Covid-19

Plant Sales Return to Cooper Molera Adobe

Plant sales have returned to Cooper Molera Adobe! Once again, you can purchase plants that have been hand propagated from our gardens. Just visit the Cooper Molera Museum entrance Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm at 506 Munras Avenue.

One gallon pots cost $10; five gallon pots cost $25. Payments must be made by by cash or check - all proceeds benefit Cooper Molera. Masks and social distancing required.

Now at Cha-ya: Gifts Handmade from Kimono Fabric

This holiday season, Cha-Ya Japanese Tea and Things has beautiful gift items locally made from Japanese kimono fabric & obi (kimono sashes). They include distinctive hair scrunchies, hair clips, business card & credit card holders, clutch purses, & jackets.

Visit Cha-ya at 118 Webster Street or call 831-646-5486 to purchase an item over the phone for curbside pick-up or shipping.

Portola Hotel & Spa Offers Free Covid Testing to the Public

Portola Hotel & Spa is now partnering with Virus Geeks to provide free, walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing to the public Tue-Sat, 7am-4pm. The Peet's Coffee shop at the hotel (220 Alvarado Street) has temporarily been transformed into a testing site.

Thanks to the management of Portola Hotel & Spa for offering this great service!

Monterey County Health Department Recommends Masks Indoors

On July 19, Monterey County Health Department issued a new announcement:

"With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased reports of the very infectious Delta variant, the Counties of Monterey, Napa, San Benito, and Santa Cruz recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places. Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in places like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated.

"Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers. This will also make it easier for businesses to be sure unvaccinated people are masked."

The Health Department also reminds us that fully vaccinated people are well-protected from infections and serious illness due to Covid-19 (including the Delta variant). Vaccinating as many people as possible continues to be our best defense! To find a vaccination site near you, please visit www.myturn.ca.gov or call 2-1-1.

New Prize Drawing July 1 for People Vaccinated for Covid-19

The State of California is continuing its incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19. On July 1, all Californians over age 18 who have received the vaccine will be entered into a drawing to receive one of six dream vacations (including hotels, food, and entertainment for up to four people plus $2000 for expenses). Read details here.

Want to find out where to get a free Covid-19 vaccine? Find a location here.

California Reopened on June 15...What Does That Mean in Old Monterey?

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 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.

If you're vaccinated but still want to continue to wear a mask, you're welcome to do that regardless of what other people are doing around you.

Want to get vaccinated for Covid-19? Now is a great time to get vaccinated - there are many free 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!

End of Vintage Sale at Comanche Cellars

Comanche Cellars Wine Room is now offering a special end-of-vintage deal on our Dog & Pony 2019 Rose of Grenache. It's only $20 per bottle (with a 4 bottle minimum purchase). Crisp and bright, it pairs perfectly with summer! Visit us at 412 Alvarado Street.

Jazz at MidiCi Pizza - Stu Reynolds Saxtet, June 13

On Sunday, June 13, 5pm-8pm, local jazz favorite the Stu Reynolds Saxtet will perform at MidiCi Pizza, located at 467 Alvarado Street. 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.

Om Studios Is Hiring

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.

Old Monterey's 2021 4th of July Parade Canceled

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.

Road Runner Bags at Workhorse Bicycles

Workhorse Bicycles has a fresh batch of Road Runner bike bags in stock, ready to rock! Form and function combine in these bags, handmade in Los Angeles and designed by cyclists, for cyclists. Visit Workhorse Bicycles at 486 Washington Street to view our selection.

Watch 2021 European Soccer Championships at Britannia Arms

Beginning June 15, Britannia Arms of Monterey will be showing all the 12pm (local time) matches of the 2021 European Soccer Championship on our big screens. Enjoy lunch, a cold beer, and some football with us at 444 Alvarado Street.

Old Monterey Cafe Is Hiring

Old Monterey Cafe, a family-owned and operated restaurant located at 489 Alvarado Street, is currently looking for an experienced part-time line cook who is ready to make some delicious breakfasts and lunches. If interested, please direct message us via Facebook , or visit us in person between 1-2pm any day.

New at Perfectly Pressed: Parfaits

Perfectly Pressed Juice, located at 491 Alvarado Street, introduces its newest menu item: the parfait! It features insanely delicious granola from Ad Astra Bread Co. and yogurt from local Schoch Family Farmstead along with fresh fruit. Yum!

Nacho Bizness and Britannia Arms Sponsor Local Softball League Champions

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.

We thank Nacho Bizness and Britannia Arms for their community involvement. We know they're excited to add more winning plates to their walls in seasons to come. Go teams!

Monterey Moves into the Yellow Tier

Monterey County moved into California's Covid-19 Yellow Tier on Wednesday, June 2. 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

Jamba Juice Gift Cards

Summer is here and Jamba, located at 398 Alvarado Street, offers a variety of gift cards for you to share in a number of ways. Pick up a gift card and give someone the gift of a refreshing smoothie, bowl, or other grab 'n' go item.

Jamba gift cards never expire, and cards sold in stores can be loaded with any amount between $5 and $100.

Get Vaccinated for Covid-19 for a Chance to Win Cash Prizes

The State of California has started an incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19 by June 15. Californians who have received the vaccine are already entered for cash prizes, and those who haven't yet been vaccinated are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to become eligible for $50 gift cards and drawings for $50,000 (June 4 & 11) and $1.5 million (June 15). Read details here.

Monterey Fire Department will offer free Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccinations for ages 18 and up at the Old Monterey Farmer's Market on Alvarado Street every Tuesday, 4pm-6pm. No appointment necessary - just stop by. (They'll sign you up for a gift card!) Find more vaccination locations here.

Elizabeth Ingebretsen: Venture Gallery's Featured June Artist

Venture Gallery presents a show by Elizabeth Ingebretsen, our featured artist for June. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Elizabeth has been tethered to the Central Coast, painting local waterways and crashing waves - scenery you'll see in her latest exhibit. Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm, at 260 Alvarado Street.

Old Monterey Farmer's Market Is Back!

The Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmer's Market is back! The market is returning to Alvarado Street every Tuesday, 4pm-8pm. We're beginning with a limited farmer's market, 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. 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. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the market.

Lemon Bichon at Parker-Lusseau Pastries

Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe invites you to try our lemon bichon - it's gonna blow your mind. It's layers of flaky puff pastry (feuilletage) rolled in sugar for a crisp caramelization and filled with a small amount of vanilla bean pastry cream and lemon zest. It proves that the simple things in life can be real treasures. Try it here at 539 Hartnell Street.

Goodr Sunglasses Now at Fleet Feet Monterey

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. Find them at 472 Alvarado Street.