Top Hostess Gifts for Thanksgiving and Where to Find Them in Ocean City

Whether headed to the home of a family member for Thanksgiving or dining at a friend’s house, you want to be sure that you bring a hostess gift to show your appreciation for their hospitality. Fortunately, the shops of Ocean City are filled with plenty of hostess gifts that are perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities. Here are some of the Ocean City stores to visit for a wide array of hostess gifts and some of the options you’ll find there.

Salty Seahorse

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The Salty Seahorse, located at 714 Asbury Avenue, is filled with tons of excellent gift options. From lovely candles to Kitras solar garden lights, you’re sure to put a smile on the face of your hostess or host when they open their gift from the Salty Seahorse.

Artisan Body Products

Scented soaps and body products make ideal hostess gifts. Artisan Body Products at 920 Asbury Avenue can help you fill your gift bag with these items. From seasonal scents to year-round items, Artisan Body Products offers something for everyone.


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At Stainton’s, located at 810 Asbury Avenue, you can easily shop for items to bring to your host for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. With over 70 different vendors to choose from who offer home decor items, jewelry, clothing, bath and body products, and more, you’re bound to find the perfect gift.

Mia’s Christmas Gallery

Mia’s Christmas Gallery, located at 755 Asbury Avenue, is your go-to spot for holiday items galore. But, did you know it’s also a great place to pick up a hostess/host gift for your upcoming dinner? Decorative hand towels, table decor, and other gift items can be found at Mia’s.

Ocean City Coffee Company

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Bring your host or hostess the gift of caffeine when you knock on their door this Thanksgiving. Ocean City Coffee Company sells bags of their fresh coffee beans as well as coffee-centric gift items at their shop at 917 Asbury Avenue.

Dead End Bakehouse

Dessert is always an acceptable (and delicious!) gift to bring along to Thanksgiving dinner when you’re a guest at someone’s house. Order one or a few apple crumb pies from the Dead End Bakehouse, located at 1050 Bay Avenue, and make this holiday dinner an extra sweet one.


Rauhauser’s at 721 Asbury Avenue offers tempting sweet candy treats that make a delicious Thanksgiving gift to bring to dinner. Whether you’re seeking out Thanksgiving-themed chocolates or candies that are ideal year-round, Rauhauser’s has you covered.

Feature photo and solar garden light photo: Salty Seahorse

New Restaurant Alert: Pork Island BBQ to Open This Spring in Ocean City

Some exciting restaurant news was just recently announced: Pork Island BBQ will be opening up a brick-and-mortar location in Ocean City this spring!

The new spot will be located at a prime location on the corner of 34th Street and Asbury Avenue and the owners are hoping for a soft opening in March 2020 and a grand opening in April 2020.

Some of you may already be familiar with this Best of the Press award winner as this South Jersey catering company has been impressing the barbecue-loving crowd for quite a few years now. Pork Island BBQ has appeared at many events including food festivals, breweries, fundraising events, and even backyard BBQ parties.


So, what can we expect to enjoy once the Ocean City location opens this spring? Plenty of delicious barbecue menu offerings and more! Here are some of the items the Pork Island BBQ team will be serving up:


  • Waffles and smoked sausage gravy
  • Pork Island Eggs Benedict, waffle rounds topped with their own smoked corned beef hash or pulled pork, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce
  • Breakfast sandwiches topped with their specialty smoked meats

Lunch/Early Dinner

  • Smoked barbecue items, including pulled pork, pulled chicken, pork ribs, brisket, and corned beef brisket
  • Six-ounce ground beef burgers
  • Smoked and grilled Italian sausage, peppers, and onions
  • Specialty pulled pork sandwiches, including The Porkster, which is a tempting pulled pork sandwich with pork roll, cheese, coleslaw, and barbecue sauce, and The JC Pig Daddy, featuring pulled pork, pork roll, cheese, bacon, coleslaw, and barbecue sauce
  • Sensational sides, such as their homemade three-cheese mac n’ cheese, Pork Island potato salad with chopped bacon and dill, custom barbecue sauces, and more

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In addition to welcoming patrons into their restaurant location to dine, Pork Island BBQ will still offer its off-site catering menu for parties and events.

Keep checking back for updates as to the soft opening and grand opening dates in the next few months and be sure to check out Pork Island BBQ’s Facebook page to see what is headed your way this spring in Ocean City!

