Old Monterey District Blog

Montrio Bistro, located at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey, has launched a 60-day fundraiser in support of the Food Bank for Monterey County. With the “Pick It Up, Pay It Forward” campaign, taking place now through September 30, 2020, 10% of all proceeds from take-out orders will be donated to the food bank. (Please note: this is for take-out orders only, and does not apply to delivery orders.)

With the difficulties of the pandemic, food banks are struggling to keep up with growing demand. So come and pick up your favorite meal today to help us support this cause! Our dishes make your taste buds feel great and nothing feels better than helping others in need.

Ken and Mona Donkersloot, owners of Montrio Bistro, Tarpy's Roadhouse, and Rio Grill restaurants, hope to meet a goal of $20,000 across all three restaurants. If that goal is met, they will personally donate an additional $5,000. Visit Montrio's website to view our take-out menu and place your pick-up / take-out order at 831-648-8880.

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Did you know that Slowfiber carries carefully curated sewing kits, perfect for mending your favorite clothing, your children's plush toys, and more? We think there's nothing more discouraging than mending something using a low quality, plastic "kit" produced in some factory overseas. We create and sell menders' kits that invite you to fix your beautiful, treasured things, and tools that are there when you need them to get you out of a tough spot.

Slowfiber offers both small and large mend kits. The Small Kit contains 12 needles (calyx style), Merchant & Mills Baby Bow scissors, a seam ripper, 1 spool A&E Gutermann brand 100% recycled thread (from pop bottles), 5 safety pins, and 3 buttons. The Large Kit contains 25 Merchant & Mills needles, a number of glass-head pins, a 60-inch Merchant & Mills tape measure (mm on the flip), Merchant & Mills Baby Bow scissors, Merchant & Mills seam ripper, tailor's chalk, 20 safety pins, 4 seam clips, 3 spools A&E Gutermann brand 100% recycled thread (from pop bottles), and your choice of locally made up-cycled cloth bag or recycled paperboard box for storage.

You can purchase your Slowfiber mend kit online or at our shop, located at 517 B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Alvarado Street Brewery is switching things up just a little bit...going forward, all new releases will be on Friday! They'll be simultaneously hitting our Monterey location for in-person purchase and our website, burphopsnow.com, for shipping. So check the website or come see us to get your hands on all the latest brews.

Shipping is available on our website in any quantity from a single four pack up to three cases (different shipping rates will apply for different quantities). Orders placed Friday through Sunday on our website will be shipped on Tuesdays. If you select "Pickup" at checkout, you may pick up your beer only at our Salinas brewery drive-thru, Monday - Friday, 12pm-5pm.

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is located at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Shear Addiction is excited to announce we're participating in an online Instagram auction, Change Happens Together, August 21-25, to support Kinship Center. Mark your calendars! Funds from the auction will go directly to Kinship Center to help provide adoption and foster care services to children and youth on California's Central Coast. Read the auction guidelines here.

Shear Addiction Barbershop and Hair Studio, located at 160 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is a classic, upscale barbershop and salon studio offering a variety of services to cater to everyone, both men and women. Our doors are temporarily closed because of the coronavirus.

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Pacific Bowls and Rolls is happy to now feature local halibut on our menu! You can have it on your bowls or in your roll. Come try it as-is or marinated in cilantro and lime. (It's delicious!) You can order online, call in your order to 831-601-584, or stop by and enjoy it at one of our outdoor tables at 475 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

At Pacific Bowls and Rolls, we hold ourselves responsible for contributing to the health of our community and our planet. We are proud partners with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program, and our meats are all ethically and sustainably raised by Niman Ranch and Mary's Free Range Chicken. Our produce is organic, seasonal, and local whenever possible.

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Haute Beauty Guide's retail shop, located at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, now carries bars of soap made by Nash and Jones. These all-natural soap bars are creamy, luxurious, and designed to be gentle enough for any skin type. We're not sure whether the mint bar or the honey bar is our favorite, but they all smell dreamy! Come see what you think.

These beautiful soaps are also available on the Haute Beauty Guide website for shipping or local delivery. Haute Beauty Guide is a small, locally-owned business run by Doran, a licensed esthetician and mother of a lively toddler.

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"Be kind." Now there's a phrase that's useful to remember at all times, particularly the one we're living in right now. Grace Lifestyle Boutique has just restocked their supply of these stylish "be kind" t-shirts, graced with drawings of hands that spell out the words in American Sign Language. Grace now has sizes S, M, and L available for $35 each. And when you buy one, you're supporting a small, locally-owned business.

Grace Lifestyle Boutique is located at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Looking for a funny little gift for a friend or a way to make yourself smile every morning? Casual Island has received a fresh supply of humorous refrigerator magnets! Just put on your face mask and stop by our shop at 261 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. (Need a new cloth face mask? We have lots of those for sale, too!) We love to make you smile, even if we only get to see the edges of your eyes crinkle up when you do it.

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Congratulations to Code Ninjas' junior varsity e-sports team for winning the XP Youth League National Finals last weekend! That's right, folks, the Monterey Whales JV Team upset the first seed in the first round of the playoffs and made an amazing underdog comeback, winning in the final round of their national Overwatch e-sports league on Saturday, July 25.

Code Ninjas Monterey is holding their next free Overwatch e-sports league tryouts for the Monterey Bay Whales fall season team on August 15 and 22, 2pm-5pm. It's a great opportunity for children ages 8-14 with a passion for fun, friendly, and cooperative gaming. No prior experience is necessary. The season lasts 8 weeks, followed by a 2-week playoff. HP-Omen Gaming Laptops are provided. Teams will be coached by Julian Torres and Bogdan Grots.

Code Ninjas is located at 469 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Home care facial kits are now available at Spa on the Plaza for curbside pick-up or home delivery. Options include the SkinCeuticals Deluxe Home Care Kit and the Jurlique Hydrating Rose Kit. Place your order at the links. Spa on the Plaza is located at 201 Alvarado Street, Suite A in Downtown Old Monterey.

Skinceuticals Deluxe Home Care Kit ($75)
Includes full size Tinted Physical Fusion SPF 50 and Biocellulous Restorative Mask and sachet size samples of Glycolic Cleanser, CE Furlic, Discoloration Defense, Triple Lipid, and Glycolic 10.

Jurlique Hydrating Rose Kit ($30)
Includes deluxe size samples of Nourishing Cleansing Oil, Rosewater Balancing Mist, and Rare Rose Moisturizer and sachet size samples of Activating Water, Rare Rose Serum, and Rare Rose Gel Cream.

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You can't go to the gym, but you can exercise your mind! Sovino Wine Bar's Trivia Night is now being held remotely every Monday at 7pm via Zoom and Classmarker.com. To play, please visit our website and purchase "Trivia" to receive the necessary links. For the game on July 27, the $10 fee will be waived when you make a purchase from Sovino's online wine and beer store. Please pay in advance and join in the fun!

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American Culinary Foundation's Covid-19 Relief Fund

Posted on July 22nd, 2020 by omba

Are you a cook, dishwasher, or sous chef who has lost your job because of a restaurant closure during the coronavirus pandemic? You can apply for assistance here from the Covid-19 Relief Fund from the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. You must show proof that you were employed in Monterey County for at least 6 months. Relief can be provided to your PayPal account or by check to ensure that you have access to basic necessities (food, housing, transportation, etc.).

Want to donate to the Covid-19 Relief Fund? Please click here. The Monterey Bay Chapter of the ACF is donating a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $6,000.

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Shelley Bennett Skincare is holding a donation drive for Community Homeless Solutions Women's Shelterthrough the month of July. For each grocery bag-sized donation of women's and children's clothes, household items, and/or toys that day, Shelley Bennett will give you 5 raffle tickets.

At the end of the drive, Shelley will be holding a raffle for 5 tote bags filled with skincare products! Please email Shelley for an appointment to drive up and drop off your donation at the shop, 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey. She'll contact the raffle winners on August 1.

From now through July 31, enjoy 15% off any purchase of $50 or more at Shelley Bennett Skincare's online store. Use code: community.

