Sunday, October 20, 2013

Youngstown Cash Mob Gets a Jump on Holiday Gifts

How do you answer the question, “What’s a cash mob?” The name, itself, rode in on the Flash Mob wave, where orchestras or choruses would show up in unexpected places like a train station or mall to sing and dance and make people like me shed a tear over the goodness of humankind.

Where did the Cash Mob get its wings? Buffalo, of course! and the idea was also picked up in Cleveland, a kind of Hey! If we all do this together, it will really make an impact. So the name didn’t start here in Youngstown, but I admit I thought the Valley’s history of mob activity would make an amusing, reverse analogy. Instead of pumping money out of businesses, we pump it in! The way I explain it is that we’re a group of volunteers who support local businesses each month by visiting one and “mobbing” it with cash.

October’s business is Imagine That! Emporium, a consignment shop located inside The Valley Marketplace, the former Pat Catan’s on South Ave. This shop’s changing inventory includes art, photography, home décor, jewelry, accessories, candles, soaps & lotions, stuffed animals, and furniture. These items are original, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind, printed, painted, sewn, drawn, specialized, repurposed, recycled, vintage, customized or personalized! A wonderful place to get a jump on your holiday gifts.

Youngstown Cash Mob
Sat. 26 Oct., 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Valley Marketplace
6121 South Ave., Boardman

Put your name on a yellow ticket to win a $25 gift certificate from Station Square! Thanks a million to the anonymous donor of this terrific prize.

For our November Cash Mob, we solicited nominations for a special event honoring non-profits in the Valley. The nominations were tremendous, filling us with gratitude for the hard-working people and organizations making our communities stronger. We congratulate The Bummer Fund for winning our November Cash Mob! Their mission is to provide “financial support to responsible pet owners in times of temporary medical crisis or emergency for a pet.” Consider making a donation in someone’s name: a thoughtful and meaningful gift. The Bummer Fund plans to host an event so we can learn more about their good work. Details forthcoming.

Our December Buy Local for the Holidays Cash Mob will take us to the year’s end. We’ve had another terrific year! I’ve enjoyed meeting many of you as well as the courageous, hard-working business owners in our neighborhoods. What locally-owned businesses will you visit soon? You might pick up your Halloween treats at Touch the Moon Candy Saloon. Or on a blustery night, warm your mood and feed your hunger on juke box oldies, ribs, stuffed hot peppers and sautéed greens at Niki’z Pub. Need something special for a holiday party? Try Rak’s Nearly New or the Encore Shop for affordable swank. Spruce up your hair and nails at Bang! Hair Studio. These are the businesses that diversify our economy and make our communities unique. And they are so much fun to support.

See you at Imagine That!

Cash mob: like flash mob, only the singing is optional.

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