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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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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

Best Bets in July

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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Grand Openings

Grand Openings

Spice Bazaar Modern Indian Cuisine

Westfield's only Indian restaurant, has opened in a larger space at 39 Elm St. Owners Simran Bakshi and Kanika Vij are thrilled to announce their expansion AND their introduction of a new pan Asian restaurant in their prior Quimby St. location. Spice Bazaar, which opened in November 2017, offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian entries, delicious tandoori breads, and exquisite spices. 39 Elm St., 908.389.1888. 

www.spicebazaarnj.com 

Innovasian Taco is now open at 106 Quimby St. at the corner of Central Ave. They offer innovative Latin and Asian fast food in a casual setting. 908.232.3429  

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Food & Wine in July

Food & Wine in July

Grilling Classes at Savory Spice Shop

This month Savory Spice is featuring two evening classes with May Fridel, owner of Passion for Spices in Summit. The class on July 11 will focus on grilling meat and poultry while the July 25 class will concentrate on grilling fruits and veggies. Both classes are from 7pm to 9pm and the fee is $25 for each. Please call the store or stop by to reserve your space. 138 E. Broad St., 908.264.8947. 

www.savoryspiceshop.com/new-jersey/westfield.html

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The Weather was Perfect for the Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza!

The Weather was Perfect for the Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza!

The 18th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza was held on July 24, 2019 at 7pm. Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the 'Pizza Run' is one of the largest non-corporate 5K races in the state, attracting 2,000 to 2,600 runners and over 6,000 spectators for an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ entertainment, and live music. 

Click here to check race times at Compuscore.com


2019 SPONSORS

Platinum Sponsor
Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Gold Sponsors
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Stop & Shop

Silver Sponsors 
Atlantic Medical Group, Lord & Taylor, Overlook Medical Center; UBS

Bronze Sponsors
AvalonBay Communities; Columbia Bank; Drew-Rogers; Elizabethtown Gas; Excel Physical Therapy; JackRabbit Westfield; JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, Kessler Rehabilitation Center, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper; Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; NJBEST New Jersey’s 529 College Savings Plan; On Running Shoes; OsteoStrong; PSE&G; Roig Collection Art + Framing; RWJBarnabas Health -Barnabas Health Medical Group; Shoprite of Garwood; Stephen F. Hehl Offices of Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins P.C.; Summit Medical Group; Super Maids; Westfield Braces, Dr. Thomas M. Burns and Dr. Blair Sittmann; Weichert, Realtors; Westfield Pediatric Dental Group

Supporting Sponsor
REDCOM Design & Construction LLC

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Downtown Westfield Sidewalk Sale Days Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14

Downtown Westfield Sidewalk Sale Days Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14

Downtown Westfield Sidewalk Sale Days will take place throughout downtown Westfield Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14! Come pick up some bargains and join the party!

Participating Businesses to date: Alex and Ani, American Shoe Repair, Ann Taylor, AR Workshop, Athleta, Banana Republic, Bootery, Club Pilates, Francesca’s, Galeria West, Gap, The Hope Chest Thrift Shop, J. McLaughlin, JackRabbit, Janus’ Closet, Jos. A. Bank, Jude Connally, Learning Express Toys, NosVino, Ruby and Jenna, Savory Spice, Sole Shoes, South Moon Under, Urban Outfitters, Williams Sonoma.

In case of rain, check for indoor sales.

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Westfield Summer Kickoff Movie Night with JUMANJI is June 22

Westfield Summer Kickoff Movie Night with JUMANJI is June 22

Bring your chair or blanket and sit under the star.... Enjoy live music and an outdoor movie -- Jumanji -- with your family! Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 7pm in the South Ave. Parking Lot.

  • Music by The Unknown Legends begins at 7pm, sponsored by Outta Hand Pizza
  • Feature movie is JUMANJI starring Robin Williams at 8:30pm
  • Food will be available for purchase by Outta Hand Pizza and 1958 Cuban Cuisine.
  • Rain date is Sunday, June 23 or Saturday, July 6.

Sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation, Spencer Savings Bank and Outta Hand Pizza, with special thanks to the Westfield Police Department and the Westfield Department of Public Works.

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Grand Openings in June

Grand Openings in June

Roig Collection Art + Framing, offering Fine Art by Ricardo Roig + Custom Framing + Art Classes, is now open at 305 South Ave. W. Known around town for his Westfield Series, Ricardo is a Westfield native and 34-year-old professional fine artist currently living in Hoboken, NJ. 908.447.3928. www.roigcollection.com 

Blue Waterfall Films is open at 220 Lenox Ave., Suite 201. Blue Waterfall Films L.L.C. provides marketing, advertising, and media solutions with creative and production experts to establish your company brand and communicate your value through social media platforms. They specialize in video production. 908.875.0905. www.bluewaterfallfilms.com

McEwen Flowers has moved to a new location at 307 South Ave. W. (Relocated from 271 South Ave.). They were tenants in this building many years ago, so welcome back! 908.232.1142. www.mcewenflowers.com

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Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival Summer Finale on Tuesday, August 27

Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival Summer Finale on Tuesday, August 27

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 will continue every Tuesday night in July and August. Rain dates will be held on Wednesdays.

While enjoying the musical performances of “Sweet Sounds Downtown”, bring the kids downtown to enjoy one of Westfield’s fine restaurants and eateries. We hope to see you downtown!

See the summer schedule here

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Live Music Every Tuesday Night in July & August, 7pm-9pm

July 2 - August 27

Enjoy free music at the 23rd Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival while strolling, dining and relaxing at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians.

New this year:

  • Quimby St. will be pedestrian only every Tuesday during the Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival, and the North Avenue Venue Band will perform on Quimby St. instead near the corner of Elm St.
  • Plus, the festival is now all music, not just jazz, including rock and country bands!

Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), the festival takes place every Tuesday evening during July and August, from 7pm to 9pm. Raindates are the following evening, Wednesday, each week.

We hope to see you there! And come early to enjoy dinner at one of our fine restaurants. 

Click here for the performance schedule!

 

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