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hello from Bob Zuckerman | cinco de mayo | appreciation for teachers & nurses midday madness quarantine: online clue hunt | mother's day gift guide |
mimi & hill giving by design
hello from Bob Zuckerman
WHAT'S NEW DOWNTOWN? I am. That’s right, I am the new Executive Director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, and this is the first monthly newsletter where I get to introduce myself and say “Welcome. ” My first official day on the job was March 30, and, back in February, when I accepted the offer to run the organization, I had no clue that I would be starting in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. It’s been challenging for sure, but thanks to an engaged board, a supportive administration, and a great staff I’m getting myself acclimated to our amazing collection of businesses and our wonderful business owners and employees.

First, a little about myself. Most recently I spent almost six years running the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA), the business improvement district for downtown South Orange. Then, last spring I decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of serving the public and I ran for town council in South Orange, and guess what? I won! My position there is very part-time and unpaid, so in the Fall I decided to look for a new opportunity where I could apply the place-management skills I acquired at SOVCA (and the Lower East Side Business Improvement District before that), and discovered that opportunity in Westfield . . . and now, here I am!

While I’ve only been here a few short weeks, I’ve already witnessed the incredible spirit and sense of community that can only be found in a special place like Westfield. The residents are incredibly generous, as evidenced by the $200,000+ raised for the We Love Local fund: money that has been instrumental in helping out our small businesses that are really struggling since the COVID-19 state of emergency was issued. The people I’ve met so far are super friendly and always willing to lend a hand. And our business owners are always willing to go the extra mile for their customers and do what they can for the greater good of our downtown.

So as you can see, I’ve had a fascinating start to my tenure here, and I’m really looking forward to meeting many of you once our downtown reopens and things are closer to normal. In the meantime, I’d like to urge everyone reading this to do one thing: Pledge to support your favorite local small businesses as often as you can while we are going through this crisis. The good news is that you can find most everything you could possibly need from our local downtown merchants, and have those items delivered faster than Amazon or other online-only merchants. And your purchase will make it that much easier for our small businesses to recover from this period of unprecedented economic hardship for retailers, restaurants, and personal service businesses.

Thank you for everything you’ve already been doing to keep our small businesses afloat, and if you have any ideas, suggestions, or just want to chat, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] .

My door and my computer screen are always open. 
Bob Zuckerman
Executive Director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation
fun moments & shared gratitude
the ultimate taco tuesday: cinco de mayo

Spice things up with a family fiesta.

Tinga Taqueria has you covered with same day delivery of a Family-Sized Make Your Own Taco Party for 6 $59.99 includes 12 hot shells, chicken & beef, salsa, sour cream, pico de gallo, cheese, lettuce, rice and beans. Also includes chips & salsa and frozen margarita mix. Party treats are included while supplies last. Don't miss their Jarritos Mexican soda in lime, guava, grapefruit, apple & orange flavors and what fiesta is complete without churros with caramel? Free chips & salsa and 21 oz frozen mango margarita mix for all orders over $50 on May 5th. 110 Central Ave, 908.301.0100

Qdoba Mexican Eats has a 6 Person Family Meal Deal, $49 including beans, rice, two salsas, your choice of protein, queso, guacamole, chips and 12 tortilla shells. 70 Elm St, 908.301.0050

Nos Vino has you covered with a killer Cinco de Mayo Margarita Kit with Cobalto Organic Tequila Blanco and Hella Margarita Mix. 127 Central Ave, 908.232.5050

Liquor Basket Grab a six pack of Mexican Modello or Victoria beer, and choose from a variety of authentic Mexican tequila: Casamigos, Patron, or Avion. 115 Quimby St, 908.232.1900

Chipotle Mexican Grill free side of queso blanco on entrees and free delivery on Chipotle app with every order on May 5th. 117 E Broad St, 908.232.2709

Patricia and Paul Raise the bar with shot glasses made of natural Himalayan pink salt. Add chile lime margarita salt and it's a fiesta!

Addams Tavern Spicy Margarita Kit has a bottle of Destilador Tequila, Ancho Chili Liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup.
6 ways to show teacher appreciation now
If anyone deserves a virtual high five, it's the teachers who've stayed connected with creative new ways to teach kids from afar. Here are some easy ways to show your appreciation.
recognize a special nurse during nurse appreciation week

The Westfield community has been teaming up with restaurants to purchase meals and coffee for healthcare heroes — and downtown Westfield restaurants are delivering them right to hospitals.

