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Honoring the women leaders of downtown Westfield

Honoring the women leaders of downtown Westfield

These business owners and entrepreneurs represent just a handful of the women leading the way in downtown Westfield — and throughout the community. 

In honor of Women's History Month, we want to highlight the women making a difference and writing the history of our Westfield community. Their impact makes ripples — and sometimes waves — that are far-reaching. We've been awed in the last year at your strength and ability to flex to meet challenge after challenge with savvy, collaboration, creativity, and grit. 

Downtown Westfield has a growing base of women business owners, entrepreneurs and service providers who are not pictured, but who inspire us daily. 

Meet some of the women movers and shakers of downtown Westfield.

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FroYo, Owners Mollie Gibbons, Lauren Federgreen, and Megan Conners

Erin Carroll, Owner of 908 Athletics in Westfield

Patricia Brading, Owner Facial Reality Spa & Salon

Tricia Caminos, Owner of Ono Bowls

Patricia Hanigan, Owner Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics

Nisha Nanthakumar, Owner Rock N’ Joe

Jaclyn Civins, Owner Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Katherine Pace, PT, DPT Owner Haven Pelvic Physical Therapy

Christine Cosenza, Owner State Farm Insurance - Christine Cosenza Agency

 

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Maria DeSantis, Owner A Face Forever Permanent Cosmetic Specialist

Lynne Fitzpatrick, Owner, Guillotine Salon + Spa

Kanika Vij Bakshi, Owner Spice Bazaar - Modern Indian Dining 

Rosann LiVolsi, Co-President Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

Beth Kronke, WSL Vice President, Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

WSL Treasurer Tracie Milford, Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

The team at Ruby and Jenna

Anna Mastroianni, Owner SOLE Shoes

Linda Heroux, Co-President Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

 

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The stylists of Salon Peak, Marcella Nicole Parisi, Francesca Rego, Karen Soriano,  Heather Baumgartner

The women of Ellie Mroz Design Ellie Mroz, Kerry Clifford, Lisa Tsavekou, Bridget O'Dwyer, Lisa Spirn 


Erin Bellamy, Owner of Boxwood Coffee Roasters

Hillary Kaplan and Miriam Silver Verga, Owners Mimi & Hill Design Studio + Shop

Joyce K. Wegbreit, Gretchan R. Ohlig, Barbara Doyle Frantz Phelan, Frantz, Ohlig & Wegbreit, LLC, Partners Phelan, Frantz, Ohlig & Wegbreit, LLC

Joanne Carey, Owner and Artistic Director of Westfield School of Dance

Anne Laird, Owner of the Town Book Store

Keira Karlin, Owner Blende Beauty

 

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Zakia Sheila Flagg, Owner of Brow Bar Permanent Makeup

Brandi Hoynowski, Owner of Brassy Budda 2

Kelly Bennett, Co-owner and Teacher at Valencia Music School

Lillien Pien Co-owner of Akai Lounge

Annette Colbertaldo, Co-owner of Farinolio

Regina Smith, Owner of R Studio Beauty

Carla Friday, Owner of Details Made Simple & The Simple Shoppe Candle Company 

Joanna Rapuzzi, Owner of AR Workshop Westfield

Oksana and Paloma, Co-owners of American Dream Tattoo

 

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Regina Ruparel, Recording Secretary of the Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

Laura Byron, Corresponding Secretary of the Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

Karen Phillips, Owner of Via Nutrition

Claudia Cruz, Owner and the team at Elegant Image Salon

Joanne Turner, Michelle May and Marty McDevitt, Co-owners of Elements Design Studio

Christina Teevan, Owner of The Oils Room

Julie Shanebrook, Owner of Chill Cryotherapy

Gina Vilca, Owner of Everlasting Haven Spa & Wellness Studio

Lika Alania, Owner Alania Aesthetics

 

 

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Everything Glo Downtown — bagpipers, specials for foodies, shoppers & fun

Everything Glo Downtown —  bagpipers, specials for foodies, shoppers & fun

The Impulse seesaws are part of the Glo Downtown experience throughout March 21, offering a wide variety of specials from Downtown Westfield.

