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Not Your Average Smith Street

A quick tour down one of Farmingdale's busiest streets from a coffee truck driver whose family has been operating in the area for more than 30 years.

, I drive up and down Smith St. between Route 110 and Wellwood Avenue a few times each day serving coffee and other munchies to people at work.  These companies provide goods and services for people all over the country and it all starts here in our backyard.

Today, I am offering a quick tour down Smith Street starting from Route 110 and heading East.  If I forget any locations, please let me know.

If you are turning down Smith Street looking for a bite to eat you can find , Sam's Whiches, King Caterers, and the all within one block.  If you need a new bicycle, The Bike Outlet just opened up across from UPS.  If you don't see the bike or gear you need, you can always go online and use UPS to ship the package.  The UPS office in Farmingdale is open daily for customers with packages and questions. New pair of shoes and name brand outfits at discount prices can be found at K&G Clothing, right next to Peter Andrews, which sells furniture and other unique accessories for your home. Crescent Meat Packing offers a full line of meat products at wholesale prices. Many Long Island restaurants and butchers get their meat from Crescent. This brings us to the corner of New Highway, the location of the Brew Haus, across from a bank, not far from where you can find some of the rarest coffees in the world.  

Cross new Highway to find a huge building owned by the owner of Seigerman's and home to several companies including PCF which delivers publications to thousands of homes daily and GreenLeaf Distributors who sell goods to grocery and c-store chains in our area.  Janitorial and floor care supplies are also manufactured here and sold to supply stores from Nationwide Sales and Service which has their own line of electronic cleaning products called Perfect Products. Across the street, on the bend in the road is Sam Tell Industries which serves the food service industry be selling and delivering all types of goods from their huge warehouse. If you are looking to fell the burn, offers locals a place to work out and take the most modern, effective work out classes available in our area.  Even comprehensive travel services are offered from Travel Impressions, which deals internationally with clients from their headquarters in Farmingale.  I booked my honeymoon with Travel Impressions and had a blast! Kelly Windows makes and sells construction supplies and Lamar Lighting across the street focusses on illumination.

Moving East, there is Long Island Transmission Company who carries extensive inventories of Bearings, V-belts, Pulleys, Gears, Sprockets, Chains, Motors, Reducers, Variable Speed Drives, Lubricants, Clutches and Belting.  Sabra makes hummus, you probably see it grocery stores and even though they are moving South they still operate in one building next door to which is one of the biggest producer of drum skins and guitar skins in the world, occupying two buildings on Smith operating 24 hours a day. They just acquired the second largest drum stick maker and started a music school for kids called Ambassador Textbooks is also on Smith Street. Since I have started serving Ambassador with my truck, they have grown from one building to four in the area and provide textbooks nationally to college students and bookstores. 

Kedco is a family-owned business that has been on Smith for over two decades offering wine and beer making supplies to the public as well as materials and accessories for your home or wine cellar.  I've been shopping here for years and personally recommend this hidden gem to anyone looking for a cute wine related gift or the best wine making and brewing advice in the area. American Aerospace makes precision metal parts for government contacts, airplanes, and other industries where precision counts.  And finally if you are looking for a coffee truck alternative, you can visit Filter Fresh which carries a large variety of K-Cups for your home or office.  Filter Fresh also sells break room and janitorial supplies to companies looking to outsource such things.  I know they are a direct competitor of my coffee truck service but I'm not a hater and I think people like the experience of coming to the truck so I'm including them on my Smith Street tour.  

All of these places on Smith Street have been here for years and represent millions of dollars in sales annually.  

Next time you drive out of your way or order something online from far away, take a look at some of the companies in our area and try to stimulate our economy by shopping local.  I only wrote about one street in Farmingdale.  There are plenty more streets and plenty more successful businesses in the area.  Even though Main Street may have some vacancies and not be performing up to potential, Farmingdale remains a business hub for Long Island and needs to be represented positively to help attract new businesses to our busy area. 

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