Prize for the Most Bizarre Facade

The facade of the A & I Convenience Store is the most bizarre I’ve encountered while doing The Bodega Project. Continue Reading →

Cibao Market in Roslindale, MA

When 22 Equals 17

Manuel Mariñez had a formula to get into the bodega business at the young age of 22. It meant making some sacrifices, but he was sure it would work. He was right. Continue Reading →


Caribbean Fare in a Boston Square

It doesn’t look like it belongs. Mama’s Ti Marche bodega sits just outside of Boston’s busy Mattapan Square. But from its quaint sign outside to its colorful inventory inside–tropical coconuts, … Continue Reading →

Las Americas Market, Dorchester, MA

The Owner Who Wants No Record of His Accomplishments

If anyone can be said to have bodegas in his blood, it’s Alexandro Tejeda of Las Americas Market in Dorchester. He’s owned the store since 2008. Prior to that, he … Continue Reading →


New Ideas Transform Diana Market

Ask Abdul Khan how he succeeded in becoming the owner of Diana Market, he’ll initially give a typical answer: “Much hard work.” Persist and you’ll find out the real reason: … Continue Reading →


How to Edit a Bodega

What makes one want to buy a broken-down bodega and transform it into a successful business–especially when you already have one? “It was a piece of junk when we got … Continue Reading →


Fighting for a Bodega

7/31/2011: Jahangir and Rokeya Kabir, owners of Well Foods Plus, have been getting a lesson on how to fight for their livelihood. Their landlord, Jim Herbert, chose to ignore their … Continue Reading →


The Seduction of Change – Henry’s Variety

5/25/2010: Sanjay Patel and his wife Devyani have been in the United States for about twenty years. Originally they come from the state of Gujarat, situated on the northwest coast … Continue Reading →

Marvin Moreno

Father and Son Stick Together

The first question that may occur to you as you enter Leo’s Grocery is: who’s Leo? “Leo is the friend of my father, Marcelino Moreno,” said his son Marvin.  “He … Continue Reading →

Mr. Oller's Nephew

Two Shy Men and a Flashy Bodega

So what color do you paint a bodega? You want it to be eye-catching without being garish. But sometimes a bodega’s color scheme is a no-brainer. For Eddie Oller, owner … Continue Reading →

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