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PHOTOS: 'Cash Mob' a Boon for Glen Rock Hardware

What other 'mom-and-pop' shops would you like to see hit by the mob?

Brought together by social media and an interest in helping the little guy triumph against the odds, .

Organized on Facebook by Glen Rock neighbors concerned about the hardware store's apparently diminishing inventory, the "Cash Mob" brought shoppers from as far as Morris County with $20 bills.

First featured on Patch, the story of owner Geno Paolucci and the efforts of residents Andrew Ritterman, Jane Lambert and hundreds more has since gone viral, even featured on ABC Eyewitness News.

"Geno, the owner seemed very happy," Ritterman said Sunday. "He said he was thrilled with the results and he got so much publicity. It was a lot of fun doing it, it was pretty intense. Hopefully it spreads to other stores, to other towns."

Check out the pictures above and chew on this question – what other local mom-and-pop shops in Ridgewood and Glen Rock would you like to see supported by a cash mob or even a different community-focused idea?

Make sure to leave a comment below.

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John Hahn June 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM
NEW RULE: SHOP YOUR GLEN ROCK (Local) MERCHANT FIRST. Give them a shot at your business. You might save yourself time & fuel. You will be supporting a local business. If price is king in your book - tell the owner. They might be able to do something. Factor in personal service + your time + gas and it might be a push vs a big box store. The Well-Read Bookstore in Hawthorne (owned & run by Bill Skees of Glen Rock) says he can match or beat B&N on best sellers 7-days a week. Plus his 20% discount program does not cost his customers $25 per year.
Thomas Hillmann June 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Also worth mentioning is that your local merchant pays property taxes (through his Landlord) with the large percentage going to the school system, without adding one student to the student population.
John Hahn June 18, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Correction Bill Skees owner of The Well Read Book Store says it is a 10% off on best sellers. EVEN AFTER they are OFF the best seller list. Shop LOCAL First.
Edward Sullivan June 19, 2012 at 01:48 AM
One of the reasons homes in GR and Ridgewood have held their value more than other towns in North Jersey is because they have traditionally offered the "golden trilogy" of value, name namely great schools, charming neighborhoods and vibrant business districts. Much like a three legged stool the value of your home depends on the sturdiness of each leg. Cut off any leg and the stool topples. Shop and Dine local, it is in your economic interest to do so.
Fan of Ridgewood July 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I think Harding Pharmacy would be a good candidate for this. They sell, along with prescriptions, cosmetics, toiletry and also have a liquor/wine shop. They were recently hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit because of an employees stealing drugs from them and are competing neighbors with drug behemoth, Right Aid.
John Hahn July 07, 2012 at 01:06 AM
GREAT IDEA, Bill. How about SEPTember 8 10 AM when more people are in town? If you agree spread the word.


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