Virtual Ocean City Girls Weekend Planned for 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.

The virtual event calendar is still in the works, but here’s what’s on tap so far:

Friday, April 3

Noon: Loosen Up Lunch Break with Peak Mobility

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

Saturday, April 4

7:30 a.m.: Pump Up Sesh with Tools and Tutus

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

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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.

Support Ocean City Area Businesses From Your Home

With Mayor Gillian’s administrative order to stay off the beach and boardwalk and Governor Murphy’s executive order to stay home in effect, you may wonder what to do to occupy your time. Besides the options listed in the previous article on OCNJ Happenings, you can use the time to support local businesses and enjoy Ocean City food and products.

Here are some ways to reach local businesses in Ocean City (and the mainland) from your home:

  • Buy a gift card from Tuckahoe Inn (20% off from noon-3 p.m. today, March 26).
  • Be one of the first Ocean City residents to try a seafood steam pot from Topsail Steamer; Although the new Ocean City location grand opening is postponed, you can order a steam pot delivered to your door from Goldbelly with free shipping.
  • Order food delivery from one or more of the following Ocean City restaurants:
  • Have fresh coffee beans shipped to your door by Ocean City Coffee Company
  • Rauhauser’s offers Ocean City delivery and will ship to anywhere in the U.S.
  • Shop Seagrass Boutique clothing and accessories online
  • The Road offers door-to-door delivery in Ocean City

With these previously mentioned ways to buy local and have food and products delivered to your door, you can support the local community while staying at home and helping to flatten the curve.

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!

 

New Businesses to Open Soon in Ocean City

Every year, new businesses pop up in Ocean City, to the delight of locals and tourists alike. From new dining options to shopping spots galore, there’s always something new and exciting in the works in Ocean City. Here’s what’s coming to town soon:

DriftSpaces

With the number of remote workers increasing, coworking spaces are becoming even more popular. Fortunately, soon-to-open DriftSpaces on the second floor of 956 Asbury Avenue will meet the demand of telecommuters who want a collaborative working environment where they can get the job done in a productive workspace. DriftSpaces plans to open on March 6 for tours and they’ll be accepting ten launch members to be the first to put the DriftSpaces workspace to good use! 

Pork Island Grill

As announced back in November, Pork Island Grill will be opening its doors at the corner of 34th Street and Asbury Avenue. Once open, you can expect delicious BBQ culinary items of a wide array, from smoked brisket to flavorful ribs and so much more. The restaurant is still on track for a grand opening in the beginning of April. In the meantime, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages for some photos of what you’ll soon be able to enjoy at Pork Island Grill. And, if you’re looking for employment in the restaurant industry, Pork Island Grill is hiring.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Ron Jon Surf Shop will be opening its second New Jersey location, this one in Ocean City. With an opening date still TBD, we do know that the new location will be situated at the corner of 8th Street and Asbury Avenue. Ron Jon Surf Shop has its flagship location in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, as well as other retail locations along the East Coast. The new Ocean City store will sell surfboards, clothing, accessories, and other items found at Ron Jon Surf Shop locations throughout the U.S.

These are just three of the upcoming openings we can expect in the coming months, and there are certain to be more on the horizon!

Don’t Miss the Market Madness Shopping Event at The Flanders Hotel on March 7

On Saturday, March 7, over 40 vendors from Ocean City will fill The Flanders Hotel, offering their must-have products for sale.

The Market Madness event is hosted by the Boardwalk Merchants Association and Downtown Merchants Association and will take place from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. From your favorite Asbury Avenue shop to your go-to boardwalk vendor, you’ll find something for everyone at Market Madness. Store owners will be selling their products as well as offering discounts and deals you won’t want to miss.

Free parking is yours for the taking, and food will be available for purchase when you need to recharge during your shopping spree.

Gather your friends together and head over to The Flanders Hotel on March 7 for this not-to-be-missed event!

Save the Date: Girls Weekend 2020 in Downtown Ocean City

With only 100 days left to go until Memorial Day, it’s a good time to talk about springtime Ocean City events. One popular event that brings in the crowds each year is the Girls Weekend event. This year’s Girls Weekend will unfold April 3–5 and include offerings such as a fashion show, shopping deals, hotel packages, dining options, and more.

