Old Monterey District Blog

Old Capitol Books is collaborating with Close to Home Collective, which is working to bring literature and arts into your living room to help lower the number of people seeking entertainment out of their homes during the pandemic. (Seriously folks, stay inside.)

Together, we’re offering open mics, poetry slams, writing workshops, and featured events – many of which are raising money for the ongoing struggle against police violence. To check out a complete listing of upcoming events, please visit Close to Home's Facebook or Instgram pages.

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The Union Yoga Book Club is launching on Saturday, June 27 at 12pm on Zoom with a whopper: The Henna Artist, by our fellow Union yogi and local author, Alka Joshi. We were planning a book launch at Union at the end of March that would have included Indian musicians, dancers, and henna artists but alas, Covid-19 happened. This obviously was not an omen because since the launch, the book is getting rave reviews! Just last week it made its appearance on the New York Times bestseller list and is Reese Witherspoon's May 2020 book of the month.

Reese is amazing but we want to gather up the yogis for this one. Purchase the book online here (when you buy from that page, you're supporting Union Yoga and Alka Joshi) and dive in to this rich tale. We will gather together via Zoom. Please sign up via Mindbody here to receive email updates and the meeting Zoom link.

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Carpe Diem Now Buying Books

Posted on June 13th, 2020 by Carpe Diem Fine Books

Carpe Diem Fine Books, located at 245 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now actively buying books. For more information, please e-mail us or phone us at 831-643-2754.

Carpe Diem offers a selection of out-of-print - and out of the ordinary - books in all fields with a special emphasis on the history and literature of California and the West. More than a bookshop, we also feature art and collectibles of the Monterey area.

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Osio Theater is offering new independent films to rent and screen at home! View the list of currently available and upcoming films here. A portion of the proceeds from your rental benefits Osio. For general technical support on how to view your rental on your smart TV or device, please visit Osio's Streaming Support Page.


This inventive, female-driven sex comedy follows college freshman Izzy and her two best friends, Anuka and Fiona, as they embark on a journey to get Izzy to a "crush party" so she can lose her virginity before the end of the semester. The acclaimed feature film debut of writer/director Emily Cohn, CRSHD tells a hilarious, unique story about navigating the messy ups and downs of life and love in the age of social media. Watch the trailer.

This feel-good, crowd-pleasing British film inspired by true events centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Watch the trailer.

In this playful new film we meet Maria, a woman dissatisfied with her marriage who, after a heated argument with her husband of 20 years, spends the night in a hotel room across the street from their home. There, she has a bird's eye view of her apartment, her husband, and her marriage. In this comic romp, she confronts her past lovers and relationships on one magical night, fantasizing about the lives she could've lived and wondering if she's made the right decisions. Watch the trailer.

Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city’s early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its doors due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost. Through vibrant storytelling, this documentary captures the record store’s vital role in the musical and cultural life of the city, and highlights the artists whose careers it helped launch. Watch the trailer.

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the task of creating an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn...Read More

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Old Monterey Dining Guide Updated

Posted on June 10th, 2020 by omba

The Old Monterey Dining Guide has been freshly updated to reflect new business hours and more! To make it easy to find the restaurants and cafes that best suit your needs, our Dining Guide now has four categories: take-out, dine-in, delivery, and no-contact curbside pick-up.

Enjoy a delicious meal or treat from one of our many fine food and drink establishments and support a small, locally-owned business.

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The Monterey Public Library is reopening on Thursday, June 11 for grab-and-go pick-up of books placed on hold. Pick-up hours will be Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm. The community currently has over 2,000 items on hold at the library!

How will you know when your book is ready? Customers will receive e-mail notification that their hold is ready for pick-up. Then you must come to the library, bring your library card, wear a face mask (be a hero!), and practice social distancing while you pick-up your book at the curb.

Please keep in mind that the Library facility remains closed and most library staff are still temporarily laid off. But many of the library’s services are available online, including the Summer Reading Program for all ages, Thursday morning Music & Rhymes with MaryLee, and downloadable audiobooks.

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Shelley Bennett Skincare has gift ideas for dads and grads, because they deserve great skincare that’s easy to use! The following items, formulated by local esthetician Shelley Bennett, are all available at her online store, where she offers local delivery and/or shipping.

Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads
Refining Jojoba Cleanser ($43), Gold Collagen Crystal Neck Mask ($15), Allantoin Facial Mask ($20), Glycolic Moisture Masque ($29), and White Charcoal O2 Detox Masque ($49).

Shelley Bennett Skincare is located at 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey....Read More

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Old Capitol Books is unable to pay the rent on our current building, located at 559 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey, and we're going to have to move very quickly. We're not certain where our new space will be, but we're confident that we'll find a new home soon.

The good news for your library is that you can stock up on books and help Old Capitol Books move at the same time! Buy a banker box of surprise books - you can select up to two preferred genres for your books - and pick it up while we're packing! Each banker box will contain 20-30 books depending on the books' sizes. And the price is only $40. Order your box now online.

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Enjoying the grounds of Cooper Molera Adobe and its gardens, located at 506 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey, is a wonderful escape during this period of crisis. With your help, the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation will make sure this historic landscape continues to be a beautiful community gathering place. Please consider supporting Cooper Molera Adobe with a tax-deductible donation by texting HISTORIC COOPER to 52886 today. You will receive a link to make a donation of any amount.

In response to this moment of crisis, the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust has generously stepped forward to match your gift to the National Trust! For every $2 you give, another $1 will be matched, for a total of $3.

Thank you for supporting Cooper Molera Adobe and our beautiful gardens. Please be safe and exercise responsible social distancing. We want everyone to be around to enjoy this special place for a long time.

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Cafe Lumiere Reopens

Posted on June 3rd, 2020 by Cafe Lumiere

Cafe Lumiere, home of delicious breakfast and lunch dishes, cookies, pastries, and beverages hot and cold, has reopened! We're serving take-out, delivery, and curbside pick-up. Please place orders for delivery and curbside pickup online. Our indoor seating is unavailable at this time, but there is limited seating outdoors on our patio.

100% of the revenue we make this week and next week will be donated directly to Campaign Zero and the Bail Fund.

Cafe Lumiere is located at 365 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey. We're currently open Monday - Friday, 9am-3pm. On June 8, our hours will expand to 7 days a week, 9am-3pm.

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Cha-Ya Japanese Tea and Things, located at 118 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey, has reopened our doors! Our current hours are Monday - Saturday, 11am-4pm.

In celebration, we will be having a store-wide reopening sale the entire month of June 2020. All items will be discounted to 30%-50% off listed price, with the exception of our Japanese tea. Come and browse our selection of gifts, jewelry, and home accessories now on sale.

We have missed you all and look forward to seeing you soon! For everyone's safety and consideration, please wear a face mask when you are in our shop. (Be a hero!)

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Gently used yoga props are now on sale at Union Yoga! Due to the coronavirus, once Union Yoga re-opens we cannot in good conscience continue using shared studio equipment. So...here is your opportunity to have a little bit of Union Yoga in your home.

Both yoga props and additional sale items are listed below. Supply is limited. For more information and to purchase, e-mail Union Yoga with the subject line "Prop" Pick-up at the studio or local delivery is possible.

* Manduka bolsters, indigo blue, $40 (reg $68)
* Manduka blocks, $11 each, 2 for $20 (reg $16 each)
* Manduka straps, light gray, $12 (reg $18)
* Manduka Studio Pro-Lite mat, $45 (reg $92)
* Yoga blankets, $12
* Lacrosse balls, $7
* Clean Ridge Soap Co. soap, $13
* Clean Ridge Soap Co. lotion, $6
* Logo zip-up hoodies, tanks, & tees, 50% off
* Valley Botanicals candles, small $5.50, large $11
(candle scents: Grapefruit & Mint, Garrapata, Palo Colorado)

Union Yoga is located at 244 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey. There is still no set date for the reopening of the studio. We have made a decision to play this by ear as we want to make sure that when Union does reopen, it is because Monterey County Health Department and the CDC state it is safe to do so and we feel that we, as a community, have taken all of the steps we can to ensure we remain healthy. Online offerings will still be available for the foreseeable future both streaming and on Vimeo.

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This weekend, Monterey County Health Department lifted some business restrictions. We are happy to report that hair salons and barbershops are now open for business, in-store shopping is now permitted at retail stores, and restaurants are now permitted to offer dine-in services.

Rest assured, many businesses continue to offer a variety of low-to-no contact options for customers. Most restaurants continue to offer take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery, while many retail stores welcome orders online and over the phone along with curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping.

