You know, as I sit here trying to prepare the next few blog posts, I almost want to treat them as chapters in a book. I will be adding in some other blogs along the way… Especially artist interviews. But this might be fun… Let the reader choose the parts of the trip you want to relive with me.
I have been to Vegas several times, never having been able to find the infamous pawn shop. It’s famous for it’s role in the hit TV show Pawn Stars, the story of the shop and those that run it. It’s a family owned and operated business, and needless to say the characters are a little bit over the top. From the grandpa to the dad, the son and his friend… they are a treat to watch. It was pretty high up there on my things to see in Vegas this trip. There are just as many episodes filmed in the parking lot as there are in the store… so the parking lot was fun to just walk around in! I’m telling you, I was like a kid in a candy store.
Thanks to my good friend Alicia for knowing where it was… I would have never found it. She drove us right there, pulled into the infamous parking lot, and let us take a few pictures. It was late, so the main showroom was closed but they are indeed open 24 hours a day. There is a little window where someone will offer and buy your stuff any hour of the day. This is Vegas, after all. Nothing closes in Vegas!
We didn’t stick around for long, but you could tell that this place gets busy… we were there for ten minutes and a handful of cars pulled up for a sneak peak inside. And it’s true… the inside of the store is where they film the show. It was almost like being on a movie set in Hollywood. One of these days I am going to try and sell something. Imagine that… a receipt from one of the most famous pawn shops of all time.
We ended up leaving there for an even better experience… the Fremont Street Experience. Sheryl had never been to Fremont Street before, so we just had to go check it out. I have actually stayed downtown before, having spent a week at the El Cortez. Before you laugh, it was cheap and we had great accommodations. Plus we had several meals comped and didn’t pay for a drink all night.
I don’t care what you say… Fremont Street is still old Vegas… the way Vegas is supposed to be.