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Downtown Westfield's All American Ice Cream Tour

Downtown Westfield's All American Ice Cream Tour

There are lots of ways to stay cool this summer. Try some ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, smoothies and fresh juices from these awesome local places in Downtown Westfield.

Ice Cream/Gelato/Frozen Yogurt:

The Chocolate Bar - Delicious gelato, chocolates and hand-dipped chocolate covered fruits, pretzels, brownies and more. 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000. www.thechocolatebarwestfield.com 

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"Virtual" 5K Pizza Run on Sunday, July 19, 2020

"Virtual" 5K Pizza Run on Sunday, July 19, 2020

Westfield’s Virtual 5K Pizza Run is Sunday, July 19, 2020

Run and raise dough for downtown Westfield businesses!

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is excited to announce the Virtual Pizza Run on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Switching from our regular Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza to a virtual format allows the community to stay safe while participating in this well-loved tradition. 

Register here for the Virtual 5K Pizza Run

Join our race director, Coach Sam Tooley, of Alpha Fit Club, and register for Westfield's Virtual 5K Pizza Run. You'll get instructions, training plans from Coach Sam Tooley, T-shirts*, pizza and prizes for winners—while raising dough for a good cause. All of the event's net proceeds will go towards downtown beautification and recovery, supporting downtown businesses adapting to COVID-19 requirements. 

How does it work? Included in the registration will be race day instructions and training plans for all levels. Run anytime, anywhere before race day, you'll receive a link to the Trackster app to track your distance and upload your race time by the end of the day on July 19. 

*Sign up before July 2, included in your race registration is a performance t-shirt AND a free training plan (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) created by Coach Sam Tooley. 

Of course, no 5K Pizza Run would be complete without pizza! All registrants will receive a $3 coupon for a slice of pizza from your choice of downtown Westfield pizzerias (good through 7/31/20). And that's not all. On race day, Downtown Westfield will be giving away 50 pizzas. Order from any of our downtown Westfield pizzerias and see if your order arrives with a "Golden ticket" for a free pizza in a future order.  

Winners will be announced within days of the event with the winner of each category receiving a certificate, social media mention, and a free pizza! 

*A Virtual Pizza Run t-shirt will be available for anyone who registers before July 2.  The Westfield Virtual Pizza Run T-shirt will be available for contactless pick up on July 17 to wear on race day.

Join the team:

  1. Sign up. Here is a link to register for Virtual 5K Pizza Run. The fee for the 5K is $35.
  2. If you'd like, you can create a fundraising team, like Coach Sam's Alpha Squad, or join one! The money raised will go directly to the downtown business corporation to help our local businesses. Join the team of your favorite local shop or eatery for a friendly competition amongst our businesses and see who's team can raise the most money. The winning team runs away with bragging rights, a sign proclaiming their dominance, social media posts, and a trophy.

Coach Sam Tooley and JackRabbit Westfield are hosting a complimentary Virtual 5K Pizza Run training workout (stationary, not a run) this Sunday, June 28, at 9 AM on Quimby Street, Westfield NJ. No registration is necessary, grab your sneakers, water, a towel, and a yoga mat, and get your training plan in motion. 

We hope to see you out there running and raising dough!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 SPONSORS TO DATE:

Gold Sponsors
Atlantic Medical Group, Overlook Medical Center

Bronze Sponsors
Elizabethtown Gas; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; JAG-ONE Physical Therapy; Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.; Summit Medical Group; UBS; Westfield Pediatric Dental Group

 

 

 

 

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Proud of the Giving Spirit of The Farmhouse Store

Proud of the Giving Spirit of The Farmhouse Store

What better way to start Pride month than to highlight The Farmhouse Store and how, for years, they’ve given to organizations like Imagine and Hope Hospice, that help people cope with loss and grief.

Ever since Bill Curtis and his husband Ed Menapace, started The Farmhouse Store 13 years ago, helping charitable organizations has been a company mission. Recently, they made a significant donation to Imagine and the Center for Hope Hospice. Imagine is a center that helps children, families, and adults deal with loss. The Center for Hope Hospice is an organization that provides palliative care and family support. The Farmhouse store donated much-appreciated furniture to both organizations. Bill Curtis said that making the donations was a personally meaningful experience for him, as someone who has grappled with loss.

