Old Monterey District Blog

By now, all of you have probably heard that California reopened on June 15. You may be asking: what does that mean?

It means that most, but not all, Covid-19 related public health orders have been lifted for all the lucky people who've been vaccinated. For people who haven't been vaccinated, the new rules are somewhat relaxed, but remain similar to what they were before.

As of June 15, businesses in Downtown Old Monterey no longer have any capacity limits and most 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.

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 remember that each small business is run by someone who has a family and is dealing with challenges that you can't see. While we're all thrilled to be starting the return to normal, the reality is that for people operating shops, restaurants, and services, things are still a long way from normal. 2021 is going to be a year of transition.

Please help us this year 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.

What if you want to get vaccinated for Covid-19? Now is a great time to get vaccinated - there are many free vaccine appointments available in Monterey County. Increased vaccination rates protect your physical health as well as our economic health. We simply do not want to return to shutdowns and curfews. Vaccines are the most important tool we have to return California to a vibrant, growing, and healthy economy. Anda!

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Events Page Returns to Old Monterey Website

Posted on June 15th, 2021 by omba

We are happy to announce that the Old Monterey Events Page has returned to our website! Now that California is reopening we have lots of music, pop-up shops, and workshops happening in Downtown Old Monterey and we're compiling them all in one place in chronological order. If you're looking for something fun to do any day of the week, check it out.

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Peter B's Brewpub, located at 2 Portola Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey at Portola Hotel & Spa, is happy to announce our reopening on Wednesday, June 16. Come and enjoy our award-winning locally-brewed beer, 18 high-definition televisions, and pub menu stocked with innovative comfort foods.

Our new Head Brewer, Natalie Mika, has been hard at work brewing our flagship ales including Legend of Laguna and Inclusion Amber Ale. And our dining menu? Expect to see some of your favorites, including Macho Nachos, The Wing Man, Crispy Cheese Curds, Jocelyn’s Diablo Burger, Fresh Baked Pizzas, and more.

Come on down and enjoy indoor or outdoor seating! We're open Wednesday - Sunday, 4pm-10pm. Happy Hour is 4pm-6pm, with an extra Late Night Happy Hour 9pm-10pm.

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Grace Lifestyle Boutique, located at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is hiring a part-time sales associate. Compensation is $15 per hour (possibly more with experience) plus hiring clothing allowance, 30% employee discount, and commission on sales goals.

If you are excited about fashion, jewelry, and all things cute; are responsible and dependable; have sales experience (preferred but not necessary!); enjoy meeting and chatting with new people, locals and visitors alike; and are available part time but also open to additional on-call days....we would love to meet you!

Please call the shop at 831-324-4200 or visit us in person.

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Inns of Monterey, a collection of boutique hotels which includes Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey, proudly announces the appointment of Tim McGregor as Vice President and General Manager, responsible for all aspects of management.

McGregor brings 28 years of hospitality management and customer service experience to his dynamic new post. Extensive knowledge of food and beverage operations compliments his hotel experience. McGregor's most recent position was General Manager at Seascape Beach Resort in neighboring Aptos, where he oversaw all operations of the 280-unit, 40-acre oceanfront resort property. And McGregor is no stranger to Monterey. From 1999-2006 he was Executive Assistant Manager at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa on Cannery Row.

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On Sunday, June 13, 5pm-8pm, local jazz favorite the Stu Reynolds Saxtet will perform at MidiCi, the Neapolitan Pizza Company, located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. No cover charge. Enjoy dinner and a show!

The Stu Reynolds Saxtet features Stu Reynolds on saxophone, Steve Uccello on bass, and Adam Astrup on guitar.

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Om Studios Is Hiring

Posted on June 8th, 2021 by Om Studios

Om Studios is hiring! We are looking for reliable, motivated, and friendly yoga, Pilates, and barre teachers to join our amazing team. Interested? Please email us. Om Studios, an independent, locally owned fitness studio, is located at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Covid-19 restrictions are definitely lessening as we move towards a more "normal" situation in California. Unfortunately, we don't feel confident bringing 20,000 people together quite yet. Consequently, we will not be hosting a Fourth of July Parade in 2021.

With that said, the Old Monterey Business Association is already looking forward to next year with marching bands, floats, and the whole array of community groups and supporters coming together for Independence Day 2022! We wish everyone a safe, sane, and healthy 4th of July.

