Two local moms decided last week to do something for local businesses hurt by the ongoing natural gas disaster.

And, presto, Andover Thrives was born.

Thanks to Facebook chatter, downtown businesses were greeted by dozens of shoppers on Saturday, who made their way to Main Street with the aim of helping out their friends and neighbors while also getting some good deals.

Johanna Buoncontri, founder of Andover Mums Facebook page, and Gi Cyrier, founder of Mini Emporium, a mobile clothing emporium, decided to "bring the community together to support our local businesses as they get back on track," according to the Andover Thrives Facebook page.

The Andover Thrives event was supposed to "piggyback" on the Andover Cares event, which was canceled due to inclement weather. However, they did partner with the Andover Coalition for Education, or ACE, which held the start of its annual Scarecrow Festival fundraiser on Saturday.


From 11-5 on Saturday, residents were invited to "stroll, shop, dine, and support our community."

Businesses participated in various ways, including selling T-shirts to benefit the Greater Lawrence Relief Fund.



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