Inviting Places to Gather Make it #CoolerinCranford

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.

We’ve added things like a public piano and giant sidewalk games at some locations to encourage people of all ages to come downtown and have fun. This Friday night, Alluem Yoga will hold the 5th Annual Rock Yoga on Eastman and Miln Streets, near the Post Office. The popular event draws over 200 yoga enthusiasts and lots of onlookers.

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.

So, head downtown and follow the words on our new banners: Shop, Walk, Dine, Sit, Chat, Enjoy.


Jungle Juice Swings Into Downtown Cranford!

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.

Jungle Juice
34 North Ave. West
(908) 272-3888


Cranford is the Place for Downtown Dining Deals

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.

  • Thirsty Turtle has a number of specials that are offered all week. On “Mignon Mondays” from 4-10PM, customers can purchase an 8 oz. filet mignon for $13. On Tuesdays, children 10 and under dine free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Wednesdays, the restaurant has 2 for 1 wings and 1/2 price bottles of wine. And finally, every Friday and Saturday night you can get Prime Rib for $18.

  •  Mr. Bin Sushi & Grill has a great lunch special on Wednesdays and Sundays. Check out the list of sushi rolls you can get for half price.

  • Romola’s Seafood & Grille has a $39 prix-fixe menu Monday to Thursday, and $29 per person on Sunday.
  • In the mood for Italian food? Il Giardino has you covered with a number of eat-in specials. On Tuesday, for $20.95 you can get a Large Pizza, Large Salad, Mozzarella Sticks and 8 Garlic Knots. Wednesday is Pasta Night, where customers get a choice of pasta from the Special Menu, along with a small salad, small soda and cannoli for $11.95. Thursday, you can get Dinner for 2 for $22.95, with choices from Special Menu, Appetizer and 2 Entrees. Finally, Monday thru Thursday you can get 2 Large Cheese Pies for $18.69 + Tax.
  • River & Rail Cantina has two great specials for customers. On weekdays until 4PM, you can enjoy a burger and beer for just $10. Also, River & Rail offers happy hour specials every day until 7PM. That includes 50% off margaritas, $4 select drafts, and $6 glasses of wine.
  • On hot summer days, Edible Arrangements has just the thing to keep you cool. They’re offering $2.99 Fresh Summer Deals on summer flavored smoothies and fruit salads.

  • The Grandstand, home of the best gourmet hot dogs around, has some great specials to get you in the door. The restaurant offers lunch specials for $7.99 and $6.99 which includes fries and a drink with sandwiches or signature dogs. Also, if your kids come in wearing their sports uniform, and you’ll save 10% off your bill.
  • Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta has a number of specials throughout the week. Tuesday is Family Night, and for every adult entrée purchased, kids 11 and under eat free off of the kids menu. Wednesday is Pasta Night, where for $11.95 customers can choose from 6 types of pasta and 15 different sauces, and also get a garden salad and free reorder. Sunday through Thursday, customers can get 2 large pizzas for just $18.69.


Downtown Events This Summer

Looking for fun this summer? Then look no further than Downtown Cranford, where events are planned all summer long. First up is “Let’s Make Music.” On Friday, June 9th our brightly painted public piano will roll into Eastman Plaza and remain there throughout the summer for anyone to play. Join us for Family Fit & Fun on Thursday, June 15 when local businesses will be offering demonstrations for adults and kids. Bring the whole family down to Eastman Street area and join in the fun.

July will kick off with a Kids Cabaret performance by the Union County Performing Arts Center, on Thursday, July 6 at 6 pm at the Clock. On Thursday, July 20, Eastman Street will be filled with kids participating in the annual Lego Contest. Plus, Sidewalk Sales will be held at several shops July 20-22.

August 4 brings the always popular Rock Yoga, sponsored by Alluem Yoga. The fall has two big events also. The Cranford Paint Out, sponsored by The Artist Framer, is September 16 and our 10th Annual Scarecrow Stroll will kick-off on October 24.


Dogs + Downtown = 2 Things We Love!

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.


  • Of course, no trip downtown for a dog and its owner would be complete without a stop at Just 4 Pooches! Owner Lynne Suga says “Dogs are always welcome in the store! I have water bowls in the store and I give all dogs complimentary treats and samples of dog foods.” Any dog whose owner takes them to Just 4 Pooches is one lucky pup!


Sip & Shop is May 12!

