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Grand Openings in April

Grand Openings in April

Downtown BBQ is open at 301 South Ave. W. Downtown BBQ's signature rub and open-flame grill bring out the unique flavors in their meat. Starting with Grade A Prime Angus beef, Chicken and Ribs, they apply a signature rub and allow the flavors to permeate the meat for at least 48 hours before grilling their steaks, chicken, ribs and burgers on an open-flame grill. 908.264.8252. 
www.downtownbbq.net  

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Blende Custom Beauty is opening soon at 106 Elm St. after completing a beautiful restoration. Celebrity makeup artist Keira Karlin has worked on TV shows including Law and Order SVU, The Blacklist, The Affair, Blue Bloods and SNL. Keira brings her talents to her new shop in the heart of Downtown Westfield. Blende specializes in custom blended makeup and lip bar, microblading and brow sculpting, private and group lessons, weddings and events. 

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New Construction Brings Luxury Rental Apartments to Downtown Westfield

New Construction Brings Luxury Rental Apartments to Downtown Westfield

There are three new and exciting building projects currently under construction in Downtown Westfield that promise to bring new rental options and foot traffic to our downtown commercial district. All of these buildings are transit friendly, conveniently located within easy walking distance to the train and bus stations, and offer great appeal for a wide variety of renters -- including young professionals, empty nesters, and single parents who want to remain in the area. In addition, all three properties represent significant investments in our future, are modern and architecturally appealing, and blend into the downtown character. They represent improvements to currently underutilized properties located at highly visible locations within our downtown area. They will provide easy access to the goods, services and entertainment that Downtown Westfield provides as well as parking. 

333 Central - Pictured above, a 70-unit, four-story luxury rental building will be opening soon at Central and South Avenues. With easy access to Westfield's train station, this transit-oriented multi-family structure is sure to attract professionals and local empty-nesters looking to downsize. With a completion date set for spring 2017, this 126,340 square foot property will feature 70 luxury one and two-bedroom rental apartments with enclosed parking, a lounge with a wet bar, a gym, yoga room, and two rooftop lounges. Apartments will have 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. Some apartments will also have a den and/or a private terrace. The building is pet friendly. For more information, visit www.333CentralAve.com  

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An Update About Downtown from the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC)

An Update About Downtown from the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC)

Written by Sherry Cronin, Executive Director, Downtown Westfield Corporation

There has been much focus on the state of Downtown Westfield this year especially as retail continues to go through incredible change.  With the convenience and ease of online shopping and the choice of how consumers can spend, many of our own residents may not shop the same way they did in the past.  Yet, we all want a strong and vibrant downtown and want to see every storefront filled. 

Westfield is not alone.  As retail continues to contract, restaurants and personal service types of businesses are growing. Many downtowns and shopping destinations are experiencing similar issues.  There are many factors locally to nationally which are influencing the pace of change we are experiencing.  Every day, there is a new headline about store closings and the state of retail on the decline.  As demographics shift, more millennials will emerge onto the marketplace and additional change is inevitable.  Business uses that could never have been contemplated are often not allowed in the existing zoning ordinances.  Product and service providers often struggle to determine what customers want and expect. Today’s retailers often do not need or want large square foot locations which is prevalent in some Downtown Westfield vacancies requiring some difficult and costly decisions on behalf of tenants and property owners.

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Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors can be a terribly damaging form of communication. Rumors spread on social media are no exception, and only serve to amplify the negative effects on people and businesses. 

Recently our office has received an increased level of questions about store closings based on rumors on social media. While we can in some cases confirm news about stores not renewing their leases or planning to close, the majority of rumors we hear and read are false! Rumors about some of our downtown chain stores and restaurants closing are most often not true and we are baffled by who would start such rumors and why. The businesses affected are themselves confused about where the rumors started and are forced into damage control mode to convince customers they are doing fine.

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Grand Openings in March 2017

Grand Openings in March 2017

Several new businesses have opened this month and many more are to come.

