Photos: Micah’s Mob visits Gourmet Pantry and Backstreets Restaurant
On Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6:08 p.m. a group of about 40 people gathered by the statues in front of the Municipal Building on Main Street in Blacksburg for Downtown Blacksburg Inc.’s monthly Cash Mob event. The rules of the event are to spend up to $20 in the local business the group visits, meet three new people, and have fun.
For this month’s cash mob, DBI partnered with Micah’s Backpack, a nonprofit that provides “backpack meals” for students who qualify for the free lunch program in Blacksburg. During the school year, those students receive backpacks with six meals for the entire weekend. Entering its fifth year, Micah’s Backpack provided more than 41,000 meals over the past year. Cash mob participants were asked to bring along a jar of peanut butter or juice boxes to be donated to the nonprofit.
Jennie Hodge of Micah’s Backpacks announced the two local businesses that would benefit from the visit from the Cash Mob: Gourmet Pantry, owned and operated by Roya Gharavi, and Backstreets Restaurant, owned by Steve Andrews and managed by Eric Sturm. The idea for the Gourmet Pantry, which opened in 2000, came after Gharavi found herself searching for special ingredients in gourmet shops during her travels to bring back to Blacksburg. The pantry was opened to service the fine people of Blacksburg with gourmet ingredients and fine cookware in a convenient location.
Cash Mob participants of all ages enjoyed an evening shopping, eating and socializing together — a truly fun family night out. Purchases included selections of delicious chocolate truffles, kitchen supplies, wine, greeting cards and a Pancake Pen.
Downtown Blacksburg Inc. arranges a Cash Mob each month featuring a downtown store and restaurant. For details of the next Cash Mob, visit www.downtownblacksburg.com or follow CMdtblacksburg.com on Twitter.
– Submitted by Laureen Blakemore