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The St. Nick of Market Street
Maui No Ka 'Oi magazine
Richard Dan has been called the unofficial mayor of Market Street in Wailuku, Hawaii. On one block between Main and Vineyard, five storefronts are his: a pawnshop, a payday loan, a general-merchandise store, a space he describes as "the outlet of unclaimed goods," and Kama'aina Loan & Cash for Gold, where astute shoppers can snag high-end accessories or fine art at surprisingly low prices.
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Microcredit for Americans
The New York Times
On a recent Thursday, dozens of Latina immigrants clustered in a small, noisy second-floor office in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, waiting for one of a half-dozen loan officers to call their names and hand over a check. Children loitered in the stairwell or sprawled, calflike, over their mothers' laps. The loans were recorded the old-fashioned way, with ink, in green passbooks that enumerated the borrowers' commitments to "exercise responsible financial behavior," "seek preventative health care" and meet each week in a "comfortable and safe place."
Les Gold's crazy pawnshop stories
"Hardcore Pawn" star Les Gold on his pawnshop business in the bankrupt city of Detroit.
The Flawless Factor
The D Flawless term is tossed around so easily, it would seem to be a stone that anyone with enough money could buy. But D Flawless (D, FL) and D Internally Flawless (D, IF) diamonds are nearly as scarce as unicorns. D, FL is the most transparent and perfect of diamonds — no visible flaws at 10-power magnification and no discernible body color — and because of those qualities, it represents the very pinnacle of the diamond pyramid. D, FL diamonds add glamour and excitement to the diamond industry and give buyers and sellers an almost unattainable benchmark for quality, beauty and desirability.
Pawn Stars offered Brent Mydland's Harley
On History Channel's Pawn Stars potential sellers offer up rare and interesting items to the staff of Las Vegas's Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. In a recent episode a gentleman who owns a bike shop offered to sell the store a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was owned by the late Brent Mydland, one of the keyboardists from the Grateful Dead.
Rare $10,000 pipe stolen from Paul's Pipe Shop in Flint, Mich.,
found at pawn store
A rare $10,000 pipe known as the "Cadillac of pipes" is back home after it was stolen from a Flint, Mich., tobacco shop the day before Halloween. The curved Dunhill pipe was one of only 100 made when former Paul's Pipe Shop owner Paul Spaniola bought it for $5,000 sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s, said Dan Spaniola, who now runs the store.
The Affordable Care Act: What business owners need to know
American Express OPEN Forum
The Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as Obamacare, is one of the most ambitious and complex laws ever passed.
Don't treat store as a pawnshop
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Moundsville City Council members plan to discuss a municipal ordinance on pawnshops during their Nov. 12 meeting. In the meantime, the owner of a business has to deal with a citation for failing to comply with the regulation.
Suspected robber, employee die in Gardena, Calif., pawnshop gunbattle
The Daily Breeze
A suspected robber and a pawnshop employee have died following a gunbattle during an attempted robbery inside the Gardena, Calif., business, police said.
Can colored gemstones be recycled?
Former head of European development at diamond recycling company White Pine Diamonds and Professional Jeweller Hot 100 Trailblazer Tim Phillips explains the issues facing coloured gemstone recycling.
10 things to be thankful for as a small business owner
Small Business Trends
You get to do what you love. We hear that a lot. Small business owners do what they love. And it's true (at least for most of us).
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