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 MaePeriwinkle’s, Milk Money, and The Amber Feather, or online. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25. 
  • Check in at Ana’s Studio 24 (113 Miln St.) where the first 100 people will receive a goody bag filled with coupons from local Cranford businesses.
  • Get your shopping passport stamped at Ana’s, Belladonna’s, think d’sign print and Amber Feather to be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Pairings and a bottle of wine.
  • Remember, parking is Free after 6PM!
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!

Give Mom the Best from Our Downtown Businesses

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.

Gift Ideas

  • The Amber Feather has a number of fabulous accessories to make Mom even more stylish. Earrings, sunglasses, necklaces, and more can all be found at this downtown retailer.
    Amber Feather
  • Belladonna’s has a new look, as well as even more beautiful clothes, jewelry, and accessories that any Mom would love to receive.


  • Golden Touch Jewelers has a great selection of Mom-approved jewelry pieces, including this necklace with tri-color hearts.
  • On the search for fun or fashionable gifts for Mom? Then a stop at Augusta Mae is in order.
  • Anthem has a number of gifts for Mom, including havaianas + S’well bottle for the warm weather loving mom, Mother’s Day cards from Rifle Paper co., Power gem bracelets from Gorjana, and candles from Capri Blue.
  • Fair trade hand embroidered tunics and scarves, the perfect addition to Mom’s spring wardrobe, can be found at Simply Art and Framing.

Food and Sweet Treats

  • Vanilla Bean Creamery has beautiful cakes for Mom’s special day. If you’d like a custom cake, like the one pictured below, just make sure you order it before Mother’s Day. And Vanilla Bean is also the place to stop by if you’re looking for ice cream cakes for communions, birthdays, graduations, or any other special occasion.


  • Renowned restaurant Pairings is currently taking reservations for its Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. And remember – it’s byob!

    Fun Times
  • ArteVino will be offering several Mother’s Day themed painting classes on May 14, including Vibrant Bouquet and Mother and Baby Giraffe. Gift certificates also make a great gift.
  • Hot Yoga Revolution will be holding a Mommy & Me Mini-Yoga Retreat on May 13. This is a wonderful opportunity for mothers and children to connect, relax, and have a truly memorable experience.
  • Surprise Mom with the gift of dance by giving her a gift certificate to Arthur Murray Dance Center.
    Arthur Murray
  • Ciao Amici has some wonderfully unique gift ideas for Mom. You can surprise her with a trip to Italy – you’ll get $300 off if you book by May 31st. Or what about a gift certificate so Mom can learn Italian? Other ideas include an evening of opera and a pasta making class, both held at Ciao Amici.

Ciao Amici


  • New downtown business Posh Hair Lounge will be offering a Mother’s Day special, where customers can get a haircut, Keratin express blowout, and massage for $110.
  • Bella Organici has a number of specials planned around Mother’s Day, including Mommy and Me Yoga and facial specials.
    Bella Organici
  • It’s All About Me Salon and Day Spa has a number of specials to help Mom look and feel her best.
    All About Me

Downtown Businesses Give Back to the Community in So Many Ways

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.

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We wondered just what this support means in dollars, so we reached out to our more than 200 downtown businesses to get an idea of how they support and contribute to causes near and dear to local residents. We heard back from just 36 business owners, but their contributions alone topped more than $110,000 last year.

These contributions came in a number of forms. Many times businesses will donate gift cards, food, services, or merchandise, in addition to offering sponsorships and discounts. These donations were spread across local schools, non-profit organizations, religious institutions, and sports teams. Many times the businesses will also hold fundraisers to support causes, donating not only money but also time. In addition, local businesses also give back to the community by employing local residents. In the five years since they first opened, the owners of Augusta Mae estimate they’ve employed about a dozen high school students. There’s no doubt that many Cranford teenagers’ first job was at a local business. A number of hair salons and retailers also help out each year with the high school fashion show, donating hair styling services or outfits for the students to wear.

We hope you’ll join us in thanking our business owners for all that they do. Their generosity, in both time and money, is one of the things that makes Cranford so special. So from all of us, thank you!


Cake Artist Cafe and Dinner in a Pinch Re-open, Bigger & Better

Cake Artist Cafe originally opened in Cranford 6 years ago. The business was started by Ligia DeJesus as a showcase for her custom cakes, and eventually expanded to also sell cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and additional sweet treats. Ligia and her husband Rui also purchased the neighboring business, Dinner in a Pinch, as a way to showcase their cooking skills as well. With two businesses under one roof Ligia and Rui found themselves on the hunt for a bigger space downtown. They found that space at 8 Eastman Street, and re-opened both businesses the first week of April.

