Coming Soon to Ocean City: Sweetheart Coast

A new shop is coming to the Ocean City boardwalk: Sweetheart Coast! The new boutique is located at 1356 Boardwalk and will be opening its doors this summer.

Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola of Jersey Shore fame recently announced she will be opening a women’s clothing and home decor boutique on the Ocean City boardwalk. Giancola isn’t new to the fashion retail industry. Her online site, Sweetheart Styles, has been receiving rave reviews since 2013.

Sweetheart Coast will offer similar items to what you’ll find on the Sweetheart Styles site and so much more! Some of the products Sweetheart Coast will carry include clothing, accessories, gift items, and home decor pieces.

Giancola stated in her recent Instagram announcement post that she has been coming to Ocean City since she was little, so it only made sense that her first brick-and-mortar spot would be in Ocean City at the Jersey Shore.

Keep checking back to OCNJ Happenings for an opening date once it’s announced.

Welcome to Ocean City, Sweetheart Coast!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Finds

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and you might still be searching for a few last minute items. No matter what your Thanksgiving gathering looks like this year, there are still many different ways to make your holiday as festive as can be. Here are some items you might need and where to find them:

Thanksgiving Decorations at Hoy’s 5&10

If you need a little more Thanksgiving decor to put you in the spirit of the holiday, stop by Hoy’s 5&10. You can find fall and Thanksgiving-inspired items such as yard flags, wall hangings, kitchen hand towels, fall-themed window clings, and more.

Local Beer from Somers Point Brewing Company

You’re going to have to head over the bridge if you want to add some beer to your Thanksgiving festivities and Somers Point Brewing Company has the local brews for you! Choose your favorite Somers Point Brewing Company beers and order them to-go in 32-ounce crowler cans and 64-ounce growlers. The brewing company will be open from 4-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 25.

Key Lime Pie from Capt’n Chucky’s

Add a unique pie to your Thanksgiving table this year with the Chef’s Key Lime Pie from Capt’n Chucky’s. These delicious pies won’t last long so stop by Capt’n Chucky’s before 4 p.m. today to get yours!

Thanksgiving Morning Breakfast

You don’t want to be cooking all day long on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, Hooked on Breakfast can help you with your breakfast needs. Stop by Hooked on Breakfast to gain your energy and strength before cooking up a Thanksgiving feast later in the day. And be sure to try one of the three quiche specials of the day: the Asbury, Brighton, and Jersey. All three quiches are accompanied by your choice of fresh fruit or three pumpkin silver dollar pancakes.

Wishing you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Ocean City Businesses Fill the Best of the Press Nominations List

The nominees have been chosen and are waiting for your vote on The Press of Atlantic City’s Best of the Press 2020 list!

From dining to shopping to services, many Ocean City businesses have been nominated by the public to vie for a chance to win the coveted Best of the Press award. Here’s a list of all Ocean City businesses that have made the cut:

Arts and Entertainment Category

Best Amusement Park

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier

Playland’s Castaway Cove

Best Beach

Ocean City

Best Family Fun Place

Ocean City Boardwalk

Best Fishing Charter 

Ocean City Fishing Center

Best Miniature Golf Course

Congo Falls

Haunted Golf

OC Adventure Golf

Pirates of the Golden Galleon Golf

Best Large Concert Venue

OC Music Pier

Best Live Theater

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company

Best Wedding Venue

The Flanders Hotel

Best Place to See a Show

Ocean City Music Pier

Automotive/Transportation Category

Best Pre-Owned Car Dealership

Ocean City Cars & Trucks

Best Tire Store

Millevoi’s Best Tire, Inc.

Best Auto or Boat Detailer

Car Caress

Food and Beverage Category

Best Barbeque

Pork Island Grill

Best Breakfast 

Hooked on Breakfast

Best Butcher Shop

Boyar’s Market

Best Candy Store

Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and Fudge 

Rauhauser’s Own Make Candies

Best Cheesesteak 

Voltaco’s Italian Foods

Best Coffee Shop

Ocean City Coffee Company

Best Deli 

Boyar’s Market

Best Pizza

Manco & Manco Pizza

Health and Beauty Category

Best Beauty Supply Store

LEH Soap Company

Home and Garden Category

Best Appliance Store

Johnson’s Appliances & Bedding

Best Electrician 

DiMarco Electric

Best Flooring 

Avalon Flooring

Best Home Cleaning (Inside) 

Impeccable Cleaning Services

Best Kitchen Store

Asbury Kitchens and Baths Gallery

Best Roofing 

Action Creations Roofing and Siding

Best Siding

Action Creations Roofing and Siding

Best Windows

Action Creations Roofing and Siding

Best Carpet Cleaning

Island Carpet Cleaning

Medical Category

Best Adult Medicine

Dr. Charles Roche, Shore Physicians Group, Ocean City

Best Family Practice 

Dr. Gary Raab

Best Medical Group

Shore Physicians Group

Best Veterinarian

Humane Society of Ocean City

Retail and Shopping Category

Best Bait and Tackle


Best Bridal Shop

Here Comes the Bride

Best Children’s Store

Bowfish Kids

Best Jewelry Shop

Henry’s Ocean City Landmark Jewelers

Best Sporting Goods 

Heritage Surf & Sport

Best Surf and Surf Supply

Heritage Surf & Sport

Surfers Supplies

7th Street Surf Shop

Best Women’s Boutique


Seagrass Boutique

Best Souvenir Shop

Hoy’s 5&10

Best Thrift Shop

St. Damien Thrift Store

Best Gift Shop

August Heart

Services Category

Best Funeral Home 

Godfrey Funeral Home

Best Insurance Agency

Heist Insurance Agency

McMahon Insurance Agency

Best Branch Library

Ocean City Free Public Library

Best Pet Day Care

Doggie Haven Grooming Salon

Best Long Term Care Facility 

The Shores at Wesley Manor

Best Individualized Services Category

Best Insurance Agent

Zach Eberson at McMahon Insurance Agency

Ready to help your favorite Ocean City business win a Best of the Press award? Here’s how: From now until September 23, visit the Best of the Press site, register, and vote for your favorite businesses. You can vote once per day and place your vote in the categories of your choice.

Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck!

Limited-Time Specials and Ongoing Deals You’re Going to Love in Ocean City

Whether vacationing in Ocean City or shopping and dining here in your hometown, saving money is an ideal goal which most of us strive to achieve. With so many stellar dining and shopping options available in Ocean City, you may find that your credit cards get a good workout. The good news is that there are many ways to save money shopping and dining around town with limited-time specials and ongoing deals offered by the establishments. The following highlights some of the deals going on now and where to find them:

Dining Deals

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Many Ocean City restaurants will offer dining specials throughout the summer and the off-season as well. From early bird specials to breakfast deals, you’ll find plenty of ways to save money and enjoy dining out at the same time.

Here are a few examples of the current dining deals in Ocean City:

  • Ocean City Cafe: Early bird breakfast specials are served from 7–10 a.m. daily and include delicious items such as the short stack of pancakes ($3.99); bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on toast ($4.99); creamed chipped beef on toast with home fries ($4.99); and, two eggs, any style, with home fries and toast ($4.99), to name a few options.
  • Emily’s Ocean RoomEmily’s Ocean Room, located in the beautiful and historic Flanders Hotel, hosts its Family Night every Wednesday evening through the end of August, where kids eat for free.
  • Island GrillEarly bird dinner specials at the Island Grill are available for $15.99 each and include delicious options such as bourbon chicken, parmesan tilapia, scampi mussels over linguini and more. Each entree is accompanied by a garden salad or cup of New England clam chowder and a chef’s choice of dessert.
  • 16th Street Seafood: 16th Street Seafood offers special deals in various coupon books available throughout the island as well as specials listed on its social media pages.

Shopping Savings

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For those seeking out excellent shopping deals and savings, the end of August is a great time to find those money-saving options. Some of the current deals happening now include the following:

  • Henry’sHenry’s is known for its exquisite jewelry offerings and lovely Ocean City clothing items. The boardwalk boutique is currently having a flash sale on its sterling silver sand dollar pendant with a sterling silver adjustable chain for $24.99.
  • Harbor OutfittersHarbor Outfitters is currently offering $200 off all inflatable stand up paddleboards.
  • SunSmiles Sandals & BeachwearSunSmiles is currently holding their end-of-summer sale and offering 40% off the purchase of swimwear, cover-ups, resort wear, and accessories.
  • Ta-DahTa-Dah offers five different locations in Ocean City from which to find specials and deals. Plus, the jewelry items at Ta-Dah are so reasonably priced that you’ll think they’re already on sale, even if they aren’t.

Use Local Coupon Books to Your Advantage

When you walk into the local Wawa or are dining at an Ocean City restaurant, you are bound to come across free Ocean City coupon books and newspapers. When you look through these items, you will find so many excellent coupons and deal offerings to use at local restaurants, shops, and entertainment locations. From percentage-off coupons at Ocean City restaurants to deals on mini-golf, you can save a lot of money just by flipping through these free booklets, newspapers, and magazines.

Grab Extra Deals by Following Restaurants and Stores on Social Media

Deals can also be scored by following your favorite Ocean City spot on social media. Frequently, local restaurants and shops will offer special deals via social media which are only available to followers and individuals who happen to come across the Facebook and Instagram pages of these local businesses. Plus, you may just find out about a special deal you never even knew existed by coming across it on social media.

Saving money and still enjoying all that Ocean City has to offer is easy to do and will have you smiling as you indulge in your next meal, embark on your next shopping spree or enjoy a night out with the family.

Santucci’s is Headed to the Ocean City Boardwalk

If you’re familiar with Santucci’s Original Square Pizza in Philadelphia, you’re going to love this news: Santucci’s is headed to the Ocean City boardwalk!

Set to open up shop at 944 Boardwalk, Ocean City residents and visitors will soon have access to the signature square pizzas which Santucci’s offers. In addition to sensational pizza offerings, including their delicious sauce-on-top concoctions, the Santucci’s team will be serving stromboli and flatbread items, plus much more!

Get ready for a new dining option when Santucci’s Original Square Pizza opens this summer on the Ocean City boardwalk.

Welcome to Ocean City, New Jersey

Ocean City, New Jersey is filled with new and exciting events, tempting shopping spots, dining options, and top-notch entertainment throughout the year, sure to appeal to the entire family. OCNJ Happenings will discuss all of these aspects and more. Whether you are headed to America’s Greatest Family Resort for a weeklong family vacation during the summer, or are one who desires the off-season for its quiet and peaceful attributes, OCNJ Happenings has the information sure to make your next trip to the shore a memorable one!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton