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Shop small: A look into Westfield’s own business owners

Kayla Butera and Adam Holtzman

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Ranked as one of the best small towns in the country according to niche.com, Westfield’s downtown is lively, quaint and charming. And behind those lovely storefronts are the hardworking business owners who grant us with memorable experiences, from scooping up a refreshing acai bowl to learning how to sew. These are just a few of the people in your own neighborhood:

Ono Bowls

Owner: Tricia Caminos

“When I moved back to NJ [from Hawaii] I could not find a juice bar that was truly healthy nor one that had healthy acai, so I decided to open a Juice truck of my own. The truck did so well that I decided to take the next step and open a shop… First and foremost I feel obligated to provide the best, healthy ingredients possible. I feel privileged to be a business owner in such a beautiful town like Westfield. I feel proud that I am nourishing people with healthy products, mentoring young employees and making long lasting relationships with other business owners and customers.”


Urban Sewciety

Co-Owner: Megan Whitney

“The mission of our store is to provide sewing classes for kids, teens, and adults that are fun! We love sewing and we want everyone else to love it too. We strive to be welcoming and supportive to beginner sewists… I started Urban Sewciety kind of on a whim! I taught a few sewing classes in my home, and realized there was a demand for fun, modern sewing classes. So I found a small space to rent in Westfield on Elm Street and opened just a month later!… We love sewing and we want everyone else to love it too. We strive to be welcoming and supportive to beginner sewists.”


Photo by Adam Holtzman

 

 

Outta Hand Pizza

Owner: Burim Regjaj

“My favorite part about running my own business is getting to meet and know the residents of Westfield. However, being in position to help needy members in the community has its unquantifiable value… We have helped several families that were challenged by tragedies. We have a program “Prepay a Meal for a Veteran” to support our local heroes. We helped out the furloughed Federally employed families with free meals. We have offered free meals to Veterans as well as the WPD at least once a week. We participate in a majority of events in the community among other things.”

 

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