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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

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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.”

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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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Food & Wine

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The 30 Best Restaurants in New Jersey 2019 According to New Jersey Monthly

Congrats to Chez Catherine for making this distinguished list, again! "Modern French cooking is alive and agile at Chez Catherine. So are the charm and warmth the late Catherine Alexandrou brought to the restaurant when she founded it in 1979. Owner Stephane Bocket, maître d' Robert Madden and chef Christine Migton are fully in sync. In a comfortable, home-like dining room, where white tablecloths bespeak hospitality rather than hauteur, Bocket and Madden are alert to your needs, but not intrusive. Migton's food, from duck breast with raspberry coulis to Dover sole filleted tableside, is sumptuous and satisfying, light enough to leave room for her classic desserts. Soufflés, worth the $5 upcharge, may be the gustatory equivalent of sailing in a balloon over the Seine. 431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011. Read more...www.chezcatherine.com 

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Downtown Construction for AvalonBay

Downtown Construction for AvalonBay

Have you seen the construction taking place next to Addams Tavern? This is in preparation for the arrival of AvalonBay Communities Inc. at the corner of Elm St. & E. Broad St., previously approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Stay tuned for more details and watch the construction unfold! 

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Beauty & Health:

Bluemercury

Bluemercury Westfield is now carrying Chantecaille, a luxury botanical skincare and makeup brand built on the powerful effects of plant-based formulas. Stop by on September 12, 13, 14, and 15 for makeovers and facials with purchase from 10am until 7pm. There will be a personal appearance by the Chantecaille family! Reserve your spot today. 82 Elm St., 908.233.1100. www.bluemercury.com

Kennedy's Barber Club 
This is one hot summer! Be sure to drink plenty of water, use sunblock and wear a hat. Come to Kennedy's for their Signature Deep Conditioning and Sub-Zero Skin Treatment... all done in 2 minutes! Headed back to school soon? Be sure to stop into Kennedy's for a fresh cut to start the year out right. In August college students get 10% off! Just bring your ID. Kids under 18 are just $30. Sign up for their client favorite Pursuit of Happiness membership for the best deal in town. Get unlimited haircuts for fathers & sons + 1 straight-razor shave for dad. All for $110! They have other memberships and options to fit your needs too. At Kennedy's, you'll always enjoy a great, friendly experience leaving you clean and confident. 226 North Ave. W., 908.233.0360. www.kennedysbarberclubnj.com

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DWC Awarded Transformation Grant from Main Street New Jersey Program

DWC Awarded Transformation Grant from Main Street New Jersey Program

Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) recently received a Transformation Grant from the Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) Program and will use the $20,000 grant award to partially fund a mural at the South Avenue circle underpass.

This year marks the first time in its 30-year history that the MSNJ Program has awarded grants to designated MSNJ district organizations around the state. The grant funding is part of a larger effort by the Murphy Administration and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which administers MSNJ, to commit more resources to community revitalization programs that focus on small businesses and neighborhood improvement projects.

“Downtown business districts play such an important role in the economic and social health of our communities, which is why Governor Murphy and I have invested significant resources in the Main Street New Jersey Program,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “This investment includes awarding Main Street grants for the first time ever to help downtowns with improvement projects, placemaking, and transformation strategies. All of these grant-funded activities are scheduled to be completed by year’s end and we can’t wait to see how they positively impact downtowns around the state.”

The mural represents the work of Ricardo Roig, local artist and creator of the images of Westfield.  It is designed to connect the South side and North side separated by the train and be a platform for additional public art in the future. 

According to Sherry Cronin, DWC Executive Director, and applicant for the grant, stated “I’m pleased that I was able to acquire this grant on behalf of Downtown Westfield. Main Street NJ has been very supportive over the years with grant opportunities and zero percent loans for improvements to the district.”.

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