Duluth’s first ‘cash mob’ supports local business Saturday, March 24Flash mobs have the element of surprise and fun: you’re minding your own business in a public space when, all of a sudden, several people — mobs, actually — begin dancing or singing in unison. Last summer, song-and-dance flash mobs broke out at malls and other venues all over the nation, including Duluth’s Sidewalk Days.
By: Budgeteer News Staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
Flash mobs have the element of surprise and fun: you’re minding your own business in a public space when, all of a sudden, several people — mobs, actually — begin dancing or singing in unison. Last summer, song-and-dance flash mobs broke out at malls and other venues all over the nation, including Duluth’s Sidewalk Days.
The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off Duluth’s first “cash mob” Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. The group will meet outside Little Angie’s Cantina in Canal Park and walk to the destination shop.
What is a cash mob? “Combine the popular concept of a flash mob with the growing model of Small Business Saturdays,” a Duluth Chamber of Commerce press release explained, “and you’ll create an optimistic stimulus to the local economy.” A cash mob attracts a group of people armed with $20 bills to shop together at one independent, locally owned business. This not only supports local business, but also gives back by contributing a portion of the proceeds generated to a not-for-profit.
Saturday the 24th has been deemed “International Cash Mob Day,” with a goal of generating more than 200 organized cash mobs throughout the world, including support from Canada and Australia. While cash mobs gain momentum, Duluth is eager to hop on board.
The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to join
Duluth’s first cash mob
1 p.m. in Canal Park. “Come prepared to shop,” said Christina Brabeck, communications coordinator. After the mob spends its money, there are plans to enjoy chips and salsa, and a cool beverage together.
“Help us support local business,” added Brabeck, “and spread the word about with Facebook
[Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce] and Twitter [@CashMobDuluth]. Brabeck was a little reluctant to share too much with the Budgeteer, since part of the experience of a flash mob is the element of surprise. The goal is to gain momentum,” said Brabeck, “If we get the outcome we’re hoping for, we’re hoping to do this again.”