“The furniture that Farmhouse donated enables patients to be more comfortable during their last days. And family members who wish to stay by their side, often spend the night in these chairs,” said Frank Brady, President of Center for Hope Hospice.

On a smaller scale, charitable organizations approach Farmhouse weekly, requesting donations. Curtis eagerly gives whatever he can, donating to over 100 organizations every year. Curtis estimates that they provide a few hundred items yearly and thousands of dollars. In the past two years, he said that Farmhouse has given over 30 thousand dollars worth of items.

Since the Westfield area community has supported The Farmhouse's growth, Curtis believes it is essential to give back. He has been fortunate enough to employ over 20 people and build his business in Westfield, so as a way of saying thanks, he wanted to give back to the community through donations.

Through the Farmhouse Store, Bill and Ed embody the giving spirit of Westfield’s local businesses, rising to support those in need within our community. Local businesses spend their limited resources on good deeds like these, often without public recognition. We salute them.

Local businesses are the heart of our community.

Open Quimby July 4th Weekend: All American Ice Cream Tour, Yestercades, Westfield 300 Scavenger Hunt & Outdoor Dining

Open Quimby July 4th Weekend: All American Ice Cream Tour, Yestercades, Westfield 300 Scavenger Hunt & Outdoor Dining

All American Ice Cream Tour

Check out Downtown Westfield Instagram (@Downtown_Westfield) and Facebook (@Westfield NJ - Downtown) for the All American Ice Cream Tour the weekend of July 4th. Tell us why your favorite ice cream stands out! Bonus points for pictures. You could win one of 4 $25 gift cards to your favorite downtown Westfield ice cream purveyor in a random drawing!

Downtown Westfield is one of the greatest ice cream towns around, with many specialty ice cream shops and numerous restaurants, offering house-made small-batch gelato, frozen yogurt & frozen desserts to meet every taste and dietary request.

Over a hundred flavors to choose from and thousands of combinations. It's going to be tough. But we know you are up for the challenge. Take downtown Westfield's All American Ice Cream Tour and inspire your fellow ice cream aficionados.

Yestercades reopens!

Libraries, museums and arcades reopen July 2 with masks and 25% capacity. Make a trip to say welcome back to Yestercades! 151 E Broad St, Westfield. 908.228.2398.

Test your historical clue finding skills with the Westfield Historical Society's scavenger hunt 

In conjunction with the Westfield-300 Committee, volunteers from the Westfield Historical Society Archives created a fun Westfield History Scavenger Hunt. Use your clue finding skills to search the most historic spots in Westfield. Take it on a field trip while walking, bike ride, or drive your car!  

When you're done, check the key to see how many you got right.

Scavenger Hunt Clues

Scavenger Hunt Key

Open Quimby Street continues from Friday evening through Sunday evenings for pedestrian-only, socially distanced strolling and dining through July 6th (and possibly longer). 

 Outdoor sidewalk dining is now available throughout downtown. Due to relaxed rules by Governor Murphy, you can purchase cocktails to-go to enjoy with your alfresco meal. Curbside pickup and delivery will still be available from all restaurants who are currently offering it. 

Retail stores are open with 50% capacity, masks and social distancing. Salons, spas and barbers have reopened with safety precautions in place. 

Remember to wear a mask when not eating, drinking and exercising and maintain a safe 6-foot distance or more.

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Girls Night In PreParty on Facebook Live & Zoom

Girls Night In PreParty on Facebook Live & Zoom

Downtown Westfield's Virtual Girls’ Night Is May 28!

It's time to put more "social" into your social distancing. Due to COVID, the Downtown Westfield Girls Day & Night Out has been canceled—so we're going virtual!

We invite you and your girlfriends to connect with each other and make a date for Thursday, May 28th, for Downtown Westfield's Virtual Girls Night In.  

Connect to the online PreParty from 3 PM to 5:30 PM on Thursday, May 28. 

