Back in the day, mama shops were the gossip center of the neighbourhood. Regular customers would come and trade stories as they bought just about anything from rice to soap. Those in their twenties and over remember it an integral part of their childhood - where else could a primary school student afford to buy his or her own sweet treats and toys? Unfortunately business for these shop owners have seen a steady decline over the years. Supermarkets like NTUC Fairprice and Cold Storage and convenience stores like 7-11 threaten their existence - the humble mama shop could very well be gone within a decade.
Here are 10 childhood memories we have about the mama shop, and hopefully our memories will continue to be a reality for more generations to come!