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NosVino: The Euro Café Brought to Westfield

NosVinoHave you ever exited a restaurant at night with half a bottle of wine still waiting to be finished? (Ok, it doesn’t happen to me very often, either!) You get my drift, though, right? The party has broken up and you still want to keep the evening going! Chris LoBrace, manager of the new NosVino in Westfield, has the answer to your evening woes!

 

The new outdoor seating at NosVino, an upscale wine and beer store on Central Avenue, is a welcomed sight to the Westfield restaurant goer searching to find a seating area to complete the evening.  Re-opened in August 2016 under a new look and new name (formerly Cool Vines), the process of obtaining a sidewalk café license was a bit of a process. But now that the bistro and chairs are in place – everyone is wondering what to expect! This store is ground-breaking, being the first wine store of its kind to obtain an outdoor café.

 

“To be honest, this is a good town for couples and families, but there isn’t much public space to enjoy alcohol and just sit outside!” commented Chris.  

 

So, what exactly is this café connected to the store? Chris stated, “We wanted people to behave the same way as restaurants, but with our store.” A big dream, some bistro chairs and flowers, and the space was created. Here’s how it works. You purchase an adult beverage of your choice from inside the store and hopefully some of their delicious charcuterie (more about that later).  After that, the experience is all yours. They recommend bringing your own method of keeping your wine chill, your own corkscrew/bottle opener, and glasses – whatever accoutrements you would bring to an outdoor picnic! Then pick a spot outside and enjoy the scenery and the company of the people who came with you!

 

Basically, once you exit the store you are in downtown Westfield and have entered Café NosVino! Folks- this is not a restaurant, a bar, nor are they serving booze. What you do have is a “self-service café”, mentioned Chris. The employees at NosVino are “not allowed to handle the alcoholic products in any way.”

 

“We have a lot of cool stuff!” added Chris. Yes, they certainly do! NosVino means “our wine”. Owner Erick Garcia has truly hand-picked an impressive array of domestic and imported wine and beer. You can find the best rosé, microbrews, champagne, and ciders all cooling in their refrigerated section! The shelves are stocked with Asher’s chocolate products from Pennsylvania, Plymouth Artisan Cheese from Vermont, domestic pre-sliced prosciutto, figs, and chorizo.

 

NosVino’s vision for the present: They want to cater to restaurant goers who are frequenting the BYO’s in town. The store wants to provide an outdoor space for those who still “want to enjoy the evening in Westfield and finish their bottle of wine!” commented Chris. “We want people to have the Euro experience – that is how you kill the time- outdoor with friends! Maybe you go for that 2nd bottle of wine!” They also want to be that “rendezvous” point for parties.  “Start the night at NosVino and treat it as a “welcoming café!” said Chris. 

 

Plans and wishes for the future? They want to further define the café and individualize it. NosVino is planning formal food pairing suggestions with in-store wine and beer available for purchase. Streamed music outdoors is also in the works! 

 

Other notable features of the store?

·      Their Beer Club/Wine Club started this month. 

·      Free spirit/beer/wine tastings inside every Friday and Saturday.

·      Stop by for free wine tastings during Westfield jazz nights

·      Free delivery to all downtown restaurants Thursday-Sunday 5-9 pm

·      Schedule a private event for you and your friends for wine tasting classes, wine pairing seminars, whiskey sipping, and beer education!

 

For now, NosVino simply asks that you make use of this al fresco sidewalk café and do what the Euros do – sip the hours away enjoying the company of those around you!

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Cranford/Westfield NJ Area Market Activity May 2017

The Spring Market is still going strong, and the activity in our local towns is brisk! Let me know if you would like a No Obligation Market Analysis of your home…..I would be happy to help!

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Cranford ROCKS!

Cranford ROCKS! A New and Fun Tradition!

My Assistant Angela is in LOVE with this rock... she tells her kids "Don't forget to be awesome!" before every soccer game!

My Assistant Angela is in LOVE with this rock… she tells her kids “Don’t forget to be awesome!” before every soccer game!

A Cranford mom (and one of my favorite clients EVER!) has brought an adorable new tradition to town that is making people smile left and right! It’s called Cranford Rocks, and it has nothing to do with music.

Kristen Mider moved with her husband and children from Brooklyn to Cranford 3 1/2 years ago. Back when she lived in Brooklyn, her family participated in something that is unofficially known as Kindness Rocks, where people of all ages paint rocks and hide them in the neighborhood for people to find. Kristen said, “The idea is that someone will stumble upon one of the rocks, and it will brighten their day.”

 

 

One of Kristen’s friends lost her son to suicide and asked that people create Kindness Rocks in his memory, and that further inspired Kristen to continue this activity.

 

Around 6 months ago Kristen launched the Cranford Rocks Facebook  group to introduce the Kindness Rocks theme to our town. “We were the first to create the rocks in Cranford, hide them, and post about it on Facebook, and as soon as we did, it just took off. The page went from having just a few followers to several hundred.”

Kristen stresses that everyone is welcome to participate–even adults who don’t have children have painted and left rocks. The rocks are often painted in very bright colors, sometimes with messages on them such as  “Let the Sun Shine” or “Be Kind.” 