Join (and share) this Zoom link from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device:

Click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TVEBR1lhQCGH-bTB5Bl7bw

Webinar ID: 870 6742 1402 

Or you can view a live stream by visiting Downtown Westfield's Facebook page (@Westfield NJ – Downtown ) or YouTube page 

Girls Night In Party Packages and Specials are available for purchase here.

Mayor Shelley Brindle will lead the event along with host Bob Zuckerman of the DWC, Councilpersons Dawn Mackey, and Linda Habgood—and Les Trent, a Westfield resident and senior correspondent on CBS's Inside Edition.

Downtown Westfield merchants will help get you ready for your virtual party with live 10-minute demos to achieve the most stylish quarantine hair, makeup, and accessories. 

Participate in foodie challenges, learn to make cocktails with swagger and cheese plates with finesse. Enter a random drawing to win gift cards from your favorite downtown Westfield stores by emailing a photo of your receipt to GirlsNightIn@WestfieldToday.com. 

So, no cleaning your house and no uncomfortable heels. Shop for your virtual party essentials, connect with friends, share an experience while supporting Westfield businesses.

How does it work?

1 It's your party. Send an Evite to connect with friends for a virtual cocktail party on the evening of Thursday, 5/28, using your favorite video chat platform. Chose your guest list, it could be a graduation party or a birthday bash—a book club or a low key get together. What really matters is making a connection with friends you're missing.  

2 We'll make it festive. Downtown Westfield has everything you need to throw a spectacular virtual cocktail party with leveled-up food, cocktails, and activities to get the conversation going. Shop the Girls Night In Party Packages available from downtown Westfield merchants. Try your hand at a Quarantini Cocktail Kit, or roll sushi from the Nailed My Sushi Party Box, or start a band with a Virtual Group Ukulele Lesson and Sing-Along.

 Purchase Girls Night In Party Packages for yourself and for friends so you will share the same fun online experience. Check your email, our website, and follow our Facebook and Instagram to see all the Party Packages coming soon next week!

Enter a random drawing. Email receipts from gift cards or any items from downtown Westfield purchased between 5/18 to 5/28 to GirlsNightIn@WestfieldToday.com to be entered into a random drawing. You could win a gift card to the store where the purchase was made. 

4 Join us LIVE on the Girls Night In Pre Party 5/28 from 3 PM to 5:30 PM on Facebook Live @Westfield NJ - DowntownDowntown Westfield merchants will help you get ready for your party with live demos on how to achieve the most stylish Quarantine hair, makeup, and accessories. Participate in foodie challenges, learn to make cocktails with swagger and cheese plates with finesse. 

What should you expect for the Girls Night In PreParty on Facebook Live & ZOOM?

Downtown Westfield merchants will help get you ready for your party with live demos on how to achieve the most stylish Quarantine hair, makeup, and accessories. Participate in foodie challenges, learn to make cocktails with swagger and cheese plates with finesse. So, no cleaning your house and no uncomfortable heels. Shop, connect with friends around a central shared experience and enjoy a laugh while supporting downtown Westfield businesses. 

