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Throughout July, Haute Beauty Guide is offering a special: buy three cloth face masks and receive one free travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer. Visit our online store to view and purchase our face masks - new colors and styles are added every day.

Haute Beauty Guide is locally owned and operated by Doran, an esthetician with a small retail store and spa located at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey . No code is necessary for this special offer - the hand sanitizer will be automatically added to your shipment at checkout.

Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is hosting an online painting class with local artist Bunny Paivine on Saturday, July 11, at 6pm. Learn how to paint this picture from the comfort of your own home! Fee is $30 per person and includes paint, supplies, and delivery of the paint and supplies. (You can order wine or beer from us, too!)

Purchase your tickets here. Class details will be sent to you following your purchase. Please purchase your tickets by Thursday night, July 9, to ensure delivery of supplies.

The California State Health Officer orders that as of Wednesday, July 8, 2020, for at least three weeks:

The following sectors are ordered to close both indoor and outdoor operations and service:
Bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs, including bars located at permitted indoor and outdoor food facilities.

The following sectors are allowed to continue to operate with restrictions:

1) Dine-in restaurants must close indoor seating to customers. During this closure all dine-in restaurants may continue to utilize outdoor seating and must comply with the guidance for dine-in restaurants. Restaurants should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible.

2) Wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor services to customers. During this closure all wineries and tasting rooms must comply with the guidance for restaurants, wineries, and bars.

3) Family entertainment centers and movie theaters must close indoor services and attractions to customers. Family entertainment centers may continue to provide outdoor services to customers and must comply with the guidance for movie theaters and family entertainment centers. Drive-in movie theaters may continue to operate and should follow additional applicable guidance for retailers of Drive-In Movie Theaters.

4) Indoor attractions at zoos and museums must close to visitors. Zoos and museums may continue to operate outdoor attractions and must follow the guidance for zoos, museums.

5) Cardrooms must close indoor services to customers and must follow the guidance for cardrooms.

Read the complete California State order here.

The California State Health Officer orders that as of Wednesday, July 8, 2020, for at least three weeks:

The following sectors are ordered to close both indoor and outdoor operations and service:
Bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs, including bars located at permitted indoor and outdoor food facilities.

The following sectors are allowed to continue to operate with restrictions:

1) Dine-in restaurants must close indoor seating to customers. During this closure all dine-in restaurants may continue to utilize outdoor seating and must comply with the guidance for dine-in restaurants. Restaurants should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible.

2) Wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor services to customers. During this closure all wineries and tasting rooms must comply with the guidance for restaurants, wineries, and bars.

3) Family entertainment centers and movie theaters must close indoor services and attractions to customers. Family entertainment centers may continue to provide outdoor services to customers and must comply with the guidance for movie theaters and family entertainment centers. Drive-in movie theaters may continue to operate and should follow additional applicable guidance for retailers of Drive-In Movie Theaters.

4) Indoor attractions at zoos and museums must close to visitors. Zoos and museums may continue to operate outdoor attractions and must follow the guidance for zoos, museums.

5) Cardrooms must close indoor services to customers and must follow the guidance for cardrooms.

Read the complete California State order here.

Revival Ice Cream's newest limited edition flavor - Dark Chocolate S'mores - is set to hit our shop on July 9, but you can pre-order your taste of this exciting flavor now!

This delightful flavor contains gooey marshmallow fluff (made in-house), rich dark organic chocolate from Theo's, and a sprinkle of speculoos (a Belgian spiced shortbread cookie). You can practically smell the campfire! ⁠

Warning: our limited seasonal flavors go fast and are released only once a year, so place your order online now and stock up!

Revival Ice Cream is now offering take-out orders and local delivery on Thursdays to Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel. We're located at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Venture Gallery presents a show by local artist Elizabeth Ingebretsen entitled "Blooming in Place." We welcome you to come and view these moments of joy in an otherwise disturbing time. Are doors are temporarily closed to the public, but the show can be seen through our large windows.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, artist Elizabeth Ingebretsen has made it a priority to have vases of fresh flowers in her home. They are not elaborate arrangements from a florist, but whatever she could pick up as she quickly ducked in and out of the market. As temperatures rose with the onset of summer, her garden bloomed outdoors.

While global media stream reports on the untold suffering of many who do not have the luxury of sheltering-in-place, Elizabeth is thankful she can take refuge in creating. Her work documents this solitary time, as we each face some form of sacrifice and hardship during the pandemic.

