We were inspired by the Cash Mobs in Cleveland, where people gather and instead of singing, as in Flash Mob, they pump money into a locally-owned business, just by buying something.
Our first event will be at Dorian Books, 802 Elm St., Youngstown, on Sat. 25 Feb. They're open from 10-5, and we'll be dropping in throughout the day. This gorgeous brick-and-wood bookstore is full of light and plants and a friendly Maine coon cat named Ernie. The floor-to-ceiling, handcrafted bookcases are creaking with hard and softcover fiction and non-fiction, children's books, coffee table books, and first editions. And for the impossible-to-buy-for? Gift certificates.
One more thought - if one small business goes under, it's really sad. But it doesn't take down the whole local economy. But it is really sad! So we're going to do what we can to keep them in business.
If you're on Facebook, visit Youngstown Cash Mob. And if you're around Youngstown Sat., stop by Dorian Books. We'd love to see you there.