Old Monterey District Blog

We're happy to announce that Pilates Monterey is re-opening on Monday, April 5 for 1-person (private) and 2-person (duet) sessions in our studio at 533 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please e-mail us to book your session and for more information.

If you're new to the studio, please contact us to make an appointment for a free 30-minute assessment, in which we will: address your individual needs, prior injuries, and long-term goals; introduce you to the Pilates method; and explore some of the exercises and apparatus based on your specific profile.

Pilates Monterey is a locally-owned, independent Pilates studio founded upon the values of teaching excellence, developing community, fostering hope, and promoting lifelong learning in a welcoming environment.

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Haute Beauty Guide has a delightful selection of Easter-themed gifts for children in the shop as well as greeting cards for all ages! Gifts include Easter baskets, children's handbags, bunny-shaped hair clips, and fun kids' books, plus spa baskets for the grown-ups.

Haute Beauty Guide, a small, locally-owned business that celebrates the work of California's artisans and creators, offers in-store shopping at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey as well as online shopping for curbside pick-up or shipping.

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Indoor Pilates classes are returning to Om Studios on April 1. We'll be starting with a small schedule and slowly adding in more classes and teachers based on the demand. Please register online in advance. For more info, please e-mail us.

Classes will be socially distanced and held in a large, open space. Reformers will be spaced 6 feet apart and the large double doors will be open for ventilation. All classes will be small - 5 people max. Face masks are required for all indoor Pilates classes. Grippy socks are required for all reformer classes.

Om Studios is located at 631 Cass Street, Suite B in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Monterey Moves into the Red Tier!

Posted on March 16th, 2021 by omba

The Old Monterey Business Association is happy to announce that Monterey County moved from the most restrictive Purple Tier into the Red Tier on Tuesday, March 16.

What this means for businesses in Monterey is:

Restaurants are allowed 25% indoor dining in addition to current outdoor dining, take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery (please view our Dining Guide to see what's available - it's updated daily)

Retail shops can increase in-store shopping from 20% to 50% capacity

Entertainment venues (such as movie theaters, the Aquarium) can open at 25% capacity

Fitness studios and gyms can open indoors at 10% capacity

It is extremely important that we all continue to follow health requirements such as wearing masks and social distancing so that Monterey County stays in the Red Tier and we are able to progress to the Orange and Yellow Tiers, which have even fewer restrictions. Vaccinations are increasing and hospitalizations are decreasing, but the pandemic is not over yet.

This move into the Red Tier reflects all the hard work the business community and our residents have done so far! Congratulations on a job well done. Keep it up, Monterey!

Savor the bounty of spring this Easter at Esteban Restaurant, located at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Choose from either a delectable Brunch Menu served 11am-4pm or our Tapas & Dinner Menu served 4pm-8pm.

Enjoy Chef Mario's delicious farm fresh Spanish spin on brunch classics. Eggs Benedict with patatas bravas, Spanish Torta (with eggs, caramelized onion, potato, Jamon Serrano, and Ad Astra seeded sourdough), or Dungeness Crab Tostado (with espellete, avocado, lemon, pickled red onion, and Arbequina Spanish Olive Oil), and much more.

Or savor a crave-worthy all-night tapas and dinner menu with all of your favorites. Start with the Crispy Pulpo (grilled octopus, remoulade, Yukon potato, chorizo, and rosemary chili oil with grilled radicchio), Saffron Arancini with brava sauce, Braised Pork Empanadas, Grilled Lamb Chop with Mario’s spiced marinade, 14 oz. Prime NY Strip with pimento hollandaise, or the Easter Paella (with wild prawns, Little Neck clams, Green Lip mussels, free range Mary’s chicken, local Spanish style chorizo).

Reservations are highly recommended. We are offering both outdoor and limited indoor seating. Please call 831-375-0176 to reserve your table. Parking is free for Estéban’s guests. Children’s menu also available at both brunch and dinner.

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Franklin Street Collaborative is now carrying men's wear! Our first men's clothing in the shop? Taylor Stitch, a line of shirts that are constructed to perfection and responsibly built for the long haul, designed to wear in, not wear out, and made using recycled and regenerative fibers wherever possible. These are good-looking shirts.

We're also styling our clients with accessories by Curated Basic, socks by Tailored Union, and hats by Bart Bridge. Stop by the shop at 201 West Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Fleet Feet Monterey is happy to announce that Vuori's new spring apparel is here! This is the clothing you’ll never want to take off. We have everything from the Women’s Energy top to the Men’s Strato Tech Tee and we're stocked up on Vuori's Sunday Performance Joggers for women and men (our top seller).

Stop by Fleet Feet at 472 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Prefer to shop online and have your order shipped to you? Please visit our website.

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For a limited time only, Puma Road's 2018 Rosé is on sale for only $10 per bottle...or you can grab a case (12 bottles) for only $100. This great deal is available on our website and at our wine tasting room at 281 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Our 2018 Bordeaux-style dry Rosé (normally $18 per bottle) is a sunset pink, and invites with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and a hint of cherry. The palate delights with juicy flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry -- bright acidity throughout, a rich mouthfeel and long finish, with a touch of orange peel just at the end. This is a food-loving wine.

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The Feral Market has new candles and soaps in stock from Whiskey River Soap Co. These are U.S. made, hand-poured 100% soy wax candles and handmade vegan soaps with great fragrances that have very funny labels. They make great gifts!

Our stock includes...

Soap for Essential Workers: smells like validation that only the plague can give you.

Candle for Military Wives: smells like oh cool, we're moving again - the kids just figured out where their bedrooms are.

...and much more.

