Friday, October 3, 2014

Youngstown Cash Mob Hangs Out

Our first of two October cash mobs is upon us!
Join us Sat. Oct. 4th, from 5:30-8:30 at the
Encore Shop at 4427 Logan Way,
for a fall fashion show
and fundraiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
There will be scrumptious appetizers and wine tasting, and many vendors of clothing and accessories. It is sure to be an enjoyable evening. Grab your best girl and come on out. Tickets are $10 at the door. Even if you've taken a solemn vow not to add anything to your closet, come down for a good cause.

Our second October gig will be at
Loose Rack Billiards and Santa Fe Southwestern Café
3207 Mahoning Ave.
Fri. Oct. 17 from 4:00-10:00.
This will be a whiz-bang night as well, since we’re being co-sponsored by My City Hangouts! Check out this new app that lets you know all the great public places and attractions in our area.
They will have a tent and there will be a DJ from 4:00 to 7:00. Jamie is working on booking a band for 8:00. Jamie’s going to keep the café open until 10:00 so we can enjoy burritos while we play pool and hang out. Keep up with the details on the My City Hangouts app. Come on down for the last cash mob of the year to congratulate Jamie on her new digs and have some fun. We all have a lot to celebrate.

Our November cash mob will be a sharing of local food growers and vendors on our Facebook page. Think Thanksgiving. How to make your T-Day the localist. Where to get a locally raised gobbler or artisan bread to stuff it? What about squash? Corn and beans for succotash? (My grandmother made succotash--did yours?) Spuds? Greens? Cider? Wine? Pumpkin? Cream for whipping? Maybe you want something that isn't grown in Ohio, like pineapple for the famous family jello, or jello, cranberries, coffee. What locally owned market sells them? Maybe you'd like your ingredients to come ready to serve. Who sells pumpkin pie with a perfect crust, or smooth gravy, or cranberry sauce you can wiggle out of the can? Where can you get Ohio popcorn or maple syrup for your post-Thanksgiving guests? I am thankful for the local food options that have grown up in just the last few years, and of course some have been around for generations.

Our Buy Local for the Holidays in December rounds out another year of cash mobs. We have been to the downtown, looking at gifts for men at Silver’s, or for teenagers at Geo’s Music. We drank wine at Halliday’s Winery, craft beer over dogs at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts and mango juice over curry at Bombay Star. We picked up boutique clothes at One Closet and stuff for the house at Re Arrangements and Mr. Darby’s. We picked out gifts at Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop and Center of Attention. We have talked to hard-working business owners who have a great faith in our community. I have met many of you and heard stories about the businesses that used to be here or there. Together, we’re working to keep the ones we have up and running.

I’m going to take a few months to think about how we might move forward in the most dynamic way. Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing you Sat. night and on the 17th.

Here’s to the strength, resilience and humor of this place we call home.

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

Vintage trunks at Mr. Darby's Antique & Collectible Emporium

Tons of books at Pig Iron Press

Incredible food at Bombay Star