WESTFIELD - A new business has opened its doors in the Village of Westfield.
Miss Leslie's Heaven on Elm Street, located at 29 Elm Street, opened on Wednesday, April 17 and will be serving all breakfast, lunch and dinner items as well as perfect tasting and textured baked goods. The food will be mostly take-out, but there will be a table inside and a couple of tables outside, weather permitting, for people to rest and nosh. Its hours during April and May are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
For four years, owner Leslie Oster has been going to the various businesses that have occupied her new location and thought, "I would love to have a business in this place, it is perfect for me." Then, just when she wanted to expand her business of the last four years, she found the building available and decided to open this new location.
For the last three months, Oster has been working with the new owners of the building with cleaning, painting, sewing, decorating, organizing, cooking and baking.
"My goal is to have customers walk in the door, vocalize 'oh' and 'ah' as they look at the atmosphere, smile as they are greeted with my smile and warm welcome, and then have a taste of heaven on earth as they eat my handmade, from scratch savories and sweets made from recipes perfected by me over many years in the food industry," Oster said.
She has been in the food and hospitality industry since 1975. In 2009, Oster opened Miss Leslie's Curly Maple Caf at Cross Roads. For the last two seasons, she had a booth at the Chautauqua Institution's Farmer's Market.
Miss Leslie's Heaven on Elm Street will be using real butter, olive oil, cream, maple syrup and potatoes as well as whole-wheat pastas, brown rice, Greek yogurts, fresh fruits, fresh meats and local vegetables when available.
"One thing all my customers can always count on is that my food is all real," Oster said. "I use no mixes, artificial flavors or chemicals. I make healthy food that is creative, comforting, affordable, extremely tasty and full of love."
Oster will again have a booth at the Chautauqua Institution Farmer's Market and hopefully will be joining the vendors at the Westfield Farmer's and Artisan's Market. She will also be accepting commercial accounts and will be developing catering menus.