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Press Releases

Learn more about OCNJ happenings with press releases from the Ocean City Chamber. From the latest OCNJ news to details on upcoming events, you’ll be in-the-know.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Snowberg Opens on Ocean City Boardwalk

Snowberg Opens on Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Snowberg on Ocean City’s world famous Boardwalk.

Snowberg offers Korean Shaved Ice, Acai Bowls, Pitaya Bowls, Green Bowls, and Clean Smoothies!

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Drip N’ Scoop Opens in the Flanders Hotel

Drip N’ Scoop Opens in the Flanders Hotel

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Drip N’ Scoop’s new location in The Flanders Hotel.

Their new location will be offering the same menu as their 10th and Asbury Avenue location with all of your favorite ice cream, donut, and coffee flavors!

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

TCC Verizon Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

TCC Verizon Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly relocated TCC Verizon in Downtown Ocean City, NJ.

TCC offers guests the ultimate experience in interactivity while shopping for wireless devices, accessories and home solutions, and is designed as a destination for guests to get hands-on experience with the latest wireless devices.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Cruise Control  Gear Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Cruise Control  Gear Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Cruise Control Gear in Downtown Ocean City, NJ.

Cruise Control Gear opened in Stainton’s and offers luxury tennis and active wear. They offer performance apparel for women and men of all ages and all shapes and sizes. Whether you are on the course, court, favorite athletic gym facility, or just wearing casually, Cruise Control Gear is the perfect choice. Their company prides itself on using the highest quality material for their products, which uses a blend of polyester and elastane to create that soft, comfortable feel.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Dry Island  Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Dry Island  Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Dry Island in Downtown Ocean City, NJ.

Dry Island is a new boutique/studio carrying clothes and “common goods for the common good”. All of the graphics are created in-house, and are created to cultivate a palatable fusion of story, irony, and honest appreciation of Ocean City, NJ. They are also graphic designers who develop branding and product solutions for small businesses.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

2019 Ocean City Historic Tour

The Ocean City Historic Tours presented by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce are every Thursday from July 11th through August 22nd, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  Tickets are $14 per person, which includes transportation by trolley and a guided tour.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 Farmers & Crafters Market opening June 26th

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers & Crafters Market will have its opening day on Wednesday, June 26th. Farmers will be on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle, 6th Street and Asbury Avenue and Crafters on Asbury Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets. The market will be open from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and will showcase a dozen farmers and a number of crafters with many handmade treasures and treats.  Our Farmers and Crafters Market will feature a great assortment of fresh Jersey produce, fresh flowers, and fresh herbs; all from local farms. The Market will continue every Wednesday through September 4th.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Ocean City Launches “Ocean City Vacation” Video Contest

Ocean City Launches "Ocean City Vacation" Video Contest

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Ocean City Tourism Development Commission is launching the “Ocean City Vacation” video contest. Contestants are encouraged to submit short, family oriented, videos detailing what makes Ocean City, NJ “America’s Greatest Family Resort”.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Preparing for the New Minimum Wage Increase and How it will Impact Your Business

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its May membership meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019, 12:00 P.M., at American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524, located at 46th & West Ave, Ocean City, NJ. The guest speaker is Michele Siekerka, President and CEO of New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA). The topic will be Preparing for the New Minimum Wage Increase and How it will Impact Your Business. She will be providing important information for local businesses. The lunch is $20.00. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 609-399-1412 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Friday, March 29, 2019

OCEAN CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SALUTE TO WORKING WOMEN SET FOR APRIL 24th

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce announces that Karen Bergman, Councilwoman and Director of Catering for The Flanders Hotel, will receive the 2019 Salute to Working Women Award and will be honored at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on April 24th at The Flanders Hotel. The award recognizes women in business for their outstanding professional and personal achievements.

Karen has been a noted leader amongst the businesses and people in Ocean City, NJ. Many got to know her when she owned and operated Nash’s News on Asbury Avenue From December 1997 through December 2004. It was through Nash’s, that Karen developed a strong passion for Asbury Avenue and the Ocean City business community.

