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Reimagining the Future of Rialto Theater

Reimagining the Future of Rialto Theater

As Mayor Shelley Brindle shared in her recent State of the Town address, a visionary and experienced Rialto Advisory Group has been formed and is working with the owner of the Rialto to reimagine the future of the theater in Westfield. The Rialto Advisory Committee is comprised of volunteer residents with expertise in commercial real estate and financing, theater management, grant writing, economic development, and the film industry, to name a few. 


They are in the process of applying for grants to fund the cost of a consultant with specific experience in the performing arts and theater renovation space—with the intention of conducting a full assessment and feasibility study of how to proceed. They have collected valuable input and are ready to move on to this next step in the near future.  Mayor Brindle will provide updates about these and other exciting developments as progress is made.

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Valentine's Essentials

Valentine's Essentials

Look no further than Downtown Westfield for the perfect gift for those important people in your life on Valentine's Day. Here are some of the best places to get the essentials. Show your love for your Valentine with flowers, champagne and chocolates, to jewelry, cookies or dinner reservations, you can find it in downtown Westfield.  

Flowers:

Flower Art by Design Contempo - 103 Prospect St., 908.301.0300

The Green Room - 605 South Ave. W., 908.518.0400

Chocolates:

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Westfield is Getting Greener

Westfield is Getting Greener

Westfield is Getting Greener 

It's important, but it’s not always easy, being green. Environmentally-friendly changes can add big costs to small business owners’ already tight bottom line. But that hasn't stopped more than 30 local businesses who earned their Green Team 2019 medallion for taking sustainable actions.

Westfield businesses' desire to be more eco-friendly was helped along this past year by a group of volunteer Westfield representatives and residents who work with the Mayor and Town Council, called the Green Team. They identified environmentally sustainable steps that are do-able for many small businesses— and using these recommendations, many downtown Westfield businesses have succeeded in being greener. By avoiding plastic packaging and utensils, using cardboard take out containers, composting and providing water refill stations, among other actions— they have initiated changes that are making a positive impact.

Keep your eye out for reusable shopping bags and medallions awarded by the Westfield Green Team to the businesses that are making it a priority to be green.

As the Green Westfield Medallion Program grows, more and more businesses are participating. Learn how small changes are making a big difference in our community. https://www.westfieldnj.gov/medallion.

AR Workshop Westfield |  Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics  | Midtown Authentic  | The Farmhouse Store  |  Westfield Service League  | Galleria-West  | JackRabbit Westfield  | TheChocolatebar  | Jag-ONE Physical Therapy (Westfield) |  Boxwood Coffee Roasters  | Westfield Health and Rehab Acupuncture  | 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro |  The Bar MethodWestfield  | Bovella's Pastry Shoppe  | Evalyn Dunn Gallery  | Feast Catering of Westfield  | The French Martini  | Golden Bee Antiques  | The Hope Chest  | Manhattan Bagel  | Midas of Westfield  | OCEAN ORTHODONTICS&PediatricDentistry  | Ono Bowls  | Outta Hand Pizza  | Round Table Wealth Management  | SavorySpice  | The Town Book Store  | SOLE Shoes  | Westfield Fitness Studio | 

As the Green Westfield Medallion Program grows more and more businesses are participating. Learn how small changes are making a big difference in our community.  https://www.westfieldnj.gov/medallion.

 


Food Business Actions

  1. Compost Food Waste
  2. Offer reusable utensils, plates, etc instead of one-time use plastic
  3. Ask customers if they need utensils instead of just supplying them
  4. Use recyclable take-out containers
  5. Use paper/cardboard take-out containers
  6. Accept refillable containers the shopper has brought
  7. Let shopper request straws/lids/stirrers instead of automatically providing
  8. Use paper or bamboo straws
  9. Use non-plastic tasting spoons or cups

Any Business Actions

  1. Use paper or reusable bags
  2. Ask customers if they want a bag instead of automatically providing
  3. Charge a small fee for a single-use plastic bag
  4. Sell up-cycled goods (e.g. The Service League Store)
  5. Provide a water bottle refill station
  6. Have an energy audit for your business
  7. Convert to LED lighting
  8. Use recycled or up-cycled furniture, lighting, etc in your business

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2019 Westfield Medallion Winners

