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Antiques, Galleries and Art
Little girls love dresses from Tessuti Zoo – and they can be guaranteed nobody who doesn’t shop there will have anything like them. You will also find equally unusual furniture, jewelry, toys, and wearable art. ‘Whimsical’ is how Emily, the owner, describes her store. The aptness of the term will be immediately clear when you enter.
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Located in an interesting building on Fountain Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove, Hauk Fine Arts offers a wide selection of work by leading artists. The knowledgeable owner, Steve Hauk, is always willing to guide you in your search for the perfect piece. In particular, this is the place to be if you are interested in early and contempory California art. And, be sure to check out the corner devoted to Steinbeck memorabilia.
Artisana Gallery has a mission – to support the work of local artists. Your one-of-a-kind treasure will delight you and its purchase will support California artists. The owners, Adrianne Jonson and Sandy Hamm, are also artists, a fact that is abundantly obvious from the feel of their new gallery space on Lighthouse Avenue.
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Imagine Art Supplies is a new -- and welcome -- addition to the Forest Avenue part of downtown Pacific Grove. Perusing what's available in this small, but well-stocked store, will make you channel your inner artist. And, be sure to enjoy the cats in the window.
Trotter Galleries offer an extensice collection of important historical artwork by artists active throughout California, with a special emphasis on artists of the Carmel/Monterey area 1875-1950. Enjoy the collection in downtown Pacific Grove or, if you want to take a little road trip, in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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Business and Home Office Supplies
Need to ship something fragile and unusually shaped to your daughter in Georgia? The staff at UPS #3441 will take care of it for you and leave you feeling confident that the item will get there in good shape. This locally owned and operated store also prides itself on meeting the needs of small businesses.
Visit The UPS Store #3441 online
Need a break from piles of laundry? The Grove Laundry, 1128 Forest Avenue, at will pick up your dirty clothes and deliver them back to you clean and folded. Or you can bring your laundry here and wash it yourself in their extra-large machines. They also handle dry cleaning and alterations.
Pacific Grove Cleaners has been keeping Pagrovians spiffy since 1926. Evidence of its longevity is proudly displayed in a framed newspaper advertisement from its early days. Service is fast and friendly. Customers also appreciate the bowl of chocolate treats on the front counter.
Crafts and Leisure
Even if you don't want to leave your hometown, you will be enticed to do so at Pacific Grove Travel. They specialize in meeting your individual needs. Like cruises? Done. Want to travel on your own? Not a problem. Need special pampering? Right up their alley.
Visit Pacific Grove Travel online
Back Porch Fabrics is a full-featured quilt store on the corner of Central Ave and Grand Ave in Pacific Grove. Located in an old warehouse, complete with pine flooring, high ceilings and massive support beams, the store is worth visiting simply for its ambience.
It also bustles with activity. Both committed and casual quilters come to find colorful fabrics for their next project. Individuals of all skill levels take classes to learn new techniques. The classroom always has a quilt show on display, featuring talented local artists as well as those with national reputations.
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It's a beautiful day! Why not take in some whales -- and harbor seals and dolphins and pellagic birds. All you have to do is walk out on Fisherman's Wharf and hop on one of Monterey Whale Watching's 100 foot boats. If it's warm, you can stand on the deck; if it's cold, you can duck into a heated cabin. Check with them first, but your dog is also usually welcome. At the end of the day, you'll remember, if you've forgotten, why you moved here.
Visit Monterey Whale Watching online
With cookies in the back and an unfinished puzzle on the table, The Puzzle Lady invites you in. In the heart of PG at 225 Forest Avenue, the shop is a cornucopia of puzzles -- easy ones for the small fry and brain busters for the experts. It's a great place to find the perfect gift. And be sure not to let the little white dog out.
Explore, experience, and enjoy! Hensley Travel offers a variety of travel experiences. Choose from all-inclusive trips, fabulous cruises, Disney vacations,, faith-based travel, and wedding destinations. The business will work with groups and families or create a solo package with a personalized touch.
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Flowers and Garden
Michele Barat has owned Foxglove Gardens and Designs for over 30 years. Most of the gardens she cares for (both businesses and homes) are in Pacific Grove, where she has lived for almost all her life. She has been using the Pacific Grove Public Library since she was in 5th grade at Robert Down School and it holds a nostalgic place in her heart.
