Old Monterey District Blog

Just in time for spring, the Monterey Hotel Spa is launching a special price for massage every Sunday! For $99, receive a 1 hour massage plus access to the spa amenities. Phone 831-375-3184 to book your appointment.

The new Monterey Hotel Spa allows guests and locals to relax and rejuvenate in the heart of Old Monterey. We offer facials, massage, lash extensions, body wraps, and scrubs with seasonal scents and unique treatments. Take advantage of our therapeutic hot tub, showers, relaxation rooms, and workout rooms during your visit.

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Want a new look? Come to Sunshine Salon at 147 Webster Street in Old Monterey, a full service salon for men, women, and children. Our friendly, experienced staff like helping people feel good about themselves! Pictured is one of our recent customers, who decided to transform her long, dark hair, getting soft highlights and a bob haircut that's lovely and fresh for spring.

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Siamese Bay Restaurant invites you to stop by and try our Curry Noodles. It’s the perfect way to warm yourself on a chilly spring evening! Eaten like a noodle soup, this is a traditional Thai recipe featuring a delicious coconut curry with rice noodles, a boiled egg, and bean sprouts. The bowl pictured here was made to order with chicken.

Siamese Bay Restaurant, located at 131 Webster Street in Old Monterey, is open for lunch Monday-Saturday, 11am-3pm, and open for dinner seven days a week, 5pm-9pm.

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Over 500 women on the Monterey Peninsula are without adequate shelter and these women have powerful voices and a unique vision that often goes unnoticed and ignored. The Monterey Museum of Art has partnered with the Fund for Homeless Women to provide cameras to these unsheltered women so that they may capture the world they see. Their exhibition, What We See: Photographs by Women Without Shelter, opens Thursday, March 16 at Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street. Learn more about the upcoming exhibition at montereyart.org/wws.

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Now you can enjoy our ice cream knowing you’ve made the right choice for dessert AND the right choice for our planet! Revival Ice Ice is excited to announce that we are now a certified Monterey Bay Green Business! Sustainability and eco-friendly practices are at the core of Revival’s philosophy, so this development comes naturally. By using biodegradable and compostable packaging and utensils, we’ve cut back drastically on the waste that typically occurs when one operates a business such as ours. We go beyond just conserving water and electricity. By making common sense choices and doing what’s right for our planet we hope to inspire others to do the same, whether it be in their business or home.

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Portola Hotel & Spa is happy to announce that it has been awarded the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for its high level of support shown for their Guard and Reserve employees. The award is presented annually to only 15 employer finalists by the Secretary of Defense.

The Department of Defense recognizes the contribution of civilian employers, many of whom provide significant support to their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

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Webster Street Businesses Open During Road Work!

Posted on March 4th, 2017 by omba

There has been a lot of road work lately on Webster Street in Old Monterey between Hartnell Street and Munras Avenue, but while the road may be closed, your friendly local businesses remain open! That first block of Webster Street houses a variety of fantastic restaurants, salons, and much more. Please consider visiting those businesses this month, spending some cash, and showing your support for these great little owner-operated spots, some of which have seen a steep decline in customers because of the road work.

Would your organization, business, or school like to march in Monterey’s 4th of July Parade? The Old Monterey Business Association invites you to apply using our online form! Entry applications must be received by May 30, 2017. Entry applicants are subject to approval by parade organizers - respond early to be considered for placement.

Parade entries are required to be entertaining, creative, exciting, and family-friendly (appropriate to be seen by all ages). You can participate with a float, push float, band, colorful costumes, uniformed attire, drill, dance team or comical routines, antique or unique vehicles, etc. Think outside the box!

The parade route is one mile long, beginning at the corner of Polk Street and Hartnell Street, continuing west on Alvarado Street to Del Monte Avenue to Calle Principal, ending at Jefferson Street. Anticipated attendance is 15,000 people. Parade begins at 10am on Tuesday, July 4.

Please read parade guidelines carefully and submit your application online.

