Old Monterey District Blog

Industry Night is back at Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill! Every Monday night, 6pm until closing, we'll offer food and drink specials for folks in the food/beverage or hospitality industry. To take advantage of this menu, all you need to do is show proof of employment with a paystub, current schedule (digital or print), or a business card at the beginning of your visit.

Specials Include:
ON THE FLY - Chicken Wings, Fries & a Cookie - $10
SIDEWORK - Personal Pesto Pizza & a Cookie - $10
CLOPENER - Your Choice of ASB Draft & a Shot (fernet, bourbon, or rum) - $9
COLD BEER - Your Choice of ASB Draft - $4
FUN SHOTS - Fernet $5, Duke Bourbon $6, Santa Teresa Solera Rum $6

Visit us at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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It's officially that time of year! Custom House Store, located at 1 Custom House Plaza, is happy to announce that we now offer holiday cards featuring the City of Monterey Angels, originally created by artist Erica Franke.

The Monterey Angels have adorned the streets of Monterey during the holiday season since their creation in 1956 when the city's volunteer Christmas Decorations Committee commissioned artist Erica Franke to create unique decorations for public display. Eighty-eight angels were produced.

Early California Mission paintings of primitive angels inspired the artist's designs. In 1970, a volunteer committee, Friends of the Angels, was organized to revitalize these delightful artifacts. Many of the original angels were sold at auction to help fund the restoration project and for the creation of forty new angels.

Nearly fifty years later the angels still grace Monterey city streets during the holiday season, and in 1999 a Monterey Angel artist, Erica Barton Haba, was once again commissioned to create ten new angels which were happily added to the collection.

Every year for the annual Christmas in the Adobes event, the Monterey State Historic Park Association selects one angel to represent the event for the year. Come purchase some cards with images of these beautiful, historically significant angels to share with friends and loved ones during the holiday season.

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Old Monterey is not Disneyland, but they are similar in one way

Posted on November 28th, 2019 by sheldon

Happy Thanksgiving.

It's quiet just about everywhere today, but nowhere does it feel more quiet than in places that are public squares that are rarely lacking in bustle. You can tell that a place is truly a public square when it feels entirely wrong when it's at rest like today and it's very rare to find Monterey's Downtown so empty and devoid of emotion. It's just a little too quiet without the personalities that make a place a place. The women (mostly) and men who create the small town magic in a place like Old Monterey are here so much that you can think of them as characters on stage at Disneyland playing a version of themselves in their own little booths. They play the version of themselves that provides you with a "third place". They're characters who know your tastes and make you look great. Sometimes they're even that face you seek out when you need a little support or encouragement.

Most of the time when you shop, your time and money is converted into a paper receipt or a line item on a billing statement that you get at the end of the month. When you shop or play in a place like our district, the transaction isn't so simple. Every time you come here to buy a cup of coffee, pick up a gift, or even just to sit down for a while on a park bench by yourself, you're part of the show. You cast votes with your dollars and feet that a place like Downtown Monterey is a public square where everyone can come play whatever version of themselves they feel like playing that day. Perhaps more than ever, we need our public squares where people are not reduced to usernames and selfies.

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we're thankful for all of you who are a part of our community.

Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, November 29 - December 5, 2019. Osio, a nonprofit movie theater dedicated to independent, foreign, and art films, is located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey. Purchase advance tickets on our website.

Weekdays at 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm
Sat & Sun at 11:15am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm

This World War II satire follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm
Sat & Sun at 11am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm
A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes Watch the trailer.

Daily at 12:30pm, 5pm
An epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries, and connections to mainstream politics. Watch the trailer.

Daily at 2pm
Unfolding over the course of a late summer’s day in the fabled resort town of Sintra, Portugal, three generations gather for a vacation organized by the family matriarch. In this fairy tale setting, husbands and wives, parents and children, friends and lovers, stirred by their romantic impulses discover the cracks between them as well as unexpected depth of feeling. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 6:45pm
Sat & Sun at 11:15am, 6:45pm
Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. Watch the trailer.

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Shelley Bennett Skincare Products for the Holidays

Posted on November 24th, 2019 by ShelleyBennett

Shelley Bennett Skincare, located at 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey, contains a retail shop full of great skincare products perfect for holiday gift-giving. We offer our own Shelley Bennett Skincare products, Caudalie's full line, and Image Skincare's clinical line, in addition to skincare tools such as jade rollers, organic cotton washcloths, and more. These items make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers for the discerning woman.

Shelley Bennett Skincare is a small, owner-operated business. Please phone the office for product inquiries and pick up times, 831-324-4611. Shipping and local delivery are available.

The Shelley Bennett Skincare Line

Shelley Bennett Refining Jojoba Cleanser
Use daily or a couple times a week of face, neck, décolleté, and body for a renewed, smooth texture. It will feel refined, osft, and healthy! Key ingredients include alpha and beta hydroxy acids, biodegrable jojoba esters, green tea, and aloe.

Shelley Bennett Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask
Use 1-2 times a week as a delicate yet thorough exfoliant on face, neck, and décolleté. Dissolves dead skin using enzymes to leave skin feeling regenerated and fresh. Key ingredients include pumpkin seed oil, powder, and flakes with glycerin and warming zeolite.

Shelley Bennett Glycolic Moisture Mask
Use once a week alone or added to your Jojoba Cleanser for a kick of stimulation on face, neck, and décolleté. A fine line smoother as well as an anti-bacterial for those unwelcome breakouts. Key ingredients include vitamins A, C, and E as well as glycolic acid and licorice extract.

Shelley Bennett Milk and Honey Firming Mask
Use once every 7-10 days for a special treat on face, neck, and décolleté. This calming mask is healing as it firms your skin and leaves it hydrated and glowing. Key ingredients include milk proteins, oat kernel extract, honey, and vitamins 1, B5, and E.

Shelley Bennett White Charcoal O2 Detox Mask
Use as needed for a burst of brightness, detoxification, and radiance on face, neck, and décolleté. This bentonite clay based mask infuses oxygen, white birch charcoal, and olive leaf extracts into the skin with a bubbling sensation that will keep your skin feeling alive.

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Holiday Gifts at Casual Island

Posted on November 24th, 2019 by Casual Island

Casual Island, a locally-owned, family-operated business, offers a fun selection of holiday gift items that are sure to please the whimsical person in your life. We have a great collection of novelty socks, funny refrigerator magnets, art, and knick-knacks referencing pop-culture hits such as Star Wars and Rick & Morty, in addition to our collection of women's clothing and accessories.

Visit us and find a little something for everybody this holiday season. We're located at 261 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, across the street from Portola Hotel & Spa.

Luminata Books and Gifts is Stocking Stuffer Central this holiday season! With many gift choices below $10 and even more priced at $10-$20, it's a great spot to find stocking stuffers for friends, family, and colleagues. Visit us at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Luminata carries books, music, greeting cards, jewelry, candles, crystals, incense, personal care products, wind chimes, stained glass, children's toys, and more.

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Haute Beauty Guide presents a holiday pop-up shop now through December 23, 2019 at our spa at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We have a wide selection of California-made goods including cards, candles, nuts, jewelry, and art perfect for holiday gifts.

Our selection includes Archipelago candles, Blue Sky Feathers jewelry, Sonder Goods baskets, Lightwell Co. fragrances and candles, Messy Play Kits for kids, and skin care products by Nash & Jones and Jan Marini. Visit us and

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