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Vote for Westfield in Best Downtown Poll

Vote for Westfield in Best Downtown Poll

Final round has top 5 towns - your vote is needed!

 

It's not time yet to cue the drumroll -- but it's getting close. NJ.com is taking a poll to determine the best downtown in New Jersey. After two round of voting, Westfield has made the the list of top 5! Now it's time for you to pick the winner. Voting in this final round is open until 9am on November 7, and will determine the ultimate winner of the contest -- the spot that will be named NJ.com's Best Downtown in New Jersey for 2018. The winner will be revealed on November 10. We need your vote to win! You may vote for your favorite once per day per device! Vote Now!

https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/10/these_are_your_top_5_downtowns_in_nj_vote_for_the.html

 

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Food & Wine

 

Thanksgiving:

Pies at Mulberry House Restaurant

Mulberry House is ramping up for Thanksgiving with delicious, house-made pies! Forget about the hassle and fuss of laboring over crusts and fillings. Each pie or cake will be beautifully packaged and ready for wherever your Thanksgiving plans take you this year. Choose from their Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and Layered Chocolate Cake. Call to place your order by 11/16. Pickup 11/20 & 21. 415 Westfield Ave., 908.233.3562. www.mulberryhouserestaurant.com 

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Arcanum Hall Gets A Facelift

Arcanum Hall Gets A Facelift

The DWC Design Committee is pleased to be part of the 1892 Historic Arcanum Hall renovations through our Facade Renovation Incentive Grant Program. The Bavosa family, property owners, have invested in a major renovation project overseen by PEM Construction of Westfield. The building was painted by Alpine Painting & Sanding of Paterson and decorative painting was completed by Neighborhood Painting of Westfield with paint finishes advice from Trish Lynn of Shady Lady. DWC Design members include Peg Lockwood, Chair, Robert Newell, David Bailey, Patricia Pfaffenbach, Lisa Tsavekou and Barbara Vincentsen. New windows were installed on the second floor and columns were installed on the balconies. A new awning and sign will be installed next. 

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Grand Openings in November

Grand Openings in November

J. McLaughlin, a classic family clothing retailer, is now open at 44 Elm St. in the Westfield 'Flatiron' building that is being historically restored. J. McLaughlin is known for classic yet current styles, both traditional and innovative. They offer quality silks, sporty cottons and cashmeres. Stop in and visit this gorgeous store! 44 Elm St., 908.588.7062. www.jmclaughlin.com

Business Energy, a co-working and networking community for local business professionals, has opened at 220 Lenox Ave, Suite 101. Their modern downtown space is a place to work, meet, and connect with other local professionals. Book a bright and airy, custom-designed workstation or conference room for the day and enjoy professional-speed WiFi and a variety of office amenities to bring positive energy to your work experience. BE productive. BE inspired. BE close to home. www.yourbusinessenergy.com 

Westfield Station Cafe is now open at 339 South Ave. W., conveniently located across form the train station in the space formerly Duke's Deli. Family owned and operated by the Mobarek family, they offer breakfast and lunch favorites including sandwiches, salads, wraps, and burgers along with select Mediterranean dishes. The refurbished space offers meals in a diner style setting with booths and counter seats, for eat-in or take-out. 908.232.2869. www.westfieldstationcafe.com 

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Holiday Events Begin Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Westfield

Holiday Events Begin Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Westfield

The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy shopping, dining and celebrating in our classic town for modern families! Since there's no place like home, Westfield is the place where families and friends share good food, exchange gifts and create awesome memories together.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is proud to sponsor the following annual holiday events beginning Thanksgiving weekend:

Photos with Santa & Mrs Claus at Lord & Taylor - November 23-25 

Thanksgiving Weekend kick­s off the Welcome Home to Westfield holiday events with Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, November 23-25, 2018­ at Lord & Taylor, Westfield, 609 North Ave. W., Westfield, NJ. Friday & Saturday 1-­6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Get one free 5" x 7" photo with a donation of 2 cans of non­perishable food for the Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity. Nominal shipping fee will apply. Additional online photo packages may be purchased from www.PaulMeccaPhotography.com

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Spencer Savings Bank Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Westfield

Spencer Savings Bank Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Westfield

Spencer Savings Bank celebrated the opening of its new branch at 240 North Ave. West on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The location is one of the New Jersey-based bank’s two technologically advanced “financial centers,” a combination of a banking center and loan production office.

“We pride ourselves in helping New Jersey residents and businesses grow,” George Celentano, director of retail banking, said in his speech that night.

Among the amenities at the branch are interactive teller kiosks that allow customers to speak by video with bankers in other locations. Customers who park in the train station lot across the street will be reimbursed for parking fees.

