Don’t Miss the Market Madness Shopping Event at The Flanders Hotel on March 7

On Saturday, March 7, over 40 vendors from Ocean City will fill The Flanders Hotel, offering their must-have products for sale.

The Market Madness event is hosted by the Boardwalk Merchants Association and Downtown Merchants Association and will take place from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. From your favorite Asbury Avenue shop to your go-to boardwalk vendor, you’ll find something for everyone at Market Madness. Store owners will be selling their products as well as offering discounts and deals you won’t want to miss.

Free parking is yours for the taking, and food will be available for purchase when you need to recharge during your shopping spree.

Gather your friends together and head over to The Flanders Hotel on March 7 for this not-to-be-missed event!

Save the Date: Girls Weekend 2020 in Downtown Ocean City

With only 100 days left to go until Memorial Day, it’s a good time to talk about springtime Ocean City events. One popular event that brings in the crowds each year is the Girls Weekend event. This year’s Girls Weekend will unfold April 3–5 and include offerings such as a fashion show, shopping deals, hotel packages, dining options, and more.

Here are some events being held during Girls Weekend 2020:

Fashion Show Kickoff Event (April 3)

The Girls Weekend Fashion Show has been so popular in prior years that it’s being moved to a new, larger location this year. Purchase your tickets and reserve a seat for the fashion show taking place at PLAAY Fitness and Yoga at 910 Asbury Avenue. The show will start at 7 p.m. and feature a display of fashions available at local Ocean City boutiques.

The cost is $20 per person and includes light bites offered by local restaurants during the event. Tickets are required to attend, and this show sells out each year, so be sure to get your tickets early. Tickets can be purchased online and at various area locations, including the Route 52 Causeway Welcome Center, City Hall Welcome Center, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.), Making Waves (836 Asbury Ave.), 7th Street Surf Shop (720 Asbury Ave.), and the Sneaker Shop (704 Asbury Ave.).

Accommodation Deals and Packages for Girls Weekend 2020

Many local hotels and B&Bs will offer special deals and lodging packages for Girls Weekend 2020. Here are some of the latest deals being offered:

  • The Flanders Hotel: Reserve a stay for the night of Friday, April 3, or Saturday, April 4, and receive the following: early check-in with complimentary gift upon arrival; overnight stay in a deluxe one-bedroom suite; a 30-minute leg and foot massage or 30-minute mini-facial with free product samples from Divine Images Salon and Spa; a coupon for 10% off at The Shoppes at Flanders; breakfast in Emily’s Ocean Room; and, late check-out. The cost is $169 per person plus tax and gratuity (cost based on double occupancy).
  • Port-O-Call: Enjoy a two-night stay at the Port-O-Call for Girls Weekend 2020. The package includes two-night deluxe accommodations, dinner at a local restaurant, breakfast both mornings at Adelene, and your choice of a relaxing spa service including a 25-minute facial provided by a local salon, 25-minute massage by Blue Garden Wellness (6th floor of the hotel), or manicure or mini-pedicure provided by a local salon. Prices start at $295 per person (based on double occupancy; includes taxes and hotel dining gratuity).
  • Northwood Inn Bed and Breakfast: Stay for two nights and get the second night 50% off. Plus, enjoy complimentary pizza and drinks on Friday night.
  • Biscayne Suites: Enjoy two nights of accommodations for $239 plus tax and you’ll also have access to a late 6 p.m. checkout, so you can fully take advantage of the entire weekend. Just mention “Girls Weekend” when calling for reservations.
  • Inn the Gardens Bed and Breakfast: Book your Girls Weekend stay and you’ll get $25 off the second night at Inn the Gardens Bed and Breakfast.
  • Ocean City Mansion: Book your April 3–5 stay and receive two complimentary beach tags for the summer of 2020. Just mention “Girls Weekend” when calling to reserve your room.
  • Impala Island Inn: Stay at the Impala Island Inn for $160 for the weekend, plus tax. Just mention “Girls Weekend” to snag this deal!
  • Wild Dunes Inn: Book a weekend stay at the Wild Dunes Inn for $190 for the weekend, plus tax. You’ll be able to get this deal when you mention “Girls Weekend” when reserving.

Shopping Deals, Exercise Classes, and More!

Besides the Girls Weekend Fashion Show and fabulous lodging deals, Girls Weekend 2020 attendees will enjoy extraordinary sales at local shops and boutiques, dining specials at local restaurants, exercise classes, spa specials, craft projects and demos, and so much more!

