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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.  


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

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


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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.

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.


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
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
The Town Bookstore
Westfield Fitness


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

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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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Grand Openings

Grand Openings

Best Foot Forward 

Your new BFF is in town! Randall's Shoes is under new ownership and has been rebranded. This Westfield retailer is committed to bringing shoe-fitting back to its roots. They offer the kind of personalized attention that's hard to find in all of the off-the-rack and online stores today. Their high quality, hand sewn, comfortable shoes feature today's latest styles for men, women and children. Stop in to see their new brands and ensure you're wearing the perfect fitting shoes! 82 Elm St., 908.232.3680.

Acting Out! is open at 439 South Ave. W. (in the Root Building at the corner of Westfield Ave. and South Ave.) and will have a Grand Opening celebration Saturday, September 7 from 1-3pm. Acting Out! offers an extensive performing arts curriculum, from kindergarten to college. The entire staff are professional working actors and musicians. Your child will learn in-depth performing arts technique while having fun. 908.379.8119.  

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Grand Openings

Grand Openings

Buddha Fish, a high end sushi and tapas restaurant, is now open at 35 Elm St. in the former Mojave Grill location. Their new exterior is finished with a beautiful sign and awning. 908.264.8068. 

Evergreen, a new casual cafe serving frozen yogurt, smoothies, salads and wraps, is open at 116 Elm St.

Acting Out!, Brooklyn's Premier Acting School, is open at 439 South Ave. W. (in the Root Building at the corner of Westfield Ave. and South Ave.). Acting Out! offers an extensive performing arts curriculum, from kindergarten to college. The entire staff are professional working actors and musicians. Your child will learn in-depth performing arts technique while having fun. Whether your child just needs to break out of her shell, or prepare for a Broadway audition, Acting Out! knows what it takes. 908.379.8119. 

Neo Aromatherapy is open at 112 Elm St.

Coming Soon:

Bareburger should begin construction soon on their new space at 126 Central Ave., next door to Warby Parker. This upscale burger franchise with a full liquor license offers burgers, salads and sandwiches. Their menu is over one-third vegetarian and plant-based and they work with sustainable farmers and partners. Enjoy everything from a bison burger with blue cheese, bacon, bourbon jam and caramelized onions, to a sweet potato, kale & wild rice patty. 

Design Hub Home, a lighting, furniture and design company is coming to the corner of Elm & Quimby St. at 22 Elm St. Expanding from their Millburn, NJ store, Design Hub Home offers high quality and value in products and services for both residential and commercial clients. 973.258.0000. 

Lions Roar Brewing Co.

Lions Roar Brewing Co. is coming to Westfield! This microbrewery will be located at the circle on South Ave., and offer a variety of European-influenced and American-loved craft beers. Their indoor and outdoor space will offer patrons a casual setting to socialize with fellow neighbors and beer lovers from Westfield and across the state. They plan to open later in 2019. Follow their social media to keep up with their progress! 517-519 South Ave. W., 908.301.6117. 

The Psychic Boutique will open at 27 E. Broad St. 908.301.0101.

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Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival Summer Finale on Tuesday, August 27

Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival Summer Finale on Tuesday, August 27

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 will continue every Tuesday night in July and August. Rain dates will be held on Wednesdays.

While enjoying the musical performances of “Sweet Sounds Downtown”, bring the kids downtown to enjoy one of Westfield’s fine restaurants and eateries. We hope to see you downtown!

See the summer schedule here

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Live Music Every Tuesday Night in July & August, 7pm-9pm

July 2 - August 27

Enjoy free music at the 23rd Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival while strolling, dining and relaxing at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians.

New this year:

  • Quimby St. will be pedestrian only every Tuesday during the Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival, and the North Avenue Venue Band will perform on Quimby St. instead near the corner of Elm St.
  • Plus, the festival is now all music, not just jazz, including rock and country bands!

Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), the festival takes place every Tuesday evening during July and August, from 7pm to 9pm. Raindates are the following evening, Wednesday, each week.

We hope to see you there! And come early to enjoy dinner at one of our fine restaurants. 

Click here for the performance schedule!


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Shopping Best Bets

Shopping Best Bets

Adlers Jewelers

Visit Adlers Jewelers for their Mother's Day Sale and choose from a beautiful selection of jewelry at special prices. You can save up to $1,000 on designer jewelry purchases! It's a great opportunity to find something fabulous for the special lady in your life. 217 North Ave. W., 908.233.6900.  


Athleta is packed with events and promotions this month. On May 9, enjoy Westfield's Girls' Day & Night Out with raffles, DJ, snacks and Jewelry. On May 12, shop for Mom on Mother's Day with 20% off 1 full priced item. 234 E. Broad St., 908.518.7620. 

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DWC Thanks Businesses and Visitors for Another Successful Girls' Day & Night Out

DWC Thanks Businesses and Visitors for Another Successful Girls' Day & Night Out

The Downtown Westfield Corporation would like to thank all the women who came out to shop, sip and enjoy promotions during the recent Girls' Day & Night Out event on May 9.  Over 1600 ladies pre-registered and received a a special gift of facial serum from Blende Custom Makeup Studio, compliments of the DWC. Shoppers also enjoyed free parking and live music on the corner of E. Broad St and Elm St by Michael Doyle's '8 Til When?'

The DWC would also like to thank the 90 businesses and sponsors who offered the ladies something special that day and night, from price reductions to raffles to complimentary refreshments. 

Sponsors were on hand to give away goodies, giveaways, samples and bags...Trader Joe's, Lord & Taylor, Stop & Shop, David Realty Group and Keller Williams Realty. Thank you David Realty Group and Keller Williams who also volunteered to staff our registration tables to check the ladies in.

See you all next year!

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Calling all Families -- Midday Madness: An Interactive Clue Hunt is Coming to Downtown Westfield

Calling all Families -- Midday Madness: An Interactive Clue Hunt is Coming to Downtown Westfield

Rescheduled to Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1 – 4pm throughout downtown Westfield, NJ

Calling all families to participate in a clue hunt that requires the players to use their cunning wit and problem solving skills to decipher clues that lead them to various locations throughout downtown Westfield! 

Families will be their own team and will be assigned a color or pattern to wear. They will arrive at 76 Elm St. to begin this fun filled event. They will be given a list of clues. Once they have solved a clue they find the locations, take a selfie to move onto the next one until the game is complete. The finish line will also be at 76 Elm St.  Fun prizes to be offered to the team that comes in with the best score!

The cost to participate is $10 per adult and $5 per child to be paid at the registration table at 76 Elm St. on the day of the event (cash or check).

Online registration is now closed, but families & teams can show up on game day and sign up on site to play!


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