The Ocean City businesses we all cherish need our love right now. The employees who top your ice cream cone with sprinkles, fill your bucket to the brim with french fries, check you in for your hotel stay, or take your ticket as you get on an amusement park ride all need our support.
While we continue to do our part and participate in social distancing, many have wondered how to support their favorite Ocean City spots. Here are some ways you can continue to support our local businesses:
Share, Share, Share on Social Media
Many businesses are still open for carry-out, online sales, etc. and are sharing tons of content digitally to stay connected with customers. One of the easiest (and most affordable!) ways to support a small business these days is by interacting with them on social media. Here are two ways you can help:
1. Like/Share/Comment on their social media posts! Even if you’re not currently in need of their services, someone in your social media network may be. Remember - sharing is caring!
2. What are your favorite places to visit in Ocean City? Do you have any wonderful memories at your favorite local restaurant, hotel, or amusement park? Post a photo of these memories on your own social media accounts, tag the business, and let them know you miss them! We could all afford to spread and receive a little extra love right now.
Order Carryout or Delivery
Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t get your favorite grub! If you happen to live locally and have the means, there are many restaurants offering carry-out and delivery options.
You can even get some of your favorite drinks to-go! Grab a craft six-pack from your favorite local brewery or your favorite flavors from Seacrets Distilling Company.
Click here to see which Ocean City restaurants are offering carry-out or delivery!
Though we can’t spend our afternoons browsing the shelves at our favorite local shops, we can support many retailers through online shopping.
Bring a little bit of Ocean City right to your doorstep when you treat yourself to the sweetest delivery of a tub of popcorn from Dolle’s or a box of treats from Candy Kitchen, or get ready for your future vacation with some gear from K-Coast and Sea Quest. You can even plan for a fun day in your own backyard by making a purchase from the Kite Loft, all from the comfort of your couch.
Purchase Gift Cards
A great way to support businesses now is by purchasing a gift card for later. If you’re planning on taking a future trip to OCMD, start brainstorming a list of your favorite restaurants and businesses that you frequent when you’re in town now. By purchasing a gift card for these businesses in advance, you have guaranteed ‘fun money’ set aside for a date night at a local restaurant or a new souvenir.
If you’re not currently in need of a gift card, this is also a great opportunity to treat a loved one for an upcoming special occasion or show your appreciation for a first responder.
Plan your Next Vacation
We’re all missing our days relaxing on the beach and dreaming about the next time we can put our toes in the sand. If you’re anxious for that much-needed vacation, many of our hotels are accepting future reservations (many with flexible cancellation policies) now. Click here for any questions regarding upcoming travel. We can’t wait to see you at the beach!