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Grace Lifestyle Boutique is now carrying cotton dog leashes by FMS (modeled here by the lovely Penny). These leashes are handmade in the U.S. and the handle and heavy-duty brass plated swivel snap are hand-spliced and then whipped with matching twine for a polished and stylish look. These are the softest dog leashes you’ve ever felt! Bring your dog to visit us and check out these beauties.

Frontier Market Solutions, LLC (FMS) is a certified Service-Disabled-Veteran-Owned Small Business supply chain integrator headquartered in Monterey. It was founded in 2012 by Sean Brownlee, a United States Marine who spent most of his career in the Reconnaissance and Marine Special Operations Communities.

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Montrio Bistro is pleased to announce that longtime sous chef Bryan Copp has been promoted to chef de cuisine under the direction of executive chef Tony Baker. Copp started at Montrio in 2009 as lead cook and was promoted to sous chef in 2012. As chef de cuisine, Copp will be directly assisting Baker, who is also a partner in the restaurant.

Copp started his restaurant career at several casual dining restaurants while he attended Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas. He served an internship with chef Todd Fisher at the then-Hullabaloo Restaurant in Salinas. Over a period of four years he worked his way up to sous chef at Hullabaloo. Copp stayed with Fisher after Hullabaloo closed, assisting him in his other ventures that included catering and wine dinners as well as assisting at every Pebble Beach Food and Wine even since its inception 10 years ago.

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Magnolia Chateau is proud to carry the work of local artisan Shelly Braga. Her unique, handpainted furniture adds interest to any room it inhabits. We invite you to stop by our store at 534 Abrego Street and check out her work.

Looking to refinish a beloved piece of furniture and transform it into art? Shelly also does custom work, and can be contacted through Magnolia Chateau.

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Bay Bikes: Tune Ups for a Cause

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Bay Bikes

From now through February 27, 2017, Bay Bikes will be donating $15 of every full priced tune up to No Kid Hungry on behalf of Justin Cogley. Be sure to get your bike scheduled for an appointment now! Don't have time to bring it in? Give us a call to schedule a complimentary pick up and drop off, 831-655-2453, ext. 1. Bay Bikes is located 486 Washington Street in Old Monterey.

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CarmelBarre Now Offers Massage!

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by CarmelBarre

CarmelBarre in Monterey now offers massage! Our massage therapist, Jessica, is offering specials for a limited time only. Now through March 31, 2017, a one hour massage is only $60 (the first 10 clients who sign up will only be charged $50). We encourage you to signup now as we expect massage appointments to disappear quickly; please call Jessica at 831-402-7336.

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Coastal Home Furniture Gallery announces our Sweet Dreams Sale, featuring up to 20% off bedroom furniture, mattresses, and bedding. (Please note: this sale excludes TempurPedic and iComfort.) We're also offering discounts on innerspring, visco/gel, and latez mattresses, starting at $382 Queen. But it's for a limited time only! Visit us at 465 Tyler Street in Old Monterey.

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Dali17 at the Museum of Monterey has a new film series in our theater as of February 2017. Included in the price of admission, you can see our 3:30pm daily showing of Impressions of Upper Mongolia, the only film ever directed by Salvador Dali. This unique and fascinating intersection between documentary and surrealism depicts a fictitious journey to “Upper Mongolia” in search of a potent psychedelic mushroom and the culture that lives there. Also featured in our film series are other films by Dali and documentaries about his life and works.

Show Times

11am: Neal Hotelling: Salvador Dali on the Monterey Peninsula
12pm: Un Chien Andalou
12:30pm: Dali on Dali
1:30pm: Dirty Dali – A Private View
2:30pm: Neal Hotelling: Salvador Dali on the Monterey Peninsula
3:30pm: Impressions of Upper Mongolia

Friday and Saturday Only
4:30pm: L’Age D’Or

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Custom House Store and Pacific House Store, run by Monterey State Historic Park, are always in need of volunteer storekeepers. If you want to support the park, like to talk to people about history, and are comfortable handling cash and simple technology, please consider joining us as a State Parks volunteer. Volunteer Coordinator Michael Green can be reached via email or by phone at 831-649-7172.

Both shops, located near Portola Plaza and Fisherman's Wharf, sell a variety of gifts, history books, and souvenirs for children and adults.

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