(WBNG Binghamton) An unexpected infusion of cash is usually welcomed by any downtown business, especially during the winter months. Increasingly, that support is coming in the form of a “Cash Mob”.
“It’s just like a Flash Mob, but instead of singing, dancing, or rioting, participants gather
downtown and agree to each spend at least $10 to $20 at a local, independent business chosen by the community,” says organizer and local resident Mark Kleszczewski. “As someone who works
with small and mid-sized businesses, I often see how they’re forgotten when retail giants expand.
So when I heard about Cash Mobs as a fun way to support Main Street, it really resonated with
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However, it’s not just about economics or buying items that are unique to the area, he adds. Each
participant or “mobber” is also encouraged to network with new people and meet up for food and
drinks at a nearby independent restaurant or bar, further increasing the local multiplier effect.
Oneonta’s first Cash Mob event – scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 12th at 5:15 p.m.
- is also being supported and promoted by local stakeholders including the City of Oneonta
Mayor’s Office, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS), Main Street Oneonta (MSO),
and the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.
Participants will meet at the connector between Main Street and the Oneonta parking garage,
shop at the winning retailer, then go over to celebrate over drinks and snacks at the B Side
Ballroom and Supper Club (located at the Clinton Plaza) at approximately 6:00 p.m.
“With Mardi Gras that day and Valentine’s Day the same week, I’m hoping for a good turnout of
people to come down and support our Main Street, while having some fun,” says Kleszczewski.
For more information and to vote, visit www.facebook.com/OneontaCashMob or
www.surveymonkey.com/s/TFT5PYT or email your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only one vote per person. The name of the lucky location will be revealed this weekend on
Facebook www.facebook.com/OneontaCashMob and Twitter (@OneontaCashMob).