Food and Beverage
The Bagel Bakery is in a new location -- at 130 Country Club Gate -- but the shope has been making and serving the real thing to Pagrovians since 1976. If you need a jolt of caffeine, they've got that too, and you can drink it while you surf the web with free wifi.
Family owned and operated by the Higueras since 1969, Grove Market is consistently rated as the best butcher shop and best neighborhood market. The selection of local wines is impressive and the array of prepared food to go means you don’t have to cook unless you want to.
Visit Grove Market online
Bookworks has everything -- tea, coffee, and cookies; books; interesting gifts; and events. The front room is a wonderful place to meet a friend and indulge your sweet tooth. The back room is where all the books are. While it isn't a huge bookstore, the selection has obviously been given considerable thought. You'll find books by local authors and books for budding readers. In a time when bookstores are closing around the country, Pacific Grove can count itself very lucky.
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Pavel’s Backerei offers a variety of breads, pastries, cookies and sandwiches, to take out or to enjoy al fresco at the pretty little outdoor dining space. The line that often snakes out onto the Forest Avenue sidewalk testifies to its popularity. One signature item is the shortbread cookies, whose shape changes with the season – often butterflies, but sometimes footballs, hearts, or shamrocks. Going late in the day can be risky because things sell out.
Looking to improve the look of your home with just the right accessories? Nancy's Attic, on Lighthouse in downtown Pacific Grove, is the place to turn. The shop is filled with an array of new and old items, many handcrafted, all unique.
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Surprisingly, downtown Pacific Grove has its own furniture store – and has had one for over 25 years. The wide selection means you don’t have to leave town to furnish your home, and, if they don’t have what you want, they’ll get it for you or have it built to your specifications.
Visit Mum's Place online
Home Improvement and Repair
Favazza Plastering is a family-owned business that has been crafting fine plaster inside and out of homes on the Monterey Peninsula since 1983.
John and Tom Favazza, third generation plasterers on the Monterey Peninsula, and their talented crew have expertise in the areas of lath, stucco, interior plaster, plaster repair and various colored plaster systems.
Pacific Grove Hardware, on the corner of Laurel and Forest Avenue, is noteworthy for its selection per square foot of space. As hardware stores go, this one must be on the smaller size. But don’t be fooled. If you need it, Pacific Grove Hardware is likely to have it – and its staff will help you find it.
Located in the Sunset Business District, Hayward Lumber is the go-to place for building projects large and small. The helpful staff will guide you to the right selection from the business's extensive inventory.
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Do you hear woodpeckers working on your roof? Or, maybe you want to reduce your carbon footprint. Dority Roofing and Solar can help on either -- or both -- fronts. Family-owned and operated for almost 20 years, Dority Roofing specializes in unique and custom work, including rooftop gardens and solar tile.
Visit Dority Roofing and Solar online
Inns and Hotels
The Seven Gables Inn’s description of itself as a ‘truly romantic inn on the very edge of Monterey Bay’ says it all. Housed in an 1886 mansion fronting the Pacific Grove coastline, every room has an ocean view. Seven Gables especially likes honeymooners or couples looking for some honeymoon magic.
Visit The Seven Gables Inn online
There's been a barber shop at 610 Lighthouse Avenue since 1904. Since 2015, when Phill Benson became the owner, it has been named, appropriately enough, Phill's Barber Shop. This isn't a salon. You don't need an appointment. You walk in, grab a magazine, and wait your turn. But you can get a shave -- with lather and a hot towel. And, Phill prides himself on his selection of pomades.
Visit Phill's Barber Shop online
No more sad looks from your pet when you have to leave town. If you live on the Monterey Peninsula, Diane will visit on a daily basis and will stay overnight with pets or housesit. You can count on reasonable rates and reliable service.
Visit Diane Grindol Pet Sitting online
You know what's happening with local news coverage. Pacific Grove is lucky enough to have a weekly paper covering what's happening the last home town.
Visit Cedar Street Times online
Osio Insurance Agency offers the kind of personal service you expect in America's Last Hometown. The agents are friendly, careful, and caring. When that horrible thing happens that you never expected -- but had insured yourself against -- count on being able to call this agency and getting the help you need.
Visit Farmer's Insurance - Osio Insurance Agency online
Downtown Pacific Grove has its own book publisher – and has had one for more than 20 years. Patricia Hamilton, owner of Park Place Publications, 591 Lighthouse Avenue #10, has been helping locals publish books in all genres—including on Amazon.com (if desired) -- and to buy books for personal or business use. She offers a free consultation in her downtown Pacific Grove office and will guide you through the process of writing, designing, developing, publishing and marketing for e-books, print-on-demand, or commercial printing.
Visit Park Place Publications online
Physical pain is no fun. In Stride Physical Therapy and Rehab, located right in the heart of Pacific Grove at its new location on the corner of Lighthouse and Forest, is there to offer kind, one-on-one care that will get you back on your feet again.
Visit In Stride Physical Therapy and Rehab online
Need a little pampering? Toes a mess? Dirt under your nails? Rose Nails, at 1118 Forest Avenue, will fix you right up. And don't worry about making your appointment weeks in advance. Rose Nails even welcomes walk-ins.
Maureen has specialized in homes of the Central Coast for 25 years. She says she works 'best with people who are analytical and deliberative, love nature, and laugh easily.'
Visit Maureen Mason, Sotheby's International online
Located on Lighthouse Avenue, about a block from the Post Office, is the red house that houses The Red House Cafe. Eating a pork tenderloin sandwich inside is good, but eating it on the porch is better -- and, on a sunny day, eating it at a table on the sidewalk is the best. Try to save room for dessert, because the pies and cakes are made in house. The Red House Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but don't make your lunch too late or your dinner too early, because it closes in the later afternoon.
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Pacific Thai Cuisine has been offering a bit of Thailand right in the heart of the Last Hometown since 2008. This family-owned restaurant takes pleasure in expanding the local palate by offering traditional Thai dishes, as well as ‘Thai mixed with California style’. One example of the latter combines coconut milk, common to Thai dishes, with California, and very local, artichokes.
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As its name suggests, Passion Fish is about passion -- passion for fresh ingredients, delectable food, and great wine. Although best known for its commitment to sustainable seafood, the kitchen also serves an amazing slow-cooked lamb. Located on the corner of Lighthouse and Gibson in downtown Pacific Grove, Passion Fish is open for dinner nightly from 5 pm. Reservations are a good idea, because this restaurant is a destination for many out-of-town visitors.
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Peppers Mexicali Café is a casual restaurant with a southwestern-styled decor specializing in Latin American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Peppers has a strong local following and is consistently voted the area's favorite Mexican restaurant.
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Spend any time at Mando's and you will quickly discover that it has a host of regulars. People come in, shout out "Hi, Mando!" and take a table. Eat there once and you will see why this restaurant has such a loyal following. The atmospher is warm and friendly and the food is really good authentic Mexican cuisine. And every day there is the chance to try a special -- like spinach enchiladas. Mando's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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In this family-run restaurant, you can watch the owner/chef as he prepares your meal. Taste Bistro is open for lunch and dinner -- but you can also book it for special events, like a retirement dinner.
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Fifi's is a small gem of a restaurant up the hill on Forest Avenue, serving French bistro fare. The spinach and duck salad is always a hit, as is the very traditional French onion soup. But the specials can be very tempting as well. Most days will find the owners, Michelle and Calvin, circulating in the dining room -- Michelle with the dessert tray and Calvin with a wine bottle.
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The Fishwife features award winning California cuisine with a Caribbean accent featuring fresh seafood and pasta. The atmosphere is friendly and casual, serving great food at reasonable prices.
Max’s Grill specializes in food combining an international flair with fresh California tastes. Diners rave about the squash ravioli and the stuffed salmon, but everything on the menu will delight your palate.
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You don't have to go to El Paso to get your Tex-Mex fix. Just make your way to Michael's at 1126 Forest Avenue and chow down! Patrons rave about the size of the burros and the quality of the food overall.
Il Vecchio's menu is modeled after a traditional Roman trattoria -- and its owners took pains to create the atmosphere of one. The decor is comfortably rustic; the service is friendly; and the sounds are exuberant. Keep on the watch for dinner specials and be sure to enjoy the Workman's Lunch.
Visit Il Vecchio online
Second Hand and Thrift
Pacific Grove is home to a number of thrift stores, each benefiting a different charity. One of the most venerable is St. Vincent de Paul on Forest Avenue between Lighthouse and Laurel. The volunteers who keep the shop running work hard to keep turnover high with frequent sales. Check out the front window for what’s special.