Last Minute Holiday Gift Finds in Ocean City

It’s a couple days before Christmas and you might still be looking for that perfect gift or a few extra gifts for friends and loved ones. Don’t stress! You can get your last minute holiday shopping done with ease thanks to the extraordinary businesses in Ocean City.

Here are a few ideas to help you finish off your holiday gift list:

These are just a few of the many wonderful Ocean City spots to visit to finish your holiday shopping with ease. Happy Holidays!

Support Ocean City Businesses on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is finally here! Show your support for Ocean City businesses and get all your holiday shopping done at the same time. From Henry’s on the boardwalk for fine jewelry and clothing to Stainton’s on Asbury Avenue for a wide array of products from tons of excellent vendors, it will be easy to mark items off your gift list this weekend.

Get your shopping spree started by walking around town and popping into your favorite stores as well as newly discovered favorites. Here are some ideas of where to start your shopping ventures:

  • Peace of Wood: Peace of Wood offers an amazing selection of items, from sea-inspired paintings from local artists to surfboards and so much more. Visit Peace of Wood today (and any other day!) to show some love for this local business and grab some holiday gift items.
  • Mallon’s: You might want to recharge during your shopping spree and Mallon’s can help. Stop by for Mallon’s homemade sticky buns and other tempting sweet treat items.
  • Pumpkinbuds: Find clothing and accessories for the little ones on your gift list at Pumpkinbuds, located in Stainton’s.
  • Seagrass Boutique: If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the ladies on your list head over to Seagrass Boutique. From stylish and casual to eye-catching and dressy, the clothing and accessories you’ll find fit all categories.
  • Bohemian Mama: Bohemian Mama has a great selection of clothing and accessories for women and kids. They’re also offering 20% off all apparel today (in-store only)!
  • Salty Seahorse: From art to pottery to jewelry, you’ll find plenty of must-have items to buy at the Salty Seahorse. Plus, the store is offering $10 off purchases of $50 or more and $25 off purchases of $100 or more.
  • Henry’s: Head up to the boardwalk and explore the wonderful items at Henry’s. From jewelry to clothing, you’re going to find a lot of gift items at Henry’s. The shop is offering a Small Business Saturday special on their Ocean City masks, $12.99 each or 2/$25.
  • Surf Cottage Shop: Visit the Surf Cottage Shop inside Stainton’s for all your favorite women’s clothing and accessories, plus 20% off your entire Surf Cottage purchase.
  • Ocean City Coffee Company: Stop by Ocean City Coffee Company to recharge with a caffeinated beverage or to buy coffee items for your friends and family members.

These are just a few of the many wonderful local shops in Ocean City. The best way to embark on your Small Business Saturday shopping spree is to walk around town and get to as many small businesses as you can. Not only will you be supporting local businesses but you’ll be working on your holiday gift list, too. And don’t forget local restaurants in your travels, as many Ocean City restaurants offer gift cards which make excellent gifts.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Finds

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and you might still be searching for a few last minute items. No matter what your Thanksgiving gathering looks like this year, there are still many different ways to make your holiday as festive as can be. Here are some items you might need and where to find them:

Thanksgiving Decorations at Hoy’s 5&10

If you need a little more Thanksgiving decor to put you in the spirit of the holiday, stop by Hoy’s 5&10. You can find fall and Thanksgiving-inspired items such as yard flags, wall hangings, kitchen hand towels, fall-themed window clings, and more.

Local Beer from Somers Point Brewing Company

You’re going to have to head over the bridge if you want to add some beer to your Thanksgiving festivities and Somers Point Brewing Company has the local brews for you! Choose your favorite Somers Point Brewing Company beers and order them to-go in 32-ounce crowler cans and 64-ounce growlers. The brewing company will be open from 4-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 25.

Key Lime Pie from Capt’n Chucky’s

Add a unique pie to your Thanksgiving table this year with the Chef’s Key Lime Pie from Capt’n Chucky’s. These delicious pies won’t last long so stop by Capt’n Chucky’s before 4 p.m. today to get yours!

Thanksgiving Morning Breakfast

You don’t want to be cooking all day long on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, Hooked on Breakfast can help you with your breakfast needs. Stop by Hooked on Breakfast to gain your energy and strength before cooking up a Thanksgiving feast later in the day. And be sure to try one of the three quiche specials of the day: the Asbury, Brighton, and Jersey. All three quiches are accompanied by your choice of fresh fruit or three pumpkin silver dollar pancakes.

Wishing you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Shop Earlier Than the Bird and Support Ocean City Businesses

There may be quite a few Ocean City events that had to be canceled this holiday season due to the current health crisis but rest assured that Earlier Than the Bird isn’t one of them!

Wake up early on Saturday, November 21, grab your first cup of coffee, and then head out the door for some spectacular shopping at the businesses around Ocean City. Best of all, you can do it all in your pajamas, if you like, and could even win a prize for doing so (in addition to just being extremely comfortable!). The shoppers selected as the best dressed will win a free turkey!