Here are some events being held during Girls Weekend 2020:

Fashion Show Kickoff Event (April 3)

The Girls Weekend Fashion Show has been so popular in prior years that it’s being moved to a new, larger location this year. Purchase your tickets and reserve a seat for the fashion show taking place at PLAAY Fitness and Yoga at 910 Asbury Avenue. The show will start at 7 p.m. and feature a display of fashions available at local Ocean City boutiques.

The cost is $20 per person and includes light bites offered by local restaurants during the event. Tickets are required to attend, and this show sells out each year, so be sure to get your tickets early. Tickets can be purchased online and at various area locations, including the Route 52 Causeway Welcome Center, City Hall Welcome Center, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.), Making Waves (836 Asbury Ave.), 7th Street Surf Shop (720 Asbury Ave.), and the Sneaker Shop (704 Asbury Ave.).

Accommodation Deals and Packages for Girls Weekend 2020

Many local hotels and B&Bs will offer special deals and lodging packages for Girls Weekend 2020. Here are some of the latest deals being offered:

  • The Flanders Hotel: Reserve a stay for the night of Friday, April 3, or Saturday, April 4, and receive the following: early check-in with complimentary gift upon arrival; overnight stay in a deluxe one-bedroom suite; a 30-minute leg and foot massage or 30-minute mini-facial with free product samples from Divine Images Salon and Spa; a coupon for 10% off at The Shoppes at Flanders; breakfast in Emily’s Ocean Room; and, late check-out. The cost is $169 per person plus tax and gratuity (cost based on double occupancy).
  • Port-O-Call: Enjoy a two-night stay at the Port-O-Call for Girls Weekend 2020. The package includes two-night deluxe accommodations, dinner at a local restaurant, breakfast both mornings at Adelene, and your choice of a relaxing spa service including a 25-minute facial provided by a local salon, 25-minute massage by Blue Garden Wellness (6th floor of the hotel), or manicure or mini-pedicure provided by a local salon. Prices start at $295 per person (based on double occupancy; includes taxes and hotel dining gratuity).
  • Northwood Inn Bed and Breakfast: Stay for two nights and get the second night 50% off. Plus, enjoy complimentary pizza and drinks on Friday night.
  • Biscayne Suites: Enjoy two nights of accommodations for $239 plus tax and you’ll also have access to a late 6 p.m. checkout, so you can fully take advantage of the entire weekend. Just mention “Girls Weekend” when calling for reservations.
  • Inn the Gardens Bed and Breakfast: Book your Girls Weekend stay and you’ll get $25 off the second night at Inn the Gardens Bed and Breakfast.
  • Ocean City Mansion: Book your April 3–5 stay and receive two complimentary beach tags for the summer of 2020. Just mention “Girls Weekend” when calling to reserve your room.
  • Impala Island Inn: Stay at the Impala Island Inn for $160 for the weekend, plus tax. Just mention “Girls Weekend” to snag this deal!
  • Wild Dunes Inn: Book a weekend stay at the Wild Dunes Inn for $190 for the weekend, plus tax. You’ll be able to get this deal when you mention “Girls Weekend” when reserving.

Shopping Deals, Exercise Classes, and More!

Besides the Girls Weekend Fashion Show and fabulous lodging deals, Girls Weekend 2020 attendees will enjoy extraordinary sales at local shops and boutiques, dining specials at local restaurants, exercise classes, spa specials, craft projects and demos, and so much more!

Keep checking back to OCNJ Happenings Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for additional information as Girls Weekend 2020 draws closer and make your reservations today!

Valentine’s Day Shopping and Dining Options In and Around Ocean City

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the special people in your life. From romantic interests to family and friends, you can spend this love-themed day with anyone you choose. If you’re looking for some ideas as to gifts and dinner plans, here are a few options to get you started:

Local Shopping Spots for Your Valentine’s Day Gift Needs

Red Rose, Red Rose Bouquet, Valentine'S

Whether you’re searching for Valentine’s Day candy or prefer a gift that can be cherished for years to come, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Ocean City. When on the lookout for handmade chocolates and candies, Rauhauser’s and Shriver’s are ideal stores to visit. Indulgent chocolates, heart-themed candies, and sensational sweets with lovely sentiments written on them can all be found at these Ocean City shops.

