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Grand Openings, Changes & Expansions

Grand Openings, Changes & Expansions

JackRabbit Westfield is the new name of The Running Company at 123 Quimby St. This specialty running store has the same owner and the same great merchandise you know and love, just a new name. You'll notice their new signage, lights and awnings. 14 years in Westfield and going strong. 908.654.9900. 

www.facebook.com/jackrabbitwestfield 

Leo Charles Salon has opened at 105 Prospect St. (formerly Maria Candida Hair Forum). Leo C. Scott is a true artist in hair design and color, and his work has been published in NJ Bride magazine, Pretty Pear Bride and Harper's Bazaar. Maria Iacono is still accepting appointments here. 908.233.3460. www.leocharleshairsalon.com 

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New Parklet on Elm Street

New Parklet on Elm Street

Our dedicated DPW crew implemented Westfield's first parklet on Elm Street in front of Theresa's and Sweet Waters. 

Parklets are extensions of the sidewalk from the curb into the street: they are installations of public seating, art, plants and other elements, typically located in one or more parking spots and protected from traffic. They are places to gather, eat and drink, celebrate and create, work, play, and build community. With numerous placemaking benefits, these public spaces can make downtowns a more desirable place to live and work, and a more attractive destination. While a relatively new concept in New Jersey, parklets have been successfully implemented in places across the country.  

Westfield is implementing its parklet as a pilot coinciding with the sidewalk café season.  Using only one parking space, the experience and public use will be evaluated ongoingly.  

 

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Chez Catherine: A New Touch on a French Classic

Chez Catherine: A New Touch on a French Classic

Westfield NJ -- A new wine cellar and tasting room for private parties, a summer menu, a renovated dining room, new owners and a new chef….. This is what you can expect at Chez Catherine in Westfield NJ, a restaurant known as one of New Jersey’s top destinations since 1979 for classic French cuisine.

Former maître d'hôtel, now restaurateur Stephan Bocket and his business partner Michael Cowan recently purchased this renowned restaurant and have invigorated the Westfield staple in many ways, including a fresh staff headed by Executive Chef Christine Migton.

The grand re‐opening showcases a fresh and elegant European feel to its dining room with a plaster stone effect on the walls, a beautiful coffered ceiling with elegant lighting, all creating a warm comfortable ambiance.

The new menu offers many classic dishes including Dover Sole prepared tableside and other enticing new dishes prepared by Executive Chef Migton. The wild, whole Dover Sole is sautéed in brown butter with fresh lemon juice and is delicious and simple. For dessert, the soufflés are superb and come in a variety of seasonal flavors including hazelnut, mango, lemon and Grand Marnier. Seasonal menus are always changing. Don’t miss their mid-week lunch special (Tuesday – Friday) featuring two-courses for $25.

The wine cellar and tasting room downstairs can accommodate private parties up to 20 people with prix fixe menus. A fresco painted wall and wine bottle storage displays make for an intimate and sophisticated event space.

Chez Catherine has its own special monthly events as well, such as wine dinners and a Bastille Day celebration in July. Subscribe to their mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.

Owner Stephan Bocket brings 32 years of hospitality experience into this new venture. Stephan has worked alongside many renowned chefs and restaurateurs including Chef Alain Ducasse in both Paris and New York. It is with these experiences that Stephan brings a heightened level of consistency to the operations of the Chez Catherine creating an extraordinary experience with impeccable service.

Executive Chef Christine Migton started her career at Chez Catherine in 2003 as a Chef Tourant and has honed her culinary skillset at some of New Jersey’s best restaurants before her recent return to Chez Catherine’s kitchen as Sous Chef. Now elevated to Executive Chef, Christine brings traditional classic French cuisine to a new generation of sophisticated diners.

Call for reservations at this reimagined classic. You won’t be disappointed. Free self-parking is provided on the premises.

431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011.  www.chezcatherine.com 

Photo:  Executive Chef Christine Migton and Co-owner Stephan Bocket welcome diners to a new renovated Chez Catherine. Photo courtesy of Chez Catherine.

 

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Adlers Jewelers has Expanded to a Larger Space in Downtown Westfield with a New Designer Bridal Boutique

Adlers Jewelers has Expanded to a Larger Space in Downtown Westfield with a New Designer Bridal Boutique

After 27 years at the same location in Downtown Westfield, Adlers Jewelers has moved next door to 217 North Ave., expanding to double its square footage. With business growing, owners Andrew and Jeffrey Arkin thought the time was right to make the move. A grand re-opening celebration was held on June 3, 2017.

“Our bridal business has grown in the last 5 years and we needed more space for a private diamond showing area,“ said owner Jeffrey Arkin. “We designed a special diamond table to show the diamonds with special light. We also created a private room and comfortable sitting area for customers.”

