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Hey locals, Fountain Valley is gearing up for a cash mob every Friday to support our local businesses. Go to the secret location, spend $20 and leave with goodies!

Fountain Valley loves our mom & pop shops and to show it the city is organizing cash mobs to support struggling businesses through Covid-19.

Fountain Valley has done 20 successful cash mobs in the past with this round being led by Lynn Seeden, Fountain Valley Living Magazine photographer, Gigi Hart, Cash Mob Facebook Administrator, and Ann Marie Jones, Fountain Valley small business owner.


Fountain Valley isn’t new to cash mobs or supporting their local businesses. With over 20 cash mobs under the cities belts, the cash mob team is ready to execute.

The first cash mob of 2020 was at Yang’s donuts and the business made over $2,000 from the cash mob.

This Friday, May 29, the mob will be held at Heavenly Vintage Nursery. Come by the shop at 11 a.m. with your $20 and mob the store for cute cacti and more.

The first 30 participants will receive a FREE mini succulent and the first 20 people to spend $20 will be entered into a raffle for a prize.

After some retail therapy head on over to Tio Flacos Tacos and mob them from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Anne Marie Jones, Fountain Valley small business owner, said, “The original model of cash mobs is people run into the store in a mad fury of spending and then go eat and network. Because of quarantine we can’t necessarily do that so we changed it up to do it this way and safely.”

Why Cash Mobs

Cash mobs are a way for locals to come out and have some fun while supporting mom & pop businesses. Who doesn’t want to go out and be part of the community after four months of quarantine?!

But first…let me take a selfie! Social media is a great way to spread the news and gather more community members to the mob resulting in a better turnout for the business.

Cash mobs are MEANT to be shared all over social media! The more mobsters the better. Blow up your feed with selfies and snapshots of your cash mob haul, community members at the mob and new friends made (cash mob rules are you have to meet three people you don’t know!) Top off all those posts with #FVCashMob and share share share!

Teresa Razo, member of Fountain Valley Restaurant Association (FVRA) and owner of Cambalache Argentine and Italian Cuisine, has seen cash mobs in Fountain Valley in the past.

“The cash mob is the true example on how being together can make a major difference,” Teresa Razo said.

Cambalache’s Argentine and Italian Cuisine is always helping the community and doing fundraising outreach. Currently Teresa is spearheading the FVRA CARES fundraiser. A GoFundMe for graduating Fountain Valley seniors can be donated to to raise money for gift cards for seniors to Fountain Valley restaurants.

“”On behalf of Cambalache’s and our entire team, we just want to express how grateful and blessed we are for all the support that we have received. Thank you for taking care of us so that we can take care of others,” Razo said.

Get in on the Action

Cash mobs are a play on flash mobs in the sense that the community comes out all at once to one location for a limited time and mobs it…with cash. (You can dance if you want too though!)

Look for cash mob updates and schedule on the Fountain Valley Cash Mob Facebook. You can also nominate your favorite mom & pop shop for their own cash mob in the comments!

See if you can make it onto the live stream! The Fountain Valley Cash Mob Facebook is going live at each cash mob event. Show up and wave your bills in the air, then call your mom and tell her you were on TV!

Small businesses can be nominated for a cash mob or apply to be a part of the cash mob route. Currently nominations can be made on the Fountain Valley Cash Mob Facebook.

If you would like to be entered into the cash mob contact Anne Marie Jones on the Facebook Fountain Valley Cash Mob page or at 760-580-6285.

Cash Mob Rules

Grab $20 and get in line at the secret location from FV Cash Mob Facebook. Cash mob rules for mobsters is a suggested $20 purchase, donation or tip. Many mobsters buy products under $20 and leave the change.

Cash mob rules state businesses must be independently owned and locally operated, have products for $20 and under, must give back to the community in some way and the business owner is notified before the mob.

Also remember to bring patience, kindness and smiles! Businesses can get overwhelmed and might need a little extra time to make sure you have the best possible cash mob experience. Plus a smile can make anyone’s day!

Social distancing as well as masks are encouraged during cash mobs.

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