Blooming in Place will be on exhibit through August 2020. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

Did you know that Slowfiber in Downtown Old Monterey creates their own patch kits? Your jeans are worth saving and these small, beautifully-curated collections of cloth and embellishments are meant to linger in your mending box so you have a repair kit for your pants as they slowly wear thin from years of love.

The content of each patch kit is always changing, but the themes are consistent: Romantic, Spring, Fall, Americana, and Boro. Patch kits may contain cotton, wool, velvet, linen, and/or denim as well as embroidery floss, ribbon, and/or rick-rack. Cultivate your personal style!

Slowfiber's patch kits are now available for purchase on our website and in our shop at 517B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Montrio Bistro, located at 414 Calle Principal, is pleased to announce that Rory Filbin has been promoted to the position of General Manager. He is a longtime, dedicated employee of the Downtown Dining restaurant family; he spent 6 years working with Tarpy’s and 10 years with Rio Grill. Rory’s ongoing commitment and passion for the restaurants and wine programs have earned him this exciting position.

This change, along with Debbie Edwards’s promotion to Vice President of all three Downtown Dining restaurants, is part of an ongoing strategy by owners Ken and Mona Donkersloot. They are striving to create the best possible guest experience at the restaurants by building teams who are multi-talented, motivated, and passionate in their work. Congratulations to Rory and Debbie!

As Rory and Debbie step into their new roles, longtime General Manager at Montrio Bistro, Kathy Solley, is moving on from the restaurant. Kathy has been with Montrio for 20 years and has been integral to its success and function as a pillar of the local restaurant community. Montrio Bistro wishes Kathy all the best as she pivots to her next opportunity and thank her for her years of commitment to the restaurant.

We are living in different times, and with that comes a different set of standards and responsibilities. At Principal Beauty, offering professional eyelash extensions, lash refills, and lash extension removal, owner Mariam Shatilova takes the safety and health of her clients seriously.

At Principal Beautiy's new location at 479 Pacific Street, Suite 2, Mariam is doing everything she can to protect her clients. She is going above and beyond California state protocols, serving only one client at a time and only accepting 2-3 clients per day, so there's plenty of time for sanitizing, cleaning, and refreshing the air in the room between clients. In addition, she provides FDA-approved hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves for every client and takes your temperature at check-in.

Life is not quite back to normal, but you can get your lashes back. To set up your appointment please visit the Principal Beauty website or text 831-200-3237.

Pandemic Sam I Am (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)

Posted on July 3rd, 2020 by sheldon

Would you, would you wear it with a mouse? Would you, would you wear it to a coffee house?

People are getting better every week about wearing face masks in Downtown Campbell. Thank you for masking up and showing that you care about everyone's safety, but we keep seeing people who seem unsure when they're supposed to have it. To help clear things up, we invited none other than the great Dr. Seuss* to explain.


I am Sam. Pandemic Sam I am.
A mask I wear, I can, I can.

I will wear it in a shop
and wear it, wear it, without stop.
I am masked when on the street,
I am masked when on my feet.
I will wear it when placing orders,
but will not wear it when I eat.

I would wear it with a mouse,
and wear it to a coffee house.
I would wear it when I think,
But would not wear it when I drink.

I will wear it when I walk
and I will wear it when I talk
I will wear it when I’m close
and will wear it cross my nose

I cover my mouth when I’m in line
So my germs are mine, all mine
I wear my mask both here and there
I wear my mask most everywhere

Oh wear a mask I can, I can,
Because Pandemic Sam I am.**


*-A likely story. He said that was his name and he spoke in twisted rhymes so we didn't ask any questions.

**-Toddlers 2 years or younger do not have to be Pandemic Sam I Ams.

Meet the owners of International Market and Deli, Gloria & Adil Altamimi, and their assistant, Robert. If you want to know why this little grocery and Mediterranean deli is such a warm, inviting space, look no further. Gloria and Adil offer extraordinary hospitality and customer service with a big-hearted community spirit that can't be beat.

The grocery store is small but mighty, offering a wide selection of food and essentials, including Halal meat and hard-to-find items from around the world. As for the deli...let us sing praises of their take-out falafel, shawarma, hummus, and baklava.

Gloria and Adil value the safety of their customers and are offering hand sanitizer and gloves to everyone who enters. They also offer curbside pick-up for everyone and local delivery to seniors, families with children, and those with disabilities.

