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The Lighthouse District's own little neighborhood grocery store, International Market and Deli, is now open during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, offering a selection of food and other essentials. They have a remarkable stock of nonperishable items, including dry beans, grains, rice, and canned goods...and they occasionally have toilet paper. They also carry breads, cheese, meat, snacks, sweets, and more. View a list of items on their website.

International Market owners Gloria and Adil are committed to serving the New Monterey community during this difficult time. They bring in new supplies almost every day, and are offering free home delivery to seniors, families with children, and those with disabilities.

You're welcome to drop in, but because the market is small, they also offer curbside shopping to minimize contact between customers. Just call or e-mail your grocery order so they can prepare your bags in advance and arrange for a pickup time. You can pay by credit card at the curb or on the sidewalk using the market's portable credit card device.

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

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The Lighthouse District Shelter-in-Place Dining Guide

Posted on March 24th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Just because there's a pandemic happening doesn't mean you can't eat well. Many of the Lighthouse District's fantastic restaurants are open exclusively for take-out and delivery orders. To help you find which restaurants are still running, we've set up the Lighthouse District Shelter-in-Place Dining Guide, which lists restaurants offering pick-up or delivery during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order.

At our Dining Guide, you'll also find operating hours, menus, contact information, and links to delivery services. Please note that most restaurants are open limited hours and those may change without notice.

Please remember to respect the safety of everyone who's working on Lighthouse to allow you to Shelter in Style. Follow the directions of the restaurant crews on how to pay and get your food. Maintain the recommended six feet of distance from them and other customers at all times, and if you are sick absolutely do not leave your home. (Many delivery services now offer no-contact home delivery, which is great if you're not feeling well.)

Thank you for your understanding. Please stay healthy, support local businesses if you can, and enjoy some of Lighthouse's amazing comfort food, perfect for lifting the spirit.

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Andronico's Community Market in New Monterey has established exclusive shopping hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7am-9am, for local residents most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus such as senior citizens and other at-risk members of the community, including pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.

Andronico's asks all customers to respect these special hours and reserve this shopping time for those most at risk in our communities. The store is located at 900 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Not only is American Burger now open for take-out and delivery during the Shelter in Place Order, they also have a secret menu item: pupusas. Made by hand with love, their pupusas are delicious, grilled homemade corn tortillas filled with pork and cheese. Order some to-go at 831-373-7573.

American Burger was started in August of 2009 by the Miguel family. Proud immigrants from El Salvador, they named their restaurant "American Burger" in honor of their own pursuit of the American entrepreneurial dream. With their pupusas, the Miguel family is sharing their traditional family recipe, and a taste of Salvadoran comfort food, with you.

American Burger is located at 738 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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The following are some ideas from Pixels Graphic Design to help stimulate your business while the Shelter in Place order is underway. At Pixels, all of our regular services are now available by phone and email. Order pickup is by appointment only, and we follow physical distancing guidelines.

Special for Non-profits & Public Services
All products and services at least 50% discount. We are offering any and all of our services to those that are providing essential or relief services to the community. Please inquire and let us know how we can help.

Window Banners for To-go / Takeout Services
Same day turnaround is available.
Large, nice layout, simple, to-the-point paper banner. Notify your customers of delivery or take-out options. Color banners available. Turnaround is about 3-4 business days.

Flyers and brochures for To-go / Takeout Services
We offer fast and cost effective special menus. If you already have a menu ready to print, send us the file and we'll do the rest. If you need a special or custom menu, please contact us so we can get an idea of what you need and can quote the turnaround and work to create the menu or flyer.

Website Services
This is the perfect time to upgrade/refresh your online presence. We can take this time to consult over the phone and online. Updating your site can improve your search engine ranking, allow your business to communicate more effectively with your customers, and show everyone that your business is still hard at work.

Emergency Setup of Simple Online Ordering
Your customers could go to your website and order online. Your order form would be on your website and in your business styling.

Pixels Graphic Design, a small locally-owned business, is located at 730 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Our phone number is 831-333-0174. Please visit our website for more information.

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Monterey County Shelter in Place Order: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on March 18th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The following is an excerpt from a "Shelter in Place FAQ" document published by Monterey County's Health Department on March 17, 2020. Click here to read the full document.

What to do
Effective midnight, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Health Officer of Monterey County is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of this order is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is OK to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing.

