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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.

School Supplies:

Baron's Drug Store - 243 E. Broad St., 908.232.6680 

Stop & Shop - 219-233 Elm St., 908.232.1292 

Walgreens - 260 North Ave. E., 908.379.2496

Backpacks:

American Shoe Repair & Luggage -126 E. Broad St., 908.232.9522 

GAP/GAP Kids - 207 E. Broad St., 908.654.8260
Urban Outfitters - 154 E. Broad St., 908.928.9861

Shoes:

Lord & Taylor - 609 North Ave. W., 908.233.6600 

Best Foot Forward Westfield - 82 Elm St., 908.232.3680
Sole Fine Italian Shoes - 201 E. Broad St., 908.654.7800 

JackRabbit - 123 Quimby St., 908.654.9900 

Clothing:

Athleta - 234 E. Broad St., 908.518-7620 

Francesca's - 161 E. Broad St., 908.233.1680 

GAP/GAP Kids - 207 E. Broad St., 908.654.8260 

Lord & Taylor - 609 North Ave. W., 908.233.6600 

Ruby & Jenna - 206 E. Broad St., 908.232.6222 

South Moon Under - 249 E. Broad St., 908.518.1509 

Urban Outfitters - 154 E. Broad St., 908.928.9861 

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The Westfield Fashion Show, September 8

The Westfield Fashion Show, September 8

Sunday, September 8
12 - 2pm
The James Ward Mansion
169 E. Broad St.

Join in the fashion fun! This exciting show is the final event in DWC's 2nd Sunday series and promises to be an exclusive look at the latest fall trends. Due to capacity limits at The James Ward Mansion, we are only giving away 100 tickets, so register now too reserve your place! It's free!

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Enjoy the latest fashion looks by many of downtown Westfield's participating businesses:
Adlers Jewelers, J. McLaughlin, Jude Connally, Jos. A. Banks, Lord & Taylor, Sole Shoes, South Moon Under & Westfield Service League. Blende Custom Beauty will assist models with their makeup.


Westfield's very own Ethan Berman, EJB Entertainment, will DJ & Emcee. Additional music will be provided by Valencia School of Music. Plus, enjoy a random drawing, fun and FASHION!

We are fortunate to be working with the Runway of Dreams Foundation, who is leading an industry wide movement of inclusion in fashion, empowering people with disabilities with confidence, independence & style.


The public is invited to attend this free fashion show but are required to register as seating is limited. Registration now! http://bit.ly/westfieldfashionshow 

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Food & Wine

Food & Wine

The 30 Best Restaurants in New Jersey 2019 According to New Jersey Monthly

Congrats to Chez Catherine for making this distinguished list, again! "Modern French cooking is alive and agile at Chez Catherine. So are the charm and warmth the late Catherine Alexandrou brought to the restaurant when she founded it in 1979. Owner Stephane Bocket, maître d' Robert Madden and chef Christine Migton are fully in sync. In a comfortable, home-like dining room, where white tablecloths bespeak hospitality rather than hauteur, Bocket and Madden are alert to your needs, but not intrusive. Migton's food, from duck breast with raspberry coulis to Dover sole filleted tableside, is sumptuous and satisfying, light enough to leave room for her classic desserts. Soufflés, worth the $5 upcharge, may be the gustatory equivalent of sailing in a balloon over the Seine. 431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011. Read more...www.chezcatherine.com 

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Downtown Construction for AvalonBay

Downtown Construction for AvalonBay

Have you seen the construction taking place next to Addams Tavern? This is in preparation for the arrival of AvalonBay Communities Inc. at the corner of Elm St. & E. Broad St., previously approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Stay tuned for more details and watch the construction unfold! 

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Beauty & Health:

Bluemercury

Bluemercury Westfield is now carrying Chantecaille, a luxury botanical skincare and makeup brand built on the powerful effects of plant-based formulas. Stop by on September 12, 13, 14, and 15 for makeovers and facials with purchase from 10am until 7pm. There will be a personal appearance by the Chantecaille family! Reserve your spot today. 82 Elm St., 908.233.1100. www.bluemercury.com

Kennedy's Barber Club 
This is one hot summer! Be sure to drink plenty of water, use sunblock and wear a hat. Come to Kennedy's for their Signature Deep Conditioning and Sub-Zero Skin Treatment... all done in 2 minutes! Headed back to school soon? Be sure to stop into Kennedy's for a fresh cut to start the year out right. In August college students get 10% off! Just bring your ID. Kids under 18 are just $30. Sign up for their client favorite Pursuit of Happiness membership for the best deal in town. Get unlimited haircuts for fathers & sons + 1 straight-razor shave for dad. All for $110! They have other memberships and options to fit your needs too. At Kennedy's, you'll always enjoy a great, friendly experience leaving you clean and confident. 226 North Ave. W., 908.233.0360. www.kennedysbarberclubnj.com

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Grand Openings

Grand Openings

Buddha Fish, a high end sushi and tapas restaurant, is now open at 35 Elm St. in the former Mojave Grill location. Their new exterior is finished with a beautiful sign and awning. 908.264.8068. 