Register here for the Virtual Girls Night In PreParty Zoom Link

  • Patricia & Paul has teamed up with the Manatakis Girls, winners of Family Food Showdown on Food Network for a Girls Night In cooking class. They will share three of their favorite go-to Greek appetizers; Spicy Feta Dip, Secret Family Greek Meatballs, and Garlic Beet Potato Dip. Buy the essential ingredients kit from Patricia & Paul to receive a zoom link to join in on the fun with a Live cooking class on 5/28 from 7 PM -8 PM. One of our lucky zoom participants will win a $50 gift card at the end of the night! (Recipe cards and shopping list are included so you can cook along with Chef Soph, Mamma Manatakis, and Marina.
  • Tim from 16 Prospect, will lead us in making a bartender-approved Quarantini–pick up everything you need in 16 Prospect's Quarantini Kit,
  • Kiera, a celebrity makeup artist, shares how to achieve on-trend contouring and highlighting, using her contouring/highlighting kits in light/medium/dark from Blende,
  • Lillen from Akai Lounge wants to know if you have what it takes to roll Instagramable sushi. Take the Akai Lounge Nail That Sushi Challenge—using their Make Your Own Sushi Party Kit. Tag your masterpiece at #NailedMySushi @Akai_Lounge #GirlsNightInWestfield and you could be deemed the winner.
  • Could your house use a refresh? Ed from The Farm House Store will show how to buy furniture that suits your style now, even during the quarantine.
  • Janus will auction of new Salvatore Ferragamo bag from Janus’ Closet, with proceeds going to the We Love Local fund,
  • Laura from Farniolio Cucina will lead us in a Tuscan cooking lesson using Farniolio Ingredient Kit,
  • Terri from J. McLaughlin will show their “Upperwear,” spring tops and the newest trend—how to wear scarves in your hair. One lucky viewer will win a J.McLaughlin scarf.
  • Claudia from Elegant Image Salon will show you ten stylish ways to hide your grey roots—including her professionally mixed home hair coloring kit,
  • Miriam & Hillary will demonstrate the essential elements and assembly to make a photo-worthy snack. Mimi & Hill Cheese Board Design Kit has everything you need from stylish handmade trays, cheese knives, all the snacks, and wine pairing recommendations from Nos Vino.
  • Dan from DanTee Hair Architects will present simple solutions to make peace with your “au naturale” quarantine hair using products you may already have at home,
  • Valencia Music School will get the party started with a live Ukulele lesson and sing along with owners Kelly and Jose. Virtual group lesson packages are available for your next party. Send in your party song requests for a live music set after the sing-along. Ukuleles in the $50 range are available for curbside pickup John from Golden Age on E. Broad Street. Call 908.301.0001, or email info@goldenageguitars.com.

Shop Girls Night In specials here

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Downtown Westfield's Virtual Girls’ Night Is May 28!

Downtown Westfield's Virtual Girls’ Night Is May 28!

Downtown Westfield's Virtual Girls’ Night Is May 28!

It's time to put more "social" into your social distancing. Due to COVID, the Downtown Westfield Girls Day & Night Out has been canceled—so we're going virtual!

We invite you and your girlfriends to connect with each other and make a date for Thursday, May 28th, for Downtown Westfield's Virtual Girls Night In.  

Connect to the online PreParty from 3 PM to 5:30 PM on Thursday, May 28. 

Join (and share) this Zoom link from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device:

Click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TVEBR1lhQCGH-bTB5Bl7bw

Webinar ID: 870 6742 1402 

Or you can view a live stream by visiting Downtown Westfield's Facebook page (@Westfield NJ – Downtown ) or YouTube page 

Girls Night In Party Packages and Specials are available for purchase here.

Mayor Shelley Brindle will lead the event along with host Bob Zuckerman of the DWC, Councilpersons Dawn Mackey, and Linda Habgood—and Les Trent, a Westfield resident and senior correspondent on CBS's Inside Edition.

Downtown Westfield merchants will help get you ready for your virtual party with live 10-minute demos to achieve the most stylish quarantine hair, makeup, and accessories. 

Participate in foodie challenges, learn to make cocktails with swagger and cheese plates with finesse. Enter a random drawing to win gift cards from your favorite downtown Westfield stores by emailing a photo of your receipt to GirlsNightIn@WestfieldToday.com. 

So, no cleaning your house and no uncomfortable heels. Shop for your virtual party essentials, connect with friends, share an experience while supporting Westfield businesses.

 

How does it work?

1 It's your party. Send an Evite to connect with friends for a virtual cocktail party on the evening of Thursday, 5/28, using your favorite video chat platform. Chose your guest list, it could be a graduation party or a birthday bash—a book club or a low key get together. What really matters is making a connection with friends you're missing.  

2 We'll make it festive. Downtown Westfield has everything you need to throw a spectacular virtual cocktail party with leveled-up food, cocktails, and activities to get the conversation going. Shop the Girls Night In Party Packages available from downtown Westfield merchants. Try your hand at a Quarantini Cocktail Kit, or roll sushi from the Nailed My Sushi Party Box, or start a band with a Virtual Group Ukulele Lesson and Sing-Along.

 Purchase Girls Night In Party Packages for yourself and for friends so you will share the same fun online experience. Check your email, our website, and follow our Facebook and Instagram to see all the Party Packages coming soon next week!

