[UPDATE] Tallahassee's Mayor Promotes Jobs by Working at Kool Beanz

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] Tallahasseem FL--5-10 7:22PM

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks spent the afternoon at a local restaurant promoting the importance of jobs and keeping it local.

Mayor Marks greeted customers at the Kool Beanz Cafe on Thomasville Road. Local Business Saturday will take place this Saturday, May 14 and is done every year in collaboration with Mayor Marks, the City of Tallahassee, and several local business leaders to encourage folks to shop local.

Halley Locke supports local business and says, "Local shopping is really to take care of our own community, to be putting back into our own community, taking care of our friends and family and neighbors and not only that but getting to know those neighbors that we don't know. "

Mayor Marks says he hope people will continue to support local businesses to bring more money in for the county.


Tallahassee Mayor John Marks rolled up his sleeves today and served as a volunteer employee at Kool Beanz Café to promote the importance of creating a “shop-local” culture, and to emphasize the role local businesses play in creating jobs. Marks engaged in a variety of tasks during his busy lunch hour shift, but his most important job was conveying to each of the customers how important local businesses are to Tallahassee’s economy (photo included below).

“I am excited to serve our community, albeit as in a very different manner today, as an honorary member of the Kool Beanz staff, said Marks. “At City Hall we’re working hard every day to promote our local businesses and to encourage the citizens of Tallahassee to do the same, and that’s why I’m here today - to remind everyone that local businesses are key to creating jobs here in our city.”

This workday is part of the ongoing efforts of the Mayor’s Local Business Saturday initiative, which began in January of 2011 and targets the second Saturday of each month as a day to encourager shoppers to purchase their products and services locally. Additionally, customers and business owners alike are encouraged to take advantage of the resources offered at the initiative’s website, www.LocalBusinessSaturday.com. Since the program’s inception, more than 160 businesses have signed up on the website.

“It’s really encouraging to see local leaders who not only recognize the positive impact small businesses have on our community, but also help spread the word”, said Keith Baxter owner and executive chef of Kool Beanz Café. “I think at the end of the day, people will be excited that we delivered an important message while trying something fun and creative.”


TALLAHASSEE, FL -Mayor John Marks is promoting the importance of jobs and local business practices. Marks is volunteering at the Kool Beans Cafe as an employee to promote the importance of local culture and to emphasize the significance of job retention and creation in the capital city.

To see the mayor in action, head over to the Kool Beans Cafe located at 921 Thomasville road today from 11:30am to 1pm. This event will lead up to the local business Saturday initiative created by the mayor, which will be this Saturday, May 14th.

For more information on this story, go to www.LocalBusinessSaturday.com.

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  • by Arman Dillow Location: Forest Rd on May 25, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    Mayor Marks picked a pricey. popular restaurant for this publicity stunt. Why didn't he do Cypress? Chez? - Some regular-Joe places like Dog et al on the South Side that could use a little sunshine and love. Maybe he's just more comfortable hanging with the folks who can afford a $20 lunch and an hour and a half break. Bet he donated his tips to charity just to make himself feel good.
  • by uncle tom Location: climax ga on May 11, 2011 at 02:05 AM
    maybe he will quit the city and go to work there
  • by RZ Location: Tallahassee on May 10, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    Instead of making smart remarks we all should be reaching out to help each other. What are you doing to help the economy At leasts Marks is trying. If we would all be kind toward one another and work together instead of seeing how unloving we can be.mThe world would be a better place. God Bless You
  • by Dave Location: Tally on May 10, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    what some politicians won't do to get re-elected.
  • by it is what it is on May 10, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    I suppose three entrees later he waddled out the door...
  • by spastic2 Location: Tallahassee on May 10, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    They didn't print my previous comment for it was very unflattering to Marks. I wonder how many others they did not print because they did not extol his mayor.
  • by J Timney Location: Tallahassee on May 10, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    WHAT A JOKE! Is Cool beanz paying him to be there for advertisment? I wouldn't let that crooked joker haul my garbage away if I owned a restaurant. This kind of promotion will hurt there business. I will not be back there!
  • by R.M.S. Location: Tallahassee on May 10, 2011 at 02:23 PM
    Some of the posters are being absolutely cruel. It was a nice idea. Other public officials elsewhere do this kind of thing to stay in touch with the public. I certainly would have stopped by... Comparing Marks to Scott is way off--Scott is a Fraudster on a scale that is unmatched in recent state history.
  • by off course on May 10, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    I dont work there and I would have not eaten anything served by him. He is nothing more than a Bill Proctor, and pomp and circumstance.
  • by airborne on May 10, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    Here's how it works. If you don't like something, avoid it. I don't like crooks, especially highly paid government ones who are flagrant about it. There seems to be a bunch of them around here. Therefore I won't be going to eat at Kool Beanz for a long, long time, if at all.
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