Covid-19

Get a Fresh Cut and Color at Sunshine Salon Monterey

Do you still have Pandemic Hair? Make an appointment at Sunshine Salon for a fresh cut and color! Salon owner and stylist Jay will help you find the look that's right for you and your lifestyle. You'll walk out feeling great.

Sunshine Salon is located at 147 Webster Street. Please phone 831-915-0197 for an appointment.

Dirty Girl Plant Co. Now Open at Union Yoga

With the Union Yoga studio space laying dormant until we can have in-person yoga classes, we are really excited to offer a pop-up houseplant shop by Dirty Girl Plant Co.

This owner-operated small business has turned the space into a lush urban jungle! Visit 244 Pearl Street and check out the fantastic collection of plants both large and small and buy some to beautify your indoor space.

Outdoor Dining, Hair Salons, Personal Services Return to Monterey

On Jan. 25, the California Dept. of Public Health announced that the recent Regional Stay-at-Home Order has lifted and regions throughout California have reentered the Purple Tier of Covid-19 restrictions.

This means that restaurants may now offer outdoor dining and hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, skin care spas, massage studios, and tattoo parlors may reopen.

The coronavirus remains prevalent, so please continue to follow the mask and social distancing protocols required by Monterey County. Be aware that most restaurants continue to offer take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery, while many retail stores welcome orders online and over the phone along with curbside pickup and shipping.

Custom House Museum Reopens

Monterey State Historic Park is proud to announce the reopening of the historic Custom House after over a year of being closed!

The Custom House Museum is open Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm. As always, admission is free. Masks must be worn inside the museum at all times.

Free Homework Help Online Through Monterey Public Library

Another school year is starting for many Monterey elementary, middle, and high school students, and Monterey Public Library wants to help. Library cardholders can access free, live tutor assistance in English and Spanish from Brainfuse - Homework HelpNow operating daily, 3pm-10pm. Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.

Enjoy Sparkling Botanicals at East Village Cafe

East Village Cafe now carries Sparkling Botanicals by Rishi! Come get yours. All six flavors are made with fruits, spices, or herbs and sparkling water with no added sugars and nothing artificial. They're refreshing by themselves or you can use them to mix great mocktails and cocktails. Visit East Village Cafe at 498 Washington Street.

Nightly Outdoor Happy Hour at Cibo

Cibo Ristorante Italiano announces the return of our Happy Hour every night, 5pm-7pm, on our patio. Enjoy $3 well drinks, beer, and house wine plus great eats such as panini, bruschetta, calamari, and sweet potato fries. We're located at 301 Alvarado Street.

Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe Is Hiring

Business is picking up at Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe! As a result, we are now hiring counter help, a barista, and a baker. Applications are available at 539 Hartnell Street. Once you fill out the application, please return it in person so you can meet us, Tues-Sat, 9am-3pm.

Prints by Vitousek Illustration at Franklin Street Collaborative

Talented local science illustrator and designer Liana Matson Vitousek of Vitousek Illustration has delivered more of her beautiful prints of local cities to Franklin Street Collaborative.

At $25 each, these images of Monterey, Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, and Seaside are incredible gifts and wonderful art to hang in your own space. View them here and visit the shop at 201 West Franklin Street.

Monterey Learns! - The Fundraising Campaign for Monterey Public Library

The coronavirus pandemic's impact on tourism and the local economy drastically reduced the City Monterey's revenue and, as a result, the City found it necessary to make severe cuts to the Library's budget.

In response, the Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation publicly launched the year-long Monterey Learns! fundraising campaign in February 2021. Please consider making a donation and help the library buy more books, make sure kids and teens have the tools they need to become strong readers, present meaningful programs for all ages, and ensure that the library's historical archive is accessible.

Monterey Moves into the Orange Tier!

Monterey County moved into California's Covid-19 Orange Tier on Wednesday, April 7. 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 and keep up the good work!

