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First Ever Cash Mob Planned in Gulfport

Tuesday, April 10, 2012   (0 Comments)
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APRIL 11, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- LocalShops1 and Awake Pinellas are planning their fourth Cash Mob Saturday, April 21. It is the first cash mob ever organized in Gulfport.

The two community organizations are rounding up the troops and will go marching together to "invade" a local business -- Participants are encouraged to WEAR RED and SPEND GREEN (suggested that each one spends $10, but not required).

Adding a special twist to this Cash Mob, 10 percent of the proceeds will be given to Rebuild Together Tampa Bay, a nonprofit organization that rehabs homes in the region.

Where is the Mob going? It's a surprise!

Participants, known as Mobsters, are meeting at 1:45 p.m Saturday, April 21, at the corner of 28th Ave. S. and Beach Blvd. in Gulfport. Those who can't be there at the designated time are welcome to come anytime between 2-4 and LocalShops1 and Awake Pinellas representatives will be on location to direct them to the secret location.

"Cash Mobs help spotlight the importance of shopping locally," says Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder, "Studies show that ff every dollar spent at a local business, about 70 cents stays local. Of every dollar spent at a national corporation, less than 40 cents stays local."

Past Cash Mobs organized by LocalShops1 and Awake Pinellas have taken place at Haslam's Bookstore, Craftsman House and ARTPool Gallery, all in St. Petersburg. They are part of a growing movement of mobs sprouting up in cities all over the nation.

For more information about Cash Mobs and to nominate a business for a future Mob, go to or contact Ester Venouziou at or 727-637-5586.