Rainy Day Activities in Ocean City

When the rain starts falling in Ocean City, your beach day plans will likely have changed. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, dining in at your favorite local restaurant or taking part in certain activities are not possible now. But, don’t worry! There’s still plenty to do on a rainy day in Ocean City!

Order Takeout for Any (or Every) Meal

Dining outdoors might not be possible today, or any other rainy day, but fortunately plenty of Ocean City restaurants offer takeout. Some have always offered takeout, whereas others have added takeout options in response to recent dining restrictions due to the pandemic.

Whether you want to order out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a midday snack, you have so many options available to you throughout the island, including some new spots you might not have tried yet:

If you’re wondering if your favorite Ocean City restaurant offers takeout, simply give them a call or check out their social media pages for more information.  And if you’d rather not head outside in the rain to pick it up, many Ocean City restaurants will deliver the food right to your door!

Buy Some Indoor Games for the Family

Indoor games, such as board games, are fun anytime and anywhere, but especially on a rainy day down the shore. No matter how old or young your family members are, you’re sure to find some fun board games, card games, and other indoor activities to enjoy with the whole family. You can visit Hoy’s 5 & 10 and Stainton’s for game options and you can have fun indoors or on your covered porch until the rain stops.

Grab Your Rain Gear and Go Shopping

Although you can’t make it to the beach on a rainy day, you can indulge in some serious shopping along Asbury Avenue. Grab your rain gear and walk along Asbury Avenue, stopping into stores that pique your interest. Whether you want to explore the clothing and home decor items at B & B, create your own sandals at SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear, or buy some eye-catching accessories at Seagrass Boutique, there’s something for everyone on Asbury Avenue.

Don’t let a little rain stop the fun in Ocean City! Enjoy the day!

Enjoy Local Shopping Discounts and Support Charities with Key to the Community Card

Supporting Ocean City businesses is important at all times, but especially now with local shops, restaurants, and service providers facing challenging situations due to COVID-19. It’s also important to support charities and nonprofit organizations whenever possible. Fortunately, the organizers of the Key to the Community card program have the answer!

The Key to the Community card is a discount shopping, dining, and services card that can be used at a wide array of local businesses. The card costs $25 and is good now through August of 2021. When individuals purchase this card, they can select a charity listed on the Key to the Community website and have $5 of the purchase price donated to their chosen organization. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the card sales will go to provide scholarship opportunities to deserving students.

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The deals offered range anywhere from meal discounts at Jon & Patty’s to a photo session discount with Kerri J Photography. The deals and discounts offered may change from month-to-month, so there’s always something new to explore and added ways to support local businesses.

Some of the charities that cardholders can support include OCNJ CARE, CROPS, Ocean City Theatre Company, Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation, Humane Society of Ocean City, and so many other wonderful local and national nonprofit organizations.

The Key to the Community card program was created by founders Jill Adamson and Tyrone Rolls who wanted to lend a hand and help the local community. Add in the philanthropic aspect plus discounts to cardholders and you have a program where there are benefits all around!

Now’s the perfect time to lend a hand to local businesses, support your favorite charity, and grab sensational discounts! Purchase your Key to the Community card today and get started saving money while helping others at the same time.

Photo credit: Key to the Community 

Beat the Heat and Explore the Products at Stainton’s in Ocean City

On sunny days, hitting the Ocean City beach is a beloved activity for many. With that said, it’s sometimes nice to find a cool retreat to provide a break from the heat and sun. Shopping along Asbury Avenue is a great option. If you’re looking for a one-stop shopping spot in town, Stainton’s is an easy answer.

This indoor marketplace offers access to 70+ vendor sections that sell a wide array of items, ranging from colorful t-shirts to must-have accessories. And, that’s not all! Stainton’s vendors offer food items, bath and body products, home decor items, games, and so much more.

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Here are some of the vendors you’ll find at Stainton’s:

Best of all, you can purchase items from any of the vendors located throughout Stainton’s and pay at one set location in the center of the store. One-stop-shopping has never been easier!

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Visit Stainton’s today and purchase items the whole family is sure to love!

Downtown Pilates to Host Posture for Performers Event

Downtown Pilates of Ocean City just announced its upcoming Posture for Performers event set to unfold this August.

Downtown Pilates owner Jessica Amoroso will be joining forces with her husband Rich, a violinist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, to offer a combination pilates class and Q&A session series. The Posture for Performers series will consist of two mat pilates classes with Jessica each week followed by a Q&A session with Rich. Each class will be 45 minutes and be tailored specifically for musicians and performers.

