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Cypress Boutique invites you to come check out our vibrant floral dresses and shirts - they scream summer! These are perfect for those long beach days or casual evenings out.

Want to accessorize? Complete your look with our cool shades and summer hats to keep you stylish and protected from the sun. Plus, we have an array of gorgeous earrings to add that extra sparkle to your summer outfits - they're handmade in California by AVA + CHARLIE.

Cypress Boutique is located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey. We're an independent, owner-operated shop.

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Mattress Nation is offering up to $500 off select mattresses during our July 4th Sale, taking place June 18 - July 9, 2024. Visit our showroom at 296 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey for more details and to see our selection.

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Save $500 on any size TEMPUR-ActiveBreeze, TEMPUR-LuxeBreeze or TEMPUR-ProBreeze mattress.

Save $400 on any size Reserve, Lux Hybrid, or Lux Estate Stearns and Foster mattress.

Save $200 on any size Sealy Posturepedic Plus High Point Hybrid mattress.

Save $100 on any size Sealy Posturepedic Plus Brenham Hybrid Mattress or Sealy Posturepedic Plus Albany Hybrid mattress.

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No Fireworks in Monterey

Posted on June 16th, 2024 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey asks that you do your civic duty to reduce the risk of wildfire by not using fireworks when celebrating the 4th of July. In the City you may be subject to a $1000 fine if you are caught using any type of fireworks (including those marked as "safe and sane"). Thank you for enjoying the holiday responsibly and safely.

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Give Ocean Wildlife the Space to Be Wild

Posted on June 15th, 2024 by lighthouseave

Summer is here, and many of us are going to be out enjoying the ocean! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to remind us that we share these waters with sea otters and other coastal wildlife. Let’s work together to keep them healthy and wild. That means keeping a safe distance.

Maintain a safe distance

Please be aware of your surroundings and alert to nearby wildlife when recreating. Maintain a safe distance (if a sea otter is looking at you, you are too close and should back away). If you're on the water and taking photos or videos, make sure you are not drifting too close.


Keep kayaks at least 60 feet (or five kayak lengths) away from otters and don’t point your kayak directly at an animal. When passing marine mammals, maintain the 60-foot buffer and pass in parallel moving slowly but steadily past rather than stopping.

Handling Your Pets

Keep pets on a leash on and around docks and harbors and never allow them to interact with wildlife, even if the animals appear to be playing. Never feed otters, seals, or sea lions as they can become aggressive, which could result in their removal from the wild.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium has announced that it's participating in the Museums for All initiative! Beginning May 27, anyone enrolled in federal food assistance benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as CalFresh) will receive free admission to the Aquarium for up to four people by showing their SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and photo ID at the door.

About Museums of All

Museums for All is a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Association of Children’s Museums. The initiative seeks to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.

About Monterey Bay Aquarium

Located a short walk from Lighthouse Avenue at 886 Cannery Row, this mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean. From sea otters to seaweeds, the unique oceanfront location and timeless galleries bring the wonders of the ocean to life.

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Lighthouse District in the News, 06/07/24

Posted on June 7th, 2024 by lighthouseave

Welcome to Lighthouse District in the News, an occasional post featuring recent news articles on Monterey's Lighthouse District. Please click the link below to read the article.

Seeing Double [International Cafe]
by Jacqueline Weixel
Monterey County Now, 05/30/24

Next Door's Summer Hours

Posted on June 5th, 2024 by Hula's Island Grill

Next Door, the small, speakeasy-style bar next door to Hula's Island Grill, has new hours! We open at 5:30pm Thursday - Saturday (and occasionally Sunday) all summer long.

Thursday is industry night. Bring in proof of local industry service and you get Happy Hour tiki drinks all night.

Just follow the red light above our door for specialty cocktails and cozy corners to tuck away in. It's a little dark in here, but we're friendly. Find us next to Hula's at 622 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. For ages 21 and over only.

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Montery Core Fitness is excited to announce our summer training sessions for female athletes ages 14-18 led by trainer Sahana Slack. We have several options available.

