Old Monterey District Blog

At Nacho Bizness, people often ask us about our cheese sauces. When we tell them it’s just cheese and milk with a blend of spices and peppers they always look awestruck.

That's right, we do NOT use canned cheese or cheese from a jar of any sort. We make our own cheese sauces daily and they take a ton of stirring to get just right. Mild cheddar cheese and Monterey jack cheese are at the heart of our Jalapeño Cheddar Sauce and Chipotle Jack Sauce. Don't do dairy? We also offer a vegan cheese sauce!

Come get some nachos with cheese sauce and see what the fuss is all about. Nacho Bizness is located at 470 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Manasiri's Crepes and Sandwiches, a family-owned restaurant at 321 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, invites you to try our caramel and banana crepe!

Manasiri's, serving a range of sweet and savory crepes as well as panini, and salads, is open Sun-Thur, 8am-7pm and Fri-Sat, 8am-midnight. View our menu here.

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Franklin Street Collaborative at 201 W. Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey announces that we now carry products by Serenity Bliss, including eight varieties of essential oils plus bath salts, bundles of sage and palo santo, and jade and rose quartz rollers and gua-shas.

Serenity Bliss is a local, woman-owned business. All products are handcrafted and cruelty-free.

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Comanche Cellars Wine Room is pleased to announce our new tasting menu! Visit us and try the 2020 Dog & Pony Rose of Pinot Noir, 2020 Comanche Cellars Chardonnay, 2018 Comanche Cellars Pinot Noir, 2019 Dog & Pony Barbera, and the 2018 Dog & Pony Il Rinnegato. Our five-flight tasting is $20 per person - if you make a two bottle purchase, we'll waive one tasting fee.

We're located at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and open for wine tasting and retail wine sales.

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The Monterey Conference Center is now hiring a full time Operations Coordinator. Application deadline is March 10, 2022. For more information and to apply, please click here.

The Operations Coordinator is a full-time position based in the Conference Center Division of the City Manager's Office. The successful candidate will play a key role in directing, planning, and organizing the daily and long term operations of the facility. To be successful in this position, the candidate must be highly self-motivated, possess the ability to work in a fast-paced environment involving heavy customer service, and must have the ability to work effectively under pressure while meeting stringent deadlines.

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Did you know? You can purchase plants that have been propagated from the Cooper Molera Gardens. Just visit the Cooper Molera Museum entrance Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm at 506 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey.

One gallon pots cost $10; two gallon pots cost $15. Cash, card, and Apply Pay accepted. All proceeds benefit Cooper Molera.

Right now, we have Clivia Minata, or "Bush Lilly" in stock (pictured here). Get them now while they are blooming! Bush Lily is a broadleaf, evergreen, clumping perennial native to South Africa. It takes a few years for a Bush Lily plant to bloom, so unless you are very patient it is best to purchase a mature plant like the ones we have in stock here. The blooms are showy and long-lasting, usually an orange, white, or yellow color and lily-like in shape. The plant grows up to 2 feet high and 3 feet wide.

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New Mask Rules in Monterey County as of February 16

Posted on February 17th, 2022 by omba

Most of you have probably heard that the State of California and Monterey County lifted the indoor mask mandate on February 16, 2022 for people who are vaccinated for Covid.**

This means that, as of February 16, businesses in Downtown Old Monterey are not required to enforce masking and social distancing for anyone who's been vaccinated. Keep in mind that they can still request that everyone wear a mask while on their premises.

Please remember that each small business is run by someone who has a family and is dealing with challenges that you can't see. If a business is still requiring everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, they surely have a good reason for doing so.

Please help us by being your most compassionate and understanding self. If wearing a mask is not something you're willing to do, just take your money to another business until their rules change.

What if you want to keep wearing a mask? If you're vaccinated but still want to wear a mask, that's your business. You're allowed to do that regardless of what other people are doing around you.

You can read more about all of this in Pam Marino's article in Monterey County Weekly.

**Not vaccinated? Please keep your mask on indoors. Want to get vaccinated and/or boosted? You can make an appointment here.

The Old Monterey Business Association announces the 2021 Downtown Business Awards!

2021 Business Partnership
Monterey Fire Department - Covid Vaccines

2021 Business Partnership
Lightspeed Testing - Covid Testing

Best New Restaurant
Manasiri’s Crepes and Sandwiches

Best Downtown Meet Up Spot
East Village Cafe

Good Neighbor Award
Portola Hotel and Spa - hosting Virus Geeks Testing

Most Creative Business
Board and Brush

Downtown Street Beat Award
Mike Marotta Statue – Public Art

Most Chic Boutique
Franklin Street Collaborative

Best Downtown Small Business
Nacho Bizness

Most Inviting Business
Parker-Lusseau Pastries

Best Downtown Community Event
First Night Monterey

Downtown Anchor Award
Turn 12 Bar and Grill

In Great Appreciation
Laurie Huelga – Public Information Officer, City of Monterey

In Great Appreciation
Social Wave - Developer & Web Master, OldMonterey.org

The Old Monterey Business Association (OMBA) is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing and promoting the economic vitality and community spirit of Old Monterey. We strive to enhance and promote the economic vitality and community spirit of Old Monterey as well as maintaining the Downtown as a unique retail, entertainment, and commercial center for both residents and visitors of Old Monterey.