If jewelry is on your shopping list, Henry’s is a wonderful spot to visit. From eye-catching fine jewelry to more casual pieces, no matter what type of accessory your loved one craves, you’ll be able to find it at Henry’s. If you need a starting point, the Pandora Free Heart Bracelet gift set is a potential gift item to consider.

Gift certificates are also a welcome option for any holiday. If you want to gift your beloved fishing aficionado with an experience they are sure to enjoy, a gift certificate from Ocean City Fishing Center will be a hit. Gift certificates are available in any denomination and can be used for fishing trips, boat rentals, or store merchandise.

If you’re still brainstorming ideas regarding what to buy your Valentine this year, the best way to explore the options is by strolling along Asbury Avenue. Some stores you can visit for your Valentine’s Day purchases include She’z the Boss, We Make It Personal, Stainton’s, Peace of Wood, Spinning Wheel Florist, Seagrass Boutique, B&B, and more!

Valentine’s Day Dining Destinations

Love, Valentine, Valentines Day, Valentines Day Table

Now that you have the gifts covered, the next step is planning where to eat if you want to dine out on this special day. Here are some restaurants in the local area where you can enjoy Valentine’s Day dining:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Spots to Visit for Your Last-Minute Super Bowl Items in Ocean City

Today’s a special day. Not only did our furry friend Punxsutawney Phil not see his shadow, pointing towards an early spring, but it’s also a palindrome day, meaning the date reads the same when forwards and backwards. Certain to be even more celebrated on this special day is the fact that it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Now, I know many of us are a little sad that the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be taking the field but it would be cool to see former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid take home a Super Bowl win.

Whatever team you’re rooting for today, make sure your Super Bowl watch party has all the essentials needed to make it an unforgettable party. Here are some spots to pick up last-minute items for the Super Bowl festivities:

Bennie’s Bread

Bennie’s Bread has been cooking up some delicious game day items for you and your party guests to indulge in. Whether you want cold appetizers or hot light bites for your crowd, Bennie’s is the place to go. Here are some items waiting for you at Bennie’s Bread:

  • San Francisco sourdough bread
  • Kansas City ribs
  • Stuffed bread platter
  • Buffalo wings and chicken tenders
  • Jumbo shrimp cocktail
  • Fried mozzarella
  • Tomato pie
  • Italian desserts
  • And more!

Whether you’re feeding a small group of Super Bowl guests or prepping for a large party, Bennie’s Bread has you covered!

Stainton’s

With over 90 different vendors to choose from, Stainton’s takes one-stop shopping to a whole new level. Visit Stainton’s for game day dips and mixes, Hank sauce, football-themed serving trays, and game day clothing and accessories. Whether you’re throwing the party or attending one, Stainton’s has the ideal party prep products and hostess/host gift items for you.

Hoy’s 5&10

Hoy’s 5&10 is known for its impressive array of beach-centric items during summer, but did you know this year-round store is also your go-to spot for tons of other things as well? Stop by Hoy’s 5&10 at 732 Asbury Avenue for your last-minute Super Bowl party decorations and tableware. Stock up on plates, napkins, cups, decorations, or any other items you may still need to make Super Bowl Sunday spectacular.

Circle Liquors

Don’t forget to prep for your game day cocktails and stop by Circle Liquor Store over the 9th Street bridge in Somers Point. Circle Liquors has all of your beverage necessities in stock, including domestic and imported beer, craft beer from the local area and beyond, wine, spirits, soda, and more. You can also grab some bags of your favorite snacks while you’re there.

Boulevard Liquors

Boulevard Super Liquors also has all of your drink necessities in one convenient location. Head over the 34th Street bridge and visit this Marmora store for an impressive craft beer selection, domestic and imported brews, wines from the local vicinity and abroad, spirits and mixers, and other libation favorites.

