Closings, Openings

What was once the Alternative Cafe is now “open space,” possibly to be transformed into a classroom for Open Grounds Studios.

After the demise of Borders in Seaside and the ‘Ol Factory Cafe in Sand City, and then the hopeful rise of The Independent Marketplace; it somehow seems a bit disheartening to read in the Monterey County Weekly that the Independent is closing — even if they are in the midst of construction at a new venue. But I’ll try to remain optimistic.

Denese Sanders preparing her presentation for Open Ground Studios

Another hopeful note: The space in Seaside previously occupied by the Alternative Cafe (which closed and moved to the Golden State Theater, Monterey) may open again as a cooperative arts studio called Open Ground Studios, managed by Denese Sanders. The studio will incorporate gallery space, a book printer and bindery, arts press, and classroom spaces. In fact, they’re looking for members and supporters right NOW, and need members ASAP. Check out the Facebook page link above. Stop by the studio at 1230 Fremont Blvd. in Seaside and take a look around. It’s a lot bigger now that the Alt. Cafe has moved out. I’ll post some photos of the “new” (but still-to-be-renovated) space this evening…

A room for the printing press. Other rooms (not pictured here) will be used as gallery space or offices.