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Nacho Bizness fans! You know what time it is. Be prepared for The Big Game and order a party pack from Nacho Bizness by Friday, February 11 for pick up on Sunday, February 13. Just send us a message via Instagram or via Facebook, including the size of your party, and we'll send you a price quote ASAP.

Nacho Bizness, home of legendarily delicious nachos, is located at 470 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Youth Arts Collective invites you to visit our 2022 Pop-Up Valentine’s Show made with love and brought to you by fourteen YACsters.

The exhibit is on display through the month of February on its own wall in the YAC gallery at 472 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey and online here. It’s a fun show and a perfect place to buy an original art piece at a reasonable price (they make great Valentine's gifts).

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Code Ninjas Summer Camps 2022

Posted on February 7th, 2022 by Code Ninjas

Code Ninjas Monterey is now enrolling students into their week-long summer camps for kids. Transform your child's love for technology into an exciting learning adventure! Guided by our team of Code Senseis, the camps empower kids to gain valuable tech skills, make new friends, and have fun. Visit our website for more information and to register.

Summer camps include:
Become a YouTuber (ages 8+)
Intro to Roblox Development (ages 8+)
Modding with Minecraft (ages 8+)
Composing with Code (ages 11+)

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At Revival Ice Cream, every cake in our shop is hand crafted by our team of experts. We make everything, including the ice cream and toppings, from scratch. It may take more time, but we don’t cut corners when it comes to fresh ingredients and booming flavors.

Whether you're celebrating a birthday, Valentine's Day, or a friend's promotion at work, call Revival Ice Cream or visit us online and we can create a custom cake that's perfect for you! All our cakes are made with organic, gluten-free oat flour. We also offer dairy-free options.

Revival Ice Cream is located at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Order for local pickup or nationwide shipping.

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Spa on the Plaza, located at 201 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is offering two Valentine specials now through February 2022. To make an appointment, please phone us at 831-647-9000.

Valentine Specials

Sweet Treat
$330 for 140 minutes
Give your love bug a spa day full of relaxation. This package is sure to leave them glowing and feeling refreshed. Begins with an 80 minute rose oil massage and ends with our 60 minute rose facial. Includes a glass of champagne and chocolate truffles.

The Perfect Date Night
$350 for two people
Enjoy a 50-minute couple's massage featuring a side-by-side aromatherapy massage. Then unwind at Jacks Monterey in the tree-lined atrium or cozy fireplace bar and share an appetizer of hummus and organic veggies served with warm flatbread, an oven-roasted pizza of your choice, and two glasses of house wine. (Jacks is open for dinner Wed-Sun, 4-10 pm)

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Venture Gallery presents the work of painter Edi Matsumoto and potter Sachiko Yokota, our featured artists for February. Their show, entitled Japonica, explores Japanese aesthetics. You are cordially invited to stop by the gallery and meet the artists on Tuesday, February 8, 2pm-6pm.

Edi Matsumoto's art explores Japanese aesthetics and celebrates "wabi-sabi," the beauty of the transient, imperfect, and impermanent nature of life. The stars of the exhibit are self portraits that reflect various aspects of Japanese traditions.

Sachiko Yokota specializes in creating usable containers to enhance daily life, including ikebana containers, vases, and Japanese style fountains. Her work is prized by collectors as well as other potters inspired by her unique techniques and glazes.

Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm. Edi Matsumoto and Sachiko Yokota's artwork will be featured through February 2022. 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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Out and about and want to share a pre-dinner bottle of wine, or looking for the perfect bottle to purchase and enjoy at home? This Silvestri Vineyards Syrah is one of the newest additions to our list at Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant. We invite you to stop by and try it here at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

This bottle from Silvestri Vineyards, a family-owned winery in Carmel Valley, is just one of over 50 selections of California sourced wine at Sovino. Come check them out and enjoy a taste of our great state.

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Sushi Fly Closing on January 29

Posted on January 25th, 2022 by Sushi Fly

We are sad to report that Sushi Fly, located at 413 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, will be closing. In a message from Sushi Fly's owner, Mike, on January 25, he wrote:

About 10 days ago, I broke my hand. After consultation with my doctor, it became clear that I would not be making sushi for up to 10 weeks. This recent injury and the stress of managing through Covid for the past two years was the catalyst that caused me to reassess my relationship with the restaurant and my role as a small business owner. As I began to think about my future, it became clear to me that owning a restaurant like Sushi Fly was not going to provide the quality of life I seek and I needed to make a change.

It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing Sushi Fly will be closing our doors permanently on January 30.

Sushi Fly would not have been possible without our stellar employees and our loyal local customers! I cannot thank our employees enough for the success we have enjoyed over these past 4 years. Without you, we wouldn’t have made it this far. I truly appreciate all you have done. Lastly, I want to thank all the great customers. Many of you became regular customers and eventually became our friends. You helped us make it enjoyable and fun all these years.

Please come celebrate with us for these remaining days, our final day of service will be Saturday January 29, 2022.