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Here's what's special this month in expansions, catering, wine and charity dinners and more.

Spice Bazaar to Expand and Relocate to Elm Street

Spice Bazaar Casual Indian Dining, Westfield's only Indian restaurant, located at 114 Quimby St. will be relocating to a larger space at 39 Elm St., previously occupied by Ambeli Greek Taverna. Owners Simran Bakshi and Kanika Vij are thrilled to announce their expansion AND their introduction of a new pan Asian restaurant in their current Quimby Street location.  Not only will you not have to wait for a table any longer, they will be taking reservations in their new space. Spice Bazaar, which opened in November 2017, has brought a new style of delicious cuisine to Downtown Westfield with North Indian dishes. They offer vegetarian and non-vegetarian entries, delicious tandoori breads, and exquisite spices. They invite you to experience the new Spice Bazaar Modern Indian Dining for lunch or dinner or catering for all your celebrations. Try their easy online ordering too. 39 Elm St., 908.389.1888, www.spicebazaarnj.com 

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Celebrate with the Irish! 

Celebrate with the Irish! 

Erin go Bragh! You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Downtown Westfield. There are lots of things to eat, drink and enjoy this month to get into the lucky spirit. The following restaurants and merchants are going green in some way. 

  • Try an Irish whiskey or a pint of Guinness at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro (16 Prospect St., 908.232.7320).
  • Savor a green tea matcha latte at Boxwood Coffee (143 E. Broad St., 908.219.4076) or Starbucks (117 Central Ave., 908.789.8424).
  • Head to Bridget's Irish Cottage (15 E. Broad St., 908.789.0909) for all things Irish - jewelry, clothing & more.
  • Enjoy a green Hawaiian martini or cucumber cocktail at Akai Sushi Lounge (102 E. Broad St., 908.264.8660). 
  • Get your Irish soda bread, rainbow & leprechaun cupcakes, and shamrock cookies at Bovella's Pastry Shoppe (101 E. Broad St., 908.232.4149).
  • Get green bagels at Manhattan Bagel (210 South Ave. W., 908.654.0525).
  • Sip an Irish coffee at Addams Tavern (115 Elm St., 908.232.3201) or Sweet Waters Steak House (43 Elm St., 908.317.2599).
  • Pick up corned beef curing and pickling salts and spices at Savory Spice Shop (138 E. Broad St., 908.264.8947).
  • Cater in your corned beef and cabbage dinner from Feast Catering (27 Elm St., 908.654.0045).

Pick up pistachio shamrock cookies from Farinolio (121 E. Broad St., 908.325.2486). 

Westfield Historic Preservation Commission -- Middle & Senior High Student Art & Writing Contest

The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission invites submissions for the student portion of its Harry Devlin preservation awards program. Created in 1993 to foster an appreciation of historic preservation, the awards are named for Harry Devlin, a prominent local artist, author and architectural historian. 

Any Westfield student in Middle or Senior High is eligible. Students are asked to submit a piece of writing or artwork in response to the following prompt:
Describe or depict a favorite place in Westfield as it may have existed in another era. Include specific historic details that evoke the time period and help make it come alive.

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Calling all Families -- Midday Madness: An Interactive Clue Hunt is Coming to Downtown Westfield

Calling all Families -- Midday Madness: An Interactive Clue Hunt is Coming to Downtown Westfield

Rescheduled to Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1 – 4pm throughout downtown Westfield, NJ

Calling all families to participate in a clue hunt that requires the players to use their cunning wit and problem solving skills to decipher clues that lead them to various locations throughout downtown Westfield! 

Families will be their own team and will be assigned a color or pattern to wear. They will arrive at 76 Elm St. to begin this fun filled event. They will be given a list of clues. Once they have solved a clue they find the locations, take a selfie to move onto the next one until the game is complete. The finish line will also be at 76 Elm St.  Fun prizes to be offered to the team that comes in with the best score!

The cost to participate is $10 per adult and $5 per child to be paid at the registration table at 76 Elm St. on the day of the event (cash or check).

Online registration is now closed, but families & teams can show up on game day and sign up on site to play!

REGISTER NOW!

