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Grand Openings in December

Grand Openings in December

Bella Organici expanded from their Cranford location to 519 South Avenue W. (directly next door to Dirt Clean Culture Beauty Shop). Bella Organici specializes in organic facials, organic spray tans, body treatments, lasers and microneedles. 908.313.8232. www.bellaorganici.com

1958 Cuban Cuisine is celebrating their Grand Opening on Sunday, December 3 with good food, music and entertainment 4pm-8pm. Ribbon cutting at 4pm. 301 South Ave. W., 908.232.3187.  Facebook  

Cory Mathews salon for men is open at 309 South Ave. W. They expanded to Westfield from Cranford and offer the ultimate men's experience, from wash to shave and everything in between. 908.276.1840. www.cory-mathews.com

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Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

 

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) would like to congratulate Shelley Brindle on becoming the first female Mayor of Westfield and our next fearless leader! We look forward to engaging with her and new council members David Contract, Michael Dardia, Linda Habgood and Dawn Mackey to solve some of our current challenges and partner for an exciting and prosperous future. The staff and volunteer committees look forward to working with them and existing council members Frank Arena, Jo Ann Neylan, Mark LoGrippo and Doug Stokes. 

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Grand Openings in November

Grand Openings in November

Mimi & Hill, a full service interior design studio and shop, is now open at 227 Elmer St. Owners and Westfield residents Hillary Kaplan and Miriam Silver Verga have been in business for over 6 years designing homes as close as Westfield, second homes on the Jersey shore and a few Caribbean homes. Their new store has a host of grand opening events in November and December to which the public is invited.  Click for event details. These events will showcase artisans and specialty design pieces. 908.403.6169. www.mimiandhill.com 

Spice Bazaar, a casual Indian restaurant, is open at 114-116 Quimby St. (in the location formerly Asian Fusion). Serving an extensive menu seven days a week, from 11:30am to 10:30pm, Spice Bazaar offers lunch specials and dinner, and is BYOB. For owners Kanika Vij and Simran Bakshi, Westfield is their second restaurant. The first one is Spice Mantra in Englewood, NJ. The executive chefs come from prominent four and five-star restaurants including ones that focus on authentic Indian cuisine. The restaurant is designed with a special menu featuring authentic Indian cuisine with a modern flair. Signature dishes include the Chicken Tikka Masala and Dal Makhani. The Chicken Biryani is also a popular item. Spice Bazaar's team has created vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees and starters that will wow your senses. Their tandoori breads are baked to perfection and offer a sampling platter. This restaurant wants to celebrate food from India and share it with their guests. Enjoy 10% off with mention of this article! 908.389.1888. www.SpiceBazaarNJ.com 

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Historic Restoration of Westfield's Flatiron Building

Historic Restoration of Westfield's Flatiron Building

In case you haven't seen it, Westfield's flatiron building is undergoing a historic restoration. Sherry Cronin and the DWC Design Committee (Peg Lockwood, chair, Robert Newell, David Bailey, Lisa Tsavekou, and Barbara Vincentsen) has been working with the owner on this significant project. The old facade was removed revealing the original cast iron columns. The design will be guided using historic photos from the early 1900's and the 1930's. The building will have retail on the first floor and two apartments on the second and third floor with a rooftop terrace. Stay tuned!

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Grand Openings

Grand Openings

Janus' Closet, a fashion consignment shop featuring authentic designer handbags, clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and more is now open at 112 Central Ave. (across from Starbucks). 908.264.7968. www.januscloset.com 


Energy Healing, offering Reiki and Aromatherapies, is now open above Qdoba at 66 Elm St. 814.244.0695.

