"Cash Mob" boosts sales for Ardmore businesses hurt by construction

Published: Mar. 14, 2019 at 10:33 PM CDT
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The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and Ardmore Young Professionals partnered with the community Thursday afternoon to give a boost to businesses whose sales have been hurt by construction in downtown Ardmore.

One of the businesses is The Stag, a mens and womens clothing and gift shop.

Owner Toby Deaver said sales for The Stag fell 60 percent in 2018.

"It's slowed quite a bit but there's light at the end of the tunnel," Deaver said. "It's slowly getting better."

The drop in sales is why the Chamber hosted what's called a "cash mob", a group of people coming together to shop

The goal is to support businesses on East Main Street where construction has been going for a year.

Gino and Cindy Silvas were two of several dozen people who came out.

"I think their businesses have suffered over the last couple months and this is just a great opportunity to support them and let the community know that 'Hey, they're here and we're here to support them'," Gino Silvas said.

Trish Maher is the owner of The Party Fish, a party rental business.

Maher said business has been slow in her first year.

However, she said the construction has not hurt her as much becuase the rental business is different than retail.

"But, just like everybody else, I'm really, really ready for it to be done," Maher said. "And what I keep saying is 'We're going to love it when it's done.' We won't remember how long it took. It's just going to be great."

Although there was not anything for Maher to sell to the cash mob, she said throwing a mini party and getting exposure was valuable for potential customers.

"Having been gone for a long time, it was nice to be able to come home and remember what kind of community we have here," Maher said. "Today is a good example of that: people kind of pulling together and saying 'Let's go down there and help some businesses'."

City officials said on Monday they expect the Streetscape project to be complete within the next month.

Another cash mob is planned for Thurs. March 21 at 4 p.m.

Murray on Main, Antiques Etc. and Ten Star Pizza will be the featured businesses on Thursday.

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