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Cash Mob Looks to Save Local Girl Gallery from Closing

The goal of the event, scheduled for Sept. 22, is to raise money to keep the doors from closing at the popular art gallery on Detroit Avenue.

A group of citizens are getting together with the goal to keep the from closing.

Artists, friends and customers will assemble to shop at the Detroit Avenue gallery for a planned “flash mob" on Sept. 22.

“Fans of the gallery were alarmed when owner Linda Goik by end of September,” said co-organizer Jeanine Gergel in an email. 

“Many of us asked what could be done to save it. The answer: The gallery simply needs more business. If you love Local Girl, this is your chance to help keep it alive.”

that customers aren’t spending as much as they used to — meaning artists, also hit by the recession, are also struggling to make ends meet.

“I believe that art is therapeutic, but we’ve got bills that need to get paid,” said Goik, who opened Local Girl Gallery eight years ago. 

The flash mob organizers have something to say about the closing.

They’re encouraging residents, customers and friends to prevent it from happening, by asking them to spend at least $20 at the gallery from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 22. 

The other requirements for the flash mob?

“Meet three people you’ve never met before, and have fun,” Gergel said. “This is the time to start your Christmas shopping, stock up on hostess gifts, and maybe even buy a little something for yourself."

Rosemarie F DeJohn September 12, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Love this idea! Local Girl has been so supportive of both women & the Lakewood community that we should turn around & show our support for her!
carol dunn September 13, 2012 at 02:06 AM
What time is the flash mob?
Brigid Balogh September 13, 2012 at 03:17 AM
is everything $ 20.00? or less? that store is kinda pricey !
Jeanine Gergel September 13, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The cash mob is from 2 - 6 p.m. Things will be priced as usual, but there are lots of things that can be purchased for $20 or less!
Alicia September 13, 2012 at 08:42 PM
What does Local Girl sell? I visited the web page but it's not very specific on what they sell, other than the fact that it's an art gallery.
Jeanine Gergel September 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM
They sell all kinds of wonderful things, Alicia -- jewelry, pottery, art work, knit items, funky baby items, candles, homemade soaps, glassware, scarves, the list goes on. For holiday gifts, I send my husband there and say "buy anything" and I know he;ll do good!
Karen Harris September 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Sad to see that it is closing. For artists that want to continue trying to sell their work, please stop by Trois Soeurs 20141 Lake Rd. Rocky River 216-712-7704
Joan E. Heinrich September 20, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The purpose of the cash mob is to rally support for Local Girl Gallery so that Linda does not have to close the store, Karen. As a small business owner, I'm sure that you can appreciate this effort! As such, I find your posting misplaced . . .
Robin Sweeney September 22, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Good luck today Linda! We're all pulling for you!

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