Alison and Alphonzo Cross (Photo by Christopher Octa.)

Note: Earlier this year, we ran an interview with Alison about the corner store she and her brother launched in 2011. Now, we've invited her back to share her own perspective on the store.

Convenience store. Bodega. Corner store. Call it what you will, the one thing you cannot call most corner stores is healthy.

The reputation urban corner stores have is pretty consistent: crowded shelves, stuffy aisles, coolers filled with liquor and syrupy sweet sodas, lottery tickets spilling out from atop a dingy counter. You know there’s something wrong when the quality of the bulletproof glass at the register far surpasses the quality of the food in front of it.  At its core, the corner store has been begging to be reinvented for decades.