Old Monterey District Blog

Inns of Monterey, a collection of boutique hotels which includes Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey, proudly announces the appointment of Tim McGregor as Vice President and General Manager, responsible for all aspects of management.

McGregor brings 28 years of hospitality management and customer service experience to his dynamic new post. Extensive knowledge of food and beverage operations compliments his hotel experience. McGregor's most recent position was General Manager at Seascape Beach Resort in neighboring Aptos, where he oversaw all operations of the 280-unit, 40-acre oceanfront resort property. And McGregor is no stranger to Monterey. From 1999-2006 he was Executive Assistant Manager at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa on Cannery Row.

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On Sunday, June 13, 5pm-8pm, local jazz favorite the Stu Reynolds Saxtet will perform at MidiCi, the Neapolitan Pizza Company, located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. No cover charge. Enjoy dinner and a show!

The Stu Reynolds Saxtet features Stu Reynolds on saxophone, Steve Uccello on bass, and Adam Astrup on guitar.

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Om Studios Is Hiring

Posted on June 8th, 2021 by Om Studios

Om Studios is hiring! We are looking for reliable, motivated, and friendly yoga, Pilates, and barre teachers to join our amazing team. Interested? Please email us. Om Studios, an independent, locally owned fitness studio, is located at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Covid-19 restrictions are definitely lessening as we move towards a more "normal" situation in California. Unfortunately, we don't feel confident bringing 20,000 people together quite yet. Consequently, we will not be hosting a Fourth of July Parade in 2021.

With that said, the Old Monterey Business Association is already looking forward to next year with marching bands, floats, and the whole array of community groups and supporters coming together for Independence Day 2022! We wish everyone a safe, sane, and healthy 4th of July.

Workhorse Bicycles has a fresh batch of Road Runner bike bags in stock, ready to rock! Form and function, handmade in Los Angeles. Visit Workhorse Bicycles at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey to view our selection.

Road Runner bags are designed by cyclists, for cyclists. The company is committed to environmental sustainability and they work hard to make sure that all fabric scraps are saved and no material is wasted.

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Grace Lifestyle Boutique has recently received some gorgeous new jewelry by California designers. Stop by the shop at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and check out our selection of adornments along with a variety of women's clothing and gifts. We are also happy to offer shipping on request.

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Beginning June 15, Britannia Arms of Monterey will be showing all the 12pm (local time) matches of the 2021 European Championship on our big screens. The Britannia Arms, located at 444 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is the headquarters for soccer on the Monterey Peninsula! Enjoy lunch, a cold beer, and some football with us.

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In June, Franklin Street Collaborative is celebrating summer with special pop up events featuring local small businesses offering food, drink, clothing, home decor, and beauty products. Join us every Tuesday, 4pm-7pm and Saturday, 11am-2pm at 201 West Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Locals Market Featured Pop Ups

Tuesday, June 8
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + Human Minded CBD

Saturday, June 12
Nourish 360 + La Dolce Vita Sweets

Tuesday, June 15
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + Miss Lippe’s Dumplings + La Luna Designs

Saturday, June 19
Vicious Goodies

Tuesday, June 22
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + Koahware

Saturday, June 26
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + La Dolce Vita Sweets

Tuesday, June 29
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + Parsley & Fig

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After over a year of closure, Monterey State Historic Park has reopened its museums and gift shops and resumed tours with Covid-19 safety precautions in place. Everyone is invited to take a tour of the park or visit our free museums!

Custom House Museum & Gift Shop Now Open
1 Custom House Plaza, Old Monterey
Museum Hours: Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays,10am-4pm
Gift Shop Hours: Friday-Monday, 11am-3pm
Admission is free

Pacific House Museum & Gift Shop Now Open
20 Custom House Plaza, Old Monterey
Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays, 10am-4pm
Admission is free

Monterey State Historic Park Tours
Meet at Custom House Museum, 1 Custom House Plaza
Tours offered Thursday-Sunday: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
This is an approximately one-hour tour of Monterey Historic Park led by a State Parks guide. Tickets are $10 per person; ages 12 & under are free (must be accompanied by an adult). Purchase tickets at Custom House Museum. Tours may also be requested on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by calling 831-649-2907 in advance.

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We want to congratulate Monterey Recreation's adult softball league champion teams sponsored by Downtown Old Monterey businesses! Los Borrachos, sponsored by Nacho Bizness and El Jefe Tequila, won the 2021 Spring Men's Softball (Open) Division. And the Pirate Squad, sponsored by Britannia Arms of Monterey, won the 2021 Spring Co-Ed Softball (A) Division.

Nacho Bizness is located at 470 Alvarado Street and Britannia Arms is located at 444 Alvarado Street. We thank them for their community involvement, and we know they're excited to add more winning plates to their walls in seasons to come. Go teams!

Learn more about Monterey Recreation's youth and adult field sports programs here.

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Monterey Moves into the Yellow Tier

Posted on June 1st, 2021 by omba

The Monterey County Health Department has verified that Monterey County will move into California’s Covid-19 Yellow Tier as of Wednesday, June 2, 2021. What that means is businesses, residents, and visitors, working in partnership with the City of Monterey, have demonstrated their commitment to safety and health protocols and all of us are benefiting from it. Thanks to all of you!

