WICHITA — Flash mobs have descended upon Wichita before, but now the city is going to experience what appears to be its first cash mob.
That's when groups of people visit selected local businesses en masse to offer an economic boost.
Wichita business consultant Jill Miller, whose specialty is working with small businesses, had been mulling how to better help local mom-and-pop businesses when she decided to ask some Facebook friends what they thought about doing a cash mob.
They thought it was a great idea, so late last week Miller issued something more formal to Facebook users.
Within 36 hours, she had about 1,500 people join Cash Mob Wichita.
"Jiminy Christmas," Miller says. "I had no idea. I thought there'd be, like, 200 people or something, and it's just blown up."
The first cash mob will be Saturday – which happens to be National Cash Mob Day – in Delano.
"It's just rife with small business owners that need support," Miller says.
She's chosen businesses, which she'll announce later today, that cash mob participants are invited to visit. They're encouraged to spend at least $10 at one or more of the stores.
"The impact that it's going to make to these business owners I think is going to be huge," Miller says.