A Galewood resident is trying to rile area residents and get them to show up at local businesses in droves — but in a good way.
Bill Erickson, a property manager for Oak Park-based Green Plan Management, has been trying to incite "cash mobs" at local businesses for the past few months. What's a cash mob? The idea is similar to flash mobs, but instead of a group showing up at one spot to dance, instead they would spend $20 or so at a shop.
"It's about remembering to shop local, remembering how great our communities are, infusing local businesses with cash and avoiding the big boxes," he said.
So far, they've hit up Careful Peach Boutique and Green Home Experts in Oak Park, along with Blue Max Coffee in Forest Park. Erickson said the crowds have been somewhat small thus far, but enthusiastic. The next mob action is planned for Tuesday, 3 p.m., at Scratch 'n' Sniff, 120 N. Marion St. in Oak Park,
If you’re interested in getting involved, visit Twitter.com/LocalFlash, or Facebook.com/FlashLocal. The cash mobs have been taking place every week or so up to this point, but Erickson said they may scale it back to once a month in the future, to try and make each one more special.
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