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Food & Wine: Seasonal & Savory

Food & Wine: Seasonal & Savory

There are many downtown Westfield restaurants offering seasonal menus, wine dinners and happy hours. Many have also received great accolades in the press.

Feast Catering is Offering a Full Thanksgiving Catering Menu 

Whether you want to order the entire dinner or just need help with elements of it, they have you covered. Place your orders by November 18 for your Thanksgiving feast and your order will be ready Wednesday, November 22 between 1-4pm. Call or stop in. See the full menu here and on their website. 27 Elm St., 908.654.0045. www.feastcateringwestfield.com

Casa di Pizza has a Holiday Catering Menu

Let Casa cook your Thanksgiving meal entirely or simply supplement your efforts. Their holiday catering menu is now available on their website and offers both main dishes and sides. From stuffed turkey breast to roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta, Casa offers half (for 6-8 people) or full trays (18-20 people). 50 Elm St., 908.654.3232. www.casadipizzawestfield.com/cateringmenu.html  

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Grand Openings in November

Grand Openings in November

Mimi & Hill, a full service interior design studio and shop, is now open at 227 Elmer St. Owners and Westfield residents Hillary Kaplan and Miriam Silver Verga have been in business for over 6 years designing homes as close as Westfield, second homes on the Jersey shore and a few Caribbean homes. Their new store has a host of grand opening events in November and December to which the public is invited.  Click for event details. These events will showcase artisans and specialty design pieces. 908.403.6169. www.mimiandhill.com 

Spice Bazaar, a casual Indian restaurant, is open at 114-116 Quimby St. (in the location formerly Asian Fusion). Serving an extensive menu seven days a week, from 11:30am to 10:30pm, Spice Bazaar offers lunch specials and dinner, and is BYOB. For owners Kanika Vij and Simran Bakshi, Westfield is their second restaurant. The first one is Spice Mantra in Englewood, NJ. The executive chefs come from prominent four and five-star restaurants including ones that focus on authentic Indian cuisine. The restaurant is designed with a special menu featuring authentic Indian cuisine with a modern flair. Signature dishes include the Chicken Tikka Masala and Dal Makhani. The Chicken Biryani is also a popular item. Spice Bazaar's team has created vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees and starters that will wow your senses. Their tandoori breads are baked to perfection and offer a sampling platter. This restaurant wants to celebrate food from India and share it with their guests. Enjoy 10% off with mention of this article! 908.389.1888. www.SpiceBazaarNJ.com 

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Holiday Events Begin Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Westfield

Holiday Events Begin Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Westfield

The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy shopping, dining and celebrating in our classic town for modern families! Since there's no place like home, Westfield is the place where families and friends share good food, exchange gifts and create awesome memories.


The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is proud to sponsor the following annual holiday events beginning Thanksgiving weekend:

Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus (Co-Sponsored by Lord & Taylor)

November 24-­26 at Lord & Taylor, Westfield

609 North Ave. W., Westfield, NJ

Friday & Saturday 1-7pm, Sunday 1-4pm

Free 5" x 7" Photo with donation of 2 cans of non­-perishable food for the Holy Trinity Westfield Food Pantry. Nominal shipping fee will apply. Additional online photo packages may be purchased from Paul Mecca of Westfield Neighbors Magazine, www.Meccography.com 

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Historic Restoration of Westfield's Flatiron Building

Historic Restoration of Westfield's Flatiron Building

In case you haven't seen it, Westfield's flatiron building is undergoing a historic restoration. Sherry Cronin and the DWC Design Committee (Peg Lockwood, chair, Robert Newell, David Bailey, Lisa Tsavekou, and Barbara Vincentsen) has been working with the owner on this significant project. The old facade was removed revealing the original cast iron columns. The design will be guided using historic photos from the early 1900's and the 1930's. The building will have retail on the first floor and two apartments on the second and third floor with a rooftop terrace. Stay tuned!

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Grand Openings

Grand Openings

Janus' Closet, a fashion consignment shop featuring authentic designer handbags, clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and more is now open at 112 Central Ave. (across from Starbucks). 908.264.7968. www.januscloset.com 


Energy Healing, offering Reiki and Aromatherapies, is now open above Qdoba at 66 Elm St. 814.244.0695.