Enter a random drawing. Email receipts from gift cards or any items from downtown Westfield purchased between 5/18 to 5/28 to GirlsNightIn@WestfieldToday.com to be entered into a random drawing. You could win a gift card to the store where the purchase was made. 

4 Join us LIVE on the Girls Night In Pre Party 5/28 from 3 PM to 5:30 PM on Facebook Live @Westfield NJ - DowntownDowntown Westfield merchants will help you get ready for your party with live demos on how to achieve the most stylish Quarantine hair, makeup, and accessories. Participate in foodie challenges, learn to make cocktails with swagger and cheese plates with finesse. 

What should you expect for the Girls Night In PreParty on Facebook Live & ZOOM?

Downtown Westfield merchants will help get you ready for your party with live demos on how to achieve the most stylish Quarantine hair, makeup, and accessories. Participate in foodie challenges, learn to make cocktails with swagger and cheese plates with finesse. So, no cleaning your house and no uncomfortable heels. Shop, connect with friends around a central shared experience and enjoy a laugh while supporting downtown Westfield businesses. 

Register here for the Virtual Girls Night In PreParty Zoom Link

  • Patricia & Paul has teamed up with the Manatakis Girls, winners of Family Food Showdown on Food Network for a Girls Night In cooking class. They will share three of their favorite go-to Greek appetizers; Spicy Feta Dip, Secret Family Greek Meatballs, and Garlic Beet Potato Dip. Buy the essential ingredients kit from Patricia & Paul to receive a zoom link to join in on the fun with a Live cooking class on 5/28 from 7 PM -8 PM. One of our lucky zoom participants will win a $50 gift card at the end of the night! (Recipe cards and shopping list are included so you can cook along with Chef Soph, Mamma Manatakis, and Marina.
  • Tim from 16 Prospect, will lead us in making a bartender-approved Quarantini–pick up everything you need in 16 Prospect's Quarantini Kit,
  • Kiera, a celebrity makeup artist, shares how to achieve on-trend contouring and highlighting, using her contouring/highlighting kits in light/medium/dark from Blende,
  • Lillen from Akai Lounge wants to know if you have what it takes to roll Instagramable sushi. Take the Akai Lounge Nail That Sushi Challenge—using their Make Your Own Sushi Party Kit. Tag your masterpiece at #NailedMySushi @Akai_Lounge #GirlsNightInWestfield and you could be deemed the winner.
  • Could your house use a refresh? Ed from The Farm House Store will show how to buy furniture that suits your style now, even during the quarantine.
  • Janus will auction of new Salvatore Ferragamo bag from Janus’ Closet, with proceeds going to the We Love Local fund,
  • Laura from Farniolio Cucina will lead us in a Tuscan cooking lesson using Farniolio Ingredient Kit,
  • Terri from J. McLaughlin will show their “Upperwear,” spring tops and the newest trend—how to wear scarves in your hair. One lucky viewer will win a J.McLaughlin scarf.
  • Claudia from Elegant Image Salon will show you ten stylish ways to hide your grey roots—including her professionally mixed home hair coloring kit,
  • Miriam & Hillary will demonstrate the essential elements and assembly to make a photo-worthy snack. Mimi & Hill Cheese Board Design Kit has everything you need from stylish handmade trays, cheese knives, all the snacks, and wine pairing recommendations from Nos Vino.
  • Dan from DanTee Hair Architects will present simple solutions to make peace with your “au naturale” quarantine hair using products you may already have at home,
  • Valencia Music School will get the party started with a live Ukulele lesson and sing along with owners Kelly and Jose. Virtual group lesson packages are available for your next party. Send in your party song requests for a live music set after the sing-along. Ukuleles in the $50 range are available for curbside pickup John from Golden Age on E. Broad Street. Call 908.301.0001, or email info@goldenageguitars.com.

Make mama feel the love this Mother's Day, shop the gift guide

Make mama feel the love this Mother's Day, shop the gift guide

Downtown Westfield has your back with personal gifts, yummy treats, and special meals to make your favorite mama feel the love this Mother's Day.  Place your order and quickly and safely 🚙pick up or have your gifts delivered.