This order is in effect until Midnight, April 8, 2020. It may be extended depending on recommendations from public health officials.

Why are we doing this?
This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community. This is a mandatory order enforceable by a fine or jail.

Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. Every hour counts. We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Monterey County to act immediately.

While this news may feel alarming, it is a necessary step to prevent a worsening situation. The patterns of the virus around the world, and in our own state, tell us that moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives.

What can I do? What's open?
These essential services will remain open:
**City/County government services: Police/Sheriff stations, fire stations, hospitals/clinics and healthcare operations, jails, garbage/sanitation, transportation, utilities (water, power and gas) and most offices
**Gas stations
**Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
**Hardware stores/plumbers/ electricians and those who provide services necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
**Community benefit organizations on a case-by-case basis
**Laundromats/laundry services

What's closed?
**Dine-in restaurants
**Bars and nightclubs
**Entertainment venues
**Gyms and fitness studios

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Posted on March 17th, 2020 by lighthouseave

As reported by Monterey County Weekly journalist Mary Duan on Twitter:

As of 12:01am on March 18, 2020, Monterey County residents are ordered to shelter at place of residence except to receive or provide essential services or work for essential services. All government non-essential operations are to cease. All gatherings and non essential travel to cease.

Data shows rate of increase is exponential and although only two cases, if we don’t act now we can see ourselves in same situation as Santa Clara County. Order effective until 11:59pm on April 7.

Certain services will remain open, including police and fire, hospitals, jails, garbage, utilities, gas stations, groceries, food banks, take out and delivery restaurants. No dinner parties, no friends over, no manicures or pedicures, no shopping, no taking trips on public transit unless necessary. This order is enforceable by local law enforcement.

Patients should not delay seeking necessary healthcare. The order allows for online delivery services like from grocery stores. Taxis can be used and ride share can be used all only for essential services.

Grocery stores will remain open so people can travel to purchase necessary items. Some people want to know if they can leave homes to provide care to fam or loved ones, answer is yes. But please stay out of hospitals and skilled nursing centers. Each facility has to determine its own visitor policies.

The order allows people to leave homes to take a walk, walk the dog, jog or hike. Moreno’s order will be posted online this afternoon.

This is a move to decrease spread and decrease cases, Moreno says. Implementing these orders is not going to prevent further cases, but by locking down now, we can spread out the number of cases over a longer time and if we can do that, it will reduce overload on hospitals and healthcare providers. No large surge of patients because of it.

Monterey County Weekly and their journalists are doing a fantastic job of covering developments regarding COVID-19 in Monterey County. Please visit their website and consider contributing to support their work.

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A Message from Pearl Hour

Posted on March 16th, 2020 by Pearl Hour

We at Pearl Hour have been monitoring the news and, as of March 15, have made the decision to remain open at 5pm everyday with the following adjustments to our house:

* limit our capacity to 50 guests
* postpone all live shows until further notice
* our employees will continue to follow all sanitary procedures and our cleaning regimen will continue as it always has (sanitizing all surfaces!)

We will monitor the state and county regulations and adjust if necessary. If we are mandated to shut down, we will do so, and during that time our staff will begin work on renovating the back bar and gardens for the outdoor patio so we can serve you better. It is our life mission to provide a beautiful gathering space for this community.

Pearl Hour is located at 214 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Chic Event Rentals (486 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey) wanted to provide you with an update on how we are responding to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. As always, the health and safety of our clients and employees is at the top of our priorities.

With that said, we will be following the CDC’s guidelines on how to keep a healthy workplace for both our employees and clients. This includes, but is not limited to, providing hand sanitizer on our trucks, disposable gloves for our staff handling rented items and trash, and asking sick employees to stay home. We will also be taking the proper steps in keeping our showrooms clean by constantly sanitizing high touch areas.

In addition, we wanted to provide you with information regarding our cancellation policy. This week, the governor suggested all large gatherings be canceled and this caused many events to cancel very last minute. Since this is something that impacted our local community and partners very quickly, we wanted to help all we could and allowed cancellations that went against our company’s current policy.

Moving forward, we will be implementing our cancellation policy with a slight change. Now until April 30, 2020, we will allow any paid deposits to be transferred to any event taking place this year.

