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Westfield Businesses Offer Shutdown Specials and Furlough Freebies to Families Impacted by Federal Shutdown

Westfield Businesses Offer Shutdown Specials and Furlough Freebies to Families Impacted by Federal Shutdown

While a deal to end the government shutdown appears to be far off, many Westfield businesses are willing to offer furloughed federal workers a little relief, ranging from free food and coffee to free fitness and financial planning services.

Around 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or working without pay since December 21 and won't receive their next paychecks until the government reopens. January 11 was the first payday most furloughed employees missed.

Businesses across the country are offering free services -- meals, movies, and classes, among other things -- to all those impacted by what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. 

Locally, many Westfield businesses are generously doing something to help those affected. Here are details on how our local restaurants, stores and services providers are pitching in. (Check back frequently as this list will continually update.)

Note: Furloughed workers should simply show their federal ID to take advantage of these specials.

Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery: FREE cup of the “coffee of the day”, one per day. 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977. www.ahrre.com

Farinolio: FREE freshly baked bread to those federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. 121 E. Broad St. www.farinolio.com 

Kika Stretch Studio: FREE stretch sessions at their Westfield location. Stretch away the stress and discomfort with Kika Stretch. Call or text the number provided, mention you are a government employee in need of a "Kika Boost" and they'll schedule your appointment. 66 Elm St., 908.376.9680. www.kikastretchstudios.com

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Best Bets in January

Best Bets in January

The Farmhouse Store 

FHS is proud to introduce Craftmaster Furniture as the newest addition to its collection of fine furniture offerings. Craftmaster has been creating American Made, high quality, upholstered furniture in Taylorsville NC for over 45 years. Custom order is the strength of the company with over 140 sofa styles, 100 accent chairs, and 1,000 fabric choices, all built and shipped within a few weeks. Stop by The Farmhouse Store to see the style and quality that Craftmaster can bring to your home. 221 E. Broad St., 908.654.0444. 

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The French Martini

Now that holiday decor is put away for another year & the house may look a bit bare... Are you in need of some fresh styling at home? The French Martini Home Styling business can add style, balance and interest using all your current, existing pieces. Reach out to them for inquiries at thefrenchmartini@gmail.com or visit them online for more details. They also have post-holiday promotions: Many of their global designs and winter outerwear is up to 50% off. (Limited quantities and all sales final.) 41 Elm St., 917.532.5776. www.thefrenchmartinishop.com

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Food & Wine in the New Year

Food & Wine in the New Year

Midweek Specials at The Brick Oven

Brick Oven will be offering a special midweek prix-fixe dinner all winter, January thru March. Enjoy a 4-course dinner for $25 any Monday - Thursday! 117 Quimby St., 908.317.9500. www.thebrickovenwestfield.com 

Paella & Tapas Event at 1958 Cuban Cuisine

Join Master Chef Serafin Sarduy together with 1958 Cuban Cuisine's Executive Chef Gonzales Sueiro for a special Paella & Tapas event on January 28 at 6pm. Call the restaurant for details and reservations. 301 South Ave. W., 908.232.3187. www.1958cubancuisine.com 

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2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

As Mayor Shelley Brindle outlined in the State of the Town address on January 3, 2019, the Town remains focused on improving the business climate through short-term solutions, while a longer-term vision is established through the Master Plan process.  29 new businesses opened in the Special Improvement District last year and many more are opening. Read the Mayor's address here.

Building on Mayor Brindle's address, Downtown Westfield Corporation thanks you for supporting Downtown Westfield and shopping locally.  You answered our call (The Shopper's Dilemma: Online vs. Downtown) on the importance of patronizing local businesses-particularly during the recent holiday season. According to Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center, there is confidence now more than ever that Main Street's future is strong. The DWC, your local Main Street organization, remains committed to working with stakeholders and the Town in crafting solutions with practical-minded determination.  

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Grand Openings in January

Grand Openings in January

Addams Tavern has re-opened! After a long awaited reconstruction, this popular bar & restaurant is once again open in our downtown for lunch, dinner and drinks at their beautiful bar. Stop in for a meal or meet your friends at the bar. Welcome back Addams Tavern, we missed you! 115 Elm St., 908.232.3201. www.addamstavern.com

Signature Realty has opened at 233 North Ave. E. (near Jay's Cycle Center). Their renovation is complete and is beautiful. Congrats to Michelle Pais and staff! 908.686.1200. www.signaturerealtynj.com  

 

Coming Soon:

Bareburger will open at 126 Central Ave., next door to Warby Parker. This upscale burger franchise with a full liquor license offers burgers, salads and sandwiches. Their menu is over one-third vegetarian and plant-based and they work with sustainable farmers and partners. Enjoy everything from a bison burger with blue cheese, bacon, bourbon jam and caramelized onions, to a sweet potato, kale & wild rice patty. www.bareburger.com

