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Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe is Pretty in Pink

Some people may not be aware that there is a hospital in the middle of Ocean City’s downtown business district. Patients are given great care when they are rushed in for emergencies. “We are a doll hospital. We repair dolls,” explained Katy Himes, owner and head “doctor” at Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe at 737 Asbury Ave. “People come in and ask us, ‘Can you fix it for me right now? My child can’t sleep without it.’”

Mia’s Christmas Gallery Sparkles Over the Holiday

Shoppers entering Mia’s Christmas Gallery over the weekend were pleasantly surprised by the worker who greeted them at the door. “Santa!” some of them shouted when they spotted the smiling, rotund man wearing the fluffy white beard and velvety red suit...

Santa Thrills Thousands of Spectators at Ocean City Christmas Parade

He didn’t slide down the chimney or fly in on a sleigh pulled by his team of reindeer led by Rudolph’s shiny red nose. But Santa Claus nonetheless made a dramatic grand entrance Friday night at the Ocean City Christmas Parade in the heart of downtown. Resplendent in his flowing white beard and plush red suit, he glided down Asbury Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage amid the gleeful shouts of “Santa” and “Merry Christmas” from an adoring crowd of thousands of spectators lining the sidewalks...

Ocean City Tourism Campaign Gets Big Boost From E-Marketing

Visits to Ocean City’s vacation website have nearly doubled this year as e-marketing continues to generate more business for the beach town during both the peak summer months and the off-season, tourism officials said Thursday...

Historic Ocean City Life-Saving Station Becomes a Museum

Rescuers would peer out from the small “watch tower” on the roof of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station, searching the seas for any distressed or sinking ships. If one was spotted close to shore, the surf men, as the rescue crews were known then, would frantically take action, either launching their lifeboats or deploying a rope-operated system to save the ship passengers. Grueling, dangerous and dramatic, that is how shipwreck rescues unfolded from the late 1800s to the early 1900s at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station, a piece of maritime history that still stands at the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue...

Shoppers Stream to Downtown Ocean City for “Small Business Saturday”

They don’t have free horse and carriage rides at the mall. Nor do they offer personalized service. And the store owner? Well, at the mall, it’s probably a big corporation. But in a small town like Ocean City, it’s probably your friend or neighbor...

Winter Clothing Drive Helps Ocean City’s Needy Families

There were piles of coats, sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, blankets and comforters. Some items still had price tags attached. A Columbia brand woman’s purple coat, for instance, retailed for $160. All of the articles of clothing and bedding were neatly folded on tables or tucked away in plastic bags, seemingly ready for sale at the Black Friday shopping rush. But this scene wasn’t at some department store. Instead, it was at the Ocean City Board of Realtors office on 22nd Street...

Ecumenical Service at St. Peter’s Celebrates Spirit of Thanksgiving

If sleigh bells represent the arrival of Christmas, then it might be said that the bells at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church herald the start of the Thanksgiving season. At precisely 7 p.m. Tuesday, the church bells began chiming for a community-wide ecumenical service that brought nearly 300 worshippers together at St. Peter’s to celebrate the holiday. “It’s a blessed time to give thanks,” Dr. Richard Stanislaw, a leader at St. Peter’s, said in welcoming remarks that symbolized the spirit of Thanksgiving...

Ocean City Police Campaign Focuses on Holiday Highway Safety

Two big road signs that served as bookends on 29th Street between West and Bay avenues made one thing very clear to truck drivers: Stay out of this neighborhood. “No trucks,” they warned. “Local traffic only.” If the signs weren’t enough, Officer John Porreca parked his Ocean City police sport utility vehicle on 29th Street on Monday in a highly visible spot. He was ready to issue tickets to any truck driver who ventured through the residential neighborhood...

Christmas Countdown Begins Saturday Morning in Downtown Shopping District

Don’t be bashful about wearing your pajamas to do your holiday shopping. This Saturday morning will be no time to sleep late. If you snooze, you’ll lose out on the deals offered by downtown merchants during the kickoff for the holiday shopping season. Shoppers dressed in pajamas will be welcomed...