Cash Mob program targets Hilltop

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Oysters are among the items that can be found on the menu at Hilltop.


Want to make a “scene” at a local business?

The Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce is asking locals to do just that Thursday night.

The first ever “Cash Mob” will be held Thurs., May 31, at Hilltop Meat Co., from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

“A cash mob is like a flash mob,” said Chamber executive vice president Ashley Eiland. “It’s just the economic or chamber of commerce version of it.

“It’s to spur the local economy by inundating one local business at a time,” she said. “We’re asking that everyone spend $20. They’ll be a part of history, as it’s the first one we’ve done.”

Cash mobs are “in fashion” throughout the country, and serve as the people’s stimulus package to help small businesses.

“The mayor started seeing it on the Internet, and he wanted the chamber to try it,” Eiland said.

“We need to focus on our small businesses,” Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson said. “And this will shine a spotlight on buying local. Every little bit helps, and it’s a way to draw attention to the local economy in a fun way.”

“It’s a great thing to do in a group aspect and make it a party atmosphere,” Eiland said. “We’re going to do this once a month. We have enough businesses signed up that we think we can do it throughout the year. It’s for chamber members only. We’re also hoping it will grow the chamber.”

Cash mobs throughout the country have reported anything from doubling Saturday afternoon sales to seeing 600 percent increases over the previous weekend.

Dinner and drink will follow at Hilltop Seafood and Restaurant, but it’s Dutch treat, Eiland said.