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New Boutique Workshop in Westfield Brings Out Anyone’s Inner Artist

New Boutique Workshop in Westfield Brings Out Anyone’s Inner Artist

Westfield, NJ residents now have a new way to express their passion for DIY design and styling with the opening of AR Workshop at 226 North Avenue West.   An extension of the popular NC-based design company Anders Ruff, AR Workshop is a  hands-on boutique studio and store where visitors can create their own handmade,  mixed-media pieces – everything from framed and plank wood signs, to canvas wall  hangings, to chalkboard art, pillows, décor and more. And it all takes place in guided workshop sessions that allow customers’ creative juices to flow, while still ensuring consistent, high-end results.

Taking the trend of creative, interactive parties (think of the popular “wine and painting” studios) to a fun new level, AR Workshop Westfield lets visitors work from customizable patterns and templates that can fit virtually any taste or style. As a result, no two pieces  – or projects – are the same. But the approach enables anyone to produce beautiful,  “Pinterest-worthy” artworks they can be proud of. The environment itself is also designed to inspire and delight – with a warm, welcoming  atmosphere that feels almost more like a lounge than an arts and crafts studio.

Accommodating everyone from individuals and couples, to larger groups and parties and even corporate events, AR Workshop Westfield is a place where inspiration and instruction meet – with a fun, fresh DIY flair. To learn more, visit  www.ARWorkshop.com/westfield

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DWC Design Committee Recent Projects

DWC Design Committee Recent Projects

For over 25 years, the DWC Design Committee has administered their successful Façade Renovation Incentive Grant Program to over 150 different storefronts.  From historic restorations to new signs or awnings, the DWC staff and committee work with tenants and property owners using historic photos, materials, and often photoshop renderings to collaborate design changes.  

Two recent examples of major storefront renovations and expansions include Michael Robert Construction and Limani Seafood Grill.  Pictured are: Michael, Ellie Mroz (and children) at Michael Robert Construction, 400 W. Broad Street. George and Vasilia Vastardis of Limani Seafood Grill, 235 North Ave. W., were also presented with a Façade Renovation Incentive Grant check from Councilman Sam Della Fera, DWC board member and Council liaison.  

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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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Grand Openings in April

Grand Openings in April

Downtown BBQ is open at 301 South Ave. W. Downtown BBQ's signature rub and open-flame grill bring out the unique flavors in their meat. Starting with Grade A Prime Angus beef, Chicken and Ribs, they apply a signature rub and allow the flavors to permeate the meat for at least 48 hours before grilling their steaks, chicken, ribs and burgers on an open-flame grill. 908.264.8252. 
www.downtownbbq.net  

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Blende Custom Beauty is opening soon at 106 Elm St. after completing a beautiful restoration. Celebrity makeup artist Keira Karlin has worked on TV shows including Law and Order SVU, The Blacklist, The Affair, Blue Bloods and SNL. Keira brings her talents to her 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 events. 

www.facebook.com/BlendeBeauty

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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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