Holiday shoppers will find ample free parking, as well as several new businesses, in downtown Cranford. People shopping and dining downtown can park free for three hours in the municipal shopper lots and parking garage from December 13 to 25.

The shopper lots are located on N. Union Avenue, Miln Street, Alden Street and the garage is at Cranford Crossing. Street parking is not included in the free parking to insure regular turnover of those spaces for people making quick downtown stops.

Downtown visitors will also see several new stores and restaurants for shopping and gift certificates. The new businesses are Belladonna Yarn Room, Edible Arrangements, Elements Studio, Joli Visage, Old City Café & Grill, Rebel BBQ, Voa Salon and Vinny’s Pasta & Pizza.

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Many downtown businesses will have expanded hours during the holiday season, including Sundays. Check with individual stores for holiday hours.

Downtown Director Kathleen Miller Prunty said there are several ways to get current information about promotions, coupons and events at shops and restaurants. Sign up for the free online newsletter at Go to and follow us on Twitter@visitcranford.