Spencer Savings had been operating a traditional branch in Garwood. Its staff was relocated to the new center in Westfield this summer, according to the company.

240 North Ave. W., 908-889-6390. www.spencersavings.com/locations/westfield/

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Stained Glass Windows Restored at 44 Elm St.

Stained Glass Windows Restored at 44 Elm St.

Special thanks to Regina & Andrew Calcagno, property owners of 44 Elm Street (Westfield's flatiron building) and for investing in this beautiful gem! The stained glass windows were installed on October 10 by contractors George, Sal and Miguel. The 3rd floor stained glass panels were previously donated to the Westfield Historical Society by one of the prior building owners, the Rordens. After many years in the archives, they were removed, refurbished by Donna Slevin of Kick Glass Art Studio and placed back into the original frame by the Calcagno's. Donna also handcrafted the 2nd floor window at their request to replicate the design of the 1903 3rd floor original windows based on our historic photos. Downtown Westfield Corporation and our Design Committee are happy to be part of this restoration project. A true partnership all the way around! J. McLaughlin is open in the first floor retail space and the two apartments should be coming online soon. Stay tuned!

 

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A Highlight of AddamsFest will be the Charles Addams Art Exhibit at The James Ward Mansion

Charles Addams Art Exhibit -- Featuring Original Drawings, Cartoons and Photographs 

October 22 - October 30

Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 8:30pm 

Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:30pm

Weekday Group Tours by Appointment: 9:00am - 2:00pm

The James Ward Mansion, 169 E. Broad St.

Tickets for the exhibit will be available online at www.addamsfest.com and on site at the James Ward Mansion from 3:00 PM – 8:30 PM Monday to Thursday and 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Suggested donation is $5-$10, and a portion will go towards the Charles Addams Fund which provides scholarships to Westfield High School seniors pursuing a career in the arts. Weekday group tours are available by appointment only 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM by contacting addamsfest@gmail.com.  

You know The Addams Family, but did you know that its creator, Charles Addams, was a widely lauded cartoonist with a vast collection of work? During the upcoming AddamsFest, the inaugural celebration of its native son, the Town of Westfield will showcase the Charles Addams Art Exhibit, graciously on loan from the collection of the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation. Sure to be the crown jewel of the festival, the collection will feature 40 handpicked original drawings, cartoons and personal photographs -- with classic Addams Family pieces, as well as those brimming with hints of Westfield and highlighting Addams’ love of New York City.

A highlight of the exhibit is the newly emancipated Charles Addams skeleton artwork. Nicknamed “Dudley,” this life-sized Addams original, drawn during his Westfield childhood, spent almost a hundred years on the second floor of a barn on East Dudley Avenue. Special thanks to current homeowners Jennifer and Samuel Khichi for generously sharing this valuable piece of history with the community.

The Charles Addams Art exhibit is generously supported by Anthony James Construction.

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Grand Openings

Grand Openings

Forefront Designs Architects has relocated to 225 Lenox Ave. in downtown Westfield as of September 20. They have been in Westfield celebrating over 20 years in business bringing homes to life with renovations of both historical nature and updated looks. Stop by or email them for a courtesy consult if your thinking of doing a project on your home. 908.789.9089. www.forefront-designs.com 

Coming Soon: 

J. McLaughlin, a classic family clothing retailer, will be opening soon at 44 Elm St. in the Westfield 'Flatiron' building that is being historically restored with design and grant assistance from the DWC Design Committee. J. McLaughlin is known for classic yet current styles, both traditional and innovative. They offer quality silks, sporty cottons and cashmeres alongside tongue-in-chic martini-glass embroidered Bermudas and other items in cheeky prints. www.jmclaughlin.com

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Eateries in the News: Boxwood Coffee & Farinolio

Eateries in the News: Boxwood Coffee & Farinolio

Boxwood Coffee Grows Bigger in NJ with 3,700-Square-Foot Roastery Cafe -- Westfield, New Jersey is the second cafe from four-year-old roaster and retailer Boxwood Coffee. At 3,700 square feet, the location is more than three times the size of the company's original Summit, NJ shop, and is now home to Boxwood's roastery while also offering space for events, training and education programming. Read the latest article by Roast Magazine. 143 E. Broad St., www.boxwoodcoffee.com  

Farinolio on News 12 New Jersey -- Recently the News 12 NJ camera crew visited Westfield's newest Italian cafe, Farinolio for a Food & Fun segment.  Watch the video here! It will have you feeling like you popped in for a bite while wandering the streets of Italy. 121 E. Broad St., 908.325.2486. www.farinolio.com  

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