Watch for the Holiday Shopping Program to Guide Gift-Finding

Jul 26, 2017

It’s Christmas in July, from a planning standpoint. Though it’s now the heart of the summer, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members have been planning ahead to make it easier for winter holiday shoppers to find the perfect present. They’re compiling a Holiday Shopping Program for seasonal businesses to promote their extended hours and offerings.

Now it will be easier to see which stores, restaurants and services will extend their hours to stay open after the summer.

The program will have updated blogs and social media postings featuring participating members who will be open, as well as in-store specials and holiday happenings from Shop Small Saturday Nov. 25 throughout the holiday shopping season.

“We are working with our local retailers who are open for gift giving or special services like gift wrapping, workshops or gift certificates, as well as restaurants providing dining, gift certificates and catering,” said Kate Krier, Southern Ocean Chamber business outreach coordinator.

The Holidays Shopping Redefined program will feature a Holiday Experience card for consumers to pick up at participating locations or the chamber’s Visitor Center at 265 W. Ninth St., Ship Bottom.

Consumers can stop into any five of the listed restaurants and any five of the listed retailers to get the card validated. Then they can return the completed card to the Southern Ocean Chamber office for entry into a raffle to win a limited Chowderfest stocking gift pack with mug, vintage T-shirt and gift certificate for the 2018 30th anniversary Chowderfest.

The raffle program will run from Nov. 25 to Dec. 15 and the winner will be randomly selected on Dec. 18.

Businesses interested in being a part of this campaign can contact the chamber at 609-494-7211, extension 104 or email  —M.S.













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