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Spotlight On: Brummer’s Chocolates, a Westfield Institution

Spotlight On: Brummer’s Chocolates, a Westfield Institution

October 19, 2017, Westfield NJ -- The candy business has been in George Brummer’s family since 1904, for over 100 years.  George’s grandfather first established his business in Jersey City. His two sons eventually took over the business, then his grandsons, George and Robert. When the original store closed in 1988, Robert moved to Ohio and George bought the old Martha Lorton Candies in Westfield. He changed its name to Brummer’s, where he continued his family’s candy business to this day. 

George has been working in his current location at 125 E. Broad Street in Westfield since 1988. That’s nearly 30 years!

Brummer’s is an old fashioned candy shop in every sense of the word. The place looks like it did originally, down to the Victorian wallpaper and vintage candy molds.  They manufacture all the chocolates and fudge on premises in the back using old family recipes, and they sell them by the pound. They also carry retro candies such as Mary Janes, buttons, jaw breakers, Pez and more, all in grab and go pre-packaged bags from $2.95. Chocolate pops and bars start at $1.99. Kids are welcome, although they request that backpacks and skateboards remain outside due to the narrow aisles and packed shelves.

Brummer’s has a strong business in party favors for weddings, birthday parties, and other special occasions. They also do corporate gifts and can customize logos by embossing on the chocolate or on specially printed boxes.

Let’s show George some Westfield love! Stop in and buy some homemade chocolates. They have some of the best dark chocolate covered sea salt caramels anywhere. Or consider ordering your holiday corporate gifts or next party favors from Brummer’s.

125 E. Broad St., 908.232.1904. www.brummershomemadechocolates.com

Rock Performance Workshop Registers for Fall Session at NJWA

Friday and Saturday evenings can be a very exciting time for teen musicians to rock out with their peers with the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Rock Performance Workshop.

Vocalists, and those who have had experience on drums, guitar, bass and keyboards or other rock instruments, are encouraged to become members of this group, which will meet beginning October 20 and 21. There is also an Intro to Rock Performance group for new or inexperienced players.  Registration is ongoing and teen musicians can join at any time.

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New, User-friendly, Solar Powered Smart Parking Meters Have Arrived!

New, User-friendly, Solar Powered Smart Parking Meters Have Arrived!

The town has begun installing new, solar, smart parking meters in the Downtown area that are user friendly and offer more convenient payment options for shoppers, diners, and all visitors. In addition to the traditional forms of payment – Westfield tokens, coins (quarters, dimes, and nickels), and Smart Card – you can now pay with a credit card (Visa, Master Card and Discover) or a debit card (minimum of $1.00 for credit/debit) and soon to come, by mobile app! Included in the new meter’s programming is the free 15 minute feature.

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Update on Mayor's Downtown Task Force

Update on Mayor's Downtown Task Force

The Mayor 's Task Force has published an update to their  accomplishments to date. The First Addendum Report is available on the Town's website. See Addendum I to the Initial Report of Research and Recommendations (September 26, 2017)

 www.westfieldnj.gov/mdtf

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Shopping Best Bets

Shopping Best Bets

There are terrific shopping bests this fall to be had in Westfield. Look at these! 

Design/Home:

The Farmhouse Store 

Order a reclaimed barnwood table at The Farmhouse Store today and transform your dining room for the holidays! Their Amish craftsmen build rich, beautiful tables that are full of rustic character. Build your family memories around one of these gorgeous, handcrafted tables. Available in sizes to fit any room, the tables also come with an option of company boards which add 3 feet to the table when you need some extra room. Stop in before the production schedule fills up for the holidays. 221 E. Broad St., 908.654.0444. 

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Seasonal Food & Wine

Seasonal Food & Wine

Xocolatz is Remodeling

On October 19, Xocolatz will be unveiling their newly remodeled space! Enjoy the same location, same delicious food, same friendly service, in a new atmosphere. Join them for complimentary wine tasting during dinner 6pm-8pm from their friends at Old York Cellars.  235 Elmer St., 908.232.3962. www.xocolatznj.com 

Turning Point Restaurant Owner Wins Gold

Congratulations to Kirk Ruoff (Turning Point owner) who won the Gold Plate Award from the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association. This site announces the winners! 137 Central Ave., 908.264.8180.