With Yellow Tier status:

**Restaurants can increase indoor seating up to 50% capacity

**Gyms and fitness studios can increase the number of people indoors up to 50% capacity

**Family entertainment centers can increase the number of people indoors up to 50% capacity

**Museums and the Aquarium can open for indoor visitors at 100% capacity

**Bars not serving meals can open indoors up to 25% capacity

**Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can increase the number of people indoors up to 50% capacity

Everyone, please keep up the good work! Continue to wear your face mask and socially distance so that we can continue to stay in the Yellow Tier and we can move safely forward to California’s reopening of the economy on June 15, when capacity and distancing restrictions will be lifted for most businesses and activities.

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Jamba Juice Gift Cards

Posted on May 31st, 2021 by Jamba

Summer is here and Jamba, located at 398 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, offers a variety of gift cards for you to share in a number of ways. Pick up a gift card and give someone the gift of a refreshing smoothie, bowl, or other grab 'n' go item.

Jamba gift cards never expire, and cards sold in stores can be loaded with any amount between $5 and $100. The best part: Jamba gift cards are versatile! They can be purchased in person at Jamba Monterey, or you can purchase them online as eGift cards or in bulk (good for businesses and organizations).

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The State of California has started an incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19 by June 15, 2021. Californians who have received the vaccine are already entered for cash prizes, and those who haven’t yet been vaccinated are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to become eligible. Read details here.

Monterey Fire Department will offer free Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccinations for ages 18 and up at the Old Monterey Farmer's Market on Alvarado Street every Tuesday, 4pm-6pm. No appointment necessary - just stop by. (They'll sign you up for a gift card!) Find more vaccination locations here.


The first 2 million Californians to be vaccinated after May 27 will receive a $50 Virtual Prepaid Card (which can be spent online or in-store wherever major debit cards are accepted), OR a $50 grocery gift card for Kroger (Ralphs, Food 4 Less) or Albertsons (Safeway, Vons, Albertsons, Andronico’s).

DRAWINGS FOR $50,000 - JUNE 4 & 11
Thirty vaccinated California residents will win $50,000 each in cash. There will be 15 prize winners selected on June 4 and another 15 prize winners selected on June 11. Californians with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine who are 12 years of age and older will be eligible to win. (If someone under 18 wins, the cash will be put in a savings account for them until they turn 18.)

DRAWINGS FOR $1,500,000 - JUNE 15
Ten vaccinated California residents will be selected on June 15 to win cash prizes of $1.5 million each. Californians with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine who are 12 years of age and older will be eligible to win. (If someone under 18 wins, the cash will be put in a savings account for them until they turn 18.)

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Venture Gallery presents a show by Elizabeth Ingebretsen, our featured artist for June. An artist used to packing a bag and taking off for parts unknown, since the beginning of the pandemic Elizabeth has been tethered to the Central Coast, painting local waterways and crashing waves. Come view her this exhibition of her recent work.

Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm. Elizabeth Ingebretsen's artwork will be featured through June 2021. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

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Old Monterey Farmer's Market Is Back!

Posted on May 26th, 2021 by omba

The Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmer's Market is back! The market is returning to Alvarado Street every Tuesday, 4pm-8pm. We're beginning with a limited farmer's market, featuring local produce and some crafts, as we work our way towards a full reopening on June 15.

The market will take place rain or shine. For the safety of vendors and at-risk individuals, all shoppers must continue to wear a mask over their nose and mouth and maintain social distance. At this time, no sales are allowed to individuals not wearing a face covering. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the market.

Every Tuesday, 4pm-6pm, Monterey Fire Department will offer the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine at the market. No appointment necessary - just show up.

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In celebration of international Fashion Revolution Week in April 2021, Old Monterey's own Slowfiber organized a virtual fashion show featuring the creative powers and considerable skill of Monterey County residents and Slowfiber customers who sewed, knitted, upcycled, and mended their own clothing and accessories in this past year. And now you can watch the entire 27 minute fashion show on YouTube!

Featuring Slowfiber owner Jaki Canterbury, with creative contributions from 24 makers and menders, this fashion show video is fun, wonderfully artistic, and revolutionary, throwing off the shackles of fast fashion and moving towards a more sustainable future. This small but mighty first show by Slowfiber brings together a hive mind of makers, menders, and supporters. Enjoy!

Slowfiber is a retail store and educational studio that encourages everyone to explore sustainable fashion through its construction and preservation. Visit Slowfiber at 517B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe invites you to try our lemon bichon - it's gonna blow your mind. It's layers of flaky puff pastry (feuilletage) rolled in sugar for a crisp caramelization and filled with a small amount of vanilla bean pastry cream and lemon zest. Aaaah! The simple things in life can be real treasures.

Try it here at 539 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey. And don't worry - this is not a limited-run item. We’ve been making lemon bichon for years and we're not planning on discontinuing it. We like it too much.

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