Readers’ Choice 2024

The Votes Are in, and We’re Honoring the Best Businesses in the Bridgewater Area

The results of our Readers’ Choice Awards are in! This fall, we gave our readers an important task: to nominate their favorite businesses in Bridgewater. As in years past, we were astonished by the community support for area businesses. Our winners have earned the community’s trust through good business practices, great communication and high-quality results in their respective fields. This month, we celebrate them. Read on to learn more and find a few new businesses to support this year. 

 Best Architect

Total Architecture,

Best Bakery

Randazzos Pastry Shop and Bakery,

Best Bank/Credit Union

Affinity Federal Credit Union,

With more than 20 branches across the tri-state area, Affinity is the largest credit union headquartered in New Jersey, ranking in the top 2 percent of all credit unions in terms of asset size.

Best Bar


Best Barber

Maintain Bespoke Barbering,

Best Clothing Boutique

Evolve Clothing Gallery,

Best Coffee Shop

Ambee Coffee Co., Ambee.Coffee

Best Cleaning Service

Pure Life Cleaning Service,

Best Coworking Space

Office Evolution – Somerville,

Best Day Care

Stellar Academy,

Best Financial Planner

Beacon Financial Group,

Best Electrician

A-1 Electric,

Best Fast Casual Restaurant

Joe’s Meat Market,

Best Farm

Melick’s Town Farm,

Best Casual Restaurant

Cafe Picasso,

Best Dental Practice

Bridgewater Dental Associates,

Best Entertainment

Green Knoll Grill,

Best Eye Doctor

Abessi Eye Care,

Best Dermatologist

Dermatology Center of New Jersey,

Best Car Dealership

Audi Bridgewater,

Best Chiropractor

McAdam Chiropractic,

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Girasole Cucina Italiana,

For a quarter-century Girasole Cucina Italiana has been treating customers as one of the Russo family, serving simple, delicious Italian dishes with the best ingredients that are made to order.

Best Fitness Studio

Club Pilates Bridgewater,

Best Country Club

Raritan Valley Country Club,

Nestled in the heart of Somerset County since 1911, Raritan Valley Country Club continues a tradition of family, personal and professional enjoyment with activities and amenities for everyone. Our membership fosters camaraderie and inspires a genuine sense of community. The Club’s rich history, picturesque setting and extensive facilities make RVCC Somerset County’s premier private country club.

Best Flooring Specialist

Whitehouse Floors,

Best Florist

Gray’s Florist,

Best Gym

Life Time, Lifetime.Life

Best Hair Salon

Shear Colour,

Shear Colour is a close-knit team of friendly, talented and routinely trained stylists who work together to serve clients’ hair, makeup, lash and wax needs. We can transform and customize each client’s look with current hair trends, while maintaining their healthy and gorgeous hair. 


Sunrise Cooling & Heating,

Sunrise Cooling & Heating Inc. is a second-generation HVAC company owned and operated by Jon and Candace Kerr. The Kerrs have five children and are huge advocates for adoption and foster care. They strongly believe in the Sunrise brand and value their customers and vendors.

Best Ice Cream Parlor

Gabriel’s Fountain Kitchen & Creamery,

Best Interior Designer

Design Studio of Somerville,

Best Jeweler

Tropiano and Son Jewelers,

Celebrating 87 years as a family owned business, Tropiano and Son Jewelers was established by

Raymond and Meni Tropiano in 1936 on the main street of Raritan. The store created a long relationship with Johnson & Johnson and was responsible for its corporate and incentive award programs. Today, Tropiano and Son continues their long tradition of in-house jewelry repair and custom design. They continue to support the community, participating in music, drama, athletic, academic and recreation programs along with continuing support of police, emergency responders and veterans. 

Best Kids’ Activity


Best Kitchen and Bath

Heart Kitchens,

Best Landscaper

JT’s Lawn & Landscaping,

Best Lash Studio

B Lashes Esthetics & Cosmetics,

Best Law Firm

Lyons & Associates,

Best Med Spa

Reactivation Massage,

Reactivation Massage’s focus is on each individual client; we promote health and wellness via energetic pain reduction, relaxation and confidence building. Each of our therapists has more than 20 years of experience. Our massage therapists practice different specialized modalities from therapeutic massage and manual lymphatic drainage to medical massage. We also offer The Endosphère for body contouring and injury prevention. We are well-known for our results using Cryoskin slimming/toning and face lift.

Best Mental Health Specialist

Blueprint Mental Health,

Best Orthodontic Practice

Raritan Valley Orthodontics,

Best Painter

Halo Painting Company,

With three generations in the painting business, Halo Painting Company is committed to providing the highest quality service with results delivered on time and on budget. We are family owned and operated and use only the best quality paint, newest technology and expert painters to create a new look for your home. We pride ourselves on professionalism, customer service and quality. We are grateful to our customers and the community for voting us as the “Best Painters in Bridgewater” three years in a row. 

Best Paving Company

Hicks Paving,

Hicks Paving started as a small family business in 1960 and has continued to run as a third-generation family owned and operated business. We are licensed and insured and provide paving, milling and sealcoating. Our expertise includes parking lots, roadways and residential or commercial driveways. 

We use the most modern high-tech equipment kept in impeccable condition to perform the highest quality of work. We value old-fashioned honesty, and our customers will never be charged a hidden fee. Referral numbers from past customers are given with every estimate. 

Best Pet Service

Snoopy’s Safe and Sound Dog Walking and Pet Sitting,

Snoopy’s is a family owned, professional pet care service in Bridgewater that is insured by Pet Sitters Associates. Our services include dog walking on a regular or occasional basis, as well as pet sitting visits to your home for dogs, cats and other household pets. 

Best Philanthropic Organization

Habitat for Humanity,

Best Photographer

April Ludwig Photography,

Best Physical Therapist

JAG Physical Therapy,

Best Plumber

Izzy’s Plumbing & Heating,

Best Preschool

The Preschool Place and Kindergarten,

The Preschool Place and Kindergarten provides a safe, developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment that promotes social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth, as well as a positive self-image and a love of learning. 

Best Private School

Immaculata High School,

Immaculata High School is committed to the development of the whole person within the framework of Catholic traditions and values. Guided by the pillars of Faith, Scholarship, Service and Friendship, Immaculata integrates a challenging academic curriculum that promotes spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth while fostering moral responsibility to self and others.

Best Real Estate Agent

Klug Realty Group,

Best Roofer

Alte Exteriors,

Best Senior Living Community

Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater,

Best Spa

J Skin Design Studio,

Best Specialty Shop

Spotted Leaf Plant Company,

Best Speech Therapist

Bayles Family Speech Center,

Best Summer Camp

JCC Camp Ruach,

Camp Ruach is a high-caliber, inclusive and welcoming summer day camp program. The camp offers diverse and age-appropriate programs for campers ages two years old through those entering 9th grade. 

Best Veterinary Practice

Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital,

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