Why you should shop local, think local and be local and...
attend the next Cuse Mob!
This illustration demonstrates how important events like Cuse Mob are to our local economy.
Please take a moment to review the chart. When the next Cuse Mob takes place, we hope you'll
consider supporting your locally owned independent business in Syracuse and Central New York.
In 46 hours, a mob will form at a locally-owned,
independent business - From SyracuseFirst
Not just any riled up rabble, this group will be made up of people
from all walks of life, and have the communal goal of creating a
vibrant, thriving regional economy.
This powerful family of Central New Yorkers are economic
development change agents. Each are armed with $10 cash in
hand, and the knowledge that almost twice as much of their
money will stay in Syracuse through purchases at locally-owned
businesses than comparable national chains.
This family includes you, your friends and loved ones... pretty
much everyone you know. Together, we are the Cuse Mob. We
are the change agents. We have the ability to create the best
version of Syracuse, and have fun doing it.
To that end, we ask you to join us this Thursday, September 13th
at 6:00pm for the next installment of the Cuse Mob. Where will it
- Team Syracuse First
The time has come for round two of the Cuse Mob. We’re putting
the plan in place and it’s coming together nicely. All you have to
do is raid the piggy bank for $10 and appear at the designated
location next Thursday, September 13th at 6:00pm. We’re not
going to tell you where it’ll be, but clues will be forthcoming.
Guessing is highly encouraged.
The first Cuse Mob saw over 250 people ‘mob’ Craft Chemistry
on a sunny day in May – all participants had cash in hand, eager
to support a locally-owned, independent business. Some bought
gifts for Mothers Day, others a treat for themselves. We all
listened to great music, drank delicious coffee, and had a
uniquely pleasant experience. Visit www.cusemob.com for a
complete rundown of the last Cuse Mob.
That’s pretty close to what you can expect this time around, too.
But, in true unique-to-Syracuse style, it’ll be completely different.
Again, clues for round two are coming your way shortly. We’ll talk
- Team SyracuseFirst
The 10% Shift from SyracuseFirst
The 10% Shift is a strategy designed to build strong local
economies and vibrant communities. By making a modest
behavior change and shifting 10% of our annual budget from
non-local businesses to Local Independents we can help build a
strong local economy, and we can do it now.
Making the Shift will have a profound impact on our economy, for
example, if the 450,000 people in Onondaga County shifted 10%
of their annual budget to Local Independents we would see
* Expanded Job Creation — Create 1,200 new jobs created
* Economic Growth — Generate over $120 million of increased
economic activity in Onondaga County
* Entrepreneurial Ventures — Inspire the formation of new
* Environment Protected — Decrease thousands of tons of
greenhouse gas emissions
* Enhanced Communities — Revitalize our local community
Syracuse First believes that the 10% Shift provides us with the
best opportunity to effectively leverage our work to build a strong
local economy and vibrant community. It is clear to us that there
has never been a more perfect time for our ideas about local
economies, and that with a dynamic and modern campaign we
can transform the local economy more rapidly than we ever
Listen to "Movin Mornins with Joey & Heather"
(Heather is the one without the beard) and be sure to
tune in on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:50 AM
to hear Chris Fowler from the one and only
SyracuseFirst talk about CUSE MOB!
(click the question mark to view the clue)
Cuse Mob Website Sponsor
Cuse Mob Website Sponsor
Congratulations to the people who correctly guessed "Om
Boys" – you were right on! Instead of us rambling on about how awesome Todd and Michelle’s business is, here’s a video
in which Michelle tells us about Om Boys and why what they’re doing matters.
We’re incredibly excited for the Cuse Mob to support Om Boys – and thankful for such a
dedicated SyracuseFirst family to join in on the fun. See you tomorrow at 6! (Om Boys is located
at 214 Walton St in Armory Square).
It's time for another 'Cuse Mob' event Syracuse and Central New York!
A very special "Buy Local Month" event will take place this Saturday, November 17th,
2012 at Chocolate Pizza Company in Manlius and Marcellus! Click on the photo
below to learn more. As for the weather outlook for this event... 50 degrees and
Shop for all your holiday treats at this event and meet Christie Casciano while you do!
