Forest Grove cash mob strikes to support Sugar Shack espresso stand, challenge nearby bikini baristas

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By Kari Bray, The Oregonian

The Sugar Shack, a Forest Grove espresso stand, saw the city’s first cash mob Monday morning, organized as a response to the new Dream Girl Espresso down the street.

bikini-baristas1A cash mob is a group that gathers on a specific day or throughout the week and spends money at a selected local business, whether it’s buying lunch at a restaurant or gifts from a shop. It’s a way to promote shopping local and support small business owners. Cash mobs have also popped up in Sherwood and Tigard during the last year and a half.

Forest Grove artist Helvi Smith helped organize the cash mob at the Sugar Shack on 19th Avenue and Main Street. The stand is a few blocks from the new Dream Girl Espresso, also on 19th in front of the Plaid Pantry. Dream Girl, a bikini barista stand, has sparked complaints and controversy along with a small protest two weeks ago.

Forest Grove resident Tami Doner has owned the Sugar Shack for six years. The cash mob on Monday brought in double the profits she usually makes on a summer day, she said. She’s not sure how many visitors passed through altogether because her daughter worked much of the day, but she knows there were a few new faces and a lot of big tips, which is where most of the increased profits came from.

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Forest Grove cash mob strikes to support Sugar Shack espresso stand, challenge nearby bikini baristas