By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Downtown Tupelo retail merchants are having a spring open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
It’s the first time the merchants have had an open house in the spring. Kim Caron of Caron Prince Gallery said she hopes to make it an annual event.
The 12 participating merchants will have free refreshments and special sales, with an emphasis on merchandise for Easter.
The participating merchants are Caron Prince Art Gallery, GumTree Museum, HIS HERS Antiques and Collectibles, Kirksey Brothers, Ladybug’s, Luxe, MLM Clothiers, Monogram It!, The Main Attraction, Swirlz, Voe’s and Yellow Lovebirds.
The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is planning a cash mob in conjunction with the open house.
The “cash mob” idea started in Ohio and plays off of the popularity of “flash mobs.” The group is set up via Facebook and Twitter. Flash mobs started by having people gather at the last minute to do something silly, like dancing in malls or singing in subway cars. The cash mob idea was started as a way to support local businesses.
Founder Andrew Samtoy has identified Saturday as National Cash Mob Day and thinks there are about 200 mobs scheduled for that day. Each one is different, he said in an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal.
Daphene Hendricks is the coordinator of Tupelo’s cash mob and Main Street’s marketing coordinator. Tupelo’s event will be Sunday at 2 p.m., with the group first meeting outside the Main Street office at 108 South Broadway.
Participants in the cash mob are asked to show up and commit to spend $20 at the selected store. Hendricks said the store will be selected from one of the open house merchants.
The store will be announced at 2 p.m. and then the mobbers will head there and spend $20 each. Then, Hendricks said, they’ll head to a downtown restaurant to socialize.
For more information, go to the mob’s Facebook page (Downtown Tupelo Cash Mobs) or follow it on Twitter (@DTTupeloCM).