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This year, Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is running Boat Fun Dives three times a month to ensure everyone gets enough Vitamin Sea! Hop aboard the Beach Hopper II on a Sunday morning to explore some of the best dive sites around Monterey Bay.

We've still got spots for our March 21 and 28 Fun Dives. Check out our calendar here, then give us a call at 415-362-6694 to book your spot. Space is limited. Please remember: you must be SCUBA or freedive certified to join a Fun Dive.

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

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Monterey Moves into the Red Tier!

Posted on March 16th, 2021 by lighthouseave

New Monterey's Lighthouse District is happy to announce that Monterey County moved from the most restrictive Purple Tier into the Red Tier on Tuesday, March 16.

What this means for businesses in Monterey is:

Restaurants are allowed 25% indoor dining in addition to current outdoor dining, take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery (please view our Dining Guide to see what's available - it's updated frequently)

Retail shops can increase in-store shopping from 20% to 50% capacity

Entertainment venues (such as movie theaters, the Aquarium, etc.) can open at 25% capacity

Fitness studios and gyms can open indoors at 10% capacity

It is extremely important that we all continue to follow health requirements such as wearing masks and social distancing so that Monterey County stays in the Red Tier and we are able to progress to the Orange and Yellow Tiers, which have even fewer restrictions. Vaccinations are increasing and hospitalizations are decreasing, but the pandemic is not over yet.

This move into the Red Tier reflects all the hard work the business community and our residents have done so far! Congratulations on a job well done. Keep it up, everyone!

Mai Ryuno, artist and owner of Play Full Ground, participated in an initiative by the Arts Council for Monterey County, designing a poster that encourages people to wear face masks and protect our community. The images in Mai's design evoke the Salinas Valley.

In addition to Mai, there are three other local artists who contributed their own poster designs to the initiative. You can download the free poster designs online and place them at your business and/or home.

Mai is still making beautiful and fun items that are great for gifting. Find them here on the Play Full Ground website and support a local artist.

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Mud Cloth Mini Clutch at Lilify

Posted on March 11th, 2021 by Lilify

At Lilify, we are totally smitten with our mud cloth mini clutch, handmade in Monterey by Mikaela Bianchi of Feather Me Orange.

Mud cloth, or bogolanfini, is an ancient Malian (West African) textile dating back to the 12th century. Traditionally, it involves coarse, hand-spun cotton strips going through a long series of dyeing processes - first in a bath with leaves and branches, then numerous dye cycles in fermented mud (hence the name) - to achieve minimalist, symbolic designs.

Our mud cloth clutches are available in two sizes and in two different patterns. With brass hardware and zipper, leather tie, and cotton lining, these pieces are available online and in our shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Cypress Boutique Monterey has new spring arrivals and more great clothing for women and men arriving every day! We have a lovely selection of new tops, both short sleeve and long sleeve, including the stylish and comfortable rib knit crop top featured here.

Pieces are available online and in our store at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey.

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Winter Sale at On The Beach

Posted on March 11th, 2021 by On the Beach Surf Shop

For a limited time only, On The Beach is holding a huge winter sale! Gear up for March in the mountains with deals from 25% to 50% off all our snowboard gear from Lib Tech, Burton, Volcom, Smith Optics, Anon Optics, and others.

We’ve got snowboards in many sizes for adults and kids, plus deals on boots, bindings, helmets and everything else you need to shred spring! On The Beach is located at 693 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Hula's Island Grill is excited to serve the Akua Burger! Made by Akua from ocean-farmed kelp, this delight is 100% vegan. Come and try one today at 622 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. We're open Mon-Tue, 4pm-9pm, and Wed-Sun, 12pm-9pm, for curbside pick-up and outdoor dining.

Kelp farming is a zero-input crop that requires no fresh water, no fertilizer, no feed, and no arid land to grow. Kelp also filters carbon and nitrogen from the water. Akua sources their seagreens from a network of regenerative ocean farms along the Northeast coast of the US.

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New Monterey's Lighthouse District welcomes Pro Computer Repair, which has just opened at 730 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Locally owned by Kevin Smith of Pixels Graphic Design, it offers reasonable pricing and excellent service - the staff has over 20 years of experience troubleshooting computers and mobile devices.

