Access Bazaar is an online marketplace that wants to help bodega owners buy wholesale products at better prices, and modernize their businesses.
Growing up in the Bronx as the son of Latino immigrants, Julian Rodriguez spent a lot of time at bodegas. They represented much more than places to pick up an empanada or a sandwich after school. For one thing, his uncle owned one, so the store literally supported members of his family. “You’re going to get a very visceral reaction when you say the word ‘bodega’ to Latinos, particularly in New York,” Rodriguez tells Fast Company. “It is the cornerstone of the community. It’s not just a place or an object, it ties people who live in an area together.”