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Tucsonan uses "cash mobs" to boost local economy and encourage people to shop locally

Posted at 9:34 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 01:25:57-04

A Tucsonan is taking the term "flash mob" to heart by starting a "cash mob" in the city to boost the local economy.

Every month Kirsten Cummins posts a poll on her Facebook group "Cash Mob-Tucson, AZ" to select a date and local business to visit the next month.

She says she then leaves it up to members to decide where to mob next. 

"I love trying new things. I love seeing new things. I am a very curious person and there are so many places in town... this is an opportunity to feed that curiosity," she explained.

The group has been around for four years and in the past month just recently taken off.

She says the group has doubled their member list and local businesses are appreciative of the foot traffic. 

Last month the cash mob visited Teresa's Mosaic Cafe near Silverbell and Grant.

"When we found out there was a cash mob I opened up the books and noticed there were about 100 to 125 more extra people that came in from the years before and the years and month before," said David Matias, owner of Teresa's Mosaic Cafe. "I think they brought us luck to also because since that say we have been steadily been getting a little bit busier every day."

Cummins says she is happy the group is taking off. The next mob will be at La Indita on August 20th. 

To join the Facebook group "Cash Mob-Tucson, AZ," click here.