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Cash Mob Alameda on May 20!

Do you support your local businesses? Are you a fan of the buy local movement? Then join us in a cash mob on Sunday, May 20 from 4pm - 5pm.

Inspired by national support local movements such as Project 3/50, Independent We Stand and Cash Mobs, high school sweethearts Marc and Mari aspire to unite the East Bay communities into creating a long-term shift from spending at national chains to supporting local businesses.  We created our Shift Local blog to  challenge and engage others and ourselves in developing a collaborative environment where East Bay residents and local businesses can partner up to build strong local economies. 

One of of the ways to get involved in enriching the East Bay is through participating in a cash mob. A cash mob is like a flash mob but instead of gathering together to dance, individuals gather to spend their cash to support a mom and pop shop. The general idea is to encourage people to go into independent and locally owned businesses and spend their money, en masse, to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus. 

Shift Local helped organized Cash Mob San Lorenzo  in March and now we are helping organize Cash Mob Alameda. “Cash Mob” an independent and locally-owned Alameda business on Sunday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cash Mob organizers chose Croll’s Pizza at 705 Central Ave. because of the owner’s commitment to buy local. Croll’s Pizza uses “all-natural and locally sourced” ingredients in their pizza and serves beer from local breweries.

If you would like to help publicize the cash mob or if you would like more information, check out our website, Facebook or follow @ShiftLocal on Twitter.

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Jaan Carter May 14, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I am 100% in favor of supporting local! Let's go, Alameda! ^_^
Jennifer McGaffey May 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I'm glad you're announcing it ahead of time, and I hope Croll's Pizza is aware. They're great, but it would be hard on both them and the Cash Mob customers (and their later customers!) if they run out of ingredients because of an unexpected surge of orders.
Mari Bandoma May 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Great point Jennifer! This was actually our concern as well so as soon as we decided which Alameda business to cash mob, we coordinated with Croll's. We are encouraging cash mobbers to pre-order food so Croll's knows how much pizza dough to prepare. We are also promoting the cash mob on Facebook (see https://www.facebook.com/events/229240730514616/) and we hope that those who are planning to attend RSVP so Croll's knows how much to expect. I hope to see you at Croll's on Sunday!
Mari Bandoma May 15, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Hi Jaan! Thank you for the support and looking forward to meeting you on Sunday!

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