Ocean City Coffee Company

As you’re checking off items on your last-minute shopping list, don’t forget about your caffeine-loving guests. Visit Ocean City Coffee Company for freshly ground coffee to serve your guests. After all, you never know how late the game (or the party) will go.

No matter which team has your allegiance, have a fun and exciting Super Bowl Sunday!

 

 

The Latest Shopping News and Deals in Ocean City

With the holidays in the rearview mirror and a little rest and relaxation achieved post-festivities, you may be thinking of items you need or crave in the form of apparel, accessories, or to help you with your New Year’s resolution. Fortunately for you, there are quite a few shopping deals going on throughout Ocean City. Read on for the latest deals and shopping-related news in 08226:

  • Seagrass Boutique: Seagrass Boutique recently announced that it would be relocating to its flagship location at 752 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City and closing the Linwood shop. The Ocean City store will be open seven days a week for all of your shopping needs. They’ll also start offering a free personal stylist program to help you pick the perfect outfits. If you happen to be in Linwood today, Friday, January 10, stop by their other location at 1055 Shore Road for the final day of their relocation sale where you’ll find 50% off of all items in the store!
  • Soma CafeSoma Cafe will be holding a Local Healers Expo on Sunday, January 19, from 3–6 p.m. The event will feature local practitioners in the areas of reiki, massage therapy, intuitive heart healing, and more, who will explain what they do, offer demos, and answer your questions. There will also be live music and food and drinks served during the event.
  • Leiki Boardshort Co.: Visit Leiki Boardshorts in Stainton’s and take advantage of the buy one, get one half-off sale on Leiki wind-stopping face masks. These are perfect for wind protection when skiing, snowboarding, or just hanging out in the cold weather.
  • Mia’s Christmas Gallery: The After Christmas Sale is going on now at Mia’s Christmas Gallery. Stop by the shop through Sunday, January 12, and stock up on holiday decor items and more, with many items available for 50% off and collectibles priced at 40% off (exclusions may apply).

Finish Your Holiday Shopping in Ocean City

The holidays are almost here and if you have yet to finish (or start) your holiday shopping, Ocean City is the place to do so. From luxurious bath and body products to festive home decor items, you’ll find something for everyone on your list this year at the Ocean City shops.

Here are some of the stores where you’ll find items to check off your gift list with ease, including some of the must-have items you’ll find there:

  • Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe: Find all of your dolls and doll accessories plus a whole lot more at Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe
  • Pumpkinbuds: Holiday shirts, including Christmas and Hanukkah products
  • B&B: Clothing and accessories for the entire family plus eye-catching home decor items
  • Rauhauser’s: Chocolates and candy of a wide array for those on your list who have a sweet tooth
  • Bowfish Kids: Apparel for the young ones of the family with a 50% off sale on all apparel going on now
  • We Make It Personal: Personalized gifts, including a unique beach tag display frame
  • Hearth and Sole: Don’t miss the last weekend of the season at Hearth and Sole (open Friday/Saturday/Sunday) to purchase a wide array of footwear, fashions, and furnishings
  • Mia’s Christmas Gallery: Wow your holiday guests this year by decorating your home with items from Mia’s Christmas Gallery and grab some cute stocking stuffers, too
  • Henry’s: Gorgeous jewelry items and holiday shirts are waiting for you at Henry’s
  • Island Beach Gear: Head to Island Beach Gear and help your friends and loved ones prepare for summertime, which will be here before we know it
  • The Road: CBD products for all of your health and wellness item needs
  • Hoy’s 5 & 10: Gifts, holiday decor, and household items make Hoy’s 5 & 10 a great one-stop shop
  • Peace of Wood: Artwork, skateboards, apparel, and more await you at Peace of Wood
  • Ocean City Coffee Company: Get ready for the guests to arrive by stocking up on Ocean City Coffee Company beans and ground coffee
  • She’z the Boss: Gift cards and plenty of gift options are available at She’z the Boss
  • Artisan Body Products: Homemade soap and natural body products are always a winning gift idea
  • Stainton’s: Stainton’s Gallery of Shops features vendors of all types, ranging from clothing to home decor to bath and body products

These are just a few of the many shops in Ocean City where you can finish your gift list and fully prepare for the holidays. Happy Holidays!