Workhorse Bicycles has a fresh batch of Road Runner bike bags in stock, ready to rock! Form and function, handmade in Los Angeles. Visit Workhorse Bicycles at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey to view our selection.

Road Runner bags are designed by cyclists, for cyclists. The company is committed to environmental sustainability and they work hard to make sure that all fabric scraps are saved and no material is wasted.

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Grace Lifestyle Boutique has recently received some gorgeous new jewelry by California designers. Stop by the shop at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and check out our selection of adornments along with a variety of women's clothing and gifts. We are also happy to offer shipping on request.

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Beginning June 15, Britannia Arms of Monterey will be showing all the 12pm (local time) matches of the 2021 European Championship on our big screens. The Britannia Arms, located at 444 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is the headquarters for soccer on the Monterey Peninsula! Enjoy lunch, a cold beer, and some football with us.

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In June, Franklin Street Collaborative is celebrating summer with special pop up events featuring local small businesses offering food, drink, clothing, home decor, and beauty products. Join us every Tuesday, 4pm-7pm and Saturday, 11am-2pm at 201 West Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Locals Market Featured Pop Ups

Tuesday, June 8
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + Human Minded CBD

Saturday, June 12
Nourish 360 + La Dolce Vita Sweets

Tuesday, June 15
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + Miss Lippe’s Dumplings + La Luna Designs

Saturday, June 19
Vicious Goodies

Tuesday, June 22
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + Koahware

Saturday, June 26
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + La Dolce Vita Sweets

Tuesday, June 29
Nitro-Cycle Coffee + Parsley & Fig

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After over a year of closure, Monterey State Historic Park has reopened its museums and gift shops and resumed tours with Covid-19 safety precautions in place. Everyone is invited to take a tour of the park or visit our free museums!

Custom House Museum & Gift Shop Now Open
1 Custom House Plaza, Old Monterey
Museum Hours: Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays,10am-4pm
Gift Shop Hours: Friday-Monday, 11am-3pm
Admission is free

Pacific House Museum & Gift Shop Now Open
20 Custom House Plaza, Old Monterey
Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays, 10am-4pm
Admission is free

Monterey State Historic Park Tours
Meet at Custom House Museum, 1 Custom House Plaza
Tours offered Thursday-Sunday: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
This is an approximately one-hour tour of Monterey Historic Park led by a State Parks guide. Tickets are $10 per person; ages 12 & under are free (must be accompanied by an adult). Purchase tickets at Custom House Museum. Tours may also be requested on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by calling 831-649-2907 in advance.

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We want to congratulate Monterey Recreation's adult softball league champion teams sponsored by Downtown Old Monterey businesses! Los Borrachos, sponsored by Nacho Bizness and El Jefe Tequila, won the 2021 Spring Men's Softball (Open) Division. And the Pirate Squad, sponsored by Britannia Arms of Monterey, won the 2021 Spring Co-Ed Softball (A) Division.

Nacho Bizness is located at 470 Alvarado Street and Britannia Arms is located at 444 Alvarado Street. We thank them for their community involvement, and we know they're excited to add more winning plates to their walls in seasons to come. Go teams!

Learn more about Monterey Recreation's youth and adult field sports programs here.

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Monterey Moves into the Yellow Tier

Posted on June 1st, 2021 by omba

The Monterey County Health Department has verified that Monterey County will move into California’s Covid-19 Yellow Tier as of Wednesday, June 2, 2021. What that means is businesses, residents, and visitors, working in partnership with the City of Monterey, have demonstrated their commitment to safety and health protocols and all of us are benefiting from it. Thanks to all of you!

With Yellow Tier status:

**Restaurants can increase indoor seating up to 50% capacity

**Gyms and fitness studios can increase the number of people indoors up to 50% capacity

**Family entertainment centers can increase the number of people indoors up to 50% capacity

**Museums and the Aquarium can open for indoor visitors at 100% capacity

**Bars not serving meals can open indoors up to 25% capacity

**Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can increase the number of people indoors up to 50% capacity

Everyone, please keep up the good work! Continue to wear your face mask and socially distance so that we can continue to stay in the Yellow Tier and we can move safely forward to California’s reopening of the economy on June 15, when capacity and distancing restrictions will be lifted for most businesses and activities.

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