Photos: Pork Island BBQ

Fun and Fellowship Will Fill the Afternoon at Island Fall Fest (Oct. 26)

Local churches will join forces on Saturday, October 26, from 2–4 p.m., to host Island Fall Fest.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, Coastal Christian, First Presbyterian, and St. Peter’s United Methodist invite the community to come together for this spectacular family-friendly event on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds.

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This free community event will include a wide array of kid’s activities and family entertainment such as trunk-or-treat, a video game truck, giveaways, face painting, and more. Delicious food offerings will also be available, including hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, and even some sweet treats from Kona Ice.

Don’t miss this fun afternoon of fellowship with members of the Ocean City community!


Over the Bridge: 2019 Somers Point Restaurant Week (Nov. 1–10)

The 10th Annual Somers Point Restaurant Week, set to unfold Friday, November 1, through Sunday, November 10, promises spectacular lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants around town.

From the tempting comfort food of Gregory’s to the Italian delicacies at Sal’s, you’re going to love what each and every participating restaurant has to offer during the 2019 Somers Point Restaurant Week. Diners can enjoy prix fixe two-course lunches for $12.19 and three-course dinners for $27.19 at various restaurants throughout Somers Point.

The participating restaurants include the following:

Each restaurant will offer its own special Restaurant Week menu for you to indulge in.

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Additional Restaurant Week events will include the following exciting activities:

Wine and Bites: Passion Vines of Somers Point will be hosting a special wine tasting and appetizer sampling on Saturday, November 9, from 2–4 p.m. Reservations are required and $25 tickets can be purchased by calling (609) 601-8463.

Jazzing Up Restaurant Week: The South Jersey Jazz Society will be taking part in the Somers Point Restaurant Week festivities by providing live jazz at various restaurants throughout the week. The list of musicians and participating restaurants are now posted online.

“Eat, Dine and Be Social”: Ready to enjoy dining out during Somers Point Restaurant Week and throw your name in the running for an extraordinary gift basket? Take a picture during your Restaurant Week dining excursion at the participating restaurant of your choice or Passion Vines, “like” the Somers Point Restaurant Week Facebook page, and then post your dining pictures on the Facebook page with the hashtag #SPRW19 to enter the contest. It’s that simple!

You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry photo must be from a different participating restaurant during Restaurant Week. A winner will be selected on Friday, November 15.

Start perusing the lunch and dinner menus today and make your reservations ASAP for the 2019 Somers Point Restaurant Week!

Adult-Themed Halloween Fun in Ocean City and on the Mainland

Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for the kids but who’s to say that the adults can’t have fun, too? There are quite a few adult-oriented Halloween events taking place this October in Ocean City and on the mainland. From beer festivals to Halloween fundraisers, you’ll have plenty to choose from in your quest for seasonal fun.

Witch Craft Beer and Spirits Festival (Oct. 19)

The all-new Witch Craft Beer and Spirits Festival on Saturday, October 19, from 6–10 p.m., at Lake Lenape Park East in Hamilton Township is sure to be a hit with the libations-loving crowd. For $45 per person, guests will enjoy an evening filled with beer and spirits samplings from more than 50 vendors. In addition, attendees can fill their night with a live seance, cider donuts, horror makeup seminars, pumpkin carving, and more. On-site parking will be available for $5 per car. Tickets are now available online.

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2019 Ocean City Theatre Company Halloween Party (Oct. 25)

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will be hosting its annual Halloween Party on Friday, October 25, at the Ocean City Yacht Club. The Halloween Party will unfold from 7–11 p.m. and feature music by DJ Christian Chin, open bar courtesy of DiOrios and a late-night breakfast buffet. The cost to attend is $75 and the deadline to purchase tickets is October 22. Contact the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company to purchase your tickets to this fabulous fundraising event.

Ex Bar Halloween Party (Oct. 25)

The Ex Bar at The Exchange in Linwood will be bringing the Halloween spirit out in full force on Friday, October 25. Guests are encouraged to come in costume and get in the running to be named best dressed of the evening. Sip Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails for $7 each and enjoyed Halloween-themed fun starting at 7 p.m.

Either Way Halloween at Josie Kelly’s (Oct. 26)

Josie Kelly’s in Somers Point will be hosting its Either Way Halloween Party on Saturday, October 26, from 9 p.m.–midnight in the Adare Ballroom. The costume party will feature live 80’s music by the Either Way Band and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Drink specials will be available throughout the night.

