Registration for 2021 Ocean City Summer Camps Opens May 1

Ocean City summer camps are back for the 2021 season and parents and children couldn’t be happier!

Starting May 1, 2021, you can sign your kids up for a wide array of summer camps presented by the city and its participating organizations and departments. From a variety of sports camps to the extremely popular Ocean City Jr. Firefighters Camp, your options are wide and varied.

The Ocean City Recreation Department is holding online and in-person registration beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 1. Online registration will be through the new RecDesk system where you’ll set up an account and then be able to sign up for the summer programs. In-person registration will be at the Ocean City Community Center located at 1735 Simpson Avenue.

Choose one or two camps for your kids or line up activities for your children to keep them entertained throughout the entire summer…the choice is yours! Just be sure to sign up for your favorite summer camps ASAP as these activities fill up quickly and there is a participant limit for most of the camps.

Whether your kids are ready to hit the skateboard park this summer or want to learn more about the environment at a Bayside Center camp, start planning your summer schedule today!

Coming Soon to Ocean City: Sweetheart Coast

A new shop is coming to the Ocean City boardwalk: Sweetheart Coast! The new boutique is located at 1356 Boardwalk and will be opening its doors this summer.

Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola of Jersey Shore fame recently announced she will be opening a women’s clothing and home decor boutique on the Ocean City boardwalk. Giancola isn’t new to the fashion retail industry. Her online site, Sweetheart Styles, has been receiving rave reviews since 2013.

Sweetheart Coast will offer similar items to what you’ll find on the Sweetheart Styles site and so much more! Some of the products Sweetheart Coast will carry include clothing, accessories, gift items, and home decor pieces.

Giancola stated in her recent Instagram announcement post that she has been coming to Ocean City since she was little, so it only made sense that her first brick-and-mortar spot would be in Ocean City at the Jersey Shore.

Keep checking back to OCNJ Happenings for an opening date once it’s announced.

Welcome to Ocean City, Sweetheart Coast!

Girls Weekend and Comic Book and Memorabilia Show in Ocean City

If you’re in Ocean City this weekend, you’re in luck, as the Girls Weekend and Comic Book and Memorabilia Show will be taking place.

On April 10 and April 11, Girls Weekend unfolds in Ocean City! Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy dining specials, shopping deals, and events throughout the weekend. Some of the Girls Weekend happenings include the following:

  • Visit Pappagallo at 744 Asbury Avenue for special discounts, free gifts, and the chance to peruse Cruise Control Gear‘s sporty chic athletic wear! You’ll also see the newest arrivals from Lily Pulitzer.
  • 20% off specialty lattes at Jon & Patty’s.
  • Salty Seahorse is offering 10% off purchases of $50 or more on April 10 and 11.
  • Stainton’s is celebrating Girls Weekend with sales throughout the store and fun demonstrations both days.
  • Shop at Mia’s Christmas Gallery and pick a mystery egg out of the basket for a unique surprise.
  • Seagrass Boutique is offering 20% off items throughout the entire store on both days.
  • Artisan Body Products is offering 15% off Greenwich Bay bath and body items. All Artisan Soaps are 10% off plus you’ll receive a free soap with purchase.
  • And more!

Walk around town this weekend and enjoy shopping and dining with your friends and family members!

If you enjoy comic books and memorabilia items, you’ll like the fact the Ocean City Comic Book and Memorabilia Show takes place today, Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Music Pier. Enjoy perusing comic books from different genres and viewing the Knight Rider replica KITT vehicle that will be parked outside the Music Pier. If you go inside the Music Pier, don’t forget your mask, as mask requirements will be in place, along with social distancing and capacity limits.

Whether you choose to shop, dine, or explore comic books this weekend, enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer!

Easter Treats and Holiday Dining Essentials in Ocean City

Easter is just over a week away and you may be getting holiday items together for this special day. Whether you’re looking for Easter treats to give to friends and loved ones or you’re thinking about your holiday meal, here are some places to look for all your Easter essentials in Ocean City:

Easter Gifts

If you’re looking for the perfect Easter gifts to give to friends and family members, hop to it and visit these wonderful Ocean City businesses:

