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County businesses participate in 'Cash Mob' shopping promotion

By Rebecca Barnhart-Allan
Do you know what a “Cash Mob” is? Neither did this reporter until she spoke to Chamber Member Terry Warden, who is organizing, along with other committee members, the very first Cash Mob in Johnson County. The event will begin this Saturday, Nov. 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. and will recur every Saturday, for six consecutive weeks, with the final day being December 8th.
“The premise of the event is to introduce local businesses to the local population and to promote the idea of shopping local,” explains Warden. The hope is to present a unique shopping experience and to promote this season’s holiday shopping through the many area businesses in Johnson County that a lot of people may not have formerly been aware of or thought of in the past as a place to buy their holiday gifts.
Every week, the “Cash Mob” will feature a different Johnson County business. Each participating business must be a current Chamber member. Shoppers who participate are asked to abide by three simple rules; 1.) Bring $20 and spend it; 2.) Have a good time; and 3.) Make a new friend. That’s it, and if you spend the $20 minimum, you will automatically be entered in that week’s drawing for a $50 cash prize. The odds of winning are pretty good with your chances being approximately 1 in 30. Each area business participating in the event has promised to have plenty of great gifts available that range in price from $20 and under. Shoppers benefit by being able to shop without having to drive long distances to bigger towns to purchase gifts and area businesses benefit with the much needed revenue during this trying economy.
The first Cash Mob on Saturday, November 3rd, will be held at True Value Hardware at 1107 South Shady Street, Mountain City, at 2:00 p.m.
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