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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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Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Rocks with Live Music Every Tuesday Night in July & August, 7-9pm

Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Rocks with Live Music Every Tuesday Night in July & August, 7-9pm
Residents, visitors, shoppers and diners are invited to enjoy the free music at the Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival while strolling, dining and relaxing at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians. The 21st Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival 2017 will run from July 4 through August 29. Talented jazz groups will play and entertain each Tuesday evening from 7pm until 9pm during July and August with Wednesday rain dates. Five bands will play each Tuesday, including at the new location at South and Westfield Avenues in Foundation Park. Visit Downtown Westfield for the Jazz and arrive early to shop and enjoy the restaurants and dessert places too. We look forward to seeing everyone! For details and the 2017 performance schedule, click here.

 

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Westfield Memorial Day Parade is Scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2017

Westfield Memorial Day Parade is Scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2017

The only parade in the Town of Westfield, this year's annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 29. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 am, at the World War I Monument Circle, then proceed on E. Broad St. through town toward Fairview Cemetery. Participating members marching in the parade are requested to be at the Lord & Taylor West parking lot by 8 am.

The mayor and town council, Westfield Police and Fire Department, Department of Public Works and various youth and civic organizations will be participating in this year’s parade. Wreaths will be sponsored by the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and local businesses. Public invited! 

 

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Shopping Best Bets for April

Shopping Best Bets for April
SOLE Shoes
Cool and fashionable new sneakers are all the rage and SOLE has some beautiful new options. Slip on and lace up styles with metallic tips or in patent leather, these handcrafted leather sneakers from Blackstone Shoes are comfortable AND pretty to wear. Ready for work or play, and always making a statement, this new collection for men and women is just in at SOLE. Stop in for a pair! 201 E. Broad St., 908.654.7800. Facebook
 
Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique
Blue Jasmine is celebrating 3 YEARS of bringing beautiful flowers, jewelry and gifts to downtown Westfield. Come celebrate the boutique's 3rd Anniversary on April 15 when Blue Jasmine will be offering storewide sales and bouquet raffles all weekend. 22 Elm St., 908.232.2393.

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Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11

Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11

Ladies, it's time to shop! Girls' Night Out Returns to Westfield May 11, 2017 as a Day & Night Event! Typically an evening event, ladies can now enjoy the festivities all day for shopping and refreshments AND into the evening until 9pm. And the Town of Westfield is offering FREE parking all day & night! So, come out to shop for Mother's Day gifts, discover unique shops, pamper yourself with promotions & special events, and relax with complimentary refreshments as you stroll among the retailers in Downtown Westfield. Be one of the first 1,500 lucky ladies to register and receive a complimentary gift from Downtown Westfield Corporation (a secret until arrival)! Rain or shine. Bag sponsors include Athleta and Keller-Williams Realty. A brochure of participating businesses along with their promotions for the evening will be published soon on www.westfieldtoday.com.

Register Now! 

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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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Chez Catherine Renovation Nearing Completion

Chez Catherine Renovation Nearing Completion

After 38 years, Chez Catherine, a Westfield institution, is undergoing a complete renovation.  In addition to the dining rooms, many improvements including a new heating and air conditioning system will provide a more comfortable and quieter experience year ‘round.

The restaurant welcomed the third owners in its history in October 2016 when Stephane Bocket, a familiar face and long serving Maitre d’Hotel, joined with partner Michael Cowan to purchase the business from Didier Jouvenet. Planning for the renovation began well before the temporary closing with big ideas and dreams. For years Stephane had been waiting his turn to run this French fine dining institution. His dream was to give it more of a feel of Provence.

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