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Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors can be a terribly damaging form of communication. Rumors spread on social media are no exception, and only serve to amplify the negative effects on people and businesses. 

Recently our office has received an increased level of questions about store closings based on rumors on social media. While we can in some cases confirm news about stores not renewing their leases or planning to close, the majority of rumors we hear and read are false! Rumors about some of our downtown chain stores and restaurants closing are most often not true and we are baffled by who would start such rumors and why. The businesses affected are themselves confused about where the rumors started and are forced into damage control mode to convince customers they are doing fine.

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Congratulations to Chill Cryotherapy Owner Julie Shanebrook

Congratulations to Chill Cryotherapy Owner Julie Shanebrook

Julie Shanebrook was featured in the January 30, 2017 issue of NJBIZ in an article entitled "The Big Chill". She wants to bring cryotherapy to the mainstream by franchising her Westfield-based business, Chill Cryotherapy, as ChillRX in order to bring cryotherapy to more people in need throughout the country. Founder and CEO Shanebrook, after finding personal relief from back pain, is convinced that the brief application of extremely cold air vapor, chilled by liquid nitrogen, is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic to the body. The success of her Westfield store has propelled her to want to expand the concept. Bravo to our local woman in business! Read the njbiz.com article here. 327 South Ave. W., 908.228.5711. www.chillcryo.net 

Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

People of every age, gender and ethnic background from around New Jersey gathered in Westfield Saturday January 21, 2016 for a “sister” march of the Women’s March on Washington.

Organizer Lydia Kaplan estimated that thousands of people participated. “It was over and above my expectations,” said Kaplan, who earlier in the week had expected 100 to 200 marchers.

According to organizers of the March on Washington, the marches around the world Saturday were meant “to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights.”

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New Winter Banners are Hanging Around Downtown

New Winter Banners are Hanging Around Downtown

You may have noticed the new banners hanging around town! Thanks to the Downtown Westfield Corporation and The Town of Westfield for designing, printing and hanging these brand new snowflake banners, welcoming visitors to our lovely downtown this holiday season and throughout Winter. They are part of the downtown decorating efforts along with the holiday wreaths and garlands.  In addition, the DWC has been working hard to decorate vacant stores for the upcoming holiday season by putting greenery in the flower baskets and filling the empty storefronts with holiday decorations and artwork by local artists.

Downtown Westfield has a New Website: www.WestfieldToday.com

Downtown Westfield has a New Website: www.WestfieldToday.com

The Downtown Westfield Corporation is pleased to present a new website for Downtown Westfield's Business District. Working with a special grant from Main Street NJ, DWC worked closely with Glerin, a Virginia-based web design & strategy firm, to create a custom site which meets the needs of our business community and creates a visually appealing new online presence for our town.

"We think shoppers and diners will be able to more easily navigate the downtown site and find what they are looking for more quickly and intuitively," said Jamie Lemberg, in charge of Digital Marketing & Social Media for DWC. "We provide access to the latest news, shopping, dining and events in a streamlined fashion with menus that make sense."

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Doing Our Part To Keep Downtown Businesses Vibrant

Doing Our Part To Keep Downtown Businesses Vibrant

As the Mayor's Downtown Task Force continues their work and makes recommendations to improve the business climate in our downtown, we should all look at how to do our part. We can all have a voice and affect positive change in our community.

Recently Jackie Lieberman, owner and editor of TAPintoWestfield.net, published the following on her

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Westfield Gift Coins $25

Westfield Gift Coins $25

Looking for the Perfect Gift? Sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 500 newly designed GWACC gift coins are now in circulation. More than 80 local businesses are accepting the $25 coins, and 67 of those are the shops you know and love in Westfield! Help keep shopping dollars local and purchase them at the Westfield, Fanwood, and Cranford offices of Two River Community Bank. For the complete list go to www.gwaccnj.com/coins. There is a $2.50 fee per transaction. All local businesses are welcome to join the program by contacting the GWACC at info@gwaccnj.com.

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Best of Westfield in Industry Magazine, NJ, September/October 2016

Best of Westfield in Industry Magazine, NJ, September/October 2016

Take a look at a nice article about Westfield in Industry Magazine, New Jersey, September/October 2016 Issue. Click here to visit the digital version of the magazine article!

Downtown Westfield Commercials to Air on ESPN

Downtown Westfield Commercials to Air on ESPN

If you missed our Downtown Westfield commercials during the Olympics, you can catch them again during the NY Giants game Monday night, October 3rd or during the Mets Wildcard game Wednesday night, October 5 on ESPN. Watch the video!

Back in the Day... Root's Sweet Shoppe 1966

Back in the Day... Root's Sweet Shoppe 1966

We came across this picture of Bill Root standing proudly in front of his store at 439 South Ave. W. in Westfield back in 1966.    
Root's Sweet Shoppe, a candy store & soda fountain, operated from 1966 to 1988 and was a cornerstone of our community with many loyal, everyday customers. The environment inside was more like family than business. Root's helped shape many young people's lives in Westfield and was truly a special place for over 20 years.   
After a devastating fire in 2012, the Root building was rebuilt and is now home to Gallery U Boutique.