Her love for the downtown led her to serve as an Executive Board Member for the Main Street Board, responsible for allocating funds generated to the Asbury Avenue business district from the SID tax. She also served on the Business and Neighborhood Development Board and Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board.

Now, Karen is the Director of Catering for the Flanders Hotel. She is responsible for coordinating, supervising, and directing all aspects of the Catering Department of the Flanders Hotel. This includes training, supervising and managing all catering associates to ensure complete guest satisfaction. She is also responsible for soliciting and booking banquet and catering functions.

Additionally, Karen serves the community as Councilwoman at Large. In 2008 Karen was elected 2nd Ward council woman and served until 2012. After taking a break for 3 years Karen was unanimously appointed Council at Large to replace Michael Allegretto, was re-elected in 2016 and 2018 and still serves today.

She has also been an Executive Board Member of the Ocean City Tourism Commission and Cape May County Chamber Board of Directors. 

The luncheon will honor all working women at home or in the workforce on Wednesday, April 24th at noon at The Flanders Hotel. The luncheon is open to the public and is $25 per person. For more information, to make a reservation, or to place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact the Chamber office at 609-399-1412 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Salute to Working Women set for April 24th

OCEAN CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SALUTE TO WORKING WOMEN SET FOR APRIL 24th

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce announces that Karen Bergman, Councilwoman and Director of Catering for The Flanders Hotel, will receive the 2019 Salute to Working Women Award and will be honored at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on April 24th at The Flanders Hotel. The award recognizes women in business for their outstanding professional and personal achievements.

Karen has been a noted leader amongst the businesses and people in Ocean City, NJ. Many got to know her when she owned and operated Nash’s News on Asbury Avenue From December 1997 through December 2004. It was through Nash’s, that Karen developed a strong passion for Asbury Avenue and the Ocean City business community.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Exciting New Business Summit Workshop

Exciting New Business Summit Workshop

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a business workshop on Thursday, March 21st, from 4 P.M. until 6 P.M. at The Flanders Hotel located at 719 East 11th Street in Ocean City, NJ.

The workshop will provide business owners with important information that they can begin implementing immediately to improve their business. Topics being covered are:

Developing a Winning Business Plan and What to do Next, Financing Outside the Box for New AND Existing Businesses, Real World Scenarios, How to Cut Through the Red Tape, Marketing Your Business in a Digital World, OC’s New Cashless Payment System, and Available Programs to Help Your Business. You do not want to miss this informative business meeting!

Please reserve your seat, $20 per person, at this important workshop by calling the chamber office at 609-399-1412 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, March 18th.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gregory M. Matuson , Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Gregory M. Matuson, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Sturdy Savings Bank, to Provide Economic Forecast to OC Chamber

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its February membership luncheon on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. The event will begin at 12pm and will feature guest Gregory M. Matuson, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Sturdy Savings Bank, to provide an Economic Forecast for the Ocean City area. The luncheon is $25.00 and is open to all members and member guests. Reservations may be made by calling 609-399-1412 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                                                                      

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Downtown Gillian’s Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Downtown Gillian’s Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Downtown Gillian’s in Ocean City, NJ.

The new location offers guests the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts and discounted ride tickets in downtown Ocean City. They offer Gillian’s Wonderland Pier t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, beanie hats, baseball hats, stuffed Wonder Bears, Wonder Bear bobble heads, and the ever popular half price tickets. Need a quick gift? They have prepared gift baskets in different sizes to fit all your gift giving needs! Not sure what to get? The Gillian’s Wonderland Gift Cards are good for anywhere in the park including 6th Street Pizza!

“We are excited to be back on Asbury Avenue and on the Boardwalk as we begin celebrating 90 years in business. We appreciate the support of the community and our guests for being our patrons through the years. We hope our team has provided many happy experiences and memories for everyone’s families,” said Mayor Gillian.