Earlier Than the Bird takes place 8 a.m.-noon mainly between 6th and 11th Streets along Asbury Avenue. Many shops and restaurants around town are offering special shopping deals, giveaways, and more. Here are some deals you should be on the lookout for as you walk around town:

And after you’ve completed your shopping spree for the day, reward your efforts by having lunch at one of the downtown restaurants or hop on a free horse and carriage ride taking place noon-3 p.m. in front of City Hall.

It’s always important to support local businesses and small business owners, but now more so than ever! When you shop local, you’ll be able to find extraordinary gifts but also help support local business owners and the stores that make this town so great.

Support Ocean City Businesses and Start Your Holiday Shopping at Winterfest 2020

As we approach mid-November, it’s easy to see the holidays will be here in no time. Fortunately, Ocean City Winterfest offers an easy way to start (and even finish!) your holiday shopping.

Ocean City Winterfest By the Sea Gift and Craft Market is an outdoor event taking place today, Friday, November 13, from noon-5 p.m., and tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Head down to the Ocean City High School field, located at 6th Street and Boardwalk, for an outdoor shopping event like no other!

You’ll find a wide array of Ocean City shops, restaurants, and local craft vendors selling all types of products, sure to help you mark items off your holiday list with ease. This one-stop shopping event not only makes it possible for you to get a head start on your holiday shopping but it’s an excellent way to support local businesses, too.

There will also be activities for the kids, including a visit from Santa Claus, so be sure to bring the family along to this Ocean City event.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary shopping event this weekend in Ocean City!

Anna·Rose Soapery Opens in Ocean City

A new shop has opened its doors in Ocean City! Anna·Rose Soapery, located at 1324 Asbury Avenue, is now open and offering handcrafted luxury skin-care products of a wide array.

From carefully crafted handmade soaps to luxurious whipped body butter, you’re going to want to explore the unique creations at Anna·Rose Soapery at your earliest convenience.

Founded in 2016, Anna·Rose Soapery has been offering its artisan bath and body products online, as a guest seller in other shops, and in person at vendor events. Now, with the opening of the brick-and-mortar spot, Ocean City residents and visitors can have access to these skin-care products with ease.

Some of the products you’ll find at Anna·Rose Soapery include:

  • Chasing Neon Rainbows Handmade Soap
  • Peppermint Scent Whipped Body Butter
  • Mermaid Tails Bath Bombs
  • Spiced Oatmeal Stout Handmade Soap
  • Coffee and Brown Sugar Foaming Scrub
  • Essential Lavender Handmade Soap
  • Hand Poured Soy Wax Candles
  • And so much more!

In addition to offering a wide array of bath and body products, Anna·Rose Soapery is also mindful of the environment. In an effort to go green, the shop has switched to eco-friendly packaging and offers recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable glassine bags for all traditional sized soaps.

Now’s the perfect time to find out more about Anna·Rose Soapery! Visit their website and Facebook and Instagram pages for additional information on the latest store to open up on Asbury Avenue.

And be sure to stop by the shop for your favorite bath and body care products or, if you’re not in Ocean City at the moment, you can order products online and have them delivered right to your door!

Photo credit: Anna·Rose Soapery

Trick-or-Treat Along Asbury Avenue in Ocean City on Halloween

Get the Halloween festivities started early with the Trick-or-Treat Event along Asbury Avenue in Ocean City on Saturday, October 31.

The fun will take place along Asbury Avenue (6th Street through 11th Street) from 2-4 p.m. when participating Ocean City merchants will be handing out sweet treats and other Halloween goodies. Put on your Halloween costumes and head down to Asbury Avenue for an afternoon of entertainment your entire family is sure to love.

Some of the participating businesses include:

Don’t miss out on this exciting event! Put on your spooky, fun, or creative costume and head down to Asbury Avenue this Halloween!

Gail’s Salad Co. to Host Breast Cancer Fundraising Event in Ocean City

Gail’s Salad Co. is an Ocean City eatery that offers healthy and delicious meals to Ocean City residents and visitors throughout the year. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, in support of breast cancer warriors, Gail’s Salad Co. has teamed up with South Jersey’s Crossfit Parallax to co-host the Barbells for Boobs event on Sunday, October 25.

The event will take place from 11 a.m.-noon at Gail’s Salad Co., located at 611 East 8th Street, and feature a short workout outdoors. Afterwards, pop into Gail’s Salad Co. to purchase a healthy salad so you can refuel post-workout. The registration fee is $15 per person and includes the workout offered by Crossfit Parallax. Salads and other healthy dishes can be purchased from Gail’s Salad Co. when you’re finished with the invigorating workout.

Crossfit Parallax will donate half of the registration fee to two exceptional causes and Gail’s Salad Co. will donate a portion of the proceeds from all salads sold that day. Half of the total proceeds will go to benefit CrossFit Parallax member Jamie Miller, who is currently battling breast cancer, and the other half will go directly to Barbells for Boobs, a nationwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit breast cancer awareness organization.

Sign up for this wonderful fundraising event today and enjoy an excellent outdoor workout and sensational salad while joining in the fight against breast cancer!

