Top Hostess Gifts for Thanksgiving and Where to Find Them in Ocean City

Whether headed to the home of a family member for Thanksgiving or dining at a friend’s house, you want to be sure that you bring a hostess gift to show your appreciation for their hospitality. Fortunately, the shops of Ocean City are filled with plenty of hostess gifts that are perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities. Here are some of the Ocean City stores to visit for a wide array of hostess gifts and some of the options you’ll find there.

Salty Seahorse

Salty Seahorse Kitras Solar Garden Lights

The Salty Seahorse, located at 714 Asbury Avenue, is filled with tons of excellent gift options. From lovely candles to Kitras solar garden lights, you’re sure to put a smile on the face of your hostess or host when they open their gift from the Salty Seahorse.

Artisan Body Products

Scented soaps and body products make ideal hostess gifts. Artisan Body Products at 920 Asbury Avenue can help you fill your gift bag with these items. From seasonal scents to year-round items, Artisan Body Products offers something for everyone.

Stainton’s

Staintons Seafindings Vendor (450x800)

At Stainton’s, located at 810 Asbury Avenue, you can easily shop for items to bring to your host for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. With over 70 different vendors to choose from who offer home decor items, jewelry, clothing, bath and body products, and more, you’re bound to find the perfect gift.

Mia’s Christmas Gallery

Mia’s Christmas Gallery, located at 755 Asbury Avenue, is your go-to spot for holiday items galore. But, did you know it’s also a great place to pick up a hostess/host gift for your upcoming dinner? Decorative hand towels, table decor, and other gift items can be found at Mia’s.

Ocean City Coffee Company

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Bring your host or hostess the gift of caffeine when you knock on their door this Thanksgiving. Ocean City Coffee Company sells bags of their fresh coffee beans as well as coffee-centric gift items at their shop at 917 Asbury Avenue.

Dead End Bakehouse

Dessert is always an acceptable (and delicious!) gift to bring along to Thanksgiving dinner when you’re a guest at someone’s house. Order one or a few apple crumb pies from the Dead End Bakehouse, located at 1050 Bay Avenue, and make this holiday dinner an extra sweet one.

Rauhauser’s

Rauhauser’s at 721 Asbury Avenue offers tempting sweet candy treats that make a delicious Thanksgiving gift to bring to dinner. Whether you’re seeking out Thanksgiving-themed chocolates or candies that are ideal year-round, Rauhauser’s has you covered.

Feature photo and solar garden light photo: Salty Seahorse

Things to Know About the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party

In just a few days, the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will be in full swing. As you prepare to shop and dine the day away, here are some things you should know about one of the most popular Ocean City events of year:

When and Where?

The 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., along Asbury Avenue between 5th Street and 14th Street. This is a rain-or-shine event and free to attend.

OC Block Party Attendees (450x800)

What Types of Vendors Will Be on Hand?

The vendors you’ll find at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party will be selling handcrafted items, clothing, home decor items, jewelry, artwork, bath and body products, holiday decor, and so much more.

Will There Be Food Available for Purchase?

You bet! In addition to being an event for shopping options galore, the Ocean City Fall Block Party is the prime location to grab all of your favorite food items. From soups to sandwiches to pizza to baked goods, no matter what you crave for refueling in between vendor table stops, you’re likely to find it at this year’s Block Party. Food will be offered at individual vendors along Asbury Avenue as well as at the local restaurants.

OC Block Party Pita

Will There Be Live Entertainment?

Absolutely! Live entertainment will be unfolding along Asbury Avenue throughout the day. Look for the following live entertainment to unfold on Saturday:

  • Tidal Wave Band (10th Street)
  • Pennsport String Band (13th Street)
  • Cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes (City Hall)
  • And more!

What Else is There to Do?

If you’re looking for even more reasons to attend the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party in addition to shopping and dining, there are other activities taking place throughout the day and evening, including the following:

  • Pony rides at the Ocean City Tabernacle during the event hours (6th Street and Asbury Avenue)
  • Fireworks display over the ocean by the Ocean City Music Pier at 9 p.m.

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Where Can I Park?

I’m not going to lie. The city gets a bit crowded during this popular event but don’t worry, parking is definitely doable. And, best of all, parking is free at all metered spots and municipal parking lots, including the Transportation Center lot (9th Street and Haven Avenue), 700 block of Central Avenue lot, and 800 block of Central Avenue lot.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

The main thing to keep in mind is that you will likely leave with a lot of new purchases, so make sure you can carry everything. There are plenty of big items to purchase along the Block Party route, so be certain to have a game plan in place for how much you can carry and where you’re going to put it when you buy it. With so many fabulous vendors and unique items, your shopping bags will definitely fill up quickly at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party!

