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Southern Ocean Chamber Hosts Chocolate Week Open House on Valentine's Day

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Credits: Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
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SHIP BOTTOM, NJ - The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce kicks off its 104th year of service with a mid-winter Open House to showcase members and member benefits.  

With Chocolate Week kicking off February 11 and running through February 18, drop into the Visitor Center located at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy a sampling of locally made treats, chocolate and tea pairing, as well as a calendar of Chocolate week events along with coupons and special offers.  

In addition to serving the area's residents, business people are invited to stop in and learn about the advocacy, marketing and networking efforts that the business organization provides on a daily basis.

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The return of this popular week brings positive attention to the area. Chocolate Week was created in 2009 to generate off season interest and drive business to members who are open throughout the winter.

Chocolate Week highlights participating businesses that have created special offers for customers who are taking advantage of mid-winter holiday breaks, Valentine's and President's Day.

Some of the members contributing to the Open House are The Local Market and Kitchen of Surf City, Tasty Cheesecakes of Manahawkin, Small Cakes Cupcakery of Beach Haven, ans Tea Parties to Go of Waretown who will display their Sweetheart tea collection along with variety of tea and chocolate tastings.

Anyone stopping into the open house will be eligible for a Chocolate Week Basket complete with a pair of 30th Anniversary Chowderfest Tickets that will be drawn before 3 p.m. on the day of the event.



Chocolate Week features participating member businesses with special offers happening throughout the week.

*Please contact merchants directly to confirm hours of operation*

Southern Ocean Made Surf and Sip Brew Trail – Check out specialty brews that tie in the chocolate theme. The brew trail can be completed all week and throughout the year.

Anderson Insurance Agency – Stop by the Anderson Insurance Agency for a complimentary sweet treat.
Bella Donna – Chocolate Mani/Pedi and Facials
Cuisine on the Green – “Passion for Murder” mystery dinner show. TWO dates – Friday 2/9 & Saturday 2/10 $60 per person
Daymark Bar & Restaurant – Valentine specials all week, including chocolate dessert specials and drink specials
Delaware Avenue Oyster House –  Molè and a chocolate margarita featured all week.
G. Anderson Agency – Stop by the G Anderson Agency for a complimentary sweet treat.
Greenhouse Cafe – **HALF-OFF ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE**  8am to 8pm daily on our Beverage, Breakfast and Dessert Menus.
Cafe Mocha, Chocolate Cappuccinos & Lattes, Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Egg Creams, Chocolate Milk/Milkshakes, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Waffles & Muffins, Mocha Cheesecake, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, G.F. Brownies & G.F. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombs. Reservations accepted for any size party at any time.
Kapler’s Pharmacy  – Buy 2 chocolate products and get one free
LBI Foundation – Pop in to enjoy a  delicious hot chocolate bar with all the toppings; available Monday 2/12 through Saturday 2/17.
Lighthouse International Film Festival – preview Walking Sticks by Arthur Lipner on 2/17 at 7pm – Surf City Firehouse, serving hot chocolate.
ManaFirkin Brewing Company – featuring a Cherry Chocolate Porter
Pinelands Brewing Company – featuring Neapolitan Beer (Evan John Vanilla Bean Porter with Chocolate & Strawberry)
Smallcakes – will be open special hours 11am – 2pm on Valentines Day for delicious treats!!
Surflight Theatre – Hot chocolate and Brownies for sale at the 2/17 – Folsom Prison Live show – before, after, and during intermission of show
Tasty Cheesecakes – Tasty Cheesecakes offers Tasty Mini’s, Tasty Bites, Full size Tasty Cheesecakes with a variety of flavors. Stop in for a delicious treat!
The Arlington – Valentine specials all week, including chocolate dessert specials and drink specials
The Beach House Spa – Wednesday 2/14 – Sunday 2/18 Couples massage, wine & chocolate facial,  red velvet massage
The Local Market and Kitchen– delicious goodies by Sweet Melissa. Be sure to check out the coffee selection too!
*Sunday 2/11 -Kid Friendly tasting event:  2pm and 3pm seating, limited to 10 spots per seating. Price TBD Must RSVP: localmarketlbi@gmail.com
*Friday 2/16 – Adult After Hours event: 630pm seating, limited to 24 spots. Price $40 per person. Meat and Cheese platters.
Sweet Melissa will offer a delicious demo. BYOB. Must RSVP: localmarketlbi@gmail.com
The Mainland Holiday Inn – In the Mainland Kitchen & Pub, they will be offering special drinks all week – Chocolate Martinis and Hot Sipping Chocolate (Warm rich cocoa with Jameson Irish Whiskey topped with whipped cream.)
The Plantation Restaurant & Bar – *Sunday 2/11 Mi Amore Wine Dinner. Enjoy 5 courses of deliciousness by Chef Jeff Alberti paired with some of our favorite wines from the capital of LOVE itself, Italy. $65/person. Reservations required. Call 609.494.8191 to get your spot!  *All Week – Valentine Week Menu specials, including Appetizer, Entrée, dessert specials and drink specials.
The Union Market – offering a free Jersey Girl Chocolate Macaroon with any House Blend Hot Cocoa purchase. Two free if you order The Kaboom, Weather NJ’s Secret Stash creation
Tuckers Tavern –  *All Week – Valentine Week Menu specials, including Appetizer, Entrée, dessert specials and drink specials.
Tuckerton Seaport – Cocoa Cup mini golf tournament. This tournament will be held daily throughout Chocolate Week, February 11-18, 2018. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and brave the cold to win some chocolate covered prizes! Admission is $5.
*Spend a great afternoon at the Seaport learning to make delicious chocolate candies! We’ll be making molded chocolates, chocolate bark with mix-ins, and dipped treats. While the chocolate is setting, make your own homemade Valentines! Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent. Pre-registration is required by February 1, 2018. Register by calling 609-296-8868 or email julieh@tuckertonseaport.org
Van Dyk Group – From Feb 11 – Feb 18 – Stop in to say hello and enjoy FREE hugs and kisses of the chocolate kind to celebrate Chocolate Week. All locations (Barnegat, Manahawkin, LBI)

*It is suggested that you call for RSVP and to confirm hours of operation*

For more information go to www.visitLBIregion.com, follow on social media at @LBIregion and @southernoceanchamber as additional offers or changes will be updated.

Contact the chamber with any questions by stopping in to 265 W Ninth Street Ship Bottom or by calling 609.494.7211 during Visitor Center hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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