Everybody’s business

Skate or buy
A few weeks ago I reported that a new wine lounge called Monk’s was going into the old Riff Raff space on West Second Street. ’Tis true, but there’s more.

A new skate shop called Board In Chico is going in on the bar side of the location, while Monk’s will occupy the side where the pizza kitchen was.

Owner Alex Frantz said the shop will offer boards, parts, clothing and even snowboards and wakeboards seasonally. He said he wants to take away the stigma associated with skating and make it more accessible to families.

“I want Dad to come in and buy a skateboard, not just teenagers,” Frantz said.

Frantz said the shop, which is set to open up in early December, will be a place where people can check out new products, relax and talk shop.

Man, it’s a beautiful thing when you can finish your glass of ’98 Chateau Pavie and walk 10 feet to buy new Destructo trucks for your board.

Food for thought
The Well Ministry, a nonprofit organization providing safe, clean living environments for men in recovery, is adding a new outreach training center to Chico in the form of The Well Experience.

The restaurant, which is loosely modeled after Delancey Street Café in San Francisco, opened last week on the north end of The Esplanade right before Eaton Road.

General Manager Jeff Deannuntis, who runs the restaurant with his wife Janice, said he wants to bring full service back to dining out.

“We want to get back to those days when they pumped gas,” he said.

The dining room and kitchen have also been refurbished and remodeled.

Deannuntis has more than 35 years of experience in the kitchen. The menu offers everything from prime rib to shrimp scampi, with each meal consisting of five to six courses. He said dishes can also be requested by calling ahead and that beverages are always on the house. Just don’t ask for a beer or wine list.

Love and marriage
Looking to alleviate the pain and stress associated with the happiest day of people’s lives, Jessica Rios Massie has started Love Events.

Massie, who was a professional event planner in the Bay Area, said she makes sure the months leading up to the big wedding day run smoothly.

“I’m trying to help them relax and make it something that is memorable, not stressful.”

But aside from planning weddings, Massie also helps people stay the course in their own lives.

Massie said life coaching is in the realm of counseling and therapy. She meets with her clients on a one-on-one basis to help them establish where they are in their lives and lead them where they want to go.

“They find it to be a refreshing way of looking at living the life they want,” she said.

Love Events opened in September, and Massie hopes to some day have a staff that can concentrate on her clients’ specific needs.