The Yafaa Money Market, a nondescript 24-hour-grocery on Franklin between Prospect and Park, has been undergoing a thorough renovation over the last few months, and as of yesterday, has become the Franklin Mini Market, complete with a shiny new sign. Though at first glance their new look seems consistent with the latest trends in bodega signage (e.g. the Brooklyn Deli a few doors down), a closer look reveals that they will now be stocking "organic food." Bloggers, to your keyboards!
To my mind, the biggest issue hinges not on the look of these new stores but the attitudes of their staff. "Organic Food" notwithstanding, I doubt the bulk of the goods stocked at the Franklin Mini Market will be considerably different from those the Yafaa Money Market once carried. That said, Nam's Green Market at St. John's has made a concerted effort to remake itself as an "organic" grocery, and in the process has occasionally alienated longtime locals with higher prices and perceived slights on account of them. As for the Franklin Mini Market, we'll have to see once they're open what "organic" entails, both for their shelves and for their patrons.