Open Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Pro Computer Repair offers repair, and setup / installation of Windows and Mac computers, troubleshooting mobile devices, software, and peripherals (including printers, cameras, and microphones). The shop can also help you with virus and malware removal, data transfers and backups, and more. Please call 831-296-0518 for information or come in for a free evaluation.

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Anyone else craving heaven on a bun? Hula's Luau Pork Sandwich is slooooow roasted and topped with our world-famous coleslaw, served on a La Brea Bakery bun and your choice of side.

Hula's Island Grill, located at 622 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, is now open for curbside pick-up and outdoor dining on our back patio. Hours are Mon-Tue, 4pm-9pm, and Wed-Sun, 12pm-9pm.

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Plato's Closet invites you to stop by and check out all the shoes we currently have on sale. Items with a 50% sticker AND with a red dot sticker are only $5. Now that's a good deal!

Plato’s Closet, located at 402 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, buys and sells gently used teen and young adult clothing and accessories. We're open Monday - Saturday, 10am-7pm, and Sunday, 11am-6pm.

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Handmade Ceramic Vases at Lilify

Posted on March 4th, 2021 by Lilify

In our own garden, and throughout the peninsula, it's thrilling to observe the transitioning of the seasons. As spring arrives, and blooms are abundant, we at Lilify love to use our ceramic vases. They come in varying sizes, colors, and pattern.

Handmade in California by Alex Marshall, these are an absolutely chic way to display your favorite flowers. Sleek and stunning, our cylindrical vases, sold individually and pictured here, are available online and in the shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Pixels Graphic Design is now readily available at the touch of a button. The past year required that we do business entirely online and we believe this adjustment to be a good thing. We have updated our processes and invested in technology that allows instant contact with you, our customers. Now when you visit our website, you can speak or chat with us. We can share files and discuss your project remotely and conveniently.

We would like to continue to evolve and improve communications, so that it's easier and more timely for our customers, than we've been able to offer in the previous year. Go to www.pixelsmonterey.com and click on the chat box in the lower right of your screen. We encourage you to visit our site and give it a try! You may ask the assistant about common questions or request a chat or call. In moments, a Pixels Team member will be with you to help. We are available 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday (we break for lunch 12pm-1pm), but of course you may still give us a call during those hours or email anytime.

Pixels has taken our reputation for personal service and quality to the next level. Our work has always been via computer and now our business is too. The year is 2021. Welcome to the future!

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Here at Resold Threads Consignments we are currently putting all of our winter coats on clearance. We have a few designer names like Via Spiga, Burberry, Levi's, and more. Come take a look and see if there's something that catches your eye. We also have vintage and high-end designer names.

Resold Threads Consignments is located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite B in Monterey.

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Restaurant Pick-up Is the Way to Go

Posted on February 25th, 2021 by lighthouseave

Trying to decide between pick-up or delivery from your favorite restaurant? If you want to support small, locally-owned businesses, pick-up is the way to go.

Most small eateries in New Monterey's Lighthouse District are operated by the owner and (perhaps) a handful of employees. The margins are small. Delivery charges can be expensive for restaurants, so if you're able, please consider picking up your order yourself.

Don't want to wait onsite? Place your order in advance over the phone or online. Don't want to go indoors? Some restaurants offer curbside pick-up on request - they're listed in our online Dining Guide. You can enjoy great take-out food and stay safe from coronavirus!

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Mast Chocolate at Lilify

Posted on February 25th, 2021 by Lilify

Attention, chocolate lovers! Lilify proudly carries Mast chocolate bars - small batch, certified organic bean-to-bar chocolates handmade in New York.

A variety of 1 ounce mini-bars - including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, almond butter chocolate, coffee chocolate, and tea chocolate - are now available in-store and on our website. These beauties are a gorgeous gift and a perfect pick me up. Lilify is located at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Bamboo Reef Dive Shop offers a variety of guided scuba diving tours, including daily dive tours for small groups in beautiful Monterey Bay and guided night dives at the Breakwater in Monterey. You can even schedule a one-on-one tour to explore at your own pace!

Bamboo Reef's guides are some of the best divers in the area, and they love sharing their backyard. Let us show you the local kelp forests, sea lion sites, anemone fields, and more. To schedule a dive tour, please call Bamboo Reef, 831-372-1685. Our shop is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Please note that dive tours are for certified divers only. (Want to get certified? Sign up for our classes!)

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