Old Monterey District Blog

Ladies! Still looking for last minute shopping ideas for your man, brother, or any other male in your life? Stop by Shear Addiction at 160 Webster Street in Old Monterey and pick up one of these bad boys! We now carry safety razors, shave brushes, stands, and shave bowls with shaving soap.

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Fleet Feet Sports presents the 3rd Annual Trail Shark Trail Running Retreat, February 3-5, 2017 at Monte Toyon Retreat Center in Aptos. Trail run, hike or rike with Fleet Feet in the Forest of Nisene Marks Redwood State Park. All paces are welcome, with 3 Pace Groups available for runners, hikers, run/walkers. We’ll have retreat clinics and recovery zone including trail form, trail techniques, running mindful, injury prevention, massage, acupuncture, yoga and more.

Meet and run with athletes from The North Face, GU, Addaday, Nathan, and Zoic Coconut Water. Vendors will be on hand all weekend for clinics, demos, raffles, and giveaways.

We’ll have Happy Trail Happy Hour nightly with beer and wine, Fireside Chats with professional North Face athletes, and delicious meals prepared from scratch (dietary restrictions can be accommodated). Cary Lodge rooms sleep four and are clean, comfortable, and heated with facilities and showers.

Now through December 31, 2016, registration fee is $375. January 1, 2017 and after, the registration fee is $400. Live local and want to participate? Register for the “Locals Only” rate of $199 which includes all running activities, clinics, happy hours, and meals, but with no accommodations provided.

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Fleet Feet Sports is presenting the Run Monterey Bay Race Series 2017. With distances between 5k and 15k, this race series will take you to three of the most scenic locations in the Monterey Bay area. Each race has a free Kids 1K presented by Kennolyn Camps.

Run Fore Fun Fairway Race, January 15th: This unique 4 mile race takes you off the road and onto the cart path of one of the area's most beautiful and prestigious golf courses - Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach.

Superhero Race, June 18th: Give your superman costume something to do before Halloween and wear it while running a 5k, 10k, or 15k race up the paved fire road through one of our area's greatest treasures - The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.

Monterey Bay 15K, September 24th: The series finishes with 5K and 15K options through the exquisitely maintained roads of Ford Ord Dunes State Park in Marina, where expansive views of the ocean await you from the overlooking bluffs.

Runners, walkers, walk/runners and golfers are all welcome and encouraged for all races! Proceeds from each race will go to local charitable organizations designated for each race. Each race comes with its own technical t-shirt. Sign up for all three races and get the custom half-zip pullover with the Run Monterey Bay Race Series 2017 logo. This coveted piece of outerwear is only available for those who pre-register for all three races together.

Race Awards given for Overall Top Male and Top Female Finisher and 1st Place Male and Female in the following age divisions for each distance: Awards given for the top male and female finishers in the following age divisions: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 & over. Awards will be presented in a brief ceremony at each race. Awards not picked up at the race can be picked up at Fleet Feet Sports Monterey.

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Grace Lifestyle Boutique is now carrying fragrant soy candles inside glass containers made of bottles from some of our favorite local wineries. We have four beautiful scents available. All are $26. They're the perfect gift! Visit us and check out all our home goods at 459 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey.

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Right around the holidays, Alvarado Street Brewery is releasing some delicious beers! Visit them at 426 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey.

Minesweeper IPA - 7%, ~55 IBU
Available in draft & cans on 12/21
Style: American IPA
Hop hazed and incredibly juicy, this was our first ever brewed IPA and remains our top selling beer and local favorite at our Monterey brewpub. It's brewed with 100% British Maris Otter pale malt as its base, which contributes a creamy texture and a tad more body than your typical dry, West Coast IPA. As with most of our hoppy beers, a majority of the bitterness comes directly from whirlpool additions in the boil, with the intent of maximizing hop aroma and flavor. Minesweeper is dry hopped excessively with Simcoe and Citra hops.

Cherry & Bright - 5%, ~3 IBU
Available in cans on 12/21
Style: Kettle Sour Ale
What may be the first ever kettle soured beer on nitro available in a can, this holiday inspired tart ale is conditioned on Montmorency, Bing, and Royal Anne cherries along with vanilla. Tiny nitrogen bubbles gives this pleasantly acidic beer a silky creaminess that complements the vanilla and fruit. As printed on the can, shake and pour hard for the best cascading effect in the glass.

Riot Punch - 8.5%, 45 IBU
Available in draft on 12/27
Style: Double India Pale Ale
New age double IPA that's heavily impacted by the bright peach and stonefruit notes imparted by an East Coast yeast strain. Simple dry hop consisting purely of Citra, resulting in a citrusy/tropical mélange of hop aroma and flavor; passion fruit, tangerine, pineapple, white wine-esque grape character. Alcohol is subdued, mouthfeel is full and soft, light bitterness.

Vengeful Barbarian - 7.2%, 35 IBU
Available in draft & cans on 12/28
Style: India Pale Ale
Bright, peach heavy tones from an East Coast yeast strain fermentation and a dry hop of Citra and Amarillo. The result is a hop aroma and flavor chock full of ripe, juicy grapefruit and apricot jam. On the back end, we've loaded up the beer with lots of oats, so it has a soft, creamy texture to support mild hop bitterness.

Peninsula Pilsner - 5.2%, 30 IBU
Available in draft & cans on 12/28
Style: German Pilsner
This Pilsner is all about the delicate balance of soft European malt and floral, spicy notes from classic Noble hops used, which include Czech Saaz and German Tettnang. Our house lager strain adds a pleasant minerality and attenuates fully for a crisp, clean, and dry finish. Basically, we brewed this beer selfishly so we could have a hoppy pils to drink. Super refreshing, tons of flavor, sessionable for any occasion.

Local Shred Red - 6.8%, 35 IBU
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Old Capitol Books now carries the beautiful, hand-crafted Mutanabbi Bookmark Corner by Kamel, made in California. Save your place in a book by simply slipping it onto the corner of the a page and closing the book. It will keep your place until you return, and is designed with a thumb tab for easy opening.

Handcrafted from eco-tanned camel leather, each bookmark corner is meticulously cut and stitched by hand with French linen thread. The size is about 2.75″ x 1.25″ (6.8cm x 3cm). This is a beautiful and thoughtful gift idea for the book-lover in your life!

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Holiday Gifts at Bella's Studio

Posted on December 14th, 2016 by Bella's Studio

Bella's Studio has the perfect gift for the sewing enthusiast on your list...or anyone with whom you want to share a hand-sewn treasure! Here, you can see Bella's Hostess Gift Set. This handmade set, crafted by Bella herself, contains a special apron, matching dish towel, and a quilted basket. It's only $65.

Does someone you love have a sewing machine on his/her Christmas list? Santa has left some at Bella's Studio, all wrapped up and ready to put under the tree! Bella recommends The Elizabeth sewing machine by Back Lock, priced at $799. For a beginner sewer or anyone wanting a simpler machine, Bella recommends The Innova-ise 85e sewing machine by Brother, part of their Project Runway Series, priced at $499.

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One Warm Coat Drive at CarmelBarre

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by CarmelBarre

It's cold it's outside and CarmelBarre realizes that not everyone in our community has a safe, warm home or even a warm coat. Because there are those in need on our peninsula, CarmelBarre is participating in a One Warm Coat Drive. Please help us keep our community warm this winter!

Please considering donating a new or gently-worn coat of any size to our drive. You may donate coats on December 11, 2pm-4pm, at the Holiday Open House at CarmelBarre in Monterey (465 Pacific Street). Or you may bring in a coast during any of our classes from now until December 31, 2016. All coats collected will be donated locally to our neighbors in need. CarmelBarre's goal is to collect 100 coats this season!

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Holiday Glam Special at Blush

Posted on December 7th, 2016 by Blush Makeup Studio

Blush Makeup and Skin Studio presents a Holiday Glam Special from now through New Year's Eve 2016! Receive $10 off all services, and $25 off makeup and hair packages. (Please note: Bridal trials and bridal services are excluded from this special offer.) Phone Blush at 831-901-3924 to book your appointment!

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The holiday season is upon us and who doesn't enjoy a fabulous lunch delivered to your office! Treat your colleagues to lunch for the holidays and be the hero of your workplace. Boardwalk Sub Shop can cater virtually any kind of event, just call us and ask and we'll come up with a great celebration.

