Help a local Biz – first-ever Burien ‘Cash Mob’ will be this Saturday, March 24

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Help a local Biz – first-ever Burien ‘Cash Mob’ will be this Saturday, March 24
March 24, 2012
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March 20, 2012
Bison Creek Pizza
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630 SW 153rd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

In another effort to help B-Town’s economy, a group of people will be getting together to descend upon a business and spend $20 each this Saturday, March 24 in the first-ever Burien ‘Cash Mob’ event.

This event is open to all, and will begin at Bison Creek Pizza (630 SW 153rd Street) at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The general idea of a ‘Cash Mob’ is to encourage people to get together, then go into a small, local business and spend $20 each, en masse, and give the local business owner a little bit of economic stimulus.

“We’d help businesses grow, we’d make people happy, we’d get stuff for ourselves, have a great time, and maybe we’d get a drink to celebrate afterward,” reads a statement on their Facebook Page (if you haven’t already, be sure to “Like” them!).

Cash Mob Burien is a “top secret” group of highly-motivated locals, with a nod to the model from the original founders nationwide. However, we happen to know one of the founding members, who told us:

Saturday was chosen to do our first cash mob because it will be International Cash Mob day. Cash Mobs will be happening all around the world at the same time, helping small local businesses. No number of participants is too many.

We were the 2nd official Cash Mob in Washington and in the first 100 in the country.

Everyone is encouraged to spend $20 but more is welcome and if they want to be a part and are on a tighter budget, everything helps.

Mobbers will be easily identifiable in the community with Cash Mob Burien swag, which may include bright green arm/head/wherever you’d would like to wear them bands.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday, March 24 (we hope to see you there!):

  • 3 p.m.: Meet at Bison Creek Pizza in Burien. Bring $20 Cash (debit cards, and credit are cool too). Be ready to help a local business.
  • 3-3:15 p.m.: You will have 30 minutes to shop, and an additional 15 minutes to finish your final purchases.
  • 3:45 – 4:00 p.m.: We depart our secret Cash Mob location and trek back to Bison Creek to raise a glass and share a slice for a mob well done.
  • STAY TUNED!!! More details to come.

Here’s more about the Cash Mob concept:

Who Started Cash Mobs?
Andrew Samtoy, an attorney at Dworken & Bernstein and member of the Bridge Builders Class of 2012 in Cleveland, OH, organized our first “Cash Mob” on November 16, 2011. Although at the time we thought the name was original (and some in the media gave us credit for it), we later learned that the first gathering called a “Cash Mob” appears to have been held in Buffalo, NY, on August 5, 2011, and was organized by blogger, Christopher Smith.

Since then, Cash Mobs have been sprouting up all across the U.S., Canada, and around the world. While organized by many different groups of people, all appear to have the same goal in mind: to support local businesses that they love!

What are Cash Mobs?
The general idea is to encourage people to go into small, local businesses and spend their money, en masse, to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus. We’d help businesses grow, we’d make people happy, we’d get stuff for ourselves, have a great time, and maybe we’d get a drink to celebrate afterward.

Who Is/Are Cash Mobs?
“Cash Mobs” isn’t a political or social organization, a corporation, a movement, or meant to be an answer to economic crisis. By and large, those that organize Cash Mobs are simply people trying to make a positive impact on the businesses in their communities (and have fun while doing it)!

Here’s How It Works:

1) The Cash Mob date will be announced at least a week in advance via Facebook Events

2) The location at which to meet will be announced, but not the specific business to support. (Don’t worry, we’ll contact the business prior to our invasion to not completely catch them off guard.)

3) The amount to spend will not be more than $20, although people can spend more if they wish.

4) The business must be locally owned.

5) The business will hopefully be a short stroll to a locally-owned “watering hole”.(This includes, cafe’s, restaurants, lounges, breweries, wine bars, etc. After all, Burien is that cool that we have them all!)

6) Cash Mobbers must join us for celebratory beverage after the successful mob.

7) The cash mob will occur during the evening on a weekday or on a weekend.

8) Pictures will be posted to our Facebook after the Cash Mob.

At the mob, there are three rules:

  • Spend $20;
  • Meet at least three people you didn’t know before;
  • HAVE FUN!!!