Over 30 people attended the first ever Northport "Cash Mob" sponsored by the Northport Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.
Everyone met at Main Street Cafe for drinks and food, where event organizer Chris Triolo announced that Artisan House would be "mobbed." With plenty of small trinkets in every corner of the store, it was no problem finding something delightful for $20, and many people walked away with bagfuls of scarves, lights, toys, signs, or jewelry plucked from the eclectic selection.
The register clanged away as Artisan House owner Kathie Kitts and her daughter rang up customer after customer. She said she was happy to have the business, but declined to reveal how much the mobbing brought in. "I think it's a great idea," she said of the cash mob, "I just wish it was sunny out!"
The rain didn't seem to put a damper on spirits, however, as the mob moved to Gunther's Tap Room for drink specials. Pete Gunther even put out a hot buffet for hungry mobsters.
Organizer Chris Triolo said he was inspired to bring the cash mob trend to Northport after seeing a news report on TV. He approached Debi Triola and Flemming Hansen with the Northport Chamber of Commerce, then created a Facebook Page in Jun. The event took off, with over 40 people RSVPing.
He said he hopes to hold the next Northport cash mob in January and every other month thereafter to help mom and pop businesses during the low season.
In order to be chosen for a mobbing, the business must belong to the Chamber and have a large selection of items at or under the $20 minimum purchase point; eligible businesses will then be chosen by a lottery. Each mobbing, Triolo said, will target three different businesses.
"We'll start off somewhere different, we'll mob somewhere different, and we'll end somewhere different," he said.
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