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Clothing/Jewelry:

Adlers Jewelers

Adlers Jewelers has expanded to a larger space with a new Designer Bridal Boutique. After 27 years at the same location in Downtown Westfield, Adlers Jewelers has moved next door to 217 North Ave., expanding to double its square footage and adding a private diamond showing area for customers. Adlers carries the top bridal designers including Tacori, Hearts On Fire, Verragio, A. Jaffe, Simon G. and eight other smaller boutique designers. Now they have a great new space in which to present them to future brides and grooms. Read more... 908.233.6900.

Johari Bra & Swimwear

Selected swimwear is now 30% off.  Shop early for the best selection. 112 Central Ave., 908.228.2779. www.joharionline.com 

Galleries/Home:

Juxtapose Gallery

In celebration of July 4th, all J. Devlin glass suncatchers at Juxtapose Gallery are 'Buy Three Get the Third FREE!' for the entire month of July. Stop in to see their beautiful selection at 58 Elm St., 908.232.3278. www.juxtaposegallery.com 

Galeria West Art & Framing

Galeria West is displaying something amazing and unique in their window: "Sky Dance" by artist Stan Adard. It Is one work from his collection "The Breath Experience", which uses digital construction and animation to create slowly flowing and breathing pictures. Take a moment in front of this picture to see the breath in the artwork - Are you able to synchronize your own breath? In July, Galeria West will have three more pieces of Stan's art. 111 Quimby St., 908.301.9217.  

Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Just arrived: Evalyn Dunn has a new selection of  The Helen Eddy day*star collection.  Specially priced with frame at $28. 549 South Ave. W., 908.232.0412. www.evalyndunngallery.com 

Papyrus of Westfield

Papyrus is having a Semi-Annual Sale with up to 70% select products. 62 Elm St., 908.928.1300. www.papyrusonline.com/stores/nj/westfield   

Time Warp

Timeless trends in fashion and décor endure at Time Warp. This month enjoy a storewide sale with most merchandise 30% to 50% off, including all artwork, furniture, lighting, jewelry, clothing, accessories, jewelry and decorative items. There is a free parking lot behind the store for customers. 407 South Ave. W., 908.232.2848. www.timewarpshoppe.com 

Personal Services:

Blende Custom Beauty 

Blende is now offering Brow Sculpting! Summer is here, the perfect time to up your brow game and make sure your eyebrows are in tip top shape. Nothing frames your face better than a perfectly sculpted brow. Call them to schedule your next appointment for waxing or hand tweezing with brow specialist DeeDee. 106 Elm St., 908.588.2094. www.blendebeauty.com 

Glamorous Girlz

It's BFF Month at Glamorous Girlz. Get a manicure and your BFF gets one for free during the month of July! 28 Prospect St., 908.264.8819. 

Jersey Boutique Spa

Buy one facial, get one FREE to give to a friend or family member. Buy one DMK Paramedical Oxygen Enzyme Facial, get one FREE. This 1.5 hour treatment also comes with reflexology, a computerized UV skin scan and a personalized prescription for homecare. $150 value (must be used by two different people). 331 West Broad St., 973.634.1077. www.jerseyboutiquespa.com 

 

Other Services:

Valencia School of Music

There are still a few open spots in Valencia's summer day programs for July and August. Their Rock and Roll Summer School (July 17-21) offers students a chance to learn to write songs, record at home and perform at the end of the week with a band at Crossroads. Broadway Westfield, the newest musical theater production camp, will be presenting Godspell. The camp runs July 31-August 24th, Monday through Thursday from 10am-3pm with a performance at UC PAC's Hamilton Stages on August 25. Register today - Spaces are Limited. 908.967.0458. 

www.valenciamusicnj.com 

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Food & Wine: Outdoor Dining, Sweet Treats & More

Food & Wine: Outdoor Dining, Sweet Treats & More

New Outdoor Tables at NosVino 

With Jazz Festival every Tuesday night in July and August, it's good to know that NosVino now has outdoor seating for its customers! Having acquired a sidewalk café license, they provide an outdoor space for people to eat, drink and enjoy snacks along with their great wine and craft beer. Help yourself to a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, jams and chocolates. Purchase what you want inside and then sit outside at one of their tables and serve yourself! Read more... 127 Central Ave., 908.232.5050.

 

Friendly Reminder that Smoking is Not Allowed at Outdoor Cafes

Last year The Westfield Town Council banned smoking at outdoor cafés. That means if you are dining outdoors at one of the many restaurants in Westfield, you are prohibited from smoking.  Read more here.

French Cuisine Still a Hit at Chez Catherine

Congrats to chez Catherine who received the top rating in a review in the June 23 issue of the Star Ledger! Read more about Westfield's classic French gem. 431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011.

 

1/2 Price Drinks at Sweet Waters Steak House

Enjoy happy hour at Sweet Waters on Monday-Friday from 3-6pm with 1/2 price drinks, salads, appetizers, and a special bar menu. Also, following the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz on Tuesday nights in July & August, Sweet Waters will be hosting an after party 9-12pm on 7/11-8/15 with live music, 1/2 price drinks and a special bar menu. 43 Elm St., 908.283.9402. www.sweetwatersnj.com 

Exciting Renovations are Happening at Xocolatz

Not only does the hard-working team at Xocolatz prepare delicious food, they have been busy with plans to completely renovate the restaurant. Starting this month, you will see interior changes and new entryway.  Stop by and see what cooking at Xocolatz!  235 Elmer Street, 908.232.3962 

www.xocolatznj.com

Westfield Farmer's Market Every Saturday

Take a stroll through The Westfield Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8:30am- 1:30pm. It's conveniently located on the south side of the Westfield Train Station where there is plenty of parking. In addition to fresh organic farmers, you'll find farm raised meats, locally grown flowers, baked goods, honey, gourmet sauces, pasta, and more. The Farmers Market is sponsored by Two River Community Bank and The GWACC. They look forward to seeing you there! www.gwaccnj.com/farmers-market  

Sweet Treats:

Hand-Dipped Chocolates and Gelato at The Chocolate Bar

Gelato and chocolates are made daily in store! 25 fresh gelato flavors are available and owner Neil Grote Jr. comes in early every day to make sure they don't run out of your favorite flavors! Chocolates are hand-dipped and amazing. 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000. 

www.thechocolatebarwestfield.com 

Fruit Smoothies at Ahrre's Coffee Roastery

Try a new fruit smoothie during happy hour at Ahrre's -- $3 each (regular $3.75) from 3pm-5pm weekdays. They offer three flavors: Mango, Razz-Berry and Strawberry-Banana. Their smoothies are 100% organic with no sugar added. Also, enjoy Ahrre's brewed 'coffee of the day' at half price from 5-6pm weekdays, always, and 20% off any French Press throughout June if you mention this newsletter. 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977.  www.ahrre.com 

Specialty Flavored Cones at Westfield Creamery Featuring Emack & Bolio's 

Emack & Bolio's invented the specialty flavored cone in 1980 and have made it the perfect accessory to its Super Premium Ice Cream. Come celebrate summer and the 4th of July in Westfield and enjoy one of these world famous cones. 258 E. Broad St. 

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New Free 'Express Spaces' for Parking 15 Minutes in Westfield

New Free 'Express Spaces' for Parking 15 Minutes in Westfield

Enforcement now only 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday

The Westfield Town Council approved an increase in the number of hours of free parking downtown and the creation of free 'express spaces' for people parking for 15 minutes or less at the June 20 town council meeting.

Both changes are the result of recommendations by the Mayor's Downtown Task Force and discussions among the Public Safety, Transportation & Parking Committees. Ordinance 2084 changes the hours of paid parking downtown for shoppers and visitors from the current times of 9am to 7pm to 10am to 6pm, effective immediately. Signs and stickers in the downtown lots are being changed. The ordinance will also allow the Westfield Police Department to designate certain parking spaces as 15-minute 'express spaces' for those picking up takeout orders from Downtown restaurants or running quick errands. Read more...

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New Parklet on Elm Street

New Parklet on Elm Street

Our dedicated DPW crew implemented Westfield's first parklet on Elm Street in front of Theresa's and Sweet Waters. 

Parklets are extensions of the sidewalk from the curb into the street: they are installations of public seating, art, plants and other elements, typically located in one or more parking spots and protected from traffic. They are places to gather, eat and drink, celebrate and create, work, play, and build community. With numerous placemaking benefits, these public spaces can make downtowns a more desirable place to live and work, and a more attractive destination. While a relatively new concept in New Jersey, parklets have been successfully implemented in places across the country.  

Westfield is implementing its parklet as a pilot coinciding with the sidewalk café season.  Using only one parking space, the experience and public use will be evaluated ongoingly.  

 

The 16th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza Took Place July 26

The 16th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza Took Place July 26
The 5K Pizza Run, one of the largest non-corporate 5K races in the state, attracts over 2,200 runners and over 6,000 spectators for an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ entertainment, and live music by Michael Craig Band & FOG. Tech shirts to the first 2,500 entrants and caps to the first 600.
 
Sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation, this year's Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza was held on July 26, 2017. The DWC welcomes Presenting Sponsor Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Platinum Sponsor Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 
 
 
 
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Chez Catherine: A New Touch on a French Classic

Chez Catherine: A New Touch on a French Classic

Westfield NJ -- A new wine cellar and tasting room for private parties, a summer menu, a renovated dining room, new owners and a new chef….. This is what you can expect at Chez Catherine in Westfield NJ, a restaurant known as one of New Jersey’s top destinations since 1979 for classic French cuisine.

Former maître d'hôtel, now restaurateur Stephan Bocket and his business partner Michael Cowan recently purchased this renowned restaurant and have invigorated the Westfield staple in many ways, including a fresh staff headed by Executive Chef Christine Migton.

The grand re‐opening showcases a fresh and elegant European feel to its dining room with a plaster stone effect on the walls, a beautiful coffered ceiling with elegant lighting, all creating a warm comfortable ambiance.

The new menu offers many classic dishes including Dover Sole prepared tableside and other enticing new dishes prepared by Executive Chef Migton. The wild, whole Dover Sole is sautéed in brown butter with fresh lemon juice and is delicious and simple. For dessert, the soufflés are superb and come in a variety of seasonal flavors including hazelnut, mango, lemon and Grand Marnier. Seasonal menus are always changing. Don’t miss their mid-week lunch special (Tuesday – Friday) featuring two-courses for $25.

The wine cellar and tasting room downstairs can accommodate private parties up to 20 people with prix fixe menus. A fresco painted wall and wine bottle storage displays make for an intimate and sophisticated event space.

Chez Catherine has its own special monthly events as well, such as wine dinners and a Bastille Day celebration in July. Subscribe to their mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.

Owner Stephan Bocket brings 32 years of hospitality experience into this new venture. Stephan has worked alongside many renowned chefs and restaurateurs including Chef Alain Ducasse in both Paris and New York. It is with these experiences that Stephan brings a heightened level of consistency to the operations of the Chez Catherine creating an extraordinary experience with impeccable service.

Executive Chef Christine Migton started her career at Chez Catherine in 2003 as a Chef Tourant and has honed her culinary skillset at some of New Jersey’s best restaurants before her recent return to Chez Catherine’s kitchen as Sous Chef. Now elevated to Executive Chef, Christine brings traditional classic French cuisine to a new generation of sophisticated diners.

Call for reservations at this reimagined classic. You won’t be disappointed. Free self-parking is provided on the premises.

431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011.  www.chezcatherine.com 

Photo:  Executive Chef Christine Migton and Co-owner Stephan Bocket welcome diners to a new renovated Chez Catherine. Photo courtesy of Chez Catherine.

 

New Outdoor Space to Eat & Drink at NosVino

New Outdoor Space to Eat & Drink at NosVino

With Jazz Festival coming to Westfield every Tuesday night in July and August, it’s good to know that NosVino now has outdoor seating for its customers! Having acquired a sidewalk café license, they provide an outdoor space for people to eat, drink and enjoy snacks along with their great wine and craft beer.

Whether you're waiting for a table to open at your favorite restaurant, looking for a spot to sit, sip and relax, in need of that perfect rendez-vous spot for date night or making sure the evening doesn't end when dinner is over ... NosVino offers a new option.

You know them for the best wine and craft beer in the area. Now you can also help yourself to a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, jams and chocolates. Purchase what you want inside and then sit outside at one of their tables and serve yourself!

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Rail Coalition Urges Funding for Gateway Project

Rail Coalition Urges Funding for Gateway Project

The President’s Transportation Infrastructure plan is being rolled out this week, and for New Jersey that means that all eyes should be on securing funding for the long-awaited Gateway Project, according to the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition.

“The Gateway Project is the most important transportation infrastructure project in the United States and includes new Hudson River tunnels, the Portal Bridge replacement, and reconstruction of New York’s Penn Station,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director and Rail Coalition Chairman Peter S. Palmer.

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NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Registering for 2017

NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Registering for 2017

As the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Summer Symphony begins its 18th. season, director Janet Lyman shows her enthusiasm  for  this popular group.

She commented “We will be playing a lot of great music this summer.  There will be operas, overtures, symphonies, and the best of the masters.  Come play with us.”     

Qualified instrumentalists  of all ages may register  to perform with this  prominent   music group. String players should be able to play 5 scales in 2 octaves.  Woodwind and brass players should be prepared to play in the keys of C, G, D, F and Bb. Percussionists who play snare drum, bass drum, timpani and trap are also needed.  Tuition for the summer orchestra is $175. All musicians are asked to bring a music stand to rehearsal. 

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Flower Baskets Have Arrived!

Flower Baskets Have Arrived!

Beautiful hanging baskets of flowers have arrived downtown! Thanks to the DWC for funding the flowers, Williams Nursery for supplying them, and most importantly the DPW (Craig Gibson and crew Rock Stewart, Omar Lucas, Vinny Brodo) for hanging them!