A vending machine company in New York is hoping that people won’t just buy a few items at a time anymore, but instead will buy a whole house of them.
The vending machine makers, Soma and Vending Machines, teamed up with the Brooklyn-based Community Vending, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing poverty, homelessness, and hunger in Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Vending Machine Company’s Brooklyn headquarters is located at 724 East 59th Street.
“We see the world through a glass darkly,” Soma CEO John Zabka said.
“The way we look at it, there are a lot of people who want to have everything in their home.
We believe that we can make this world a better place, and our goal is to change that.”
The Brooklyn Venders is trying to change the world by selling vending machines that help people get more stuff from vending machines, like furniture, electronics, and household items.
They also sell products like kitchen knives and household cleaning products, as well as other consumer products.
Zabkas father, Joe Zabba, founded the company in 1972 and ran it until his death in 2015.
He died at age 83, but his business did not stop there.
He was also an advocate for homeless people in Brooklyn, and his daughter, Susan Zabaka, founded Vending Labs, a company that sells kitchen knives, household cleaning supplies, and even furniture and electronics to homeless people.
“He was a champion for the homeless,” Zabakis daughter said.
In 2014, the Brooklyn Vender company launched a new initiative, the Neighborhood Project, to help people find affordable, accessible places to shop.
Zabalas wife, Susan, joined the organization.
Now, with the help of Soma, the Vending Lofts in New Rochelle are the only one of its kind in the world.
The Brooklyn Lofts are also the only vending machine store in the city, and the first to open in Brooklyn since the 1960s.
In addition to offering a full line of kitchen knives for $30, Sama and Venders offer a full range of household products for $5, including kitchen and bathroom cleaning supplies.
Soma has been working with the Community Venders since last year.
“We’ve been working on this project for about two years, and we’ve made great progress,” Zabalakis said.
They plan to open a new location in the coming months.
“Vending is one of those things that, to us, is the most transformative aspect of our business, and it’s the way that we make our customers happy,” Susan Zabalaki said.
The community-owned Brooklyn Loft is open year round.