Keep checking back to OCNJ Happenings Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for additional information as Girls Weekend 2020 draws closer and make your reservations today!

Valentine’s Day Shopping and Dining Options In and Around Ocean City

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the special people in your life. From romantic interests to family and friends, you can spend this love-themed day with anyone you choose. If you’re looking for some ideas as to gifts and dinner plans, here are a few options to get you started:

Local Shopping Spots for Your Valentine’s Day Gift Needs

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Whether you’re searching for Valentine’s Day candy or prefer a gift that can be cherished for years to come, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Ocean City. When on the lookout for handmade chocolates and candies, Rauhauser’s and Shriver’s are ideal stores to visit. Indulgent chocolates, heart-themed candies, and sensational sweets with lovely sentiments written on them can all be found at these Ocean City shops.

If jewelry is on your shopping list, Henry’s is a wonderful spot to visit. From eye-catching fine jewelry to more casual pieces, no matter what type of accessory your loved one craves, you’ll be able to find it at Henry’s. If you need a starting point, the Pandora Free Heart Bracelet gift set is a potential gift item to consider.

Gift certificates are also a welcome option for any holiday. If you want to gift your beloved fishing aficionado with an experience they are sure to enjoy, a gift certificate from Ocean City Fishing Center will be a hit. Gift certificates are available in any denomination and can be used for fishing trips, boat rentals, or store merchandise.

If you’re still brainstorming ideas regarding what to buy your Valentine this year, the best way to explore the options is by strolling along Asbury Avenue. Some stores you can visit for your Valentine’s Day purchases include She’z the Boss, We Make It Personal, Stainton’s, Peace of Wood, Spinning Wheel Florist, Seagrass Boutique, B&B, and more!

Valentine’s Day Dining Destinations

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Now that you have the gifts covered, the next step is planning where to eat if you want to dine out on this special day. Here are some restaurants in the local area where you can enjoy Valentine’s Day dining:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Spots to Visit for Your Last-Minute Super Bowl Items in Ocean City

Today’s a special day. Not only did our furry friend Punxsutawney Phil not see his shadow, pointing towards an early spring, but it’s also a palindrome day, meaning the date reads the same when forwards and backwards. Certain to be even more celebrated on this special day is the fact that it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Now, I know many of us are a little sad that the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be taking the field but it would be cool to see former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid take home a Super Bowl win.

Whatever team you’re rooting for today, make sure your Super Bowl watch party has all the essentials needed to make it an unforgettable party. Here are some spots to pick up last-minute items for the Super Bowl festivities:

Bennie’s Bread

Bennie’s Bread has been cooking up some delicious game day items for you and your party guests to indulge in. Whether you want cold appetizers or hot light bites for your crowd, Bennie’s is the place to go. Here are some items waiting for you at Bennie’s Bread:

  • San Francisco sourdough bread
  • Kansas City ribs
  • Stuffed bread platter
  • Buffalo wings and chicken tenders
  • Jumbo shrimp cocktail
  • Fried mozzarella
  • Tomato pie
  • Italian desserts
  • And more!

Whether you’re feeding a small group of Super Bowl guests or prepping for a large party, Bennie’s Bread has you covered!

Stainton’s

With over 90 different vendors to choose from, Stainton’s takes one-stop shopping to a whole new level. Visit Stainton’s for game day dips and mixes, Hank sauce, football-themed serving trays, and game day clothing and accessories. Whether you’re throwing the party or attending one, Stainton’s has the ideal party prep products and hostess/host gift items for you.

Hoy’s 5&10

Hoy’s 5&10 is known for its impressive array of beach-centric items during summer, but did you know this year-round store is also your go-to spot for tons of other things as well? Stop by Hoy’s 5&10 at 732 Asbury Avenue for your last-minute Super Bowl party decorations and tableware. Stock up on plates, napkins, cups, decorations, or any other items you may still need to make Super Bowl Sunday spectacular.

Circle Liquors

Don’t forget to prep for your game day cocktails and stop by Circle Liquor Store over the 9th Street bridge in Somers Point. Circle Liquors has all of your beverage necessities in stock, including domestic and imported beer, craft beer from the local area and beyond, wine, spirits, soda, and more. You can also grab some bags of your favorite snacks while you’re there.

Boulevard Liquors

Boulevard Super Liquors also has all of your drink necessities in one convenient location. Head over the 34th Street bridge and visit this Marmora store for an impressive craft beer selection, domestic and imported brews, wines from the local vicinity and abroad, spirits and mixers, and other libation favorites.

Ocean City Coffee Company

As you’re checking off items on your last-minute shopping list, don’t forget about your caffeine-loving guests. Visit Ocean City Coffee Company for freshly ground coffee to serve your guests. After all, you never know how late the game (or the party) will go.

No matter which team has your allegiance, have a fun and exciting Super Bowl Sunday!

 

 

Creative Service Businesses to Visit in Ocean City

We all know that Ocean City has sensational restaurants and stores, but did you know the city is also home to many creative service businesses as well? From a fabulous beauty design studio for kids to wonderful health and wellness providers, you’ll find exactly what you need in the way of service providers in Ocean City.

Here are just a few of the many helpful service providers you’ll find in town:

Bowfish Studios

Bowfish Studios is an imagination studio where young customers transform into mermaids, unicorns, sharks, dragons, and more. Besides offering a spot to have your child’s next birthday party, Bowfish Studios also offers experience packages, summer camps, and events throughout the year. 956 Asbury Ave., (609) 938-1901

Downtown Pilates

When you visit Downtown Pilates, you’ll receive personal instruction in a calm and welcome environment. At Downtown Pilates, owner/instructor Jessica Amoroso offers pilates instruction and sessions to help patients achieve physical, mental, and spiritual health. Contact Downtown Pilates to learn more about the sessions available and how pilates can help with your health and wellness needs. 854 Asbury Ave., Ste. 260, (609) 515-6721

Wellness, Ayurveda, Massage, Relaxation, Recovery

Basalt Bodywork

Another service provider that caters to the mind, body, and soul is Basalt Bodywork. At this health and wellness spot in Ocean City, owned/operated by a massage therapist and registered nurse, customers can receive an array of services including individualized therapeutic sessions, MediCupping™, a variety of massage modalities, aromatherapy, and more. 409 E. 8th St., (609) 402-6260

Shore Line Docks

If you live on the bay or have a business located there and need new or replacement docks, Shore Line Docks can help. This service provider offers dock installation and replacement in addition to removal and storage for the winter if you want to keep your docks in good condition during the cold weather months. Contact Shore Line Docks today for more information. 312 Bay Ave., (609) 736-0080

We Make It Personal

Personalized gifts are the ideal item to present to friends and loved ones for a variety of occasions. When the time comes to give a gift, check out We Make It Personal in town. This personalized gift shop offers many unique and creative options for you to choose from, including cutting boards, frames, beach tag boxes, plaques, and more…all with your chosen personalization on it! 852 Asbury Ave., (609) 938-0208

These are just a few of the many wonderful service providers you’ll find in Ocean City. Stop by one or more of these locations and show support for local business owners while getting top-notch services at the same time!

 

The Latest Shopping News and Deals in Ocean City

With the holidays in the rearview mirror and a little rest and relaxation achieved post-festivities, you may be thinking of items you need or crave in the form of apparel, accessories, or to help you with your New Year’s resolution. Fortunately for you, there are quite a few shopping deals going on throughout Ocean City. Read on for the latest deals and shopping-related news in 08226:

  • Seagrass Boutique: Seagrass Boutique recently announced that it would be relocating to its flagship location at 752 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City and closing the Linwood shop. The Ocean City store will be open seven days a week for all of your shopping needs. They’ll also start offering a free personal stylist program to help you pick the perfect outfits. If you happen to be in Linwood today, Friday, January 10, stop by their other location at 1055 Shore Road for the final day of their relocation sale where you’ll find 50% off of all items in the store!
  • Soma CafeSoma Cafe will be holding a Local Healers Expo on Sunday, January 19, from 3–6 p.m. The event will feature local practitioners in the areas of reiki, massage therapy, intuitive heart healing, and more, who will explain what they do, offer demos, and answer your questions. There will also be live music and food and drinks served during the event.
  • Leiki Boardshort Co.: Visit Leiki Boardshorts in Stainton’s and take advantage of the buy one, get one half-off sale on Leiki wind-stopping face masks. These are perfect for wind protection when skiing, snowboarding, or just hanging out in the cold weather.
  • Mia’s Christmas Gallery: The After Christmas Sale is going on now at Mia’s Christmas Gallery. Stop by the shop through Sunday, January 12, and stock up on holiday decor items and more, with many items available for 50% off and collectibles priced at 40% off (exclusions may apply).