 

 

Fall-Themed Products and Sales Are Abound in Ocean City

As we welcome in the first day of fall today and say goodbye to summer, we can celebrate the changing of the seasons with some spectacular seasonal sales and fall-inspired products offered by many Ocean City establishments. From end-of-summer sales to autumn-themed donuts, you’ll be glad that fall has arrived.

Here are some of the seasonal products, sales, and events you’ll find throughout Ocean City:

  • Spoon & Sip: Apple pie and pumpkin pie flavor frozen yogurt treats.
  • Nauti Donuts: Fall-inspired donuts and espresso drinks, including pumpkin cake donuts, pumpkin spice lattes, and pumpkin caramel lattes. And, be sure to try the Great Pumpkin donut, a pumpkin spice donut topped with sweet cream cheese icing and salted caramel drizzle.
  • Rauhauser’s: Fall-themed candy, such as the autumn deluxe mix, a sweet candy corn combination.
  • Two Poppy Seeds (Stainton’s): This new Stainton’s vendor is selling local handmade ornaments for your purchasing pleasure. After all, Christmas is only a few months away.
  • Beachin’ Bakery: Registration is now open for the Kid’s Halloween Cookie Class on Saturday, October 19, from 11 a.m.–noon. The cost is $25 per child and you can contact Beachin’ Bakery to reserve your spot.
  • Hoy’s 5&10: End-of-summer sales are now going on at Hoy’s 5&10. Stop by their 7th Street and 34th Street locations for some spectacular savings.
  • Soma Cafe: Visit Soma Cafe for some sensational comfort food offerings to start the fall off right, including the dairy-free “cream” of broccoli soup. This savory concoction is made with coconut milk instead of heavy cream and nutritional yeast in place of cheese for a dairy-free menu item that all can enjoy.

Welcome in fall by taking advantage of one or more of the previously mentioned items and happy first day of fall to all!

Maximizing Your Labor Day Weekend in Ocean City

Let’s be honest. Labor Day weekend is tough. It’s the end of the unofficial summer and a time when many kids are getting ready to head back to school. Basically, it’s a bummer! But, don’t be sad, because with Labor Day weekend comes end-of-season sales and the opportunity to grab your last bite of seasonal shore food. Plus, in addition to year-round residents looking forward to “locals summer,” it’s also a time for visitors and seasonal homeowners to enjoy the bevy of activities which occur throughout Ocean City during the fall season.

So, what can you look forward to this weekend? Plenty!

Sales and Specials Galore

As the summer season is nearing its end, many stores are putting their inventory on sale and clearance. Some of the not-to-be-missed sale spots and offerings include the following:

  • Hoy’s 5 & 10: 30-40% off marked price items throughout the store
  • Salty Seahorse20% off beach totes, hats and Ayala Bar products
  • Henry’s: Free gift with $100 purchase of Dune Jewelry
  • Harbor Outfitters: Bote Board blowout sale! $200-$500 off, depending on board style.
  • Seagrass Boutique: At the Linwood and Ocean City shops, Seagrass Boutique will be hosting its Labor Day sale with 20% off throughout the entire store.

Seasonal Last Bites

Wards Pastry Butter Cake

Okay, so whether you live in Ocean City year-round, own a summer home, or are visiting temporarily, chances are you love the smell of caramel corn in the air and cold bites of soft serve. Well, unfortunately, some of these seasonal bites will be paused until next summer. So, what does that mean? You better stock up on your favorites while you can! Here’s a list of must-visit spots and menu items in which to indulge to hold you over until next summer (or your next visit to OC):

Whatever you choose to do this holiday weekend, may it be filled with family, friends, and fun!

 

 

 

 

Art and Cars Fill This Weekend’s Ocean City Happenings List

The first weekend in August in Ocean City promises plentiful events to enjoy. From shopping the artwork selection at the Boardwalk Art Show to viewing unique and eye-catching cars at the Ocean City Cars and Coffee event, your weekend will be chock full of exciting offerings.

