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.

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.

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!

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.

5 Top Reasons to Order Lunch From Hooked on Breakfast Today

Hooked on Breakfast opened its doors this summer at 916 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. With a name like Hooked on Breakfast, you better believe their breakfast menu is amazing, with decadent and unforgettable culinary dishes such as the peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes, Jersey omelet, and hot cinnamon apple Belgian waffle.

However, this Ocean City eatery is an excellent choice for lunch, too. With menu items for every taste for both meals, if you have yet to visit Hooked on Breakfast, you’re going to want to do so as soon as you can.

Here are five excellent reasons to order lunch from Hooked on Breakfast today:

1. Menu Options Galore

Hooked on Breakfast Deputy Chief DiMarco

When you peruse the Hooked on Breakfast lunch menu, you are sure to be impressed. From spicy fried chicken sandwiches to robust burgers to refreshing salads, the Hooked on Breakfast team has created a menu that’s sure to appeal to all cuisine seekers.

And it’s not just the variety of menu items that will draw you in. It’s also the ingredients included within each menu item that make any lunch choice extremely unique. Here are some examples:

  • Shore Points Burger: Fresh ground half-pound burger topped with jumbo fried shrimp and sauteed asparagus, smothered in house-made Old Bay mayo. Served with tomato and shredded lettuce.
  • The Deputy Chief DiMarco: Hand-breaded, deep-fried chicken breast topped with fresh mozzarella, spinach, and roasted red peppers, finished with a balsamic reduction.
  • Turkey Apple Melt: Slow-smoked turkey breast topped with sliced Granny Smith apples and melted brie cheese then finished with a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing. Served on grilled Texas toast.

2. The Tots

Hooked on Breakfast Clays High Heat Chicken Sandwich

At Hooked on Breakfast, you get your choice of fries or tots with many of the meals. The potato tots are amazing! Don’t get me wrong, the fries are delicious, too. However, if you are a potato tot aficionado or simply like these crispy side items on occasion, you must try the Hooked on Breakfast tots. These potato bites are perfectly prepared and crispy yet not overdone. These are true winners!

3. The Fresh Ingredients

Hooked on Breakfast Turkey Apple Melt

No matter where you dine, it’s always great to have a large menu with plenty of options but you also want all of those options to include fresh ingredients. And Hooked on Breakfast offers all this and more! From the freshly baked rolls that the restaurant offers to the produce and meats that are used for the menu items, Hooked on Breakfast takes the use of fresh ingredients to a whole new level.

4. Expansive Seating and Takeout Options

Hooked on Breakfast Burger

Our lunch was a takeout order, which was extremely efficient and fast. The ordering process was easy and turnaround time was quick. In addition to takeout, Hooked on Breakfast has many umbrella-topped tables along the side and front of the building, offering an excellent outdoor dining option. And when the state restrictions on indoor dining are removed, Hooked on Breakfast will be able to open its beautiful restaurant for indoor dining.

5. Superb Customer Service

When you dine out, customer service is equally as important as the food the restaurant serves and the Hooked on Breakfast team definitely exceeds this goal with fabulous customer service. We were greeted as soon as we walked up and were immediately helped with our takeout order. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and let us know they were happy we chose Hooked on Breakfast as our go-to dining spot.

If you want an Ocean City restaurant that offers sensational food items made from the freshest of ingredients in a warm, welcoming environment, Hooked on Breakfast should be your new favorite eatery!

Hooked on Breakfast is open daily, 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Visit Hooked on Breakfast today for breakfast, lunch, or a midday snack.

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!