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Recap of 2017 Openings & Expansions

Recap of 2017 Openings & Expansions
As we look back at the happenings in our downtown this past year, we can't help but remark on all the new businesses that have come to town and some of the existing businesses that have thrived and expanded. Despite some obvious challenges our downtown faces, take a peak with us at some of the positive things that have happened in 2017 (in alphabetical order)....
 
Amazing Lash Studio opened at 225 E. Broad St. www.amazinglashstudio.com
 
AR Workshop, a graphic design, DIY blog and shop, opened at 226 North Ave W. (next to Kennedy's Barber Shop). www.arworkshop.com/westfield

Blende Custom Beauty opened at 106 Elm St. after completing a beautiful restoration. www.blendebeauty.com
 
Bella Organici expanded from their Cranford location to 519 South Ave.W. www.bellaorganici.com 
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Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Welcome Mayor Shelley Brindle and new council members! It was a frigid yet exciting and historic inauguration ceremony on January 1, 2018 as Westfield swore in its first female mayor. Also sworn in were new town council members Linda Habgood, Mike Dardia, David Contract & Dawn Mackey. They joined existing council members JoAnn Neylan, Mark LoGrippo, Frank Arena and Doug Stokes. A crowd of several hundred people were on hand to witness the event at the Town Hall Front Lawn, 425 E. Broad Street. 

DWC welcomes to our Board of Directors Jim Donofrio, Gary Goodman, Miriam Verga, Patricia Hanigan, Councilwoman Dawn Mackey and Mayor Shelley Brindle. They join existing board members Alan De Rose, Shawn Hanna and James Gildea. Click here for the board meeting schedule.

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DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

The Downtown Westfield Corporation announced the winners of their "Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest". Many downtown businesses did a fabulous job decorating their spaces and the DWC sponsored the contest to reward their efforts and encourage everyone to participate in beautifying our town for the holidays. Businesses were asked to make their window displays and storefronts the very best this year, with garland and bows, wreaths and lights, artistic props, and lots of beautiful merchandise in their windows.

Volunteer judges from the DWC Design Committee walked around town as a group on December 19 to see all the beautiful window displays and make their final selections.

The Grand Prize went to……

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Grand Openings in December

Grand Openings in December

Bella Organici expanded from their Cranford location to 519 South Avenue W. (directly next door to Dirt Clean Culture Beauty Shop). Bella Organici specializes in organic facials, organic spray tans, body treatments, lasers and microneedles. 908.313.8232. www.bellaorganici.com

1958 Cuban Cuisine is celebrating their Grand Opening on Sunday, December 3 with good food, music and entertainment 4pm-8pm. Ribbon cutting at 4pm. 301 South Ave. W., 908.232.3187.  Facebook  

Cory Mathews salon for men is open at 309 South Ave. W. They expanded to Westfield from Cranford and offer the ultimate men's experience, from wash to shave and everything in between. 908.276.1840. www.cory-mathews.com

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Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

 

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) would like to congratulate Shelley Brindle on becoming the first female Mayor of Westfield and our next fearless leader! We look forward to engaging with her and new council members David Contract, Michael Dardia, Linda Habgood and Dawn Mackey to solve some of our current challenges and partner for an exciting and prosperous future. The staff and volunteer committees look forward to working with them and existing council members Frank Arena, Jo Ann Neylan, Mark LoGrippo and Doug Stokes. 

