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#BuffCashMob Nominations February 2012

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Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you like social media? Are you someone who digs doing cool stuff with cool people? Do you love supporting local small business? Well, welcome to the #BuffCashMob! We’ll be mobbing the next business sometime between 17-22 February. The date and time depend on what business you choose to receive a visit from the mob.

This little Buffalo-born idea has now spread to 44 cities and has made it all the way to Canada and England. It’s kind of a thing. In Buffalo alone, we’ve generated nearly $10,000 of revenue for local businesses while garnering dozens of news stories which help grow the customer base for these plucky little entrepreneurs. Pretty cool, right? Still not sure what a CashMob is? Well, click here for the background.

This is a tough economy and many small businesses in Buffalo and WNY are looking for ways to increase cash flow. That’s where we, the organized social media denizens of Western New York, come in. These businesses are rebuilding this city and working to make it a better place and we should return their investment with one of our own.The goal will be to get ~100 people to “flash mob” a local establishment and spend $10-$20 each on the goods and services offered. No discounts, no coupons, no special deals. Just support our local merchants by spending $10 in their place of business.

Think of it as a reverse-Groupon. Instead of businesses offering crazy discounts to get people to mob their stores, the Buffalo hivemind is going to take the initiative and spend money for goods & services at posted prices. The best way to promote and grow Buffalo business is to support and patronize them.

In previous months, we’ve mobbed City Wine Merchant, Lloyd Taco Truck, Village Beer Merchant, and Chow Chocolat.

Where will we go this time? It’s up to you!

Step 1: Nominate your favorite business in the comments section of this post, on Twitter using the hashtag #BuffCashMob, on our Facebook Page, or you can email me at chrissmithbuffalo@gmail.com

Step 2: Tell your friends about it and ask them to also submit their nomination.

Step 3: After I receive all the nominations, you’ll be asked to vote for one of the top three nominees.

Step 4: Come out and mob with us!

I’d prefer you choose businesses who are members of  Buffalo First! as every member of the organization is a certified, locally-owned business. Their full, sortable, and searchable membership listing can be found by clicking here.

Last month’s runners-up were (in no particular order), The Broadway Market, Westside Stories, GiGi’s, Explore and More Children’s Museum, and The Sterling Tavern.


  • Drew Ludwig

    West Side Stories

    • Alan Bedenko

      Given that Mayor Brown today signed the Food Truck legislation into law, I’d like to nominate a Buffalo Cash Mob: Food Truck lunch edition. We’d invite any local food truck that’d like to participate, and that has obtained a city permit to vend, to line up at Canal Side for a lunchtime truck mob cash mob. I have sought and obtained approval from ECHDC to hold such an event at Canal Side.

  • Tom Macklin

    Paula’s Donuts

  • Juicy Lucy

    Explore and More! How about a membership drive?

  • Dave Winnert II

    Thin Ice ! A locally-owned shop, the wares of which made by many local artists! Prices range from less than $10 to a couple hundred, but there is something for everyone…

  • Danielle

    Lake Effect Ice Cream!!

  • The businesses in the rt 219 corridor in springville affected by the bridge closure.

  • mike

    “Home of the Hits” on Elmwood.

  • lillian

    Urban Roots and Five Points Bakery.

  • Laura

    Thin Ice!

  • BUDWEY’S 😛

  • Jack Francis

    Don’t know if I can put in two nominations, but another one for Paula’s Donuts and one for Thin Ice.

  • Sweetness 7.

    Here’s overwhelming evidence in support of their deserving of this honor –
    http://www.thegoodneighborhood.com/2012/02/03/prishs-dish-you-can-always-depend-on-the-kindness-of-good-neighbors/

  • A progressive Cash Mob: GiGi’s AND Paula’s Donuts. Double-good for the soul — and double-whammy for the heart. Portable defribs at hand.

  • Animal Outfitters on Elmwood,
    Lake Effect Ice Cream

  • mike in buffalo

    salam at market on broadway

  • Rebecca

    Five Points Bakery or Paula’s Donuts! So sad I missed the other Cash Mobs! I only heard about the Chow Chocolat one.

  • Andrew Delmonte

    Gigi’s!

  • Kristina

    Record Theatre, 3500 Main Street
    http://www.recordtheatre.com

  • tamara

    Thin Ice

  • Tara Gift Shoppe! 31+ Years strong on Abbott Rd in the heart of the Irish Heritage District

  • Sean C.

    I nominate Eric Star Child and his wonderful jewelry …. just kidding

  • Kelli

    Spoiled Rotten on Elmwood Ave.

  • Kate

    I vote Broadway Market again!

  • Jeremy

    I nominate the Western New York Book Arts Center!

  • Chris Martin

    How about a dining mob at Acropolis? Show the owner some support as he fights Elmwood Village NIMBYS!

  • Tom

    Old Editions Book Shop and Cafe on Huron

  • PC

    I second Tom. Old Editions. They’ve earned and deserve the support!

  • Hyzy

    Caz Coffee & Dog Ears Book Store – same building two great businesses

  • Record Theatre. Again.

  • Terry

    I second the WNY Book Arts Center. They have a very cool shop.

  • How about anyplace where we don’t end up consuming mass quantities. I’m on a diet, man….

  • janice

    WNYBAC

  • Jax

    I third the WNY Book Arts Center (http://wnybookarts.org/) – WNYBAC is not only a super-doop site for art and education, but their gift shop is packed with cool books, strange finds, and an enjoyable stash of fancy hand-made posters & cards – some even Buffalo-related! =D

  • Celeste

    WNYBAC!!!!! Cool place, with awesome people working there.

  • Nicole

    WNYBAC!!!

  • Justin

    WNY Book Arts Center on Washington & Mohawk!!

  • Tom McManus

    Acropolis, we should pack that place and support a good neighbor.

  • Patrick Riedy

    WNY Book Arts Center!

  • Caitlin

    The Western New York Book Arts Center! (WNYBAC) Only the greatest of awesome places in the whole world! How can you top a gallery/printshop/gift store dedicated to the book arts? You can’t! http://www.wnybookarts.org

  • Ann

    WESTERN NEW YORK BOOK ART CENTER

  • Donna Finney

    Thin Ice on Elmwood. Love that shop!

  • Village Beer Merchant was great. Why not do it one of the Buffalo bars?