffee, wifi … and cats?
A Dixon mom is working to open a cat café in downtown Davis. Chiantel Sexauer, a self-described “animal-loving entrepreneur” is pouncing on a popular worldwide trend. The cat-filled coffee shops help find homes for shelter animals and reduce euthanasia rates. While sipping coffee and using wifi, college students and others can get their pet fix in The Pawrlor. She’s negotiating for a location on G Street. If it works out, “we hope to take over in June and open by September.”
The café has…