If you have walked through Tower Square’s Center Court on street level of late, you have more than likely noticed the construction walls around not one, but two formerly vacant retail spaces near the escalators. Behind those walls workers are busy creating the new Westfield Bank retail branch at Tower Square.
Westfield Bank first opened its doors at Tower Square in March of 2006 at their current branch location near the Main Street entrance. After measuring traffic patterns and the volume of foot traffic over the course of time, bank officials have determined that a move to the new location will be in their best interest.
“The traffic patterns indicated to us that the interior location would have much better visibility given the proximity to CVS and Dunkin’ Donuts as well as to the office elevators, escalators and the mezzanine,” explained Kevin O’Connor, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer.
While the new Westfield Bank location at Tower Square will be about 340 square feet smaller than the current location, it is being designed to better utilize space, according to O’Connor, who says that it will actually offer more amenities to the consumer:
All other banking services with the same team of five employees will continue to be offered, including mortgage loan applications, small business credit applications, and referrals for other large business financial needs.
By the way, in case you did not know, the retail branch is not Westfield Bank’s only presence at Tower Square. They also have a group of lenders in their commercial banking department on the 23rd floor, further establishing their commitment to downtown Springfield.
“Tower Square and downtown Springfield are an important part of Westfield Bank’s footprint,” O’Connor commented. “Our commitment to Springfield is as strong as ever, and we look forward to providing exceptional products and services to the people and businesses in the downtown community for many years to come.”
The new Westfield Bank branch at Tower Square is expected to be completed and ready to open to the public in mid-May.
Enjoy the sounds of the Emerald Isle as popular Irish duo - Billy Eagan & Barney McElhone - take to the stage in the food court during lunchtime as part of Tower Square's Pre-St. Paddy's Day Celebration! You can also enjoy some great St. Patrick's Day treats from specialty vendors, who will also be set up in the food court that day.
You won't want to miss the toe tapping speed, elegance and magnificant colors of the Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance performance set for Friday, March 16th in Center Court at Noon, as part of Tower Square's Pre-St. Patrick's Day Celebration!
From poetry readings, to book signings to jewelry wearing techniques and quilting – Art for the Soul Gallery is featuring an impressive line-up of women-focused events showcasing accomplished local women authors and artisans throughout the month of March.
March 15: The Art & History of Quilting with Susan Duncan - 5-7pm
Susan Duncan has worked as an accomplished singer/musician for more than 25 years in Connecticut and Massachusetts, performing Jazz and R&B. As a creative person, she has turned her talents to another form of art, creating colorful visual pieces, which often include music as their theme. Duncan is also a master quilt maker, and will be on hand to discuss quilting as well as her art style. A pop-up exhibit of her works will be on display at Art for the Soul Gallery during her event on March 15.
March 19: Book Reading & Signing with Lisa Brooks, Ph.D. – 5-7pm
Lisa Brooks is an author and Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College. She will be reading from and signing her current book, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, during her event at Art for the Soul Gallery. Brooks, of the Abenaki Native American nation, writes about herself… “As a writer, literary scholar and historian, I work at the crossroads of early American literature & history, geography and Indigenous studies. In my writing and my teaching, I like to ask questions about how we see the spaces known as “New England” and “America” when we turn the prism of our perception to divergent angles. Indigenous methodologies, including a focus on language, place, and community engagement, are crucial to my research, as is deep archival investigation.” Copies of Brook’s most recent book will be on sale at the signing on March 13.
March 20: Queenin’: A Four- Woman Show of Poetry Readings & Book Signings – 6 – 8pm
This event features four poets including:
Brenda’s Child: Born Latoya Bosworth, she dubbed herself Brenda’s Child at the age of 21, in honor of her late mother Brenda Kay Swinton. She has overcome tragedy, adolescent eating disorders/body image issues and adult interpersonal violence. Using poetry as an outlet of healing, she has performed as a spoken word artist across the country from Springfield to San Diego. She published her first poetry collection in 2007, and since has published ten more books of various genres, all with the theme of H.E.R.S (Health, Empowerment, Resiliency, Self-worth).
Mind Evolution: Since 2000, Tracy Caldwell has made a name for herself as Mind Evolution. She is a spoken word artist who writes about and is inspired by personal and social issues and the struggles of women as a whole. Born and raised in Hartford, CT, this single mother finds and gives hope through her performances. She is an inspiring writer, actress, lyrical musician and motivational speaker. She is also the creator of the stage play, The Thick Chronicles: A Body Image Story, a play dealing with the issues of body image and self-love.
Lynnette Johnson: Lynnette’s first love is poetry. She published her first collection of poetry titled I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You in February 2014. Collections 2 and 3, Only Love Can Do That and Purple were released in the fall and winter of 2015. Her fourth collection, Supreme was released April 2017 as a book and a one woman show. Lynnette has had the opportunity to travel across the country performing her own pieces. Lynnette visits the subjects of love, injustice, motherhood and friendships in her writing. Her gentle style and comedic delivery has allowed even admitted non-fans of poetry to be drawn in by her words.
Crystal Senter-Brown: Crystal Senter-Brown's life's purpose can be summed up in four words: Empowering Women and Children. And Crystal lives her purpose every single day, whether it is by publishing books that teach children the importance of being kind to others, leading writing workshops in the community, speaking at local schools or serving as an adjunct professor in the Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners program at Bay Path University. She has authored 7 books to date and is currently working on her 8th. One of her novels ("The Rhythm in Blue") was turned into a feature film and won several awards at film festivals around the world in 2017. Most recently, Crystal is the recipient of the 2018 Business West Difference Maker Award for her work empowering and inspiring women and young girls.
All of the events will be held at Art for the Soul Gallery located on the second floor of Tower Square. www.Art4TheSoul.org
There is a nice variety of handbags awaiting you at Lifetime Jewelry & Accessories, and you won't believe their incredible prices! Lifetime is located on the second floor of Tower Square near the food court.
After a year of planning, the Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication returns to the UMass Center from March 13-16 for a series of intensive training sessions. While here hundreds of attendees will have an opportunity to dine and visit local attractions. We look forward to welcoming WIIC participants back to Springfield. Learn more about available specialized workshops at www.intercultural.org/wiic.html
The UMass Center at Springfield will host an “MBA Information Session” on March 21st, from 6:00-7:00pm. Join MaryBeth Kimball, Director of New Business Development & Recruitment for Professional Programs, for an in-person information session in Springfield. The session will cover FAQ’s about the admissions process and curriculum overview. Register today by visiting https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/calendar/mba-information-session-springfield-march-21
Finally, the UMass Center will host seven Springfield schools this month for the “College Matters for U” Program. This full-day program exposes students to career and college options. We thank our partners in Tower Square—Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts and the Art for the Soul Gallery—for being part of this yearlong program for K-12 students.
The Colony Club has been reserved and a wonderfully hilarious comedian has been hired to entertain downtown Springfield’s administrative professionals for Tower Square’s popular Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon.
This year’s event will be held from noon – 1:30pm and will feature the comedic stylings of Kelly MacFarland. The award-winning MacFarland has performed on NBC’s the Last Comic Standing, The Today Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and Larry King Live to name few.
The only competition that MacFarland will have for the attention of the luncheon attendees will be the delicious meal prepared by the Colony Club’s executive chef!
All attendees will receive take home goodies as well as chances to win a multitude of raffle prizes, including a lottery ticket tree, themed gift baskets, gift cards and more.
The cost to attend is $25 per person. Pre-payment and registration is required. Registration Forms are available by clicking on the Admin. Luncheon link in the April Calendar on this site.
This event is sponsored by the Tower Square management office.