The New Monterey Business Association would like to congratulate the 14 Lighthouse District businesses that won Monterey County Weekly’s Best of Monterey County 2018. Click the links below to read what the Weekly’s writers and editors had to say about each business.

Bamboo Reef
Best Dive Shop

Bulldog British Pub
Best Bar for Darts

Cat's Meow
Best Vintage Clothing Store

Crystal Fish Sushi
Best Japanese / Sushi

Gianni's Pizza
Best Pizza

Gold Coast Tattoo
Best Tattoo Parlor

Hula's Island Grill
Best Restaurant for Gluten-Free
Best Happy Hour

International Market and Deli
Best Ethnic Market

Nacho Bizness
Best Use of Memes in Marketing

Nor Cal Smoke Shop
Best Vape Shop / Best Head Shop

On The Beach Surf Shop
Best Surf Shop

Oya Salon
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The Old Monterey Business Association would like to congratulate the 38 Old Monterey businesses and organizations that won Monterey County Weekly’s Best of Monterey County 2018. Click the links to read what the Weekly’s writers and editors had to say about each business.

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill
Best Local Beer / Brewery
Best Bar for Millennials / Best Selection of Craft Beers
Best Place to See and Be Seen

Ambrosia India Bistro
Best Indian Restaurant

Bagel Bakery
Best Bagel

Boardwalk Sub Shop
Best Way to Feel Like You're on the East Coast

Britannia Arms of Monterey
Best Place for Karaoke

Bull and Bear Whiskey Bay and Taphouse
Best Singles Bar

Best Boutique Fitness Studio

Cibo Ristorante Italiano
Best Club for Jazz

Crown and Anchor
Best Pub

Dennis Murphy School of Music
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Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, an independent, locally-owned movie theater located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey, March 23-29, 2018.

Weekdays at 2:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:50pm, 9:10pm
Sat & Sun at 12pm, 2:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:50pm, 9:10pm

The drama-comedy tells the story of Setsuko Kawashima, a lonely, chain-smoking office lady in Tokyo who is past her prime. After deciding to take an English class, she discovers a new identity in her American alter ego, 'Lucy,' and falls for her instructor, John. When John suddenly disappears, Setsuko earnestly sets out on a quest to find him, eventually leading her to Southern California. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 2:20pm, 4:40pm, 7pm, 9:20pm
Sat & Sun at 11:50am, 2:20pm, 4:40pm, 7pm, 9:20pm

Sawyer Valentini relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who's been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker -- and she'll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun at 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm

On 27 June, 1976, four hijackers seized an Air France flight. The plane was on its way from Tel Aviv to Paris, the hijackers were two members of the PFLP (The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and two German members of the left-wing extremist group, Revolutionary Cells. They held over a hundred hostages – mainly Israelis – for a whole week. This film reconstructs what happened after the aircraft landed in Entebbe where the hijackers were supported by Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, and the true story of the daring rescue mission. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 1:45pm, 7:10pm, 9:40pm
Sat & Sun at 11:20am, 1:45pm, 7:10pm, 9:40pm

Marina, a transgender woman, is a singer and waitress who has just moved in with her lover, Orlando. One night, Orlando wakes up feeling very unwell. Marina rushes him to a hospital, but he dies, and Marina is viewed with suspicion both by the doctors and Orlando's family. Orlando's ex-wife and son forbid Marina from attending the wake or the funeral. Marina struggles for the right to be herself in spite of the allegations, and she realizes that the exclusions might have more to do with her identity than with Orlando's death. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 4:15pm, 9:15pm
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The Ainsley House Wine & Concert Series is a collaboration between the Campbell Museums and the SJG School of Music.

House Tours + Wine Tasting + Music

In Spring 2018, the Ainsley House will host 3 special events for the public to tour the historic Ainsley House, enjoy a wine tasting experience co-sponsored by Campbell Museums and SJG School of Music and listen to a concert of local music artists in a beautiful setting.

The Spring Series kicks off this Sunday, March 25 with Brian Ho, Jazz Organist.

Check out video of Brian Ho Performance

Admission is $20 per adult and will include live music in the Carriage House, light appetizers, wine from local participating wineries, and an unguided tour of the historic Ainsley House.

Youth (0-17) are only $5.

Event Dates:

  • Sunday, March 25: Brian Ho, Jazz Organist with Lorca Hart and Mike Scott
  • Sunday, April 22: Ren Geisick
  • Sunday, May 20: Jemal Ramirez Trio featuring Joe Gillman

Get your tickets today to enjoy an afternoon of music, wine and tour the historic Ainsley House.