  • Hoy’s 5&10: Hoy’s 5&10 is always a go-to for seasonal gifts and year-round necessities. Visit Hoy’s 5&10 today to stock up on holiday gifts for Easter.
  • Shriver’s: Shriver’s offers so many wonderful sweet treats, during the Easter holiday and year-round. If you’re looking for items all ready to gift, you’re going to love the products wrapped in lovely spring-themed paper and prepared Easter baskets!
  • Rauhauser’s: Hop on down to Asbury Avenue and check Easter treats off your list with ease thanks to the large selection of chocolates and candies at Rauhauser’s.
  • Bohemian Mama: Stop by Bohemian Mama for Easter items, and everyday options, your kids are sure to love. From Easter outfits to toys, you’ll find all types of fun and eye-catching items at Bohemian Mama.
  • Salty Seahorse: The Salty Seahorse is filled with must-have items for Easter and every day. Visit the Salty Seahorse and check out the tempting selection of clothing, accessories, and pamper spa items.
  • Pappagallo: Pappagallo should be on your must-visit Ocean City Easter shopping list. At the Asbury Avenue store you’ll find pretty pastel accessories and clothing, such as Lilly Pulitzer pouches and headbands, and so much more to make your Easter gift recipient smile!

Easter Dining

It’s a good idea to start perusing your Easter dining options now. Here are a few Ocean City restaurants that can help you out:

  • Jon & Patty’s: Pre-order your Easter takeout dinner from Jon & Patty’s and leave the cooking to the professionals! Check out the Easter dinner menu and place your order today before the options sell out. And be sure to stop by the restaurant to try one of their specialty Easter-themed lattes!
  • Spadafora’s: Spadafora’s will be reopening for the season on April 2 of Easter weekend. Buy all your favorite seafood delicacies and have an Easter feast ready to go!
  • Bennie’s Bread: If you’re looking for a few items to add to your Easter dinner table or want prepared meals to feed the family throughout the weekend, stop by Bennie’s Bread. The shop offers a wide array of fresh-baked rolls and breads, prepared Italian meals, freshly-baked pizzas, and a ton of other delicious items your family is sure to love.
  • The Flanders Hotel: Enjoy an Easter brunch at The Flanders Hotel. Call to make your reservation ASAP and enjoy a decadent brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with seating scheduled every half-hour. The price is $39.95 for adults and children 11+, $16.95 for children ages 2-10, and free for kids under the age of 2, plus tax and gratuity.

Easter Events

Easter events are still few and far between this year due to COVID-19, but there are a couple of fun events on the calendar including:

  • Great Egg Hunt: Although the beach won’t be filled with kids this year hunting for Easter eggs as it was pre-COVID, the city has come up with a socially-distanced way to provide fun for the kids. On March 27 and April 3, the Great Egg Hunt will take place on the boardwalk from 1-4 p.m. Kids ages 7 and under, accompanied by their family, can visit participating stores on the boardwalk to collect eggs with special treats inside. Grab a flyer on the boardwalk on either of these days and start the hunt!
  • JiLLy’s: The JiLLy’s team will be participating in the Great Egg Hunt. They’ll also be offering free parking at JiLLy’s Arcade during the event. Start off the Great Egg Hunt at JiLLy’s Ice Cream Factory and Arcade and receive a free goodie bag. Plus, be sure to say hi to the SiLLy JiLLy Rabbit while you’re there!

Keep checking back to OCNJ Happenings for Easter gift and dining updates and have a wonderful weekend!

Ocean City Businesses Opening Soon

March is here which means many Ocean City businesses will start opening for the season. From tempting donut shops to clothing stores with a beach vibe, get ready for your favorite Ocean City stores and restaurants to open their doors and welcome guests in.

Here are some of the latest opening announcements:

Kessel’s Korner: Opening for the season on March 11. Hours of operation will be as follows: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Playland’s Castaway Cove: Many people were worried that, due to the recent fire at Playland, it might be a while until this amusement park was up and running again. But, don’t worry! The Playland team has just announced the rides are expected to open on March 27.

Dot’s Pastry Shop: Get ready to enjoy your favorite donuts when Dot’s Pastry Shop reopens the weekend of March 27 and 28. The shop will be open on weekends, 7 a.m.-noon.

JiLLy’s Candy Factory: Start thinking about what sweet treats you want to stock up on when JiLLy’s Candy Factory reopens on Friday, March 5. The candy store will be open Friday through Sunday each week, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Island Gypsy: Starting March 11, Island Gypsy will be open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Keep checking back to see when other favorite Ocean City businesses will be opening their doors for the season!

