Old Monterey District Blog

The Monterey Music Store is a full line and full service music store. We offer great deals and stellar customer service with a small-town vibe. Whether you're interested in sheet music, guitars, drums, basses, band instruments, or even music lessons, The Monterey Music Store is the best place to go.

The Monterey Music Store offers price matching on new equipment. This means that if you find an ad for a brand new piece of gear, you can show it to a salesperson here and we will match or beat the price. (Please note: this offer may not apply to some merchandise.)

Can't find what you want in the shop?  We work with several distributors of popular musical equipment. If we don't have it in the store, we can definitely order it for you.

We also offer music instruction at our in-house studios. Private lessons are available in everything from guitar and ukulele to saxophone, violin, and piano. Come and brush up on your musical skills!

Luminata invites you to explore our spectrum of fine books and unique gifts in an uplifting, galleria atmosphere. We take pride in creating a warm, relaxing environment, filled with sacred space, for exploring tools of consciousness that elevate and inspire, or simply for finding that special gift for any occasion.

We sell new and used books for all ages and are more than happy to place special orders.  We can often obtain books in just 24-48 hours, with a million titles in stock at our west coast warehouse.

Our Children's Corner, filled with books and toys for the younger set, is specially curated by owners Mia and Emory Michael, who possess degrees in education ad spent many years teaching and traveling before opening the store.

Founded in 1893, Hellam's is California's oldest tobacco shop and Monterey's oldest continuously-operated business.  Still locally owned and open six days a week, we possess the largest selection of cigars in the county as well as a wide range of fine tobacco products and adult beverages. Newly renovated, Hellam's now offers a beautifully appointed Cigar Lounge and Wine Tasting Room celebrating the great history and tradition of our 125-year-old business.  Come see what we’ve done!

Locally owned and operated, Federico Engraving and Imprints does custom diamond engraving, laser engraving, sand blasting, and sublimation imprinting (digital images printed on items). All work is done onsite by K. Federico with personal attention to detail. Expedited service is available.

Customer service is important to us: you have the choice of either bringing in a specific item for engraving or imprinting (we specialize in working with unusual items), or selecting an item from our retail collection, where you'll find a wide selection of name badges, awards, glassware, serving pieces, clocks, magnets, flasks, and more.

Whether you want to create a personalized gift for a special occasion or a promotional item for a business function, we've got you covered. We regularly engrave and imprint jewelry, watches, medic alert bracelets, keychains, plaques, awards, and wedding accessories (including champagne flutes, wine glasses, and cake knives and servers). And we're happy to recreate your company's logo on any item.

Founded in 1939, Federico's Shoe Service is a family-owned business passed from father to son, generation to generation. We offer shoe repair, luggage repair, leather repair, zipper repair, and dye work (dying luggage, handbags, and shoes to match the color of your garments). 

Over the years, our work has won 29 top awards from the Shoe Service Institute of America (the national association for shoe repair professionals) in various categories.

Customer service is our top priority - our staff is here to serve you. There's a drive-up window for drop-off and pick-up which is great for families and people on the go, and we offer while-you-wait service for rush orders. Mail order service is available within the USA; please phone us for details.

We invite you to visit our shop! Free parking is available behind our building.

Enhance your home with exquisite furniture and home decor from Hacienda Rustic Furnishings. Our handcrafted pieces are built by skilled artisans in Mexico who use old-world, time-honored, traditional techniques to work with materials such as antique and reclaimed woods, hand-forged iron and copper, and fine marble.

Hacienda Rustic Furnishings carries furniture for every room in the home, including the living room, dining room, office, bedroom, and game room. We also offer home decor items such as water fountains, copper sinks, and sconces. Come and see for yourself the quality and unique character of each piece.

Darlene Johnson is a hair stylist who specializes in custom hair color, precision haircuts, keratin smoothing, hair extensions, and special occasion hair. She regularly attends educational seminars with industry leaders including Redken, Pureology, and KMS to stay current with the latest trends and technology.

In her cozy, private hair studio in Old Monterey, Darlene works closely with each individual to create an image that suits their lifestyle and hair type. Whether it's a simple cut or an elaborate style for that special day, Darlene's friendly demeanor shines through and puts her clients at ease. Please check her website for a complete list of services and prices.

Locally owned and operated, Copy King has been providing professional and quality copying services to the Monterey Peninsula since 1976. Need to make quick copies, print a computer file, or scan a photo? We offer full service and self-service copying with a quick turn-around time.

Copy Services:
*  Copying & Scanning
*  High Volume Full Service Color & B/W Copies
*  Large Format Color Copies up to 36”
*  Spiral / Velo / Coil / Fastback binding
*  Laminating up to 24 x 36
*  NCR Form Sets
*  Quick Oversize Documents / Engineering Size Copies
*  Same Day Copy Service Available
*  Fax Service

Cha-ya is a unique store that specializes in Japanese teas, gifts, and home accessories. We also serve tea to go - we invite you to stop by and try a cup of delicious loose-leaf tea and some sweets.

A unique boutique filled with local arts, ikebana, antiques, gifts, and a wonderful selection of Japanese green tea and tea sets, our items celebrate a range of Japanese art and decor, from ancient tradition to contemporary culture.

Owner Mitsuko Gammon, born and raised in Tokyo, is trained in Ikebana and traditional tea ceremony. She had long wanted to explore the possibilities of bringing her love of tea and Japanese culture to retail. Cha-ya is the result.

Located in Old Monterey, China Garden serves freshly made, authentic Chinese cuisine in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.  Our extensive menu includes Hunan, Mandarin, and Szechuan dishes, both meat and vegetarian.  You can dine here or order something to go!

Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm, we offer a great deal with our lunch special, which includes an entree, soup, salad, and either chow mein, fried rice, or steamed rice.

Dinners are served family style (in the traditional Chinese manner), which allows everyone at your table to sample each entree ordered.  Family owned and operated, we understand the joys of sharing food with loved ones.