To see the shopable gift guide, click here: https://conta.cc/3flONpn

 

Year-end Teacher Gifts

Year-end Teacher Gifts

If anyone deserves a virtual high five, it’s the teachers who’ve stayed connected with creative new ways to teach kids virtually. Year end teacher gifts will look different this year, but there are easy ways to give thanks from afar. Your teachers will appreciate you thinking of them now more than ever.

  1. Make it personal. A note of thanks from your child naming something they like about their teacher or their class is a sure bet. Or take a photo of your child with a hand-drawn or chalk art thank you sign.

  2. Art projects, such as a care package or DIY Rainbow Mini String Art Kit from AR Workshop ($25 and up), could be the perfect way for crafty kids to honor a favorite teacher.   Screen_Shot_2020-04-30_at_9.54.10_PM.png

  3. Just Bead Yourself Stay Safe Unity Bracelet Kit ($20) has two bracelets, 25% Donation, and StaySafe Gift tag to dedicate your bracelet for someone you appreciate! Order call or text 908.456.5623.

  4. For the teacher who ignites your child’s curiosity, scented candles are the perfect gift. Farinolio has a choice of three candles with Italian fragrances of Arancia (orange), Olio d’Oliva (olive oil), and Limoncello (Italian lemon liquor) for $16. Find Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines fragrances with six inspiring scents in soaps, lotions, candles, diffusers, and room sprays at The Farmhouse Store, call at 908.654.0444 option #4. The D. Harris TFM “Elm Street” candle, $40, from The French Martini Shop, will be a sweet reminder of your admiration. Send a note to your teacher that their gift is ready — all products can be safely locally delivered.

  5. Offer a bit of stress relief with roller and oil from The Oils Room with gift wrapping and local delivery available, 908.301.6685. A gift certificate delivered by email for a streamed yoga class could do the trick from Brassy Buddha Yoga or Satsang Yoga Studios

  6. If you are the organizing type, you can edit together photos or videos from the class to make a presentation to the teacher. Video each kid singing one line of a song, or have them hold up a sign with one word of a message. Take up a Venmo class collection for a flower arrangement from Green Room Floral Design, 908.518.0400, or a gift card for coffee, lunch, or dinner from any of downtown Westfield’s incredible restaurants. Gift cards to downtown restaurants can be safely picked up, delivered, or emailed.

A show of appreciation will be a ray of sunshine for your teachers during this challenging time. 

Easily get products from salons & spas

Easily get products from salons & spas

Salons and spas in town are available to quickly and safely provide high quality hair products, hair color kits, skincare, and beauty products. In most cases, you will get your products more quickly than using e-commerce providers.  

Alania Aesthetics
Phone: 908.472.0472
Email: contact@AlaniaAesthetics.com
Services provided: Environ skin care products.

Amazing Lash Studio
Phone: 908.332.0539
Website: www.amazinglashstudio.com
Services provided: Suggested products and lash advice on their social media.

Bare Skin
Phone: 908.389.1800
Facebook:
Email bareskin431@gmail.com
Services provide: call to order products

Blende
Phone Number: 908.588.2094
Website: www.blendebeauty.com
Services provided: Products available for order, sales for mother's day. Now through Mother’s Day enjoy 20% off the ENTIRE BlendeBeauty.com site. Including gift cards! Give mom what she really wants.

Bluemercury Westfield
Phone: (908) 233-1100
Website: https://bluemercury.com/
Services provide: Products available for order, shipping may be delayed.

Corey Mathews Mens Grooming
text or call us directly at 908.577.7532 for any updates, future appointments
Gift cards or pay for future services.

DanTee Hair Architects 908.232.2329
www.danteehairarchitects.com
Services: Hair products.

Elegant Image Salon
908. 232.4900
All products are 25% off and we have hair color kits. And we have a Mother’s Day package available as well.

Everlasting Haven Spa & Wellness Studio, LLC
Phone: 908.370.5235
To shop go to Vagaro.com and search Everlasting Spa & Wellness Studio
Services provided: online store, products and gift certificates available for order
We can mail your Gift Certificates to show your love on Mother's Day!

