It's safe to say that yesterday was a good day for "Lucky You," a local decor shop that opened last October in Gilman Village.
was the first business chosen by the Young Issaquah Professionals (YIP) task force for a Cash Mob. The YIPs themselves, along with dozens of community members, came out in force to mingle, browse, and buy a little something from Denise Jensen's historically hip Issaquah business.
A Cash Mob is a group of people who congregate at a locally-owned business and infuse their collective cash into the local merchant’s register. The day, time and location of a Cash Mob are conveyed via social media and the mobbers are simply required to show up, have a good time and shop. In most cases, Mobbers are asked to spend around $20 each, but any amount will do.
The YIP group had fun with the concept, designating Mob Bosses to gather support and giving away prizes at the event. Elements Therapeutic Massage was on hand giving complimentary chair massages as happy shoppers milled about.
Jensen said the Monday morning crowd represented a welcome boost, and great marketing for the young business.
"We are excited because we see familiar faces and new faces," she said.
Rather than find out the morning of the event, Lucky You, and the community, received notice of the Cash Mob location last Thursday, giving everyone a little time to prepare and get excited.
"We've been really supported by the community here," Jensen said.
Nate Perea, director of membership development for the chamber, said the group hopes to hold the event monthly, focusing on a different local business each month.
With time short to plan the inaugural mob, the YIP group selected the first business to be mobbed, but Slade said in the future, the YIPs likely will involve the community in the selection process through voting on its Facebook and other social media.