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.

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!

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 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