From sundry to trinkets…

the average Mama Shop boast a myriad of goods for both the young and old in its quaint little space. Usually tucked in a corner of a void deck of public housing apartments in Singapore, these small businesses were once the highlight of any residential area. Mama shops were more than just provision shops but meeting points and melting pots for residents of various ethnicity to interact and socialize – a hub of sorts, embodying the very essence of a bustling trade entrepot that Singapore is.

In recent years, the quintessential symbol of a uniquely Singaporean heritage is quickly making way for supermarkets and highly commercialized chains of mini marts. The disappearance of Mama Shops will undeniably contribute to the erosion of a common cultural identity and along with that, various nostalgic titbits, toys and the personal relationships we once had with our friendly shopkeepers – leaving behind only stories of our experiences to be told to our children.