See the following for our cancellation policy:
**Canceling within 3 days of delivery or will call pick up - customer will be responsible 100% of the total rental.
**Canceling within 3-6 days of delivery or will call pick up - customer will be responsible 75% of the total rental.
**Canceling within 7+ days of delivery or will call pick up - customer will be responsible 50% of the total rental.

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Update on March 17, 2020: because of Monterey County's shelter in place order to stem the tide of COVID-19, BookBuyers will be closed until April 8.

Although the libraries are closed, BookBuyers is open, and we are extending our St. Patrick's Day Sale through March 31, 2020. Buy any 2 items (books, movies, TV series, or audiobooks) and get a 3rd item free! We're located at 600 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Current Comics wants to confirm that we're remaining open for business with normal hours and look forward to serving your comics and Magic The Gathering (Friday night draft) needs.

We have always kept our store and restroom very clean and will continue to do so.

We regularly disinfect the common touch points several times a day, including door handles, touchscreens, counters, sink, and tables.

Stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you soon!

Travis Pratt
Owner, Current Comics
400 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey

Did you know you can order custom birthday cakes at The Perfect Crumb Bakery? In fact, we make custom cakes for all sorts of occasions. It's a great way to make a shelter-in-place celebration a special one. Each bite is like a ray of sunshine in your mouth.

Give our bakery a call at 831-241-6269 and let us know what makes your heart (and your tastebuds) sing. The Perfect Crumb Bakery is located at 301 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Our owner, Susan Carter, is our baker - you'll find her back in the kitchen making delightful treats.

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New Precautions at Paper Wing Theatre

Posted on March 14th, 2020 by PaperWing

Paper Wing Theatre wants to reassure our patrons that we are taking extra precautions at the theatre to ensure your safety while Monterey County deals with the novel coronavirus. As of March 14, no warnings or restrictions have been issued for small venues like ours which seat less than a hundred people. We are, however, instituting something called "buffered seating," which cuts down the amount of seats available for purchase and ensures that people can put extra space between them and another party if they choose.

Disinfectant wipes, plenty of hand sanitizing stations, and good old-fashioned soap and hot water will be readily available for everyone.

We do ask that if you are feeling sick, you make plans to reschedule your night at our theater. We will honor any previously purchased ticket for any future Paper Wing show; simply email us your preference.

We hope this answers any questions you may have. Your safety and the safety of our cast and crew is most important to us. Thank you for your continued support of local art and artists! Paper Wing's next production, Cabaret, is scheduled to open on March 20.

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Extra Measures by Escape Room 831

Posted on March 14th, 2020 by Escape Room 831

EscapeRoom 831 is taking extra measures to clean our facility as our world is dealing with the novel coronavirus. Come visit us, relax, and have some fun! We’re keeping our cleaning standards high and keeping all games private for now. Everyone's safety is our priority. We are requiring all our guests to wash your hands immediately upon arrival and immediately after your game. Our charming Game Masters will show you the way to the sinks and the soap.

Escape Room 831 is located at 599 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. We are a small, local business that is run by the owners, Christina and Barrie, and their fantastic staff.

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Do you want to start a subscription for your favorite comic books for local, in store pick-up, or mail order and support the Lighthouse District's own local, owner-operated comic shop? Just make a ComicHub account and choose Current Comics Monterey as your favorite store!

On ComicHub, you can manage what’s on your pull-list, see all upcoming products, track your purchase history, and buy what’s set aside for you all online or on the free app.

But you're always welcome to come visit us, chat with whoever's behind the desk, and geek out at our store, located at 400 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Find a Bike Rack in Monterey!

Posted on March 2nd, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey boasts a number of bicycle rack locations. And now the City has published easy-to-use maps so you you can find out exactly where they are! There are two types of maps available: 1) two printable maps (one for Downtown Monterey and one for New Monterey) and 2) a single online map (be sure to click "bike parking" in the sidebar to view the bike rack locations).

Are you a business with a bike rack not listed on the maps? Please take a photo of your bike rack and e-mail it with a description of its location and address to Fernanda Roveri and the City will add it to the list.

In addition to bicycle racks, the City also offers bicycle lockers to rent at the Cannery Row Garage (601 Wave Street) and the Downtown East Garage (Washington and Del Monte St.). Lockers can be rented on a monthly ($15) or quarterly ($36) basis. Bike lockers are currently booked, but the Parking Division Office manages a waitlist - please call 831-646-3953.

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