Old Monterey District Blog

The Old Monterey Business Association and Old Monterey Foundation are seeking volunteers for our 4th of July Parade in Downtown Old Monterey. This old fashioned community parade, with marching bands, dancers, giant balloons, and community groups, is a wonderful Monterey tradition that draws thousands of locals and visitors of all ages for a morning of family-friendly fun.

Volunteers will serve 8am-12pm on Tuesday, July 4. As a volunteer, you may end up marching in the parade or placed along the route for crowd and parade control. Because of this, it is very important that you be able to walk a mile and stand for a few hours.

Interested? Fill out this short form and you'll be contacted by the Parade Volunteer Coordinator. If you have questions, please phone the OMBA office at 831-655-8070.

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Workhorse Bicycles is very excited to announce the newest bike bag company at the shop, Swift Industries! Swift, based in Seattle, is woman-owned and the bags are made from recycled materials.

Our staff really likes Swift Industries' Sidekick stem pouch that can hold a Nalgene bottle or your cell phone and some snacks. Most other companies' “small feed bags” can feel lacking in room at times, forcing you to upsize to a bigger, more expensive bag, but the Sidekick is a great handlebar bag.

Workhorse staff is also fond of the cylindrical Bandito bag, which can hold a lot of stuff including tools, a windbreaker, and your hopes and dreams. It'll be perfectly at home on your handlebars or under the saddle.

We invite you to stop by the shop at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey and check out all the Swift Industries bags we have in stock!

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Board and Brush Monterey is having a sale on pre-made wooden signs throughout June 2023. Come check out all the great samples we have on our walls and help us make room for new stock. We're offering large signs for $45, medium signs for $30, and small signs for $20.

Board and Brush is located at 458 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Luminata Books and Gifts has new Celtic porcelain pendants in stock which feature animals (cats, dogs), mythical creatures (dragons), Celtic symbols (crosses, knots), and goddesses and saints. Each pendant comes with a lovely description of the pendant's image in English and French.

Stop in during store hours to check them out. We're located at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey and open Tuesday-Friday, 10:30am-6:30pm; Saturday, 11am-6:30pm; and Sunday, 12pm-5pm.

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Are you craving pizza? Melville Tavern, located at 484 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, offers some great wood-fired pizzas.

Try our Tavern Pizza (pictured here) which includes housemade sausage, pepperoni, cremini mushrooms, mozzarella, red onions, and tomato. Or try our Mediterranean Pizza, featuring kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, tomato, red onion, and feta cheese.

We have many pizza options on our menu in addition to all the great entrees, sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

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The Pokemon adventure continues...Scarlet and Violet - Paldea Evolved has arrived at Mythic Games Monterey! We have boosters, booster boxes, tins, and elite trainer and toolbox kits for your Poke pleasure. Visit Mythic at 561 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Pokemon Abilities can make or break a deck, and there are plenty of new ones to look forward to in Scarlet and Violet - Paldea Evolved.

Are you interested in becoming a Board Member of Monterey Public Library Friends and Foundation? The MPL F&F Board is looking to fill multiple board seats for next year, with particular skills needed in social media and communications, fund development and partnerships, graphic design, photography, and event coordination.

To apply, please fill out the application here by June 23, 2023. For further questions, please email MPL F&F.

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For the second summer in a row, Monterey State Historic Park is hosting the Los Exploradores de Monterey Summer Day Camp for children entering 3rd grade to those entering 6th grade. During the ten-day sessions, camp attendees learn about Monterey’s rich cultural history and natural spaces through fun activities including period games, nature observation and interactive guided tours.

Highlights include whale watching, hands-on historic candle making, and a session where children pilot a remote-controlled submersible vehicle in Monterey Harbor. The programs take place in Monterey State Historic Park’s historic adobes and scenic gardens along with field trips to Colton Hall and the Cooper Molera Adobe complex, and a whale watching expedition.

Three separate sessions of the camp will be offered this summer. Ten-day sessions run June 5-16 and July 17-28. Please register online here. For more information, please call 831-717-8125.

Sponsored by the Monterey State Historic Park Association and led by California State Park staff, the camp days begin at 9am and end at 2pm. Prices are $400 for the 10-day sessions and $240 for the five-day session. Please join us this summer in historic Monterey!

