Old Monterey District Blog

The Joseph Boston Store, managed by the all-volunteer Historic Garden League, offers merchandise themed to the 1850s, unique history books and locally-made artisan products such as soaps, elderberry cordials and syrups, jams, honey, olive oils and vinegars, and teas. Throughout December, the Joseph Boston Store is known for its stunning Victorian and vintage decorations and products. Proceeds from the store support the preservation of the historic gardens of Monterey.

The Joseph Boston Store is located at Casa del Oro, a California Historic Landmark. This two-story limestone rock and adobe building was the first general store in Monterey and housed the first safe. Local legend claims that miners returning from the gold fields often stored their assets there, which led to the designation “Casa Del Oro” or "House of Gold." Today, visitors can still find the original safe and Joseph Boston’s desk in the store.

Yes, Santa’s Workshop Is right here in Old Monterey – at the Joseph Boston Store! The Joseph Boston Store, a California Historic Landmark run by the non-profit Historic Garden League, is not only recognized for its 1850’s themed merchandise (honoring its status as the first General Store in Monterey) but also for its complete transformation for the holidays. Volunteers spend days preparing the store with stunning Victorian, vintage, and one-of-a-kind items.

This year, the store has expanded its offerings to include artisan products from Monterey County residents including jams, honey and tomatoes from Happy Girl Kitchen, Elderberry syrups and cordials from Carmel Berry Co.; teas from Chai Five Tea; olives, bread dippers, and chocolates from Gil’s Gourmet; specially made room sprays from Kimberli’s Garden Creations; and soaps from Big Sur Country Soaps. 

The Joseph Boston Store, located at 210 Olivier Street behind the Pacific House and next door to Casa Del Oro Garden, is open Thursday – Sunday, 11am-3pm, for the holidays, in addition to 5pm-9pm on December 7 and 8 for Christmas in the Adobes. All proceeds are used to preserve and maintain the Historic Gardens of Old Monterey. Please note: we will be closed December 22, 2018 - January 16, 2019....Read More

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Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, an independent, locally-owned movie theater located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey, November 30 - December 6, 2018.

Weekdays at 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm
Sat & Sun at 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm

A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 2:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:50pm
Sat & Sun at 12:15pm, 2:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:50pm

Boy Erased tells the story of Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town who is outed to his parents at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. It's the true story of one young man's struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 5:20pm
Sat & Sun at 12:30pm, 5:20pm

Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone who is hiding something. When Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can't identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realizes the truth about herself. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 2:45pm, 5:20pm, 8pm
Sat & Sun at 12:15pm, 2:45pm, 5:20pm, 8pm

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry, a housewife and golf pro, in a small town in 1960’s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border. When Jerry loses his job and sense of purpose, he decides to join in fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 3:15pm, 5:30pm, 7:45pm
Sat & Sun at 1pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, 7:45pm

The Old Man and the Gun is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in...Read More

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Pilates Monterey is proud to announce our 2019 Teacher Training Program! There is still time to reserve your spot. Classes begin on February 5 and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-2pm. For more information, please visit our website or e-mail Pilates Monterey.

Pilates is becoming more popular than ever and the demand for qualified Pilates instructors is growing. Taught by Andrea Borgman-Quist, a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certified teacher, the 6 modules offer comprehensive training and preparation for the PMA Certification Exam.

The program consists of 450 hours of Pilates training in 6 modules which can be taken consecutively or individually. Students who successfully complete all six modules are eligible to take the PMA Pilates certification exam. Approximately only 15 teacher training schools in the state of California are approved by The Pilates Method Alliance. Pilates Monterey is currently the only school on the PMA Registry of Schools on the Central Coast....Read More

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Always ready to try something new? Yes we are! CarmelBarre in Monterey presents a bunch of new classes and new teachers at our studio at 465 Pacific Street in Old Monterey.

Pilates - Jenn Kuyper
Tuesday & Thursday, 12:15pm

Barre/HIIT/TRX - Gennifer Millington
Thursday, 10:30am & every other Wednesday, 6:15am

Yoga Fundamentals, All Levels - Carrie Mann
Sunday, 4:30pm

PiYo for Newbies - Melissa Granneman
Monday & Thursday, 6:45pm...Read More

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Sushi Fly has great food. But it's more than that, it's fun. We pride ourselves on the quality of our ingredients, which we use in unique ways. Come in and try something you've never had before! We've created all our own sushi roll combinations and we're famous with the locals for our chef's special rolls, made on the fly just for you.

Sushi Fly also serves a variety of traditional items including sashimi, nigiri, classic makis, and chicken teriyaki. The most important thing to us is that you enjoy your meal here - we welcome substitutions and we'll make sushi rolls your way.

There's a great sense of community at the restaurant - come and hang out, chat with friends, and meet new people at the sushi bar. In the evenings, there's always entertainment with a disco ball, sake bombs, strobe lights, and the ever-favorite smoke machine. We often host DJs.

Comanche Cellars Wine Room serves a variety of wines from our Comanche Cellars and Dog & Pony labels. Experience honest wine made in small batches on California's Monterey Peninsula.

Comanche Cellars is a small winery with big wines. We take advantage of the amazing wealth of vineyards in our incredible region and have created longstanding relationships with vineyard owners to source some of the finest fruit in California.

Come and taste a flight of five wines for $20 or three wines for $15 (make a two bottle purchase and we'll waive one tasting fee). The selection of wines in the flights changes regularly

Butterfly Boutique and Events specializes in custom made and designer dresses including quinceañera dresses, prom dresses, and wedding gowns; tuxedo rentals and sales; flower girl dresses; suits for little boys; and christening apparel. We also carry women's accessories for weddings and formal occasions including necklaces, earrings, and shoes to die for.

We have an in-house team ready to alter any type of clothing, formal or casual. With over 30 years of experience, we can make your dress, tuxedo, or any piece fit you perfectly!

Butterfly Boutique also offers event and party decor including table linen, chair covers, decorations, and traditional accessories for girls celebrating their quinceañeras. We're committed to helping you create the most special day of your life and making it as fun and easy as possible!