Locals organize cash mob on Puritas

Two local ladies have organized a cash mob for Young’s Jewelry and the Eyeglass Hospital, both located in the same unit at 14033 Puritas Avenue.  The purpose is to infuse family businesses with cash as a way to spur economic development on Puritas Avenue.  It takes place Saturday, December 15, 2012.

This cash mob is the result of  Theresa Quint of the Puritas neighborhood.  She brought a long list of ideas to the BPDC Community Idea Mob at the Denny’s on W. 150th after the 11th Annual Neighborhood Summit.  She has a passion for this neighborhood, having gone to elementary school and lived most of her life here.  Anna Melendez of the Neighborhood Summit planning team, which also planned the follow-up Community Idea Mob, joined Theresa to bring her economic development idea to fruition.

More information about the cash mob can be found here on their flier: http://bpdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Cash-mob-flyer.pdf.

The cash mob idea has roots in Cleveland, however according to www.cashmobs.com, it did not start here:

Andrew Samtoy, an attorney at Dworken & Bernstein and member of the Bridge Builders Class of 2012 in Cleveland, OH, organized our first “Cash Mob” on November 16, 2011.  Although at the time we thought the name was original (and some in the media gave us credit for it), we later learned that the first gathering called a “Cash Mob” appears to have been held in Buffalo, NY, on August 5, 2011, and was organized by blogger, Christopher Smith.

More on Andrew Samtoy and the international cash mob movement he has inspired is here on cleveland.com: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/03/cash_mobs_orchestrated_from_cl.html.

BPDC is excited to see how this grassroots idea takes off here.


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