Impala Suites Offers Luxury and Convenience in Ocean City

A new lodging option will soon be yours to enjoy when Impala Suites opens in Ocean City. Located at 914 10th Street, Impala Suites offers luxury accommodations situated just a few steps away from the beach and boardwalk.

Set to open its doors in the coming months, Impala Suites will offer 15 individually-owned and professionally-managed suite accommodations. Each suite includes three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a master room with a full kitchen and living room, so you have plenty of space for the entire family. The rooms connect within each suite so you can have family time together and privacy when you want it. And if you want to enter and leave your room without disturbing others, don’t worry, you can easily do so as each room has an exterior door, too.

The beach chic decor of the suites will provide a relaxed vibe for you to enjoy in between refreshing swims, lounging on the beach, and indulging in your favorite seaside culinary treats on the boardwalk. Impala Suites offers many wonderful amenities to its guests including a heated outdoor pool, complimentary beach tags, and a unit parking space. And when you want to breathe in the fresh ocean air and take in the seaside views, all you have to do is step outside on your deck.

As a member of the Shorebreak Resorts family, Impala Suites will offer the luxury, convenience, and amenities this company is known for providing.

Ready to plan your next Ocean City getaway? Reserve your stay at Impala Suites by calling (609) 399-7500 and secure your new home away from home today.

Photo credit: Impala Suites

Ocean City Businesses Now Hiring for the 2021 Season

With the summer season quickly approaching, many businesses are starting to put out their help wanted signs, both online and in-person. If you’re currently looking for a new job or are thinking ahead to the summer season and want to be first in line, here are a few Ocean City businesses looking for help:

  • Mario’s Restaurant: Hiring for counter and phone service, servers, and delivery drivers. Immediate hiring and seasonal hiring. Contact the restaurant for more information or stop in to fill out an application.
  • Payton Jewelry: Hiring for summer and year-round positions at the new location at 952 Boardwalk. Visit the Payton Jewelry website for details.
  • Gillian’s Wonderland Pier: Hiring for many different job roles. Start date of 3/27/21 for $12/hour.
  • Playa Bowls: Playa Bowls is hiring for the summer season. Find out more information by sending an email to summerjobs.playabowls@gmail.com.
  • Breezin’ Up: Breezin’ Up is now hiring for the 2021 season and looking for individuals available April through October. To apply, send an email of interest to oceancity@breezinup.com.
  • The Farm Stand at 14th: The Farm Stand at 14th is now hiring for the 2021 season (ages 16+). Available positions include counter help, line cook, prep cook, and salad/smoothie constructor. Contact The Farm Stand at 14th for more information and to apply: farmstand14@gmail.com or 609-432-1036.
  • Mangos & More: A new eatery at 1242 Boardwalk is hiring cashiers/bowlristas for the spring and summer season. Contact Mangos & More at mangosandmore0802@gmail.com to apply.
  • Johnny B Goode Ice Cream Parlor: Johnny B Goode Ice Cream Parlor is hiring servers for the 2021 season for both locations. Visit the ice cream parlor’s website for further information and to apply.
  • Ocean City Cafe: Now hiring for immediate job roles of delivery driver and takeout counter team member for lunch shifts. Visit Ocean City Cafe to apply.
  • Harbor Outfitters: Harbor Outfitters is hiring for the summer season. Visit the Harbor Outfitters website for details on available positions and to apply.
  • Ike’s Famous Crabcakes: Ike’s Famous Crabcakes is now hiring waitstaff, line cooks, bussers, and dishwashers for the 2021 season. Apply online via the Ike’s Famous Crabcakes website.
  • Bungalow Bowls: Bungalow Bowls is now hiring team members! Contact Bungalow Bowls at bungalowbowls@gmail.com and fill out your application today.

Keep checking back to OCNJ Happenings for job post updates as new information becomes available. Good luck with your Ocean City job search!

Payton Jewelry Adds Location in Ocean City

A new business is headed to the Ocean City boardwalk: Payton Jewelry! With its flagship location based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and three other stores located throughout the state, Payton Jewelry heads across the river to add a new location at the Jersey Shore.

You can find the new Payton Jewelry store at 952 Boardwalk, where Henry’s 9th Street was formerly located. When Payton Jewelry opens its doors, on a future date to be announced, you can explore the unique jewelry creations which include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings of various materials and styles. Plus, be sure to peruse the shop’s Love Inspired Collection which features love-centric and infinity-themed accessories.

