Old Monterey District Blog

August 1-25, the Haute Beauty Guide store is having a sale on all baskets. Get up to 65% off! We have some beautiful pieces available - get them while they're still in stock.

We invite you to stop by the shop at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey or visit us online. Items are available for pickup in-store or can be shipped to your home.

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Calling all introverts! Want a quiet space to do your work outside of home? The Pearl Works community coworking space has the perfect room for you: The Crow's Nest.

Our Crow's Nest is tucked away on the second floor of The Pearl Works. Watch clouds drift by the rooftops of Downtown Monterey in this shared private office with all the spaciousness to focus and get stuff done. Plus, this dedicated desk comes with access to our shared amenities (kitchen, meditation room, printer), a community of remote professionals and entrepreneurs, and an opportunity to meet people in a low-key environment on your own terms.

The Pearl Works is located at 288 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please book a tour and see if the Crow's Nest or one of our other spaces is for you.

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Ever want to spice up a party with wine pairings or education? Let Sovino Wine Bar help you with that! We offer pairing options and wine education at all levels for your private events, giving you lots of choices. Let's work together to create an awesome party for you and your friends, family, or co-workers. Please contact Sovino for details and availability, 831-641-9463.

An owner-operated business, Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is located at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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The Old Monterey Business Association is proud to announce that we've been given the honor of Best Business Association 2022 in the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's 35th Annual Business Excellence Awards.

We thank the Chamber and members of the public for this award! We promise to continue to support local businesses and do our best to enhance and promote the economic vitality and community spirit of Downtown Old Monterey.

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DESUAR Spa, with locations in Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, is excited to announce it is partnering with Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa to manage its wellness division of the hotel at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey.

We invite you to make an appointment at DESUAR Spa to experience an array of relaxing, high-end services including facials, waxing, massage, spray tanning, acne treatment, body scrubs, makeup, body wraps, CBD treatments, and more.

The generous 2700 square feet of space at the spa includes four treatment rooms, lockers, showers, changing rooms, and relaxation lounges with comfortable seating, all designed to be a restful haven for guests. The hacienda esthetic of the spa features warm, natural wood tones and high ceilings complimented by contemporary decor.

DESUAR Spa strives to be a place of renewal for the mind, body, and spirit, providing the best high-end therapeutic skin and body treatments while promoting natural healing. It is now open daily at Casa Munras Garden Hotel, 10am-6pm. Please visit our website or phone 831-372-1829 to make your appointment.

Please note: spa guests must be at least 18 years of age.

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Headed to the woods this summer? Don’t forget to pack the Shelley Bennett Skincare Spot It Drying Lotion. This small but mighty bottle is formulated with soothing calamine lotion to reduce redness and inflammation on those pesky bug bites. Just use a clean cotton swab on the inflamed area for instant relief!

Shelley Bennett Skincare is a locally owned business located at 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey. All of Shelley's skincare products (plus more from Caudalie and Image) can be purchased on her online store.

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Venture Gallery presents the work of Maria Poroy, our featured artist for August, whose colorful, energetic new work is an expression of joy.

Maria writes, "A few years ago, at an Oprah-hosted Living Your Best Life Weekend, I was asked what made me happy. Without even thinking I answered, 'Painting out loud.' And I have been doing that ever since...This is happy art."

Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm. Maria Poroy's artwork will be featured through August 2022. We invite you to meet the artist on Friday, August 5, 5pm-8pm, in the lobby of the Portola Hotel for a painting demonstration. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

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Try a Cara Cara Collins at Montrio

Posted on July 22nd, 2022 by Montrio

Montrio invites you to visit us and unwind with a Cara Cara Collins - featuring house-made Cara Cara orange and cumin marmalade, gin, soda, and lemon - hand-crafted by Montrio's barkeep, Daniel Watson.

Daniel offers his fresh, innovative, seasonal approach to the Montrio line-up where he and his team create their own juices, infusions, and liqueurs and every cocktail has a homemade element. Enjoy at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey.

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City of Monterey Honors Rick Johnson

Posted on July 20th, 2022 by omba

On July 19, Monterey City Council and staff recognized Rick Johnson, who has served as the executive director of the Old Monterey Business Association for 22 years and as the administrator of the Lighthouse District (a.k.a. New Monterey Business Association). Rick, who is California's longest serving leader of a business association, will be retiring at the end of July.

