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Holiday Events Begin Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Westfield

Holiday Events Begin Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Westfield

The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy shopping, dining and celebrating in our classic town for modern families! Since there's no place like home, Westfield is the place where families and friends share good food, exchange gifts and create awesome memories.


The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is proud to sponsor the following annual holiday events beginning Thanksgiving weekend:

Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus (Co-Sponsored by Lord & Taylor)

November 24-­26 at Lord & Taylor, Westfield

609 North Ave. W., Westfield, NJ

Friday & Saturday 1-7pm, Sunday 1-4pm

Free 5" x 7" Photo with donation of 2 cans of non­-perishable food for the Holy Trinity Westfield Food Pantry. Nominal shipping fee will apply. Additional online photo packages may be purchased from Paul Mecca of Westfield Neighbors Magazine, www.Meccography.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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Halloween Downtown with Trick or Treat & Costume Contest Rescheduled to Monday, October 30 Due to Rain

Halloween Downtown with Trick or Treat & Costume Contest Rescheduled to Monday, October 30 Due to Rain

Due to the rain forecast for Sunday Oct. 29, 2017, Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) has announced that the Downtown Trick-or-Treating & Costume Contest has been moved to Monday, Oct. 30 from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Trick-or-treating in the downtown shops and restaurants can take place after school from 4 pm to 5 pm, and the Costume Contest will take place from 5 pm to 6 pm on Quimby Street.  The Optimist Club of Westfield annual parade (also originally scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30) will not take place.  However, the Optimist volunteers will be at the rescheduled event, providing volunteer judges and fun activities for the children with appearances by the Westfield Fire Department and the Westfield Rescue Squad.  Ray Catena will also be participating and handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  The popular and entertaining Michael Doyle will emcee the event. The Westfield Police Department will be assisting with public safety.

The annual Costume Contest will award metals from the DWC and 32 prizes for the best costumes by downtown business sponsors in the following categories:  Ahrre's Coffee Roastery (Most Edgy), Athleta, (Most Empowering Girl), Bridget's Irish Cottage (Best Irish Jack o’Lantern), Brummers Chocolates (Sweetest), Castle Bootery Inc. (Cutest Ballerina), Children's Place (Best Dressed), The Chocolate Bar (Richest), The Device Shop (Most High Tech), Emack & Bolio's – Westfield (Best Banana Barge Sundae), The Farmhouse Store (Best Handcrafted & Best Witch), GAP (Most Iconic), Glamorous Girlz (Most Glamorous Princess), Just Bead Yourself (Most Bead-i-ful), Juxtapose Gallery (Most Colorful), Kilwins (Sweetest Old Fashioned), Learning Express Toys (Most Unique), Leo Charles Salon (Most Beautiful), Let's YO! Yogurt (Coolest Creation), Lord & Taylor (Most Trendy Boy & Most Trendy Girl), Mesina Realty (Most Realistic), Midtown Authentic (Best Homemade Baby), Morano Gelato (Most Chilling), Omaha Steaks (Meatiest), Patricia & Paul, Fine Oils & Balsamics (Most Delicious & Nutritious), Sole Fine Italian Shoes (Most Stylish), Tamar Jewelry (Most Sparkly), Town Book Store (Most Characteristic), Towne Barber Shoppe (Wackiest Hair), Turning Point Restaurant (Best Homemade), and Xocolatz (Most Tasteful).

The DWC and The Optimist Club of Westfield thanks the community for their participation in this rescheduled event in continuing this long tradition of providing fun, entertaining, and safe Halloween family activities.

 

DWC 908.789.9444.

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The Farmhouse Store, Blende Beauty & Westfield In the Press

The Farmhouse Store, Blende Beauty & Westfield In the Press
While many of our businesses are often featured in the press, here are a couple of standouts this month. Congratulations Farmhouse Store, Blende Beauty and the Town of Westfield! 

 

The Farmhouse Store owners, Ed Menapace and Bill Curtis, are featured in the August issue of RetailerNOW, the industry publication of the Home Furnishings Association (HFA). Ed Menapace joined the HFA in May of this year and attended their networking conference in San Antonio in June. The Farmhouse Store's unique approach and success in mixing furniture with gift sales made a big impression on the board members of the HFA; so much so that they wanted to know more. The owners were interviewed for the organization's magazine. The article about the beginnings and evolution of The Farmhouse Store can be found at www.retailernowmag.com/agents-of-change.

 

Blende is featured in The Beauty and Body issue of INDUSTRY Magazine


NJ Monthly Ranks Westfield Among Top 100 Towns
In its September "Best Places to Live" issue, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Westfield No. 34 among its top 100 towns in New Jersey, up from No. 62 two years ago. 

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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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The Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Finale Evening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 30, 7-9pm due to rain

The Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Finale Evening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 30, 7-9pm due to rain

Due to rain, Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival final evening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 30, with an exciting lineup of live music. Come down and enjoy the free concerts!

Wednesday, August 30, marks the ninth and final night of the 21st Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival in Westfield, NJ. Jazz performances will be held in four locations throughout the downtown from 7-9pm. This weekly summer event is brought to you by The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), and has been running every Tuesday night in July and August. 


Performers on August 30 include: 

Gus Bardaji Group - East Broad St. and North Ave. W.

Carrie Jackson - Elm St.

Jazz Lobsters* - Quimby St.

La Balteuband - South Ave. W. and Westfield Ave., Foundation Park

 

* Enjoy a special closing celebration on Quimby St., which will be closed to traffic. 

While enjoying the musical performances of “Sweet Sounds Downtown”, enjoy dining at one of Westfield’s fine restaurants or shop and stroll through downtown. We hope to see you there!

For the entire 2017 Performance Schedule, click here

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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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The 16th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza Took Place July 26

The 16th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza Took Place July 26
The 5K Pizza Run, one of the largest non-corporate 5K races in the state, attracts over 2,200 runners and over 6,000 spectators for an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ entertainment, and live music by Michael Craig Band & FOG. Tech shirts to the first 2,500 entrants and caps to the first 600.
 
Sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation, this year's Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza was held on July 26, 2017. The DWC welcomes Presenting Sponsor Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Platinum Sponsor Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 
 
 
 
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