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Venture Gallery presents the work of Barbara Lee Furbush, our featured artist for June. Her exhibit, entitled Ephemeral Evolutions, invites engagement with the protean dance between sky and water.

A printmaker by training, Barbara's images are atmospheric - she chases the ephemeral with ink veils layered on paper to create her original prints. Barbara writes, "Printmaking allows me liberation, freedom...as I move through the creative process...My prints [are] mostly an intuitive and experiential process."

Venture Gallery is now open 10am-6pm six days a week and 2pm-6pm on Tuesdays. Barbara Lee Furbush's artwork will be featured through June 2023. 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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Manasiri's Crepes and Sandwiches invites you to dive into the enchanting flavors of our freshly brewed Moroccan tea, where honey and mint intertwine to create a captivating blend. Sip, savor, and let the aroma transport you from Downtown Old Monterey to the vibrant streets of Morocco.

Family owned and operated, Manasiri's is located at 321 Alvarado Street, open Sun-Thu, 8am-7pm, and Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm.

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The Coastal Roots Hospitality Group - including Montrio restaurant at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey - has designated Loaves, Fishes & Computers as the nonprofit recipient of its Pick It Up - Pay It Forward Program for the month June 2023.

What does this mean? When you order takeout food from Montrio, 10% of your order will automatically be donated to local nonprofit Loaves, Fishes & Computers. (Please note: this offer does not apply to delivery orders.)

Based in Salinas, Loaves, Fishes & Computers provides low-cost computers and bilingual computer literacy classes to low-income families in Monterey County.

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Cella Restaurant and Bar welcomes our new Executive Chef Cal Stamenov to the team at 525 Polk Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Blending classic technique with local simplicity and slow food cooking, Chef Cal brings years of experience and relationships with the area's best farmers and foragers.

Chef Cal, who has become the chef's chef of the Central Coast, has reigned from the early days of the Highlands Inn overseeing the Masters of Food and Wine events, to building Bernardus Lodge's culinary team that would end up cultivating some of the area's best chefs.

Chefs Ben Spungin and Cal Stamenov are happy to be back together again at Cella after working with each other at Bernardus Lodge during the iconic years of Marinus Restaurant.

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Looking for storage solutions for your home? Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things has a couple of new tansu in the shop. A tansu is a traditional Japanese mobile storage cabinet and they're commonly used to store objects of daily use, clothes, and personal items. Right now, we have a tall tansu for the kitchen and a shorter tansu for clothing.

We also have a beautifully decorated four panel screen which would enhance any room. Visit us at 118 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey to view these in person. We're open Monday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm.

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Om Studios Reopens May 15

Posted on May 15th, 2023 by Om Studios

Om Studios is excited to announce that our renovations are done and the studio is back open again at 631 Cass Street, Suite B in Downtown Old Monterey. We had to take a huge pause to repair winter storm damage, but the time away has allowed us to make some nice updates to our studio.

We're now back to our regular schedule offering yoga, barre, and reformer classes. You can book your classes up to two weeks in advance on our website.

We want to give a special thanks to Rene for her amazing art studio, Lululemon, and Alta Bakery for allowing us a space to practice while our studio was closed. We love our community!

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The Pearl Works, a locally operated co-working space located at 288 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is excited to have openings in our Pod Desk Area. Now is the time to schedule a tour, meet some of the great people here, and see if having a dedicated desk outside your home would be helpful to you.

Our Pod Desk Area is an open office floor plan with a community vibe, open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. All dedicated workspaces have height adjustable desks with the capacity to bring in your own monitor. There are six phone booths that are shared spaces for all members. Proof of Covid vaccination is required. Fee is $350 a month.

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Monterey Trolley Returns on May 27, 2023

Posted on May 15th, 2023 by omba

The Monterey trolley is returning! This free service will operate May 27 - September 4, 10am-6pm daily. Park in the Downtown Monterey Garage (340 Tyler Street), Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam Street) or at the Waterfront Lot (between 245 Washington Street and the Wharf) and get a free ride to all of your favorite attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

Avoid the hassles of driving to each location and finding places to park - let the trolley give you a fast, convenient and free ride. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route.

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