The Feral Market is located at 261 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things is hosting an Estate Sale Trunk Show, March 15-20. This collection offers a number of one-of-a-kind pieces, so be sure to shop early. As always, we are available to answer any questions you have - please feel free to phone us at 831-646-5486.

Cha-ya, located at 118 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is open Monday - Friday, 11am-4pm.

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Have you ever tasted a Trousseau? The staff of Comache Cellars love unique varietals, so they've created a new wine tasting menu to highlight some of their best! Stop by and try the Carignane, Trousseau, Negrette, & Il Rinnegato (a super Tuscan style blend) in their latest Adventurous Flight - All Reds.

Tasting fee for 4 wines is $15, fee is waived with purchase of two bottles. (Don't worry, traditionalists, Comanche Cellars continues to offer their original tasting menu, too!) The Comanche Cellars Wine Room is located at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and now offering outdoor wine tasting with a heater at every table, Wednesday - Sunday.

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Downtown Old Monterey announces the opening of Board and Brush at 458 Alvarado Street! Board and Brush hosts DIY workshops where you can build a wooden decor piece from scratch that is worthy of your walls. Their instructors walk you through each step - just bring your creativity and willingness to learn.

Simply pick the workshop date that works for you, select and pay for your project, then show up on the date and be ready for a fun, instructor-led workshop. Their stencil process allows you to personalize your piece with your name, monogram, the year of your special event, or the names of your children...the possibilities are endless, and the design choices are expansive.

Board and Brush is great for friends' nights out, private parties, and team building too. Beer and wine are available for purchase in the studio. Please note: no one under 21 is allowed in the studio at any time.

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All Monterey County residents and Slowfiber customers who care about social justice and environmental rights are invited to participate in Slowfiber's 2021 Fashion Revolution Week Virtual Fashion Show, launching online on April 19, 2021. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

If you're a visible garment mender, from-scratch garment maker (using yarn or cloth), or upcycling garment maker, please submit your proudest accomplishment from 2020 or 2021 (your one entry can consist of an entire outfit or a single item). Items must be garments or wearable accessories and must speak to the Fashion Revolutionary concept of Rights, Relationships and Revolution.

Beginning April 19, 2021 Slowfiber will showcase your hand-made wares in our virtual fashion show on YouTube. Prizes will be awarded!

All applications for the fashion show must be made online here by April 1, 2021. When you make your application, remember that WHY you made it is important. You can submit your explanation in writing along with your photos or orally in your video.

Slowfiber is located at 517B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Fleet Feet Monterey is looking for passionate people with a driven mindset to work in a fast and fun environment. We are looking for Outfitters with ample opportunities for advancement and benefits.

As an Outfitter, you are the heart and sole (pun intended) of our brand. You have the opportunity to recommend gear and products that a customer will use to cross their next finish line, regardless of what that looks like. This position is always going above and beyond to take care of our customers and communities.

You will be part of a dynamic group that builds and maintains meaningful relationships with customers, vendors, and peers by listening to customer needs, providing personalized solutions, and, ultimately, outfitting them with everything they need to get started or keep going. We pride ourselves on putting people first and know that what we do each day does not happen anywhere else. We truly believe that running changes everything.

We strive to inspire the runner in everyone by empowering anyone who runs through social experiences and personalized solutions. Joining Fleet Feet is joining a team and a community that ignites and promotes running and fitness.

Interesting in applying? Please email Matthew Kemp at [email protected] your resume and a cover letter. Fleet Feet Monterey is located at 472 Alvarado Street.

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is hosting an online painting class with local artist Bunny Paivine on Saturday, March 13 at 6pm. Learn how to paint this picture from the comfort of your own home! Fee is $30 per person and includes paint, supplies, and their delivery; $10 for class without supplies. (You can order wine from us, too!)

Purchase your tickets here. Class details will be sent to you following your purchase. If you need supplies, please purchase your tickets by Thursday night, March 11, to ensure delivery.

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In celebration of Saint Patrick's Day, Paris Bakery's do-it-yourself cookie decorating kits are back! Each kit comes with 6 shamrock cookies, 2 bags of frosting, and 2 containers of sprinkles. It's so much fun! $18.50

Prefer for your desserts to be fully pre-assembled? Paris Bakery is offering a slew of delicious Saint Patrick's Day specials, including pre-frosted shamrock cookies, small green princess cakes, and Irish chocolate cakes. Call the shop at 831-646-1620 to place your order in advance. We're located at 271 Bonifacio Place in Monterey.

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March 13, 2021 marks one year since the Monterey City Manager declared a local emergency due to the coronavirus. In remembrance of those lost to Covid-19 and in appreciation of all essential frontline workers, 500 hearts will be hung on the magnolia tree in Friendly Plaza (580 Pacific Street).

March 13 - April 14, Monterey residents are encouraged to stop by the “Tree of Hearts." Bring a permanent marker and write the name of someone you are remembering or appreciating on one of the hearts. (Please be sure to wear a face mask and remain socially distanced from others outside your household.)

Once you've added a name to a heart, take a photo next to the tree and email it to the City of Monterey's webmaster - photos will be posted on the City of Monterey's website. The hearts will be collected on April 14, 2021, made into a framed mosaic collage, and hung in the City Council Chamber.

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Happy Hour at Rosine's

Posted on March 3rd, 2021 by Rosine's Restaurant

Rosine's Restaurant is celebrating Happy Hour Monday - Friday, 3pm-5pm! Visit us for great drink, food, and dessert specials to enjoy while dining outdoors.

Our Happy Hour Menu includes $3 beer, $5 wine, $5 cocktails, classic bites, and a $6 cake and coffee special. Please note that Monterey County regulations require that alcohol be served with food at this time.

Rosine's is located at 434 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We're now open Mon-Thu, 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-9pm; and Sun 9am-8pm.

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