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Experience Westfield - Shop Local - Holiday Events

Experience Westfield - Shop Local - Holiday Events

Top 10 ways to have more fun and stress less this holiday season

The holidays are here! Stay close to home and experience all Westfield has to offer and the most fun this side of the North Pole!

  1. There’s room for everyone on the nice list. Santa & the Mrs. will be taking requests and creating memories with photos at Lord & Taylor. Free 5x7 photo with a $5 donation (plus shipping) to the Westfield Food Pantry. [Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 from 12 – 6 pm. Sunday, December 1 from 12 – 4 pm]
  2. #WestfieldElfieSelfie - Get a good report to Santa with the #ElfieSelfieWestfield contest in local merchant locations. Win a special treat from the North Pole. [Sat, November 30]
  3. Lots of great shopping and experiences throughout the Downtown Westfield businesses
  4. Westfield Winter Wonderland & Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Fun, Family Activities. We triple dog dare you not to love this family friendly extravaganza. Santa will be ready for photos. Holiday faves will be played the Westfield Community Band, and enjoy (yum) hot cider, with love from the Lion’s Club. [Sunday, December 1 beginning at 4pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrival and Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm]
  5. Gingerbread decorating. Break out your gumdrop buttons and show your mad icing skills. [Sunday December 1 beginning at 4pm]
  6. Shake up the traditional holiday photo and create a picture perfect scene in the giant human snow globe. [Sunday December 1 at 4pm]
  7. Free Shopper Parking on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are sure to make you smile. [Friday, November 29 & Saturday, November 30]
  8. More reasons to make you smile: Free Shopper Parking from December 14 through January 1, 2020!
  9. Enjoy the songs of the season with Carolers downtown Westfield beginning Small Business Saturday and throughout December.
  10. Discover the hottest items and unique gifts with Westfield’s curated shopping and dining lists. 

 

The holiday season is the perfect time to 'Experience Westfield' with shopping, dining and celebrating in our classic town for modern families! Westfield is the place where families and friends share good food, exchange gifts and create awesome memories together. The events begin Thanksgiving Weekend! 

PHOTOS WITH SANTA & MRS. CLAUS AT LORD + TAYLOR - NOVEMBER 29 THROUGH DECEMBER 1

Thanksgiving Weekend kick­s off the Westfield holiday events with Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, November 29 -December 1, 2019­ at Lord + Taylor, Westfield, 609 North Ave. W., Westfield, NJ. Friday & Saturday 1-­6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. One free 5" x 7" photo with a donation of $5 for the Westfield Food Pantry. Nominal shipping fee will apply. Additional online photo packages may be purchased from www.PaulMeccaPhotography.com

BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN WESTFIELD - NOVEMBER 29, 2019

If you love Westfield, shop, dine and experience Westfield on Black Friday! Enjoy all Westfield has to offer as you do all your holiday shopping! Enjoy free shopper parking all day (November 29, 2019) compliments of The Town of Westfield. Free shopper parking at all on-street meters and pay station lots. Parking restrictions and time limits apply.

EXPERIENCE WESTFIELD - SHOP LOCAL - SHOPPING + EXPERIENCES – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2019

Experience Westfield on this special Thanksgiving Weekend Saturday! A day that will be filled with great shopping, dining, services and activities! Enjoy all Westfield has to offer as you do all your holiday shopping! Enjoy free shopper parking on Small Business Saturday (November 30, 2019) compliments of The Town of Westfield. Free shopper parking at all on-street meters and pay station lots. Parking restrictions and time limits apply.

WESTFIELD WINTER WONDERLAND AND ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING - DECEMBER 1, 2019 - 4 PM - NORTH AVENUE TRAIN STATION

Westfield Winter Wonderland will take place Sunday, December 1, at 4pm at the North Avenue Train Station with lots of fun, family activities. The Annual Tree Lighting with Santa & Mrs. Claus will begin at 5:30pm. Mayor Shelley Brindle and Santa & Mrs. Claus will officiate the tree lighting. Beginning at 4 pm The Westfield Community Band will provide entertainment, The Lion's Club will be serving hot cider, enjoy Ginger Bread Cookies decorating, take family photos in a giant human snow globe and lots of other fun activities!

MENORAH LIGHTING

The Annual Menorah Lighting Ceremonies will take place at the North Ave. Train Station and is sponsored by the Union County Torah Center, 908.789.5252. Date to be announced.

FREE HOLIDAY SHOPPER PARKING - SPONSORED BY TOWN OF WESTFIELD

Enjoy free shopper parking for the holidays, December 14, 2019 - January 1, 2020, compliments of the Town of Westfield. Shoppers, diners and visitors may enjoy the gift of free metered parking at designated 2-hour on-street meters and 4-hour parking lot pay stations. Parking restrictions and time limits will be enforced to ensure turnover of the parking spaces. The meters and pay stations will be covered with red meter bags.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST - SPONSORED BY TOWN OF WESTFIELD

Westfield is excited to present the second town-wide Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. You are invited to conjure all of your creativity, imagination, and whimsy this holiday season to create magic. To enter the contest and for more information, visit https://www.westfieldnj.gov/gingerbread 

 

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Spice Bazaar owners to launch new restaurant in Westfield 

Spice Bazaar owners to launch new restaurant in Westfield 

The two married owners of Spice Bazaar in Westfield, NJ will now be opening a Mediterranean restaurant down the street called Lavash.

