There's going to be a new hangout in Downtown Campbell soon! Later this year, 7 Stars Bar and Grill, previously located on Bascom Ave. in San Jose is moving in to the space that used to be Lvl Up. 7 Stars closed in 2021 and they're bringing it back in Downtown Campbell.

Meet the owners, Paul and Maria! Apparently they're huge Star Wars and sci-fi nerds so you know this is going to be interesting!

The expected opening of 7 Stars is sometime in the summer in the July-August time frame.

Unfortunately, they won't be able to carry forward the barcade part of Lvl Up. It's going to be a fun and offbeat bar and grill. They said in a video they would have loved to keep the old concept going, but they're working with what they know and do best.

You can always head upstairs to the Retro Fix if you want to nerd out over some retrogaming.

The Lighthouse District welcomes International Cafe to 296 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey! Opened by the same wonderful family that has owned and operated International Market and Deli for years, International Cafe has a cozy, relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, and a menu bursting with mouthwatering dishes. It's the perfect place to unwind and savor a meal or enjoy a Turkish coffee.

The Mediterranean menu caters to every palate, whether you're looking for a leisurely dinner with loved ones, a quick lunch catch-up with friends, or a solo meal at the bar. Gluten free and vegan options are available. There are also some great desserts.

Come as you are and leave with a satisfied heart, a full stomach, and a smile. The cafe is open 10am-7:30pm on Sun, Tue, Wed, & Thu, and 10am-8:30pm on Fri & Sat. Closed Mondays.

Monterey Trolley Returns on May 25, 2024

Posted on May 18th, 2024 by omba

The Monterey trolley is returning! This free service will operate May 25 - September 2, 10am-6pm daily. Trolleys run every 10-15 minutes. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route.

Park and Ride

Park in the Downtown Monterey Garage (340 Tyler Street) or the Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam Street) and get a free ride to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

Monterey Trolley Returns May 25, 2024

Posted on May 18th, 2024 by lighthouseave

The Monterey trolley is returning! This free service will operate May 25 - September 2, 10am-6pm daily. Trolleys run every 10-15 minutes. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route.

Park and Ride

Park in the Downtown Monterey Garage (340 Tyler Street) or the Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam Street) and get a free ride to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

The Historic Downtown Campbell Car Show is coming on June 29th! Many of our favorites from last year are returning along with a whole fleet of stunning newcomers of all kinds and vintages that we can't wait to show you.

If you want to enter the show, we're still taking entries, but don't wait too long. We're going to run low on space soon.

We also have a few sponsorship slots left for local businesses and organizations.

See our official car show event page for more information.

The Pearl Works is partnering with the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) to offer new small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Monterey area subsidized access to The Pearl Works community co-working space for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to be here.

Together, MCBC and The Pearl Works will subsidize up to 50% off: access to The Pearl Works conference rooms on an hourly or daily basis; memberships to The Pearl Works (for people who need a consistent workspace); a virtual mail mailbox (for people who need a stable business address); or a mix of all three, up to a total of $500 in discounts per applicant.

Read here to learn everything you’ll need to know about eligibility and application, as well as the link to the application form. The Pearl Works is located at 288 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Stoke Adobe Restaurant and Bar is now open seven days a week for happy hour (4pm-5:30pm) and dinner (5pm-9pm). Plus, we're serving lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-4pm.

See our daily dinner menu, our weekend lunch menu, and our happy hour menu on our website. We're located at 500 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey in a beautiful, historic adobe building with cozy indoor and outdoor seating.

You can always build your own tasting tour at The Whisky Club at 425 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey!

While The Whisky Club is known for our menu of 80 tasting tours based on region, distillery, or type of whiskies or other spirits, you can always select your own 1 ounce pours to sample and compare whatever unique expressions you wish.

The tour pictured here is Jack Daniel’s Frank Sinatra, Maker’s Mark BRT1, and Garrison Brothers' Lady Bird.

Ad Astra Bread Co presents our breakfast sandwich: frittata, breakfast sausage, Tillamook cheddar, chimichurri sauce, kewpie mayo, arugula, and milk bread.

Our breakfast sandwich is available daily until 11am (...because after 11 you should be eating lunch). Visit us for this and many other delights at 479 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Manasiri's Crepes and Sandwiches is a family business. While you usually see the siblings behind the counter, our mama has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a selection of homemade savory pastries every weekend.

Saturdays and Sundays, stop by Manasiri's and enjoy Mama's zaatar or halloumi cheese pastries. They're soft, fresh, and delicious. She's also been baking some fun mini pizzas and mini hot dogs, which everyone is loving.

You won't find Mama's savory pastries anywhere else in town but here at Manasiri's at 321 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. It's homemade comfort food.