DATES  Impulse — the Westfield seesaws are open everyday 9 AM to 9 PM, Friday, March 5 to Sunday, March 21, 2021. Free to the public in 10-minute increments. No registration is required. Wear masks and observe social distancing.

LOCATION North Avenue Train Station, Lot 2, Westfield NJ 

PARKING  South Avenue Train Station, Westfield NJ and walk under the underpass or park in the municipal lots throughout town. 

 

 

 Schedule of Events Glo Downtown

 page 2 revised schedule

 

MUSIC at the Seesaws 

  • March 17 St. Patrick's Day bagpipes 4:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Acoustic music on March 20 5 - 7 PM 

 

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Exciting Glo Downtown Shopping Deals

FRIDAY MARCH 5 TO SUNDAY MARCH 21, 2021  

 

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CLICK HERE Chocolate Tour Weekends

FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS MARCH 5 TO 21, 2021 

 

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Pie Dough Throw Competition

Outta Hand Pizza will be hosting a Pie Dough Throw Competition on Pi Day, Sunday, March 14 at 3:14 PM.  

For a $7 fee, entrants will receive pizza dough and will take part in a pie dough throwing competition in front of Outta Hand Pizza. They will be judged on height, style, and swag by professional pie dough throwers — Burim Regjaj and the team from Outta Hand Pizza. The winner will be awarded a Pie Dough Throw trophy, a fresh, hot pizza pie, and bragging rights as the Pie Dough Throw Winner. Each entrant will receive one pizza pie dough for throwing and a slice of pizza.

Reserve your spot in the competition by contacting Outta Hand Pizza at (908) 233-9300 or by email at outtahandpizza@gmail.com.

           

                                                                                            

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CLICK HERE  Yoga-inspired Mini-Classes Among the Seesaws

SUNDAYS, MARCH 7 & 21 11:30 AM & FRIDAY, MARCH 12 6:30 PM

 

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CLICK HERE Professional Photo Sessions & Framing Packages

VARIOUS DATES FRIDAY MARCH 5 TO SUNDAY MARCH 21, 2021   

 

Dining specials GLO DOWNTOWN

CLICK HERE Cocktail & Dining Specials in Select Restaurants 

FRIDAY MARCH 5 TO SUNDAY MARCH 21, 2021  

 

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CLICK HERE Glo Downtown Initiative & the Impulse Seesaws

FRIDAY MARCH 5 TO SUNDAY MARCH 21, 2021  

 

WEBSITE CANCELED PIE IN THE SKY  

Pie in the Sky Pizza Challenge has been cancelled.

Check out the Pie Dough Throw Competition

Outta Hand Pizza will be hosting a Pie Dough Throw Competition on Pi Day, Sunday, March 14 at 3:14 PM.  

For a $7 fee, entrants will receive pizza dough and will take part in a pie dough throwing competition in front of Outta Hand Pizza. They will be judged on height, style, and swag by professional pie dough throwers — Burim Regjaj and the team from Outta Hand Pizza. The winner will be awarded a Pie Dough Throw trophy, a fresh, hot pizza pie, and bragging rights as the Pie Dough Throw Winner. Each entrant will receive one pizza pie dough for throwing and a slice of pizza.

Reserve your spot in the competition by contacting Outta Hand Pizza at (908) 233-9300 or by email at outtahandpizza@gmail.com.

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Glo downtown and ride the glowing, musical seesaws

Glo downtown and ride the glowing, musical seesaws

Glo Downtown — Featuring Impulse — The Westfield Seesaws

Downtown Westfield will be glowing this March with a ‘Glo Downtown’ initiative poised to shed some light and joy in this dark winter.

