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Cash mob plans hit on downtown Mount Clemens

Lovers of the Clem, downtown Mount Clemens, are mobilizing -- via the Internet and social media sites, a cash mob to hit local businesses this Saturday.

The cash mob concept, believed to be started about a year ago in Buffalo and Cleveland, says Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority director Arthur Mullen, functions like a flash mob, which uses social media to bring together dancers to perform in a surprise location.

However, cash mobs bring their money and their support to local business in an effort to give a boost to businesses' bottom lines and publicity to the buy local movement.

The object of the Clem's cash mobsters is Tis Country, 55 Macomb Place, a gift shop and boutique of countrified home and personal items. Mobsters will spend at least $10 there and are invited to a post-mob party and $2.50 burgers at Detroit Pub, 76 Macomb Place, where there will also be food and drink specials.

The mob runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and anyone is invited.

A second cash mob has been set for March 24, National Cash Mob Action Day, at Gemini Moon, a purveyor of metaphysical and spiritual products and services. The after mob happens at Madison’s Pub.

"Cash mob organizers wanted to create a new way to support and draw attention to independent business owners, Mullen says. "Their goal is to have cash mobs make an actual difference for small business owners during this tough economy."

Source: Arthur Mullen, director Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine
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