Croton Business Initiative – Encouraging Signs


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A letter to the community from a local business owner, Mark Fransozo…

Greetings everyone,

I always try to find hope and happiness whenever things are tough like they are now. Sometimes all we have
to do is look in our own community and turn to our children for their boundless inspiration.

I found that inspiration while driving down Maple Street. I saw two handmade signs pop up over the course
of several days. The first, created by an 8-year-old artist, featured a rainbow of beautiful colors with
the encouraging words, “This Too Will Pass” and the other created by another 8-year-old artist with the
encouraging words, “Think Happy, Be Happy.” I knew their efforts were special, designed to uplift the
spirits of their neighbors here in Croton. They certainly got my attention.

Do you know what else is special?  The way our village has evolved with the opening of so many new
restaurants in the past year. As a fellow Croton business owner, I know the financial strain this health and
economic crisis is putting on them and their staff. We have to find ways to keep their doors open until this
unprecedented crisis passes.

With the help of Marie Considine and the approval of these young artists, I am taking their amazing artwork
and inspirational messages and making 100 lawn signs—50 of each. They will be distributed to Croton
restaurants and businesses listed below at no charge as part of a cooperative promotion.

To help support these amazing restaurants through these difficult times and spread these
messages of hope, anyone purchasing $50 or more can take one of the signs home for placement on their
front yard! We hope to see the signs placed all over Croton in just a few days.

Thank you, to the young artists, for sharing their artwork and messages of hope.
Let’s support our businesses, let’s support each other, and let’s show everyone how Croton gets through this

Mark Franzoso, Croton Neighbor and Business Owner

105-Twenty Bar & Grill Junction – JT’s Food Market
A&S Croton Maracas Mexican Grill & Bar
Bagels on Hudson Mex-to-Go
Baked by Susan Old Post Road Liquors
Black Rock Kitchen Piato Greek Kitchen
Croton Colonial Restaurant & Diner Robbins Pharmacy
Croton Mini Deli Save-Mor Pharmacy
Croton Pet Station The Black Cow Coffee Co.
Croton Running Company The Blue Pig
Croton Tapsmith The Dessertist
DePrez Wines & Spirits The Grandstand
Eatalia on Hudson The Green Growler
Feed the Birds The Tavern at Croton Landing
Frank & Joe’s Harmon Deli Upper Village Blooms
Fratelli’s Trattoria Van Wyck Wines & Liquors
Giovanni’s Italian American Delicatessen Westchester Balloon Company

*Please note the artists’ names have been withheld from this post.

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