Look for colorful shop windows and glow-themed specials around town. The highlight of the season is Impulse, an international art installation of fifteen giant, illuminated, sound-producing seesaws that up to four people can ride at one time. The Impulse seesaws are coming to the North Avenue Westfield Train Station from Friday, March 5 through Sunday, March 21, and will be open for public use from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, following a 5:30 PM opening ceremony on March 4. 

"...the movement of the seesaws generate animated light and sound waves. But it’s the sounds of laughter that I’m looking forward to the most.”  — Erin Ben-Hayon 

Initially launched in Montréal, and created but Lateral Office and CS Design, the dynamic public art installation has visited Australia, London, Boston, and New York City — among other major stops — and will be arriving in Westfield during a particularly slow time for retailers and restaurants.

Downtown Westfield is betting that people who come to ride the seesaws will stay for Glo Downtown self-directed Chocolate Tour Weekends, Pie in the Sky Pizza Challenge, dining specials & hot shopping deals – available only while the Impulse seesaw installation is open.

"While they’re in town riding the seesaws, we want people to play, shop, and dine and have a blast by supporting our local businesses.”  — Bob Zuckerman

“The ultimate goal of the Impulse seesaw installation is to draw people into town during a traditionally slow time of year while providing families from around the region a fun winter activity,” said Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC). “While residents and visitors are in Town riding the seesaws, we want them to play, shop, and dine and enjoy the amazing offerings of our local businesses.” According to Creos, the tour producer, cities that have hosted Impulse have reported business increases in the millions to their local economies. “We are a smaller market, but we are confident that this joyful installation will provide a shot in the arm to downtown Westfield’s economy, too,” explains Zuckerman. 

The Impulse seesaws are part of the Glo Downtown experience throughout March 21, offering a wide variety of seasonal specials from Downtown Westfield’s businesses. These specials will include: 

  • Professional photo sessions on the seesaws with framing packages;
  • The Chocolate Tour each of the three weekends;
  • A Pie in the Sky Pizza Challenge on March 13 and 14; and 
  • Exciting Glo Downtown retail deals, in addition to Glo Downtown dining specials and cocktails in select restaurants.

Details on each of these specials, with others to be announced, will be accessible through WestfieldToday.com and on Downtown Westfield social media. 

“We know that this antidote for seasonal blues will enable everyone to have a good time and our businesses to generate much-needed revenue,” said Councilwoman Dawn Mackey.  

The idea to bring a large-scale lighted art installation to Westfield was the brainchild of Erin Ben-Hayon, Chairperson of Downtown Westfield’s Promotion Committee and local realtor with David Realty Group. Councilwoman Mackey immediately saw the merit and — working with Bob Zuckerman and the team at the Downtown Westfield Corporation, as well as the Westfield Public Art Commission — they set out to bring the project to fruition. 

“The seesaws bring a carefree feeling of playfulness in what has been a heavy year,” said Ben-Hayon. “During these short winter days, the Westfield Train Station will be transformed into an outdoor playground of LED lights and sounds. But it’s the sounds of laughter that I’m looking forward to the most.”  

The seesaws are made of polycarbonate, not the icy metal of your childhood teeter-totter, and are set on thick foam mats. Adults and kids of all ages are invited to play for free in 10-minute increments and to enjoy shopping, dining, and downtown Westfield activities. Visitors are reminded to wear masks and maintain social distancing when visiting the seesaws, and sanitizing wipes will be provided. 

The costs of the Impulse seesaws are fully funded by grants and sponsorships, namely by Main Street New Jersey, Columbia Bank (www.ColumbiaBankOnline.com), and Wonder* (www.wonder.com), a brand new home dining experience in Westfield where dishes from the country’s best restaurants are prepared right outside your home. Harmony Design Group, Landscape Architecture & Construction (www.hdglandscape.com), has been a valued partner sponsoring the setup of the Glo Downtown installation. 

Impulse is owned and managed by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. 