Throughout 2024, the Lighthouse District's own Escape Room 831 and Cannery Row's Oscar's Playground are supporting local nonprofit Central Coast Overdose Drug Prevention (CCODP) with Fundraiser Fridays.

Every Friday in 2024, Escape Room 831 and Oscar's Playground will donate a percentage of their proceeds for the day to CCODP. So you can have fun on Fridays while supporting an important initiative working to raise awareness and eliminate overdoses in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. Book your escape room here.

Escape Room 831's three New Monterey locations and Oscar's Playground on Cannery Row boast a total of 9 unique, wildly creative escape rooms plus a full arcade lounge only at Oscar's. Both businesses are owned and designed by local couple Christina and Barrie Riddoch.

Why focus on CCODP in 2024? Christina Riddoch commented, "We feel that overdosing is an epidemic that's affecting many families in Monterey County and there's a need to bring awareness to our community."

CCODP is an initiative that focuses on addressing substance use realities through harm reduction strategies, treatment options, and community support services. Their programs include NARCAN Now Boxes, offering free Naloxone at: Monterey Transit Plaza (500 Tyler Street), Monterey Police Department (351 Madison Street), and the Monterey Outreach and Navigation Center (401 Camino El Estero).

A couple of months ago we announced that the RetroFix in Downtown Campbell was intending to go out with a bang on April 14th.

There was a loud bang alright, but it wasn't the sound of RetroFix leaving. It was the sound of racous cheering when the shop's owner, Rudy, announced with his entire team and community standing there with him announced that at the last minute he was able to work something out with the building owner to continue building the community hangout and business that he'd been dreaming of building his entire life.

On their "last day" the RetroFix held what was to be their final swap meet and mini-con. Normally their mini-cons have a single theme. It's retro games, Anime, or collectible toys. As a farewell, they blended their two biggest communities for the last hurrah. The Anime people and the retro games people were all there together for a sendoff.

At the end of the event, Rudy gave a straight from the heart talk from memory where he thanked everyone who had sacrificed for him and with him to make the place even possible. Instead of saying goodbye, he teased that with this new lease on life, they have plans, but couldn't talk about them yet.

The Downtown Campbell Car Show is a great opportunity for your business or organization to be seen. Because our car show is about doing fun things to create community and supporting small locally owned businesses, we've kept the sponsorship rates affordable to allow more businesses and organizations that love Campbell to participate.

We're keeping this simple. It's just one rate. $350 gets you on the back of this year's t-shirt plus you get on our sponsor grid on the official Historic Downtown Campbell Car Show Page.

If you'd like to join in and support our car show with a sponsorship, please email for details. Space is limited to 25 sponsors.

Cypress Boutique Monterey now carries our own exclusive line of men's Hawaiian shirts, designed for the man who appreciates classy, upscale fashion with a relaxed vibe.

Select from four stunning shades - sleek black, crisp white, cool mint, and warm caramel. Each is infused with a subtle floral pattern that’s boldly masculine. Cypress Boutique Hawaiian shirts offer superior comfort and make you look effortlessly sharp. These aren't your average button-ups.

Complement your shirt with our lightweight beach hats available in four matching colors. Elevate your wardrobe! Visit Cypress Boutique at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey.

Hello owners of exquisite, exotic, and interesting cars, the 2024 Historic Downtown Campbell Car Show is calling you! Our second annual show will be held on June 29th, 2024 in Campbell, CA.

🚗 Car Show Registration Site

Awards and Judging

It will be an all-day show from 9am to 3pm with closed streets. This is a juried show with professional judges that also judge at the Good Guys shows. Custom fabricated one-of-a-kind trophies will be awarded for:

  • Best in Show
  • Best Muscle Car
  • Best Truck
  • Best Import
  • Best Hot Rod
  • Best Street Machine
  • Staff Pick

Types of Cars

We're looking for cars of all types. Our goal is for this show to have a little bit of everything. Please see our photos from the 2023 car show for examples of the kind of mix we're aiming for.

We're not doing motorcycles at this show. Cars and trucks only please.

Entering Your Car

Space is limited for our car show and all entries will be screened by our review panel. If you are accepted, the entry fee is $45 per vehicle and includes a t-shirt. There is no charge for submitting an entry.

You may enter more than one car, but in order to give more people a chance to be in the show, we may ask you to cut back to one car if we run low on space.

By entering, you are committing to exhibiting your car for the entire duration of the show (8:00am-4pm). Once you're placed, you will not be able to leave until the police department re-opens the street at 4pm.

To enter, please go to

Did you know that On The Beach Surf Shop sells our own line of skateboards? Building skateboards is one of the most satisfying parts of our job! You can watch us assemble one on Instagram.

OTB Complete skateboards are our most affordable boards in the store. They're perfect for anyone who’s looking to start skating. Visit us at 693 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and check them out.