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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 24, 2014
Cash mob comes to Brooklin
Support the General Store, say residents

The Brooklin General Store, circa 1933

The Store at Brooklin Corner is shown when it was owned by G. Frank Gott, who ran the Brooklin, Maine store from 1903 to 1946.

Photo courtesy of Sharon Lendvai

by Faith DeAmbrose

Been to the Brooklin General Store lately? The store, operating as such for close to 150 years, will not only be the center of Brooklin on Thursday, July 31, but will also be the center of attention for an all-day “cash mob”-style event organized loosely by a group of Brooklin residents calling themselves “Friends of Brooklin General Store.”

A cash mob is the coming together of people who descend on a business at a specified time with the intent of spending money to support the business. Typically, a cash mob is short in duration, but this one is planned to last from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will include a BBQ lunch.

“Use it or lose it” is the message found on a poster circulating around town to promote the event, along with a alphabetical list of the store’s offerings—from automobile oil to wine.

According to historical information, correspondence from the Reed family indicates that Elijah Reed constructed this building in 1866 and was there until 1872. The store at Brooklin Corner, as it was once called, was first operated as a store owned by G. Frank Gott, from 1903 to 1946. After Gott, the store was owned by Lincoln Anderson and then by Charlie Williams (1946-1968), who was followed by Al Ormondroyd (until 1978), “Clem” Clements, Vauna Haza and Lorna Grant.

The store is currently owned by Mike Roy.

The cash mob event was dreamed up by Brooklin resident Kate Lanigan, the poster circulating through town was made by Sherry Streeter and Sharon Lendvai, and Emily Blair Stribling helped with the overall organization.

“This is an opportunity to show your support for the store,” said Lendvai.

The cash mob will begin at 11 a.m. and continue to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. A BBQ lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.