By Julianne Mosher |
For a whole century, Long Islanders have been visiting Plesser’s – one of the nation’s oldest independently run appliance store located at 6 East Main Street in Babylon Village.
Now owned and operated by third-generation appliance men, Marc and Alan Howard, the store was originally founded in 1919 by Sam Plesser whose motto was “Let the customer do business with the boss, treat the customer with respect and offer the customer the best price and service available.”
The Howard brothers knew that motto needed to continue 30 years ago when they bought the space.
“We wanted to keep that principle going,” said Alan, “And we want to keep giving back to the community.”
Throughout the years, the duo opened up another Plesser’s in Southampton and founded the Plesser’s Charity Foundation Inc., a nonprofit that is dedicated to making a difference by supporting local charities on the island, as well as nationwide. The two even decided to move to Babylon to raise their families because they liked the town so much.
One thing remarkable while owning the shop, Alan said, is the same faces coming through the doors over the years.
“We began noticing a lot of three generations buying our products,” he said. “Grandparents would shop here, parents would shop here and now their kids are coming in.”
But they aren’t just selling to locals. With their online store, they have sold appliances to every state in the nation. Alan said that’s because of their competitive pricing and next-day delivery.
“Our salespeople are highly trained here,” he said, “We
train them for a career… not just a job.”
These dedicated employees joined the rest of the team and 170 others on Thursday night for a three-hour-long celebration, complete with a red carpet leading inside to a newly renovated Plesser’s showroom.
The anniversary party doubled as a grand reopening that took over a year to complete. The renovations unveiled include new features like live appliances (that can be turned on and off instead of unplugged like at other stores), a live kitchen with demonstrations and classes featuring a chef held at the store.
This change in scenery makes the shop seem less like a showroom, Alan said.
“We wanted to make the store open and inviting,” said Gina Marano, Plesser’s marketing supervisor. “We were able to give it a modern and sleek look.”
Employees and elected officials mingled, ate and drank, a brand new tiny house (complete with Samsung appliances) was shown off out back as part of a national contest Plesser’s is hosting until January.
To celebrate its 100 years, the company has been giving away a different prize each month since Jan. 2019 (November’s win is a Whirlpool Dishwasher).
By entering in the monthly giveaways, an entree is added to the yearlong giveaway with the grand prize win of the Tiny Hamptons tiny house — which will be announced in Jan. 2020. Those interested can enter online.
“We really just want to thank our customers, our sponsors, our vendors and the community for their continued support over the last 100 years,” said Alan.
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