Youngstown Cash Mob marks second anniversary

With $20 in hand, the Cash Mob has taken a “hit” on local business. They plan to strike next at Re Arrangements on Feb. 22. Niki Pizzuto has the story…

The organizers of the Youngstown Cash Mob, (from left) Terry Escaro, Karen Schubert and Dan Matthews, met recently to designate a business for a “hit.” They decided Cash Mob members will visit the Re Arrangements store in Boardman on Feb. 22. (Niki Pizzuto/TheNewsOutlet.org)

The organizers of the Youngstown Cash Mob, (from left) Terry Escaro, Karen Schubert and Dan Matthews, met recently to designate a business for a “hit.” They decided Cash Mob members will visit the Re Arrangements store in Boardman on Feb. 22. (Niki Pizzuto/TheNewsOutlet.org)

The Youngstown Cash Mob is celebrating its second anniversary this month. One of the leaders, Dan Matthews, says they only shop in local stores.

MATTHEWS: There are local people in your town, who are your neighbors, who pay taxes, who send their kids to school with your kids. These people who pay their taxes support our local economy. You know, the big box stores don’t.

Organizer Karen Shubert says it’s a temporary help to store owners.

SHUBERT: In reality, a single day won’t make the biggest difference in the life of a business. It’s really going to take a steady stream of customers coming in.

Each “Cash Mobster” agrees to purchase $20 worth of merchandise, products, food or drink. This group hits local bars, restaurants, convenience, grocery and other stores.

MATTHEWS: I think any time you support a local business it’s something to be proud of.

Some of the venues attacked by the Cash Mob include V2 Wine Bar and Trattoria, Dorian Books and the Youngstown Farmers Market. You can read more about Youngstown’s Cash Mob on their Facebook Group.

For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Niki Pizzuto.

TheNewsOutlet.org is a collaborative effort among the Youngstown State University journalism program, The University of Akron, Cuyahoga Community College and professional media outlets including, WYSU-FM Radio and The Vindicator (Youngstown), The Beacon Journal and Rubber City Radio (Akron).

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