You don’t have to get on the train to Manhattan to go shopping. There’s plenty of good shopping readily available in Westfield. If you wonder why Westfield NJ appears as one of the “Best Places to Walk and Shop” , don’t just take my word for it, that is what the National Trust for Historic Preservation had to say when it awarded Westfield its “Great American Main Street Award” in 2004.
Whatever you are looking for be it designer or economical clothing, footwear, household goods or groceries, or even if you are looking for a fitness trainer, Westfield can accommodate you. There are a host of small shops and boutiques or you can visit Lord and Taylor on North Avenue West and see what they have to offer. Boutique shopping would include Menina, John Robert (mens), Mademoiselle, Scotts of Westfield (shoes), Sadie, Anthology, etc. If you’re looking for national chain stores, you can visit Eileen Fisher, Banana Republic, The Gap, Ann Taylor, Coach, Lucky Brand Jeans, Victoria Secrets, etc.
Fresh food and groceries are supplied by such stores as Savory Spice Shop, Alan’s Orchard and the always busy Trader Joe’s where parking is a challenge but well worth the trouble. Then every summer (usually from July to October) there’s the Farmers market in the South Avenue Train Station parking lot where fresh, farm food can be purchased every Saturday. If you’re at a loss on cooking all this wonderful produce, take a cooking class at Classic Thyme Cooking School on South Avenue.
If you’re looking for household items, antiques or framing, you could visit, among others, Evelyn Dunn Gallery, Juxtapose Gallery, Madeline Moss, The Farmhouse Store to name just a few. If you’re looking to purchase and learn a little about wine, Cool Vines is a great place to go.
If you crave a large Mall, full of upscale shopping , The Short Hills Mall is about a 20 minute drive north. There you can enjoy valet parking, designer labels and luxury all around you.