Ring in the New Year in Ocean City

With 2019 coming to a close and 2020 on the horizon, it’s time to finish the current year on a good note and start the new year out right. With all of the Ocean City festivities taking place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, this is an easy goal to accomplish! Check out the following happenings taking place in Ocean City on New Year’s Eve as well as on the first day of the new year:

First Night Ocean City on New Year’s Eve

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First Night Ocean City provides fun for the entire family from 4 p.m.–midnight at different locations throughout the town. Purchase a button ($20 each) and gain access to an expansive array of exciting events and activities, including the following:

  • Ice skating at the Civic Center
  • Imagination Movers concert at the Music Pier
  • Inflatables at the Civic Center
  • Open swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center
  • Open house at the Ocean City Historical Museum
  • Mentalist Dan Cain at the Ocean City Senior Center
  • The Duprees with the Ocean City POPS at The Tabernacle
  • Fireworks at midnight
  • And so much more!

There’s still time to purchase your buttons and take part in this festive Ocean City celebration to ring in the new year!

New Year’s Day Fun

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Once 2020 hits, the activities roll on in Ocean City. Here’s what’s happening on New Year’s Day:

  • 2020 First Day Ocean City Run/Walk
  • Beach Polar Plunge on the beach next to the Music Pier at 2 p.m. (free but participants must sign a waiver at the Music Pier before participating)

Plus, you can do some shopping and dining at the open shops and restaurants throughout town during this time. Some are closed for the season and the holiday, but here are some of the spots that will be open for this popular time period:

May you have an exciting New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year to you all!

 

Finish Your Holiday Shopping in Ocean City

The holidays are almost here and if you have yet to finish (or start) your holiday shopping, Ocean City is the place to do so. From luxurious bath and body products to festive home decor items, you’ll find something for everyone on your list this year at the Ocean City shops.

Here are some of the stores where you’ll find items to check off your gift list with ease, including some of the must-have items you’ll find there:

  • Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe: Find all of your dolls and doll accessories plus a whole lot more at Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe
  • Pumpkinbuds: Holiday shirts, including Christmas and Hanukkah products
  • B&B: Clothing and accessories for the entire family plus eye-catching home decor items
  • Rauhauser’s: Chocolates and candy of a wide array for those on your list who have a sweet tooth
  • Bowfish Kids: Apparel for the young ones of the family with a 50% off sale on all apparel going on now
  • We Make It Personal: Personalized gifts, including a unique beach tag display frame
  • Hearth and Sole: Don’t miss the last weekend of the season at Hearth and Sole (open Friday/Saturday/Sunday) to purchase a wide array of footwear, fashions, and furnishings
  • Mia’s Christmas Gallery: Wow your holiday guests this year by decorating your home with items from Mia’s Christmas Gallery and grab some cute stocking stuffers, too
  • Henry’s: Gorgeous jewelry items and holiday shirts are waiting for you at Henry’s
  • Island Beach Gear: Head to Island Beach Gear and help your friends and loved ones prepare for summertime, which will be here before we know it
  • The Road: CBD products for all of your health and wellness item needs
  • Hoy’s 5 & 10: Gifts, holiday decor, and household items make Hoy’s 5 & 10 a great one-stop shop
  • Peace of Wood: Artwork, skateboards, apparel, and more await you at Peace of Wood
  • Ocean City Coffee Company: Get ready for the guests to arrive by stocking up on Ocean City Coffee Company beans and ground coffee
  • She’z the Boss: Gift cards and plenty of gift options are available at She’z the Boss
  • Artisan Body Products: Homemade soap and natural body products are always a winning gift idea
  • Stainton’s: Stainton’s Gallery of Shops features vendors of all types, ranging from clothing to home decor to bath and body products

These are just a few of the many shops in Ocean City where you can finish your gift list and fully prepare for the holidays. Happy Holidays!

 

 

Things to See and Do in Ocean City This Holiday Season

December is in full swing which means the holiday season is underway. If you’re looking for events to attend and things to do in Ocean City, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in each and every category! Here’s a list of things to see and do in Ocean City this month:

Holiday Festival at the Ocean City Library (Dec. 8)

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The annual Holiday Festival unfolds at the Ocean City Free Public Library today, Sunday, December 8, at 1 p.m. Enjoy the Christmas tree lighting display, refreshments, live music, holiday crafts, and a visit from Santa!