Community Homeless Solutions is Monterey County’s largest provider of homeless transitional housing and emergency shelter beds, including shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is hosting an online painting class with local artist Bunny Paivine on Saturday, July 25, 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 delivery of the paint and supplies. (You can order wine or beer from us, too!)

Purchase your tickets at our online store. Class details will be sent to you following your purchase. Please purchase your tickets by Thursday night, July 9, to ensure delivery of supplies.

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The City of Monterey is asking all of us to obey the words of our mothers and "look, don't touch" when it comes to the bear sculptures on the Colton Hall Lawn. Scientific studies have show that the novel coronavirus can stay on surfaces for an extended period of time.

For your own health and safety, please do not touch or climb on the bears. They don't want to catch Covid-19, and neither do you. We all look forward to the day when we don't have to physically distance from the Colton Hall bears. Until then, please be a hero, wear a mask, and enjoy the bears with your eyes, not your hands.

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At Om Studios, located at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey, we hold each student and their unique healing journey as sacred. We are committed to walking our talk, and inspiring our community to take better care of their bodies, emotional needs, and nervous systems so they can live a life of meaning and purpose. Our studio doors are temporarily closed because of Covid-19, but there are still opportunities available both online and outdoors.

Our on-demand virtual studio offers yoga, barre, and mat Pilates classes in in a variety of lengths. Whether you are a newbie, experienced practitioner, or looking to gain more flexibility or strength, our vast library of videos will help you reach your goals anytime and anywhere. You're invited to try it for free for 7 days - please register on our website.

We are thrilled to offer outdoor classes at Jewell Park in Pacific Grove. This park has a huge grassy space for us to physically distance and flow together.

Bring your mat and wear layers. Space is limited to 10 students and you must register in advance online. Wear your mask upon arrival. You can use your current class card, your Om Studios membership, or you can take one class at a time for $15.

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Union Yoga Beyond the Studio

Posted on July 21st, 2020 by Union Yoga

Union Yoga is way more than a studio. Our location at 244 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey can feel like a home, but it's the people who walk through the door that make Union the community that it is.

While we shelter in place, there are ways to continue to maintain our community and we invite you to join in, just as you stepped into yoga for the first time. Now more than ever, we need connection for physical and mental health, whether online or in person.

We are now fervently looking for an outdoor venue that can be used on a regular and on-going basis. Until then, classes are:

We are offering a range of yoga classes seven days a week via Zoom, including Foundations Yoga, Flow Yoga, and Yin Yoga. You can take an unlimited number of streaming classes each month for $65. Register in advance online.

Instructors include Kelli Gray (Nairn), Rebekah Cordell, Annie Peterson, Daysha Hampton, and Michael Simpson.

We meet Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 9am-10am, on the beach at the Monterey Tides Hotel for an all-level yoga flow class taught by Kelli or Rebekah Cordell. Yogi Bekah joins with her harmonium on Saturday and some Sunday mornings. Advance registration is required.

Bring your mat or a beach towel. Wearing a mask to the practice is recommended, but it's not required during the practice. We will space mats at least 6 feet apart.

Many of our Union teachers offer one-on-one or private group classes. If you would like private lessons or have a group of friends or family members who love and miss yoga classes, you can gather for one-time or recurring classes on your patio or at a local (approved) park, maintaining physical distance and still connecting with each other.

These classes are customized to help you reach new depths within your practice. Depending on the group size, classes may cost close to a regular class rate. Please send us an email for more information.

Please note: private classes are for you to continue practicing while supporting individual teachers. Union Yoga is otherwise unaffiliated with these sessions. All sessions should adhere to state health requirements.

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Want to send some really good California wine to Grandma Agnes is Florida or Uncle Lou in Oregon? Take advantage of Puma Road's flat rate $10 shipping promotion! That's right, purchase Puma Road wine on our website and we'll ship it for a flat rate of $10. We don’t ship to every state yet, but right now we do ship to: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MD, MN, MO, MT, NC, NM, NY, OR, TX, VA, and WA.

Puma Road Wine Tasting is located at 281 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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