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Downtown Living

Downtown Living

As anyone driving by can tell, progress is steady at the construction site of The Parker, a new three story, 31-unit apartment complex at the corner of West Broad Street and Rahway Avenue. The new building replaced the Westfield Auto Wash and the adjacent two buildings facing Rahway Avenue. Designed by Potter Architects, LLC, The Parker is the latest transit-oriented development and includes 18 one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom unit, all with ground floor parking. Five of the rentals will be designated as affordable housing units.

Construction is also underway at Circle Plaza at the former Pan American Cleaners, which will feature 30 residential units with 5 affordable housing units and 7,000 square feet of commercial space.

These buildings in Downtown Westfield promise to bring new rental options and foot traffic to our downtown commercial district. The Parker and Circle Plaza are conveniently located within easy walking distance to the train and bus stations, and offers great appeal for a wide variety of renters -- including young professionals, empty nesters, and single parents who want to remain in the area. 

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Prestigious Houzz Awards 2019 Given to Westfield Businesses 

Prestigious Houzz Awards 2019 Given to Westfield Businesses 

Michael Robert Construction & Ellie Mroz Design

Both Michael Robert Construction and Ellie Mroz Design are proud to announce that they are recipients of the prestigious 2019 Houzz awards. Michael Robert Construction has won Houzz awards for 8 consecutive years; the 2019 awards were in the Design and Service categories. This is Ellie Mroz Design's 3rd consecutive year to be the recipient of Houzz award, with the 2019 award in Client Satisfaction. Houzz is a website and online community focusing on architecture, interior design and home improvement, with more than 40 million individuals using it for home design inspiration. 400 W. Broad St., 908.232.0134. www.michaelrobertconstruction.comwww.elliemrozdesign.com 

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Chill Cryotherapy Expands

Chill Cryotherapy Expands

The DWC Design Committee is pleased to assist ChillRx Cryotherapy with a Façade Renovation Incentive Grant for their expansion into the adjacent storefront. Chill Cryotherapy is Westfield's only cryotherapy center with an extensive array of health services. The expansion will allow Chill Cryotherapy to add new non-invasive, drug-free health, wellness and cosmetic solutions. At a time when some businesses are contracting, it is great to see a thriving and growing downtown business!

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Food & Wine 

Food & Wine 

Here's what's special this month in catering, olive oils, seafood, wine pairings and more.

 

Catering Options at Boxwood Coffee Roasters  

Boxwood Coffee now has a catering menu. They will host private events in their gorgeous Westfield location, including birthday parties and business meetings, and they cater food for breakfast, lunch, dessert, as well as coffee and tea drinks. 143 E. Broad St., 908.219.4076. 

www.boxwoodcoffee.com

New Olive Oil at Farinolio

It's here! The 2018 Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Chianti in Tuscany is now available at Farinolio. Pick up a case or a bottle today and truly enjoy the difference. Plus, enjoy their incredible focaccia sandwiches (pictured in photo). 121 E. Broad St., 908.325.2486. www.farinolio.com 

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Valentine's Essentials

Valentine's Essentials

Look no further than Downtown Westfield for the perfect gift for those important people in your life on Valentine's Day. Here are some of the best places to get the essentials. Show your love for your Valentine and our downtown businesses at the same time! From flowers, champagne and chocolates, to jewelry, cookies or dinner reservations, you can find it here.  

Flowers:

Flower Art by Design Contempo - 103 Prospect St., 908.301.0300

The Green Room - 605 South Ave. W., 908.518.0400

Chocolates:

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Show Some Love to our National Retailers

Show Some Love to our National Retailers

Did you know that local Westfield branches of national (& regional) stores - think Williams-Sonoma, GAP, Banana Republic, Athleta, Lord & Taylor, Lucky Brand, Urban Outfitters, South Moon Under, etc. - get credit for your sale only if you shop their Westfield location? They get no benefit or credit if you view something in the store and then go home and purchase it online. You may love having one of these stores in our town, but maybe don't realize that their continued existence in Westfield depends on you! Therefore, if you are considering an online purchase from one of our national brands, visit the store directly instead, as every sale counts. Plus, if they don't have what you are looking for in your size or preferred color, they can order it for you online!