Starting a business can be scary and challenging, as Michael and Peter Solaka, owners of Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe in Detroit, Michigan, quickly learned. As they worked to open their shop they faced a series of setbacks including flooding, robbery, and landlord bankruptcy. At times it seemed as if their local grocery shop would never open. But after two and a half years, through determination and incredible resilience, Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe has finally opened its doors, and we want to help make sure it stays that way.
We’re always looking for new ways to help small businesses, so when we heard about cash mobs, we knew we wanted to get involved. Cash mobs are events where community members gather together and target a local small business to give them a one-time profit surge. It’s a great way to encourage people to buy local and generate revenue that supports their community. To show our support, we worked with local cash mob organizations and pitched in $25 Visa gift cards in different cities across the country for participants to spend at designated small businesses, one of those being Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe.
Vince Little, a local The UPS Store owner, and Bob Mundt, of the greater The UPS Store locations in Detroit, were two of those in attendance last Saturday, and both said that “it really felt good to support other small business owners in our community.”
We also went to Brooklyn where the local cash mob headed to Stinky Brklyn, a cheese shop in the area. With the aftermath and devastation following Hurricane Sandy, Stinky Brooklyn decided to pay it forward even further and donated 10% of their sales to shops in nearby Red Hook and Dumbo that were flooded by the storm to help them as they try to reopen.
The next cash mob will take place in Tacoma, Washington, where the local cash mob organization is planning to mob an undisclosed small business in the area on Saturday, November 17.
Do you want to get involved? To learn more about cash mob events and the cash mob organizations, check out the links below:
The UPS Store recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses. We recently launched a new resource for small business owners, The UPS Store Small Business Solutions site, which provides information, tips and exclusive offers to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.