The businesses and families that dedicate their time and money to the work of Downtown Cranford are a special kind of hometown hero. They understand that thriving towns don’t just happen, they’re painstakingly built by citizens who stand up and say, “How can I help”? We extend our sincere thanks to these businesses and families for giving back to the place they call home!

Visionary - $5000

Garlic Rose Bistro, a casual bistro restaurant that offers a unique, garlic-focused menu, has been in Downtown Cranford since 2002. Owner Marc Corello is always looking for ways to support the town, whether it’s sponsoring local organizations, events, or teams. Garlic Rose Bistro is often recognized as one of the best restaurants in Union County.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 22 trains and provides skilled people who fabricate and install work in various markets in the industry from residential, light commercial, commercial, and industrial sites. Its members and contractors work on new construction projects, renovations, and maintenance job sites. Local 22 strongly believes in charitable activities and members are often engaging with the community by donating skills, volunteering at events, participating in fundraisers, and more.

A Cranford institution for over 75 years, Martin Jewelers is a trusted jewelry store whose employees take care to educate and inform. In 1992, Martin Jewelers donated the clock that stands at the center of Eastman, which is just one of the many ways that the business gives back to the town.

Founded in 2013 by Greg Wofsy, MWT Builders prides itself as a company that values communication with its clients and subcontractor community. MWT Builders has a proven track record of completing projects on budget, on time, and with the highest quality of workmanship. MWT Builders is dedicated to giving back to the community, often donating time and money to local groups and organizations.

Trail Blazer - $2500

Hot Yoga Revolution offers classes that are designed to help students get stronger both physically and mentally. Teachers have their own style of flow and fun music that challenges students while also leaving them feeling empowered and rejuvenated.

Innovator - $1500

Founded by lifelong Cranford resident Joe Colangelo, Boxcar is an integrated commuting company that focuses on taking the stress out of the daily commute. Boxcar offers on demand parking, as well as luxury motor coach service from select towns to midtown Manhattan.

Paolo Fontana took over as the owner of Sub-Ology in 2016 and has since grown the business into a highly successful sandwich and salad shop. In addition to offering delicious and high quality sandwiches, subs, wraps, and salads, Sub-Ology also has an entire section of its menu dedicated to gluten-free options.

Szeles Construction was established in 2004 with the vision of building the dreams of others. While home additions, custom remodeling and historic renovations are their specialty, it is their diversity within which offers the customer the experience and skills they seek when selecting someone to build their dream.

Creator - $750

Denis Dankosky has been a State Farm agent for 35 years, and raised his family in here in town. Denis and his staff offer clients personalized service and local knowledge. In addition to assisting customers with claims, payments and new purchases, Denis sees giving people a piece of mind when they need it most as essential to his job.

Needle Point Homes specializes in the design and construction of single-family custom homes, apartments and commercial properties. They strive to create properties that are luxurious, comfortable, and stylish.