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!

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.

Indoor Dining Now Available at Ocean City Restaurants

As of Friday, September 4, New Jersey restaurants are allowed to offer indoor dining. This includes Ocean City restaurants whose owners have been getting creative since March by offering outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery services. Now these wonderful local restaurants can open their doors to invite the dining crowd in and offer seating with 25% capacity and social distancing measures in place.

Here’s a list of some Ocean City restaurants that are now offering indoor dining or will be doing so in the next few days:

Many Ocean City restaurants are now offering indoor dining while some are waiting until the dining restrictions are eased a bit more, due to space restrictions within the individual restaurants and other important considerations. But, don’t worry, as these restaurants and the ones now offering indoor dining will continue to offer additional dining options, such as takeout, outdoor dining, and delivery.

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!

Happening This Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, it’s fair to say that this year’s festivities will be a little bit different from past years. But, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the weekend, albeit with a few changes in place. From takeout dining options to curbside pickup at your favorite Ocean City businesses, here are some must-visit spots to put on your list this Memorial Day weekend:

Dining To-Go

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From pizza slices to dinner entrees to sweet treats, you’ll find a lot of options to choose from when you order takeout from the following Ocean City eateries:

  • Bob’s Grill: Offering takeout menu items, hot donuts, and bike and surrey rentals
  • Roma Pizza: $3.99 special includes one plain pizza slice and small fountain drink (toppings extra); $5 off any pizza pie; other menu items available for takeout
  • OC Surf Cafe: Open for takeout, Friday-Monday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sack O’ Subs: Open for takeout and offering regular menu plus daily specials
  • Randazzo’s: Offering takeout/free delivery; Try their delicious garlic knots this weekend!
  • Jon and Patty’s: Open for takeout and delivery; Try their new online ordering system for easy ordering; Open daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Donny’s Family Kitchen: Open for takeout, lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Kessel’s Korner: Open for takeout; Get a delicious milkshake and sandwich to-go!
  • Spadafora’s: Open 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; You can order online for takeout, request delivery, or visit the store for curbside pickup and in-store retail purchases (for in-store purchases, there will be a one-in, one-out system in place for proper social distancing); Be sure to try their lobster mac and steamer pots!
  • Yoasis: Open at 9 a.m. daily for healthy and delicious treats
  • The Hula Restaurant: Open and offering regular menu items plus tons of great specials, such as the Alaskan snow crab and Thai BBQ scallops options
  • Topsail Steamer: Order a seafood steamer pot to cook up and enjoy at home
  • Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery: Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery is open and ready to serve up fabulous donuts and sweet treats this Memorial Day weekend
  • Dot’s Pastry Shop: Dot’s is open every day at 7 a.m. Order the day prior for curbside pickup or visit the store for your favorites each day (three people in the store at a time)
  • Pork Island Grill: Who’s craving barbecue this Memorial Day weekend? If so, visit Pork Island Grill and order all of your favorite culinary dishes for takeout
  • Ward’s Pastry: From butter cake to creative cookies, Ward’s Pastry has your sweet treat needs covered this weekend
  • Mallon’s: Known for their famous sticky buns, you know where to go when you want sweet and delicious sticky buns in Ocean City

Shopping with Curbside Pickup

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Local shops on the boardwalk and Asbury Avenue are offering curbside pickup for all your Memorial Day weekend shopping needs. Here are some stores that are ready, willing, and able to answer the call this weekend:

  • Peace of Wood: Peace of Wood will be open this weekend for curbside pickup, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. They’re also offering a new, extremely cool item which the whole family is sure to love: Paint Jams to Go! $15 per kit provides you with everything you need to make some creative masterpieces in the comfort of your own home. Shop online and curbside pickup the same day.
  • B&B: Offering curbside pickup for all your clothing and home decor needs
  • 7th Street Surf Shop: Offering curbside pickup and FaceTime shopping appointments
  • Ocean Treasures: Open Memorial Day weekend for curbside shopping on the boardwalk
  • Hearth and Sole: Hearth and Sole has everything you need to make your MDW festivities complete! All items are available for curbside pickup. Call the store for an appointment to shop.
  • SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear: Get ready for summer by ordering a new swimsuit and sandals from SunSmiles. Curbside pickup is available throughout the weekend

Important Details

Now that you have some restaurants and shops to visit this Memorial Day weekend, here are a few additional bits of information to know:

  • All amusements and arcades are still closed.
  • Dine-in options still unavailable.
  • Beach tags are now on sale online and in person at the following locations: City Hall, Music Pier box office window, Route 52 Causeway Welcome Center, Henry Knight Building, and 34th Street Information Center.
  • Beach tags required for beachgoers ages 12+, June 6-Sept. 7, 2020.

Most importantly, as we head into Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to remember what this weekend is truly about and that’s remembering our military members who lost their lives fighting for this country. Thank you for your service and making the ultimate sacrifice while serving.

Seasonal and New Spots Opening Soon in Ocean City

With Memorial Day quickly approaching and full access to Ocean City beaches taking place on May 16, many restaurants and stores are opening their doors. They want to be ready, willing, and able to offer takeout and delivery services to residents and visitors at the start of the season. In addition to seasonal businesses opening, there are also some new spots you’re going to want to check out.

Here’s a list of the seasonal and new stores and restaurants opening the doors for takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup:

Now’s the perfect time to start thinking about what takeout items you’re going to enjoy first!

What’s Open, What’s Closed in Ocean City Amid COVID-19 Concerns

*UPDATE: Gov. Murphy states all New Jersey bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, and casinos to close at 8 p.m. tonight, March 16. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores and gas stations, can stay open past 8 p.m. Non-essential businesses must close by 8 p.m. daily. Restaurants can offer takeout/delivery services.

As COVID-19 concerns and cases grow, government officials, business owners, organizations, and individuals are taking necessary precautions to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some institutions are being instructed by the government to close, while others are taking the initiative to close their doors to help stop the spread of the virus. On the other hand, businesses are keeping their doors open so that individuals can have access to food and other items.

*Updated 3/17*

Here’s a list of some current businesses and entities in Ocean City that are open, closed, or canceling/postponing events:

Open:

Closed/Canceled/Postponed:

Event Cancellations:

  • OC Con Comic and Memorabilia Show
  • Girls Weekend
  • Great Egg Hunts and all other Easter events, including the Easter Sunrise Service
  • Doo Dah Parade
  • Mr. Mature America Pageant
  • Sports Memorabilia Show
  • All other shows/events through the end of April

This is just a starter list and includes some of the openings/closings/cancellations. The list will be updated on a continual basis as changes are noted. The best bet is to always call prior to heading to your favorite Ocean City shop or restaurant to make sure hours of operation haven’t recently changed. And please feel free to add additions in the comments below.

Most importantly, thank you to all who are helping the public during this uncertain time (and always), including first responders, medical professionals, shop/restaurant owners and employees, and others who are lending a hand overall. Be safe and stay well, Ocean City friends!

 

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!