1) The Pawnbroker
Heading into the Pawn Broker for a little shopping is similar to walking into an antique dealer's shop. There are autographed baseballs, vintage musical instruments, fine jewelry and estate pieces. But there's a twist, says owner Bill Onkey, who started his business 32 years ago. “What a pawn shop does is offer its customers the option of redeeming their belongings,” says Onkey. “Occasionally someone needs to plug a hole in the dyke for a short period of time.” The Pawn Broker handles a large variety of merchandise; gold and jewelry remains primary, but there's also construction equipment, watches and dozens of other items that you can actually inspect the goods, unlike shopping on eBay. “You can buy a '70s Fender Strat on eBay for $1,200, but a lot of people have been short-changed,” Onkey says. “Who do you go back to?” There's also a huge turnover of inventory at the Pawn Broker because Onkey runs the operation like a wholesale business. “I want to be able to sell it,” he says. “I don't want to marry the item.”232 Fairfield Ave., 2035
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3) Pawn King
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