 

The Salad House is now open at 113 Quimby St. With locations in Millburn and Morristown, The Salad House specializes in "create your own" salads and wraps that can be saved electronically for your return visit. They also offer a wide variety of sandwiches, soups, paninis, flat bread pizzas (available gluten free), delicious small plate appetizers and a full kids menu. Signature salad creations include the Mandarin Chicken Salad, the Apple Walnut Salad, and the Boss Salad. 908.233.2467. www.thesaladhouse.com

Michael Robert Construction is now open at the corner of South Ave. & W. Broad St. Stop in to admire their exciting restoration and see how they can help with your restoration project. 908.591.4578. www.michaelrobertconstruction.com 

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Grand Openings in February 2017

Grand Openings in February 2017

Amazing Lash Studio is now open at 225 E. Broad St. and is dedicated to raising the bar on perfection, lasting beauty and professionalism in eyelash extensions. Get your first set of eyelash extensions for only $79.99, so stop in today. 908.312.3770.

www.amazinglashstudio.com

Rock 'n' Joe Coffee Bar is under new ownership. You may see the familiar face of longtime resident Greg Gradel who is busy making changes to the interior, exterior and menu. 20 Prospect St., 908.232.1660. www.rocknjoe.com 

Next Cleaners is now Yellow Bear Cleaners. The brand relaunched its company and brand into a full service, eco-friendly dry cleaners with free pickup and delivery as well as a new app. Enjoy their Winter special with 20% off for two months, February and March. Will even offer same day service! 335 South Ave. W., 908.228.7889. www.ybcleaners.com 

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Congratulations to Chill Cryotherapy Owner Julie Shanebrook

Congratulations to Chill Cryotherapy Owner Julie Shanebrook

Julie Shanebrook was featured in the January 30, 2017 issue of NJBIZ in an article entitled "The Big Chill". She wants to bring cryotherapy to the mainstream by franchising her Westfield-based business, Chill Cryotherapy, as ChillRX in order to bring cryotherapy to more people in need throughout the country. Founder and CEO Shanebrook, after finding personal relief from back pain, is convinced that the brief application of extremely cold air vapor, chilled by liquid nitrogen, is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic to the body. The success of her Westfield store has propelled her to want to expand the concept. Bravo to our local woman in business! Read the njbiz.com article here. 327 South Ave. W., 908.228.5711. www.chillcryo.net 

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Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

People of every age, gender and ethnic background from around New Jersey gathered in Westfield Saturday January 21, 2016 for a “sister” march of the Women’s March on Washington.

Organizer Lydia Kaplan estimated that thousands of people participated. “It was over and above my expectations,” said Kaplan, who earlier in the week had expected 100 to 200 marchers.

According to organizers of the March on Washington, the marches around the world Saturday were meant “to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights.”

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Westfield Allstate Agency Celebrates Grand Opening at New Location

Westfield Allstate Agency Celebrates Grand Opening at New Location

Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Agency celebrated its move from the circle in Downtown Westfield to the newly renovated 100-year-old Victorian house at 502 East Broad St. with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday. Among the attendees were Mayor Andy Skibitsky, representatives of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, friends and family.

"My agency team and I are excited to finally be in our new building,” owner Ron Bansky said. “It was great to see so many of our friends and customers at our open house. We were also grateful for the support from Allstate, the town of Westfield, the Westfield Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation. We look forward to serving our customers and the community for years to come at our new location. "

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Grand Openings in January 2017

Grand Openings in January 2017

Club Pilates Westfield is now open at 225 E. Broad St. January 7 & 8 take advantage of their Grand Opening weekend to take a FREE demo class, enter raffles to win free clothing and classes, and take advantage of limited time membership discounts. Why should Pilates be a part of your 2017? Pilates elongates and strengthens your muscles, improving elasticity and joint mobility. The strength and flexibility you will gain at Club Pilates won't just benefit you while you're exercising, it can become the key to living a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. Book your demo class now! Or stop in for a full class schedule. 225 E. Broad St., 908.233.0950. www.clubpilates.com/westfield

Brunella Portuguese Coffee & Deli is now open at 615 South Ave. W. With a brand new interior (shown in picture at right), Brunella serves delicious Portuguese custard cups, spectacular sandwiches, empanadas, coffee and more. Their Portuguese cheese steak is becoming a customer favorite. 908.588.2080. Find them on Facebook

Allstate Insurance - Ron Bansky & Associates Agency has moved to 502 E. Broad St. and is having a ribbon cutting for their new location on January 21st at noon. Immediately following the ribbon cutting join their open house from 12-3pm. Friends, customers, business partners, and anyone from the community who would like to see their newly renovated building are welcome to visit during the open house. 908.301.0711. www.ronbansky.com

Urban Sewciety has expanded and moved to a new location at 307 South Ave. W., directly across from the south side train station parking lot. See their website for new class offerings and events, including their Grand (Re)Opening event on Saturday, January 28th from 11am to 4pm. They will have huge giveaways for classes and fabric, as well as free mini-sewing projects for kids (no sewing experience needed) and a store-wide sale on fabrics, notions, and handmade gifts. Don't miss it! 908.232.0600. www.urbansewciety.com 

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