Don’t miss out on these spectacular evenings for the adult crowd in Ocean City and on the mainland!


Excellent Ways to Embrace the Halloween Spirit in Ocean City

With Halloween just a few weeks away, you may be wondering how you can embrace the spirit of the holiday in Ocean City. Whether you’re looking for activities to enjoy with the kids or seeking out entertainment options for the adults, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in Ocean City.

Ocean City Ghost Tours

The Ghost Tour of Ocean City provides an excellent way to get in the spirit of the spooky season. Based on the book, Ghost Stories of Ocean City, NJ, the Ghost Tour of Ocean City takes guests on a candlelight walking tour of Ocean City where stories of ghosts and unexplained occurrences fill the evening.

The tours are held every Friday and Saturday night in October, in addition to tours on Mischief Night and Halloween, and depart from 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The cost is $18 per adult/kids 13+; $12 for children ages 4–12. You can find out more about these spine-tingling ghost tours and purchase tickets on the Ghost Tour of Ocean City website.

Fall Brunch Featuring Discussion About the Jersey Devil (Oct. 20)

If you’re from New Jersey or well-versed in the folklore of the area, you are certain to be familiar with the story of the Jersey Devil. On Sunday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m., attend the Ocean City Historical Museum‘s Fall Fundraising Brunch at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. The guest speaker will be Galloway Township historian Ken Sooy who will entertain and inform the crowd with the myths and legends that exist regarding the Jersey Devil.

Guests will be treated to a brunch buffet during the event. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Historical Museum for $28 for museum members and $32 for all other guests.

Halloween Parade (Oct. 24)

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Every October, Ocean City residents and visitors put on their most creative costumes to attend and participate in the Ocean City Halloween Parade along Asbury Avenue. This year, the 72nd Annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City, will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 7:15–8:15 p.m. between 6th and 11th Streets.

Parade-goers will enjoy floats, marching bands, costumed participants, and so much more! Those who register and participate in the parade will be judged and have the opportunity to win prizes if they rank in the top spots for their individual event category.


Things to Know About the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party

In just a few days, the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will be in full swing. As you prepare to shop and dine the day away, here are some things you should know about one of the most popular Ocean City events of year:

When and Where?

The 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., along Asbury Avenue between 5th Street and 14th Street. This is a rain-or-shine event and free to attend.

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What Types of Vendors Will Be on Hand?

The vendors you’ll find at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party will be selling handcrafted items, clothing, home decor items, jewelry, artwork, bath and body products, holiday decor, and so much more.

Will There Be Food Available for Purchase?

You bet! In addition to being an event for shopping options galore, the Ocean City Fall Block Party is the prime location to grab all of your favorite food items. From soups to sandwiches to pizza to baked goods, no matter what you crave for refueling in between vendor table stops, you’re likely to find it at this year’s Block Party. Food will be offered at individual vendors along Asbury Avenue as well as at the local restaurants.

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Will There Be Live Entertainment?

Absolutely! Live entertainment will be unfolding along Asbury Avenue throughout the day. Look for the following live entertainment to unfold on Saturday:

  • Tidal Wave Band (10th Street)
  • Pennsport String Band (13th Street)
  • Cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes (City Hall)
  • And more!

What Else is There to Do?

If you’re looking for even more reasons to attend the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party in addition to shopping and dining, there are other activities taking place throughout the day and evening, including the following:

  • Pony rides at the Ocean City Tabernacle during the event hours (6th Street and Asbury Avenue)
  • Fireworks display over the ocean by the Ocean City Music Pier at 9 p.m.

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Where Can I Park?

I’m not going to lie. The city gets a bit crowded during this popular event but don’t worry, parking is definitely doable. And, best of all, parking is free at all metered spots and municipal parking lots, including the Transportation Center lot (9th Street and Haven Avenue), 700 block of Central Avenue lot, and 800 block of Central Avenue lot.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

The main thing to keep in mind is that you will likely leave with a lot of new purchases, so make sure you can carry everything. There are plenty of big items to purchase along the Block Party route, so be certain to have a game plan in place for how much you can carry and where you’re going to put it when you buy it. With so many fabulous vendors and unique items, your shopping bags will definitely fill up quickly at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party!