Mrs. Thompson’s Herbs, Gifts and Folklore in Eugene is the fifth place in the past six months to get hit.
Organizers say they’re expecting about 65 people to come through their doors. The store’s owner says she’s never had quite so many people in at once, but she’s looking forward to the experience and the business.
The shop has been around for 18 years and gets about 80 percent of its herbs and extracts locally. Cash Mob organizers say it’s exactly the kind of place they want to support.
The idea is part of a national movement. It got roots in Eugene in March. Coordinators say the mob grows significantly with each event, and business owners say they’re grateful for what the group is doing.
“The best word I can use to describe it is righteous. That people are finally recognizing that independent businesses where there are only one or three people working in the business. They don’t have anybody to lay off,” said owner Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir.
Organizers say it’s not just about business, but the social experience, too. Friday night’s event will have live music and snacks to feed the shoppers as they peruse the store. The store will be open Friday until 8 p.m.