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Grand Openings in November

Grand Openings in November

Mimi & Hill, a full service interior design studio and shop, is now open at 227 Elmer St. Owners and Westfield residents Hillary Kaplan and Miriam Silver Verga have been in business for over 6 years designing homes as close as Westfield, second homes on the Jersey shore and a few Caribbean homes. Their new store has a host of grand opening events in November and December to which the public is invited.  Click for event details. These events will showcase artisans and specialty design pieces. 908.403.6169. www.mimiandhill.com 

Spice Bazaar, a casual Indian restaurant, is open at 114-116 Quimby St. (in the location formerly Asian Fusion). Serving an extensive menu seven days a week, from 11:30am to 10:30pm, Spice Bazaar offers lunch specials and dinner, and is BYOB. For owners Kanika Vij and Simran Bakshi, Westfield is their second restaurant. The first one is Spice Mantra in Englewood, NJ. The executive chefs come from prominent four and five-star restaurants including ones that focus on authentic Indian cuisine. The restaurant is designed with a special menu featuring authentic Indian cuisine with a modern flair. Signature dishes include the Chicken Tikka Masala and Dal Makhani. The Chicken Biryani is also a popular item. Spice Bazaar's team has created vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees and starters that will wow your senses. Their tandoori breads are baked to perfection and offer a sampling platter. This restaurant wants to celebrate food from India and share it with their guests. Enjoy 10% off with mention of this article! 908.389.1888. www.SpiceBazaarNJ.com 

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Historic Restoration of Westfield's Flatiron Building

Historic Restoration of Westfield's Flatiron Building

In case you haven't seen it, Westfield's flatiron building is undergoing a historic restoration. Sherry Cronin and the DWC Design Committee (Peg Lockwood, chair, Robert Newell, David Bailey, Lisa Tsavekou, and Barbara Vincentsen) has been working with the owner on this significant project. The old facade was removed revealing the original cast iron columns. The design will be guided using historic photos from the early 1900's and the 1930's. The building will have retail on the first floor and two apartments on the second and third floor with a rooftop terrace. Stay tuned!

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Grand Openings

Grand Openings

Janus' Closet, a fashion consignment shop featuring authentic designer handbags, clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and more is now open at 112 Central Ave. (across from Starbucks). 908.264.7968. www.januscloset.com 


Energy Healing, offering Reiki and Aromatherapies, is now open above Qdoba at 66 Elm St. 814.244.0695.

DIRT Clean Culture Beauty Shop is now open at 519 South Ave. W. (at the circle). Their Grand Opening festivities will take place Saturday, October 7 at 10am with lite bites and a DJ. They offer manicures, pedicures, eyebrow and eyelash services and more while promoting cleaner, safer beauty in an eco friendly/toxic free shop. 908.588.2128. www.dirtbeautyshop.com 

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Grand Openings in September

Grand Openings in September
DIRT Clean Culture Beauty Shop is now open at 519 South Ave. W. (at the circle). They offer manicures, pedicures, eyebrow and eyelash services and more while promoting cleaner, safer beauty in an eco friendly/toxic free shop. 908.588.2128. www.dirtbeautyshop.com 


Haircut Bar is open at 205 South Ave. W., directly across from CVS. 908.654.4343. www.facebook.com/haircutbarhairsalon

Midtown Authentic, a designer resale store, is having a grand opening celebration September 8 from 5-10pm with ribbon cutting and party for everyone in town who wants to stop by for wine, champagne, beer and food. 129 E. Broad St. 908.228.5856. www.midtownauthentic.com

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New Free 'Express Spaces' for Parking 15 Minutes in Westfield

New Free 'Express Spaces' for Parking 15 Minutes in Westfield

Enforcement now only 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday

The Westfield Town Council approved an increase in the number of hours of free parking downtown and the creation of free 'express spaces' for people parking for 15 minutes or less at the June 20 town council meeting.

Both changes are the result of recommendations by the Mayor's Downtown Task Force and discussions among the Public Safety, Transportation & Parking Committees. Ordinance 2084 changes the hours of paid parking downtown for shoppers and visitors from the current times of 9am to 7pm to 10am to 6pm, effective immediately. Signs and stickers in the downtown lots are being changed. The ordinance will also allow the Westfield Police Department to designate certain parking spaces as 15-minute 'express spaces' for those picking up takeout orders from Downtown restaurants or running quick errands. Read more...

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