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Downtown gets mobbed

Mission’s first Cash Mob visited Murdoch’s Book Shoppe and The Sweet Spot Saturday afternoon. - Bob Friesen photo
Mission’s first Cash Mob visited Murdoch’s Book Shoppe and The Sweet Spot Saturday afternoon.
— image credit: Bob Friesen photo

More than 40 people crowded downtown streets Saturday, taking part in the first ever Cash Mob event in Mission.

With $20 in hand, the mob met at the Olde Raverty Mall on First Avenue and filed into Murdoch’s Booke Shoppe to spend their cash.

The idea of a cash mob is based on the flash mob concept, only this promotes socializing and supporting local businesses, explained Ronda Cushnie, executive director for the Mission Downtown Business Association, which organized the event. “Downtown gets mobbed in a good way.”

After the shopping trip, the crowd enjoyed a cup of coffee and conversation at The Sweet Spot across the street.

“It’s a great way to meet people and make connections,” said Cushine, noting many people came alone for the experience. “There was trepidation at first, but in the end, everybody left as friends.”

The DBA will be coordinating a cash mob every month to promote shopping downtown. The stores visited will only be revealed on event day. The next cash mob is scheduled for Feb. 16. The meeting location is the walkway by Magnolia’s on First Avenue.

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