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Cypress Boutique has a new spring selection of cozy, stylish clothing for men and women! We love how soft and sporty the new Slam crewneck sweatshirts are (with double stitching for extra durability) and our new, fitted unisex cotton t-shirts have a beautiful feel.

Stop by the shop and check out all our new arrivals at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey!

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20th Anniversary Sale at Current Comics!

Posted on February 14th, 2023 by Current Comics

Current Comics is celebrating our 20th anniversary with a huge sale, February 14-28, 2023.

All cover price boxed back issues are $2 off, and we're offering some sweet deals on Magic: The Gathering items, including Baldur's Gate booster boxes for $85 and Dominaria set booster boxes for $110.

We also have new Current Comics 20th anniversary t-shirts available for sale! Come and get yours at 400 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Hot Drinks to Go at Sunrise Cafe

Posted on February 14th, 2023 by Sunrise Cafe

Want to start your day off right? Sunrise Cafe would like to introduce you to our new to-go cups for all your hot beverage needs. Each cup beautifully displays our logo, so you can show your support for our family-run business as you stroll around town.

Stop by Sunrise Cafe at 204 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and take a cup or two for the road, filled with a warm and tasty coffee, tea, latte, espresso, or hot chocolate. We're open 6 days a week, 8am-2pm (closed Wednesday).

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Casey Starks regularly offers group ceramics classes at her studio located at 550 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite A in Monterey. But if you're looking to fast track your ceramics learning or if you have a specific project in mind but need some guidance and help along the way, private lessons can be a good option for you.

Private ceramics lessons consist of four 2-hour sessions given over four weeks and include instruction on everything from basic construction through finishing and glaze firing. Scheduling is flexible - we'll find a time that works for you!

Fee is $345 and includes 10 pounds of clay; studio work space; use of all tools, firing, and glazes; two firings of work (one bisque, one glaze), four weekly 2-hour sessions over the course of 4 weeks. Find more information and register here.

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Every Wednesday night is Locals' Night at The Break Room! For just $25 you get a small box of items to break and 5 minutes in the Break Room for one person (regular price, $40). Please register on our website and use coupon code: 939LOCAL.

The Break Room is a fun place where you can release your frustration or get outside of your comfort zone and try something new. We provide full safety gear then let you choose items to smash and the tools to do it. Bring a friend or go it alone - consider it informal destruction therapy.

Please note: ID is required for proof of Monterey residence - your zip code must begin with 939. Cannot be combined with any other offer, groups, or events.

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Now in stock for Black History Month, Design Time Creations has our new Be The Dream t-shirt. Please call 831-204-8808 to place your order, or pick it up at the store, 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite B in Monterey. Design Time Creations is locally owned and operated.

Sahara Sun Tanning and Boutique at 585 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey is celebrating February with some sweet deals. Now through February 28, 2023, get 10 UV tans and 2 free high pressure tans for only $69.95 and/or get 4 Versa Spa Pro sunless tans for $99 (reg $45 each). Plus, this month only, we'll charge no set up fees on new memberships.

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Mug Sale at Casey Starks Studio

Posted on January 18th, 2023 by Casey Starks Studio

Casey Starks Studio is offering these lovely, handmade speckled mugs at 20% off to help clear some shelf space for new things. These sweet mugs are made with speckled clay, hand pinched into shape, and glazed with matte glazes in white, pink, aqua, and yellow.

Casey only has a few left, so snag one while you can at 550 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite A in Monterey.

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Sandwiches at Sunrise Cafe

Posted on January 16th, 2023 by Sunrise Cafe

Sunrise Cafe isn't just for breakfast. We have a wide selection of sandwiches and salads for lunch and brunch. Allow us to introduce you to our blackened chicken bacon sandwich, pictured here.

The chicken is perfectly grilled to a char crisp and served with melted jack cheese, avocado, and thick strips of bacon in a ciabatta bun along with a side serving of fries. Delicious!

Sunrise Cafe is open 6 days a week, 8am-2pm, (closed Wednesdays) at 204 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Treat your bike to a little tender loving care! Save on service and roll smoothly into spring with Epicenter Cycling's Winter Service Special.

Now through February 28, 2023, we're offering $50 off a Level Two Service Package (you can add a suspension tune and/or brake bleed at 50% off) or $100 off a Level Three Service Package.

Not sure what your bike needs? Stop in today to learn more - we're located at 230 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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This year, Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is offering a new and improved dive professional track. Whether you’re looking to become a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor, it’s easier than ever to complete your NAUI or SSI Pro training with us.

Bamboo Reef is now offering prerequisite courses like SSI Science of Diving, SSI Stress & Rescue, NAUI Rescue Diver, and First Aid for Dive Pros on a regular basis. Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and Instructor training will be offered twice per year.

This new and improved schedule allows you to progress from Rescue Diver to Instructor and provides the opportunity to gain the necessary dive experience over the course of six months. Please check out our offerings and class schedule on our website.

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

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The Monterey County Film Commission, located in the Lighthouse District, is pleased to announce that David Orta and Laska Stanford have been selected as winners of the $1500 Monterey County Film Commission's Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Awards. In addition, Diego Garcia has been selected as the recipient of a $500 honorary award.

David Orta is a film student at Hartnell Community College, and Laska Stanford and Diego Garcia are film students at CSUMB.

For more information on the scholarship fund, please phone MCFC at 831-646-0910.

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Current Comics, the oldest Comic Shop in Monterey County, is celebrating 20 years of serving comic and pop culture fans with the best in comics, graphic novels, Manga, trading cards, and action figures.

Founded in Salinas on February 14, 2003, with a personal collection of comics and action figures, they initially did business from an old metal cash box on a makeshift countertop. The family-owned business grew rapidly, opening their second store at 400 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey in 2009.

Current Comics now uses the most sophisticated, cloud-based systems available to manage a massive 40,000 book inventory. Whether it’s a current comic, or an extremely rare, 80-year-old collectible, shop owner Travis Pratt and his team can find it for you. Most of the inventory is listed on their website.

Services available include subscription “pull list” advance ordering and comic appraisals (yes, they might buy your old comics). Online sales and nationwide shipping are available through their website using their amazing ComicHub system.

For the 20th Anniversary Celebration there will be some amazing deals and special commemorative items - be sure to check back later on the Lighthouse District calendar for details.

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Ready to make this year better than 2022? We're hiring at On The Beach Surf Shop - come and join our team! Full-time and part-time positions available including assistant manager, social media, sales floor staff, and snow tech.

Stop by the shop at 693 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and pick up a job application or send your resume to owner Kelly Sorensen.

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The Lighthouse District welcomes Sunrise Cafe, our newest breakfast and lunch spot, recently opened at 204 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Locally owned and open six days a week, 8am-2pm (closed Wednesdays). The menu includes pancakes and eggs, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, salads, fresh local seafood, hamburgers, and savory pastas. Stop by and meet the staff, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a great meal!

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Christmas is coming... and so are your out of town guests! Dazzle them by taking them for a puzzle solving quest at Escape Room 831 and treat them to the mysterious and immersive worlds they designed to disorient you, delight you, and challenge your capacity for logic against the clock.

Also, Escape Room 831 has gift cards so if you want to gift an extraordinary experience to someone local, this is your ticket.