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Mother's Day Essentials - Flowers, Chocolates & Cakes

Mother's Day Essentials - Flowers, Chocolates & Cakes

There are plenty of local businesses downtown that offer flowers, chocolates and sweet desserts for the special women in your life. Here are a few of Westfield's essential gift destinations. Call or stop by!


Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique - 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393, www.bluejasminedesign.com  

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

The Green Room - 227 Elmer St., 908.518.0400 www.greenroomflorist.com

Brummer's Chocolates 125 E. Broad St., 908.232.1904, www.brummershomemadechocolates.com  

The Chocolate Bar 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000, www.thechocolatebar.com  

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

Bovella's Pastry Shoppe 101 E. Broad St., 908.232.4149, www.bovellas.com   

Carlo's Bakery 21 E. Broad St., 908.228.5525, www.carlosbakery.com

Tutti Baci Italian Bakery 401 South Ave. W., 908.317.9200

Trader Joe's 155 Elm St., 908.301.0910, www.traderjoes.com  

Grand Openings in May

Grand Openings in May

Blende Custom Beauty is opening May 2 at 106 Elm St. after completing a beautiful restoration. Celebrity makeup artist Keira Karlin, Blende's co-owner, has worked on TV shows including Law and Order SVU, The Blacklist, The Affair, Blue Bloods and SNL. She has been the personal makeup artist for celebrities and dignitaries such as Debra Messing, Lucy Liu, Kevin Costner and President Bill Clinton. Her partner Nikki Tardibuono is a Makeup Artist and Licensed Esthetician certified in Microblading, with many years of retail management experience. Both women are working moms, living in the Westfield area for the past 17 years. This duo brings their talents to their new shop in the heart of Downtown Westfield. Blende specializes in custom blended makeup and lip bar, microblading and brow sculpting, private and group lessons, weddings and parties. 908.588.2094. Read more... www.blendebeauty.com 

Hand Picked, featuring urban wear and Supreme clothing, including sneakers and caps, is open at 107 Prospect St. (across from Bovella's). www.handpickednj.com  

 

$5 Comfort Food, offering sandwiches, salads and more with most everything on the menu priced at $5, is now open at 311 South Ave. W. (former location of Subway). Call in advance for pick-up or delivery. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Give mom a day off and bring the family for a meal here on Mother's Day! 908.233.9333.

Golden Age Fretted Instruments has moved to a new location! Formerly at 309 South Ave., Golden Age is now in a bigger, better, more beautiful location at 266 E. Broad St. (in the historic Carnegie library space formerly Felice, between The Town Book Store and Betty Gallagher Antiques). Golden Age specializes in boutique guitars with many handmade new, used and vintage guitars and accessories. They also do repairs. With the extra space, Golden Age is planning monthly in-store jams as well as workshops and clinics showcasing some of today's top players and instructors. 908.301.0001. www.goldenageguitars.com 

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NJWA Summer Workshop’s Early Elementary Programs: Keep the Curiosity Alive

NJWA Summer Workshop’s Early Elementary Programs: Keep the Curiosity Alive

Children are natural learners and have a penchant for seeking out anything new and not yet experienced. The NJWA Summer Workshop provides an opportunity to appease and feed this curiosity that drives young students to explore, discover and create, both singularly and collaboratively.

The Young Explorers program is for students who will be entering a junior kindergarten (4+) or kindergarten program in the fall. Activities include arts and crafts, violin, life science, LEGO Education pre-engineering builds and pre-readers workshop. All of these experiences work in tandem to provide an inspirational springboard for further learning and understanding.

The First Grade Adventurers program is for students entering the first grade in the fall. Sharing a similar curriculum to that of the Young Explorers, this program also offers arts and crafts, violin, physical science and practical applications, and author studies. Language arts and engineering are also explored using the teacher-favored curriculum from LEGO Education, where cooperative learning is an integral part of the process.

The teaching staff is comprised of Early Education professionals who promote a classroom culture that is inspirational, challenging, creative and fun. The freedom to discover, create and play in a warm and encouraging environment results in children who are happy and self- reliant and helps pave a path for future and successful educational endeavors.

The NJWA Summer Workshop is a three-week camp, dedicated to providing exciting cognitive and creative opportunities for students entering junior kindergarten through 9th grade. This year’s Workshop will be held at the air-conditioned Lincoln School, 400 2nd Ave, Garwood, NJ. Camp runs weekdays from July 10-July 28, 8:30am-12:30pm with an optional 7:30am drop off. The Summer Workshop partners with the Westfield area YMCA and offers Afternoon Adventures for those needing a full day program. To view, download or print the 2017 brochure, visit us on-line at www.njwasummerworkshop.com.

   

Photo Caption: Early Elementary students enjoy opportunities in both collaborative and individual learning in a fun and nurturing environment.

Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11 with Free Parking and Celebrity Guest Vern Yip

Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11 with Free Parking and Celebrity Guest Vern Yip
Enjoy FREE PARKING and Special Guest Vern Yip at The Farmhouse Store
 
Ladies, it's time to shop! Girls' Night Out Returns to Westfield May 11, 2017 as a Day & Night Event! Typically an evening event, you can now enjoy the festivities all day for shopping and refreshments AND into the evening until 9pm. The Town of Westfield is offering FREE parking all day & night! Special guests will be at The Farmhouse Store (221 E. Broad St.) from 6-9pm -- HGTV's Vern Yip and Good Housekeeping 's Meaghan Murphy! 
 
Come out to shop for Mother's Day gifts, discover unique shops, pamper yourself with promotions & special events, and relax with complimentary refreshments as you stroll among the retailers in Downtown Westfield. Be one of the first 1,500 lucky ladies to register and receive a complimentary gift from Downtown Westfield Corporation (a secret until arrival)! Rain or shine. Bag sponsors include Athleta and Keller-Williams Realty. A brochure of participating businesses along with their promotions for the evening will be published soon on www.westfieldtoday.com.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Chez Catherine Completes Restaurant Renovations with New Ownership & New Executive Chef

Chez Catherine Completes Restaurant Renovations with New Ownership & New Executive Chef

Chez Catherine Restaurant in Westfield NJ has been known as one of New Jersey’s top destinations since 1979 for classic French cuisine. Former maître d'hôtel, now Restauranteur Stephan Bocket and his business partner Michael Cowan recently purchased this renowned restaurant and have invigorated this Westfield staple with beautiful renovations, new menus and a fresh staff headed by Executive Chef Christine Migton.

The soft grand re‐opening in March met the anticipation with substance. The restaurant has now ushered in a new modern elegant European feel to its dining room with a plaster stone effect on the walls, a beautiful coffered ceiling with elegant unobtrusive lighting creating a wonderfully warm comfortable ambiance. The new menu offers many classic dishes including Dover Sole prepared tableside as well as enticing new‐era dishes prepared by Executive Chef Migton that are a wonderful exemplification of culinary excellence from food quality to preparation and presentation. The new menu when paired with Chez Catherine’s exceptional wine list creates a truly special dining experience.

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An Update from the Mayor's Downtown Task Force

An Update from the Mayor's Downtown Task Force
Mayor Andy's Skibitsky's Downtown Task Force presented an Initial Report & Recommendations at the April 4, 2017 Town Council meeting. 
 
The Mayor's Downtown Task Force is appreciative of all the comments, concerns, ideas and suggestions it received in its first 8 months. All participants were united in a common passion, a love of Westfield, and a common cause, to see the Downtown remain vibrant.
 

 

 

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Westfield Named in Top 10 Walkable Places in NJ

Westfield Named in Top 10 Walkable Places in NJ

NJ Spotlight has named Westfield in their top 10 list of urban 'walkable places' in New Jersey. More people want to live in such places nationwide and NJ has plenty of them. Watch the segment here: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/04/06/more-people-want-to-live-in-urban-walkable-places-and-nj-s-got-lots-of-them/

 

Westfield Memorial Day Parade is Scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2017

Westfield Memorial Day Parade is Scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2017

The only parade in the Town of Westfield, this year's annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 29. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 am, at the World War I Monument Circle, then proceed on E. Broad St. through town toward Fairview Cemetery. Participating members marching in the parade are requested to be at the Lord & Taylor West parking lot by 8 am.

The mayor and town council, Westfield Police and Fire Department, Department of Public Works and various youth and civic organizations will be participating in this year’s parade. Wreaths will be sponsored by the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and local businesses. Public invited! 

 

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NJWA Summer Workshop Announces 45th Season of Inspiration and Creativity

NJWA Summer Workshop Announces 45th Season of Inspiration and Creativity

The NJWA Summer Workshop is a three-week camp, dedicated to providing exciting cognitive and creative opportunities for students entering junior kindergarten through 8th grade. This year’s Workshop runs weekdays from July 10-July 28, 8:30am-12:30pm and will be held at the Lincoln School, 400 2nd Ave, Garwood, NJ. The program offers various programs guaranteed to provide each student with the opportunity to explore, discover and create in a genuinely unique and personal manner.

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Shopping Best Bets for April

Shopping Best Bets for April
SOLE Shoes
Cool and fashionable new sneakers are all the rage and SOLE has some beautiful new options. Slip on and lace up styles with metallic tips or in patent leather, these handcrafted leather sneakers from Blackstone Shoes are comfortable AND pretty to wear. Ready for work or play, and always making a statement, this new collection for men and women is just in at SOLE. Stop in for a pair! 201 E. Broad St., 908.654.7800. Facebook
 
Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique
Blue Jasmine is celebrating 3 YEARS of bringing beautiful flowers, jewelry and gifts to downtown Westfield. Come celebrate the boutique's 3rd Anniversary on April 15 when Blue Jasmine will be offering storewide sales and bouquet raffles all weekend. 22 Elm St., 908.232.2393.

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