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The landmark Arcanum Hall is getting a restoration facelift

The landmark Arcanum Hall is getting a restoration facelift

Scaffolding has arrived around the 1892 Arcanum Hall in order for some much needed work on the façade of the building.  The property owners are making a huge investment in new second floor windows, restoration work on the rotunda, and well as new awnings, lighting and painting of trim on the exterior.  Thanks to the DWC Façade Renovation Incentive Grant program, the DWC Design Committee has been working with the owner, architect, tenants, and PEM Construction of Westfield which is overseeing the work.  Stay tuned for exciting new changes to a beautiful downtown gem!  

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Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival in Westfield Kicks Off July 3rd

Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival in Westfield Kicks Off July 3rd

Live Music Every Tuesday Night in July & August, 7-9pm

Tuesday, July 3rd marks the first night of the 22nd Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, brought to you by The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC). Residents, visitors, shoppers and diners are invited to enjoy the free music while strolling, dining and relaxing at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians. The festival takes place every Tuesday evening during July and August, from 7pm to 9pm. Raindates are the following evening, Wednesday, each week.

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The Pizza Run Returns to Westfield July 25

The Pizza Run Returns to Westfield July 25

The Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza is one of the largest non-corporate 5K races in the state, attracting 2,496 runners and over 6,000 spectators for an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ entertainment, and live music.

Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the 17th annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza will be held on July 25, 2018 at 7pm. All registration must be done online.

Register now at PracticeHard.com.

For race details, course map, sponsorship opportunities and more, visit:

http://westfieldtoday.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=225:downtown-westfield-5k-run-and-pizza-extravaganza&catid=34:events-main&Itemid=311

 

 

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Yoga on Quimby is Coming to Westfield June 10th - Register Now!

Yoga on Quimby is Coming to Westfield June 10th - Register Now!

Yoga on Quimby, WELLNESS IN THE STREET, will take place Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 8:30am to 2pm on Quimby St., Westfield, NJ. The street will be pedestrian only for this event. 

Join the Downtown Westfield Community for a FREE yoga class on Quimby Street. Satsang Yoga and Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio will lead participants of all ages and skill levels in a one hour practice from 9am until 10:15am. Kika Stretch Studio will open up the event by leading a light opening stretch. Other health and wellness providers from downtown Westfield will be on hand with demonstrations and various product offerings. Bring a mat and join us June 10th for a fun morning of mindful moving and community!  

Stay for lunch and enjoy al fresco dining at one of our fine restaurants!

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Please visit the Yoga on Quimby event page for a list of participants to date.

Second Sunday LogoYoga on Quimby is the first event of a new series in downtown Westfield. 2nd Sundays (Fundays!) will be a recurring series of events on the second Sunday of each month. Every month look forward to a new event in varying topics of interest. Thanks to Tricia Camino of Ono Bowls for her inspiration and assistance in organizing this first event.

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Shop for Mom at The Annual Girls' Day & Night Out May 10 -- with Free Parking!

Shop for Mom at The Annual Girls' Day & Night Out May 10  -- with Free Parking!

Girls' Day & Night Out in Downtown Westfield will take place May 10, 2018, all day and evening until 9pm.

Shop for Mother's Day, party with your girlfriends, pamper yourself with promotions, and relax with complimentary refreshments and entertainment as you stroll among the retailers and restaurants in stylish Downtown Westfield, NJ. 

Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, this annual Girls' Day & Night Out event welcomes ladies to enjoy festivities all day for shopping and refreshments until 9pm.

FREE SHOPPER PARKING DURING GIRLS' DAY & NIGHT OUT: Parking is free all day & night on May 10 at on-street meters and parking lots, compliments of the Town of Westfield.

The first 1,500 lucky ladies to register receive a complimentary gift from Downtown Westfield Corporation (a secret until arrival)!

Registration and gift pick-up will be 11am-1pm (day) and 5pm-7:30pm (night) at 76 Elm St., Westfield.

Rain or shine. Don't miss it! 

Thank you to our 2018 Bag Sponsors: David Realty Group and Athleta.

2018 brochure of participating businesses and their promotions.

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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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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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Grand Openings in January 2018

Grand Openings in January 2018

Nails Spa & Beyond is now open at 125 Elm Street, next to Addams Tavern. They just completed a beautiful renovation and this location in Westfield is this experienced operator's fourth location. 908.455.8111. www.nailsspabeyond.com

Coming Soon: 

Ambeli Greek Taverna of Cranford is opening a second location in Westfield at 39 Elm St. (in the former location of Butcher Burgers). 908.272.4111. Facebook

Boxwood Coffee Roastery is coming soon to 143 E. Broad St. (in the location formerly Panera). Boxwood Coffee is a family run coffee shop and roaster based in Summit, NJ established in 2014 by husband and wife team Stephen and Erin Bellamy. www.boxwoodcoffee.com

CrossFit 908 Central is opening in March at 260 North Ave. E. in the Walgreens building. www.crossfit908central.com

Little Nest Portraits is coming to 109 Quimby St. Little Nest takes a unique and fresh approach to family photos, specializing in babies, maternity, children and families. 917.941.1782. www.littlenestphoto.com

Signature Realty will open at 236 Elmer St. at corner of North Ave. (in former location of J. Winthrop). The Planning Board approved their office plan in early December 2017. Read more on TAPintoWestfield. www.signaturerealtynj.com  

YESTERcades, a classic and modern video game arcade, is excited to announce that coming Spring 2018 YESTERcades of Westfield will be opening at 151 E. Broad St., formerly City Sports. Please follow YESTERcades Facebook page for updates. 

Restoration:

First Congregational Church of Westfield is celebrating the new year with a newly restored parish house. Hidden from view for over 40 years, Patton 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 and may be rented out for private meetings and celebrations for up to 120 people. 125 Elm St., 908.233.2494. Read more.

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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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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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