Silicon Valley is knocking on your door... literally! They want to ease the everyday trials of life by re-inventing or as they may say, revolutionizing, the "Bodega." But many loyalists feel passionately this is a step too far for the tech world.
In the 2008 Tony Award Winning Musical "In the Heights" by Lin-Manuel Miranda characters find love, lose love, live, learn, grow and die. That is the story of all life. There is one character though that proves to be the centerpiece. The character who is always there, standing the test of time and baring witness to history, holding the neighborhood and it's locals up; the Bodega.
Frequently a bodega will be a family run operation that has been passed down from generation to generation with great pride. Often the owners know you, not merely as a customer but as a guest or as many feel, as family. Many times if you're short on the bill the soul behind the counter will cover you until you can return, because they know you'd rather default on your student loan then not be square with your local shop.