Woonsocket's cash mobbers turned out in a force of about 50 Monday night to direct their spending power at the recently opened East Side Edibles, followed by dinner at The Burrito Company.
The event was hosted by the Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance and the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce. The Cash Mob idea is to get a large group of people together who agree to spend at least $20 at each venue.
"Here's how it works. Spend $20. Have fun. Meet new people," said Jeanne Budnick of Pepin Lumber, a member of the BVIBA, addressing the crowd of about 50 that had gathered at the parking lot across from Landmark Medical Center on Cass Avenue.
John Gregory, president and CEO of the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, said the day was his 25th anniversary with the chamber.
When the first location, East Side Edibles was announced, the crowd got excited. "I've been dying to see that," one woman said. People quickly got into their cars for the trip down the street to the shop.
The small venue had to let the customers inside in a staggered fashion, exchanging old customers for new as people made their purchases and left. The interior got crowded, but the clerks kept the crowd at capacity.
Owner Paula Paulette happily rang up purchases as smiling cash mobbers cycled through the shop.
Afterwards, the crowd headed to the Burrito Company for dinner.