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Have some extra tanks that rarely see the water these days? Reef Check California needs your help! They're looking for tank donations to help out their dive ops in Northern California.

Until the end of June, drop off your tanks at Bamboo Reef Dive Shop and we'll get them ready for the Reef Check crew. Out of hydro? No worries, drop off any tank regardless of age!⁠ Tax exempt receipt available by request - just leave your information so Reef Check can reach you.

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Father's Day Cards at Lilify

Posted on June 17th, 2020 by Lilify

This Sunday we honor fathers. And stepfathers. And grandfathers. And uncles. And all those who protect, support, guide, and uplift.

In time for Father's Day, Lilify presents a thoughtful collection of cards by independent designers honoring the fathers and father figures in your life. Visit us at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey for in-store shopping, or phone us at 831-207-1380 for curbside pick-up.

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The Monterey Public Library reopened on Thursday, June 11 for grab-and-go pick-up of books placed on hold. Pick-up hours will be Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm. The community currently has over 2,000 items on hold at the library!

How will you know when your book is ready? Customers will receive e-mail notification that their hold is ready for pick-up. Then you must come to the library, bring your library card, wear a face mask (be a hero!), and practice social distancing while you pick-up your book at the curb.

Please keep in mind that the Library facility remains closed and most library staff are still temporarily laid off. But many of the library’s services are available online, including the Summer Reading Program for all ages, Thursday morning Music & Rhymes with MaryLee, and downloadable audiobooks.

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Buy Cloth Face Masks in the Lighthouse District

Posted on June 11th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Looking for reusable cloth face masks to wear on your outings so you can be a hero? Want to support small, locally-owned businesses in New Monterey's Lighthouse District? Here are a number of masks available for sale from Lighthouse District businesses.

Dining Guide for Monterey's Lighthouse District...Updated

Posted on June 11th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The Lighthouse District Dining Guide has been freshly updated to reflect new business hours and more! To make it easy to find the restaurants that best suit your needs, our Dining Guide now has four categories: take-out, dine-in, delivery, and no-contact curbside pick-up.

Enjoy a delicious meal or treat from one of our many fine establishments and support a small, locally-owned business in New Monterey.

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Paprika Cafe is offering a take-out dinner and dessert special for a limited time only. Purchase any two dinners to go, with a total bill of $30 or more, and get a free box of our homemade vegan baklava worth $9.

Paprika Cafe, a restaurant recognized by the Michelin Guide in 2019, is serving delicious Mediterranean fare to-go at 309 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Open daily, 11am-7pm, we're proud to offer a menu with many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

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Hopping back in the water, but in need of new equipment? Now at Bamboo Reef Dive Shop, for a limited time, get geared up with a huge discount towards a SCUBAPRO Life Support Package.

Simply purchase a set of SCUBAPRO mask, fins, and snorkel, and receive 100% credit back when you purchase a regulator, dive computer, and a BCD. This offer is only available in-store. We're located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Reopening: Atomic 1800 Is Now Cypress Boutique Monterey

Posted on June 6th, 2020 by Cypress

Atomic 1800 is now Cypress Boutique Monterey! Owner Mary Ojugo has renamed her store, which will continue to feature fashionable clothing and accessories for men and women. Located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, Cypress Boutique Monterey reopened for in-store shopping on Tuesday, June 9. New hours are 11:30am-6:30pm, Tuesday - Sunday.

A native of the Monterey Peninsula, Mary Ojugo strives to empower women and men to wear clothes that make them feel confident and look their best. From the moment you walk into the shop you'll be immersed in a world of creative expression and statement pieces.

While the name may have changed to Cypress Boutique Monterey, we assure you the fashion is still hot and the customer service is still warm and friendly, promoting good vibes and personal statements through style.

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Coach Masha of Boxing Strong continues to offer free boxing classes for kids on Zoom every Wednesday at 12pm. It's a great work-out that's lots of fun! Get log-in information here. Masha is also conducting boxing classes for adults on Zoom on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm for $10. Please contact Masha for more information on her classes for adults.

Masha Cavazos is a former competitive fighter and the 2017 NCBA West Coast Champion (139-lb fight class) and the 2015 Silver Medalist (132-lb fight class); she is a USA Boxing-Certified Coach and a National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC) Certified Personal Trainer.

Masha is the founder and owner of Boxing Strong, based in New Monterey, and she brings her boxing and training experience to her diverse range of clients with their various fitness and athletic goals. She is also the proud mom of a teenager.

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Recycled Records Has Reopened

Posted on June 4th, 2020 by Recycled Records

Recycled Records has reopened for in-store shopping! We have a bunch of new merchandise and we can’t wait to see you all again. We want to thank everyone for your patience and support of our small, locally-owned business during this difficult time.

