Kitimat held its first Cash Mob on Saturday, May 24th. 7 people came out to support a local business, not knowing what the business would be in advance. At 1:00, the envelope was opened and the Business was revealed to be the Penny Candy Store.
“I think it's easy to forget that Kitimat has a lot of retail, especially since we don't have the large box stores that Terrace does. The Cash Mob is basically a way of focusing direction back on the community and just reminding us, myself included, that there are a lot of things to buy locally that don't require a day trip out of town,” said Cameron Orr, the organizer of the event.
The idea to have a Cash mob came from an example in Chilliwack. A group of people got together to support a restaurant owner who had received hateful emails. Orr stated he was interested in the idea of organized shopping and saw how Kitimat could benefit from the same thing.
If everyone who participated in the Cash Mob invested $15, then a local business has $105 infused into their business. The businesses Orr picks will be locally owned. The Penny Candy Store in City Centre Mall was certainly a good pick for the first mob as it is certainly one of Kitimat’s more unique stores.
In addition to Candy, the Penny Candy Store sells toys, British Food, scrapbooking material, trading cards and party favours and supplies. They are official dealers for several companies and hold Magic the Gathering Tournaments every two weeks. According to the store Owner, Bill Franklin, they are the largest supplier of Scrapbook material in the Northwest.
So where will the cash mob go next month. Orr said it will be a restaurant because he wants to alternate between a local business and a local restaurant every month. Further information will be on the Cash Mob Facebook Page found by clicking this paragraph.