Epicenter Cycling now carries the Ponto Go! e-bike made by Electra. This beautiful bike has a maximum throttle-assisted speed up to 20 mph and pedal-assisted speed of 26 mph and can go up to 60 miles on a single charge.

With a bench-style saddle, passenger handle, and foot pegs this is a great ride for two and has a maximum carrying capacity of up to 360 lbs. so it'll also haul your stuff. Plus, stop confidently with hydraulic disc brakes and be better seen by using the front and rear brake lights and turn signals.

Visit Epicenter at 230 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey now through August 31 to test ride any e-bike and score a free scratch-off ticket revealing a sweet prize. Every ticket is a winner! We're talking in-store credit, awesome free gear, or credit towards an e-bike purchase.

Bonus: when you buy a bike from Epicenter Cycling, you'll get free maintenance here at the shop for the lifetime of your bike.

Memorabilia alert! Fashion Trade Retro and Vintage Clothing just picked up some very special consignment items that are indeed quite retro. They're eight celebrity wardrobe items from a personal collection that will be going up on special consignment soon.

So, who are we talking about? Here are a few hints. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her music career spanned decades. She also did some acting. She posed nude at 54 years of age and her boots were made for walkin.

These unique items came from Nancy Sinatra's wardrobe and were brought to Fashion Trade by a memorabilia collector. If you want to learn more about them and how you might have a chance to acquire them, keep your eye on the Fashion Trade Instagram page.

Each year, Monterey Car Week kicks off with a free exhibition of historic racing cars lining up for you to explore in Downtown Monterey. Alvarado St. is just the first stop for these vintage speedsters. They're actually in town to participate in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca the following week.

Don't worry, the races they participate in are largely ceremonial ones to allow their drivers to give everyone an idea how their historic vehicles could perform in a real race with other cars of their era. This year's reunion races are from Wednesday, August 16th through Saturday, August 19th at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

See the video below to watch some of the same cars that were just exhibited in Downtown Monterey in action at last year's Reunion Race! You can also visit the WeatherTech Raceway website to learn more about this year's Reunion and get tickets to be there in person!

Chic Event Rentals' New Showroom

Posted on August 13th, 2023 by Chic Event Rentals

Did you know? A few months ago, locally owned Chic Event Rentals opened a beautiful, brightly-lit new showroom at 301 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, directly above The Perfect Crumb Bakery. If you're planning a party, large gathering, or formal event - indoors or outdoors - we invite you to visit us and speak with our staff about the possibilities.

Chic specialize in high quality inventory at all price points and is a preferred vendor of almost every event venue, coordinator, and caterer in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. From our experienced and creative staff to our luxurious and customizable event rentals, Chic will help make your event a unique, stress free, and unforgettable experience.

Do you represent a winery or have friends who do? We're looking for a few good wineries to come join us for our upcoming Fall Wine Walk in Downtown Campbell on Thursday, September 21st.

The Downtown Campbell vibe is legendary and our Wine Walks are one of the most established Wine Walks in Northern California with a history of selling out even on weeknights. We're always looking for new winery friends so if you'd like to be a part of a magical evening, please email with your contact information and a short introduction to your winery.

Are you looking to add some personality to your home? Why not add a beautiful noren from Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things?

Noren are traditional Japanese fabric dividers hung between rooms, on walls, in doorways, or in windows. They usually have one or more vertical slits cut from the bottom to nearly the top of the fabric, allowing for easier passage or viewing. They look perfect in homes or in businesses.

We have some elegant designs to choose from, so come by and pick one out! Cha-ya is located at 118 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Johnny Wicks Candle Studio has moved to 499 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey! This candle-making studio and retail shop is located near Old Capitol Books on the second floor of the Galerie Monterey building. All candles are clean-burning, made from all natural soy wax with 100% cotton wicks and fragrance oils free of phthalates.

Johnny Wicks welcomes individuals and groups for in-store candle-making. The studio aims to provide a socially interactive experience that fosters togetherness and creativity through the captivating world of scents. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment online.

Selecting scents, picking the perfect jar, designing a personalized label, and crafting your custom-scented candle will take around 30-45 minutes. Afterwards, you'll have an hour and a half to spare as your candle solidifies, leaving you with ample time to explore Downtown Old Monterey or grab a bite to eat.

Have you visited us before? Trade in any of your empty Johnny Wicks candle containers and instantly enjoy a $2 discount on your next purchase. Alternatively, swing by our shop and have your empty container refilled, immersing your space once more in the mesmerizing scents you love.

A new exhibit, Extraordinary Valor: The Lost History of the Buffalo Soldiers in Monterey, opened in June at the Presidio of Monterey Museum. This permanent exhibit honors the history of the Black soldiers of the 9th Cavalry during the Spanish American War at the turn of the 20th century.

