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Restaurant Hunter from FiOS1 News Reviews Two Westfield Restaurants: Chez Catherine & Limani Seafood Grill

Restaurant Hunter from FiOS1 News Reviews Two Westfield Restaurants: Chez Catherine & Limani Seafood Grill

Emmy winner Christine Sloan searches for the best eats in New Jersey. Her segment airs Thursdays at 8pm on Verizon FiOS1 News. On january 18, 2018 she aired a Westfield segment and reviewed two of our Downtown restaurants. 

"French Cuisine with a Flair" 

Watch what Restaurant Hunter had to say about Chez Catherine (431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011). She talks with French owner Stephane Bocket about his intimate restaurant, escargot, dover sole filleted tableside, his mother's chocolate mousse, and chef Christine's Grand Marnier souffle. Watch it here: www.fios1news.com/newjersey/restaurant-hunter-chez-catherine-westfield

"Flavorful Dishes at Limani Seafood Grill" 

Check out this awesome segment on Flavorful Dishes at Limani Seafood Grill (235 North Avenue W., 908.233.0052). It features Limani's flavorful Greek dishes (including their Shrimp Santorini) and showcases owners George and Vasilia Vastardis. Watch it here:  

www.fios1news.com/newjersey/restaurant-hunter-limani-seafood-grill-westfield 

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Congratulations to three downtown businesses who received a prestigious Best of Houzz award for 2018

Congratulations to three downtown businesses who received a prestigious Best of Houzz award for 2018

Congratulations to three of our downtown businesses who received a prestigious Best of Houzz award for 2018! These professionals are honored for the most popular photos on Houzz and their beautiful work in home remodeling and design.

Mimi & Hill - Best in Design

With over 40 million users and 1 million design professionals, Mimi & Hill is honored to win Best Of Design for Houzz! They would like to thank great team and amazing clients, and they continue to create authentic, unique spaces that speak to their clients' individuality. They create designs that are classic and at the same time current. 227 Elmer St., 908.403.6169. www.mimiandhill.com 

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Dine Out Westfield, Downtown Westfield's Annual Prix Fixe Culinary Event, is Underway (February 25 - March 8) with Fresh New Options 

Dine Out Westfield, Downtown Westfield's Annual Prix Fixe Culinary Event, is Underway (February 25 - March 8) with Fresh New Options 

Attention foodies! This year Dine Out Westfield will be held Sunday, February 25 - Thursday, March 8, 2018. 

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) sponsors Dine Out Westfield to celebrate local dining at affordable prices. Participating restaurants offer two or more course prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner. Participating restaurants' menus will be published in advance (when available) for review before making a reservation. This event spans two weeks, with Friday and Saturday excluded. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included.

Dine Out Westfield is an annual culinary event with various wine and liquor options. Participating restaurants with liquor licenses will be making recommendations for wines, beers and cocktails along with their food menus. Several wineries sell wines by the bottle in a handful of our restaurants. Local liquor stores NosVino and The Liquor Basket are making wine recommendations for other BYOB restaurants and are offering discounts for sales by the bottle. NosVino will even deliver wine bottles tableside to those who order in advance! 

This event offers diners great deals on tasty prix fixe lunch and dinner menus with unique and varied offerings. Prices and number of courses vary by restaurant, so diners are encouraged to browse the list and find one that fits their appetite and budget before calling the restaurant directly for reservations.

Many thanks to Mayor Brindle's Media Council for creating the wonderful Dine Out Westfield video!

See the list of participating restaurants and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below. Don't forget to post your dining photos on Instagram #dineoutwestfield. Bon Appetit!

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Valentine's Day Essential Gifts

Valentine's Day Essential Gifts

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 and our downtown businesses at the same time!

Flowers: 

  • Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique - 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393
  • Flower Art by Design Contempo - 103 Prospect St., 908.301.0300 
  • The Green Room - 605 South Ave. W., 908.518.0400

Chocolates: 

  • Brummer's Chocolates - 125 E. Broad St., 908.232.1904 
  • The Chocolate Bar -112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000
  • Kilwins - 9 Elm St., 908.264.7476 

Champagne: 

  • NosVino - 127 Central Ave., 232.5050
  • The Liquor Basket - 115 Quimby St., 908.232.1900 
  • Trader Joe's - 155 Elm St., 908.301.0910
  • Westfield Wine & Liquors - 276 North Ave. E., 908.232.1133

Jewelry: 

  • Adler's Jewelers - 219 North Ave. W., 908.233.6900
  • Alex and Ani - 299 E. Broad St., 908.264.8157
  • Bridget's Irish Cottage - 15 E. Broad St.. 908.789.0909
  • The Farmhouse Store - 221 E. Broad St., 908.654.0444
  • The French Martini - 41 Elm St., 917.532.5776 
  • Gordin & Sons Jewelers - 135 E. Broad St., 908.232.0736
  • Juxtapose Gallery - 58 Elm St., 908.232.3278
  • Lord & Taylor - 609 North Ave., 908.233.6600
  • N & C Jewelers - 102 Quimby St., 908.233.3380 
  • Robert Anthony Jewelry - 254 E. Broad St., 908.317.5800 
  • Tamar Jewelry - 55 Elm St., 908.317.0180

Lingerie: 

  • Lord & Taylor - 609 North Ave., 908.233.6600
  • Victoria's Secret - 233 E. Broad St., 908.518.0859

Gift Certificates: 

Cakes/Cookies: 

  • Bovella's Pastry Shoppe - 101 E. Broad St. 908.232.4149 
  • Carlo's Bakery - 21 E. Broad St., 908.228.5525
  • Tutti Baci Italian Bakery & Deli - 401 South Ave. W., 908.317.9200

Dinner Reservations: 

  • See the Food & Wine section in this issue for ideas, or view a complete list of restaurants.