The four week series will take place throughout the month of August via Zoom, so you can enjoy pilates classes and have all of your posture for performers questions answered in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you’ll have access to recordings so that you can replay them at any time to refresh and receive continual instruction.

Knowing the right way to stand and hold your posture will work wonders when it’s time for you to hit the stage and perform. In addition to commanding the attention of the audience, the class will also teach you techniques to help you avoid injuries as a result of improper posture and movement. When you sign up for this series, you can rest assured that you’ll acquire a wealth of knowledge and helpful techniques simply by working with these extraordinary professionals in their individual fields.

The classes will be held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and the cost is $99 for the class series, which includes the pilates instruction, Q&A sessions, access to class replays, and a resistance band.

If you’re a performer, musician, or any other individual who often finds themselves in front of a crowd, learn how to improve your performance and sign up for this class today!

Photo credit: Downtown Pilates 

Hooked on Breakfast to Open in Ocean City on July 6

Starting tomorrow, Monday, July 6, you can add a new eatery to your must-visit list in Ocean City: Hooked on Breakfast!

Hooked on Breakfast will be opening its doors at 916 Asbury Avenue. Starting at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide array of savory items for breakfast and lunch, thanks to this new restaurant that’s sure to be a popular dining spot.

The restaurant will be open daily from 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and offer up an extensive array of breakfast and lunch favorites along with some new culinary items you’re sure to adore. The tempting menu includes sticky bun French toast; raspberry chocolate chip pancakes; homemade cinnamon raisin French toast; corned beef hash; bacon, apple, and cheddar grilled sandwich; strawberry caprese salad; chicken fingers. And these are just a few of the many breakfast and lunch menu items diners can choose from at Hooked on Breakfast!

Hooked on Breakfast will be open for takeout and outdoor dining for now. Once indoor dining is allowed to resume, the restaurant will open its expansive dining room, filled with cozy booths and accommodating tables.

Stop by this new Asbury Avenue dining spot as soon as possible to enjoy all of the wonderful culinary items Hooked on Breakfast has to offer!

Now Open in Ocean City: Sand House Kitchen

Sand House Kitchen, located at 9 Beach Road in Ocean City, is now open for business!

Taking over the spot formerly occupied by the Northend Beach Grill, the new beachside eatery just opened and is in its soft opening phase. Currently offering a limited menu as the restaurant awaits more deliveries and gets up and running at full speed, there are many items you’re going to want to  try.

The Sand House Kitchen offers an enticing menu filled with breakfast and lunch items as well as coffee and smoothies.

Stop by the Sand House Kitchen today and grab a bite to eat for breakfast or lunch on the beach! And be sure to visit their Facebook page for more information about this new Ocean City restaurant.

 

Ocean City Businesses Now Hiring

With more businesses opening their doors to customers in Ocean City, there is a need for more employees to staff the local restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. If you’re looking for a seasonal job in Ocean City, here are some places to start:

  • Donny’s Family Kitchen: Donny’s Family Kitchen is hiring experienced team members to fill the roles of cashier, cook, delivery driver, and pizza maker. Visit Donny’s Family Kitchen to apply or email donnysfamilykitchenoc@gmail.com with your resume and availability.
  • JiLLy’s: JiLLy’s is looking to fill many different positions at their various locations, including retail store associate, food prep/server, maintenance staff, warehouse/inventory control, arcade staff, parking lot staff, and more. Visit the JiLLy’s job page for more details and to apply.
  • Ike’s Famous Crabcakes: Ike’s Famous Crabcakes is hiring to fill various positions such as server, line cook, and food prep. Visit Ike’s website for more details and to apply.  You can also apply in person at 1344 Boardwalk.
  • Gillian’s Wonderland Pier: Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is hiring for the summer season and is looking to fill various positions, from ride operator to cashiers to food and beverage positions. Visit the Gillian’s website for more information and to apply.
  • Boyar’s Market: Boyar’s Market is looking for deli associates and individuals to answer phones and take customer orders. If you can work through Labor Day, apply here.

Whether you’re looking to work in a restaurant, in a retail store, or as a ride operator, the job opportunities are available this summer in Ocean City!

Ocean City Farmers Market Returns for 2020 Season on July 1

In just a few days the Ocean City Farmers Market will be open for business! Starting July 1, the Ocean City Farmers Market will take place every Wednesday through September 9, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

The farmers market will be located in its usual spot on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds between 5th Street and 6th Street along Asbury Avenue.

