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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.

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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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Beautiful and Delicious Treats at The Beachin’ Bakery in Downtown OCNJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Ocean City’s newest bakery.

Owner Aileen Lynch, along with her friends and family, cut the ribbon at The Beachin’ Bakery in Downtown Ocean City.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bungalow Bowls Will Bowl You Over

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Ocean City’s newest health food restaurant.

OwnerBrooke Weidlich and Erin Oechslin, along with their staff,cut the ribbon at the new restaurant, Bungalow Bowls, in Downtown Ocean City.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Waterfront Dining at Dockside Kitchen

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Ocean City’s newest restaurant.

Owner R.J. Idell holds the scissors after cutting the ribbon at the new restaurant, Dockside Kitchen, on the Ocean City bay. Dockside Kitchen is one of Ocean City NJ's only waterfront dining experiences.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Ocean City Wins New Jersey’s Favorite Beach Contest Again in 2018!

For the fifth consecutive year, beachgoers chose Ocean City as "New Jersey's Favorite Beach" in a statewide poll.

Representatives of the N.J. Sea Grant Consortium announced the winners of the annual contest in a presentation on the Ocean City Music Pier on Friday afternoon.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium introduced the survey in 2008 to “inspire pride in and stewardship of New Jersey’s beaches while promoting a little healthy competition between New Jersey’s favorite beach towns.”

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Coastal Consign & Design Opens in OCNJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Ocean City business.

Owners Barb Pickard and Linda Henry cut the ribbon at their new store, Coastal Consign and Design, in Downtown Ocean City.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Spotted Whale Expands in Downtown Ocean City

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for an expanding Ocean City business.

Spotted Whale, located at 943 Asbury Avenue, doubled their size by expanding into 941 Asbury Avenue.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Ocean City Fine Arts League's New Location

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for newly relocated Ocean City business.

Rae Jaffe, president of the Arts League, cuts the ribbon at The Ocean City Fine Arts League’s new location on Asbury Avenue.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New Exciting Adventures Await You on Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold ribbon cutting ceremonies for three new Ocean City businesses.

Brothers Justice and Josh Bolz cut the ribbon at their new exciting adventures on the Boardwalk. The brothers opened Liberty Escape Rooms, Liberty Virtual Reality, and Hot Air Balloon Adventures.

Liberty Escape Rooms is a 30 minute, immersive experience in which 2-10 players enter an alternate reality with the task of solving codes, clues and puzzles to achieve the ultimate objective before time runs out! At their 11th Street location there are three adventures offered; Lost Temple, Wild Wild West, and Space Invasion. Whether it’s a rainy day or you are looking for something to do before dinner with your family, this is a great bonding activity for everyone.

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