While the Maple Street Market closely resembles your standard urban convenience store, the shop actually offers a bountiful selection of health food brands that you see at Whole Foods or Treasure Island. Where you might expect to find Snickers and soda pop, Maple Street's shelves are stocked with bagged nuts, dried fruits and yogurt and carob covered snacks. In addition to several aisles of dietary supplements and a freezer full of Amy's organic goods, Maple Street squeezes in a few gluten- and wheat-free products.
Thermoses of Intelligentsia coffee, saran-wrapped homemade muffins and vegan cookies make this an easy stop when you're on the go, but a seating area in back by the bowls of hot chili offers a quiet lunchtime spot. That's also where the store's hidden gem resides: a smoothie bar featuring fresh juice and veggie self-selected combos. While a name like the Green Giant at 7-Eleven is probably the latest Shrek-inspired slurpie, this liquid concoction (spinach, parsley, cucumber, kale, celery and broccoli) at Maple Street Market is one nutritious meal.
Centerstage Reviewer: Jessica Herman