Spice Bazaar restaurant owners Kanika Bakshi and Simran Bakshi are opening a new restaurant in Westfield, New Jersey. Both Kanika and Simran are known for their re-opening and rebranding of Spice Bazaar Modern Indian Dining, which relocated in June to 39 Elm Street. Unlike Spice Bazaar, their new venture concept will be serving up Mediterranean food under the name Lavash.

After their success at Spice Bazaar, they are now launching Lavash in Spice Bazaar’s original spot at 114 Quimby Street. During the first month of Lavash’s opening, Kanika and Simran will be giving out at least 100 free meals to Westfield, Fanwood, Plainfield and Cranford locals.

Both owners have not defined the menu items yet but will begin creating dishes soon.

Lavash will be open before the end of 2019. Stay tuned.


MORE ABOUT LAVASH:

Lavash is predicted to open end of October at 114 Quimby Street, Westfield NJ. This will be Kanika and Simran Bakshi’s second restaurant venture together and first Mediterranean restaurant.

Similar to their re-opening for Spice Bazaar Modern Indian Dining, 100 free meals will be given out to locals in and near Westfield, NJ on a first-call, first-serve basis.

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AddamsFest Marquee Events to Take Place October 19-20 and October 26-27

AddamsFest Marquee Events to Take Place October 19-20 and October 26-27

The town-wide celebration of Westfield's own Charles Addams returns this October to celebrate this prolific talent and the hometown that inspired those all together ooky characters!

Westfield is being transformed to all things Charles Addams with family themed events, movie screenings, art exhibits and much more!  With something for everyone, AddamsFest promises to be a whimsy-filled festival honoring the man, his legacy and the town where it all started.

Morticia & Gomez Addams Masquerade Ball, Addams Family Fun Zone, Charlie's Ale Garden, Morticia’s Movies, Halloween Parade & Costume Contest, Pugsley’s Trunk or Treat will be back. Plus, don't miss Lurch’s Lecture Series, Paranormal Investigations, Haunt Your House Contest and the Wicked Windows of Westfield. There's also a newly envisioned art exhibit that combines original works of Addams alongside local student art influenced by his style. 

See the full calendar of events and get your tickets here!!

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Rialto Theatre in Westfield Has Closed 

Rialto Theatre in Westfield Has Closed 

The Rialto Theatre shut its doors suddenly, surprising the community where it has played films for 97 years. Customers and the operators of nearby businesses expressed concern about the closure of an institution that served as a key draw for local businesses and piece of the town's identity. The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) shares everyone's sadness about the closing of the Rialto and will keep the public abreast of developments. Read more...

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Beauty & Fitness Buzz

Beauty & Fitness Buzz

From yoga and movement classes to facials, oils, haircuts, eye care, and teeth care, downtown is buzzing with activity.

Fitness:

Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio

There are several events happening at Brassy Buddha this month. In honor of back-to-school, get back to yoga with FREE classes on September 5 & 6 at 9:30am. The hot vinyasa will get you back in the groove! Join for Yoga Under the Stars on Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm. Registration will be at the studio but class will be held outside (raindate for the 20th), $30 per person, includes a tank top. Ono Bowls will serving a treat after! Learn the fundamentals of hand stands and arm balances at an Inversion workshop with Heart Maher, September 28m 1-3pm. 407 South Ave. W., 908.230.4047. www.brassybuddhayoga.com 

OsteoStrong
Build skeletal strength and bone density in 10 minutes once a week and improve strength, posture, balance, endurance, power, performance and lower joint and back pain. Book your complimentary session today. 121 Central Ave., 908.228.3944. www.osteostrongwestfield.com

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Best Bets

Best Bets

Clothing:

Jude Connally
Jude Connally will be showcasing their Fall Collections in The Westfield Fashion Show sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation. The show is September 8 at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield from 12 to 2pm. Jude Connally is donating a portion of their Westfield store sales the week following the Fashion Show to the non-profit foundation, Runway for Dreams. 111 Central Ave., 908.889.0900. www.judeconnally.com

Books:

Town Book Store

Stores come and stores go... The Town Book Store is proud to be part of Downtown Westfield for 85 years! Woo hoo! Stop in and see their original ledgers from September 4, 1934 and see why we've stood the test of time. According to the original business ledgers on display in the shop, The Town Book Store first opened its doors in 1934. After operating from the same address for 72 years, the store relocated across the street in 2007 to 270 E. Broad St., the site of Westfield's first library and its current home. 270 E. Broad St., 908.233.3535. www.townbookstore.com

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Food & Wine

Food & Wine

Cookies and focaccia and coffee, oh my! There are SO many tasty things to eat and enjoy this month.