DIRT Clean Culture Beauty Shop is now open at 519 South Ave. W. (at the circle). Their Grand Opening festivities will take place Saturday, October 7 at 10am with lite bites and a DJ. They offer manicures, pedicures, eyebrow and eyelash services and more while promoting cleaner, safer beauty in an eco friendly/toxic free shop. 908.588.2128. www.dirtbeautyshop.com 

 

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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

Daisy's Taste of Cuba is expanding from a food truck in Garwood, NJ to open a restaurant in Westfield at 301 South Ave W. (corner of Boulevard). 908.232.3187.

www.facebook.com/daisystasteofcuba  

Boxwood Coffee Roastery is coming 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

 

Cory Mathews Salon for men will open at 309 South Ave. W. They are expanding to Westfield from Cranford and offer the ultimate men's experience, from the wash to the shave and everything in between. 908.276.1840. www.cory-mathews.com 

Mimi & Hill, a full service interior design studio and shop serving clients in NJ, NY, PA, CT, will be opening at 227 Elmer St. Owners and Westfield residents Hillary Kaplan and Miriam Silver Verga have been in business for over 6 years designing homes as close as Westfield, second homes on the Jersey shore and a few Caribbean homes. Their new store will be a laboratory of design elements for clients to layer into their homes, and showcase artisans and specialty design pieces. They are gearing up for the holidays by stocking gifts for chic guests to bring to their generous hosts. 908.403.6169. www.mimiandhill.com 

Nails Spa & Beyond is opening soon at 125 Elm Street (next to Addams Tavern). In the process of completing a beautiful renovation, this experienced operator is expanding to Westfield for its fourth location. www.nailsspaandbeyond.com


Nick's Pizzeria & Restaurant, featuring pizza and Italian food, is opening soon at 311 South Ave. W., 908.233.9300.

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


Professional Physical Therapy is coming to 105 Elm St., 2nd floor (next to Bar Method). Established in 1998, PPT has a rapidly growing number of facilities throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. www.professionalpt.com 

Spice Bazaar, a restaurant with casual Indian Dining, will open at 114-116 Quimby St. (formerly Asian Fusion). 

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Halloween Downtown with Trick or Treat & Costume Contest Rescheduled to Monday, October 30 Due to Rain

Halloween Downtown with Trick or Treat & Costume Contest Rescheduled to Monday, October 30 Due to Rain

Due to the rain forecast for Sunday Oct. 29, 2017, Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) has announced that the Downtown Trick-or-Treating & Costume Contest has been moved to Monday, Oct. 30 from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Trick-or-treating in the downtown shops and restaurants can take place after school from 4 pm to 5 pm, and the Costume Contest will take place from 5 pm to 6 pm on Quimby Street.  The Optimist Club of Westfield annual parade (also originally scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30) will not take place.  However, the Optimist volunteers will be at the rescheduled event, providing volunteer judges and fun activities for the children with appearances by the Westfield Fire Department and the Westfield Rescue Squad.  Ray Catena will also be participating and handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  The popular and entertaining Michael Doyle will emcee the event. The Westfield Police Department will be assisting with public safety.

The annual Costume Contest will award metals from the DWC and 32 prizes for the best costumes by downtown business sponsors in the following categories:  Ahrre's Coffee Roastery (Most Edgy), Athleta, (Most Empowering Girl), Bridget's Irish Cottage (Best Irish Jack o’Lantern), Brummers Chocolates (Sweetest), Castle Bootery Inc. (Cutest Ballerina), Children's Place (Best Dressed), The Chocolate Bar (Richest), The Device Shop (Most High Tech), Emack & Bolio's – Westfield (Best Banana Barge Sundae), The Farmhouse Store (Best Handcrafted & Best Witch), GAP (Most Iconic), Glamorous Girlz (Most Glamorous Princess), Just Bead Yourself (Most Bead-i-ful), Juxtapose Gallery (Most Colorful), Kilwins (Sweetest Old Fashioned), Learning Express Toys (Most Unique), Leo Charles Salon (Most Beautiful), Let's YO! Yogurt (Coolest Creation), Lord & Taylor (Most Trendy Boy & Most Trendy Girl), Mesina Realty (Most Realistic), Midtown Authentic (Best Homemade Baby), Morano Gelato (Most Chilling), Omaha Steaks (Meatiest), Patricia & Paul, Fine Oils & Balsamics (Most Delicious & Nutritious), Sole Fine Italian Shoes (Most Stylish), Tamar Jewelry (Most Sparkly), Town Book Store (Most Characteristic), Towne Barber Shoppe (Wackiest Hair), Turning Point Restaurant (Best Homemade), and Xocolatz (Most Tasteful).

