Best Corner Market - 2007
Mama's is basically everything anyone could ask for in a corner market. It's clean. It opens early. The shop has the New York Times and local papers near its hot coffee and pastries for those who don't want to stand in line at a cafe. Mama's sells a remarkably good selection of everything from sausage and cheese to wine and ice cream. It also has a stash of convenient things including shampoo, soap, lip balm, and cat food for when you run out between trips to the grocery store. The friendly staffers are patient and helpful, even with the regulars who sometimes stop in two or three times a day. The shop is easy to spot it brightens the corner of 22nd and Dolores streets with a perpetual supply of fresh flowers.