Small Business Saturday Cash Mob total dollars spent rounded to the nearest dollar: $4,250.00
*”Ripple-effect” from those dollars being spent locally on Small Business Saturday: $7,012.50!!
Thanks for your support!
American Express began the effort in 2010 and its website boasts that more than 100 million people came out to support independently owned businesses last year.
Today’s event has several area retailers celebrating by bringing consumers extended hours, discounts, special events and the like, to encourage holiday shopping at small businesses.
Brad Eastman, owner of home specialty shop E.I. Home, 4453 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, said he was overwhelmed by the amount of people who came out for the event last year.
Retailers hope the third time will be a charm as they prepare for Small Business Saturday, the shopping season’s celebration of small boutiques and mom-and-pop stores.
In 2010, Small Business Saturday was a nonevent for customers of Lavish Body and Home in downtown Scranton. Lavish was busy, but no one really knew about Small Business Saturday.
Last year, Lavish co-owner Jonathan Chernes said a good number of people came to the store solely because it was Small Business Saturday. This year, more people are talking about it, he said.
“Merchants have gotten together, there is buzz in social media, and ever more advertising on television,” Mr. Chernes said.
The fun begins on Black Friday with Door Prizes and Specials all day. Then, come wind down with us and share your Shopping Stories in a relaxing, no pressure atmosphere at our monthly Fourth Friday Event. You’ll enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or iced tea along with a selection of fine cheeses – just what you’ll need to melt away the stress of the Big Box stores.
The festivities continue on Small Business Saturday! From 10:00 am until noon, meet Nadia Beck, designer and owner of the Grey Button clothing line. Enjoy free coffee, tea and sweets as you get to know Nadia and the ins & outs of the fashion biz! The new look of Avon arrives at noon until 3:00 pm. If you haven’t seen what Avon’s been up to lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Avon offers so many gifts – truly something for everyone – that you can sit and shop while you snack on lite refreshments. Door Prizes and Deals throughout the day!
The Pottstown Buy Local Committee invites you to kick-off your LOCAL holiday shopping by joining us for
A POTTSTOWN CASH MOB – Hometown Holiday Style
To participate in this Cash Mob, please visit the PDIDA office located at 17 N. Hanover Street (Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority) at the beginning of your shopping (any time from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm) to receive your “Shop Local” cash mob sticker, a map of the Downtown Pottstown Shopping District and detailed instructions on how to play Buy Local’s “Where In The World is Captain Buy Local and Small Biz” game while you shop throughout downtown Pottstown! (There will be prizes!!) When you are finished with your cash mob shopping, please return your game entry with the approximate amount of money spent by you and your family during the Cash Mob to either the PDIDA office or Grumpy’s – 137 East High Street, Pottstown, PA.
*Special offers and holiday treats will be offered to Cash Mob participants throughout the day by various merchants.
**Captain Buy Local and his trusty sidekick Small Biz will be popping in throughout the day to check in on progress of the holiday Cash Mob!!
For more details on holiday events offered in the Downtown Pottstown Shopping District, including the very cool Hometown Holiday Raffle, please visit:www.facebook.com/pdida.pottstown
PS – SPREAD THE WORD!! The Pottstown Buy Local Committee encourages you to invite all of your local friends and family to join in on the “cash mob” fun in Pottstown on Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2012!
A group of concerned citizens staged a peaceful demonstration at the corner of South Hanover Street and College Drive this afternoon to raise awareness about the problems that are plaguing our society and Pottstown. Occupy Pottstown is a diverse group of people brought together by the desire to promote social change. The group varied in size over the nearly three-hour demonstration and included all age ranges. A few dozen people came and went during the demonstration; with several people joining the group after getting home from work. One person left early to go to work. Contrary to what some believe, most people in Occupy Pottstown are employed and a good percentage are homeowners in the borough.
The majority of people driving by had two reactions: a. they just looked or b. they blew their horns in support! There were a few who yelled clever things out their window like “get a job”, but they were a small minority.
The news media turned out to cover today’s event. A reporter and photographer from the Fishwrap were present along with someone from Channel 69.
The next rally will be Saturday, November 27th aka Small Business Saturday, in downtown Pottstown. Occupy Pottstown is looking to support downtown Pottstown merchants. The rally will be from 10am until noon.
Here are some pictures from this afternoon’s demonstration.