Kristen’s kids have found rocks at Lincoln Park, Unami Park, Nomahegan Park, and even Eastman Plaza in Downtown Cranford. And they’ve made sure to hide just as many rocks as they’ve found. Kristen said, “It empowers the kids–I want them to know they have the power to make the world a nicer place and lift someone’s spirits. They get so excited when people post photos of their found rocks online.” 

So go out in your backyard, find a rock, paint it, and leave the rock where someone will find it and then hopefully pay it forward! 

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Cranford/Westfield Area Nosy Neighbor Reports!

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Are you curious about the real estate market activity in our area? Look no further than our monthly “Nosy Neighbor Reports” where we share all the data and information you are looking for! Today we are posting the home sales reports for April, 2017 with each sale and its price as the GSMLS.

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Cranford - April 2017

Cranford/Westfield NJ Area Market Activity April 2017

The Spring Market is in FULL FORCE, and the activity in our local towns is brisk! Let me know if you would like a No Obligation Market Analysis of your home!  I would be happy to help!

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Hop to These Events to Meet the Easter Bunny!

It’s almost that magical time again when folks in giant bunny costumes to scare the heck out of innocent children! But seriously, it’s just not Easter without an annual photo of your little ones with the big Bunny, so here is a list of local spots and events in the Cranford Area where your kids can meet the Easter Bunny. Note that some of these events are egg hunts, and I’ve heard a few horror stories about kids crying over not getting enough eggs and parents getting a little aggressive. Please remember to be kind and thankful at these egg hunts, most of which are free and run completely by volunteers. My assistant Christine offered this great suggestion: “Whenever we go to public egg hunts, I pack some extra eggs in my purse in case my kids hardly get any at the hunt!” 

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April 1st, 9:30am; 11am

Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford

Cranford Woman’s Club Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 2 seatings, 9:30 and 11:00am. Tickets are available for $6 pp at the Library and Periwinkle’s, or $7 pp online at http://cranfordjwc.com/

April 1st, 10am

Hanson Park, Springfield Ave.

Annual Colin Maher Easter Egg Hunt with Easter Bunny. Tickets are $8 per child in advance, $10 per child the day of event; parents free. Includes egg hunt, live entertainment, and games. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Colin charity for pediatric cancer research. Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-colin-maher-easter-egg-hunt-tickets-32410000183

April 2nd, 7:30am-12pm

Cranford VFW, 479 South Ave., Cranford

Cranford Jaycees Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. $7 per adult, $5 per child, $25 for whole family.

April 8th, 10am SHARP

Orange Ave School, 901 Orange Ave., Cranford

Cranford Jaycees Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. Admission is a non-perishable food donation for Cranford Family Care.

April 8th, 10am-12pm

Garlic Rose Restaurant, 28 North Ave. West, Cranford

Cranford Area Chamber Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. $10 per child, $16 per adult.Call 908-276-5749 to RSVP. Reservations a must.

CLARK:

April 8th, 12pm

Clark Recreation Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark

Open to CLARK CHILDREN ONLY: Clark Recreation Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, plus games and activities. Free.  

FANWOOD: 

April 8th, 10am SHARP

Forest Road Park, Fanwood

Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, plus games and activities, for ages 10 and under. Free.

SCOTCH PLAINS:

April 8th, 11am

Augustine Park Village Green, Scotch Plains

Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, plus games and activities. Egg hunters must be 8 years old or younger. Free.

UNION:

April 15th, 2pm

Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Ave., Union

Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. $10 per child (1 free adult per child, add’l adults $5 each). Purchase tickets ASAP (they cap it at 100 kids); https://tinyurl.com/lajs67k

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For Sale! 338 Warren St, Scotch Plains

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Look no further than this 4-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath colonial in Scotch Plains that has the curb appeal, living space, and location you’re looking for! Gorgeous hardwood floors highlight the open floor plan of the first floor, with large living room, updated kitchen with center island and breakfast area, formal dining room, bedroom/office, and powder room. The second floor boasts a spacious master suite with full bath, two additional large bedrooms, and second full bath. The partially finished basement offers exceptional recreation space and laundry room. A parklike backyard, quiet corner lot location, extra deep attached garage, and central air complete this move-in-ready home. Conveniently located close to NYC transportation and within 1 mile of vibrant downtown Scotch Plains!

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23 Herning Ave in Cranford Just Sold With Multiple Offers!

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23 Herning Ave Cranford, NJ sold on 12/19/2016!

This 3-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath classic Cranford tudor colonial with curb appeal in spades just sold quickly and with multiple offers for $468,500. Want to know what YOUR home is worth? Fill out the form  below to find out!

 

 

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Spacious and Charming Cranford Home with a View….. Open House 9/25/16 1-4

 

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COME SEE THIS DECEPTIVELY SPACIOUS AND BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED HOME THAT BACKS TO THE WALKING PATH AT MOHAWK PARK! OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, SEPT 25 FROM 1-4PM

 

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Gorgeous 2006 Cranford Colonial For Sale! Open House July 17, 1-4pm

Gorgeous 2006 Cranford Colonial For Sale!  Open House July 17, 1-4pm

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