Flash mob supports local business
Flash mob forms in support of local business
“We wanted to raise awareness about the businesses. My friends and I come here, and we want to show people how important it is to shop local.”
— Lenea Crawford, a senior at Pottstown High School, is one of the student leaders of Pottstown CARES
POTTSTOWN >> A group of Pottstown area residents — including students from the Hill School, Pottstown High School and Pottstown Middle School — gathered in front of Beverly’s Pastry Shop on High Street Wednesday afternoon to show their love for local businesses.
The impromptu flash mob officially lasted two-minutes, with participants holding signs in support of local businesses and making a heart sign with their hands. The group began gathering at 4 p.m., with the actual event lasting from 4:15 to 4:17 p.m.
The purpose of the event was to bring attention to the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Shop TriCounty” initiative that was launched in the fall, according to Katie Scanlan, High Meadows Chair of Sustainability at The Hill School and adviser to the Pottstown CARES group.
“The kids have fun and it focuses attention on Shop TriCounty and area businesses,” said Cathy Skitko, director of communications at The Hill School.
Shop TriCounty offers discount cards to chamber company employees and members of the community that are valid at participating chamber companies.
Shop TriCounty is a collaborative effort between the chamber and Pottstown CARES, which is a partnership between the Borough of Pottstown, Pottstown School District and The Hill School.
Lenea Crawford, a senior at Pottstown High School, is one of the student leaders of Pottstown CARES.
“We wanted to raise awareness about the businesses,”
Crawford said once the group broke up to warm up with cupcakes from Beverly’s. “My friends and I come here, and we want to show people how important it is to shop local.”
Jennifer O’Donnell is the member relations director for the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce. She said she was approached by the Pottstown CARES advisers about the flash mob.
“It’s just awesome to have so many young people recognize the importance of local businesses to the community and to give their support,” she said.
Since the program began in November, O’Donnell said 30 businesses have signed on to participate, in an area from Oaks to Berks County.
“This is a nice way for us to show support for the businesses in our community. We can revive the town when people shop local,” said Liza Eames, a seventh-grade student at Pottstown Middle School.
Scanlan said Thursday’s event was only the first such flash mob in support of local businesses. She said there will be more starting in the spring, with participants gathering at Shop TriCounty participating companies.
Kristen Sirbak is the owner of Beverly’s. She found out about the flash mob on Thursday morning.
“I love it. The kids are big supporters of ours. It’s great when they come in and show us they love us,” she said.
Beverly’s Pastry Shop, at 322 East High Street has been open for two years. Sirbak said her goal when the shop opened was to have a baker that could focus on making items specific for allergies and health issues.
“We have a Type-1 diabetes baker, a nut-free baker, and can address celiacs,” she added.
For information about the Shop TriCounty program and for a list of participating businesses visit www.tricountyareachamber.com/ shop tricounty/ .
A group of students from the Hill School, Pottstown High School, Pottstown Middle School and other members of the community formed an impromptu flash mob in front of Beverly’s Pastry Shop in Pottstown Wednesday to show support for local businesses and the Shop TriCounty program. Shown here are some of the participants, who held signs and make a heart sign with their hands.
Once the impromptu flash mob in support of local businesses wrapped up its effort, some of the participants went inside Beverly’s Pasty Shop to warm up and fortify themselves with sweet treats. Shown here left to right are: Jacob Eames, a 9th grade student at Pottstown High School; Madie Brigon, a 7th grade student at Pottstown Middle School; Christi Haagen, a 9th grade student at Pottstown High School and Liza Eames, a 7th grade student at Pottstown Middle School.
Students from the Hill School, Pottstown High School, Pottstown Middle School and community members gathered at Beverly’s Pastry Shop in Pottstown Wednesday to show their support for local businesses.