Embrace the Halloween Spirit with the 2020 Halloween House Decorating Contest in Ocean City

With most in-person, city-sponsored events cancelled this fall due to the coronavirus, you can still find a way to get in the Halloween spirit this year. The 2020 Ocean City Halloween House Decorating Contest presented by the city provides a way to show off your best Halloween decor in a socially-distanced manner.

From now until 4 p.m. on Friday, October 23, fill out the registration form on the Ocean City website and enter your decorated house or business in the competition. There will be first, second, and third place winners for homes in each of the four Ocean City wards (the prize will be a $50 gift certificate to Downtown OCNJ and an Ocean City/Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce gift pack) and a first, second, and third place winner for the business category (the first place winner will receive a prize of a free Chamber of Commerce membership or, if already a member, free email blasts). An overall best decorated house entry will be the grand prize winner and receive a $100 Downtown OCNJ gift certificate and prize pack from Ocean City and the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The judges will be looking at various decoration aspects including overall creativity, lighting, special effects, and more. The judging will take place on October 28 and 29, 6-9 p.m., so you have plenty of time to prepare for this fun Halloween contest. Winners will be announced by noon on October 30 via the Ocean City website and the city’s social media pages. All rules/regulations can be found on the Halloween page of the Ocean City website.

Fill out the registration form today and get ready to wow the judges with your creative decorations, and impress all Ocean City residents and visitors who pass by.

Ocean City Businesses Fill the Best of the Press Nominations List

The nominees have been chosen and are waiting for your vote on The Press of Atlantic City’s Best of the Press 2020 list!

From dining to shopping to services, many Ocean City businesses have been nominated by the public to vie for a chance to win the coveted Best of the Press award. Here’s a list of all Ocean City businesses that have made the cut:

Arts and Entertainment Category

Best Amusement Park

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier

Playland’s Castaway Cove

Best Beach

Ocean City

Best Family Fun Place

Ocean City Boardwalk

Best Fishing Charter 

Ocean City Fishing Center

Best Miniature Golf Course

Congo Falls

Haunted Golf

OC Adventure Golf

Pirates of the Golden Galleon Golf

Best Large Concert Venue

OC Music Pier

Best Live Theater

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company

Best Wedding Venue

The Flanders Hotel

Best Place to See a Show

Ocean City Music Pier

Automotive/Transportation Category

Best Pre-Owned Car Dealership

Ocean City Cars & Trucks

Best Tire Store

Millevoi’s Best Tire, Inc.

Best Auto or Boat Detailer

Car Caress

Food and Beverage Category

Best Barbeque

Pork Island Grill

Best Breakfast 

Hooked on Breakfast

Best Butcher Shop

Boyar’s Market

Best Candy Store

Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and Fudge 

Rauhauser’s Own Make Candies

Best Cheesesteak 

Voltaco’s Italian Foods

Best Coffee Shop

Ocean City Coffee Company

Best Deli 

Boyar’s Market

Best Pizza

Manco & Manco Pizza

Health and Beauty Category

Best Beauty Supply Store

LEH Soap Company

Home and Garden Category

Best Appliance Store

Johnson’s Appliances & Bedding

Best Electrician 

DiMarco Electric

Best Flooring 

Avalon Flooring

Best Home Cleaning (Inside) 

Impeccable Cleaning Services

Best Kitchen Store

Asbury Kitchens and Baths Gallery

Best Roofing 

Action Creations Roofing and Siding

Best Siding

Action Creations Roofing and Siding

Best Windows

Action Creations Roofing and Siding

Best Carpet Cleaning

Island Carpet Cleaning

Medical Category

Best Adult Medicine

Dr. Charles Roche, Shore Physicians Group, Ocean City

Best Family Practice 

Dr. Gary Raab

Best Medical Group

Shore Physicians Group

Best Veterinarian

Humane Society of Ocean City

Retail and Shopping Category

Best Bait and Tackle


Best Bridal Shop

Here Comes the Bride

Best Children’s Store

Bowfish Kids

Best Jewelry Shop

Henry’s Ocean City Landmark Jewelers

Best Sporting Goods 

Heritage Surf & Sport

Best Surf and Surf Supply

Heritage Surf & Sport

Surfers Supplies

7th Street Surf Shop

Best Women’s Boutique


Seagrass Boutique

Best Souvenir Shop

Hoy’s 5&10

Best Thrift Shop

St. Damien Thrift Store

Best Gift Shop

August Heart

Services Category

Best Funeral Home 

Godfrey Funeral Home

Best Insurance Agency

Heist Insurance Agency

McMahon Insurance Agency

Best Branch Library

Ocean City Free Public Library

Best Pet Day Care

Doggie Haven Grooming Salon

Best Long Term Care Facility 

The Shores at Wesley Manor

Best Individualized Services Category

Best Insurance Agent

Zach Eberson at McMahon Insurance Agency

Ready to help your favorite Ocean City business win a Best of the Press award? Here’s how: From now until September 23, visit the Best of the Press site, register, and vote for your favorite businesses. You can vote once per day and place your vote in the categories of your choice.

Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck!