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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/

 

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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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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Dine Out Westfield Food & Wine Event Continues Through March 9

Dine Out Westfield Food & Wine Event Continues Through March 9

It's time to eat & drink! The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is pleased to sponsor Dine Out Westfield February 26 through March 09, 2017. Over twenty restaurants are participating this winter to offer wonderful menus at affordable prices. Restaurants are offering two and three-course prix-fixe menus specially priced for lunch and/or dinner, many with wine pairing options. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included unless otherwise noted. Menus are published in advance (when available) for you to review before making your reservation.

What's New this year? Dine Out Westfield is now a Food & Wine Event with wine pairing menus and recommendations. Participating restaurants with liquor licenses are offering options for wine pairings along with their food menus. Some wineries are selling bottles of wine in several restaurants. Local liquor stores NosVino and The Liquor Basket will be making wine recommendations for other restaurants and offering discounts and tableside delivery if you order in advance! 

Browse the list of participating restaurants below to find one that fits your appetite and your budget. Then call the restaurant directly for reservations. Bon Appetit!

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Congratulations to Chill Cryotherapy Owner Julie Shanebrook

Congratulations to Chill Cryotherapy Owner Julie Shanebrook

Julie Shanebrook was featured in the January 30, 2017 issue of NJBIZ in an article entitled "The Big Chill". She wants to bring cryotherapy to the mainstream by franchising her Westfield-based business, Chill Cryotherapy, as ChillRX in order to bring cryotherapy to more people in need throughout the country. Founder and CEO Shanebrook, after finding personal relief from back pain, is convinced that the brief application of extremely cold air vapor, chilled by liquid nitrogen, is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic to the body. The success of her Westfield store has propelled her to want to expand the concept. Bravo to our local woman in business! Read the njbiz.com article here. 327 South Ave. W., 908.228.5711. www.chillcryo.net 

Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

People of every age, gender and ethnic background from around New Jersey gathered in Westfield Saturday January 21, 2016 for a “sister” march of the Women’s March on Washington.

Organizer Lydia Kaplan estimated that thousands of people participated. “It was over and above my expectations,” said Kaplan, who earlier in the week had expected 100 to 200 marchers.

According to organizers of the March on Washington, the marches around the world Saturday were meant “to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights.”

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Downtown Westfield - A Year in Review

Downtown Westfield - A Year in Review

In case you forgot all the wonderful things that happened in Downtown Westfield NJ this year, here's are some of the highlights of 2016.

Roosterspin and Limani Seafood expanded their restaurants; Satsang Yoga, Elegant Image Salon, Urban Sewciety and Domino's Pizza moved but stayed in town; Robert Treat Delicatessen said farewell to Westfield after over 70 years due to retirement; Trader Joe's roof collapsed in a blizzard and the building was completely rebuilt and reopened within 10 months; CoolVines became NosVino; Amuse re-opened as Butcher Burgers; Grand Openings included Addams Tavern, Kilwins, Johari, T-Mobile, The Device Shop, POE Yoga, Sofi's Color Lounge, D'or L'Dor, Di Farina Pizzeria, Fresh Bui, Inspiration Roll, Raritan Valley GYROTONIC®, Mesina Realty Group, Club Pilates, Duke's Deli and Ono Bowls; Didier Jouvenet retired from Chez Catherine and left the reins to longtime Maitre D' Stephane Bocket;

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New Winter Banners are Hanging Around Downtown

New Winter Banners are Hanging Around Downtown

You may have noticed the new banners hanging around town! Thanks to the Downtown Westfield Corporation and The Town of Westfield for designing, printing and hanging these brand new snowflake banners, welcoming visitors to our lovely downtown this holiday season and throughout Winter. They are part of the downtown decorating efforts along with the holiday wreaths and garlands.  In addition, the DWC has been working hard to decorate vacant stores for the upcoming holiday season by putting greenery in the flower baskets and filling the empty storefronts with holiday decorations and artwork by local artists.

Downtown Westfield has a New Website: www.WestfieldToday.com

Downtown Westfield has a New Website: www.WestfieldToday.com

The Downtown Westfield Corporation is pleased to present a new website for Downtown Westfield's Business District. Working with a special grant from Main Street NJ, DWC worked closely with Glerin, a Virginia-based web design & strategy firm, to create a custom site which meets the needs of our business community and creates a visually appealing new online presence for our town.

"We think shoppers and diners will be able to more easily navigate the downtown site and find what they are looking for more quickly and intuitively," said Jamie Lemberg, in charge of Digital Marketing & Social Media for DWC. "We provide access to the latest news, shopping, dining and events in a streamlined fashion with menus that make sense."

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