Old Monterey District Blog

Cha-Ya Japanese Tea and Things, located at 118 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey, has reopened our doors! Our current hours are Monday - Saturday, 11am-4pm.

In celebration, we will be having a store-wide reopening sale the entire month of June 2020. All items will be discounted to 30%-50% off listed price, with the exception of our Japanese tea. Come and browse our selection of gifts, jewelry, and home accessories now on sale.

We have missed you all and look forward to seeing you soon! For everyone's safety and consideration, please wear a face mask when you are in our shop. (Be a hero!)

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Gently used yoga props are now on sale at Union Yoga! Due to the coronavirus, once Union Yoga re-opens we cannot in good conscience continue using shared studio equipment. So...here is your opportunity to have a little bit of Union Yoga in your home.

Both yoga props and additional sale items are listed below. Supply is limited. For more information and to purchase, e-mail Union Yoga with the subject line "Prop" Pick-up at the studio or local delivery is possible.

* Manduka bolsters, indigo blue, $40 (reg $68)
* Manduka blocks, $11 each, 2 for $20 (reg $16 each)
* Manduka straps, light gray, $12 (reg $18)
* Manduka Studio Pro-Lite mat, $45 (reg $92)
* Yoga blankets, $12
* Lacrosse balls, $7
* Clean Ridge Soap Co. soap, $13
* Clean Ridge Soap Co. lotion, $6
* Logo zip-up hoodies, tanks, & tees, 50% off
* Valley Botanicals candles, small $5.50, large $11
(candle scents: Grapefruit & Mint, Garrapata, Palo Colorado)

Union Yoga is located at 244 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey. There is still no set date for the reopening of the studio. We have made a decision to play this by ear as we want to make sure that when Union does reopen, it is because Monterey County Health Department and the CDC state it is safe to do so and we feel that we, as a community, have taken all of the steps we can to ensure we remain healthy. Online offerings will still be available for the foreseeable future both streaming and on Vimeo.

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This weekend, Monterey County Health Department lifted some business restrictions. We are happy to report that hair salons and barbershops are now open for business, in-store shopping is now permitted at retail stores, and restaurants are now permitted to offer dine-in services.

Rest assured, many businesses continue to offer a variety of low-to-no contact options for customers. Most restaurants continue to offer take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery, while many retail stores welcome orders online and over the phone along with curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping.

At OldMonterey.org, we will continue to update the Old Monterey Dining Guide and the Old Monterey SIP Mall to reflect the latest information from our district businesses so you can find the places with the options that best meet your needs.

Welcome back to Downtown Old Monterey! When visiting, please remember to maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask. (Be a hero!)

Monterey Public Library Frequently Asked Questions
June 1, 2020

When will the Monterey Public Library and Bookmobile Reopen? Due to drastic budget reductions, the Monterey Public Library will be reopening in phases that are dependent upon staffing and available funding. The next phase entails curbside pick up service for material holds. Bookmobile service will continue to be suspended due to physical distancing requirements and budgetary constraints.

Due Dates: Loan periods for Monterey and Pacific Grove Public Library material have been extended to July 31, 2020.

Returns: We encourage you to keep books and materials at home until we reopen. Our reopen date has not been determined.

Holds: We will continue to hold materials for you, and your hold will not expire while we are closed.

Fines: Monterey and Pacific Grove public libraries are not charging overdue fines during the closure.

Library Cards: If you don’t have a card or have misplaced it, you can apply online and we will mail you one. If you have a card and forgot your PIN, you can reset it by visiting My Account. If the card was set to expire, the expiration date has been extended.

Need help navigating virtual services? Have a reference question, or a question about other City services? Library staff are here to help. Call 831-646-3933 or email us Monday - Friday, 10am-6pm.

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Venture Gallery is now offering 15% off our artwork in June 2020 because you need more beauty in your life right now! Call it a Shelter-in-Place Sale or a Stimulus Check Sale - give yourself a gift today that will make your "shelter" more welcoming and make you smile every time you enter the room.

To view our work, visit the Venture Gallery website or walk by our windows at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We have over 30 local artists who would appreciate your support. The doors of our gallery are currently closed to visitors, but our artists are selling their work online and will do their best to help you make a selection and get it safely home.

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Revival Ice Cream's newest limited edition flavor - Fig Leaf and Blackberry Jam - is set to hit our shop on June 4, but you can pre-order your taste of this exciting flavor now!

Fig trees are blooming at this time of year with leaves that are highly fragrant. We infuse the leaves into our handcrafted ice cream base, where they add a fruity, slightly coconut, and nutty flavor. Then we swirl fresh blackberries into the ice cream, bursting with sweet berry goodness.

Warning: our limited seasonal flavors go fast and are released only once a year, so place your order online now and stock up!

Revival Ice Cream is now offering counter service; take-out orders of sandwiches, bars, and pint and half-gallon containers; and local delivery on Thursdays to Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel. We're located at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Sovino Wine Bar & Merchant is happy to announce that we're now open for take-out orders, Friday-Sunday, 2pm-6pm. We're offering wine by the bottle, wine by the glass (with food order), and food orders including cheese and fruit, charcuterie, paté, and flatbread with hummus. And you can still order wine by the bottle and the case as well as select beers through our website.

Sovino Wine Bar & Merchant is located at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Are you feeling stiff? Sitting too much? Feeling anxious? We can all agree that most of us have been doing way too much sitting in recent weeks. Om Studios invites you to join us for a 3-week Gentle Yoga Class held live on Zoom beginning Wednesday, June 3 at 9:30am. It's the perfect weekly, 45 minute yoga class for beginners, the tight bodied, the injured, or those dealing with chronic pain. Can't make the scheduled live class? No problem! A recorded version can be sent to you.