During Nurse Appreciation Week here are a few ways to show gratitude to a special nurse:
  • send a kind, personalized note;
  • give a gift card for spa services or salon products (find a list here);
  • nominate a Healthcare Hero on Patricia and Paul's weekly social media posts @patriciaandpaul, they could be selected to win a special food kit;
  • Sole Shoes 908.654.7800 has small gifts or they will email gift certificates directly to your favorite nurse;
  • Jack Rabbit Westfield's 908.654.9900 concierge can help find comfortable sneakers; and
  • Best Foot Forward 908.232.3680 will deliver supportive SAS comfort shoes for nurses from their new online store. 10% off your first order with the code GRAND OPENING.
Midday Madness Quarantine Online Clue Hunt is on Saturday, May 16, 4 PM
Calling all families! Participate in a free, fun online clue hunt that requires players to use their cunning, wit and problem solving skills to decipher clues about downtown Westfield, NJ! The entire game takes place in front of your computer, smart phone, or tablet.
60 minutes of family fun in your own home, and the top four winning teams will receive a prize!

The game will begin Saturday, May 16 at 4 pm EDT.

Registrants will receive an email on Friday, May 15 with game link information.
The live link with clues to start the game will be posted on May 16 between 4:00 and 4:02 pm EDT. 
There is no cost to register but there is a suggested donation of $10 to the  'We Love Local'  campaign to benefit Westfield's beloved struggling businesses who have been hard hit during the pandemic.

Sign up now and have fun!!
mother's day shopping guide
Wondering how to celebrate Mother's Day this year? Whether Mom is near or far, quarantine Mother's Day answers are here. Tell your Mom you love her and shower her with gifts that will make her feel the love.
Wicker handbags in all shapes and sizes! Prices $158 - $328. Gift wrapped and delivered to your door. Call Terri to place your order.
44 Elm St
908.588.7062 or 908.477.4066

Mother’s Day is May 10. Curb side pick up or delivery.
605 South Ave W

Lucy Sandal - $98 – available in other colors
Valeria Hangbag - $196 – wicker and leather
Bartleby Sunglasses - $128 – polarized. Email or call.
 201 E Broad St

 The perfect gift for Mother's Day! A beautiful hand crafted birthstone necklace by Laura J. Desgns. Each necklace comes with an unusual silver chain that enhances the piece. All birthstone months are in stock. Free gift wrap, curbside pickup or local home delivery. Call to order.
 549 South Ave W

New styles just in at The French Martini! They are proud to carry  Love is Project , which creates jobs for female artisans worldwide. 
  Leather LOVE $40
 Woven LOVE $38
 Seed bead LOVE $25
 Friendship $22
41 Elm St

Show your unity and donate to our frontline healthcare workers.
Stay Safe Unity Bracelet Kit.
Two Bracelet Kit $20, includes
25% donation to provide PPE for frontline healthcare workers. Also includes a StaySafe Gift tag to dedicate your bracelet for someone you appreciate!
113 Central Ave

 Stay in Your Nest
Mother's Day Porch-raits!
15-20 minute socially distant photo session, the photographer will remain 12+ feet away, with a mask and gloves. Special "little nest" arrangement—a special gift just for Mom! Online gallery to select your favorite 3 images - hand retouched to perfection.
8x10 Fine Art Framed Print
10% donation to the Westfield United Fund to help Westfield's small businesses like ours!
 109 Quimby St

 Get mom the lessons for the instrument she has always wanted to play! 50% off of four lessons through Mother's Day! Gift Certificates emailed.