Westfield Service League Thrift & Consignment Shop
Galleria West
Jack Rabbit
The Chocolate Bar
JagOne Physical Therapy
Boxwood Coffee
Westfield Health & Rehab
AR Workshop Westfield
16 Prospect
The Bar Method
Bovella's Pastry Shoppe
Evelyn Dunn Gallery
Farinolio
The Farmhouse Store
Feast Catering *& Cafe
The French Martini
Golden Bee Antiques
The Hope Chest Thrift Store
Manhattan Bagel
Midas Westfield
Midtown Authentic
Oceans Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
Ono Bowls
Outta Hand Pizza
Patricia and Paul's Fine Oils and Balsamics
Round Table Wealth Management
Savory Spice
Sole
The Town Bookstore
Westfield Fitness

 

The Town of Westfield is a proud participant in SUSTAINABLE JERSEY™.

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Check out the 2019 Downtown Westfield Holiday Gift Guides! Lots of Great Gifts to Buy in Downtown Westfield....Free Parking Too!

Check out the 2019 Downtown Westfield Holiday Gift Guides! Lots of Great Gifts to Buy in Downtown Westfield....Free Parking Too!

Looking for special gifts for the important people in your life? The Downtown Westfield Holiday Gift Guides are full of great gifts you can buy right here in downtown Westfield. Also, thanks to the Town of Westfield, parking is free until January 1, 2020! 

2019 Holiday Gift Guide, November 22

2019 Holiday Gift Guide, November 26

2019 Holiday Gift Guide, December 6

2019 Holiday Gift Guide, December 13

2019 Holiday Gift Guide, December 20

 

 

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Spice Bazaar owners launch new restaurant in Westfield 

Spice Bazaar owners launch new restaurant in Westfield 

The two married owners of Spice Bazaar in Westfield, NJ recently opened a Mediterranean restaurant down the street called Lavash.

Spice Bazaar restaurant owners Kanika Bakshi and Simran Bakshi opened a new restaurant in Westfield, New Jersey. Both Kanika and Simran are known for their re-opening and rebranding of Spice Bazaar Modern Indian Dining, which relocated in June to 39 Elm Street. Unlike Spice Bazaar, their new venture concept will be serving up Mediterranean food under the name Lavash.

After their success at Spice Bazaar, they are now launching Lavash in Spice Bazaar’s original spot at 114 Quimby Street. During the first month of Lavash’s opening, Kanika and Simran will be giving out at least 100 free meals to Westfield, Fanwood, Plainfield and Cranford locals.

Both owners have not defined the menu items yet but will begin creating dishes soon.

Lavash will be open before the end of 2019. Stay tuned.

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The 2019 AddamsFest Town-wide Event Was Fun for All

The 2019 AddamsFest Town-wide Event Was Fun for All

The 2019 town-wide celebration of Westfield's own Charles Addams returned this past October to celebrate this prolific talent and the hometown that inspired those all together ooky characters!

Westfield was transformed to all things Charles Addams with family themed events, movie screenings, art exhibits and much more!  With something for everyone, AddamsFest was a whimsy-filled festival honoring the man, his legacy and the town where it all started.

Morticia & Gomez Addams Masquerade Ball, Addams Family Fun Zone, Charlie's Ale Garden, Morticia’s Movies, Halloween Parade & Costume Contest, Pugsley’s Trunk or Treat were back. Plus, Lurch’s Lecture Series, Paranormal Investigations, Haunt Your House Contest and the Wicked Windows of Westfield. There's was also a newly envisioned art exhibit that combined original works of Addams alongside local student art influenced by his style. 

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Rialto Theatre in Westfield Has Closed 

Rialto Theatre in Westfield Has Closed 

The Rialto Theatre shut its doors suddenly, surprising the community where it has played films for 97 years. Customers and the operators of nearby businesses expressed concern about the closure of an institution that served as a key draw for local businesses and piece of the town's identity. The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) shares everyone's sadness about the closing of the Rialto and will keep the public abreast of developments. Read more...

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Enjoy Sunday Breakfast, Lunch or Brunch at One of Downtown Westfield Restaurants!

Enjoy Sunday Breakfast, Lunch or Brunch at One of Downtown Westfield Restaurants!

Egg sandwiches, pancake stack or avacado toast? Green juice or Bloody Mary? From the healthy to the decadent, downtown Westfield has what you crave for a quick breakfast, late lunch or a decadent Sunday brunch.

