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'Cash Mob' takes over Downtown Tyler business

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Early Friday morning, members of a cash mob got together and charged their way towards the Downtown Coffee Lounge in Tyler.

Once inside, members of the cash mob began purchasing coffee and other items.

"It's our way of supporting small, locally owned businesses," said Beverly Abell with the City of Tyler Main Street Department.

She says that a cash mob is similar to a flash mob. But, instead of doing a dance or other activity at a specific time and location, a cash mob spends money.

The cash mob trend started on the East Coast and made its way across the country.  But, members of this cash mob say money spent in Downtown Tyler is why they're here.

They hope to encourage more spending at locally-owned businesses in downtown.

"People are loving this idea, you know? It doesn't take much time and it doesn't take much money to be able to make a difference," said Abell.

"We need it. It's definitely icing on the cake," said Downtown Coffee Lounge Owner Kimberly Mabry.

The cash mob plans to visit another business very soon.

The cash mob was organized by the City of Tyler Main Street Department and Heat of Tyler Inc.

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