Flat Black Coffee Cash Mob

Cash mobs seem to be all over these days, and on Saturday I attended my first cash mob at Flat Black Coffee in the Ashmont area of Dorchester. Not familiar with the concept of a cash mob? Basically, a group or person organizes a meeting for a certain date and time to “mob” a certain local business with cash. The organizer contacts the business in advance for permission and to make sure they are staffed, and then everyone goes and buys something from that business, giving them a great day of sales and exposure. In these tough economic times, it’s a fun way to support local business, and since I love my neighborhood, was excited to participate.

In this case, Cash Mob Dorchester was the organizer. Their first hit was the Sweet Place in Dorchester, and it led to the highest grossing day in the business’ history.

Flat Black Coffee

We arrived at Flat Black a little after the scheduled time of 11:00, and a small crowd was forming. Balloons decorated the coffee shop inside and out.

Flat Black Coffee

Flat Black is clean and cheerful, offers plenty of seating, and free wifi.

Flat Black Coffee

Their menu includes a good variety of options, including a Flat Black Coffee Wanderlust flight which allows customers to sample all three coffees of the day.

Flat Black Coffee

They also serve muffins, scones, bagels, croissants, and other breakfast treats.

Flat Black Coffee

We never really saw a mob, but we were still happy to check out a local business and to enjoy some delicious iced coffee on a nice day. I checked the Facebook follow up for the cash mob, and it seemed like it picked up a little later on.

There are lots of businesses who could benefit from the cash mob, and I am looking forward to the next one.

In the meantime, I know I am looking forward to a return to Flat Black and hoping they’ll decide to open a café in my part of Dorchester!

Have you ever been part of a cash mob? Do you have a favorite business in your area that you would nominate?

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Tags: coffee, Dorchester, local business

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    This is a very cool concept and great for local businesses!


  2. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Never heard of a cash mob, but I do like flat black – I think they even have a location downtown


  3. melissanibbles’s avatar

    That’s awesome. Very cool way to support local businesses!


  4. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    We tried hosting a Cash Mob a few weeks ago at Eversave in Columbus, and it was pretty successful. I’ll have to look for Cash Mobs up here – I’d love to attend one! It’s definitely a great program that helps promote local businesses.


  5. Daisy’s avatar

    I had never heard of a cash mob before, what a great idea. I really like flat blacks coffee, I’ve only been to the location in the financial district though!


  6. Raija’s avatar

    Wow! I had no idea what this was when you first tweeted about it. That sounds like such a great thing to do! And the cafe seems awesome…perhaps a good place to stop on the way to the boat for iced coffees :)


  7. leigh’s avatar

    I know! We hope that storefront being renovated next to DNA lofts is a cute cafe. Or restaurant. Or something!


  8. Megan’s avatar

    This is such a great idea. I’d never heard of a cash mob before.


  9. Eric’s avatar

    I went with Meghan to the Flat Black Coffee Cash Mob event – the coffee was excellent and the staff were really friendly. I loved how it was a local business and that people were supporting their community. I look forward to going back again this weekend.


  10. Molly Galler’s avatar

    I have never heard of this idea, but I love it! It’s like a spontaneous, Small Business Saturday. We have a Flat Black right next door to our office and we drink their coffee every single day. Glad you enjoyed it!


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