Two Hours Free Parking for the Holidays

Posted on November 10th, 2017 by omba in Old Monterey

The City of Monterey is offering two hours of free holiday parking, November 24 - December 26, 2017 in the Downtown West Public Parking Garage located at 340 Tyler Street between Franklin Street and Del Monte Avenue in Old Monterey. Shop at our locally-owned boutiques or eat a great meal without worrying about the parking meter!

The long shuttered Cooper-Molera Adobe complex, located on 2.5 acres in the heart of Old Monterey, is now beginning a dramatic revitalization. Ship captain and trader John Rogers Cooper immigrated to Monterey and married into a prominent Mexican family and they expanded the property over three generations. The adobe-walled complex, dating back to 1827, includes historic adobe structures, barns, and a garden. For many years the property has had limited access to the public and growing, unfunded restoration needs.

Foothill Partners, the developers behind the Trader Joe's shopping center next door, is partnering with the owners of the property, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for a $6.5 million restoration. This shared-use project will combine museum space and historic interpretation with compatible commercial uses that are appropriate to the historic setting.

This public-private partnership will establish a creative funding model which will preserve the historic site and maintain museum operations in the Cooper and Diaz adobes. The iconic barns are going through a seismic retrofit and will be reopened as an event center. The Spear Warehouse will hold a restaurant with outdoor seating in its courtyard. A bakery is coming to the store on the corner of Munras and Polk streets. And eventually the long-shuttered gates will be open and the public can enjoy the beautiful "learning gardens." For updates on the project, visit

This post is adapted from an article written by Media Assistant Eric Palmer which appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the City of Monterey’s publication, City Focus. We encourage you to read the entire publication, a great resource for information for Monterey residents.

Carbone's is happy to be showing the next couple of UFC fights for free! As usual, in Carbone's style, we will have a drink minimum, but we've got to pay those pay-per-view fees somehow. We were the first to show boxing and UFC fights, back when they were popular, and pinball before there was a Monterey League. So this is our way of saying thank you for your support all these years. But don't wait around, because this free stuff won't continue on for long. Check at the bar for details, 214 Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey.

On The Beach is happy to announce that our Snow Tech Shop opened on November 10, 2017! Come in and let us get your snowboard and skis ready for the season. We'll also be renting skis, snowboards, and boots - we've just added Burton snowboards and K2 skis to the rental shop. If you have questions about our rental rates and policies, please stop by the store at 693 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey or phone us at 831-646-9283.

Fashion Trade, located at 554 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, is back! Yes, we closed for the month of October, but we're open once again and bringing you more great women's fashion.

Our new fall/winter hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm. Please note: in the fall and winter of 2017-18, we will not be consigning or buying items for cash. We will, however, buy items for store credit from 10am-4pm, no appointment needed.

At Union Yoga, we like to encourage our students to try classes with different teachers. In November, if you take a class with a teacher with whom you haven't yet taken a class, you'll be entered into a raffle to win a 75 minute massage with Rob Wilks in our massage room!

If you haven't yet met Rob or taken his Friday, 6:15pm yin yoga class, you should. He is certified as both an Esalen and deep tissue massage therapist. Rob is also a teacher of both methods. He knows anatomy and body work like few people on the planet and is highly regarded and sought after in this field. Let us know when you check in for class so you can get your raffle ticket.

Are you looking for a good place to donate your Halloween costumes and dress up clothes? Consider giving them to MY Museum, the Monterey County Youth Museum! We accept all gently used and new costumes for our theater exhibit. Just bring them in during our regular business hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm, and Sundays, 12pm-5pm.

(We'd like to extend a special thanks to Cyrpess Cleaners in Pacific Grove for keeping our costumes fresh and clean!)

SmileLabs Monterey is having a Summer Special, now through November 30, 2017. We're now offering a single session for $69, two sessions for $119, three sessions for $159, or five sessions for $199.

SmileLabs Monterey begins your appointment with a consultation to determine your current shade and how many sessions you’ll need to reach your target shade. Then you apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth and our cold blue light whitening accelerator is placed directly in front of your exposed teeth by one of our professionally-trained technicians for 15 minutes per treatment.

We're located in Old Monterey at 188 Webster Street. Give us a call at 831-717-4676 or book an appointment online.