From the same minds that spawned the Pima County Book Bike and Bicycle Belles comes Mind Our Own Businesses, a new group devoted to patronizing businesses along the streetcar route.
Karen Greene who came up with the idea for the book bike said the MOOB idea hit her after trying to get from the west side of Fourth Avenue to the east side. She was surprised that she couldn’t cross the street anywhere but at the end of the construction.
Greene said she has heard rumors that people have already been laid off because of the drop in business due to the streetcar construction and wanted to do something to help.
Janet Miller is one of the group’s founding members and helps organize events like Sunday’s first MOOB event at Chocolate Iguana.
She said getting to the businesses by bike and on foot is easy and now with the closures, bikers and pedestrians can explore new routes to get to their favorite businesses.
Greene said they hope to organize one or two events every week as well as offer ideas and tips for patronizing the businesses along Fourth Avenue and Congress Street.
All of the MOOB events are organized through Facebook. Check it out.