Visit the various farm stands for your favorite produce and flowers and be sure to stop by the other stands for Ocean City Farmers Market favorites, such as zesty hot sauce, pickles and olives, and baked good items. The craft vendors will offer items ranging from handmade soaps and bath products to creative outside decor, plus so much more.

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Ocean City Farmers Market participants will include A.T. Buzby Farm, Doc Pickle, The Soup Bar, and many other farms and vendors!

With the current health situation at hand, farmers market attendees are required to wear masks for their safety and the safety of others.

Stop by the Ocean City Farmers Market on July 1 and every Wednesday this summer to support local farmers and vendors and purchase items you’re sure to put to good use!

Miniature Golf is Open with Outdoor Dining and In-Store Shopping Coming Soon in Ocean City

Great news! Miniature golf courses are now open in Ocean City. Many individuals have been eagerly anticipating the opening of these family fun-filled courses. Now the time has come to choose your putter and ball and engage in some friendly competition out in the open air.

And, as if this news isn’t exciting enough, get ready for outdoor dining and in-store shopping to begin in Ocean City on Monday, June 15. Certain restrictions will be in place for the safety and welfare of the employees, shoppers, and diners, but this is an excellent start to getting the businesses open after the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Restaurants that have the space for outdoor dining will be able to offer this service. As for stores, in-store shopping will be allowed to begin on June 15. Masks will be required when indoors and there will likely be certain maximum occupancy requirements for in-store shopping in order to maintain safe social distancing.

Contact your favorite restaurants to see if they’ll be offering outdoor dining and call your favorite stores to see what the procedure will be for in-store shopping.

Today is the perfect day to head out to enjoy a game of mini-golf and then get ready for outdoor dining and in-store shopping on Monday, June 15!

Full Weekly Rentals Start Today in Ocean City

Starting today, Ocean City will be welcoming in the Saturday-to-Saturday crowd for full weekly rentals. Although rentals less than 30 days were allowed to begin starting June 1, many weekly rentals operate on a Saturday-to-Saturday basis, so today will be the first group of Ocean City weekly vacationers.

Since there are still some restrictions in place for Ocean City residents and visitors, the following provides some information on what’s currently happening in Ocean City:

Dining

Many Ocean City-bound vacationers can’t wait to head down the shore for a taste of South Jersey dining offerings. From funnel cake to fresh seafood entrees, Ocean City restaurants and food vendors help to satisfy all the culinary cravings for residents and visitors alike.

Here are some of the guidelines currently in place for Ocean City dining:

  • Takeout/delivery available from restaurants and boardwalk vendors that offer it.
  • Outdoor dining allowed at restaurants beginning June 15.
  • All restaurants are allowed to be open during normal business hours.
  • No dine-in services are available yet.

Face masks are required when entering an establishment to pick up your food order. All individuals are encouraged to practice social distancing. In addition, each restaurant and food vendor may have their own restrictions in place.

Shopping

Governor Murphy recently gave the green light for certain “non-essential businesses” to open their doors for curbside pickup, which includes retail stores. In response, many Ocean City retail shops are offering this option which provides a way for individuals to get the items they want while supporting local businesses at the same time. The statewide opening plan goes further to note the date of June 15 for retail stores to start allowing limited in-person shopping.

Activities

If you’re wondering what recreational activities are allowed in Ocean City at this time, here’s the current list:

  • The beach is open for sunbathing, swimming, recreation, and fishing. Lifeguards are on duty. Beach tags are required and available to purchase at multiple locations. Discounted seasonal beach tags are on sale for $20 until June 30. Weekly and daily tags are also available.
  • The boardwalk is open for biking, walking, and exercise. Social distancing is required and masks are optional. However, many boardwalk vendors require masks when approaching their storefronts, so be sure to have your mask handy so you can indulge in boardwalk culinary treats and “curbside” shopping.
  • Amusement centers remain closed.
  • The Ocean City Municipal Golf Course is open with some restrictions in place.
  • The Ocean City Skate Park is open with restrictions.
  • The Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center remains closed.
  • Recreational fields are open, as are tennis and pickleball courts.
  • Fishing boat charters are available.

As you get ready for your Ocean City vacation, remember that the refreshing ocean air is always there to greet you. There may be some restrictions in place that make your vacation a little bit different than past years, but the beautiful Ocean City memories you’ll make with your family will still be as abundant as ever.

While on vacation, be sure to enjoy the takeout/delivery dining and curbside pickup options from local restaurants and stores. Not only will you be getting exceptional food items and products, but you’ll be supporting these local businesses that look forward to your return each and every year!