Vicki's Diner | Westfield Diner | Westfield Station Cafe | Xocolatz | Turning Point Restaurant | Farinolio | The Salad House | Boxwood Coffee Roasters | Addams Tavern | Bovella's Bakery | Sweet Waters Steak House | Cosimo's | Ferraro's | Roosterspin | Mulberry House Restaurant | Outta Hand Pizza | Cinnaholic | Rock n' Joe | Brunnella Portugueses Coffee & Deli | Tutti Baci Cafe | Casa di Pizza | Manhattan Bagel | 1958 Cuban Cuisine | Spice Bazaar | LaVash | Jersey Mike's Subs | Inspiration Roll | InnovAsian Taco | Old Havana | Hershey's | Evergreen | Fresh Bui | Ono Bowls | Di Fariina Pizzeria | Limani Seafood Grill | Chipotle | Qdoba | Tinga | NY Korean BBQ Restaurant | Starbucks | Fiamma | Five Guys 

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Best Bets

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Clothing:

Jude Connally
Jude Connally will be showcasing their Fall Collections in The Westfield Fashion Show sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation. The show is September 8 at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield from 12 to 2pm. Jude Connally is donating a portion of their Westfield store sales the week following the Fashion Show to the non-profit foundation, Runway for Dreams. 111 Central Ave., 908.889.0900. www.judeconnally.com

Books:

Town Book Store

Stores come and stores go... The Town Book Store is proud to be part of Downtown Westfield for 85 years! Woo hoo! Stop in and see their original ledgers from September 4, 1934 and see why we've stood the test of time. According to the original business ledgers on display in the shop, The Town Book Store first opened its doors in 1934. After operating from the same address for 72 years, the store relocated across the street in 2007 to 270 E. Broad St., the site of Westfield's first library and its current home. 270 E. Broad St., 908.233.3535. www.townbookstore.com

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Food & Wine

Food & Wine

Cookies and focaccia and coffee, oh my! There are SO many tasty things to eat and enjoy this month.

Farinolio Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Join Farinolio for a sampling of their delicious savory and sweet Tuscan baked goods and meals as they celebrate their first anniversary in Westfield. Join them on Sunday, September 8, from 11:30am-1:30pm for a memorable event. Limited tickets are available and may be purchased in the store for $5. Stop in today for your ticket and enjoy the simple taste of Italy. 121 E. Broad St., 908.325.2486. www.farinolio.com

Boxwood Coffee Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Boxwood is hosting an exciting anniversary event on Saturday, September 15, from 11am-5pm, with discounts and free stuff that will last all week. To celebrate one year in Westfield, they will offer music in store, face painting and crafts for kids, a coffee cupping and brewing demonstrations, tea tasting, food sampling from their kitchen and a special menu for mocktails. Enter a random drawing to win brewing equipment, gift cards, and free coffee! Come by for the festivities. 143 E. Broad St., 908.219.4076. www.boxwoodcoffee.com

See which Westfield bakery was featured in NJ Flavor's New Jersey Date Night!

Congrats Bovella's Pastry Shoppe for making the cut in this recent article, New Jersey Date Night: Cookies Aren't Just for Kids. "Bovella's has the cookie down to a delicious science. With about 70 years of baking history, it's understandable. You'll find many cookies you know, such as macaroons, chocolate chip and ruggulah, and you'll discover some new favorites too. Savoardi cookies will make you realize that Italian lady fingers are a step above the rest and their frangipane cookies with sugary almond cream filling might just become your new favorite. Check out the taralli, a crunchy sugary Southern Italian mainstay - you won't be disappointed!" Read more... 101 E. Broad St., 908.232.4149. www.bovellas.com 

Healthy Bowls at Orgreen Poke
If you haven't been to Orgreen Poke, run don't walk! Their super healthy bowls of rice, vegetables and protein options are fresh and numerous, and their homemade sauces are delicious! 132 E. Broad St., 908.264.8259. www.orgreenpoke.com 

Outdoor Seating at Tinga

Tinga offers a variety of new delicious house specials, with outdoor seating in a pet friendly environment. Did you know they deliver too? Get 10% off on all catering orders this summer. 110 Central Ave., 908.301.0100. www.tingausa.com

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