On the heels of a very successful inaugural Cash Mob in April, The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a second Mob, planned during . The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, at 4 p.m. The lucky business being mobbed will be revealed on the group’s Facebook page on May 16.
A recently formed group of Chamber Members, known as Young Issaquah Professionals - or YIPpies - has been the mastermind behind orchestrating this extreme version of local shopping.
So what is a “Cash Mob?”
Simply put, 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 the 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. Last month, Issaquah Mobbers purchased almost $3,000 worth of merchandise from .
“The positive response from our first Cash Mob has been overwhelming” said Nathan Perea, Director of Membership Development for the Issaquah Chamber. “It’s become very clear that people are eager to help support our local merchants and have some fun in the process. It’s very exciting.”
The are led by their Chairwoman, Audrey Slade of Meadow Creek Business Center. “We’ll be trying different times, days and locations for our mobs.” said Slade. “Moving this mob to an early evening start time, will hopefully allow more people to take part at the end of their workday.”
Several businesses had either inquired or been nominated for consideration as the next Mob site. All the names that were submitted were reviewed and a choice was made by The YIPpies after a lengthy discussion.
“People who want to take part in our Cash Mobs can like our Facebook page to find out where we’ll be” said Perea.
The group can be found at www.facebook.com/CashMobIssaquah.
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