Finding good customer service can be tough these days, but extraordinary service with a smile is even rarer. Luckily, the Hudson Valley is home to some of the friendliest businesses in the country.

While most businesses in the Hudson Valley are doing their best to motivate employees and keep the doors open, some are exceeding expectations and creating a pleasant shopping or dining experience for their customers.

How one individual fast-food restaurant or grocery store can have miserable employees while others have incredibly happy workers is a mystery. Whatever that "secret sauce" is that management uses to motivate their employees is something that should be shared with the rest of the Hudson Valley.

While we're not sure how they're doing it, hats off to these five Hudson Valley businesses that consistently provide friendly, courteous service no matter how busy they may be.

The 5 Friendliest Businesses in the Hudson Valley

The staffs at these Hudson Valley stores are a pleasure to encounter. If you're looking for a pleasant shopping experience, be sure to visit these businesses that happen to have the friendliest employees in the Hudson Valley.

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While many of your favorite Hudson Valley fast-food restaurants have remained in the same spot for decades, their buildings are almost unrecognizable from what they used to look like.

These 40 Flashback Images of the Galleria Will Make You Totally Nostalgic

The Poughkeepsie Galleria has gone through some major changes in the past 34 years. Scroll down for a trip down memory lane. How many of these stores do you remember shopping at?