Farinolio Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Join Farinolio for a sampling of their delicious savory and sweet Tuscan baked goods and meals as they celebrate their first anniversary in Westfield. Join them on Sunday, September 8, from 11:30am-1:30pm for a memorable event. Limited tickets are available and may be purchased in the store for $5. Stop in today for your ticket and enjoy the simple taste of Italy. 121 E. Broad St., 908.325.2486. www.farinolio.com

Boxwood Coffee Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Boxwood is hosting an exciting anniversary event on Saturday, September 15, from 11am-5pm, with discounts and free stuff that will last all week. To celebrate one year in Westfield, they will offer music in store, face painting and crafts for kids, a coffee cupping and brewing demonstrations, tea tasting, food sampling from their kitchen and a special menu for mocktails. Enter a random drawing to win brewing equipment, gift cards, and free coffee! Come by for the festivities. 143 E. Broad St., 908.219.4076. www.boxwoodcoffee.com

See which Westfield bakery was featured in NJ Flavor's New Jersey Date Night!

Congrats Bovella's Pastry Shoppe for making the cut in this recent article, New Jersey Date Night: Cookies Aren't Just for Kids. "Bovella's has the cookie down to a delicious science. With about 70 years of baking history, it's understandable. You'll find many cookies you know, such as macaroons, chocolate chip and ruggulah, and you'll discover some new favorites too. Savoardi cookies will make you realize that Italian lady fingers are a step above the rest and their frangipane cookies with sugary almond cream filling might just become your new favorite. Check out the taralli, a crunchy sugary Southern Italian mainstay - you won't be disappointed!" Read more... 101 E. Broad St., 908.232.4149. www.bovellas.com 

Healthy Bowls at Orgreen Poke
If you haven't been to Orgreen Poke, run don't walk! Their super healthy bowls of rice, vegetables and protein options are fresh and numerous, and their homemade sauces are delicious! 132 E. Broad St., 908.264.8259. www.orgreenpoke.com 

Outdoor Seating at Tinga

Tinga offers a variety of new delicious house specials, with outdoor seating in a pet friendly environment. Did you know they deliver too? Get 10% off on all catering orders this summer. 110 Central Ave., 908.301.0100. www.tingausa.com

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Grand Openings

Grand Openings

Best Foot Forward 

Your new BFF is in town! Randall's Shoes is under new ownership and has been rebranded. This Westfield retailer is committed to bringing shoe-fitting back to its roots. They offer the kind of personalized attention that's hard to find in all of the off-the-rack and online stores today. Their high quality, hand sewn, comfortable shoes feature today's latest styles for men, women and children. Stop in to see their new brands and ensure you're wearing the perfect fitting shoes! 82 Elm St., 908.232.3680.  www.bestfootforwardwestfield.com

Acting Out! is open at 439 South Ave. W. (in the Root Building at the corner of Westfield Ave. and South Ave.) and will have a Grand Opening celebration Saturday, September 7 from 1-3pm. Acting Out! offers an extensive performing arts curriculum, from kindergarten to college. The entire staff are professional working actors and musicians. Your child will learn in-depth performing arts technique while having fun. 908.379.8119. www.actingoutonline.com  

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Back-to-School Essentials: Where to Find Them in Westfield

Back-to-School Essentials: Where to Find Them in Westfield

It's time to think about school and what items you need to buy for your kids. We highly encourage parents and kids to buy school supplies, new clothes, sneakers, backpacks and more in Downtown Westfield! Shopping locally for your kids, whether elementary or high school age, will help ensure that these stores stay in town. Many of them support our local school fundraisers! So now's your time to give back by simply patronizing Westfield's own.

See a list of downtown businesses who sell school supplies, backpacks, shoes, sneakers and clothing.

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Hudson's Bay to sell Lord & Taylor for $100 million 

Hudson's Bay to sell Lord & Taylor for $100 million 

Hudson's Bay Company is selling Lord & Taylor to clothing rental subscription service Le Tote for $100 million. As part of the deal, Hudson's Bay will retain ownership of its Lord & Taylor real estate and, starting in 2021, it has the right to reassess and potentially redevelop these locations. 

The deal allows the department store chain to continue and potentially transform operations as its sales have fallen and it's lost touch with today's shoppers. It will also allow Hudson's Bay, owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson's Bay in Canada, to further simplify its business, as Executive Chairman Richard Baker looks to take the company private while the retailer grapples with sweeping industry change.

"We're excited to have reached an agreement with Le Tote that creates a new model for Lord & Taylor, bringing together fashion rental subscriptions with traditional retail," said Hudson's Bay CEO Helena Foulkes in a statement. "

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