Everybody’s business

Getting Woody’s
If you’re in the market for a fun neighborhood bar, Woody’s is for sale.

Woody Sjostrom has owned the joint at 2010 Park Ave. since 1993 and decided to list it for sale to test the market and see if he can find a buyer. “We don’t really need to sell,” said Sjostrom, who also owns Towne Lounge downtown. “If it doesn’t, we’ll keep plugging away. We have a good time down here.”

The bar recently inherited some patrons with the closure of JB’s.

Woody’s is offered at $750,000, which includes a house in the back.

But is there a drive-through?
Here’s some lazy reporting for you. Wonder what’s going into the yet-to-be-constructed shopping center at Vallombrosa and Mangrove avenues? Just drive by and look at the sign.

Panda Express is a chain sometimes found in Safeway stores that offers “gourmet Chinese food.” Game Stop is a chain renting video games. (There’s one at North Valley Plaza and the company also owns Software Etc. in the Chico Mall.) Juice It Up is a smoothie franchise with many of its locations near colleges. Taco del Mar is—surprise—yet another chain, based in Seattle and offering franchises with a focus on baja-style (read: fish) fare.

And, of course, there’s the ubiquitous Starbucks.

Cory’s part deux
Remember a couple of years ago when Cory Lautin-Davis shuttered Cory’s restaurant and gallery downtown (it’s now Spice Creek Café) with plans of opening a country inn?

Well, it’s almost ready. Lautin-Davis said she’s hoping to open Cory’s Country Inn at 4673 Nord Highway by the end of November.

A 1950s ranch-style house is being renovated to function as a bed-and-breakfast, and, in a move reminiscent of her gallery days, Lautin-Davis has commissioned local artists to “do” each of the rooms. “We have all of the artists ready to go and it’s going to be fun,” she said.

Lautin-Davis expects the inn will be sought-after for weddings and other events.

I dream of house
Over the weekend, I got a sneak peak at the 2005 Decorators Dream House. It’s a fund-raiser for the Butte-Glenn Medical Society Alliance’s health-related charities. Tours run Sept. 17 to Oct. 2 and cost $20. (For more info, go to www.bgmsa.net.)

The house, at 2204 Oak Park Ave., was gorgeous to start with—a Spanish Colonial Revival design that once housed the Morehead family at West Second and Chestnut streets—and the decorators and landscapers are hard at work, several of them following an art deco theme.

You can find photos and more on the Dream House in the CN&R’s home-and-garden supplement, Haven, in October.