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Chicago Cash Mob Boosts Local Business, Artists

Januar 4, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The ‘cash mob’ movement, which supports local, independent businesses, hit Chicago Wednesday.

Like flash mobs, the word is spread using social media. The idea is to help the local economy.

Business is normally a bit slow on a Wednesday evening after the holidays. But the cash register was humming at the Andersonville Galleria as customers browsed the store’s artwork, the products of nearly 100 local artists.

“The idea is just to support businesses by getting a group together, kind of like a flash mob and kind of have that same fun sense of getting people together and coming to support a local business,” said Joanne Forster-Coffin, Cash Mob organizer.

Forster-Coffin sent out Twitter messages and created a Facebook event page to draw shoppers to Chicago’s first cash mob event.

Following the inspiration of similar events in other cities around the country, shoppers are encouraged to show up at a locally owned store at a specific time, spend at least $20, then head to a local pub to celebrate.

“It’s one of those things you hear about and you’re kind of surprised it didn’t happen before,” said Joshua Heffernan, participant.

“I was thinking a candle. I need a new one,” said another participant.

For store owners, the cash mob movement provides a nice boost. But on Wednesday night, the group gave a boost to numerous other local artists whose work the Andersonville Galleria carries.

“I really appreciate that, people that support local artists like us,” said Rossana Refornado, photographer.

“With the cash mob coming here, they are supporting the Andersonville Galleria, but they are really supporting 90 stores, because we are 90 stores under one roof,” said Ken Puttbach, store owner.

The group included about 18 shoppers Wednesday night. They estimate they added about $400 to the store’s bottom line. They are already planning their next event sometime within a month or so.

Organizers cite studies that show more of the money spent supporting locally owned stores rather than big chains tends to stay in the community.

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A Plea From a City Boy, Moved South, Moved Back Home

I grew up in Illinois and it has always  been, always will be and now once again is my home.  You see, I moved down to Georgia in 2006 for a job opportunity.  Chicago once again became home just a couple months ago.  I enjoyed my time in Georgia.  I lived just north of Atlanta in a city called Roswell where I bought my first home.  I met what I would consider to be life-long friends, explored the land, experienced Southern food, met fell in love with Southern girls, found an appreciation for country music, and did a little suburban farming.  I will always love and miss Georgia and she will always have a fond place in my heart.  It just wasn’t home.  Naw…this fine state of Illinois, or how they pronounce it in the South Illinois-sss (I’d always correct them) is a place I’m proud to say I was born and raised and where I call home!

Did you catch the part where I mentioned suburban farming?  I had a mini pot bellied pig named Pancakes as an indoor pet and had backyard chicken hens.  The hens were Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, and Rhode Island Reds.  I lived in a neighborhood where I was President of our Homeowner’s Association which may have helped out a little bit.  You see, technically I was a little shy of the property acreage required to have “backyard chickens”.  Even had code enforcement stop out at the house a couple times, but I assured him I had the space…I guess he never looked into it further.

I digress…

Figured that background info might grab your attention.  Look, the point I’m trying to make is that I truly do believe in buying local foods, I mean…in my backyard, not more than twenty feet away from my gorgeous in-ground swimming pool I had flippin’ (that’s a Southern Belle’s word for the f-word that Northern girls use) chickens and enjoyed fresh eggs daily…doesn’t get much more local than that.  I also had vegetable and fruit gardens in my backyard.  I grew as much and had as much “livestock” as I possibly could and what I couldn’t produce myself, I bought locally.  The benefits of buying from local Illinois food markets are endless.  It goes beyond just the nutritional value of the food purchased.  It extends to helping out the entire local community.  That’s what this website is about and as such, I wanted to share with you an article I came across about why you should buy food locally grown here in the great state of Illinois.

The article can be found on the Farm Direct website and is titled “Why Buy Local Foods” if you click here you will be directed to the article.  I hope that upon reading it, you might be encouraged to buy food grown here in Illinois by fellow Illinoisans to help Illinois families, our community, and our economy.  Buy Illinois Business!

Below is one of my proudest moments…my first eggs!  See, I wasn’t fibbing…this city boy moved South really did have backyard chickens.