Old Monterey District Blog

Sunny days are on the way, and Fleet Feet Monterey has goodr sunglasses in the shop. The new Cosmic Crystal line from goodr is perfect for manifesting good times and blocking the sun. They are no-slip, no-bounce, and polarized - perfect for running.

Visit Fleet Feet at 472 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and try on the sunglasses of the summer!

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Haute Beauty Guide boutique, located at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is proud to carry Savon de Carmel's 150G French Utility Soap. It's a 72% plant-based bar soap, infused with lavender and inspired by the traditional Savon de Marseille soaps of France, but made nearby in Carmel Valley!

Specially designed with plant based oils and soothing shea butter, this lovely rich lavender soap cures for 4 weeks and is then washed in salt water from the Monterey Bay. After being left to dry, it is once again bathed in water to rinse the remaining salt residue.

Savon de Carmel's soap contains no palm oil or parabens and is vegan, all natural, and organic. It is available in bars (small) or cubes (large) both in the store and online for curbside pickup or shipping.

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Youth Arts Collective, located at 472 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey, is happy to announce that we will resume in-person mentoring and art making on June 7. During this transition period we will need to limit the number of students attending at any one time until we return to the more open studios for the members at some later date.

Each of the current YACsters have committed to two chosen days per week. We will follow all safety protocols that the state and city mandates, including masks, social distancing, air purifiers, good ventilation, hand sanitizing, and daily cleaning. We also require all members and staff to be vaccinated.

For those young artists who want to apply to YAC, please email Marcia Perry to begin the process.

YAC’s Board of Directors, staff of artist mentors, and founders Meg and Marcia are all deeply grateful to the wonderful community of individuals, businesses, and foundations that have ensured Youth Arts Collective’s survival during this time of separation (including our landlord, Nick Craft!) Thank you one and all. YAC is coming back!

Do art. Be kind.

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Peter B's Brewpub, located at 2 Portola Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey behind the Portola Hotel & Spa, is thrilled to announce Natalie Mika as the new Head Brewer of the award-winning brewery. Mika has been brewing beer professionally at Peter B's since 2019. A Monterey County native, Mika is a self-proclaimed lab nerd and has worked with fermentation science since 2013.

A graduate of California Polytechnic University with a degree in Wine and Viticulture, Mika launched her career in the wine industry working for five vintages at Bodega Calle in Argentina, Scheid Vineyards in Greenfield, VinLink Winery in New Zealand, and The Wine Group in Soledad.

Mika is now brewing in time for Peter B’s planned reopening in the summer of 2021. In addition to the brews that have become so popular at Peter B’s Brewpub, Mika says, “I’d like to do some fruited Belgian style beers. Making a Belgian beer with some Riesling grapes has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and hopefully, I’ll get to do that in the late summer or fall."

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Franklin Street Collaborative invites you to join us on Saturday, May 22, 11am-2pm, for Miss Lippe's Dumplings and Nitro Cycle Coffee. Miss Lippe's will be holding tutorials in how to make dumplings! If you preorder a pork dumpling-making mini-kit ($13) from Miss Lippe, you can pick it up from her today at the event and take it home to cook.

Franklin Street Collaborative is located at 201 West Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Old Monterey Farmer's Market Returns May 25

Posted on May 19th, 2021 by omba

The Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmer's Market is returning to Alvarado Street on Tuesday, May 25 at 4pm! We're beginning with a limited farmer's market for the first couple of weeks, 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 every Tuesday, 4pm-8pm. 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. There will be hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the market. We look forward to seeing you!

On May 25, 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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Monterey Museum of Art invites you to join London-based artist Kaffe Fassett and his niece, Big Sur-based artist Erin Lee Gafill, in their respective studios for a showcase of their joint still life painting process online on Thursday, May 27, 11am-12pm. Fee is $10. Register in advance online.

Inspired by the pair’s twelve years of annual creative retreats, which were recently interrupted by the pandemic, Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill will once again paint the same arrangement of objects in unison. But instead of sitting side-by-side, Kaffe and Erin will be working together virtually, as they sit on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. After the session, connect and reflect with the two artists during a question-and-answer session.

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Comanche Cellars Wine Room is pleased to announce our new tasting menu! Visit us and try the 2019 Comanche Cellars Chardonnay, 2018 Comanche Cellars Pinot Noir, 2018 Dog & Pony La Vaquera, 2018 Dog & Pony Desperado, and the 2017 Comanche Cellars Merlot. 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 now open for outdoor and indoor wine tasting and retail wine sales. Curbside pickup of wine bottle purchases is available.

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Mythic Games, located at 561 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is happy to announce that you can now preorder Magic The Gathering: Modern Horizons 2 on our website. It's scheduled to be released on June 18, 2021 - you can choose to pick it up at our store or have it shipped to you.

The prerelease kit is $50, the bundle box is $99.99, the draft booster box is $249.99, and the set booster box is $299.99. Please support your local gaming spots.

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Portola Hotel & Spa is thrilled to share that Jacks Monterey is reopening on May 19. Jacks will be open Wednesday - Sunday for breakfast, 6:30am-10:30am, and dinner, 4pm-10pm. Reservations are available through OpenTable or by phoning 831-649-7830.

Jacks Monterey serves a variety of dishes made from fresh, local ingredients (including guest favorites such as the Monterey Bay Salmon, Portola Burger, and seasonal salads) paired with award-winning cocktails and wine. View the full breakfast menu or dinner menu.

In addition to indoor dining, enjoy outdoor dining on Jacks Terrace, featuring pet-friendly seating, fire pits, and bistro lighting. Locals and members of the military enjoy 15% off at Jacks Monterey (excludes alcohol).