57th Boardwalk Art Show (Aug. 2–4)

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Walk along the Ocean City boardwalk and peruse the fine art offerings from a wide array of East Coast artists. Whether simply admiring the options or looking for some artwork to add to your home decor, this weekend event is a wonderful one to attend. The 57th Boardwalk Art Show takes place Friday, August 2, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; and, Sunday, August 4, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

19th Annual Art of Surfing (Aug. 2–3)

For surfing aficionados who adore artwork on the same topic, the 19th Annual Art of Surfing event is one not to miss. The Art of Surfing event unfolds Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3, from noon–10 p.m. both days at the Ocean City Music Pier. View surfing artwork, meet the artists and listen to live music at this free event.

Ocean City Cars and Coffee (Aug. 3)

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If you’re a car lover, you won’t want to miss the Ocean City Cars and Coffee event on Saturday, August 3, at the Ocean City Tabernacle, located at 5th Street and Asbury Avenue. The event takes place from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and features over 100 cars of all makes and models on display. Sip coffee, check out the cars and enjoy the camaraderie with others who share a similar interest.

Now Open: Love Obsessed in Ocean City

You may have heard some talk a few months ago that Love Obsessed would be opening its doors at 411 East 8th Street. Well, good news! The boutique is now open for business and offering extraordinary finds for the Ocean City community to discover.

Love Obsessed opened its doors a few weeks ago and has since been wowing the shopping crowds with sensational women’s clothing and accessory items. From trendy tanks to eye-catching jewelry, Love Obsessed has a finger on the pulse of the latest and greatest in women’s clothing and accessories.

Love Obsessed Clothing Photo credit Love Obsessed

Whether you favor an ensemble ideal for a day at the beach or are seeking out a summer dress to wear out for a night on the town, Love Obsessed provides the items you have been searching for all along. Here are a few of the must-have items you’re going to want to buy at Love Obsessed this summer:

  • Pastel tanks and sleeveless tops
  • Coin purses with catchy phrases
  • Jean shorts and skirts
  • Summer dresses, including those of both the casual and dressy variety
  • Beautiful bralettes
  • Sparkling jewelry items
  • Stylish sunglasses
  • Beachy sandals
  • And, so much more!

Love Obsessed Clothing Options Photo credit Love Obsessed

Now is the perfect time to explore the offerings at this new downtown Ocean City shop! Love Obsessed is open from 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. And, be sure to follow the shop on Facebook and Instagram for all of the finer details!

Photos credit: Love Obsessed 

 

Must-Have Necessities for a Day at the Beach in Ocean City and Where to Find Them

As the weekend of high heat and humidity wraps up, we can now look forward to some more comfortable temperatures. This means it’s the perfect time to lounge on the beach and enjoy cool ocean breezes and welcoming warm sun. Some beachgoers have it down to a science when they make the trek from their house or hotel room to the beach. Others might find that they are unsure where to find all of their beach necessities. For the latter group, OCNJ Happenings has some helpful tips on where to go for all of your must-have beach products.

Beach Cart

For those individuals who are bringing their family to the beach and plan to spend the entire day lounging seaside, a beach cart is an excellent item to have. Whether you are walking a short block to the beach or have a few blocks worth of trekking to do, beach carts are a great way to make the journey an easy one. Island Beach Gear stocks up on beach carts and you can find the right size and style which suits your gear-toting needs.

Beach Towels, Chairs, and Toys

If you need to stock up on beach towels for drying off after a refreshing swim or want to find the perfect beach chair in which to lounge, Hoy’s 5 & 10 is a great place to visit. With two locations in Ocean City, one at 732 Asbury Avenue and the other location at 34th Street and West Avenue, you’ll find plenty of options at this beach shop. Hoy’s 5 & 10 offers towels and chairs in a variety of styles, perfect for all members of the family. For the kids of the family, Hoy’s is also your go-to spot for beach toys and all of your sandcastle-building tools.

Swimsuits and Sandals

If you are due for a new swimsuit or forgot to pack one in your suitcase, there are plenty of options for swimsuit and sandal shopping in Ocean City. Some of the spots where you’ll find a wide selection of beach attire include SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear, Marty’s, and B & B.

Beach Lunch

Some beachgoers like to pack their own lunch while others who sit close to the boardwalk find their lunch options at one of the many boardwalk eateries. If you’re interested in having lunch from Blitz’s but didn’t grab your hoagie before hitting the beach, don’t worry, as Beach Bucket Lunch will deliver your lunch to you. Delivered in the perfect beach-themed bucket, you’ll choose a sandwich, hoagie, or salad and have your choice accompanied by a drink, chips, and Tastykake treat. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave the beach to grab lunch!

Once you have all of these beach necessities checked off the list, you are ready to get started with your day of sun and fun in Ocean City!