Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Youngstown Cash Mob Looks Toward the New Year

Our next cash mob will be at The Encore Shop on Sat. 27 Oct. Stop by anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This charming consignment shop for women’s clothing, shoes and accessories is in a plaza at 4427 Logan Way, just a stone’s throw south of Hwy. 304.

There will also be a bake sale, sponsored by Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to raise funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. I had a chance to see some of the baked goods when WFMJ came to interview us, and mmmmm.

The Encore Shop carries lovely clothes for holiday events, as well as sweaters, coats, scarves and boots, and even Halloween costumes. I have my eye on a certain pair of shoes, and I look forward to the chance to browse. Between Raks and Encore, my closet is getting a terrific update.

Votes are in for the November cash mob, and our top vote getter was the Artists of the Mahoning Commons holiday sale at the historic Ward Bakery Building, 1024 Mahoning Ave.

This will be our last cash mob of 2012. In December, we’ll be promoting ‘Buy Local Holidays.’ We invite you to let us know what independent, locally owned business has the perfect gift. Send us a note and/or photo (, and we’ll post it to our Facebook page.

In 2013, we’re going to mix things up with some special cash mobs. Here’s a peek at the calendar (‘Business as usual’ means any establishment in Youngstown and first-ring suburbs):

December: Local Christmas cash mob
January: Business younger than three years old
February: Business as usual
March: Woman-owned business
April: Business as usual
May: Mahoning County outside of Youngstown and first ring suburbs
June: Business as usual
July: Activity Cash Mob
August: Business as usual
September: Black-owned business
October: Business as usual
November: Non-profit

To nominate a business, visit us on Facebook.

I hope to see you at The Encore Shop! Please take a moment to say hello, and grab an “I Cash Mobbed” sticker if you’d like one. Just like “I Voted” supports our democracy, attending a cash mob supports our local economy.

Thanks for helping us spread the word.

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