'Dish Mobs' Aim to Benefit Local Restaurants

The dinner crowd at a Seattle restaurant Photograph by Ryan McVay

Over the past few years, hundreds of altruistic strangers across the country have been meeting for shopping sprees known as “cash mobs” at neighborhood shops to strengthen local economies. Spending at a neighbor’s business instead of a big-box store like Target or Wal-Mart is better for the community because more of patrons’ money stays local, their argument goes.

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