Local shoppers are being asked to flock to a downtown business Wednesday as part of Create Buckhannon's first-ever "Cash Mob."
Main Street Gallery will be the first beneficiary of the gathering. Shoppers are asked to take $25 to the store between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The store on East Main Street offers handmade glass products, West Virginia jewelry, wood carvings, photographs and much more.
"It's going to be a win-win for everyone involved," Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau director Laura Meadows said. "Main Street Gallery sales will benefit, each artist displayed in Main Street Gallery gets extra promotion, and our community has the opportunity to support small, local business."
Create Buckhannon, a grassroots group of local residents, has been discussing the idea of a "Cash Mob" for some time, Meadows said. The group plans to stage similar events each month at various local merchants.
"We all jumped into planning our first 'Cash Mob' in Buckhannon," she said. "We plan to 'Cash Mob' The Market Bistro some time in June. We haven't finalized anything after that, but I'm sure this will be an ongoing event for other small businesses."
The origins of "Cash Mobs" trace back to the "Flash Mob," where people assemble at specific locations for brief times for entertainment or other purposes. The first-ever "Cash Mob" site is debated between the cities of Buffalo and Cleveland. Buffalo organizers claim to be the first such event when residents assembled at a local wine shop. Cleveland's claim comes from organizing an event at a local bookstore.