Known as the Buffalo Soldiers, the 9th Cavalry, established during a time of racial segregation in the military, arrived in Monterey in November 1902. During their two-year stay, they trained new recruits as well as horses. During the summer of 1904, the 9th Cavalry rode to Yosemite National Park where they created the first marked National Park trail.

The exhibit consists of photographs, uniforms, a map, a sword, a facsimile of a newspaper article, and more. Come learn more about these remarkable men. Museum hours are Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm.

The Presidio of Monterey Museum is located at 76th Artillery Street & Corporal Ewing Road, Bldg. 113 in Lower Presidio Park. The Park can be found above Pacific Street at the Lighthouse Avenue curve as you drive from the Lighthouse District towards Downtown Monterey.

This post is adapted from Jordan Leininger's article entitled, "Presidio of Monterey Museum's New Exhibit - Extraordinary Valor: The Lost History of the Buffalo Soldiers in Monterey" which first appeared in the City of Monterey's City Focus Magazine, Summer 2023.

You may have noticed that there appears to be some roadside construction work happening throughout Downtown Campbell. After a series of delays, construction on the semi-permanent parklets has begun in several locations.

In all six parklets will be built. A semi-permanent parklet will be built at the following restaurants:

  • Katie Bloom's (in progress)
  • Flights (in progress)
  • Trattoria 360 (in progress)
  • Aqui's
  • Tessora's Barra di Vino
  • A'Bellagio

Each will take upwards of seven weeks to finish and all six planned parklets are expected to reach completion by the end of September.

Pamir Rugs currently has this beautiful, vibrant, antique Chinese Art Deco rug for sale in our showroom at 237 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

In addition to having a wide variety of new, antique, and custom-made rugs for sale, we also offer rug cleaning, repairing, and appraising. With over 30 years of experience in this business, our interior designers can help you pick the best quality rug for your home.

The Lighthouse District welcomes Mando's Restaurant to 570 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey! Recently relocated from Fountain Ave in Pacific Grove, Mando's serves Mexican and American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It also offers catering for parties and other events.

Restaurant owner and chef Armando “Mando” Cruz was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. Moving to California in 1995, Mando missed the flavors and cuisine of his mother’s delicious home cooking. What you'll find at Mando's is a lot of great food, with a special emphasis on the dishes of Mando's native Oaxaca.

It’s a good day when you walk into Fashion Trade Boutique with an album you just bought at Recycled Records and you find the matching band shirt. It's Lighthouse District kismet!

Fashion Trade has around 100 band t-shirts in stock. Come in and see if we have your favorite at 554 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. (And be sure to visit Recycled Records at 604 Lighthouse Avenue, too.)

This week, Cypress Boutique is having a Summer Sale! Get 20%-60% off clothing and accessories through Sunday, August 6. This is your chance to find the cutest styles at the best prices, including hats, shoes, shorts, shirts, skirts, and dresses.

Cypress Boutique, located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Ste C in Monterey, carries clothing and accessories for women and men.

Plato's Closet, located at 402 Lighthouse Ave in Monterey, is offering back to school savings. Shop your favorite brands all under one roof and get some great deals for the start of the year.

Now through August 14, when you spend $75, get $30 in coupons to spend September 15-30 at Plato's Closet on any purchase of $60 or more. There is no limit to the number of coupons that can be earned per transaction.

Venture Gallery presents the work of Craig Lauterbach, Sarah Leonard, and Dee Steiner, our featured artists for August. Their group exhibit, entitled Into the Woods...and Beyond, is a celebration of the rustic and magical beauty of the Monterey Peninsula.

Craig Lauterbach will exhibit his wood sculptures which feature exotic woods and minerals from around the world. Sarah Leonard's oil paintings highlight coastal habitats and breathtaking views of our forests and coastline. Dee Steiner’s oil paintings invite the viewer to step inside local parks, trails, and sunsets with her romantic, impressionistic style.

Venture Gallery is now open 10am-6pm six days a week and 2pm-6pm on Tuesdays. This group exhibit will be featured through August 2023. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

Cella presents a new exhibit by artist Bernard Trainor opening July 26 at the restaurant, located at 525 Polk Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We invite you to make a reservation to dine at Cella and enjoy Trainor's extraordinary work.

Trainor's new installation, titled EMERGE, is an expression of the seasons and the dynamic change happening outside Cella's protective walls. The interplay between inside and outside creates a beautiful tension.

Bernard Trainor arrived in Northern California from Australia twenty-five years ago. He is the founding principal of Ground Studio, a landscape architecture practice with studios in Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Napa. He approaches his art and design through a very personal lens, interpreting wild and built landscapes into abstract forms on large canvas and board.