Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Youngstown Cash Mob Dons its Derby at Mr. Darby's

What a whole lot of cash mobbery awaits us!

Our September cash mob is coming up this Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at
Mr. Darby’s Antique & Collectible Emporium
11734 South Ave. Ext.
North Lima.
Stop by anytime! With 88 vendors, I think you will agree that this cash mob has something to offer everyone. One vendor has a steam punk room. What! Crates, blankets, stuffed squirrels, Halloween decorations, milk paint, enamel cookware, comic books, antique trunks and typewriters. Not making this up. Bring your grandma and ask her what she remembers. New stuff, too. Bring your Christmas list! Bring your kids! North Lima is a short drive south of Boardman (we venture out of Youngstown a few times a year), and there is a big parking lot.

The last two cash mobs of 2014 will be in October. We’re mixing it up with evening events! The Encore Shop at 4427 Logan Way Plaza is hosting a fall fashion show with food, wine, fashion and shopping on Sat. Oct. 4 from 5:30-8:30. The appetizers will be catered by Kennsington Golf Club in Canfield. And to make it even more impressive, this event is a fundraiser to research a cure for breast cancer. Tickets are $8.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door.

Later in October, we are co-sponsoring an event with My City Hangouts!!!!! It’s great to find a gig dedicated to spotlighting locally owned hangouts for kicking back and enjoying an evening with your fellow Youngstownians. We are putting a fantastic event together at Santa Fe Southwestern CafĂ©, inside Loose Racks Billiards at 3207 Mahoning Ave., on Sat. Oct. 17 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Come on down for a burrito and a game of pool.

In November, we are shopping locally for the big T-Day dinner, so if you are sourcing your ingredients from a local farm or unique, independent vendor, you might save your receipts so you can enter our Thanksgiving contest. More on that soon!

And we don’t try to mob December, but encourage everyone to support the mom-and-pops.

I did a little traveling this summer and everywhere I went, I drove by billboards and banners encouraging people to buy local. And speaking of banners, I'm so proud of the Youngstown Business Incubator, named the best business incubator in the world. We're not the only ones who think that locally owned businesses will make our economy strong!

Try someplace new this week, if you have a chance, and I hope you will also put these events on your calendar if those squares aren’t already packed full. Our businesses are crazy excited about their cash mobs, and a big turnout makes it tremendously fun. It’s nice to feel appreciated, right?

I appreciate you. A cash mob of one wouldn’t be much of a mob. That’s the best thing about Youngstown, I think: the people and their generous spirits. We’ve been through a lot, and we don’t take our successes for granted.

Thanks for helping us spread the word!

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