UPDATE: The Manitou Cash Mob has been cancelled for this evening. It's been tentatively rescheduled for July 9 at noon, but follow the Facebook event page for information.
——- ORIGINAL POST: 2012-06-25 10:17:57 ——-
As fast as it took to tweet it, the idea for a cash-mob in Manitou Springs on Wednesday is taking off. (For the uninitiated, Wikipedia tell us, "a cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business and all buy items from that business.") It comes in response to the mandatory evacuation that the town's residents, including Indy staffers, experienced due to the threat of the Waldo Canyon Fire.
And Lord knows the area could use it — it's the middle of tourism season, and the Fourth of July weekend is often one of the busiest times for area merchants. People likely will still be cobbling things back together in the next couple days, but by Wednesday should be able to handle the fury of goodwill of which the Pikes Peak region has shown itself to be capable. For example, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado brought in 92,000 pounds of food, and $15,000 — in about one day.
So go forth into the city of happy hippies and spend your dollars. (Facebook event-page here.) Buy their coffee, and chainsaw art, and pottery, and consider what these past few days have shown about local generosity. If it was your town, Manitou folk would buy your stuff.