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Your new BFF is in town! Randall's Shoes is under new ownership and has been rebranded. This Westfield retailer is committed to bringing shoe-fitting back to its roots. They offer the kind of personalized attention that's hard to find in all of the off-the-rack and online stores today. Their high quality, hand sewn, comfortable shoes feature today's latest styles for men, women and children. Stop in to see their new brands and ensure you're wearing the perfect fitting shoes! 82 Elm St., 908.232.3680.  www.bestfootforwardwestfield.com

Acting Out! is open at 439 South Ave. W. (in the Root Building at the corner of Westfield Ave. and South Ave.) and will have a Grand Opening celebration Saturday, September 7 from 1-3pm. Acting Out! offers an extensive performing arts curriculum, from kindergarten to college. The entire staff are professional working actors and musicians. Your child will learn in-depth performing arts technique while having fun. 908.379.8119. www.actingoutonline.com  

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Back-to-School Essentials: Where to Find Them in Westfield

Back-to-School Essentials: Where to Find Them in Westfield

It's time to think about school and what items you need to buy for your kids. We highly encourage parents and kids to buy school supplies, new clothes, sneakers, backpacks and more in Downtown Westfield! Shopping locally for your kids, whether elementary or high school age, will help ensure that these stores stay in town. Many of them support our local school fundraisers! So now's your time to give back by simply patronizing Westfield's own.

See a list of downtown businesses who sell school supplies, backpacks, shoes, sneakers and clothing.

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Hudson's Bay to sell Lord & Taylor for $100 million 

Hudson's Bay to sell Lord & Taylor for $100 million 

Hudson's Bay Company is selling Lord & Taylor to clothing rental subscription service Le Tote for $100 million. As part of the deal, Hudson's Bay will retain ownership of its Lord & Taylor real estate and, starting in 2021, it has the right to reassess and potentially redevelop these locations. 

The deal allows the department store chain to continue and potentially transform operations as its sales have fallen and it's lost touch with today's shoppers. It will also allow Hudson's Bay, owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson's Bay in Canada, to further simplify its business, as Executive Chairman Richard Baker looks to take the company private while the retailer grapples with sweeping industry change.

"We're excited to have reached an agreement with Le Tote that creates a new model for Lord & Taylor, bringing together fashion rental subscriptions with traditional retail," said Hudson's Bay CEO Helena Foulkes in a statement. "

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Kathleen Miller Prunty Named Interim Executive Director

Kathleen Miller Prunty Named Interim Executive Director

Following a Special Executive Session of the Board of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), Kathleen Miller Prunty has been named Interim Executive Director, effective September 3, for a term of six months. The announcement was made by Patricia Hanigan, Chair of the DWC Board.

“I’m thrilled to bring Kathleen’s visionary leadership to the DWC,” said Hanigan. “She is a seasoned professional who oversaw the widely recognized transformation of Cranford’s thriving downtown. Her vast experience will be a tremendous asset to our DWC Board members and staff, our downtown property owners and merchants, and by extension, all Westfield residents.”

Hanigan stated that, in addition to overseeing the daily operations of the DWC, Miller Prunty will also be charged with re-evaluating the structure and overall strategic vision of the organization, and will lead the search for a permanent Executive Director.

Miller Prunty served as the Director of Business & Economic Development and Special Improvement District (SID) in the Township of Cranford from 1997 to 2018, where she oversaw downtown economic revitalization and transit-oriented development projects generating close to $90 million of private investment. Her business recruitment initiative resulted in an average vacancy rate of 3% for more than ten years. Under her leadership, Cranford received the Best Downtown Award in 2018, and she was named the Union County Economic Development Director of the Year in 2014.

Miller Prunty has served three terms as the President of Downtown New Jersey, and has been a Board member since 2000. In addition, she is a key organizer of the Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance.

“We are so fortunate to have Kathleen lend her vast expertise at this important inflection point for our Downtown,” said Mayor Shelley Brindle. “Her many accomplishments in Cranford are visible, proven, and innovative. During her tenure with us, we will look to her to shepherd the Master Plan recommendations for Downtown Westfield into a new strategic vision that will accelerate its transformation.”

“I look forward to working with the Downtown Westfield Corporation Board, Mayor Shelley Brindle and the business and property owners to develop a progressive, forward-thinking plan for the downtown business district. Westfield is a wonderful community, and like so many other towns, it is brimming with potential and opportunities that can generate enthusiasm for businesses and residents,” said Miller Prunty. “Downtowns are the heart and soul of a community and often the most recognizable face of a town. There is so much talent and energy in Westfield that I expect will find its way to the downtown.”

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Back-to-School Essentials: Where to Find Them in Westfield

Back-to-School Essentials: Where to Find Them in Westfield

It's time to think about school and what items you need to buy for your kids. We
highly encourage parents and kids to buy school supplies, new clothes, sneakers, backpacks and more in Downtown Westfield! Shopping locally for your kids, whether elementary or high school age, will help ensure that these stores stay in town. Many of them support our local school fundraisers! So now's your time to give back by simply patronizing Westfield's own.

School Supplies:

Baron's Drug Store - 243 E. Broad St., 908.232.6680 

Stop & Shop - 219-233 Elm St., 908.232.1292 

Walgreens - 260 North Ave. E., 908.379.2496

Backpacks:

American Shoe Repair & Luggage -126 E. Broad St., 908.232.9522 

GAP/GAP Kids - 207 E. Broad St., 908.654.8260
Urban Outfitters - 154 E. Broad St., 908.928.9861

Shoes:

Lord & Taylor - 609 North Ave. W., 908.233.6600 

Best Foot Forward Westfield - 82 Elm St., 908.232.3680
Sole Fine Italian Shoes - 201 E. Broad St., 908.654.7800 

JackRabbit - 123 Quimby St., 908.654.9900 

Clothing:

Athleta - 234 E. Broad St., 908.518-7620 

Francesca's - 161 E. Broad St., 908.233.1680 

GAP/GAP Kids - 207 E. Broad St., 908.654.8260 

Lord & Taylor - 609 North Ave. W., 908.233.6600 

Ruby & Jenna - 206 E. Broad St., 908.232.6222 

South Moon Under - 249 E. Broad St., 908.518.1509 

Urban Outfitters - 154 E. Broad St., 908.928.9861 

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