I’ve been watching and wondering about the building on the northeast corner of 26th and New Jersey, as it has been getting a serious upgrade through the winter. The building has been empty for quite a few years, which is always a sad thing to me. I believe it was a pool hall for awhile, then a furniture/knick-knack store. Can’t remember what it’s original incarnation was back in the day! I knew it would be a great location for the right business though, as it’s across the street from Green’s liquors and Larkin’s restaurant, both of which are staples in town and get good crowds all summer (and of course Green’s gets good crowds all year long)!
Turns out it’s the new home of Sand Jamm Surf Shop, which was housed on the boardwalk for many years. It was a small shop down by Young Avenue in the 90’s, I believe, and then moved up to a bigger location at 26th and the boardwalk after a fire took down Sam’s pizza and some of the old Hunt’s pier. Now, about 14 years later, it has moved only 4 blocks from it’s old location into a beautiful new storefront with ample parking. We wish them much luck and I think this is a great move for them and the area!
As I was walking down Pacific avenue the other day I noticed both the Fairview and the Shamrock getting work done! While the Fairview and Maggie Mae’s (which used to be housed in the back of the building towards the boardwalk — remember “beat the clock” night?) have been closed for years, the Shamrock remained open and is still a fun place to party! As of last year it’s under new ownership.
If you haven’t done so, check out the Shamrock when Billy Jack is playing — he gives instruments to customers so they can play and sing along with him while he jams from right behind the bar! So much fun! I always feel as if I’m back in time when I’m in the Shamrock — and I love it!
These are not the only face-lifts happening in town. On another walk (in case you haven’t noticed, I like to walk), I saw that many of the grand old homes that have been seemingly left to rot are slowly being renovated as well. These are beautiful places that probably date back to the early 20th century and have not been torn down to be replaced by condos. You can find them on many of the small side-streets on the north side of Wildwood. Kudos to the people who have made the effort to rehab these historic and wonderful pieces of architecture. Enough condos already!