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One of the main reasons Ligia wanted a larger space was because of feedback from her customers. Many of them told her they would love to sit at tables in Cake Artist Cafe and enjoy their food there. Ligia also wanted to offer a bigger variety of baked goods, and the new space allows her to do that. In the morning people can enjoy a cup of coffee with a danish or breakfast sandwich, while at lunchtime sandwiches and salads are on the menu. In the evening Dinner in a Pinch will be taking orders, and customers can also stop by and pick up a dessert to take home. Cake Artist Cafe and Dinner in a Pinch will be open from Tuesday-Sunday, closed only on Mondays.

Since they opened in the new space, Ligia and her employees have been hard at work keeping the display cases stocked. All of the food is baked on premises, and Ligia also can often be found hard at work decorating her cakes. In the brief time the new location has been open, Ligia has already seen a noticeable increase in foot traffic and walk-in customers. Eventually the bakery will have a selection of dessert cakes in flavors like tiramisu, strawberry shortcake, and more. Ligia also plans to offer specials on cupcakes and cake pops for students.

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating Ligia and Rui on their successful move, and thank them for choosing to keep their business downtown. Here’s to many more years of success in downtown Cranford!

Cake Artist Cafe / Dinner in a Pinchh
8 Eastman Street
Cake Artist Cafe: (908) 967-6007
DIAP: (908) 272-5136


Celebrate Easter and Spring with our Downtown Merchants!

Spring is here, and Easter isn’t far behind. Check out the list below to see how Downtown Cranford businesses can help you celebrate.


Decorations, Clothing & Gifts

  • Periwinkle’s has their beautiful hand painted Austrian eggs for sale, as well as Paper Mache Easter eggs filled with jelly beans and German chocolate bunnies.


  • If you’re looking for an Easter outfit for your little one, then you need to stop by Milk Money. The store has adorable Easter outfits for boys and girls, as well as toys and accessories that are perfect to fill Easter baskets.


  • Breakfast with the Bunny at Giggles on April 8 is sold out, but you can also stop by and pick up gifts from Melissa & Doug or play passes, perfect for your kid’s Easter basket.
  • Embroidered keepsake stuffed animals from think d’sign print are popular Easter gifts. They’re are available in Bunnies, Lambs, Dragons, Unicorns, Penguins and Teddy Bears.


  • Celebrate the start of spring by framing the needlework projects that you worked on all winter! The Artist Framer has a number of framing options for any of your projects or artwork.


  • Spring clothes, shoes, and accessories, perfect for your Easter celebration, can be purchased at The Amber Feather.
    Amber Feather
  • On the hunt for adorable earrings and other accessories that would make any Easter basket shine? Head over to Augusta Mae.


  • Belladonna’s has a number of unique items to fill your child’s Easter basket. Cookie cutters, bunny boxes, and decorated Easter eggs are just a few of the things you can find at the boutique.


  • s’well bottles in new spring colors & patterns are the perfect addition to any Easter basket! Check them out at Anthem’s spring shopping night 4/6, 6-9pm!


Delicious Easter Treats

  • Your Easter celebration won’t be complete with a Bunny-Shaped Bread from Breadsmith. Who wouldn’t want a beautiful centerpiece that’s also edible?

Bunny Bread

  • Looking to finish off the meal with something sweet? Pick up an Easter ice cream cake from Vanilla Bean Creamery!


  • Easter themed cookies, cakes, cupcakes – you can get all of that and more at Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe.
  • Edible Arrangements has delicious and colorful bouquets available for Easter, as well as for Passover. Contact the store to learn about the seasonal specials they have available.


  • Easter lollipops, candy, decorating kits and so much more are available at Sweet N Fancy Emporium. You won’t have any problem filling Easter baskets with all of the goodies found here!

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  • NJWineSeller has a number of wines that pair perfectly with Easter dinner, as well as a large selection of Kosher wines for Passover.
  • On Easter morning Hot Yoga Revolution will have classes for those who wish to practice before church, who are visiting from out of town, or for those who like to just come in and sweat. Class schedule for Easter is 7:30am, 9am, & 10:30am.
  • Fire Me Up! is hosting a Happy Easter Board Art event on April 8th from 7-9PM, and is also selling Bunny and Egg boxes and pottery-to-go kits for Easter baskets.


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From all of us at Downtown Cranford, have a wonderful Spring and Easter!