The Joseph Boston Store is celebrating "Everything Lemons" throughout August 2019. Come to our shop in Old Monterey and find lemon extra virgin olive oil and Sicilian white balsamic from Monterey’s Tasty Olive Bar, lemon lavender spritzer from Happy Girl Kitchen, Meyer lemon bitters from The Bitter Ginger, salts with lemon from Big Sur Salts, lemon stuffed olives and lemon dill garlic from Gil’s Gourmet, lemon soaps from Big Sur Soaps, lemon caramels from Sweets of Eden, and lemon housewares. If you love lemons, The Boston Store is the place for you!

The Joseph Boston Store is open every week, Thursday - Sunday, 11am-3pm. The store is run by the Historic Garden League. All proceeds are used to preserve and maintain the historic gardens of Monterey.

The Joseph Boston Store is located at 210 Olivier Street. Coming from Portola Plaza, you'll find the Store behind the Pacific House Museum. Coming from Pacific Street, you'll find the store adjacent to the Casa Del Oro Garden, across the street from the First Theater.

The City of Monterey has announced some road closures in Downtown Old Monterey August 9-18 as a result of Monterey Car Week 2019. Below is a list of closures directly affecting Old Monterey. View all Monterey Car Week road closures throughout the city here.

Friday, August 9
Alvarado Street closed between Franklin Street and Del Monte Ave, 3pm-8pm

August 10-15 & August 18-21
Del Monte Ave between Washington St and Alvarado St will be down to two lanes

This Place Matters: The E.R. Kennedy House

Posted on August 4th, 2019 by susanblake

Photo courtesy of Susan Blake.

The Historic Preservation Board’s fourth featured Landmark home is the E. R. Kennedy House at 61 Catalpa Lane. This part of Campbell is historically referred to as the Kennedy Tract and later the Four “Cs” Tract that includes Cherry, Catalpa, El Caminito and California Avenues west of Winchester Blvd. At the turn of the century, it was ranch land owned by Erle Russell and Bessie Kennedy.

This outstanding example of Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture was built in 1930, for Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy who fell in love with the style while on a visit to southern California. It features white washed stucco siding with red-tiled hipped roofs, a terra cotta chimney and a flagstone entry. The original home had three bedrooms upstairs and a formal living room, dining room, breakfast nook, kitchen and library downstairs, with one bathroom on each floor. In the 1960’s a family room/apartment was added on north side.

Inside, the doors, door frames, and trim along with wall inset drawers and storage, are all solid mahogany. The main entry features a mahogany parquet floor. Numerous old growth trees can be seen on the property, including a huge Buckeye in the back yard and a grove of five Redwoods in the front yard.

The Kennedys had this house built to replace their old ranch house on Winchester Road after deciding to start subdividing their land. Starting with the development of Cherry Lane, many of the Kennedy Tract homes were built from 1941 through 1949. Prior to development, El Caminto was part of Kennedy Avenue, so named for the family.

Mr. Kennedy was a local farmer and realtor and also president of the Campbell Water Company from 1914 to 1918. In the early days of the company, he was a bill collector who went door to door, carrying a leather pouch with change, to collect water payments from households. In 1908, for private households with five or less family members, the monthly rate was $1. Each additional person cost 15 cents.

Bessie Kennedy was an energetic and determined member of our city’s Country Woman’s Club, starting in 1912. She was a driving force and instrumental in getting the club’s goal of a real library built in our downtown. This historic library building was completed in 1923, and still stands at the southwest corner of First Street and East Campbell Avenue.

The Kennedys later owned and operated the Kennedy Water Company which served customers west of Winchester Boulevard to Hazel Ave. Erle and Bessie owned and operated their water company until 1946, when they sold it to the San Jose Water Company, another family-owned water supplier.

In 1960, the E.R. Kennedy House was purchased by Courtland Watson and Jeanette Gomes Watson. Jeanette Watson became the first female council member and first female mayor (1988) in the City of Campbell. She lived there until 2006.

The current owner purchased the home in 2006, and is raising two...Read More

As many of you know, the Joseph Boston Store, located at 210 Olivier Street in Old Monterey, is dedicated to supporting our local artisans. Wendy Towner and Francisco Aguilera, the husband and wife team behind one of our vendors, The Honey Ladies, were selling their wares at the Gilroy Garlic Festival when they were tragically shot. They received extensive injuries and are facing many hardships ahead.

The Joseph Boston Store is honored to carry The Honey Ladies' honey and beeswax candles. Their products are made locally by bees saved from extermination. When unwanted hives are found, the Honey Ladies safely relocate them to farms where they can feed on wildflowers and they can harvest the honey. Each jar of honey helps save more hives.

The Joseph Boston Store, run by the Historic Garden League, is taking donations to help Wendy and Francisco with medical expenses. Anyone who comes in and makes a donation will receive a free Honey Ladies honey stick. In addition, The Historic Garden League will donate all proceeds from the sale of Honey Ladies products to Wendy and Francisco's Go Fund Me campaign to cover medical bills, modifications to their home for wheelchair accessibility, and lost income during their long period of recovery.

In partnership with Monterey Bay Food Tours, The Boston Store will be offering honey tastings on these dates at our shop at 210 Olivier Street, 11am-3pm:
Friday, August 9
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, August 17
Friday, August 23

For updates on Wendy and Francisco and to contribute to their Go Fund Me campaign, please click here.

The Scholze Park Community Center is pleased to announce that the play! Monterey Travel Program Newsletter, listing information on all our day trips now through February 2020, is available for download here as an Adobe PDF file.

Our travel program offers a variety of tours for adults of all ages with prices to fit within everyone’s budget. For more information on the play! Monterey Travel Program, please phone 831-646-3878.

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