You have to take care of your own, especially during the tough times. Every day, the headlines tell the story of the recession that has begun to overtake our economy. People are spending their dollars wisely. One of the aspects of smart shopping is seeing your dollars stay local. The money Long Islanders spend in local businesses ensures that the money stays close to home. There are thousands of merchants across this Island who have been the backbone of our economy for generations. Let’s make sure they are here to stay. Each week, KIOLI will feature a local business. Let them know you saw their message here. And of course, spend your money with them. Let’s Keep It On Long Island.
This week: Al Selmer
Selmer’s Pet Land
125 E. Jericho Tpke.
How long have you been in business on LI?
How did you get into this business?
It was the family business.
What is your favorite memory of doing business on LI?
The favorite thing doing business here is seeing the generations of families who shop here coming back to visit.
How are you different from your competition?
We’re an independent business serving the community. We provide personal service. We have long-time employees who care about and love what they do.
Can people shop online at your store?
Soon to come.
What’s your favorite thing about living on LI?
Great diversity, its closeness to everything: city, skiing, beach, ocean. It’s close to all the good things in life. That has to be the reason people stay here. It can’t be for the taxes.
How do people find out about your business?
Online, through local ads, word of mouth. Word of mouth is probably the strongest thing we have. Family and friends.
Do you have a Long Island accent?
I don’t think so. (He doesn’t.)
Why should parents get their children a pet?
In the computer world people are really shortchanged by not having an animal. It’s gives them responsibility. They have someone to talk to without having to hear any crap back. It brings a soothing quality to the mind.