Next Sunday, 20 West Ocean City businesses will hand out a medley of delectable chocolate treats to visitors as part of an informal ‘scavenger hunt’ … oh, and they’re free
(Feb. 8, 2013) Twenty West Ocean City merchants will serve free brownies, cupcakes, candy and an assortment of other chocolate treats next Sunday to visitors participating in the sixth annual Death By Chocolate event.
Designed as a game that takes “players” to businesses throughout West Ocean City, the event provides people with an opportunity to check out places they have not been to before. Nineteen shops and one restaurant are on the list to visit this year.
“It was designed to create awareness for who your local merchants are. Even though some merchants participate year after year, it’s a great opportunity for them to show the public their new offerings. It’s also to remind people to support local merchants,” said Jan Patterson-Hohman, who is organizing Death By Chocolate with Louise Reardon. The pair own CraZy LadyZ!, one of the businesses scheduled to take part in the event.
Death By Chocolate participants will visit CraZy LadyZ!’s new West Ocean City location during the Feb. 17 event. Reardon and Patterson-Hohman on Wednes-
day closed the Route 50 shop they operated for seven years. The business is moving into a larger space nearby. Patterson-Hohman said they plan to open the new location Feb. 14.
“We had the opportunity to move and we took it. We’re very excited,” she said. “It’s the perfect time to be up and running for Death By Chocolate. Everyone will have the opportunity to see the new digs on the 17th.”
Other Death By Chocolate participants that will be featured again this year are Paws & Claws, Monkey’s Trunk, Kendall Furniture, Wockenfuss, Blue Moon Boutique, Snapdragon, OC Floor Gallery, Park Place Jewelers, The Green Room, Bliss Salon & Spa, Buddhas & Beads, Marlin Market, OC Organic, Hair Evolution, Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Paddle House Outfitters and Sunset Grille.
“It’s just a fun day. Everyone has such a good time,” said Paws & Claws Manager Erica Leretsis. “It’s definitely a nice way to get people introduced to us. We get a lot of people who say they never knew we were back here and we’ve been here eight years.”
Paws & Claws, located in the Ocean Gateway Shopping Center behind Sherwin-Williams on Route 50, has participated in the festivities since its inception. Valentine’s Day dog treats, apparel and toys will be offered at discounted prices during Death By Chocolate.
A Perfect Face Day Spa and Treasures by the Sea have joined the Death By Chocolate line-up this year.
Carol Withers, owner of A Perfect Face, said she and her staff are looking forward to participating in Death By Chocolate. Throughout February each year, an assortment of chocolate-themed services including body scrubs, massages, facials and pedicures are available at the spa. Services will be featured during Death By Chocolate, as well. There will also be a drawing at the spa to win a 5-pound Hershey’s candy bar.
“We’re pretty excited about [participating in the event],” Withers said. “We are going to go all out here. The whole weekend will be very chocolaty and sweet, without all the calories.”
Game cards and a chocolate dessert or two will be available at each participating merchant. Each year the event has a different theme. This year’s theme is “Going to the Zoo.”
Participants may stop by the businesses between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and in any order; however, they must visit each place, find a zoo animal, and then have their card validated.
Players will also have to solve a final clue.
Completed cards may be left at players’ last stop or dropped off at Sunset Grille on Sunset Ave., where there will be food and drink specials available, including $4 chocolate martinis. Those interested in dining at the restaurant should make reservations by calling 410-213-8110.
Cards must be turned in no later than 6 p.m. Players 18 and older with completed cards will be eligible for prizes awarded by each merchant. The drawing will take place at Sunset Grille at 7 p.m. Winners need not be present to claim their prize. They will be notified Feb 18.
It is free to participate in the game and to sample the chocolates at each business.
“People will have plenty of time to schmooze and enjoy chocolate,” Patterson-Hohman said.
Last year, approximately 460 people turned in game cards, but many more took part in the festivities, she said.
For more information, call CraZy LadyZ! at 410-213-2085.
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS, PRIZES
CraZy LadyZ! ($50 gift certificate)
Paws & Claws ($25 gift certificate)
OC Organics ($40 gift certificate)
Hair Evolution (complimentary haircut and color)
Paddle House Outfitters (free kayak rental for a day, $55 value)
Ocean City Chamber of Commerce (bag of goodies, $50 value)
Kendall Furniture (Adirondack chair, $299 value)
Bliss Salon & Spa ($50 gift certificate)
OC Floor Gallery ($250 gift certificate)
Buddhas & Beads ($50 gift certificate)
Monkey’s Trunk ($50 gift certificate)
The Green Room (gift basket, $50 value)
Wockenfuss (chocolate tower, $75 value)
Park Place Jewelers (Pandora bracelet with charm)
Blue Moon Boutique ($25 gift certificate)
Treasures by the Sea (glass collectible, $50 value)
A Perfect Face ($140 gift certificate and products)
Marlin Market (chocolate wines, $75 value)
Snapdragon ($50 gift certificate)
Sunset Grille ($25 gift certificate)