Boomshack Market is owned and operated by Trish McGovern. A frequent traveler to New York and other large cities, she sought to recreate a neighborhood bodega like the ones she enjoyed shopping and eating on the run.
What is a Bodega?
The word is from the Spanish la bodega — grocery store — and years ago, referred primarily to those found in Spanish speaking neighborhoods in the city, where the shops sprang up on streetcorners in residential neighborhoods, as opposed to the more established retailers along major avenues.
But the convenience of having a convenience store within arms reach of one’s apartment appealed more and more over the years to New Yorkers. Delis, Korean groceries and bodegas — the terms are fairly interchangeable, no matter what neighborhood you’re in — now number more than 13,000 in New York City alone, many still owned by Puerto Rican and Dominican retailers.
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