Cash Mob benefits local women’s shelter

Cash Mobbers gather at the Claremore Main Street office prior to “mobbing” Second Impressions earlier this month.

Claremore Main Street’s Cash Mob is at it again — “mobbing” downtown Claremore and helping local businesses while doing so.

Cash Mob is bimonthly shopping ‘mob’ where participants get together and then, as a group, “mob” a downtown store chosen at random, spending $20 in that store. In a short, 45-minute period, hundreds of dollars are pumped into the local economy.

Additionally, the mob benefits a local nonprofit, usually voted on by the attendees. Last month, Cash Mob went to Second Impressions, a resale shop which directly benefits Safenet Services, a local women’s shelter.

As the business was already a nonprofit, 100 percent of the money spent directly went to benefit all Safenet does for Claremore families.

“What a boost for Second Impressions,” Safenet Executive Director Donna Grabow said. “With that boost, we are able to have transportation for residents of shelter and help with supplies for support groups.”

Safenet Services assists families of domestic violence, abuse and sexual assault with a safe haven to live, heal and thrive. It was established in 1991, and in the last 26 years has provided shelter and safety for more than 3,200 abused women and their children.

Second Impressions, 106 N. Cherokee, is a trio of stores that have furniture, books, knick knacks, and boutique (and designer) clothing, oftentimes, which as never previously been worn.

Grabow is herself a “mob” shopper, and she has found some of her favorite stores through Cash Mob. She said the bimonthly activity turns out to be a win for all:shoppers, stores and the nonprofits.

“Cash Mob is the best,” she said. “Spending $20 in local shops is a blast. Sometimes we just don’t take the time to go explore, and this is an opportunity to do just that with a great group of shoppers. The local businesses get a real boost in sales for the day. Plus, many new customers may be found.”

The Cash Mob was sponsored by Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority.

The next Cash Mob is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m., and will be under the sponsorship of Kevin Fortna, CPA.

To participate in Cash Mob in the future, e-mail Main Street at mainstreet@claremore.org.

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