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20 Ways to Love Downtown Westfield

20 Ways to Love Downtown Westfield

With the 20th anniversary of Westfield's Jazz Fesival this year, we want to give everyone a chance to show their love for the festival and this town. Here are the top 20 ways you can show your love!

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Murray is Retiring at Train Station Newsstand July 16

Murray is Retiring at Train Station Newsstand July 16

Murray Perch, Westfield resident is retiring.  After 33 years of getting up at the crack of dawn to greet commuters with hot coffee, newspapers and quick breakfast items, Murray will be retiring.  Stop by to bid farewell to him with an official celebration on Saturday morning, July 16.  Stay tuned as The Town of Westfield which owns the historic stand, determines the next steps for this important landmark and favored commuter stop.

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Our Town Gets Even Cheesier: Grilled Cheese Shoppe Opens

Our Town Gets Even Cheesier: Grilled Cheese Shoppe Opens

The Grilled Cheese Shoppe, an eatery that has just opened within the past month at 113 Quimby Street, is a remarkable, hip, and cheesy place. From the gooey cheese in the sandwich to the cheese related puns on the interior signage, one being a rewritten verse of “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics, this environment and food can be eaten up by people of all ages.

The options on the menu are incredible; when people think of grilled cheese they think of a very traditional sandwich, but owner, Nick Louros, put his own twist on his menu. On his website Louros states in his About Us tab that there is no exact google definition of a grilled cheese, so with that in mind he took the idea and ran with it to create 13 different sandwiches.

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Foundation Park is Underway

Foundation Park is Underway

Kris McAloon, Town Engineer, Craig Gibson, DPW Downtown Business District Supervisor, and Craig Stock, Owner of Craig R. Stock Landscape Design were inspecting the progress of the new Foundation Park. Located at the South Avenue circle, this joint project between The Town of Westfield and The Westfield Foundation will open in time for Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival as a fifth location for jazz performers.

Traffic and Pedestrian Improvements Coming to Downtown Westfield

Traffic and Pedestrian Improvements Coming to Downtown Westfield

If you ever sat in traffic at Elm Street waiting to turn, to cross as a pedestrian or if you have been caught 'blocking the box' at E. Broad St. & Elm St., then you know this intersection needs to be upgraded.

Thanks to the efforts of the Town of Westfield, Union County, and a Department of Transportation grant, these improvements have been underway for several weeks and expected to be completed by summer.

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Spotlight On: Jude Connally

Spotlight On: Jude Connally

Jude Connally Zimmerman is founder and creator of Jude Connally, an all-American lifestyle brand known for its vibrant prints and effortless styles. Raised in up-state New York, Jude attended The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After two decades of working with some of the most respected names in the fashion industry and raising a family, Jude launched her own brand. When Jude saw a void in the market for comfortable clothes that made her feel good in her daily life, she knew she had an opportunity to create something special.

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Spotlight On: Volunteer Jeff Christakos & Westfield Wealth Management

jeff christakos westfield wealth managementFor many years, Jeff Christakos has volunteered with Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) and serves as the Chair of the Economic Development Committee. Jeff has a unique perspective as not only a downtown business owner, but also is a property owner and lives right in downtown. With his distinctive bowtie, he is often seen around town at DWC ribbon cutting events, walking his dog Charlie, running marathons, or enjoying downtown shops and restaurants with his wife Anna. He is a respected business leader, supports many charitable organizations, and was the most recent recipient of the DWC Lee M. Hale Volunteer Service Award.

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Retail Buzz: Savory Spice Shop has a New Owner

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For over five years, The Savory Spice Shop has been a fixture on E. Broad St., opened in 2010 by sisters Jackie Mittelhammer and Becky Solheim. Customers came to enjoy not only the freshly ground herbs and spices and the hand-blended seasonings, but the friendly service and culinary advice provided by the sisters and their staff. With the start of the new year, the owners made the difficult decision to focus more on their growing families and decided to pass their spice baton back to the head office based in Denver, CO. The shop will be managed locally by Westfield resident, Marty Silverman, an employee for almost 2 years. Marty not only brings a true passion for all things good to eat, but a real appreciation for what was built over the last 5 years. Marty fully supports the "experience" that is shopping at Savory Spice Shop. The smells, the tastes, the recipes, the suggestions, and the personalized service.

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