In 2007, Mamá Art Cafe was awarded Best Cozy Cafe Gallery in the celebrated Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Awards and in 2008, the venue received a review in San Francisco Magazine and a recognition from the Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco for contributions in the realms of Culture and Art. This exposure assists to continue business operations and supports our cultural programming. Below is a list of websites where supporters can review or nominate Mamá Art Cafe.
SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Awards
SF Gate BayList Best
San Francisco Neighborhood Business Awards
SBA Business Development Specialist
Congratulations on your nomination for our Small Business Week award. Congratulations also on your loyal customer base. In the twelve years I\'ve been handling the award competition for the San Francisco office, we\'ve never seen one business receive so many nominations. It should be very gratifying that your customers think so highly of you. You were nominated by the following individuals:
As an educator for City College of San Francisco, a Director of Mission National Bank, and a business owner in San Francisco for over 25 years, it is refreshing to know individuals like Paulo, who have the fortitude and desire to take their dreams and develop them. His dream was to create a cultural venue that would provide enrichment for the community through the expression of various art forms. I know he has succeeded.
Samuel Cadelinia, Entrepreneur and Educator
Paulo Cabezas has built a practical business model while keeping a heartbeat in its local environment. He and his colleagues have shown how business can succeed by contributing to its community and becoming an integral part of the local economy, arts community and social community.
Charles Thompson, San Francisco Lawyer
This venture has resulted in one of the most attractive storefronts on Mission Street and has managed to cater to both the recent immigrants in the neighborhood and the established residents.
Manuel de Vera, Allstate Insurance, Local Broker
The owner of Mamá Art Cafe has shown a great deal of commitment to the local business community taking part in planning groups and connecting with other business owners to enhance the commercial corridor and help local businesses thrive. The Excelsior District has greatly benefited from the presence of the café.
John Avalos, District 11 Supervisor
Mamá Art Cafe brings culture to the Excelsior, but more than this, it creates an environment much like the plaza in Latin American cities and towns: a beautiful place where people of all ages can gather to share a moment.
Ines Ascencio, Therapist
Mamá [Art Cafe] significantly contributes to the strengthening of our neighborhood\'s fabric, while enhancing individuals\' and small businesses\' economic opportunities and improving the safety and conditions on Mission Street.
Scott Falcone and Ayala Mirande, Excelsior Residents
The staff has excellent customer service skills and treats you like you are family. Cruzita\'s Chicken Soup is the best soup I\'ve ever tasted. Not to mention it\'s unique spices offered that cured me when I was sick.
Suzanne Cortez, Local Musician and Youth Advocate
Seeing the trash on the streets and graffiti on the buildings, it is sometimes hard to remember what beauty is. Walking past Mamá Art Cafe helps me remember that life is beautiful, and I choose to live in San Francisco despite its problems. They provide me hope that tomorrow will be a brighter day. And they do all this while providing me a cup of coffee with a smile and greeting me by name.
Paige Nittler, Excelsior Resident and Community Leader
This is honestly the only place other than the park where my daughter and I can safely spend time. We feel welcome and have met a lot of people from the community at Mama.
Norma Marquez, Student in Non-Profit Administration
Café Mama not only has great food and coffee but it\'s also become a place for locals to enjoy music, art and great conversation.
Beth Custer, Local Composer
There really is no other place like Mama Art Cafe. Whether you\'re there for the food and drinks or the music and art, whether you\'re five years of age or 95, the Mama Art Cafe experience will have you coming back for more! With the combination of this great staff, tasty treats, and amazing art and music, Mama Art Cafe is a treasure!
Elliot Racine, Local Musician