Cash Mob Alert for Cottonwood Arizona!

Local First Arizona Sponsors Cottonwood Cash Mob
with the Old Town Farmers Market
Thursday, July 5, 5pm – 6pm

Cottonwood, Arizona (June 21, 2012) – Local First Arizona (LFA) is collaborating with the City of Cottonwood and the Old Town Farmers Market to bring Cottonwood it's first ever cash mob. The cash mob is a fairly recent phenomenon, having grown from the desire to show support for small, independent businesses. The idea is simple: gather a large group of people to descend on a business in a short time span, and have each person spend $20 in cash at that business.

“It's like a cash injection for a small, independent business,” says Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “Our goal is to bring the community together to support these great local businesses, especially in more rural areas outside of Maricopa County.”

“We wanted to bring the cash mob concept to the first Old Town Farmers Market of the season because it is a great way to put the focus on our local growers, food vendors, and craftsmen,” says Hezekiah Allen, coordinator for the Old Town Farmers Market. “We are excited to work with Local First Arizona on this initiative to gain support for the Verde Valley's independent businesses from people all over the state.”

Local First Arizona is planning a series of cash mobs in preparation of their annual summer event, Independents Week (July 1-7, 2012). Independents Week is a week-long celebration of independent businesses across the state of Arizona, where consumers will be able to use the Golden Coupon at participating LFA member businesses to receive 20% off of purchases. Cash mobs are also being planned for Mesa and Glendale in the Phoenix Metro area.

For more information on Independents Week and to see a list of participating businesses, visit The following Cottonwood and Verde Valley businesses are participating in Independents Week:

Crema Cafe & Courtyard | Nic's Italian Steak & Crab House
Pillsbury Wine Company | The Annabel Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Tavern Hotel | Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market

Event Details

What: Cottonwood Cash Mob sponsored by Local First Arizona

When: Thursday, July 5, 2012, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Where: 791 N. Main St. in Old Town Historic District, Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Rules: (1) Bring $20 (or whatever you can afford) in cash to spend at any of the vendors at the Old Town Farmers Market
(2) Have fun!

About the Old Town Farmers Market
This Cottonwood farmers market is operated by the City of Cottonwood and is located at 791 N. Main St. in Old Town Historic District Cottonwood, AZ 86326. The market features a unique and extensive selection of organic food, local specialties, fruits, crafts and vegetables from various local vendors. Hours are July-September, Thursdays, 5:00 p.m.- 9 p.m.

About Local First Arizona
Founded in 2003 by Director Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona (LFA) is the largest dues-paying alliance of independent businesses in the country, working to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. LFA educates citizens, stakeholders, business leaders, and legislators about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of strong local economies. Visit for more information and a directory of locally owned businesses.