Create a special family performance of Mom's favorite song—For $25 they will send a personalized video performance of her favorite song from the family to her!
 37 Elm St

 Find something special for all the moms on your list: chef, tea lover, pampered, cheese lover. Pictured is the tea lover.
 227 Elmer St

 For a limited time only Adlers is offereing 60% off in stock Alor Jewelry. Free Curbside Pickup or Home Delivery. ALL SALES FINAL. Call or check their website for availability.
 217 North Ave W

 Virtual Design Therapy is a one hour virtual session. Ask Ellie about design issues that are stumping you, and get independent expert advice. At the session conclusion, you will have the guidance and confidence you need to move forward with your project. Book online . $250.
 400 W Broad St

 Mother’s Day Special
Simply Gorgeous Bouquet
 103 Prospect St

 Virtual Facial with Pat! Includes facial kit delivered to you, virtual FaceTime facial experience, $25 instant product credit, new client phone consultation. $90. To order call or email
 221 Lenox Ave

Complimentary $35 Gift Card with a purchase of spa packages listed on their online shopping cart . Or call to place your order. Receive your Gift Certificate via email or regular mail.
 227 South Ave

Mothers deserve the best —15% off award winning and beloved skincare products, free delivery and online phone consultation. Gift cards include 30% off on their signature facial.
268 E Broad St

Exclusive Mother's Day Gift Bundle $50 ($100 value).
Curbside pickup Friday, May 8 between 2 - 4 PM at Central Ave door.
108 Central Ave

 Lash Food Serum is clinically proven to provide the appearance of longer thicker lashes. Order by text, email or phone using Square with your authorized credit card on file or by Venmo. 10% off for all of our Rstudio clients. Shipping within 2 business days.
100 Quimby St
Text 908.581.2883
Phone 908.858.0746

Now through Mother’s Day, enjoy 20% off the ENTIRE site. Including gift cards!
Give mom what she really wants.
106 Elm St

Give Mom the gift of ZEN. Connect to your inner Bigger Self, from your heart to nature and back to yourself again. Join their live Zoom class and follow the Master. Package descriptions with pricing are available on website and delivery of class access through personal email.
 241 North Ave W

Essential oils, diffusers and other accessories. Check out the Pilot, the only rechargeable diffuser on the market, perfect for an office, travel and the mom on-the-go. Need help putting a gift together? Email or call them, to create a one-of-a-kind gift just for her. Gift wrapping/local delivery available.
 268 E Broad St

Mother’s Day Family Yoga class Sunday, May 10. 45 minute class for all levels and ages starting at 10:15-11 AM. Whether your mom is near or far, bring the family together and flow! Sign up on MINDBODY . Class is free; however, donations are welcomed. Donations can be made through this link.
407 South Ave W

Bundle Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines fragrances, soaps, lotions, candles, diffusers, and room sprays for all the moms you know and love. Call 908.654.0444 opt#4 or email
221 E Broad St

Show mama extra love and sweetness with delicious Portuguese pastries and Elegant Image Salon's adorable T-shirts. They’ll all be packaged and delivered (contact-less) on May 9 or May 10. $32 - $55.
 Brunella Portuguese Coffee & Deli & Elegant Image
405 South Ave W

 Need a special birthday gift or a spa day with your favorite girl? Glamorous Girlz Spa boxes are available now and ready for curbside pickup or delivery. Please contact us at 908.264.8819 or by email.
28 Prospect St

be the favorite child with delicious options
 Trays of scones, tea sandwiches, mini sweets. Chocolate covered strawberries & orange crumb cakes!
Gift Baskets: Tea Lover’s Basket Teacup & saucer; Tea plate for treats; Assorted teas; 6 scones with homemade strawberry jam & clotted cream; Dozen Mix of mini tea cakes & muffins $50
Mulberry’s Feel Good Basket: $42 plus tax Garden Lover “Basket” $30
 415 Westfield Ave

 Mother's Day Variety Pack Special! Four delicious wines that any Mom would love for the special price of $55. Order online or call at 908.232.5050
 127 Central Ave

Ti voglio bene: Millefoglie 6" with Love mom decoration ($40)
They are available for curbside pick up and delivery and they can be purchased directly on the Farinolio website
121 E Broad St

Mothers Day Menu.
Order by Tuesday, May 5 before 2 pm.
Family dinner specials, salad bar & sandwiches every day.
27 Elm St

Please give Farinolio a call to place your order by Friday, May 8 at 3 pm (Limited supply)
Orders may be picked up Sunday, May 10 by 3 pm.
121 E Broad St

Special Mother’s Day Takeout Menu. All orders must be placed by 12 noon on Thursday, May 7.
43 Elm St

mimi & hill on the important work of giving back
Miriam Silver Verga, co owner of design firm and shop Mimi & Hill, shares what motivates them to give back to the community time and time again.