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Sweet Sounds Jazz Festival is on for Tonight!

Sweet Sounds Jazz Festival is on for Tonight!

Tonight, Tuesday, July 25th, marks the fourth night of the 21st Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival in Westfield, NJ. Jazz performances will be held in five locations throughout the downtown from 7-9pm. This weekly summer event is brought to you by The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), and will continue every Tuesday night in July and August. Rain dates will be held on Wednesdays.

Performers at this week’s festival include: Lynette Washington at Central Ave. in front of Turning Point; Daniel Rufolo on the corner of East Broad and North Ave. in the PNC Bank plaza; Raphael Cruz Quintet, Elm Street on the lawn of the First Baptist Church; Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k), North Side train station on the lawn; and Funky Organics, corner of South Ave. W. and Westfield Ave.

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 downtown!

 

For the entire 2017 Performance Schedule, click here

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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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Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Rocks with Live Music Every Tuesday Night in July & August, 7-9pm

Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Rocks with Live Music Every Tuesday Night in July & August, 7-9pm
Residents, visitors, shoppers and diners are invited to enjoy the free music at the Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival while strolling, dining and relaxing at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians. The 21st Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival 2017 will run from July 4 through August 29. Talented jazz groups will play and entertain each Tuesday evening from 7pm until 9pm during July and August with Wednesday rain dates. Five bands will play each Tuesday, including at the new location at South and Westfield Avenues in Foundation Park. Visit Downtown Westfield for the Jazz and arrive early to shop and enjoy the restaurants and dessert places too. We look forward to seeing everyone! For details and the 2017 performance schedule, click here.

 

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Westfield Memorial Day Parade is Scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2017

Westfield Memorial Day Parade is Scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2017

The only parade in the Town of Westfield, this year's annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 29. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 am, at the World War I Monument Circle, then proceed on E. Broad St. through town toward Fairview Cemetery. Participating members marching in the parade are requested to be at the Lord & Taylor West parking lot by 8 am.

The mayor and town council, Westfield Police and Fire Department, Department of Public Works and various youth and civic organizations will be participating in this year’s parade. Wreaths will be sponsored by the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and local businesses. Public invited! 

 

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Shopping Best Bets for April

Shopping Best Bets for April
SOLE Shoes
Cool and fashionable new sneakers are all the rage and SOLE has some beautiful new options. Slip on and lace up styles with metallic tips or in patent leather, these handcrafted leather sneakers from Blackstone Shoes are comfortable AND pretty to wear. Ready for work or play, and always making a statement, this new collection for men and women is just in at SOLE. Stop in for a pair! 201 E. Broad St., 908.654.7800. Facebook
 
Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique
Blue Jasmine is celebrating 3 YEARS of bringing beautiful flowers, jewelry and gifts to downtown Westfield. Come celebrate the boutique's 3rd Anniversary on April 15 when Blue Jasmine will be offering storewide sales and bouquet raffles all weekend. 22 Elm St., 908.232.2393.

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Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11

Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11

Ladies, it's time to shop! Girls' Night Out Returns to Westfield May 11, 2017 as a Day & Night Event! Typically an evening event, ladies can now enjoy the festivities all day for shopping and refreshments AND into the evening until 9pm. And the Town of Westfield is offering FREE parking all day & night! So, come out to shop for Mother's Day gifts, discover unique shops, pamper yourself with promotions & special events, and relax with complimentary refreshments as you stroll among the retailers in Downtown Westfield. Be one of the first 1,500 lucky ladies to register and receive a complimentary gift from Downtown Westfield Corporation (a secret until arrival)! Rain or shine. Bag sponsors include Athleta and Keller-Williams Realty. A brochure of participating businesses along with their promotions for the evening will be published soon on www.westfieldtoday.com.

Register Now! 

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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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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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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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Shopping Best Bets

Shopping Best Bets

South Moon Under

South Moon Under's Annual Swim Event takes place March 3-27 and features 15% off swimwear and cover ups. New this year, they now sell all two piece swimwear as separates! Additionally, customers can visit the store or online at http://bit.ly/2kvx9qq to enter to win the 'Best Beach Bag Ever' worth over $500! 249 E. Broad St., 908.518.1509. www.southmoonunder.com

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor will be hosting their Friends and Family event from Thursday, March 2 - Monday, March 6. Stop by and enjoy 40% off your purchase (certain exclusions apply) as well as 20% off for signing up for an Ann Taylor credit card. These discounts are only for a limited time so stop by and enjoy some great discounts on all of their new arrivals. They will be also hosting a private shopping event after the store is closed on Monday, March 6 from 8-10pm. Refreshments will be served. Contact the store to RSVP to the after hours event. 167 E. Broad St., 908.232.2393. www.anntaylor.com

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine is gearing up for Spring! Shop new plants, jewelry and gifts at the boutique. Enjoy a one day sale to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, with 20% off all things green (excludes plants and flowers)!  Learn floral design at any of their March classes - call for a schedule and details. 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393. www.shopbluejasmine.com

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