Space is limited - contact us to reserve your kids' sessions. Monterey Core Fitness is located at 191 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Youth Training Session Options

Buddy Sessions
Two kids, one mission: to crush it together! With personalized attention and sport-specific training, they'll push boundaries and achieve results they never thought possible.

Sibling Sessions
Let's turn sibling rivalry into sibling revelry as we work together to achieve their fitness goals and create a family full of athletes.

Personal Training
In our one-on-one sessions, it's all about each kid and their path to strength and success. With personalized guidance and undivided attention, we'll push boundaries, overcome obstacles, and unleash their full potential.

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At Gracie Jiu-Jitsu during the month of June, mothers and daughters (ages 13+) can train together for the price of one person. That's right: we're offering two one-month memberships for the price of one!

We're located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Learn more and register on our website. Please note: offer must be redeemed by June 30, 2024.

About the Women Empowered Program

Gracie Jiu Jitsu's beginner program, Women Empowered, promotes physical fitness, builds confidence, and develops self-defense skills as it strengthens the emotional connection among family members as they learn and progress together.

In this class, women create a strong network of encouragement and camaraderie, celebrating each other's achievements and overcoming challenges as a united group.

About Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Monterey

At Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Monterey, we believe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, athleticism, or ability. We are proud to say we are continuing the legacy of Grandmaster Hélio Gracie who believed jiu-jitsu should empower the weak to be able to defend against the strong.

We take pride in creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming learning environment for all students and family members. We're passionate about what we do because, simply put, we believe confident humans make kinder humans.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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This Memorial Day, upgrade your sleep sanctuary with incredible discounts on mattresses at Mattress Nation, located at 296 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Save up to $800 off select Stearns & Foster, Tempur-Pedic, and Sealy mattress sets; up to $500 off select Tempur-Pedic adjustable mattress sets; and up to 50% on select floor model Tempur-Adapt mattresses. All-new Tempur-Adapt mattresses are now only $1999. Our sale continues through June 4, 2024. See all the details here.

Mattress Nation is locally owned and operated.

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NARCAN Now Boxes in Monterey Provide Free Access to Naloxone

Posted on May 6th, 2024 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey, in partnership with the Central Coast Overdose Prevention Coalition, has installed NARCAN Now Boxes to provide free access to the lifesaving opiate overdose reversal medicine Naloxone.

Boxes have been placed at Monterey Transit Plaza (500 Tyler Street), Monterey Police Department (351 Madison Street), and the Monterey Outreach and Navigation Center (401 Camino El Estero).

Naloxone is an opiate antagonist that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It has no effect on someone who does not have opioids in their system.

Why is the City of Monterey doing this? Drug overdose deaths in California continue to rise. In Monterey County, statistics show that drug related overdose deaths in the first six months of 2023 surpassed the drug related deaths in all 12 months of 2022. Use of Naloxone can prevent death from opioid overdose.

Learn more about the NARCAN Now program in Monterey.

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New item alert! If you like quesabirrias, Mission 19 Taqueria's menu now offers a SUPER quesabirria for even more delicious goodness. Visit us at 598 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and try it. We're open Sun-Thu, 11am-8pm, and Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm.

Birria is a regional variation of barbacoa from western Mexico, consisting of beef marinated in adobo sauce then cooked in broth. We serve ours Tijuana-style with melted cheese, onions, and cilantro in a freshly handmade corn or flour tortilla with a side of consome (broth) for dipping.

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Cypress Boutique just got in some great spring styles for men, including t-shirts, shorts, hats, and bracelets (leather or beaded). Go check them out at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey.

"Just Good Times” Tee: Our earthy green t-shirt (pictured here) is more than just clothing - it’s a mood booster. Wear it when you’re out with friends, exploring the coast, or simply enjoying life.

Dark Navy Shirt-Jacket: Wrap yourself in cozy elegance with our long-sleeved blue shacket (pictured here). It’s not just a shirt; it’s a hug from your favorite fabric. Perfect for chilly evenings by the bonfire or casual outings.

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