Click on the flier below!
Trust us folks... it's not just
chocolate! Click logo
above to learn the secrets!
Local businesses, the Rescue Mission and some early Christmas
shoppers were the winners at Saturday's 'Cuse Mob' event.
About 350 people with cash in hand descended on the Chocolate
Pizza Company locations in Manlius and Marcellus as part of the
event aimed at supporting local businesses and helping the
Rescue Mission at the same time.
"We have partnered with SyracuseFirst and 'Cuse Mob as part of
Buy Local Month," said Chris Novak, father of Chocolate Pizza
Company owner Ryan Novak.
Chris Novak was manning the Manlius location Saturday.
"Buy Local Month wants to show people to shop in our own
backyard and support local businesses," Novak said. "And this is
a benefit for the Rescue Mission - we promised to donate a
portion of our proceeds (10 percent) to them:
Ryan Novak estimated the two stores raised between $400 and
$500 for the Rescue Mission.
A steady stream of shoppers came into the Manlius store on
Cazenovia Road (Route 92) as the shop opened at 11 a.m. Most
everyone left with a confection or two - or three.
"I picked up some gifts," said Rebecca Martin, of Cicero. "I
specifically came out here for this event because I want to support
the local economy. And what better day to come out when they are
giving 10 percent of their proceeds to the Rescue Mission."
Mary Veeder, of Manlius, had eaten the chocolate pizza and
wings in the past when she won the goodies in a silent auction.
"I'm doing something with the grandchildren today and getting
gifts for work," she said. "Plus," Veeder said. "We're doing
something to help the Rescue Mission."
A mob flashing cash Saturday will descend on Chocolate Pizza
Company locations in Manlius, at 8188 Cazenovia Road, and
Marcellus, 60 Main St., to show their support for local businesses.
Participants in a "Cuse Mob" are encouraged to arrive at a local
store at a predetermined time and spend money. The mobs first
appeared in Cleveland and Buffalo last year, and the concept
spread to the Syracuse area in May. Since then there have been
two mobs at Craft Chemistry and Om Boys Juice and Smoothie
'Cuse Mob is a member of SyracuseFirst, a group that encourages
to support local businesses.
In addition to celebrating Buy Local Month in November, this time
the mob has another purpose.
The Chocolate Pizza Company has pledged to donate 10 percent
of the receipts from both stores on Saturday to the Syracuse
People who want to be part of the 'Cuse Mob' are invited to show
up at the stores between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Chocolate Pizza Company 'Cuse Mob' was
Would you like your Syracuse, Central New York
Small Business mobbed with new customers? Geo
Dux, a proud member of SyracuseFirst and proud
sponsor of this website would love to help!
Geo Dux will provide you with all the marketing tools
and promotional tools you need to stage a
successful 'Cuse Mob' like the one just held at
Chocolate Pizza Company in Manlius and Marcellus
on November 17th!
Visit the S1 Blog For Information About Cuse Mob 3
Cuse Mob 3 will be held on March 5th
at 6:00 PM at Natur-Tyme on Erie
Boulevard. Natur-Tyme is 30 years old
and is a member of Syracuse First.
I've been reading comments on
Syracuse dot com about this particular
Cuse Mob and I don't believe people
really understand how a Cuse Mob is
formed, by who, when and how the
business is chosen. Following is a bit
of information which may be helpful to
other Small Businesses here in
Syracuse and Onondaga County who
would like to be mobbed.
When you are a member of S1, you
are encouraged to do business with
other members. Any business can hold
a Cuse Mob at any time they choose.
Some poster commented on
Natur-Tyme being a founding member
of S1 means there is some sort of
conflict of interest. Not so at all. Every
Cuse Mob, including the special event
mob at Chocolate Pizza Company, has
been held at a member business.
Remember... A Cuse Mob is held
primarily to raise the awareness of
local consumers who are not familiar
with the 'Buy Local' initiative. It's just
about spending your money locally
with an independent business and not
to some large corporation. Simple.