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Shoppers organize cash mob in hopes of boosting small business

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Most people have heard of a flash mob, but now there's a new trend called a cash mob and it's helping small businesses all over the metro.

Pam King Has $10 in her hands and she knows exactly how she's going to spend it.

"I bought coffee over there, then put it in my car because it's kind of hot. Now I'm going to buy some chocolates," she said.

King is part of a new trend of people doing all they can to help small and locally-owned independent businesses. They are called Cash Mobs - basically a group of people who commit to spending a few dollars, all at one time at a small business.

Thursday the group hit, 50th Terrace and State Line Road and the small business owners were amazed by the idea.

"That's the cool thing: that somebody cared so much about small business in Kansas City to try and, you know, start something from the grass roots and build it up," said T. Jensen, the owner of Hi Hat Coffee, located at 5012 State Line Road.

"The interest has been phenomenal so yeah, we're having a great time," said Lori Owens, a flower shop owner.

It's an idea that's only been around since August. The cash mob movement was started in Buffalo, New York and this is believed to be the first of its kind ever in Kansas City.

"It's so easy for people to go into the big box stores and it's time that the little businesses get to have their say and start to get more revenue for themselves," said Burton Kelso, the KC cash mob organizer.

"Mom and pop shops have been the backbone of this country for years and years and they will continue to be and we need to help support them," said Richard Snyder, a cash mob shopper.

"People having the opportunity to come in and check out the businesses and it's going to create returning customers for sure," added another cash mob supporter.

Which is exactly what the small businesses are counting on.

The cash mob organizers already have another location picked out, although the date has not been determined. Organizers are hoping the movement grows.

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