Evergreen, a new casual cafe serving frozen yogurt, smoothies, salads and wraps, is open at 116 Elm St.

Acting Out!, Brooklyn's Premier Acting School, is open at 439 South Ave. W. (in the Root Building at the corner of Westfield Ave. and South Ave.). 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. Whether your child just needs to break out of her shell, or prepare for a Broadway audition, Acting Out! knows what it takes. 908.379.8119. www.actingoutonline.com 

Neo Aromatherapy is open at 112 Elm St.

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DWC Awarded Transformation Grant from Main Street New Jersey Program

DWC Awarded Transformation Grant from Main Street New Jersey Program

Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) recently received a Transformation Grant from the Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) Program and will use the $20,000 grant award to partially fund a mural at the South Avenue circle underpass.

This year marks the first time in its 30-year history that the MSNJ Program has awarded grants to designated MSNJ district organizations around the state. The grant funding is part of a larger effort by the Murphy Administration and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which administers MSNJ, to commit more resources to community revitalization programs that focus on small businesses and neighborhood improvement projects.

“Downtown business districts play such an important role in the economic and social health of our communities, which is why Governor Murphy and I have invested significant resources in the Main Street New Jersey Program,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “This investment includes awarding Main Street grants for the first time ever to help downtowns with improvement projects, placemaking, and transformation strategies. All of these grant-funded activities are scheduled to be completed by year’s end and we can’t wait to see how they positively impact downtowns around the state.”

The mural represents the work of Ricardo Roig, local artist and creator of the images of Westfield.  It is designed to connect the South side and North side separated by the train and be a platform for additional public art in the future. 

According to Sherry Cronin, DWC Executive Director, and applicant for the grant, stated “I’m pleased that I was able to acquire this grant on behalf of Downtown Westfield. Main Street NJ has been very supportive over the years with grant opportunities and zero percent loans for improvements to the district.”.

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Dog Days of Summer Event with Pet Parade & Photo Contest, August 11

Dog Days of Summer Event with Pet Parade & Photo Contest, August 11

Westfield loves pets! Bring your family and pets to Downtown Westfield for the 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 10:30am-12pm. This 2nd Sunday event in Downtown Westfield is an exciting time on Quimby Street and will feature:

  • Pet Parade - Click Here to register Now

  • Woof Gang Bakery & Dog Grooming 

  • Union County K-9 Unit 

  • Alex & Ani They will feature the following Pet related bangles with in-store customizable options: "Paw Print Beaded Bangle", "Dog Mom", "My dog is my Valentine"", "Cat Mom", "Prints of Love", "Paw Print Duo Bangle (20% of bangle purchase will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society  

  • Brassy Buddha's Ashley Gross and her dog Lucky will be leading the DoGa portion of the event

  • Columbia Bank will sponsor Beach Balls for the Dogs

  • Kilwins will have ice cream for sale with a free dog topping bar (including dog bone sprinkles)  

  • Take your own photos at the Little Nest Studio and Paw Patrol characters will be on hand for the photos

  • Ono Bowls will give away Dog treats

  • Sole Shoes will be selling dog walking shoes

  • Nos Vino will have a table offering (non-alcoholic) root beer and root beer floats

  • Farinolio will be offering pet shaped cookies for purchase

  • AR Workshop will offer a hand-stamped dog tag making station, and additionally a station making bangle bracelets (for parents) with your dog's name on it (for purchase)

  • Valencia School of Music will offer a musical instrument petting zoo. Kids of all ages will have a number of instruments to try out of all sizes and types with the help of student assistants

  • Learning Express Toys will offer 20% off sale on all animal plush on Sunday, August 11

  • Wise Animal Rescue will be on hand for adoptions

Stop by and join the fun! There will be pools in which the animals can cool off and Quimby Street will be closed for the event. Leashes are required. Can’t wait to see you and your pets there!

Instagram Photo Contest: Feel free to post your pet photos on Instagram #dogdaysofwestfield2019 prior to the event for a chance to win a free luxury bath package from Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming of Westfield! The photo with the most likes wins!  So post your pet photos now and share the event with your friends to get the most likes! The winning prize will be awarded at the Dog Days of Summer event. 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE PET PARADE at: http://bit.ly/dogdaysofwestfield

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18 Years Running--The Pizza Run was July 24

18 Years Running--The Pizza Run was July 24

The 18th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, now more often referred to as the ‘Pizza Run’ was held on July 24, 2019.

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Best Bets in July

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Art, Home & Design:

Ella Allure Interior Design Center 

This month only, Ella Allure is offering 25% off any wallpaper order with mention of this Westfield Today Newsletter. Stop in to the downtown showroom to see beautiful textures and prints from their expanding library of wallpaper and fabrics. 220 E. Broad St., 908.654.3527. 

www.EllaAllure.com

 

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