At OldMonterey.org, we will continue to update the Old Monterey Dining Guide and the Old Monterey SIP Mall to reflect the latest information from our district businesses so you can find the places with the options that best meet your needs.

Welcome back to Downtown Old Monterey! When visiting, please remember to maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask. (Be a hero!)

Monterey Public Library Frequently Asked Questions
June 1, 2020

When will the Monterey Public Library and Bookmobile Reopen? Due to drastic budget reductions, the Monterey Public Library will be reopening in phases that are dependent upon staffing and available funding. The next phase entails curbside pick up service for material holds. Bookmobile service will continue to be suspended due to physical distancing requirements and budgetary constraints.

Due Dates: Loan periods for Monterey and Pacific Grove Public Library material have been extended to July 31, 2020.

Returns: We encourage you to keep books and materials at home until we reopen. Our reopen date has not been determined.

Holds: We will continue to hold materials for you, and your hold will not expire while we are closed.

Fines: Monterey and Pacific Grove public libraries are not charging overdue fines during the closure.

Library Cards: If you don’t have a card or have misplaced it, you can apply online and we will mail you one. If you have a card and forgot your PIN, you can reset it by visiting My Account. If the card was set to expire, the expiration date has been extended.

Need help navigating virtual services? Have a reference question, or a question about other City services? Library staff are here to help. Call 831-646-3933 or email us Monday - Friday, 10am-6pm.

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Venture Gallery is now offering 15% off our artwork in June 2020 because you need more beauty in your life right now! Call it a Shelter-in-Place Sale or a Stimulus Check Sale - give yourself a gift today that will make your "shelter" more welcoming and make you smile every time you enter the room.

To view our work, visit the Venture Gallery website or walk by our windows at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We have over 30 local artists who would appreciate your support. The doors of our gallery are currently closed to visitors, but our artists are selling their work online and will do their best to help you make a selection and get it safely home.

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Revival Ice Cream's newest limited edition flavor - Fig Leaf and Blackberry Jam - is set to hit our shop on June 4, but you can pre-order your taste of this exciting flavor now!

Fig trees are blooming at this time of year with leaves that are highly fragrant. We infuse the leaves into our handcrafted ice cream base, where they add a fruity, slightly coconut, and nutty flavor. Then we swirl fresh blackberries into the ice cream, bursting with sweet berry goodness.

Warning: our limited seasonal flavors go fast and are released only once a year, so place your order online now and stock up!

Revival Ice Cream is now offering counter service; take-out orders of sandwiches, bars, and pint and half-gallon containers; and local delivery on Thursdays to Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel. We're located at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Sovino Wine Bar & Merchant is happy to announce that we're now open for take-out orders, Friday-Sunday, 2pm-6pm. We're offering wine by the bottle, wine by the glass (with food order), and food orders including cheese and fruit, charcuterie, paté, and flatbread with hummus. And you can still order wine by the bottle and the case as well as select beers through our website.

Sovino Wine Bar & Merchant is located at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Are you feeling stiff? Sitting too much? Feeling anxious? We can all agree that most of us have been doing way too much sitting in recent weeks. Om Studios invites you to join us for a 3-week Gentle Yoga Class held live on Zoom beginning Wednesday, June 3 at 9:30am. It's the perfect weekly, 45 minute yoga class for beginners, the tight bodied, the injured, or those dealing with chronic pain. Can't make the scheduled live class? No problem! A recorded version can be sent to you.

Om Studios owner Lindsay Wetterau will teach you how to increase your flexibility and strengthen your body in an effective and safe way from the comfort of your home. We will meet the first three weeks in June for a feel-good sequence with lots of modifications based on what your unique body needs.

Fee is $39 for the complete three week series or you can use your Om Studio class card. Students will be given a PDF after week three of what we learned so that they might continue their yoga practice at home.

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Cibo Ristorante Italiano, the best of old and new world Italian cuisine since 1990, has reopened for take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery orders as well as dine-in service both indoors and on our outdoor patio. Dinner is served from 5pm nightly, and take-out and delivery is offered 5pm-9pm. To order food and drinks to go, please visit our website and place your order online and allow approximately 20 minutes for preparation.

Cibo is located at 301 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We know you love our bar and we do too, but sitting and standing in the bar area is not permitted at this time. In compliance with current California state public health orders, you must order food to be served alcohol.

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