The DWC and The Optimist Club of Westfield thanks the community for their participation in this rescheduled event in continuing this long tradition of providing fun, entertaining, and safe Halloween family activities.

 

DWC 908.789.9444.

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The Farmhouse Store, Blende Beauty & Westfield In the Press

The Farmhouse Store, Blende Beauty & Westfield In the Press
While many of our businesses are often featured in the press, here are a couple of standouts this month. Congratulations Farmhouse Store, Blende Beauty and the Town of Westfield! 

 

The Farmhouse Store owners, Ed Menapace and Bill Curtis, are featured in the August issue of RetailerNOW, the industry publication of the Home Furnishings Association (HFA). Ed Menapace joined the HFA in May of this year and attended their networking conference in San Antonio in June. The Farmhouse Store's unique approach and success in mixing furniture with gift sales made a big impression on the board members of the HFA; so much so that they wanted to know more. The owners were interviewed for the organization's magazine. The article about the beginnings and evolution of The Farmhouse Store can be found at www.retailernowmag.com/agents-of-change.

 

Blende is featured in The Beauty and Body issue of INDUSTRY Magazine


NJ Monthly Ranks Westfield Among Top 100 Towns
In its September "Best Places to Live" issue, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Westfield No. 34 among its top 100 towns in New Jersey, up from No. 62 two years ago. 

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Grand Openings in September

Grand Openings in September
DIRT Clean Culture Beauty Shop is now open at 519 South Ave. W. (at the circle). They offer manicures, pedicures, eyebrow and eyelash services and more while promoting cleaner, safer beauty in an eco friendly/toxic free shop. 908.588.2128. www.dirtbeautyshop.com 


Haircut Bar is open at 205 South Ave. W., directly across from CVS. 908.654.4343. www.facebook.com/haircutbarhairsalon

Midtown Authentic, a designer resale store, is having a grand opening celebration September 8 from 5-10pm with ribbon cutting and party for everyone in town who wants to stop by for wine, champagne, beer and food. 129 E. Broad St. 908.228.5856. www.midtownauthentic.com

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Summer Recap in Downtown Westfield

Summer Recap in Downtown Westfield
It was a busy season in Downtown Westfield!

The 21st Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival was a huge hit yet again, offering free live music every Tuesday night in July & August at five venues throughout the downtown. Read more. The DWC wishes to thank the attendees, Town of Westfield, DPW crew, PNC Plaza & First Baptist Church for the use of the venue spaces, and Trader Joe's for the water donations. 
 
The 16th annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza took place July 26. The 5K attracted 2,200 runners and 6,000 spectators for an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ and live music. Many thanks to our sponsors. Check out our great photos.
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The Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Finale Evening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 30, 7-9pm due to rain

The Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Finale Evening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 30, 7-9pm due to rain

Due to rain, Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival final evening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 30, with an exciting lineup of live music. Come down and enjoy the free concerts!

Wednesday, August 30, marks the ninth and final night of the 21st Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival in Westfield, NJ. Jazz performances will be held in four locations throughout the downtown from 7-9pm. This weekly summer event is brought to you by The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), and has been running every Tuesday night in July and August. 


Performers on August 30 include: 

Gus Bardaji Group - East Broad St. and North Ave. W.

Carrie Jackson - Elm St.

Jazz Lobsters* - Quimby St.

La Balteuband - South Ave. W. and Westfield Ave., Foundation Park

 

* Enjoy a special closing celebration on Quimby St., which will be closed to traffic. 

While enjoying the musical performances of “Sweet Sounds Downtown”, enjoy dining at one of Westfield’s fine restaurants or shop and stroll through downtown. We hope to see you there!

For the entire 2017 Performance Schedule, click here

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