Grab a sneak peek at the impressive jewelry creations on the Payton Jewelry website. Also, if you’re looking for a part-time or full-time job, Payton Jewelry is now hiring for summer and year-round positions. Visit the Payton Jewelry careers page for more details.

Congratulations to the Payton Jewelry team on your new location in Ocean City!

Photo credit: Payton Jewelry

Last Minute Super Bowl Food and Beverage Options

Super Bowl Sunday is here and it may be looking a bit different this year. Gatherings are probably smaller but that’s no excuse to not have spectacular food and beverage options for the big game!

Here are some spots in Ocean City and on the mainland to grab your favorite game day culinary bites and beverages:

Bennie’s Bread

Bennie’s Bread at 12th Street and Asbury Avenue is a go-to, one-stop shopping spot for all your game day essentials. Some of the culinary bites you’ll find at Bennie’s Bread include freshly baked rolls, stuffed breads, wood-fired pizzas, and so much more! Bennie’s Bread also offers a wide array of prepared Italian entrees, so feeding your family for Super Bowl Sunday is easy as can be.

Mario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

Order your favorite Italian delicacies from Mario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant off their regular menu or try their Super Bowl special to enjoy during the game today. The Super Bowl special includes 25 wings, a large pizza, and a 2-liter bottle of soda for $39.

Somers Point Brewing Company

If you’re heading over to the mainland, stop by Somers Point Brewing Company from 1-6 p.m. for your favorite beer to-go. Takeout brews can be purchased in 32-ounce crowlers and 64-ounce growlers. You can enjoy your favorite beers while supporting this local brewing company at the same time.

Charlie’s Bar

While you’re over at Somers Point Brewing Company, order takeout chicken wings from Charlie’s Bar to indulge in during the game. Choose from a variety of sauces including Tail Gun (mild), Top Gun (very spicy), Southwest (secret BBQ sauce), and Stinger (honey garlic with a kick). Just make sure to order before you head over, because they’re sure to be even more popular today!

Randazzo’s

No matter whether you want to pick up your Super Bowl food or have it delivered directly to your door, Randazzo’s has you covered. Order your favorite pizza pies, sandwiches, Italian entrees, and more from Randazzo’s. The restaurant is open until 9 p.m., with orders taken until 8:30 p.m.

Make sure you’re well stocked for the big game today and show some love for the local restaurants and breweries at the same time!

Things to Try and Buy This Month in Ocean City

The holidays have come and gone and cold, brisk days are probably what the rest of January has in store for us. Want some ways to make this month an eventful and fun one? Try some tempting food items you haven’t indulged in yet and buy some new products from the businesses around Ocean City!

Here are a few of the latest and greatest food and product offerings you should enjoy in Ocean City:

Beef Empanadas from Sunrise Cafe

Sunrise Cafe has an expansive dining menu with many tempting culinary items on it. This beef empanada special is comfort food at its finest. Pair it with a side of your choice and you have a complete meal you’re going to be thinking about for days to come.

Cozy Outfits from Surf Cottage Shop

As the colder weather sets in, staying cozy and comfortable is essential. With the new joggers available from Surf Cottage Shop in Stainton’s, this goal is an easy one to achieve. While you’re in the shop, check out the other products and buy some additional items to add to your 2021 wardrobe.

CocoaBombs at JiLLy’s Candy Factory

Visit JiLLy’s Candy Factory to stock up on CocoaBombs. These sweet treats are the latest culinary craze which are delicious and fun at the same time. Make your weekend even better with one of these chocolaty treats.

Framed Products from SaltWorks Studio

January is an excellent time to redecorate and hang framed artwork and decor pieces around your home. Take your artwork to a whole new level by having it turned into a beautiful finished product with the help of SaltWorks Studio. Visit the studio to view their products and ask for suggestions as to how to turn your artwork or decor piece into an even more spectacular vision.

Virtual Book Club at the Ocean City Free Public Library

In an effort to social distance and continue to provide literary activities to the community, the Ocean City Free Public Library is offering a virtual book club. Join other book lovers every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. starting on January 20. With the help of Zoom and the fabulous Ocean City librarians, this book club provides a convenient way to bring individuals together to discuss a different book each month.

Puzzles at Sun Rose Words & Music

Sun Rose Words & Music offers a large selection of puzzles, including Ocean City puzzles. Choose your favorite puzzle and get ready for hours of family fun.

Whether you choose to shop, dine, or take part in fun activities this January, make this month a spectacular one in Ocean City!