Adlers always carried the top bridal designers including Tacori, Hearts On Fire, Verragio, A. Jaffe, Simon G. and eight other smaller boutique designers. Now they have a great new space in which to present them to future brides and grooms. Included in the new space are showcases for men’s wedding bands, which Adlers never had space for in the past.

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New Outdoor Space to Eat & Drink at NosVino

New Outdoor Space to Eat & Drink at NosVino

With Jazz Festival coming to Westfield every Tuesday night in July and August, it’s good to know that NosVino now has outdoor seating for its customers! Having acquired a sidewalk café license, they provide an outdoor space for people to eat, drink and enjoy snacks along with their great wine and craft beer.

Whether you're waiting for a table to open at your favorite restaurant, looking for a spot to sit, sip and relax, in need of that perfect rendez-vous spot for date night or making sure the evening doesn't end when dinner is over ... NosVino offers a new option.

You know them for the best wine and craft beer in the area. Now you can also help yourself to a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, jams and chocolates. Purchase what you want inside and then sit outside at one of their tables and serve yourself!

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Video Corner

Video Corner

Enjoy a short video about Westfield's connection to the Addams Family:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSgQbvmwvRA

 

See Daniel Damesek's recent video blog about Di Farina Pizzeria: https://vimeo.com/217422384  

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Grand Openings in June

Grand Openings in June

Morano Gelato is now open at 116 Elm St., across from Addams Tavern. Morano Gelato serves fresh gelato, sorbet, and granita, plus espresso and Italian hot chocolate. Stop in and try it! 908.228.2150. www.moranogelato.com   

Westfield Creamery is now open at 258 E. Broad St., featuring award winning Emack & Bolio's ice cream, chocolates and smoothies. Emack & Bolio's ice cream is double premium quality to please the ice cream connoisseur in all of us. 908.228.3967. www.emackandbolios.com 

AR Workshop, a graphic design, party styling, DIY blog and shop, is open at 226 North Ave W. (next to Kennedy's Barber Shop). They offer hands-on workshops for home decor, design skills and styling, and parties in an inspiring and charming boutique workshop that not only offers classes but sells retail items in home decor. 908.367.9054. 

www.arworkshop.com/westfield

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New Boutique Workshop in Westfield Brings Out Anyone’s Inner Artist

New Boutique Workshop in Westfield Brings Out Anyone’s Inner Artist

Westfield, NJ residents now have a new way to express their passion for DIY design and styling with the opening of AR Workshop at 226 North Avenue West.   An extension of the popular NC-based design company Anders Ruff, AR Workshop is a  hands-on boutique studio and store where visitors can create their own handmade,  mixed-media pieces – everything from framed and plank wood signs, to canvas wall  hangings, to chalkboard art, pillows, décor and more. And it all takes place in guided workshop sessions that allow customers’ creative juices to flow, while still ensuring consistent, high-end results.

Taking the trend of creative, interactive parties (think of the popular “wine and painting” studios) to a fun new level, AR Workshop Westfield lets visitors work from customizable patterns and templates that can fit virtually any taste or style. As a result, no two pieces  – or projects – are the same. But the approach enables anyone to produce beautiful,  “Pinterest-worthy” artworks they can be proud of. The environment itself is also designed to inspire and delight – with a warm, welcoming  atmosphere that feels almost more like a lounge than an arts and crafts studio.

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Not all Olive Oil is Created Equal

Not all Olive Oil is Created Equal

By Patricia A. Hanigan, Owner of Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils & Balsamics, 20 Elm Street, Westfield NJ

In 2011 Tom Mueller, one of the leading authorities on Extra Virgin Olive Oil, released his book “Extra Virginity: The sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.” In it he revealed a world of deception where low quality oils and artificial coloring were being passed off as extra-virgin olive oils to the American public. In Europe, you would be breaking the law if you were mixing refined oils with Extra Virgin and labeling it 100% Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Unfortunately, here in the states we do not have strict regulations and thus there are a lot of fraudulent bottled Extra-Virgin Olive Oils on the market. When companies taint the oil, the consumer loses the health benefits of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.

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DWC Design Committee Recent Projects

DWC Design Committee Recent Projects

For over 25 years, the DWC Design Committee has administered their successful Façade Renovation Incentive Grant Program to over 150 different storefronts.  From historic restorations to new signs or awnings, the DWC staff and committee work with tenants and property owners using historic photos, materials, and often photoshop renderings to collaborate design changes.  

Two recent examples of major storefront renovations and expansions include Michael Robert Construction and Limani Seafood Grill.  Pictured are: Michael, Ellie Mroz (and children) at Michael Robert Construction, 400 W. Broad Street. George and Vasilia Vastardis of Limani Seafood Grill, 235 North Ave. W., were also presented with a Façade Renovation Incentive Grant check from Councilman Sam Della Fera, DWC board member and Council liaison.  

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