At the intersection of Brookville and Francis Lewis boulevards in the heart of Rosedale stood the Joseph Palmer candy and stationery store. The shop at 138-59 Francis Lewis Blvd. was a community staple for many years.
The Palmers worked 14 to 16 hours a day in their business. They could walk to their store from their home at 2 Jefferson Ave. in Valley Stream, LI. They always had loving, gentle cats in the store which would greet the customers and keep away the mice.
Their humble business gave them enough money to enable their daughter Beatrice to graduate from Long Island University in Brooklyn.
After the Palmers left, this hot corner location went through a succession of businesses — a real estate office, petroleum company, insurance company and deli. None lasted. They apparently didn’t enjoy the success of the Palmer family.
Ads show the location is once again available, for $3,800 a month in rent. It might be a good idea for an entrepreneur to open a candy store similar to the one that did so well for so long on this busy corner.