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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!

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Lighthouse District SIP Mall...Updated!

Posted on June 25th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Retail in Monterey's Lighthouse District is now open for in-store visitors, but there continue to be additional shopping options available during the pandemic. We invite you to check out our newly-updated SIP Mall!

All the stores listed in the SIP Mall offer shopping either online or over the phone plus no-contact curbside pick-up, delivery, and/or shipping. And now we feature even more retailers. It’s shelter-in-place shopping with all the local stores you love!

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What are your rights as a tenant or property owner under Monterey County’s Eviction Moratorium? ECHO Housing is offering free weekly webinars that will walk you through local and state protections, resources for tenants and property owners, and more.

The next live webinar is scheduled on Thursday, July 2, at 5:30pm. Advance registration required. Please sign up online here.

ECHO Housing is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. ECHO's goal is to promote equal access in housing and provide support services which aid in the prevention of homelessness and promote permanent housing conditions. Learn more about ECHO's events and services on their website.

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Oya Salon Welcomes Marissa Olivo

Posted on June 25th, 2020 by Oya Salon

Oya Salon welcomes Marissa Olivo to the Oya team. She recently moved to California's Central Coast after seven years as a colorist at a high end salon in Downtown Seattle. She loves to make hair feel lived-in and true to you.

Marissa is now booking appointments for balayage, foil, all over colors, and Keratin treatments - please phone Oya at 831-656-0570. We are located at 201 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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July 4th Sale at Mattress Nation

Posted on June 25th, 2020 by Mattress Nation

The July 4th sale at Mattress Nation has already begun! Save up to $800 on select Stearns & Foster adjustable mattress sets, up to $400 on Sealy hybrid adjustable mattress sets, and get $500 off Tempur-Pedic's Breeze mattress.

Visit us at 296 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey or schedule a video appointment on our website. Mattress Nation is locally owned and operated.

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Recently, Monterey County Health Department has lifted more business restrictions. We are happy to report that nail salons, tattoo parlors, fitness studios, skin care spas, wax bars, and massage therapy studios are now permitted to open for business.

As reopening a business with many new safety protocols during a pandemic can be challenging, we encourage you to contact your beauty or personal care provider to see when they're reopening and make your appointment.

And remember: when visiting the Lighthouse District, please maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask. (Be a hero!)

The Monterey Bay Aquarium will be reopening on Monday, July 13, 2020. Tickets go on sale July 1. Get ready to fall in love all over again with favorite places like the Open Sea and Kelp Forest — you won't believe how much the kelp has grown!

We've also made some changes to help keep everyone safe and healthy while you have an awesome day at the Aquarium. Here's what to expect:

Choose your date and time
To limit the number of people inside the Aquarium, both Aquarium members and the general public need to reserve tickets on our website for a specific date and entry time. Tickets will not be available at the Main Entrance.

Wear a face covering
All guests must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose. (We've got otterly amazing masks available for purchase if you need one.) Children ages two and under and those with a medical condition that prevents them from doing so are exempt.

Stay 6 feet away
You must stay at least six feet away from other guests in other parties and Aquarium staff at all times. We're limiting total capacity to help guests keep their distance.

Keep your hands clean
We’ve installed additional sanitizing stations throughout the Aquarium so you can lather as often as you like.

Go with the flow
Everyone will move through the Aquarium in one direction. We'll be putting some of our play areas, feedings, touch pools, and auditorium programs "on paws" (get it?) for now. You'll still be able to enjoy our animals and exhibits — including the amazing views and fresh air from our oceanfront decks.

On behalf of all your old friends — the octopus, sea otters, penguins and more — we can't wait to sea you soon! View more information here.

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Are you rocking the new Kalletka gear yet? These designs are fantastic! Kalletka is a locally owned (Santa Cruz) company born from thousands of hours spent roaming on or under the ocean. This is a small company held closely by a community of divers, fisherman, and water-oriented people.

Now Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is proudly carrying Kaletka's shirts, sweatshirts, hats, beanies, and stickers! Visit us at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey to check them out. We also have Kaletka fleece hoodies available on our website.

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Red Cross Blood Drives at El Estero Park: July - November 2020

Posted on June 19th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey and the American Red Cross have five blood drives scheduled at El Estero Park Center at 777 Pearl Street in Monterey:

Wednesday, July 1
Wednesday, August 26
Wednesday, September 23
Wednesday, October 28
Tuesday, November 17

To donate blood on any of these dates, please schedule your appointment online here or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Because of Covid-19, no walk-in appointments will be accepted - you must schedule your appointment in advance.

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Free Meals for Children in Need at Local Schools this Summer

Posted on June 18th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is offering grab-and-go student meals for youth age 18 years and younger, Mondays through Fridays, June 8 - July 24 (except July 3). Students do not need to be present at pick-up. Please practice social distancing while picking up meals.

Pick-up locations, Mon-Fri, 10am-12pm:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School of the Arts
Marshall Elementary
Marina Vista Elementary
Los Arboles Middle
Seaside High

Pick-up locations, Mon-Fri, 10:30am-12:30pm:
La Mesa Elementary...Read More

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Escape Room 831 Reopens

Posted on June 18th, 2020 by Escape Room 831

Escape Room 831 has now reopened with strict sanitary and social distancing plans in place. Located at 599 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, we invite you to have fun and escape with us while being safe and smart!

Here are 5 ways Escape Room 831 is working to operate safely during this pandemic:

1. No mixed-player games
How do you socially distance in an escape room? By playing with people you’ve been quarantining with or close friends and family you have been in physical contact with during shelter-in-place.

All games at Escape Room 831 are private. Groups are limited to family members and close friends in order to limit the possible spread. No strangers or random people will be in the room with your group.

2. Disinfecting game rooms after each game
Each room will be thoroughly cleaned by our employees, especially all hard surfaces that have heavy use such as doorknobs, tabletops, locks, and keys after every game.

3. Restrooms cleaned after every use
All customer restrooms will be cleaned after each use by a member of our staff, following all official guidelines for cleaning public spaces.

4. Customers are required to wash their hands and we provide sanitizer on-site
We will require all customers to wash or sanitize their hands prior to entering the room. There are hand-sanitizing stations in place for customer and employee use.

5. Bring your patience, be smart, be safe and have fun
We will all get through this together by working together, so patience and courtesy go a long way. The bottom line is: be safe, be smart, follow the rules, and have fun! This is about fun - bringing that mindset will help all of us.

Escape Room 831, founded by entrepreneurs Christina and Barrie Riddoch of Monterey, is following all guidelines for safety issued by local, state, and national officials. In fact, we intend to go above and beyond guidelines to be extra vigilant to make you feel safe and secure inside our doors. For more information, visit our website, call us at 831-241-6616, or send an email and we can answer further questions.

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Lilify is absolutely tickled to be partnering with Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza of Ad Astra Bread Co. on our newest delight – the Lilify Loaf. Made locally, the Lilify Loaf is sourdough bread with seasonal herbs harvested from our personal garden including rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme.

The Lilify Loaf is fresh baked and available in the shop every Friday until sold out. Lilify, located at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, is now open for in-store shopping Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Many of our fine products (but no bread) can also be purchased on our website for curbside pick-up or shipping.

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