Petosa’s ‘mobbed’ with shoppers Thursday night

The "cash mob" heads into the store. (Photos by Char Blankenship)

Shoppers check out.

May Palmer sings jazz in the grocery aisles.

A mob descended on Petosa’s Family Grocer in downtown Edmonds Thursday night, and they were welcomed with open arms.

Hundreds of shoppers packed the store as part of a “cash mob” effort aimed at helping Edmonds only downtown grocery store recover financially from a sprinkler system malfunction that closed down the store for a week, starting the Saturday before Easter.

The mood was festive as cash mobbers filled shopping baskets and acknowledged each other with warm smiles. “The Ivory Queen of Soul,” May Palmer, provided jazz vocals to shop by.

“This is what community is all about,” one shopper said.

"The Mob" gathers for a group photo before entering the store.

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8 Comments

  1. Glad there was a great turn-out for the cash mob and hope they helped Petosa’s get back on their feet. I’m sure Betty Jo appreciated the business.

  2. I love Edmonds and the close community it is. Great story.

  3. This is what the word COMMUNITY truly means… great job everyone!

  4. It was like my High school reunion smiles on everyone, happiness all around.
    Being in Petosa’s at that time gave us such an overwhelming sense of wellness.
    It was such a success. Makes us proud to live in Edmonds.

  5. Too bad we did not have a CONTINIOUS cash mob supporting bowling. That form of free market may have produced different economics for the bowling alley and allowed them to pay market rates for the building and they would still be here.

  6. I am glad the community was there for Petosa’s but PLEASE don’t forget the businesses under Petosa’s that were flooded out and still haven’t been able to open due to all the damage.

  7. I’m so pleased to see such a great turn out to support Petosa’s much the same as those who have supported Robinhood Lanes recently. Thank Edmonds for taking care of each other.

  8. Thank you Dunn Lumber & Petosa’s for allowing me to bring the Power of Ivory Soul to this ‘one of a kind’ event! I enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people, all for a wonderful cause!

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