Downtown Gillian’s is open seven days a week. Monday through Saturday they are open from 10am until 5pm and 10am-4pm on Sundays. Guests can also visit Wonder Bear on Saturday’s and Sundays from noon until 4pm. Visit the new location at 608 Asbury Avenue, online at www.gillians.com, or call 609-399-7082.

This year, half price ride tickets may also be purchased at Shriver’s at 9th and Boardwalk.

Mayor Jay Gillian and Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian cut the ribbon along with Manager Gary Foley, employee Holly Kisby, and Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce President Dave Allegretto. Of course Gillian’s Wonderland Pier mascot, Wonder Bear, was on hand to welcome and celebrate the new business.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

The Road to Living Well Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

The Road to Living Well Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Road to Living Well in Downtown Ocean City, NJ.

They offer plant based products for health and performance. From bath and body products, edibles, and oils and topicals, they have products for all your health needs. There are even products for you pets!

Visit The Road to Living Well at 1028 Asbury Avenue, online at www.roadtolivingwell.com, or call 609-736-4894.

Owner Paula Popilock cut the ribbon along with her son Nick Huffard, Mayor Jay Gillian, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce President Dave Allegretto, and Councilman Pete Madden.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jon & Patty Talese Named Citizens of the Year by OC Chamber

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce the recipients of the Chamber’s 2018 Citizen of the Year Award and Outstanding Business and Beautification Awards.  The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s dinner Tuesday, November 13th at The Flanders Hotel.
This year, the Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Jon and Patty Talese. The Talese Family is a longtime Ocean City family that has given back to the community for generations. The entire Talese Family works in their business Jon & Patty's.
Jon and Patty are owners of Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro located at 637 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ. They are currently celebrating their 10th year in business. They opened in 2008 and were the recipient of Outstanding New Business. In 2016, they renovated their building, adding a second story dining room earning them Outstanding Business Renovation. They continually invest in the Ocean City community.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

BROADWAY’S SURPRISE HIT MUSICAL XANADU

COMING TO THE OCEAN CITY MUSIC PIER

WINNER BEST NEW MUSICAL 2008 – Outer Critic Circle Award

Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company October 5-7

Ocean City, NJ – The Ocean City Theatre Company’s 2018 professional Broadway Series will continue with the musical adventure XANADU. You will not want to miss this hilarious musical at the Ocean City Music Pier on October 5 and 6 at 7:30pm and October 7 at 2:00pm.

XANADU, described as “Heaven on Wheels” by The New York Times, is based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.  XANADU was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award® for Best Musical.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Custom Framing and Art Professionally Designed

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Ocean City’s new custom framer SaltWorks Studio.

Owners Kristin and Chad Gallagher were surrounded by many of the special contributors who helped them get their business off the ground, as their daughters, Brynn (10) and Mia (12), did the honors of cutting the ribbon in front of their studio located at 844 Central Avenue in Ocean City.

SaltWorks Studio specializes in custom framing, mat and glass cutting, mounting and fitting, and interior design framing projects for both the home and office. They also offer unique gifts and local art.  Additionally, SaltWorks offers walk-in service for turning a digital jpeg file into a timeless masterpiece that can be done as a painting, or on canvas, metal or acrylic.  Their studio is showcasing great examples of what they can do with images produced from a simple smartphone or memory stick.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Healthy Dishes Served at The Farm Stand at 14th

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Ocean City’s newest healthy eatery, The Farm Stand at 14th.

Bob’s Grill owner Bob Harbaugh, The Farm Stand at 14th owner Becky Juzwiak, along with Chef Natalie, cut the ribbon at The Farm Stand at 14th in Ocean City.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

C. Melini in OCNJ Under New Ownership

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new owner of C. Melini Hair Salon.

New owner Kelly Herbst, who was a longtime employee of C. Melini, purchased the salon from original owner, Carlo Melini. Herbst along with her employees, friends and family, cut the ribbon at C. Melini Hair Salon in Ocean City.

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