Mamanoes Grocery Shop
Mamanoes Grocery Shop is a grocer located at 2303 2nd Avenue North in Downtown Birmingham's Loft District. The shop opened July 1, 2010 in the former location of Gypsy Market. Mamanoes is owned by Antonio Boyd, who named it in tribute to his mother, and to mothers everywhere, "Because if anybody knows, Mama knows."
Mamanoes Grocery Shop carries staples, wine, beer, and offers fresh meats from Mr. P's Deli and freshly baked bread. A covered "pet valet" area out front will be available for shoppers to drop off their dogs to be leashed while they are in the store. Future plans include and upstairs tasting room and a delivery service.
The building which houses Mamanoes is owned by Butch Baldone of Baldone Tailors next door.
In July 2012 Boyd opened a location in Atlanta's Midtown. He and his recent bride, Misty moved to Atlanta to operate that location, leaving his sister Regina in charge of the Birmingham shop. The Atlanta Mamanoes gained a reputation for being able to source exotic cuts of meat. It closed within a few months, though.
Boyd later expanded the "tasting parlor" which had operated in the convenience store's loft onto the ground floor, operating as a cigar bar and hosting special events.
- Tomberlin, Michael (June 17, 2010) "New grocery in Birmingham's loft district offers Mr. P's Deli meats and more." Birmingham News
- Reynolds, Ed (June 24, 2010) "At Last, Grocery Shopping Downtown." Black & White
- Erdreich, Jeremy (June 29, 2010) "Where to get that Grapico." Bhamarchitect's Blog
- Kelly, Mark (January 12, 2012) "No More Corner Store: What Mamanoes Means to Downtown." Birmingham Weekly