International Market and Deli is located at 580 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Please protect Gloria, Adil,and Robert by wearing your face covering when you visit. Be local heroes just like they are!

Today, we bring you a photo behind the scenes at American Burger, a family-run business that's been bringing food, fun, and smiles to New Monterey with their classic burgers since 2009.

American Burger is now open for take-out, delivery, and no-contact curbside pick-up at 738 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. If you're stopping by the restaurant, be sure to wear a face mask like these heroes in the kitchen. (Go Team Lighthouse!)

Good news for Play Full Ground and the #happymontereysardines project! "We recently received the award letter for a grant from the Monterey County Workforce Development Board. This is our very first business grant and we are super grateful for it," says artist and Play Full Ground owner Mai Ryuno.

With this grant, Mai will be able to equip herself with a better camera than her old iPhone, plus lighting and a tripod, and will start using her studio for the creation of fun videos and other creative activities to share with you on Instagram and YouTube.

It’s fun to play with new toys and create something new! You can follow the activities and adventures of Mai Ryuno and her Play Full Ground sardines on Instagram and YouTube as they explore creativity in uncertain times.

Through Play Full Ground, Mai Ryuno offers Creativity Based Learning Programs, customized workshops, seminars, and coaching for individuals and groups to enhance critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills in an encouraging and fun environment.

Handmade Soap at Lilify

Posted on July 2nd, 2020 by Lilify

Something we're all doing a lot these days is washing our hands. Did you know that Lilify carries locally made soap at our shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey? We have a variety of luxurious formulations, including lavender, rosemary and lime, lemon and poppy seed, and salt and star anise.

Our salt and star anise soap offers licorice and fennel abundance grounded by sea salt, combining the comfort of the ocean with a touch of spice. All of our soaps are made in small batches in Monterey by Connie Mardon.

Lilify's soaps are available in store and online, with the option of curbside pickup or shipping. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 831-207-1380.

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop has resumed small-sized classes for Open Water SCUBA as well as specialty classes. Some of our specialty classes and portions of the Open Water course are also available online.

With Covid-19 safety precautions in mind, we'll be minimizing the amount of time spent in-shop. Please call 415-362-6694 for more details or to sign up!

Bamboo Reef is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Slowfiber, located at 517B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey, now carries heavyweight organic cotton thread made by Fiberactive Organics. This long-stapled cotton comes in 300 meter spools and is great for topstitching, sashiko, and buttons.

Slowfiber offers sewing tools, notions, cloth, and yarn plus classes, mendbars, masks, and mask maker supplies.

City of Monterey: Emergency Face Mask Order

Posted on July 1st, 2020 by lighthouseave

As of July 1, the City is enforcing the mandatory wearing of face coverings in business districts, both inside and outside, with a fine of $100 for the first violation. All people over the age of 12 must wear a face covering.

“Our code enforcement officer has the authority to cite without warning anyone not wearing a face covering in our business areas,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “People and businesses know by now that masks are required and we have to compel compliance to reduce the spread of the virus. Our educational approach has shown success, yet we need to do much better.”

Residents and visitors to the business districts are also required to maintain a six foot distance from others who are not members of the same household.

View the City of Monterey's press release here.

View the official emergency order here.

City of Monterey Emergency Face Covering Order

Posted on July 1st, 2020 by omba

As of July 1, the City is enforcing the mandatory wearing of face coverings in business districts, both inside and outside, with a fine of $100 for the first violation. All people over the age of 12 must wear a face covering.

“Our code enforcement officer has the authority to cite without warning anyone not wearing a face covering in our business areas,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “People and businesses know by now that masks are required and we have to compel compliance to reduce the spread of the virus. Our educational approach has shown success, yet we need to do much better.”

Residents and visitors to the business districts are also required to maintain a six foot distance from others who are not members of the same household.

View the City of Monterey's press release here.

View the official emergency order here.

City Manager Briefing to Monterey Residents and Businesses

Posted on June 30th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey invites residents and local businesses to join us for Monterey Mornings with the Manager on Thursday, July 2 at 9am, broadcast live on YouTube. Join City Manager Hans Uslar for an update on Covid-19 in Monterey as well as a discussion of programs, projects, and policies affecting the City of Monterey.

You can submit your questions via e-mail or ask live on YouTube. Can't make it at 9am on Thursday? The presentation will be available on demand on the City's YouTube channel following the event.

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