Jacks Monterey is located inside Portola Hotel & Spa at 2 Portola Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey.

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The Monterey History and Art Association Salvador Dali Exhibition is happy to reopen our doors to the public on Friday, May 28 in the Stanton Center at 5 Custom Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey.

Dali was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated surrealist artists, and lived for a time in Pebble Beach. This exhibit, which includes original lithographs, etchings, mixed media, rare sculptures, and tapestries, seeks to showcase Dali's local influence and capture the rich history that ties him to the greater Monterey region. This collection is the first and only permanent exhibition of Salvador Dali's works on the U.S. West Coast, curated and donated to the City of Monterey by local residents Dmitry and Rebecca Piterman.

Contactless tickets for the Dali Exhibition will be available on our website. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, $15 for members of the military, and $10 for youth and students. Save 50% on tickets to the Dali Exhibition when you purchase tickets to Monterey Magic and Comedy Club's Magic Fusion show!

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Nightly "Magic Fusion" Show Opens May 28

Posted on May 14th, 2021 by MontereyMagic

In association with Monterey History and Art Association, the Monterey Magic & Comedy Club is proud to announce Magic Fusion, a new magic show opening Friday, May 28 in the Stanton Center at 5 Custom House Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey.

Magic Fusion is a fast-paced, high-energy, 75-85 minute show featuring show-stopping, jaw-dropping feats of mind-bending magic and comedy suitable for all ages. All of the world-class performers featured in the show have graced the stages of the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, made numerous television appearances (including Masters Of Magic on the CW Network), and had residencies at some of the biggest resorts in Las Vegas.

Each featured magician will perform two-week runs in at the Monterey Magic & Comedy Club, which will give locals and visitors alike a chance to experience a different magician and show each time they visit.

Beginning May 28, Magic Fusion will appear at 7pm Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday, with additional 9pm shows Friday-Saturday. Advance tickets are $32 for adults, $22 for children age 16 and under. Day-of-show tickets are $37 for adults, $27 for children age 16 and under. Purchase your tickets online here.

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An important reminder from the Monterey County Health Department: Monterey County is still under California State masking guidelines. At this time, people fully vaccinated for Covid still need to wear a mask indoors when they are out in the community.

On May 17, the State of California's Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, announced that California will keep the current mask mandate in place until June 15. Read Dr. Ghaly's full statement here.

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Monterey Museum of Art invites you to experience the close connection between internationally renowned textile designer Kaffe Fassett and his niece, award-winning Monterey County artist Erin Lee Gafill, in this online event on Saturday, May 22, 11am-12pm. Fee is $15. Please register online.

First, witness a behind-the-scenes dialogue between Kaffe and Erin as they discuss their creative influences and shared family history, delving into personal processes and challenges as makers, alongside stunning images from their Color Duets collection. Then, join the pair for a live question-and-answer session, continuing the conversation and bringing you, the viewer, further into their inner sanctum.

Monterey Museum of Art is located at 559 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey. It is opening to art museum members beginning May 13 and open to the general public beginning May 20.

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Great news! Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum), located at 425 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, will be reopening for members on June 17, 2021 and reopening to the general public on July 1, 2021. Online reservations are required - tickets will be available on our website for members on June 1 and for the general public on June 15. We have missed you sooooo much!

Did you have a MY Museum membership when the pandemic closed everything down in 2020? Your membership was frozen the day we closed and will be reactivated on June 16, 2021.

Please know that at MY Museum, we're playing it safe! See our full list of safety measures here.

*Visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times.

*All staff members will maintain a 6-foot distance from visitors and other employees.

*We have changed our business hours to allow for more frequent deep cleaning between groups of visitors.

*We are conducting routine cleaning of high touch area, common spaces, and exhibits. We use hospital-grace disinfectants along with other products used in our industry as best practices.

*We've added more hand sanitizing stations.

*The HVAC system will be at full capacity during business hours and new MERV filters have been added to each unit in addition to 6 air purifying units throughout the building that will accommodate the appropriate number of square footage.

*We've reduced the number of objects and toys throughout the Museum.

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Golden State Theatre, located at 417 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is happy to announce our reopening in August 2021 with a great line-up for the late summer and fall. Tickets for all of these shows will be available for purchase on our website beginning May 14 at 10am.

Nikki Glaser - Friday, August 20
Buddy Guy – Friday, September 3
Chris Botti – Friday, September 10
The Beach Boys – Thursday, September 16
Judy Collins – Saturday, September 25
The Wailin' Jennys – Friday, October 1
Get The Led Out (Led Zeppelin Tribute Band) – Saturday, October 9
Demetri Martin – Saturday, October 16
Christopher Cross – Thursday, October 21
Felipe Esparza – Saturday, October 23
The Temptations – Saturday, November 20
Tower of Power – Saturday, November 27
Kathleen Madigan – Friday, December 3
...and more to come!

Please note: Any Golden State Theatre tickets that were purchased for postponed shows in 2020 will be honored for the new date - the Theatre will be sending our updated 2021 tickets to ticket holders prior to the show. If you do not see your missed 2020 entertainer listed above, please be patient - we are still working on confirming reschedule dates for 2021.

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Paris Bakery Now Hiring

Posted on May 11th, 2021 by Paris Bakery

Paris Bakery, a family owned business, is now hiring! We are looking for a full time Pastry Chef, full time Baker's Helper, part time Dishwasher, and part time Counter Help/Cashier/Deli Helper. Please come in person to Paris Bakery at 271 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey or e-mail your resume to us.

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