Please wear a face mask when you come in to the store (be a hero!) and maintain a considerate physical distance from other shoppers. Located at 604 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, we're open Monday - Thursday, 10am-5pm, Friday - Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 11am-5pm.

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Current Comics, located at 400 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, is now open for in-store shopping. Our shelves are stocked with new comics, graphic novels, and much more. Face masks and social distancing are required for everyone while you are inside the store. (Be a hero!)

No-contact curbside pickup is still available to all customers. Visit our website to shop our online store 24/7, then call during store hours to arrange pickup.

Current Comics' hours of operation are:
Monday: 11am-7pm
Tuesday: 12pm-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-7pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

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Beginning Saturday, June 6, Bamboo Reef Dive Shop's full rental department will be back open and we'll be open for in-store shopping once again. Come say hi to us at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, and let's get diving!

We are still enforcing our face mask policy (be a hero!), and ask all customers to maintain a 6 foot distance from each other. We'll also be limiting the number of customers allowed inside at a time.

Don't want to shop in person? Our doors are open, but Bamboo Reef continues to offer no-contact curbside pickup for all purchases upon request. Particularly if you are feeling ill or have a cough or fever, please phone us at so we can assist you with curbside pickup.

Our hours or operation are Monday - Friday, 9am-6pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 7am -6pm.

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This weekend, Monterey County Health Department lifted some business restrictions. We are happy to report that hair salons and barbershops are now open for business, in-store shopping is now permitted at retail stores, and restaurants are now permitted to offer dine-in services.

Many Lighthouse District businesses continue to offer a variety of low-to-no contact options for customers. Most restaurants continue to offer take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery, while many retail stores welcome orders online and over the phone along with curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping.

At LighthouseDistrict.net, we will continue to update the Lighthouse District Dining Guide and our SIP Mall to reflect the latest information so you can find the places with the options that best meet your needs.

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

We're Open!

Posted on June 2nd, 2020 by Chic Event Rentals

We are so thrilled to announce that starting 6/2 both our Monterey and Castroville locations will be open and ready for appointments!

To ensure your safety we have sanitized and cleaned both locations and ask that all display tables not be touched during your visit.

Don't worry we will still have items for you to play with!

If you are unable to make an in person meeting we are now offering virtual appointments! Let us "bring" our showroom to you!

Email or call us today to schedule your in person visit or virtual meeting!

831.375.1055 | [email protected]

We missed you!

Plato's Closet, located at 402 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, is happy to reopen on June 1 and we're starting out with a huge clearance sale on all our teen and young adult clothing and accessories for a limited time only. We're open Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sunday, 11am-6pm.

Please be aware that Plato's Closet has made some changes in order to promote public health and safety. Wearing a face mask and social distancing is required of all customers and we now have a limit of 15 people in the store at one time. Our dressing rooms are currently closed. In addition, we will not be buying items from the public until July.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium has just launched its new online store! Whether you want to rock a vintage-inspired Aquarium tee, snuggle up with a soft and cushy giant Pacific octopus, or venture outside with a unique otter face mask, they've got you covered.

Browse reusable, recycled, and sustainably-sourced items for eco-friendly shopping. Proceeds from all sales benefit the Aquarium. It's a great way to support this wonderful nonprofit institution while the doors are temporarily closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Your friendly neighborhood grocery store, International Market and Deli, is small but mighty, offering a wide selection of food and essentials including hard-to-find items such as yeast, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and masks.

Our customers' safety is important to us, so we offer hand sanitizer and gloves at the entrance for walk-in customers. We also offer curbside pickup as well as free local delivery to seniors, families with children, and those with disabilities - please phone or e-mail us to place your order. You can view a list of commonly requested items on our website.

International Market and Deli is located at 580 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and is open Monday, 10am-4pm, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-7pm, and Sunday, 11am-7pm. You can contact us via e-mail or by phone at 831-375-9451.

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Be a Hero. Wear a Mask.

Posted on May 28th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Help stop the spread of Covid-19! When you wear a face mask, you're a hero to the hard-working owners and employees of small businesses in the Lighthouse District, keeping them and their families safe.

Customers in Monterey County are required to wear a face covering while waiting in line and entering businesses. Don't make them ask, just wear a mask!

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Free Internet Access Outside Monterey County Public Libraries

Posted on May 27th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Do you or a friend need free internet access? Public library doors are now closed in Monterey County, but you can access their wifi networks in the parking lots and outdoor areas of the building. If you have a device, they've got the wifi. Check out this great list of Monterey County libraries offering free wifi.

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