Old Monterey District Blog

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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Revival Ice Cream Is Hiring!

Posted on March 2nd, 2021 by Revival Ice Cream

An ice cream scooper is needed at Revival Ice Cream, located at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. The position is part-time to start, but we may need full-time help soon as spring and summer approach.

Job duties include: greeting customers, maintaining dairy inventory, making waffle cones, collecting payments, learning flavors and ingredients, suggesting flavors to clients, answering client questions, adhering to health and safety guidelines, and maintaining a clean work area. To apply, please e-mail us your resume.

Revival Ice Cream is an amazing place to work! Come join us.

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Monterey Conference Center has installed new public art for all of us to enjoy in Jeffers Plaza, an outdoor space connecting the Conference Center with Portola Hotel and Spa. The plaza is named after Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), an influential local poet and icon of the environmental movement. Much of Jeffers' poetry was written in narrative and epic form, and was widely popular in the 1920s and 30s.

The bronze sculptures of Jeffers were created by local artists Will Pettee and Carol Matranga Courtney. We encourage you to go in person and check it out the next time you're in Downtown Old Monterey. Monterey Conference Center is located at 1 Portola Plaza.

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Have you been curious about starting a meditation practice but don't know where to start? On Studios instructors Jacqueline and Lindsay have created an online 5 day meditation series to guide you through your work week. These 10 minute meditations are the perfect way to kick-start your mindfulness practice.

In Om's virtual studio, livestream classes are now included alongside our more than 200 pre-recorded yoga, Pilates, meditation, and barre classes. Your first 7 days of virtual studio are FREE, and then it's only $39 per month. You can cancel anytime. For more information and to register, please visit our website.

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Do you have problems with your computer or smartphone? Call I Will Repair - a small, owner-operated business that repairs computers and smartphones (Apple and Android) as well as popular gaming consoles and drone devices, 831-290-8180.

Cellphone / Smartphone Repair
I Will Repair performs general servicing, data transfer, and data recovery for all Apple and most Android smartphones. We now have the ability to replace the back glass on iPhones right in our shop.

Computer Repair
We're currently working seven days a week to offer tech support to those of you working for home, whether your machine is brand new or 5+ years old, Apple or PC. We can even make house calls to Monterey, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach, Seaside, Sand City, Del Ray Oaks, and Salinas. Just phone us at 831-290-8180.

Our competitive prices are always about fairness and looking out for the customer's best interests. We learn what your budget is and quote in advance based on integrity and the quickest turn-around times for every repair. I Will Repair is located at 474 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe now carries our giant, hand decorated chocolate eggs, made from Callebaut Belgian chocolate. These hollow eggs are filled with bite-sized chocolate sea creatures and are wrapped up in a bow, ready for you or your loved one to enjoy! These limited edition chocolates make beautiful gifts. Visit us at 539 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Alvarado Street Brewery has some new merchandise in our online store! We've just loaded up two new sweatshirts - tie dyed and pigment dyed - and a rad Mai Tai pocket tee (with obligatory flamingos). Remember that our merchandise ships for free here in California.

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is now open daily for take-out and outdoor dining at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Discover great locally-made goods with a Spring forward vibe at Franklin Street Collaborative's Locals Spring Market in March, April, and May. It's a one stop shop for art, home decor, gifts, jewelry, bath and beauty products, vintage apparel and home goods, and children's wear, all housed at 201 Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We're open daily, 11am-6pm.

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Online Happy Hour Discussion with Artist Marc Trujillo, March 5

Posted on March 1st, 2021 by montereyart

C’mon, get happy! Join Monterey Museum of Art and artist Marc Trujillo for our online Happy Hour, Friday, March 5, 5pm-6pm. Get to know Marc, sit in on a conversation between the artist and independent curator Helaine Glick, and take a behind the scenes look at his studio and process. Fee is $5 for museum members, $10 for all others. Please register in advance online.