Ticket Info:

  • Tickets: $20 per event date.
  • Kids and students admitted for $5.
  • Tours begin at 12p; Concert starts at 2pm
  • Purchase tickets at:
  • For more info, call: 408.866.2718

Planning an event or an office lunch and not sure what to serve? The Poke Lab offers pick up and delivery service. We're happy to cater poke and a variety of other options such as sushi rolls, poke platters, vegetarian or vegan options, and even cooked chicken options. Please check out our website or email us - we can prepare pretty much anything you like!

The Poke Lab is located at 475 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey.

We're a little late to the party, but we'd like to put in some congratulations to "Sushi" Randy, the founder and chef behind the very popular Sushi Confidential restaurant in Campbell, for winning the Campbell Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Business of the Year Award.

Instead of telling you things that you probably already know about Sushi Confidential, we're going to print a transcript of the speech that Randy gave at the Celebrate Campbell event earlier this month upon accepting the award. It illustrates what rich and varied past lives many small business owners bring with them into their new life in retail. These stories and these experiences are the special sauce that make Downtown Campbell such a vibrant and inviting community.

Randy "Sushi Randy" Musterer

In 1997, I started my career as a Cancer Research Scientist. Over a 17 year span, I was able to help develop cancer therapies that are currently on the market today. So one of my biggest challenges switching from Cancer Research to “just making sushi”, was the potential feeling of losing my purpose in life to help others. To overcome this, I challenged myself and our organization, to produce something bigger and greater for society.

Downtown Campbell was our first location. We started off offering $40 gift cards to local schools for their fundraisers. I could see the excitement and appreciation from the schools, the parents, the community. Eventually, the donations grew into us offering $1500 sushi parties that would be auctioned off at their school fundraisers. Over the years, our brand became so strong, that these sushi parties would regularly fetch 2-3 times the actual value of the sushi party and we set a record for a $1500 sushi party that turned into a $13,000 donation.

At a number of these auctions, was the auction announcer, Randy Hahn, who is also the voice of the San Jose Sharks. We both quickly saw a synergy, “What if we leveraged the Sushi Confidential brand combined with Randy Hahn, a well spoken, famous face in the bay area, to create something positive and special for the community?

In 2016, Randy and I started our own philanthropy called The Randys’ 24 Hours of Sushi, Celebrity Charity Challenge. Even though we have only done this for a year, we have raised over $200,000 for local non-profits in the bay area. It is amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it!

I had the special privilege and pleasure of meeting and talking with Oprah a couple years ago. And something she said, has stuck with me. She said “Use the restaurant as a platform, a force for something positive and good! Your business is an energetic force in the community and you are responsible for the type of energy you create”.

It just takes a little creativity, a little desire, a little sacrifice, a little purpose in life, to be able to create a powerful tool to give back. Life is

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Pamir Rugs and Kilims, located at 237 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, is now throwing a spring sale featuring 50% off everything in the store. Come and visit us and see our handmade Oriental rugs from around the world! With over 20 years of experience in the business, our interior designers can help you pick the best quality rug for your home, new or antique.

Guitar Night at the Campbell Library

Posted on March 18th, 2018 by Campbell Library in

Guitar Night is a free event for the whole family. Come out for a live guitar concert featuring the California Kids, Guitar Ensemble and Ukulear Meltdown. Plus exciting solo, duo and band performances including a full ukulele band.

Join us on Monday, March 19 at 6:30pm at the Campbell Library.

This event is sponsored by the Campbell Public Library and SJG School of Music.

Portola Hotel & Spa is thrilled to announce the launch of Sunday brunch at Jacks Monterey with live music and a Booze Buggy Beverage Cart featuring one-of-a-kind cocktail blends crafted tableside and made with locally-sourced ingredients and fresh citrus twists. Beginning on March 18, guests will enjoy a decadent, mouthwatering menu featuring brunch favorites like Ricotta Cheese Blintzes, California Benedicts, Carl's Skillet Fried Chicken and Waffles, Brioche French Toast, and more, available 11:30am-3pm only on Sundays.

The new brunch items will be prepared by Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese, who has created his own unique style of approachable cuisine, inspired by regional favorites from around the country. Chef Danny says, "Jacks brunch menu was inspired by full flavor eats and brunch classics that are unpretentious and bursting with flavor. This menu paired with Jacks cocktail cart and live music is a unique and refreshing change for the peninsula."

Jacks Monterey is located inside Portola Hotel & Spa at Two Portola Plaza in Monterey.