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Mobsters wanted for local hit

Morrison Chamber invites public to shop local – with a twist

Published: Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Corinne Bender

MORRISON – It’s a Shop Local incentive with a fun little twist.

The Morrison Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public, and its members, to flash mob a local business by committing to show up en masse May 3 and drop at least a 10-spot at the establishment.

“We target the small, local businesses that make our community special in order to give the business owners an economic stimulus,” Corinne Bender, Morrison Chamber of Commerce administrator, wrote in an email announcing the program.

“We help businesses grow, we make people happy, we get stuff for ourselves, and we have a great time!”

Bender got the idea while attending a recent economic development conference. Aledo Main Street has had a good bit of success with such flash mobs, she said.

Here’s how it will work:

Every few months, a chamber member business will be chosen. Mostly retail shops and restaurants will be targeted, since the mobsters must be able to spend as little as $10.

The businesses will know a week ahead of time that it’s their turn, because they might need to add more help that day, but they can’t spill the beans. Part of the fun will be the surprise of finding out where mob members are going, Bender said.

On May 3, mobsters will meet at 11 a.m. at the chamber office, 221 W. Main St., where they will learn which business is getting targeted.

The “hit” will last from 11:15 to noon. Disguises are optional, although dark glasses and fedoras might be spotted in the crowd.

“This is a great way to shop local, have fun, and send a message loud and clear that we need to keep our G’s in town,” Bender wrote in the email.

Contact her at morrisonchamber.com or 815-772-3757 for more information.

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