Marc Trujillo earned his MFA from Yale University and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is held in both private and public collections throughout the United States.

In his brilliant and eye opening series Fast (now in virtual exhibit at Monterey Museum of Art), Marc Trujillo looks at one of America’s most ubiquitous urban environments, the take-out franchise and its drive up windows. A Los Angeles resident, he resides in the heart of fast food culture, where grabbing a quick burger or taco to go is a universal habit. Both intrigued and a little repelled, Trujillo decided to move in for a closer look. With a keen eye, he brings the allure and meticulous observation of a 17th century Dutch still life and a touch of ambivalent commentary to his paintings of this ordinarily mundane experience.

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As the change of seasons draws near, Chef Mario Garcia's new, late-winter seasonal menu at Esteban Restaurant is taking full advantage of peak-season produce, fresh seafood, high quality premium beef and lamb, and pasture-raised poultry.

Chef Garcia’s signature entrees showcase the breadth of his exuberant style and include Pollo a la Parrilla, Llano Seco Rancho Pork Belly, Dungeness Crab Tostado, three kinds of paella, and Vegetable Tagine. Tapas are served 4pm-6pm daily and include Saffron Arancini, Lake Family Farm Deviled Duck Eggs, and empanadas.

The beverage menu is also newly updated and features wines from Spain and Monterey County, local and imported beer, imaginative cocktails, and a large selection of sherries and house-made sangrias.

Esteban Restaurant, located at 700 Munras Avenue in Monterey, is open daily for patio dining, take-out orders with curbside pick-up, and home delivery, 4pm-8pm. To make a reservation or place your order, please call 831-375-0176.

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Pick-up Is the Way to Go

Posted on February 24th, 2021 by omba

Trying to decide between pick-up or delivery from your favorite restaurant? If you want to support small, locally-owned businesses, pick-up is the way to go.

Delivery charges can be expensive for independently owned restaurants. If you're able, please consider picking up your order yourself - you'll bypass the middleman and ensure your meal arrives nice and hot.

Don't want to wait onsite during the pandemic? Place your order in advance over the phone or online. Don't want to go indoors? Some restaurants offer curbside pick-up on request - they're listed in our online Dining Guide. You can enjoy great take-out food and still stay safe from Covid-19!

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City of Monterey Parking Permits for Residents 2021

Posted on February 23rd, 2021 by omba

The City of Monterey offers a parking program which allows Monterey residents, displaying the proper decal permit, a maximum of two hours of free parking, per day, per parking facility. The decals are honored in the Downtown East and West Garage, (at Franklin & Tyler), the Waterfront Attendant Lot (at Washington & Del Monte), and the Cannery Row Garage (at Foam & Prescott).

A resident parking permit decal can now be obtained online. You'll need to upload a picture ID, current vehicle registration, and proof of residency (current utility bill, property tax bill, or rental agreement). All active military personnel and their immediate family are also eligible for this program.

There is an annual $20 administrative charge for each decal permit, and the permit is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

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Om Studios' next Gentle Yoga Class Series begins on Monday, March 15. While Om yoga classes continue daily in the gardens of Cooper-Molera Adobe in Downtown Old Monterey, this class will be held in Jewell Park in Pacific Grove.

If you are just beginning (or re-beginning) your journey into yoga, this Gentle Yoga Series is for you. Om Studios owner Lindsay Wetterau will guide you in building your yoga practice from the ground up. Each posture will be taught in a way that allows the student to develop a strong, healthy, safe, and mindful yoga practice.

This class will incorporate poses into a slow, meditative, calm practice. It's perfect for beginners, or even advanced practitioners wishing to slow down - we'll use gentle movement and breath work to welcome soft openings and mind-body awareness.

Classes will be held Mondays, 11:30am-12:30pm, beginning March 15 in Jewell Park in Pacific Grove. Cost is $69 for 6 weeks. For more information and to register, please e-mail Om Studios. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon.

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