Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Youngstown Cash Mob Changes Hands

The Youngstown Cash Mob will soon be under new management! Thanks so much to Ivy and Richard Sheeler for offering to take things over. I am moving on to a new organization, Lit Youngstown, focused on the literary arts. Since I’m a poet, it’s a little closer to my own background. But I have so thoroughly enjoyed these last three years meeting business owners and all of you who came out to support our efforts. My house is full of interesting things I bought on those Cash Mob days, and I am so much more aware of the great places in our community.

Before I sign off, I want to tell you about the last two month-long Cash Mobs I've had a hand in. For this month, March, we are celebrating flowers! Something Unique 4 U at 5865 Mahoning Ave. has been a Youngstown Cash Mob supporter from the very beginning, and we thank them. It’s so important to skip the 800 number and buy from a local florist. Stop by and treat yourself to some springtime cheer. 

And the all-April Cash Mob will be at Mrs. Pat’s Thrift and Collectables at 519 Market St. This building sits at the edge of the Market St. bridge, with Christian Mrosko’s beautiful mural on the side. Mrs. Pat’s offers three levels of new and gently used items.  

Thanks for your enthusiasm and support, and keep buying local. We can see how strong the downtown has become in just a few years, driven by local entrepreneurs and supporters, and we need that kind of economic growth in all of our neighborhoods (as you know!). Recent news of the Target layoffs reminds us that nationwide, business is moving from big box stores to online sales. But when you buy from a local business, your money stays in your community, circulating from store to accountant to restaurant to non-profit and around again. That’s what creates jobs that stay here.

I’ll see you around town!

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