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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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First Congregational Celebrates Restored Hall

First Congregational Celebrates Restored Hall
WESTFIELD -- First Congregational Church of Westfield is celebrating the new year with a newly restored parish house.  Hidden from view for over 40 years, the 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.  
 

Built in 1912 and named for an early minister, Patton Hall was modified over the years to accommodate the needs of a growing congregation.  A portion was walled off to create an infant nursery and a drop ceiling was added during the 1970s energy crisis, sealing off the balcony and skylight above. 
 
patton hall reducedWith the completion of the restoration, the most dramatic architectural elements are once again visible, namely the exposed rafters, arched windows and wood trimmed skylight in the early 20th century Craftsman style.  The original Gothic-style chandeliers were refurbished and fitted with Edison-era bulbs.  Doors and woodwork were salvaged and the painted trim returned to its original chestnut finish.
 
To satisfy 21st century standards, the project included central air conditioning, a new service kitchen and handicapped-accessible bathroom, and a 75-inch “smart” TV.  The hall can seat 120 people and is available for rental for meetings and celebrations.
 
 “Among the many blessings of a thriving congregation are members who are willing to contribute so generously to complete a project like this for future generations,” said Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, FCC Senior Minister.  “We welcome the community to experience both the room and the generosity of spirit that restored it over coffee following our weekly worship celebrations.” 
 
First Congregational Church is located at 125 Elmer Street in downtown Westfield.  For more information on rentals or church programs, please visit fccofwestfield.org or call (908) 233-2494.
 
 
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First Congregational Church’s Patton Hall has been restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor.   The historic hall is home to the church’s social events and may be rented for meetings and celebrations.
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DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

The Downtown Westfield Corporation announced the winners of their "Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest". Many downtown businesses did a fabulous job decorating their spaces and the DWC sponsored the contest to reward their efforts and encourage everyone to participate in beautifying our town for the holidays. Businesses were asked to make their window displays and storefronts the very best this year, with garland and bows, wreaths and lights, artistic props, and lots of beautiful merchandise in their windows.

Volunteer judges from the DWC Design Committee walked around town as a group on December 19 to see all the beautiful window displays and make their final selections.

The Grand Prize went to……

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Be a Part of the Downtown Westfield Movement

Be a Part of the Downtown Westfield Movement

With the recent change in administration and the emphasis on volunteering, it’s a great time to remind Westfield residents of the opportunity to be a part of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC). The DWC, a New Jersey and nationally designated Main Street Community since 1993, is dedicated to promoting Downtown Westfield as a preferred destination. The DWC is committed to strengthening the downtown Special Improvement District as the center of community life and preserving the rich architectural legacy of the downtown area. The DWC utilizes the Main Street Four-Point Approach® methodology (Design, Economic Development, Organization and Promotions) for strengthening the local economy and protecting the historic buildings.

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Grand Openings in December

Grand Openings in December

Bella Organici expanded from their Cranford location to 519 South Avenue W. (directly next door to Dirt Clean Culture Beauty Shop). Bella Organici specializes in organic facials, organic spray tans, body treatments, lasers and microneedles. 908.313.8232. www.bellaorganici.com

1958 Cuban Cuisine is celebrating their Grand Opening on Sunday, December 3 with good food, music and entertainment 4pm-8pm. Ribbon cutting at 4pm. 301 South Ave. W., 908.232.3187.  Facebook  

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

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Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

 

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) would like to congratulate Shelley Brindle on becoming the first female Mayor of Westfield and our next fearless leader! We look forward to engaging with her and new council members David Contract, Michael Dardia, Linda Habgood and Dawn Mackey to solve some of our current challenges and partner for an exciting and prosperous future. The staff and volunteer committees look forward to working with them and existing council members Frank Arena, Jo Ann Neylan, Mark LoGrippo and Doug Stokes. 

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Best of NJ 2017: Which Westfield Businesses Made the Lists?

Best of NJ 2017: Which Westfield Businesses Made the Lists?

We are so proud of these Westfield NJ businesses who topped the NJ Monthly reader poll lists this year! Congratulations to these and all our downtown retailers and restaurants who continue to push for excellence. Readers of NJ Monthly once again voted for their favorites in North Jersey.

Recreation and Personal Interest

- Best Bike Shop: Jay's Cycle Center, Westfield 

- Best Indie Bookstore: The Town Bookstore, Westfield 

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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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Retail Buzz: The French Martini Launches Home & Retail Styling Services

Retail Buzz: The French Martini Launches Home & Retail Styling Services
With over 20 years experience in retail merchandising, visual styling and marketing, style creators and partners Angela & Brandi know how to put their most polished foot forward. Whether you are a retail business hoping to make your displays more visually creative and appealing, or a private client looking to create balance and scale with your favorite home decor pieces, TFM will work with you to maximize the potential of your existing pieces in your current space. They will give your space proportion, scale and balance, and most noticeably, TFM will create STYLE.
 
RETAIL SERVICES include: Window Display, Space Styling, Layered Merchandising, Fixture Placement. 

PRIVATE/RESIDENTIAL SERVICES include: Space Styling (bookshelves, mantel, tabletop), Furniture Placement, Blending Vintage & Contemporary Pieces. 
 
Please Join them to celebrate the launch of TFM Home & Retail Styling Services on 
Thursday, November 16, 6-9pm at The French Martini Shop. Lite bites & refreshments will be served plus enjoy special promotions! 41 Elm St., 917.532.5776.  www.thefrenchmartinishop.com 

DWC will be sponsoring a Best Window Decorating Contest in December. Stay tuned!

 

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