Boardwalk Sub Shop makes party trays for any occasion
8 Subs for 8-12 people: $90
12 Subs for 13-16 people: $135
16 Subs for 17-20 people: $180
20 Subs for 21-26 people: $225

All trays are made with your choice of subs, lettuce, tomato, and red onion with our famous hot peppers on the side. Having more guests? Let us know so we can accommodate everyone. Phone us at 831-296-5224 or visit us at 470 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey.

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Om Studios Monterey introduces a December 2016 Wellness Spa Special to pamper the body and gratify the soul. Call 831-204-7949 to schedule your treatment.

Indulge as a Couple: $160
Side by side massages where you and a partner receive an hour-long massage paired with a peppermint back scrub. Finish with a cup of sipping cocoa.

Pampered by Peppermint: $109
A 90-minute treatment where you'll be given a full-body massage, sugar peppermint back scrub, and a warm peppermint foot wrap.

Facial Special: $75
Pep up your skin and your senses with an antioxidant rich chocolate tamarind mask and a decadent peppermint scalp treatment

Add the following onto any treatment:
Peppermint scalp treatment: $10
Sugar back scrub: $15
Foot wrap: $10
Hot stone: $20

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The Portola Hotel & Spa has announced plans for a complete renovation of its tree-lined atrium lobby, together with construction of a new $3.5 million entrance plaza and 40,000 square foot Monterey Conference Center. The $6 million reimagined lobby will feature extensive use of wood complimented by lighted pendants in the 25-foot lobby fichus trees as well as a new bar and lobby seating providing a unique ambience for food and bar service.

Two world renowned firms have been selected as the design partners. The San Francisco-based Puccini Group is the interior-design partner for the Portola lobby enhancements. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the designer for the 35,000-square foot entrance plaza and the $60 million conference space. Both the plaza and conference center are being constructed by the City of Monterey, through a long-standing private/public partnership with Portola.

“We’ve taken cues from the modern aesthetic tone set by the adjacent conference-center renovation, but have also set the hotel apart by creating a resort-like atmosphere and a strong sense of place consistent with Hotel’s setting adjacent to Monterey Bay,” added Puccini’s Chief Creative Officer, Rob Polacek. “The coastal Monterey landscape, wildlife and local artist community had a tremendous influence on our design and materials palette.”

These improvements include cutting-edge energy and water conservation fixtures, reinforcing the Portola’s commitment to green practices and its U.S. Building Council’s LEED® Certified Status. The project is scheduled for completion in April, 2017. During the renovation process, Portola will remain open for business.

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Revival Ice+Cream Thanksgiving Pints

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by Revival Ice Cream

Bring Revival Ice+Cream home to meet the family! We're offering limited edition pints for Thanksgiving - it's a perfect pairing for your favorite pies or on its own. Available beginning November 21, we'll have some flavors perfect for the holidays:

Sweet Potato: roasted sweet potato ice cream swirled with burnt marshmallow and speculoos cookie crumbs

Toasted Cinnamon: toasted cinnamon stick ice cream with Dutch Girl Farm apple-pomegranate jam and oatmeal crumble

Pumpkin-Ginger Sorbet: sugar pie pumpkins roasted in brown sugar with fresh ginger juice and candied ginger pieces folded in

But keep in mind that pints are available in every flavor we serve...Visit us at 463 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey.

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Holiday Sale at Maryse

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by Maryse

Maryse is holding a holiday sale on women's leather handbags and a wide range of jewelry (from costume jewelry to fine jewelry), now through December 24, 2016. Stop by and visit our boutique at 492 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey.

The Bench Jeweler is offering a 25% discount on select items from November 26 through December 24, 2016. We're open Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm, and Saturdays in November and December, 10am-5pm. Come and visit us at 207 Franklin Street in Old Monterey.

Carpe Diem Fine Books celebrates 20 years of buying and selling out-of-print (and out of the ordinary) books, art, posters, and more with a 30% - 50% off EVERYTHING sale from Saturday, November 26 through Saturday, December 10, 2016. Come and visit us at 245 Pearl Street in Old Monterey. Our hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm. Phone us at 831-643-2754 for more information.

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