Om Studios owner Lindsay Wetterau will teach you how to increase your flexibility and strengthen your body in an effective and safe way from the comfort of your home. We will meet the first three weeks in June for a feel-good sequence with lots of modifications based on what your unique body needs.

Fee is $39 for the complete three week series or you can use your Om Studio class card. Students will be given a PDF after week three of what we learned so that they might continue their yoga practice at home.

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Cibo Ristorante Italiano, the best of old and new world Italian cuisine since 1990, has reopened for take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery orders as well as dine-in service both indoors and on our outdoor patio. Dinner is served from 5pm nightly, and take-out and delivery is offered 5pm-9pm. To order food and drinks to go, please visit our website and place your order online and allow approximately 20 minutes for preparation.

Cibo is located at 301 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We know you love our bar and we do too, but sitting and standing in the bar area is not permitted at this time. In compliance with current California state public health orders, you must order food to be served alcohol.

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Be a Hero. Wear a Mask.

Posted on May 28th, 2020 by omba

Help stop the spread of Covid-19! When you wear a face mask, you're a hero to the hard-working owners and employees of small businesses in Downtown Old Monterey, keeping them and their families safe.

Customers in Monterey County are required to wear a face covering while waiting in line and entering businesses. Don't make them ask, just wear a mask!

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Old Monterey's 2020 4th of July Parade Canceled

Posted on May 27th, 2020 by omba

It is with great regret that the Old Monterey Business Association has canceled the 2020 Old Monterey 4th of July Parade due to the prohibition of large group gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you to all of our friends who have participated in the parade over the years, and to the many, many spectators who have lined the streets of historic Downtown Old Monterey on the 4th of July. We'll see you in next year as we celebrate Monterey's 250th Birthday Plus One!

Crepes of Brittany is happy to reopen for take-out orders! Chefs Daniel and Theirry are back. Come enjoy their delicious sweet crepes and savory galettes made fresh in the same fashion as the creperies of Brittany. It's like a quick trip overseas in your mind.

Located at 211 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, we're open Mon-Thurs, 7am-2pm, and Fri-Sun, 7am-3pm. View our menu online.

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Paid Parking Resumes in Monterey on June 1, 2020

Posted on May 26th, 2020 by omba

Because of Monterey County's Covid-19 shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey's Parking Division temporarily suspended paid parking for a short time. Please note that, on June 1, 2020, paid parking resumes and will be fully enforced.

The Parking Division encourages people who use the lots and garages to download the ParkMobile app for a quick and convenient payment method that makes it easy to maintain physical distancing.

For more information, please visit the Parking Division's webpage, or call the Parking Office at 831-646-3953.

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Now, by popular demand, Sazon Express presents our very own Asada Nachos! Loaded with Pop’s traditional carne asada, re-fried Peruvian beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapeños, and grill-melted Monterey Jack, we guarantee these nachos are worth the wait.

Sazon Express is located at 431 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We are now open for take-out and delivery only. Check out our menu on our website and order there or over the phone, 831-230-0570.

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The all new Specialized bike, Diverge, is in stock at Work Horse Bicycles! With tons of tire clearance, lots of mounting and packing options (including the integrated swat box for racks, bags, and whatever your adventure calls for), wide bars, future shock, and GRX shifting, this bike will keep you smiling for all of the miles.

Located at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, we are currently open 1pm-6pm, Monday-Friday.

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Esteban Restaurant is excited to announce that we have added nightly dinner specials to our current Curbside Dinner Menu and we're now offering Sunday brunch to go. Chef Gus has brought back some favorites and added a few new items the entire family can enjoy!

Dinner is served daily, 4pm-8pm, and Sunday brunch is served 9am-12pm. Take a look at our Specials and Sunday Brunch menus below, view our regular dinner menu on our website, and give us a call at 831-375-0176.

Our current nightly specials are:

Monday & Tuesday
3-course Paella Dinner

Wednesday & Thursday
14 oz. Ribeye Steak
Grilled Pacific Catch
Chickpea Stew

Friday & Saturday
Pizza & Wings for the Family

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Want a delicious take-and-bake pizza you can make in the comfort of your own home? In response to popular demand, MidiCI Monterey now offers take home pizza kits for everyone to enjoy. Experience MidiCi in your own kitchen! Order your pizza kit today for delivery or takeout.

MidiCi, the Neapoltian Pizza Company, is located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please visit our website to check out our menu.

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Old Catpiol Books and the Close to Home Collective present their first online workshop, Sublime Imprecision: The Magic of Rough Edges, led by Janice Blaze Rocke and Marc Zegans on Thursday, May 28, 7pm-9pm. Registration is required. Please register online here.

In this workshop we will explore nuanced ways of writing about topical issues and events, emphasizing the role of the senses in grounding oneself in the writing process. We’ll examine how subtle and offbeat approaches can help consumers of our creative work think mindfully about complex phenomena that on the surface appear simple.

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Please note: this event has been postponed. Old Capitol Books and the Close to Home Collective present the return of the Rubber Chicken Poetry Slam hosted by Garland Thompson, Jr., on Wednesday, June 3, 7:30pm-9:30pm. And now, for the first time, we're doing it online!

Come perform or witness the competitive poetry event that has become a local institution. Come strut your stuff, or watch the slam unfold as a spectator. Poets should sign up here on the day of the event.

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