Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Late Night Shopping

Today, I've spent a lot of time talking to owners of Jersey shore shops, asking them how late they're open. Ninety-nine percent are saying something in the range of from 9pm to midnight -- or beyond.

And that's not just Atlantic City -- I'm talking Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood, Cape May. I don't think I'd ever find those kinds of hours at home outside of the holidays, but it makes sense. The weather's nice, people are on vacation, so they're going to be out later at night. So if you're a night owl and looking for a few last minute deals, hoof it down to the Jersey shore. Also, a few towns already had their sidewalk sales, which means the merchandise that didn't sell is, in many cases, still on sale, sometimes at even lower prices (I'm talking to you, Stone Harbor).

This won't last, though. Once Labor Day has come and gone and the kids are back in school, the hours of operation shrink until some shops close until next season (Easter to Memorial Day seems to be the range). Many in Cape May, Ocean City, Avalon and Stone Harbor will be open weekends until at least October, sometimes to Christmas. Best bet is to call ahead before you go to see whether or not your favorite shop will still be open after summer's gone. Until then, though, shop to it!

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