Creation and execution: Lateral Office and CS Design; Structural design: EGP Group; Sound design: Mitchell Akiyama; Mechanical design and fabrication: Generique Design; Electronic design and fabrication: Robocut; Production: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada. Photo credits: Impulse, a creation by Lateral Office and CS Design,

Quartier des Spectacles, Montréal. (Photo: Ulysse Lemerise / OSA ) Note: Photos were taken pre-pandemic.

 

 

*For more information about Wonder, a sponsor of Glo Downtown, scan this QR code with your phone camera. 

Photo credits: Impulse, a creation by Lateral Office and CS Design,

Quartier des Spectacles, Montréal. (Photo: Ulysse

Lemerise / OSA ) Note: photos taken pre-pandemic.

 The Impulse seesaw art exhibition has traveled the world. From their inception in Montreal, to London, Brisbane, Australia, and throughout major cities in the US, like Scottsdale, Detroit and Boston MA. See the Harvard experience with the Impulse seesaws in this video.  

 

 

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Rave Reviews for Downtown Westfield

Rave Reviews for Downtown Westfield

Applause & recognition for downtown Westfield businesses by news organizations, magazines & food bloggers. 

 

Exploring New Jersey: Westfield 

SEEN IN: Best Foods of New Jersey food blog February 20, 2020 edition

  1. RoosterSpin, 251 North Ave, by the train station. Insane double-fried wings, leveled up sushi and Korean food, vintage jazz records, periodic live music, local wine and sangria (BYOB), karaoke rooms in an urban loft. For music schedule contact info@roosterspin.com. Instagramhere.

  1. 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect St, local haunt, live music nightly, full bar with martini menu, renowned Bloody Mary Oysters and exquisite lobster risotto. Instagramhere.

  1. Great warm Saturday evening itinerary 1958 Cuban Cuisine, 305 South Avenue, outside seating at this BYOB, and next door visit Roig Collection (Saturdays 11 AM – 5 PM or later by appointment, just call). Ricardo Roig is a young local artist from the community—he was a WHS art teacher and his wife is a Westfield elementary Spanish teacher—who’s on the cusp of big things. He painted the Westfield mural under the E. Broad Street train underpass. Instagram here.
  2. Addams Tavern 115 Elm Street, upscale rustic, soaring ceiling, sit by the fire, for a romantic night out, interesting cocktails, wine pairing, New American inspired cuisine, charcoal ovens, and wood-burning grills give a delicious ambiance. 

  1. Family night out…Ice Skate at The Westfield Rink, 650 4th Avenue at Gumbert Park,  hit Outta Hand Pizza, (instagram here) 311 South Ave., call ahead to reserve making your pizza ($15), either by tossing the dough yourself or having the Luan, the resident pizza expert, who’s made well over 100,000 pizzas—show you how it’s done. Burim, the owner, is a great guy who gives back to the community, making giant American flag pizzas for veterans, he has interactive experiences with people with special needs and most recently he ran into a burning 5-story building to alert and save the residents who he didn’t know.
  2. Next stop: Video game challenge… old school vs. new school at Yestercades151 E Broad Street. Authentic gelato or melted chocolate hot cocoa 1) The Chocolate Bar, (instagram here) 112 Quimby or old fashioned ice cream and confections from 2) Kilwins (instagram here) on 9 Elm St. 

  1. Farinolio Cucina is a ticketed culinary dining experience on specific nights, starting San Valentino Dinner  2/14/20, hosted by the James Ward Mansion Westfield and Farinolio. Guests will enjoy Prosecco and order wine from NosVino wines and spirits. An elegant five-course meal will be served in the James Ward Mansion. A culinary experience is included when chef, Laura Orlando, will lead the group in making the gnocchi for one of their courses. Wine pairing is available from Nos Vinos, food by Farniolio Cucina, with authentic taste of Tuscany. Farinolio instagramhere.

Downtown Westfield is planning many more experiential types of events for all to love. Including an in-town scavenger hunt, walking food tours, dining clubs, health, and wellness events to name a few. Enjoy the beautiful town that Westfield has to offer and be on the lookout for their upcoming events!

Article By:

Nicki McAuliffe

 

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