DIRT Clean Culture Beauty Shop is now open at 519 South Ave. W. (at the circle). Their Grand Opening festivities will take place Saturday, October 7 at 10am with lite bites and a DJ. They offer manicures, pedicures, eyebrow and eyelash services and more while promoting cleaner, safer beauty in an eco friendly/toxic free shop. 908.588.2128. www.dirtbeautyshop.com 

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Grand Openings in September

Grand Openings in September
DIRT Clean Culture Beauty Shop is now open at 519 South Ave. W. (at the circle). They offer manicures, pedicures, eyebrow and eyelash services and more while promoting cleaner, safer beauty in an eco friendly/toxic free shop. 908.588.2128. www.dirtbeautyshop.com 


Haircut Bar is open at 205 South Ave. W., directly across from CVS. 908.654.4343. www.facebook.com/haircutbarhairsalon

Midtown Authentic, a designer resale store, is having a grand opening celebration September 8 from 5-10pm with ribbon cutting and party for everyone in town who wants to stop by for wine, champagne, beer and food. 129 E. Broad St. 908.228.5856. www.midtownauthentic.com

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Summer Recap in Downtown Westfield

Summer Recap in Downtown Westfield
It was a busy season in Downtown Westfield!

The 21st Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival was a huge hit yet again, offering free live music every Tuesday night in July & August at five venues throughout the downtown. Read more. The DWC wishes to thank the attendees, Town of Westfield, DPW crew, PNC Plaza & First Baptist Church for the use of the venue spaces, and Trader Joe's for the water donations. 
 
The 16th annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza took place July 26. The 5K attracted 2,200 runners and 6,000 spectators for an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ and live music. Many thanks to our sponsors. Check out our great photos.
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New Free 'Express Spaces' for Parking 15 Minutes in Westfield

New Free 'Express Spaces' for Parking 15 Minutes in Westfield

Enforcement now only 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday

The Westfield Town Council approved an increase in the number of hours of free parking downtown and the creation of free 'express spaces' for people parking for 15 minutes or less at the June 20 town council meeting.

Both changes are the result of recommendations by the Mayor's Downtown Task Force and discussions among the Public Safety, Transportation & Parking Committees. Ordinance 2084 changes the hours of paid parking downtown for shoppers and visitors from the current times of 9am to 7pm to 10am to 6pm, effective immediately. Signs and stickers in the downtown lots are being changed. The ordinance will also allow the Westfield Police Department to designate certain parking spaces as 15-minute 'express spaces' for those picking up takeout orders from Downtown restaurants or running quick errands. Read more...

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New Construction Brings Luxury Rental Apartments to Downtown Westfield

New Construction Brings Luxury Rental Apartments to Downtown Westfield

There are three new and exciting building projects currently under construction in Downtown Westfield that promise to bring new rental options and foot traffic to our downtown commercial district. All of these buildings are transit friendly, conveniently located within easy walking distance to the train and bus stations, and offer great appeal for a wide variety of renters -- including young professionals, empty nesters, and single parents who want to remain in the area. In addition, all three properties represent significant investments in our future, are modern and architecturally appealing, and blend into the downtown character. They represent improvements to currently underutilized properties located at highly visible locations within our downtown area. They will provide easy access to the goods, services and entertainment that Downtown Westfield provides as well as parking. 

333 Central - Pictured above, a 70-unit, four-story luxury rental building will be opening soon at Central and South Avenues. With easy access to Westfield's train station, this transit-oriented multi-family structure is sure to attract professionals and local empty-nesters looking to downsize. With a completion date set for spring 2017, this 126,340 square foot property will feature 70 luxury one and two-bedroom rental apartments with enclosed parking, a lounge with a wet bar, a gym, yoga room, and two rooftop lounges. Apartments will have 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. Some apartments will also have a den and/or a private terrace. The building is pet friendly. For more information, visit www.333CentralAve.com  

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Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors can be a terribly damaging form of communication. Rumors spread on social media are no exception, and only serve to amplify the negative effects on people and businesses. 

Recently our office has received an increased level of questions about store closings based on rumors on social media. While we can in some cases confirm news about stores not renewing their leases or planning to close, the majority of rumors we hear and read are false! Rumors about some of our downtown chain stores and restaurants closing are most often not true and we are baffled by who would start such rumors and why. The businesses affected are themselves confused about where the rumors started and are forced into damage control mode to convince customers they are doing fine.

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