The way people work has changed a lot in the past few years. Many employees have the option to work from home a few days a week, while other people work as freelancers or are self-employed. The only option these workers previously had was to squeeze an office space into their house, or park themselves at a local coffee shop for the day. Steve Needle, of Needle Point Homes, recognized that there was a need for a place where people could work in a nice, updated space without having to go into the office. His friends told him about WeWork in NYC, a coworking space where people could have their own office or desk while also sharing resources, ideas, and equipment with other workers. Steve believed that the concept was perfect for Cranford and created Cranford Works, a coworking space that is just steps from the train station and downtown.
People who want to rent an office or desk at Cranford Works can do it on a monthly or yearly basis. The rent includes access to a conference room, a kitchen stocked with coffee and water, private bathrooms, a copy machine, and Wi-Fi. Each desk also has its own secure cabinet so people can leave files at their workspace. Anyone renting a space in the building is given a keycard so they can access it 24/7. When asked why he felt there was a need for a coworking space, Steve Needle pointed to the changes in how people work now. “Many people work at home or at a coffee shop a few days a week, but that’s not necessarily a way for them to be the most productive,” he said. “With Cranford Works they have the opportunity to work individually while also getting the benefit of social interaction and becoming a bigger part of the community.”
James DellaVecchia, a Cranford resident and the owner of DellaVecchia Group, recently moved his business to Cranford Works. “I knew I wanted to stay in Cranford and after seeing the Cranford Works facility it was a no-brainer. Steve Needle has created a modern professional atmosphere that is conducive to running a successful business. As a financial adviser, I meet with clients face-to-face and know how important first impressions are…which is why Cranford Works works for me! The transition into our new office has been smooth and the feedback we receive on our new space is amazing.” For our part, we’re thrilled that Cranford Works chose downtown Cranford for their innovative and unique workspace.
Public plazas and seating areas where people can meet, enjoy a bite, read a book or just relax, make downtown more a more interesting and inviting place. Cranford is fortunate to have Eastman Plaza, the Gazebo at Mayor’s Park, sidewalk seating and some new additions like the Parklet on Eastman Street and the pedestrian walkway next to Simply Art and Framing.
A successful downtown is constantly changing and growing, while also appealing to people of all ages. With help and support from Deputy Mayor Pat Giblin, a progressive and creative DMC Board, business community and residents, we have been able to make improvements, introduce new projects and look forward to doing even more in the near future.
If you’re looking to cool off this summer, then can we recommend a stop at the newest downtown business, Jungle Juice? The juice shop, owned by Diana Kwok, fills part of the space that was formerly occupied by Hynes Jewelers. Jungle Juice was originally started by Diana’s son, who was a personal trainer and recognized the need for healthy food options. Jungle Juice first opened in Morristown in 2010, then expanded into Madison in 2014 and Cranford in 2017. The owners chose Cranford based in large part on the walkability of the town as well as the community support. They also realized an extra benefit of their location when CrossFit KOA members stopped by recently after an intense workout and ordered a variety of juices and smoothies.
Jungle Juice serves a variety of beverages including Fruit Smoothies, Vegetable Juices, Milkshakes, Green Smoothies, Trainer Specials, and Wheatgrass shots. The business has also recently started selling Bowls which have a base of Acai or Pitaya, and are topped with fruit, granola, and coconut. When asked what the most popular menu items are, Diana says that the Mango Madness and Amazon smoothies have a lot of fans, as does the Mean Green juice. Children also love to come in and have a fruit smoothie or milkshake (the Oreo Blast is a big hit).
Repeat customers are a constant at Jungle Juice. Many people stop in multiple times a week for a wheatgrass shot, juice or smoothie. Jungle Juice’s busiest time normally starts in the early afternoon with people choosing one of their smoothies or bowls as a healthy lunch option. Jungle Juice also offers customers a punch card for a free smoothie after purchasing 10. The business is open 7 days a week and has a blackboard that lists weekly specials. So whether you’re craving a fresh squeezed juice, healthy smoothie, or a creamy and refreshing milkshake, Jungle Juice is one more delicious option downtown.
Downtown Cranford is becoming known for its variety of restaurants, serving up everything from sushi to Italian to Cuban to French-American. Many of our downtown restaurants also run specials that diners can take advantage of when they dine out. Check out the list below and see why so many people choose Cranford as their dining destination.
Downtown Cranford is a place where everyone feels welcome, even our four-legged friends. A number of people come downtown with their dogs, and many of our business owners welcome them. Wondering which businesses are pet friendly? We reached out to business owners and compiled the following list.
Friday, May 12 6-9PM
Join us for an evening of sipping, shopping, special gifts, discounts, raffles, and more! Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at Augusta Mae, Periwinkle’s, Milk Money, and The Amber Feather, or online. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25.
Gifts, Discounts, Raffles, & More at These Businesses!
There will also be raffles and gift baskets from the following businesses:
Elegance Nails IV, Clear Touch Massage, Fire Me Up!, Eye Level Learning, Ciao Bello, Il Gabbiano, Big Apple Pizza, Perrotti’s & more!
Plus bring your complimentary wine glass to Kilkenny House, Thirsty Turtle, Bar Americana & Garlic Rose for Happy Hour pricing!
All of the money raised goes toward scholarships awarded by the Cranford Woman’s Club.
We can’t wait to see you downtown on May 12!
One day a year, we celebrate Mom and everything she does for us. Read the list below for just a few of the ways our downtown merchants can help make Mom’s day as special as she is.
Food and Sweet Treats
Local businesses are an important part of any community. They provide dining and shopping options, as well as personal or professional services. But, local businesses do so much more and their support is essential to schools, PTAs, sports teams, civic organizations, and charitable events.