Glendale's First Ever Cash Mob!



Local First Arizona Sponsors Glendale Cash Mob with
The Country Maiden and Papa Ed's Ice Cream
Thursday, June 28, 6pm7pm

Glendale, Arizona (June 4, 2012) – Local First Arizona (LFA) is collaborating with fellow LFA members The Country Maiden and Papa Ed's Ice Cream to host Glendale'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.”

Cheryl Kappes, owner of The Country Maiden, expressed enthusiasm for bringing the cash mob to Glendale: “I don’t think the average customer realizes how much difference a big group can make on a small business, spending just $20 each, especially during our long, hot summers.”

Linda Moran-Whittley, owner of Papa Ed's Ice Cream, agreed, saying, “Honestly, having Local First Arizona sponsoring the first Cash Mob in downtown Glendale is simply amazing.”

Following the cash mob, an after party is being hosted by the Gaslight Inn's Beer and Wine bar, just 1.5 blocks away. The address is 5745 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301.

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. Golden Coupons will be distributed to participants of the Glendale cash mob to use in the following week. Cash mobs are also being planned for Mesa and Tuscon, where Golden Coupons will be distributed as well.

For more information on Independents Week and to see a list of participating businesses, visit Papa Ed's Ice Cream and The Country Maiden are both participating in Independents Week.

Event Details

What: Glendale Cash Mob sponsored by Local First Arizona

When: Thursday, June 28, 2012, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: The Country Maiden and Papa Ed's Ice Cream are both located at 7146 N 58th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

Rules: (1) Bring $20 in cash to spend at either The Country Maiden or Papa Ed's Ice Cream (or both!)
(2) Remember to pick up a Golden Coupon to use at participating businesses during Local First Arizona's Independents Week
(3) Have fun!

About The Country Maiden
The Country Maiden is a primitive country store nestled in the heart of Downtown Glendale, Arizona, housed in a 1920's bungalow. Maple flooring and room setting displays add to the charm of their country store. Their displays are constantly changing to give our customers Inspiration for their own homes. They feature American Folk Artists Sew Be it! and Olive Rose, McCall's Country Candles, Crossroads Candles, Primitive country home decor, lots of signs and everyday gifts for friends and family. Visit for more information.

About Papa Ed's Ice Cream
Papa Ed's Ice Cream is an old fashioned ice cream parlor nestled behind a historic bungalow turned unique shop. Outdoor seating is available in a relaxing, beautiful garden setting. They serve a variety of 16 flavors of ice cream, including dairy free and sugar free flavors. Their menu even includes "Frosty Paws", frozen treats for dogs made by Purina. Cones, waffle bowls, dishes, and sundaes are all served with plenty of smiles. Visit for more information.

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.