Bespoke by Gambert - Coming in February, this modern mens haberdashery offers custom shirts, suits and sportswear, as well as shoes from casual to dress and accessories. 221 North Ave. E. (next to Jay's Cycle Center). Website coming soon: www.bespokebygambert.com 

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Congratulations to the 28 Winners in the The Miracle on Elm St. Shopping Spree Contest

Congratulations to the 28 Winners in the The Miracle on Elm St. Shopping Spree Contest

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) held weekly drawings from November 23 through December 21 for shoppers to win $50 gift cards to their favorite downtown stores during the holiday season. Six prizes of $50 were awarded each week in Downtown Westfield shopping/restaurant gift cards, courtesy of the DWC. 

And the winners are.....

Week 1 Winners:

Adrian Docampo (Jersey Boutique Spa), Grace Elliott (The Station Cafe), Samantha Herman (Sweet Waters Steak House), Ramaydalis Keddis (Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics), Kristin Stellingwerf (Boxwood Coffee), Christine Stirrat (Banana Republic) and Karen Taylor ($25 Town of Westfield, New Jersey parking card)


Week 2 Winners:

Michael Fay (Bridget’s Irish Cottage), Cathy Hawkins (Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics), Christine Kamil (Facial Reality Spa), Michelle Massa (Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics), Bill Thau (Lord & Taylor), Denise Ward (The Brick Oven), and Dina Melucci ($25 Town of Westfield, New Jersey parking card)

Week 3 Winners:

Jill Anderson (GAP), Sheila Blazovic (Bridget’s Irish Cottage), Mike DiMaio (Jersey Boutique Spa), Bernadine Liebrich (N & C Jewelers), Edward Palmer (Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics), Kathy Warren (Trader Joe’s), and Natalia Barriga ($25 Town of Westfield, New Jersey parking card)

Week 4 Winners:

Tanya Bachman (Fresh Bui), Bruce Einhorn (Westfield Shoe Repair), Glenn Gross Jr. (Woofgang Bakery), Maryann Ingenito (Limani Seafood Grill), Ron McGovern (Jersey Mike’s), Maria Pearce (Tutti Baci Italian Bakery and Deli), and Joan Cingar ($25 Town of Westfield, New Jersey parking card)

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Established Local Law Firm Names New Partner

The law firm of Phelan, Frantz & Ohlig, LLC (formerly known as Phelan, Frantz & Peek, LLC) has served Westfield and the surrounding communities for almost a century.  Located in downtown Westfield on Orchard Street with ample parking, the firm recently announced that Gretchan R. Ohlig has become a partner in the practice. The firm will continue its practice specializing primarily in trust and estate planning and administration and real estate.  The firm looks forward to continuing its high caliber of service and long-standing commitment to the Westfield community and residents. For information regarding the firm practice and its attorneys, please visit our website at www.pfolawfirm.com.

Phelan, Frantz & Ohlig, LLC

210 Orchard Street

(908) 232-2244

www.pfolawfirm.com

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Westfield Year-in-Review: The Biggest Stories of 2018

Westfield Year-in-Review: The Biggest Stories of 2018

According to TAPintoWestfield, it was an interesting year for Westfield residents with a retro arcade coming to the downtown, a mention in the magazine Traditional Home and a temporary ice rink that has delighted some people and riled others.

Gumbert Park Ice Rink Gets Green Light from Westfield Town Council

Rain Doesn’t Spook Crowds From Westfield’s AddamsFest

Addams Tavern in Westfield Reopens After Yearlong Closure

No Payday For Westfield PD Chief Who ‘Retired’ Suddenly

Chris Battiloro is Westfield’s New Police Chief, Mayor Says

 

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Top Best Selling Books of 2018 at the Town Book Store

Top Best Selling Books of 2018 at the Town Book Store

These were the top best selling adult books of 2018 at The Town Book Store in Westfield, NJ. (270 E. Broad St., 908.233.3535)

#1 Becoming

By Michelle Obama
Warm, wise, and revelatory, this book is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations — and whose story inspires us to do the same.

#2 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 
By Gail Honeyman
Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, this book is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes...the only way to survive is to open your heart. 

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Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping

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Adlers Jewelers

Adlers Jewelers and Lagos invite you to attend their My Lagos My Way Event, featuring the Fall 2018 Collections and Trunk Show, Thursday, December 6, 10am-7pm. For one day only, preview the latest holiday collections with a stylist from the LAGOS design studio. Mix and match and stack your necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. 217 North Ave. W., 908.233.6900. www.adlersjewelers.com 

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