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An acre of land may not seem like much if it is out in the country. But an acre of property in Ocean City means many possibilities for the owner, especially when it is a prime piece of real estate adjacent to the Boardwalk. The property, at 821 E. Eighth Street and the rear section of 748 Boardwalk, which operated as a 140-space parking lot, was sold in November by Central Boardwalk Parking LLC of Farmington, Conn., to an investment group, Plymouth Holdings LLC, for $4.25 million.
Sometimes in life, preservationists who have an interest in saving historic sites really do win. That is exactly what happened when a group of concerned Ocean City residents, many of whom live in the Historic District, spoke out about the condition of the nearly 130-year-old home that was up for sale and pushed for its repairs. And more than a year later, after months of uncertainty about the fate of the home at 615 Wesley Ave., a family has purchased it.
At just 24, Ocean City resident Jake Brown is a budding entrepreneur. His clothing line, WoodLuck, offers an array of items for the outdoorsy type. And the clothes are selling fast. The young talent is not only keeping up with the growing business, but expanding his company, while still offering specials to his repeat and new customers. From now through Saturday, Dec. 4, Brown is offering 20 percent off of WoodLuck inventory, plus free shipping. Details follow on how to get the discounts.
Each year the Ocean City Board of Realtors holds a clothing drive to help those in need over the winter. Realtors, local organizations, business owners and residents join to generously give gently used and new items from warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves to blankets, sweaters and other cold weather items.
There was Santa. There were two very happy elves. There was live entertainment. There were horse and carriage rides. And there were lots of holiday shopping deals Friday during Ocean City’s Christmas in the Downtown — “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue.” And that was just in the afternoon. By nightfall, the festivities were capped off by a holiday tree lighting ceremony with a little help from Saint Nick. With the assistance of an Ocean City Fire Department ladder truck, he helped light the Christmas tree and illuminate City Hall.
Each year, a group of Ocean City residents, business owners and city officials come together to provide holiday meals to residents of the city’s low-income housing complexes. On Wednesday, volunteers from OCNJ CARE, a charitable organization headed by Ocean City resident Drew Fasy, along with Kathy Sykes and Jen Bowman, once again provided the meals to those in need on Wednesday for Thanksgiving dinner.
Business has been good for Ocean City’s Vacation Rental website VROCNJ.com, so much so that Duane Watlington, founder of Vacation Rentals Jersey Shore LLC, is offering incentives to owners in a sale through Monday, Nov. 27. “To encourage more owners to give us a try, and sign up their rental, we are offering a big sale this weekend,” Watlington explained. “Since we are both a small business and a cyber company, we decided to run a three-day promotion from Small Business Saturday through Cyber Monday.” Any new listings added to VROCNJ.com during the three days can take $100 off their annual subscription plan. Just enter the coupon code "save100" when you check out.
Chloe Prettyman and Nya Gilcrest had already solidified their standing as stellar field hockey players at Ocean City High School. And on Sunday, the friends who play at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania continued making names for themselves by becoming part of the winning Shippensburg field hockey team in the Division II National Championship.
Wallet? Check. Holiday shopping list? Check. Pajamas … huh? Yes, it is true, the only real way to shop in Ocean City, at least during “Earlier Than The Bird,” is in your PJs. The downtown shopping extravaganza each year features discounts on merchandise, freebies, including doughnuts and coffee, music in Mark Soifer Park and a lot of Santa sightings, not to mention a stilt walker. The zany tradition, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, in partnership with the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a hit year after year, with families gearing up for the holidays.