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Downtown Lincolnton prepares for mob scene

AMANDA SEBASTIANO
Staff Writer

About 55 patrons have responded to The Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton, Inc.’s (DDA) mob scene scheduled for Saturday.
The DDA is hosting a “cash mob” as part of Independents Week – a national program that celebrates locally owned, independent businesses around the country. This weekend marks the first year the group has put together this type of event.
The focus is to encourage people to shop at local stores.
Festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Mayor John Gilleland and a discussion of the importance of independent businesses, at the DDA office in downtown Lincolnton.
Participants will then choose a business to “mob,” will all shop for about an hour and should plan on spending at least $10 at the chosen business. A celebratory lunch at Court Street Grill in Lincolnton will follow the shopping spree.
The event is part of a series of events hosted by the group this month, July 1-14, in honor of Independence Day.
The DDA will also host the Find Your Independents Scavenger Hunt, and the Shop Local Challenge – all efforts are in hopes of strengthening support for the local economy and the small businesses in the county, Lincolnton’s Business and Community Development Director Brad Guth told the Times-News Thursday.
Those interested should respond to the event prior to attending, and will meet at the DDA office, 114 East Main St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 736-8915.
“This will hopefully show the impact of shopping local,” Guth said. “Downtown Lincolnton probably has the highest concentration of independent businesses in the county.”

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