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Please Take a Short Survey from the National Main Street Center

Please Take a Short Survey from the National Main Street Center

Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey from the National Main Street Center.

This survey is an important element of our Strategy Development with the National Main Street Program. This is an opportunity for the public and business community to provide insight and perspective, as well as vision for the future. The Downtown Westfield Corporation appreciates your feedback!

 

 

Experience Westfield - Shop Local - Holiday Events

Experience Westfield - Shop Local - Holiday Events

2019 Downtown Westfield Holiday Events 

The holiday season is the perfect time to 'Experience Westfield' with shopping, dining and celebrating in our classic town for modern families! Westfield is the place where families and friends share good food, exchange gifts and create awesome memories together. The events begin Thanksgiving Weekend! 

PHOTOS WITH SANTA & MRS. CLAUS AT LORD + TAYLOR - NOVEMBER 29 THROUGH DECEMBER 1

Thanksgiving Weekend kick­s off the Westfield holiday events with Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, November 29 -December 1, 2019­ at Lord + Taylor, Westfield, 609 North Ave. W., Westfield, NJ. Friday & Saturday 1-­6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. One free 5" x 7" photo with a donation of $5 for the Westfield Food Pantry. Nominal shipping fee will apply. Additional online photo packages may be purchased from www.PaulMeccaPhotography.com

BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN WESTFIELD - NOVEMBER 29, 2019

If you love Westfield, shop, dine and experience Westfield on Black Friday! Enjoy all Westfield has to offer as you do all your holiday shopping! Enjoy free shopper parking all day (November 29, 2019) compliments of The Town of Westfield. Free shopper parking at all on-street meters and pay station lots. Parking restrictions and time limits apply.

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AddamsFest Marquee Events to Take Place October 19-20 and October 26-27

AddamsFest Marquee Events to Take Place October 19-20 and October 26-27

The town-wide celebration of Westfield's own Charles Addams returns this October to celebrate this prolific talent and the hometown that inspired those all together ooky characters!

Westfield is being transformed to all things Charles Addams with family themed events, movie screenings, art exhibits and much more!  With something for everyone, AddamsFest promises to be a whimsy-filled festival honoring the man, his legacy and the town where it all started.

Morticia & Gomez Addams Masquerade Ball, Addams Family Fun Zone, Charlie's Ale Garden, Morticia’s Movies, Halloween Parade & Costume Contest, Pugsley’s Trunk or Treat will be back. Plus, don't miss Lurch’s Lecture Series, Paranormal Investigations, Haunt Your House Contest and the Wicked Windows of Westfield. There's also a newly envisioned art exhibit that combines original works of Addams alongside local student art influenced by his style. 

See the full calendar of events and get your tickets here!!

Rialto Theatre in Westfield Has Closed 

Rialto Theatre in Westfield Has Closed 

The Rialto Theatre shut its doors suddenly, surprising the community where it has played films for 97 years. Customers and the operators of nearby businesses expressed concern about the closure of an institution that served as a key draw for local businesses and piece of the town's identity. The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) shares everyone's sadness about the closing of the Rialto and will keep the public abreast of developments. Read more...

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Beauty & Fitness Buzz

Beauty & Fitness Buzz

From yoga and movement classes to facials, oils, haircuts, eye care, and teeth care, downtown is buzzing with activity.

Fitness:

Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio

There are several events happening at Brassy Buddha this month. In honor of back-to-school, get back to yoga with FREE classes on September 5 & 6 at 9:30am. The hot vinyasa will get you back in the groove! Join for Yoga Under the Stars on Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm. Registration will be at the studio but class will be held outside (raindate for the 20th), $30 per person, includes a tank top. Ono Bowls will serving a treat after! Learn the fundamentals of hand stands and arm balances at an Inversion workshop with Heart Maher, September 28m 1-3pm. 407 South Ave. W., 908.230.4047. www.brassybuddhayoga.com 

OsteoStrong
Build skeletal strength and bone density in 10 minutes once a week and improve strength, posture, balance, endurance, power, performance and lower joint and back pain. Book your complimentary session today. 121 Central Ave., 908.228.3944. www.osteostrongwestfield.com

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Best Bets

Best Bets

Clothing:

Jude Connally
Jude Connally will be showcasing their Fall Collections in The Westfield Fashion Show sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation. The show is September 8 at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield from 12 to 2pm. Jude Connally is donating a portion of their Westfield store sales the week following the Fashion Show to the non-profit foundation, Runway for Dreams. 111 Central Ave., 908.889.0900. www.judeconnally.com

Books:

Town Book Store

Stores come and stores go... The Town Book Store is proud to be part of Downtown Westfield for 85 years! Woo hoo! Stop in and see their original ledgers from September 4, 1934 and see why we've stood the test of time. According to the original business ledgers on display in the shop, The Town Book Store first opened its doors in 1934. After operating from the same address for 72 years, the store relocated across the street in 2007 to 270 E. Broad St., the site of Westfield's first library and its current home. 270 E. Broad St., 908.233.3535. www.townbookstore.com

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Food & Wine

Food & Wine

Cookies and focaccia and coffee, oh my! There are SO many tasty things to eat and enjoy this month.

Farinolio Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Join Farinolio for a sampling of their delicious savory and sweet Tuscan baked goods and meals as they celebrate their first anniversary in Westfield. Join them on Sunday, September 8, from 11:30am-1:30pm for a memorable event. Limited tickets are available and may be purchased in the store for $5. Stop in today for your ticket and enjoy the simple taste of Italy. 121 E. Broad St., 908.325.2486. www.farinolio.com

Boxwood Coffee Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Boxwood is hosting an exciting anniversary event on Saturday, September 15, from 11am-5pm, with discounts and free stuff that will last all week. To celebrate one year in Westfield, they will offer music in store, face painting and crafts for kids, a coffee cupping and brewing demonstrations, tea tasting, food sampling from their kitchen and a special menu for mocktails. Enter a random drawing to win brewing equipment, gift cards, and free coffee! Come by for the festivities. 143 E. Broad St., 908.219.4076. www.boxwoodcoffee.com

See which Westfield bakery was featured in NJ Flavor's New Jersey Date Night!

Congrats Bovella's Pastry Shoppe for making the cut in this recent article, New Jersey Date Night: Cookies Aren't Just for Kids. "Bovella's has the cookie down to a delicious science. With about 70 years of baking history, it's understandable. You'll find many cookies you know, such as macaroons, chocolate chip and ruggulah, and you'll discover some new favorites too. Savoardi cookies will make you realize that Italian lady fingers are a step above the rest and their frangipane cookies with sugary almond cream filling might just become your new favorite. Check out the taralli, a crunchy sugary Southern Italian mainstay - you won't be disappointed!" Read more... 101 E. Broad St., 908.232.4149. www.bovellas.com 

Healthy Bowls at Orgreen Poke
If you haven't been to Orgreen Poke, run don't walk! Their super healthy bowls of rice, vegetables and protein options are fresh and numerous, and their homemade sauces are delicious! 132 E. Broad St., 908.264.8259. www.orgreenpoke.com 

Outdoor Seating at Tinga

Tinga offers a variety of new delicious house specials, with outdoor seating in a pet friendly environment. Did you know they deliver too? Get 10% off on all catering orders this summer. 110 Central Ave., 908.301.0100. www.tingausa.com

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.”