A Face Forever Permanent Cosmetics
Phone 908.654-0880, text 732.715.7391 IG@afaceforever is taking appointments now for June, and has gift cards for Mom for the gift of beauty and permanent eyebrows. 
AAM CMI Training Facility, AAM Exam Proctor Site

Facial Reality Spa & Salon
Phone: 908.928.0100 to order your favorite eminence products or to schedule a phone consultation.

Glamorous Girlz
Let’s have a Spa Day🎉Everything u need for a mani & pedi , plus funny sunglasses & bracelet etc... call 908.264.8819 or email Glamorousgirlzsalon@gmail.com

Guillotine Salon & Spa
Phone: 908.654.8686
Website: www.guillotinesalonandspa.com
Services provided: products available, special Mothers Day options too!

Haircut Bar Hair Salon The Salon
Phone number: 908- 654-4343
Website: www.haircutbarsalon.com
Services provided: Color box, toning box, virtual hair lessons available.

Leo Charles Salon
Phone: 908.233.3460
Website:www.leocharleshairsalon.com
Services provided: take home hair coloring.

Rstudio Lash Spa
Text: 908.581.2883
Phone: 908.858.0746
Email: rstudiolashspa@gmail.com
Products: Lash Food Serum, 10% off for R Studio clients.

Sofi's Color Lounge Westfield
Phone: 908.380.4650
Offering hair color service and products.

VP Salon
Grey coverage contact Allison at info@victorpassuccisalon.com

Check your salon's social media to get the most up-to-date contact information and place your orders for products to look and feel great 👍

Mimi & Hill, Giving Back by Design

Mimi & Hill, Giving Back by Design

 

PART 2 of SERIES Local Businesses Are the Heart of Our Community

For Mimi & Hill Design firm owners, Miriam Verga and Hillary Kaplan, giving back is as essential to their business as design.

A constant in their company has been to find meaningful charitable projects -- or being open to the projects finding them. Verga and Kaplan try to take on at least one charity project every year, in addition to fundraising for breast cancer research. Since Kaplan beat breast cancer five years ago, charities like Play for Pink hold a special place in their hearts.

Often times, their projects are personal, whether they are relating to cancer research or Temple Emanu El. Part of Mimi and Hill’s charitable philosophy comes from the Jewish belief of Tzedakah. “Tzedakah is Hebrew for making the world a better place,” Kaplan said. “That’s a big part of our Jewish culture and that's why we have always believed that our firm does not just exist to design spaces but to beautify the world at large.”

Some recent projects include designing the senior housing center at Temple Emanu El and redoing the teachers' lounge at Wilson. Both women had kids go through Wilson, so that project was close to home.

Verga and Kaplan believe that the projects they are meant to do find them. And that how their journey with Grace’s house began. In November of 2018, they received an email from the Valerie Fund looking for designers to participate in a show house that would be a fundraiser for the organization. The Valerie Fund provides services for children with cancer and blood disorders, and Verga and Kaplan immediately decide they would sign-on.

The eventual show house, called Grace’s House, was located in an old mansion in Plainfield. Named in honor of Grace, a pediatric brain cancer patient who was treated by the Valerie Fund, the house was purchased by her grandfather with the intent of raising money for the organization that saved Grace’s life.

The Grace's House Designer Show House total transformed the mansion and raised over $200,000 for the Valerie Fund. Along with the outcome, Verga and Kaplan loved the process of designing the room and the lovely spirit of camaraderie among the design teams, inspired by Grace and her family.

Similar to Grace’s House, about eight years ago Mimi and Hill redesigned a teenage cancer patient’s room. One of their friend’s daughters was diagnosed with cancer, so to make her feel more comfortable in her space they redesigned the room with comfort and practicality in mind. Like most teenage girls, she asked for her new room to be blue. The goal of the room was to provide the girl with some hope and joy in her life.

Ultimately, both projects were extremely rewarding for Verga and Kaplan. They combined design with charity, which is essentially what Mimi and Hill are trying to do: change the world through design, providing peace and inspiration that can come when clients are comfortable in their spaces.

Mimi & Hill embody the giving spirit of Westfield's local businesses, rising to support those in need within our community. Local businesses spend their limited resources on good deeds like these, often without public recognition.

Local businesses are the heart of our community. During trying times like these it's important to remember to support them back.