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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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An Update About Downtown from the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC)

An Update About Downtown from the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC)

Written by Sherry Cronin, Executive Director, Downtown Westfield Corporation

There has been much focus on the state of Downtown Westfield this year especially as retail continues to go through incredible change.  With the convenience and ease of online shopping and the choice of how consumers can spend, many of our own residents may not shop the same way they did in the past.  Yet, we all want a strong and vibrant downtown and want to see every storefront filled. 

Westfield is not alone.  As retail continues to contract, restaurants and personal service types of businesses are growing. Many downtowns and shopping destinations are experiencing similar issues.  There are many factors locally to nationally which are influencing the pace of change we are experiencing.  Every day, there is a new headline about store closings and the state of retail on the decline.  As demographics shift, more millennials will emerge onto the marketplace and additional change is inevitable.  Business uses that could never have been contemplated are often not allowed in the existing zoning ordinances.  Product and service providers often struggle to determine what customers want and expect. Today’s retailers often do not need or want large square foot locations which is prevalent in some Downtown Westfield vacancies requiring some difficult and costly decisions on behalf of tenants and property owners.

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Round Table Wealth has Moved

Round Table Wealth has Moved

On December 8th, 2016, Round Table Wealth Management moved its corporate headquarters from Lenox Avenue into their new spacious location at 241 North Avenue West in Westfield NJ. The move allows Round Table to better serve their expanding client base with new conference areas, an open floor plan and a greater sense of collaboration. Their new location offers a separate seminar room for hosting large meetings and training sessions. The RTWM staff have been eager to show off the new office to clients and contacts. They remain residents of downtown Westfield and look forward to continuing to support the community. 241 North Ave. W., 3rd floor, 908.789.7310. www.roundtablewealth.com 

 

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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Roosterspin and NosVino Team up for a Craft Beer Happy Hour on St. Paddy's Eve

Roosterspin and NosVino Team up for a Craft Beer Happy Hour on St. Paddy's Eve

Join NosVino as they present their first ever Downtown Happy Hour at Roosterspin on St. Paddy's EveThursday March 16, 6-9pm! Featuring the excellent craft beers of NJ's own River Horse Brewing, there's no better way to kick off the holiday weekend a day early and enjoy shared plates of Roosterspin's famous double-fried wings and appetizers, craft beer flights, DJ and karaoke!

Don't miss this chance to try some great brews, awesome food and sing to your heart's content during the launch of this new and exciting spin on a modern craft beer dinner. Jenna from River Horse will be on site offering food-pairing suggestions, information on the beers and brewing process, and cool merchandise.

Reservations are required and tickets are available through NosVino's website: www.nosvino.com/events. This family-style dinner and mingling event is $30 pp which includes EVERYTHING: 1 flight of 5 6-oz pours, shared food & appetizer platters, karaoke entertainment and private rooms, tax and tip.

Roosterspin is located at 251 North Ave., westfield NJ.

Rock Performance Workshop Registers for Spring Session

Rock Performance Workshop Registers for Spring Session

         A fantastic opportunity awaits area teens who want to rock out with their peers, whether on a Saturday night, entertaining audiences at a local venue or performing to raise money for charity.  All these fortunate experiences can be attained by becoming a member of  the NJWA Rock Performance Workshop. 

          Membership is now being accepted for the current group, which will meet on Saturday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio, at 150-152 East Broad Street in Westfield.  Depending upon enrollment, additional groups may be scheduled for other time periods.

          Requirements for joining the RPW include multiple years of  experience on drums, bass, guitar, piano, vocals or other rock instruments.  There will also be an Intro to Rock Performance class for those who have little or no experience or who may be younger than high school age.

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The Mayor's Downtown Task Force Continues to be a Priority

town of Westfield New Jersey seal croppedAt the February 21, 2017 Town Council meeting, an update was provided. Recommendations will be made in three phases: immediate, mid-term and long-range. Click here for the latest updates on the work of the task force: www.westfieldnj.gov/downtowntaskforce 

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Fitness Corner

Fitness Corner

Satsang Yoga Studio

Satsang is gearing up for Spring with several events in March. On March 7 at 7:30pm, they are offering a free lecture with Dr. Thomas Agesen on Regenerative Medicine and PRP as non-surgical alternatives for sports, spine and orthopedic injuries. Sunday, March 19 1:30-3pm enjoy their monthly Roll, Relax, Reset workshop focusing on lower back and hips. Use therapy balls to roll out your winter kinks. Sunday, March 25 at 12:30-1:30 it's a Mommy and Me Yoga event for newborn babies to crawling. Spend some quality time connecting with your baby while you strengthen and tone your body. 235 E. Broad St., 2nd floor, 908.789.7203. www.satsangyogastudio.com

The Bar Method

Hey teens! Looking to get Prom or Summer ready? The Bar Method is offering a $75/month Unlimited class pack for High School and College students. This is an unlimited package so all times are open to you. Please call the studio to register for this special price. 908.232.0746. www.westfield.barmethod.com

POE Yoga Westfield

POE 'Hot 26' classes are now in Westfield. A sequence of 26 postures, each posture is held twice and the specific sequence systematically moves fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as nature intended. POE has hired the most experienced teachers in the area to deliver the ultimate experience to their clientele. First class is free! 128 Elm St., 908.264.7995. www.poeyoga.com

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Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors can be a terribly damaging form of communication. Rumors spread on social media are no exception, and only serve to amplify the negative effects on people and businesses. 

Recently our office has received an increased level of questions about store closings based on rumors on social media. While we can in some cases confirm news about stores not renewing their leases or planning to close, the majority of rumors we hear and read are false! Rumors about some of our downtown chain stores and restaurants closing are most often not true and we are baffled by who would start such rumors and why. The businesses affected are themselves confused about where the rumors started and are forced into damage control mode to convince customers they are doing fine.

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Shopping Best Bets

Shopping Best Bets

South Moon Under

South Moon Under's Annual Swim Event takes place March 3-27 and features 15% off swimwear and cover ups. New this year, they now sell all two piece swimwear as separates! Additionally, customers can visit the store or online at http://bit.ly/2kvx9qq to enter to win the 'Best Beach Bag Ever' worth over $500! 249 E. Broad St., 908.518.1509. www.southmoonunder.com

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor will be hosting their Friends and Family event from Thursday, March 2 - Monday, March 6. Stop by and enjoy 40% off your purchase (certain exclusions apply) as well as 20% off for signing up for an Ann Taylor credit card. These discounts are only for a limited time so stop by and enjoy some great discounts on all of their new arrivals. They will be also hosting a private shopping event after the store is closed on Monday, March 6 from 8-10pm. Refreshments will be served. Contact the store to RSVP to the after hours event. 167 E. Broad St., 908.232.2393. www.anntaylor.com

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine is gearing up for Spring! Shop new plants, jewelry and gifts at the boutique. Enjoy a one day sale to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, with 20% off all things green (excludes plants and flowers)!  Learn floral design at any of their March classes - call for a schedule and details. 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393. www.shopbluejasmine.com

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