The Old Monterey Business Association would like to thank Rick for his many years of service to our community. His natural charm, sense of humor, abiding love for the people of Monterey, and his in-depth knowledge of businesses and government infrastructure will be missed.

But don't worry, Rick Johnson is not leaving Monterey! He's looking forward to spending more time with his family and friends and relaxing a little after leading two business associations through a pandemic lockdown. And our district is in great hands with the OMBA's new executive director, Peter Cofresi, who's been serving as our assistant executive director for years.

The Monterey Public Library Friends and Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps support Monterey Public Library, is seeking additional volunteers!

What do volunteers do? Everything from stocking the Little Libraries to organizing Dine Around Town events, writing welcome notes to new Friends, assisting at book sales, and advocating for the Library in the community.

For more information, please visit the website of the MPL Friends & Foundation or email us. The time and efforts of our volunteers are much appreciated.

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The Coastal Roots Hospitality Group - including Montrio restaurant at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey - has designated Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay as the nonprofit recipient of its Pick It Up - Pay It Forward Program for the months of July and August 2022.

What does this mean? When you order takeout food from Montrio, 10% of your order will automatically be donated to our local Habitat for Humanity. (Please note: this offer does not apply to delivery orders.)

The nonprofit Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay is an independent, locally operated and funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Their mission is to build decent, affordable homes and provide home ownership opportunities to qualified families who live and work in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

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City of Monterey Upgrades Paid Parking Kiosks

Posted on July 14th, 2022 by omba

The City of Monterey has just completed an upgrade to a number of parking stations in off-street locations in Downtown Old Monterey. A variety of outdated pay-and-display and pay-by-space meters have now been replaced with Flowbird Smart Parking kiosks.

The new parking system features a pay-by-plate parking kiosk with a 9.7” full color touch display that is accessible for all customers, including meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and offers a choice of languages. The touch screen display has the look and feel of a tablet, walking users step-by-step through the transaction process, and it's compatible with the ParkMobile app that the City introduced in 2019.

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The Old Monterey Business Association is proud to announce that we've been nominated for Best Business Association in the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's 35th Annual Business Excellence Awards. If you're a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you're permitted to vote for us in the 2nd round of voting. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on July 28, 2022. We thank the Chamber and members of the public for the honor of this nomination!

The Old Monterey Business Association and the Old Monterey Foundation would like to thank our volunteers and the many people who participated in and attended our 2022 4th of July Parade in Downtown Old Monterey! It was a wonderful community celebration and it was great to be with you all once again on Independence Day.

Photos of the parade, as well as photos of the pancake breakfast at Fire Station #11 and photos of the music and food fest on the lawn of Colton Hall, all taken by OMBA web developer and photographer Sheldon Chang, are now available on the Old Monterey website.

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The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and Mercedes-Benz have chosen Monterey County Youth Museum as one of the local nonprofit organizations to benefit from their annual car drawing. The winner of the drawing will receive a brand new Mercedes-Benz A220 (MSRP $41,100).

MY Museum has been given 1,000 tickets to sell for $100 per ticket. All funds raised will be used for MY Museum's educational programs and exhibits and will support our commitment to providing subsidized museum visits for schools and families in challenging circumstances.

The drawing will be held on August 21 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (you need not to be present to win). Tickets can be purchased in person at MY Museum, over the phone at 831-649-6444, or by reserving tickets online - we will call you for payment. Once payment is made we will mail you your tickets and receipt.

Help us bring joy and learning through play to children! Be assured that every time someone buys a ticket (or two or three) for the car drawing, MY Museum staff do the happy dance in the office.

Please note: winner of the car will be responsible for all applicable taxes, licensing, and transfer fees. Delivery is limited to within the USA only.

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East Village Cafe announces our newest menu item: an eggless breakfast sandwich made with plant-based “egg,” an Impossible breakfast patty, chipotle aioli, and vegan cheese on an English muffin.

East Village Cafe happily offers several vegan options for breakfast, lunch, and snack time at 498 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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