Interested in Opening a Business in Westfield?

Interested in Opening a Business in Westfield?

Are you interested in opening a business in Downtown Westfield? It's hard to know where to start. Call the Downtown Westfield Corporation for a Recruitment Packet (908-789-9444) and/or feel free to access any of these helpful links:  

download our informational 'Opening a Business' PDF (with a step by step guide)

download the 'Façade Renovation Incentive Grant Program' PDF  (to read about and apply for grant money toward your sign, awning or building facade work)

browse the current vacancy list for available retail/restaurant & commercial space in Downtown Westfield

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2018 Events in Downtown Westfield - Mark Your Calendars

2018 Events in Downtown Westfield - Mark Your Calendars
Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation (unless otherwise noted), here are some of the events coming to Downtown Westfield in 2018.
 
February/March:
  • Dine Out Westfield February-March (TBD) 
  • NJ Festival Orchestra presents "Madama Butterfly" March 3, 7pm
  • Westfield Student Artwork in Downtown Stores hosted by WHS Public Schools Fine Art Dept.  throughout March 
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Recap of 2017 Openings & Expansions

Recap of 2017 Openings & Expansions
As we look back at the happenings in our downtown this past year, we can't help but remark on all the new businesses that have come to town and some of the existing businesses that have thrived and expanded. Despite some obvious challenges our downtown faces, take a peak with us at some of the positive things that have happened in 2017 (in alphabetical order)....
 
Amazing Lash Studio opened at 225 E. Broad St. www.amazinglashstudio.com
 
AR Workshop, a graphic design, DIY blog and shop, opened at 226 North Ave W. (next to Kennedy's Barber Shop). www.arworkshop.com/westfield

Blende Custom Beauty opened at 106 Elm St. after completing a beautiful restoration. www.blendebeauty.com
 
Bella Organici expanded from their Cranford location to 519 South Ave.W. www.bellaorganici.com 
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Miracle on Elm Street Shopping Spree - Drawing Winners Announced

Miracle on Elm Street Shopping Spree - Drawing Winners Announced

From November 20 through December 22, 2017, the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) ran a Shopping Spree Contest for the holidays. Shoppers were encouraged to enter a random drawing in stores and online to win one of six $50 gift cards* each week. Six individual weekly prizes of $50 were awarded in Downtown Westfield shopping/restaurant gift cards. In addition, there was a bonus drawing for a $25 parking card each week.

And the winners are....

Heather Cejovic, Melissa Wengerter, Julia Higashio, Andrew Nguyen, Toula Tzanetos, Jane Wright, Jill Anderson, Dan Ward, Janet Lawrence, Barbara Bitz, Eileen McGuire, Mary Ryan, Rachel Woliansky, Ellen Walsh, Rose McEwen, Sahara Sumpter, Aileen White, Richard Monihan, Maureen Krauter, Debbie Bearg, Heather Large, Rosemarie Kulp, Lisa Ohl, Luke Hiltwein, Bob Fallon, Nicole DiPillo, Linda Lombardie, Lisa Schardien, John Rowley, Carol Bieda, Julie Jacobs, Lars Ackerman, Judy Jessup, Sandy Tichenor and Cecilia Baez.

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Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Welcome Mayor Shelley Brindle and new council members! It was a frigid yet exciting and historic inauguration ceremony on January 1, 2018 as Westfield swore in its first female mayor. Also sworn in were new town council members Linda Habgood, Mike Dardia, David Contract & Dawn Mackey. They joined existing council members JoAnn Neylan, Mark LoGrippo, Frank Arena and Doug Stokes. A crowd of several hundred people were on hand to witness the event at the Town Hall Front Lawn, 425 E. Broad Street. 

DWC welcomes to our Board of Directors Jim Donofrio, Gary Goodman, Miriam Verga, Patricia Hanigan, Councilwoman Dawn Mackey and Mayor Shelley Brindle. They join existing board members Alan De Rose, Shawn Hanna and James Gildea. Click here for the board meeting schedule.

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First Congregational Celebrates Restored Hall

First Congregational Celebrates Restored Hall
WESTFIELD -- First Congregational Church of Westfield is celebrating the new year with a newly restored parish house.  Hidden from view for over 40 years, the hall’s window wall and skylight are once again exposed, filling the room with natural light.  The soaring space, warmed by dark wood trim, forms the heart of the church’s social events.  
 

Built in 1912 and named for an early minister, Patton Hall was modified over the years to accommodate the needs of a growing congregation.  A portion was walled off to create an infant nursery and a drop ceiling was added during the 1970s energy crisis, sealing off the balcony and skylight above. 
 
patton hall reducedWith the completion of the restoration, the most dramatic architectural elements are once again visible, namely the exposed rafters, arched windows and wood trimmed skylight in the early 20th century Craftsman style.  The original Gothic-style chandeliers were refurbished and fitted with Edison-era bulbs.  Doors and woodwork were salvaged and the painted trim returned to its original chestnut finish.
 
To satisfy 21st century standards, the project included central air conditioning, a new service kitchen and handicapped-accessible bathroom, and a 75-inch “smart” TV.  The hall can seat 120 people and is available for rental for meetings and celebrations.
 
 “Among the many blessings of a thriving congregation are members who are willing to contribute so generously to complete a project like this for future generations,” said Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, FCC Senior Minister.  “We welcome the community to experience both the room and the generosity of spirit that restored it over coffee following our weekly worship celebrations.” 
 
First Congregational Church is located at 125 Elmer Street in downtown Westfield.  For more information on rentals or church programs, please visit fccofwestfield.org or call (908) 233-2494.
 
 
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First Congregational Church’s Patton Hall has been restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor.   The historic hall is home to the church’s social events and may be rented for meetings and celebrations.