Pacific Grove Chamber Hosts 2019 Annual Membership Luncheon

Pacific Grove Chamber Hosts 2019 Annual Membership Luncheon

Chamber Hosts Annual Membership Luncheon and Citizen of the Year Reception


The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce recently honored four Pacific Grove businesses at the Chamber’s Annual Membership Luncheon and Citizen of the Year Presentation, sponsored by Monterey County Bank.

       The lunch included, as featured speaker, Mr. Jon Coupal, longtime President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. He spoke on “Elections 2020…The Impact of Ballot Measure Changes on Proposition 13 and the Current Political Climate.” Mr. Coupal is the author of Proposition 218, a successful 1996 statewide ballot proposition that revolutionized local and regional government finance in California. This year, the Chamber recognized four businesses and presented the James R. Hughes Citizen of the Year Award, named for the late Dr. James R. Hughes, who was a well-known Pacific Grove dentist with a long history of community service as a city councilman, state coastal commissioner, water board member and many other roles. Former honorees selected this year’s recipient.

          “The Awards of Excellence are given on the basis of quality of service, involvement in the Chamber of Commerce and giving back to the community,” said Chamber President Moe Ammar.

          Awards given included:


The James R. Hughes Citizen of the Year is Mr. Don Mothershead, recently retired after 37 years as the City of Pacific Grove Senior Recreation Coordinator. Don ran the city’s recreation programs, facility rentals for weddings, memorial services, birthdays and other special events; contracts with instructors for recreation classes; coordinates the city’s large special events schedule; and was involved in supporting the operations at City Hall. Don has been essential to the success of many community endeavors large and small and over the years his expertise has proved invaluable to those wishing to use city facilities or streets for their events.


Best Lodging Establishment – Sea Breeze Inn & Cottages, Represented by Owners Dan and Neddie Postolica. Since 2016, Neddie and Dan Postolica have exemplified excellence in hotel stewardship for their ownership of the Sea Breeze Inn & Cottages. Under their care, the rooms at the Sea Breeze have been repainted and refurnished, the property now has a new and vastly more functional online presence, a new billing system and a remodeled lobby. The Postolicas also oversaw the addition of three new rooms to the property and undertook extensive upgrades to the parking lot, landscaping and sewer connections. Though first-time hotel owners, the Postolicas intuitively understand the needs of their property and the ins and outs of the hospitality business and remain committed to maintaining the quiet and peaceful, village-by-the-sea atmosphere that the Sea Breeze is known for. The inn’s large number of repeat guests throughout the year speaks to the success and business acumen the Postolicas bring to their ownership of the Sea Breeze Inn & Cottages.


Best Restaurant is Holly’s Lighthouse Café, represented by current owner, Amy Hanmer. For the past three years, Amy Hanmer has been at the helm at Holly’s Lighthouse Café, inheriting the business from her mother in 2016. The restaurant has been a cornerstone of the Pacific Grove downtown for over 30 years and Amy maintains the friendly, generous vibe the restaurant has always been known for. In the past few years, Amy has refreshed some of the artwork on the walls, expanded the menu to include more seasonal items and worked on developing relationships with local suppliers.


Best Service is Dr. Arlen Lackey, DDS represented by owner Dr. Arlen Lackey. Dr. Lackey has been at the forefront of dental innovation on the Monterey Peninsula for decades. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry, he was a Postgraduate Dental Educator for over 30 years, presenting more than 450 workshops and lectures to local, state, national and international dental organizations. He was the first dentist to use lasers in the late 1990s. A few years later he was the first to offer safer Digital X-rays. More recently he helped introduce the Onset Local Anesthetic Buffering System, which takes the sting out of dental injections and numbs the tooth more profoundly. He is past President of the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration and a past Board Member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, Fellow of the American College of Dentists and Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and Member of Academy of Laser Dentistry are among his many distinctions.


Best Retail Business is Monarch Knitting, represented by owner Ann Patterson. For the last five years, Ann Patterson has been at the helm of Monarch Knitting. A dedicated knitter herself, in 2013 Ann purchased the business she used to frequent as a client after learning the store would be closing. Ann overhauled the inventory, updated and remodeled the store, retained many of the store’s original staffers and initiated and maintains a vibrant online and social media presence on Facebook and Instagram and the store website. Under her leadership the store has stocked high quality yarns and materials from a wide variety of American suppliers curated by Ann since the beginning. The store also excels in customer service, offering a variety of classes for beginners and above all a community for knitters both local and visiting to experience.