Seasonal Balsamics at Patricia & Paul

Fall in love with the flavors of Autumn...Patricia & Paul has a wide variety of nutritious and delicious Extra-Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamics that is guaranteed to take any recipe to the next level. All month they will be featuring some of their favorite seasonal balsamics including red apple, cinnamon pear, and Vermont maple along with their mushroom sage, rosemary, garlic, and Tuscan herb oils. The team at Patricia & Paul will be happy to share recipes and tips for pairing, drizzling, dipping, marinating and sautéing. 20 Elm St., 908.232.EVOO (3866). www.Patriciaandpaul.com  

Seasonal Salads at The Salad House of Westfield

The Salad House has launched an all new menu packed with both seasonal and classic flavors. Chopped salad additions include the 'Black & Bleu' with pasture raised Angus steak and the 'Reel Love' with grilled ahi tuna, or create your own from 75+ fresh ingredients. Don't forget to try some of their housemade dressings and soup! Other new dishes include the Sweet Heat sandwich, the Sun Daze wrap, Housemade guac & chips, and Buffalo Poppers. And if you are looking to refresh your catering options, the Salad House is ready to deliver fresh vibes your way. 113 Quimby St., 908-233-2467. www.thesaladhouse.com 

NosVino Celebrates Fall

NosVino has great pairings for delicious Fall cuisine. The October Wine Club at NosVino is all about "BYO Selects," their favorite and most versatile food-friendly wines to accompany indoor and outdoor dining at the many BYO restaurants in town. Stop by for the BYO Selects wine tasting on Saturday, October 14 from 2pm-5pm. 127 Central Ave, 908-232-5050. www.nosvino.com 

 

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Autumn Flavors at Morano Gelato 

Morano Gelato launched its autumn flavors, which include seasonal fruit such as apple, pear and pumpkin. Special gelato flavors include Apple Cider sorbet, Caramel Apple, and Pear and Red Wine. Also on tap for the season is Hot Spiced Apple Cider - made with apple cider fresh-pressed at a New Jersey apple orchard. This cider is infused with cinnamon and other spices to provide a flavorful pick-me-up for cooler autumn days. Stop in and try some! 116 Elm St., 908.228.2150. www.moranogelato.com

Fudge Making at Kilwins

Kilwins is offering fudge making classes! Come make fudge, dip an apple or your favorite item in their amazing chocolate. Share some fun with your family or friends. Call for more information.

9 Elm St., 908.264.7476. www.kilwins.com/westfield

New Fall Flavors at The Chocolate Bar

Stop in to taste the new fall gelato flavors at The Chocolate Bar, including 'Toble', which features the delicious and velvety smooth combination of chocolate, orange and Torrone grains (an Italian nougat candy). Also, come in to vote in their flavor contest. These flavors are designed by customers and voted on by customers like you! The Chocolate Bar has narrowed it down to the top five flavors for which customers can vote! 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000. www.thechocolatebarwestfield.com 

Pumpkin Pie Lattes at Ahrre's Coffee Roastery

Ahrre's has Spiced Pumpkin Pie Latte! Enjoy the flavor of the season in a cup or take a pound of Spiced Pumpkin Pie Coffee Beans home. Both are available until November 17. Plus, they always offer brewed 'coffee of the day' at half price 5pm-6pm Weekdays. 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977. www.ahrre.com  

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Message from DWC Chairman, Dominick Verdic

Message from DWC Chairman, Dominick Verdic

It is always a pleasure working with Sherry Cronin, Beth Brenner and Jamie Lemberg at the Downtown Westfield Corporation. At a time when the retail environment is challenging nationwide and politics is divisive, it is extraordinary that the DWC and its staff continue to focus on addressing the changing needs of our business community in a non-partisan way and  embracing and adapting to new trends and ideas for additional growth. 

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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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Celebrate Halloween Downtown with Trick or Treat, Parade & Costume Contest, and Come Downtown for Many Other Events in October

Celebrate Halloween Downtown with Trick or Treat, Parade & Costume Contest, and Come Downtown for Many Other Events in October

Celebrate Halloween Downtown with Trick or Treat, Parade & Costume Contest

Sunday, October 29, beginning 12pm

Bring the kids downtown in their costumes to trick-or-treat in the retail stores and restaurants throughout Downtown Westfield from 12pm to 2pm. The Optimist Club of Westfield will present a Halloween Parade starting at 2:15pm on Quimby St. and will follow on North Ave., Prospect St., E. Broad St., Elm St. and back to Quimby St. The Westfield HS Marching Band will be performing. The costume contest on Quimby St., sponsored by DWC, is for children from pre-school through elementary school ages and starts at 2pm and continues throughout the parade (rain or shine). Costume contest judges will watch the parade and hand out medals and winner cards during and after the parade. All prizes will be awarded at 3pm on Quimby St. DWC 908.789.9444. www.westfieldtoday.com 

 

Click here to see ALL the events happening in Downtown Westfield in October! 

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Catching up with Patricia from Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils & Balsamics

Catching up with Patricia from Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils & Balsamics

It is hard to believe that Patricia & Paul Artisans of fine Oils and Balsamics is just in their fifth year. This beautiful gourmet delight located at 20 Elm Street in Westfield New Jersey has quickly become a mainstay and has attracted food lovers and the health conscious from all over the tristate. With their array of the freshest Extra-Virgin Olive Oils available and Aged to perfection Balsamics, tapenades, Harney & Sons Teas, local honey, dipping spices, French Linens, Olives, and artisan pottery, they have become a one stop shop for entertaining, hostess and corporate gifts as well as wedding and special occasion favors.

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