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 9/11 Ceremony Set for 6 p.m. on September 11

On September 11, 2020, the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean City will host its annual memorial ceremony. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters, located at 550 Asbury Avenue.

The day of remembrance ceremony will feature guest speakers and presentations by the following:

  • Ocean City Police Chief Jay Prettyman
  • Fire Chief Jim Smith
  • The Reverand John Jamieson and the Reverand Marcia Stanford
  • Vocalists Julia Mary Wilson and Sofia Farrell
  • Mayor Jay A. Gillian
  • Ocean City Boy Scout Troop 32
  • Local veterans groups and first responders

Additional portions of the day’s event will include music, prayer, and the Striking the Four Fives, a fire service custom that notes the death of a firefighter while in the line of duty.

Masks are strongly suggested and there will be seating with social distancing measures in place.

Join the community on this important day of reflection at the Ocean City Fire Department. Never forget.

Nominate Your Favorite Ocean City Business for a Best of the Press 2020 Award

The Press of Atlantic City holds its Best of the Press, Readers Choice Awards every year and South Jersey businesses are eager to get on this prestigious list. This highly coveted award is one that many local businesses strive to receive and, best of all, you can help your favorite Ocean City business win one!

Here’s how to do so:

  • Visit the Best of the Press, Readers Choice Awards webpage
  • Register on the site
  • Nominate your favorite Ocean City business from eight separate categories through Wednesday, September 2; One nomination per category for each registered user
  • When the nomination period ends, the top five businesses from each category will go to the voting round and you can vote for the winner

If you want to help one or more beloved Ocean City businesses secure the nomination and head to the final round, submit your nominations today!

Two Ocean City Events Helping the Local Community

This year has been a difficult time for many individuals, whether as someone struggling with work issues amid the coronavirus pandemic or as a business owner facing difficulties as they try to make money amid statewide COVID-19 restrictions. Fortunately, in the midst of all of this, are local individuals, businesses, and organizations lending a hand to help others.

Here are two Ocean City events that provide assistance to the local community, including individuals and businesses:

Cape May County Coalition for a Safe Community Drive-Thru School Supply Giveaway

The Cape May County Coalition for a Safe Community will be hosting four school supply giveaway events throughout the county, one of which will take place in Ocean City. On Wednesday, August 26, from 4–6 p.m., the organization will be hosting a school supply giveaway at Pecks Beach Village, located on 4th Street between West and Simpson Avenues. Drive through or walk up (masks required for walk-up service) to get a free backpack and school supplies to help your kids get ready for the new school year. Supplies are limited so get there as soon as possible once the event begins.

Jon & Patty’s Magnet Sale to Benefit Local Businesses

Jon & Patty’s is lending a hand to Ocean City businesses by hosting the Magnets for Main Street fundraising event. When you donate $10 or more, you’ll receive a Jon & Patty’s magnet and help local businesses during these tough times. 100% of the donation proceeds will go directly to benefit Ocean City businesses. With every $100 raised, the Jon & Patty’s team will purchase gift certificates from local businesses to add to a gift basket that will be given away to a lucky winner. The winner is drawn from the list of individuals who have donated to the cause and will be contacted by email if their name is drawn. Magnets are now available on the Jon & Patty’s website.

And be sure to show support for Jon & Patty’s and stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

These are just two of the many ways that the Ocean City community and business owners are being supported by those around them.

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 

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!

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!

Ocean City Spring Block Party Goes Virtual (May 2)

This year’s popular annual Ocean City Spring Block Party was supposed to unfold on Saturday, May 2. Unfortunately, the in-person event has been canceled. But, on the bright side, there’s a way to shop online from the comfort and safety of your own home now that the Ocean City Spring Block Party has gone virtual.

On Saturday, May 2, Ocean City is hosting a Virtual Ocean City Spring Block Party that includes Ocean City store owners. Here are some of the latest deals posted on the Ocean City Virtual Spring Block Party event page:

  • Cruise Control Gear: Cruise Control Gear is offering 25% off all weekend with the code “LoveOCNJ”; Live Facebook shopping event at 10 a.m. on May 2
  • Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe: 20% off storewide (use code: VBP2020); curbside pickup available; phone and email orders accepted
  • LEH Soap Company: 20% off certain items with the code “SPRINGSALE”; all orders over $50 ship for free
  • Creative Window Design: $100 off custom window treatment purchase of $1,500 or more; purchase must be made during block party weekend
  • Lucky Find: $38 hoop earrings in crystal, pearl, and sterling silver with ten beautiful colors to choose from; order by phone
  • Ike’s Famous Crabcakes: Open for delivery and curbside pickup beginning this weekend, May 2 and 3; Use code “BLOCKPARTY” and receive 15% off your restaurant, marketplace, and online store orders May 2 and 3
  • Downtown Pilates: When the weekend shopping is complete and you need to unwind after all that web surfing and buying, remember to visit the Downtown Pilates website for free weekly livestream pilates classes on Mondays
  • The Spotted Whale: 30% off all rugs with the code “Rugs30”
  • And more!

Keep checking back to the Ocean City Virtual Spring Block Party Facebook page for updates on Ocean City store offerings for May 2!

For those who would like to explore some of the offerings of the usual block party street vendors, OCNJ Chatter has posted an event link where block party vendors from years past can post their websites and you can peruse the options of your favorite block party street vendors!

Both of these avenues make it possible for you to support local brick-and-mortar shops as well as the annual block party vendors who look forward to this event each year as a way to gain exposure and sell their creative products to the masses.

Virtual Ocean City Girls Weekend (April 3-5)

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Ocean City had planned to hold its annual Ocean City Girls Weekend April 3-5. Now, with all events removed from the calendar for the entire month of April, that in-person shopping, dining, and entertainment event is a no-go. Fortunately, new local business DriftSpaces, a collaborative work venue, has come up with the idea to hold a virtual Girls Weekend event.

Here’s what’s happening during Virtual Girls Weekend:

Friday, April 3

Noon: Loosen Up Lunch Break with Peak Mobility

4 p.m.: Seagrass Boutique: 20-75% off sale via Facebook Live

4:30 p.m.: Diamond Barre Fitness: $5 Express barre class

7:30 p.m.: Hand Sani & Sips with Jordan Simone Wellness

Saturday, April 4

8:30 a.m.: Downtown Pilates: Free mat Pilates class

9:30 a.m.: Diamond Barre Fitness: $5 barre class

10 a.m.: Yoga Ginger: Free 30-minute yoga class

3 p.m.: Bowfish Kids: 30% off sale via Facebook Live

8 p.m.: Ladies Night Couch Karaoke with Cibon in the City

Sunday, April 5

9:30 a.m.: Virtual Sound & Healing Yoga with Michelle Whelan Yoga

Stores Offering Sales During Virtual Girls Weekend

In addition to being a great way to connect with others and learn new things, this virtual Girls Weekend event is also a fundraiser for OCNJ CARE, a local nonprofit organization originally formed back in 2012 in response to Superstorm Sandy and the need to help out the local community. OCNJ CARE was put back into action to respond to this current crisis and raise funds to help local individuals in need. Find out more by visiting the OCNJ CARE site.

Pretty cool, right? Next weekend, plan to attend Girls Weekend from the comfort of your own home. And be sure to visit this list throughout the week as it will be updated with new links and activities once they’re announced.

In order to join in on the fun events and sales, visit the websites and social media pages of your chosen business for more information!