Countdown to Christmas Deals at B&B (Dec. 8 & 9)

If you’re a B&B Reward cardholder, you can take advantage of fabulous sales during the Countdown to Christmas event at B&B on Sunday, December 8, and Monday, December 9. Reward cardholders will receive specific discounts depending on the amount they spend.

Holiday Dinner at the Soma Supper Club (Dec. 15)

Don’t miss the final Soma Cafe dinner of the year! The holiday dinner will be held on Sunday, December 15, and you can enjoy a delicious four-course meal for $35 per person. Seating is limited so be sure to make your reservations ASAP by emailing somacafeoc@gmail.com.

Free Horse and Carriage Rides (Saturdays and Sundays)

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Get into the holiday spirit by enjoying free horse and carriage rides on Saturdays and Sundays in December. The rides will take place starting at City Hall on the following days/times:

  • Sunday, December 8: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14: 8–11 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 15: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 21: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 22: Noon–3 p.m.

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company Shows (Various Dates)

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is putting on a few shows this month. The ticketed events take place at the Music Pier and include the following:

  • Lights, Camera, Christmas!: December 13 at 7:30 p.m.; December 14 at 2 p.m.; December 20 at 7:30 p.m.; December 21 at 7:30 p.m.; December 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Frozen, Jr.: December 14 at 7:30 p.m.; December 15 at 2 p.m.

Purchase your tickets online today and attend these exciting shows while supporting our local theater company.

Photos with Santa (Saturdays and Sundays)

Bring the whole family to the boardwalk on Saturdays and Sundays this month for photos with the big guy! Get your photo taken with Santa at the Music Pier from noon–3 p.m. on the following days:

  • Sunday, December 8
  • Saturday, December 14
  • Sunday, December 15
  • Saturday, December 21
  • Sunday, December 22

The cost is $10 per photo.

Holiday Book Sale (Dec. 13 & 14)

Put a smile on the faces of all of your gift recipients by giving them a book this year. During the Holiday Book Sale at the Ocean City Free Public Library, you can kick your gift buying into high gear. The event takes place on Friday, December 13, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa (Saturdays and Sundays)

Combine two wonderful things into one during the Breakfast with Santa event: good food and dining with Santa! The event is held at different restaurants from 8–11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday prior to Christmas and the lineup includes the following:

  • Saturday, December 14: Arlene’s on Asbury
  • Sunday, December 15: Sunrise Cafe
  • Saturday, December 21: Yianni’s Cafe
  • Sunday, December 22: Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro

 

Over the Bridge: Point Wellness Opens in Somers Point

New stores and restaurants are opening up frequently on the mainland these days. From Somers Point to Linwood, you’ll be treated to a new array of products and dining options. The latest store to open its doors in Somers Point is Point Wellness.

The wellness shop at 550 New Road, #C, opened for business back in November and is now welcoming customers searching for pure CBD products. CBD has been growing in popularity the past few years and new products have been popping up on a continual basis, available at places such as privately-owned shops, farmers markets, and even commercial convenience stores.

Point Wellness Products

The thing that sets Point Wellness in Somers Point apart from the competitors is the large offering of handcrafted pure CBD products, ranging from creams and salves to candles and bath products, as well as the owner’s excellent customer service skills. Owner Doug Tobias has many years of experience and offers health and wellness products as a result of this experience.

When you visit the shop, you can peruse the products and purchase them but you’ll also learn about them at the same time. If you have any questions about specific products or general questions about CBD, Doug takes the time to explain them to you and answer any and all questions. At Point Wellness, the quality of products and customer service are of the utmost importance to Doug.

Point Wellness Candles and Bath Products

And, by offering the different types of products, it makes it possible for customers to find the exact item they need for their health and wellness needs.

“You’ve heard the sentiment that seeing is believing, but with CBD, it’s the feeling,” states Doug. “It’s what you get out of it. You know the benefits when you feel them.”

In addition to CBD products, Point Wellness also sells beautiful handmade bags and eye-catching hand blown glass necklace pendants.

Point Wellness is currently open seven days a week during the following hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Congratulations to Doug on the new store and welcome to Somers Point!

Photo credit: Point Wellness