With Orange Tier status:

** Restaurants can increase indoor seating to 50% capacity

** Retail stores can increase indoor shopping to 100% capacity

** Gyms and fitness studios can welcome people indoors up to 25% capacity

** Family entertainment centers can open indoors up to 25% capacity

** Museums and the Aquarium can open for indoor visitors up to 50% capacity

** Bars not serving meals can open outdoors with modifications

** Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can open indoors up to 25% capacity

Old Capitol Books Reopens April 8 on Alvarado Street

Great news! Old Capitol Books, a locally-owned new and used bookstore, is reopening on Thursday, April 8 at our new home on the second floor of 482 Alvarado Street. We'll be open Thur-Sun, 12pm-6pm.

If you enter through the front doors, you can either use the elevator or the stairs to get to the second floor. Accessible parking is located behind the building at 499 Calle Principal. From there, you can enter through the back door of the building directly onto the second floor. Come say hello!

New: Signature Soaps at Haute Beauty Guide

Doran, a licensed esthetician and owner of the Haute Beauty Guide retail store, is really excited about the new signature soaps she's designed and created for the shop. Each of the scented soaps, inspired by her favorite spots on the Monterey Peninsula, are now available online and at Haute Beauty Guide at 71 Pearl Street.

Apricot Creme Brulee Cake at Parker-Lusseau Pastries

Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe happily presents the latest addition to our selection of cakes: apricot creme brulee. This is chocolate mousse layered with lavender creme brulee, apricot, and genoise cake (sponge cake). It's now available daily as an individual cake, or you can give us a call and order an 8" cake that serves 10. We're located at 539 Hartnell Street.

Breakfast Sandwiches at Crepes of Brittany

We all know that Crepes of Brittany serves crepes, but have you tried their breakfast sandwich? With bacon or ham, eggs, and cheese on a lightly toasted bun, this sandwich will have you and your taste buds ready to enjoy the day. Located at 211 Alvarado Street.

MST Offers Free Day Pass for Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) has announced that it will provide a free Day Pass to those who receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Individuals can simply present their Covid-19 vaccination card to an MST Customer Service Representative at any of its customer service window locations (including the Monterey Bus Stop Shop at 201 Pearl Street). Your Day Pass can be used at any time.

Custom Ice Cream Cakes from Revival Ice Cream

It's spring! Why not order an ice cream cake from Revival to celebrate the season? You can have a custom cake made with your favorite Revival flavors and your choice of gluten free chocolate or yellow sponge cake. ⁠

Order your cake on Revival's website and either pick it up at 463 Alvarado Street or have it shipped anywhere in the US. (Please note: custom cake orders must be placed at least 72 hours in advance.)

Monterey Museum of Art Reopening in May

Beginning May 13, Monterey Museum of Art at 559 Pacific Street will be open Thursdays - Saturdays! We'll begin with a members-only weekend May 13-16 to celebrate our summer exhibitions. After that, we'll welcome the general public back to the museum. Please purchase your timed tickets on our website in advance.

Linda Elling & Maria Poroy: Venture Gallery's Featured April Artists

Venture Gallery presents a show by Linda Elling and Maria Poroy, our featured local artists for April. From Linda's glowing, life-like flowers to Maria's expressive modern still life, there will be something for everyone! Venture Gallery is now open for in-store shopping Thurs-Sun, 10am-6pm, at 260 Alvarado Street.

Easter Delights at Paris Bakery

Paris Bakery has a wonderfully bright and cheery selection of sweet treats for Easter! They're offering DIY Easter cookie decorating kits, pre-decorated cookies, hot cross buns, lemon chiffon cake, and lavender cake. Stop by the shop at 271 Bonifacio Place or call to pre-order, 831-646-1620.

Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant Has Reopened!

We are happy to announce that Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant has reopened at 422 Tyler Street. Owner Christos Hix has managed to resurrect his family's beloved, 30-year-old dining destination.

Epsilon is open for outdoor dining, limited indoor dining, and take-out. For now, a limited menu is being served, which includes favorites such as chicken kebob, falafel, spanakopita, gyros, salads, hummus and tzatziki, and homemade baklava. Cash or check only.