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September 2014

American Jewelry and Loan Gets Licked!

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Ronnie and Amy headed to Michigan on September 27, 2014 for the official release of Lizard Lick Jewelry. Of course they had to come by our Detroit store! There will be two jewelry lines released including the Firecracker line and the Lick Life Line. Ronnie and Amy will be doing a meet-and-greet from 12:00pm-5:00pm and signing autographs for fans! They will have pictures for sell at the event as well as ALL of the jewelry! Learn more at their Facebook page.

 

 

James Altucher Interviews Seth Gold

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James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books including the recent WSJ Bestseller, “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). He has started and sold several companies for eight figure exits. He’s on the board of a billion revenue company, has written for The Financial Times, The New York Observer, and over a dozen popular websites for the past 15 years. He’s run several hedge funds, venture capital funds, and is a successful angel investor in technology, energy, and biotech. He has also lost all his money, made it back, lost it, made it back several times and openly discusses how he did it in his columns and books.

Hear his interview with Seth Gold on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-james-altucher-show/id794030859?mt=2

BaDeYa, Detroit! Celebrate the ‘D’ with Allee Willis

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Everyone knows that the Gold family LOVES Detroit! They therefore have a kindred spirit in Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter, Allee Willis. Allee is a beloved and familiar face at American Jewelry and Loan, whenever she is in town!

Allee’s latest project, “The D” is the official unofficial theme song of Detroit. A record, plus multiple music videos and a feature length hybrid documentary titled Allee Willis Loves Detroit, it’s about human spirit as exemplified by the people of Detroit. “The D” is a joyous citywide singalong tribute written by Detroit-born Grammy winner Allee Willis with Andrae Alexander in the same uplifting spirit as Willis’ first hit, “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.”

In September, 2013, and again at Thanksgiving when Willis led a sing-along from atop the NBC/WDIV Wizard of Oz Thanksgiving Day Parade float, she and her 15 person crew recorded and filmed at over 50 locations around the city. In addition to a plethora of legendary Detroit-born singers, artists, actors and comedians, “The D” captures thousands of Detroiters singing, playing, dancing, clapping, whistling, juggling hubcaps and showing their spirit anyway they can, making this is truly a “Made in Detroit” musical theme as the Motor City re-imagines itself. It’s a joyous celebration of life and a story for cities all around the world as they re-conceive and retrofit themselves for the 21st Century.

Allee Willis is an award-winning and nominated songwriter, artist, director, producer, collector, party thrower.

Says Willis, “Being born in Detroit influences everything I do. I never learned how to play an instrument, but Motown guided me to write songs that have sold over 50,000,000 records – like Earth Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland,” the musical The Color Purple, The Pointer Sisters “Neutron Dance,” and “I’ll Be There For You” (the Friends theme), all known for their upbeat positivity. Spending every Saturday at my dad’s scrapyard, just miles from the Big Three automakers, influenced my art, sets and graphic design. I also have a reputation as one of the best party throwers in the world, and for decades have prided myself on throwing kick-ass, large scale, musically-pumped social events. In 1992 I conceived of the world’s first social network, a community in cyberspace called willisville, when most people still had never even heard of the Internet. “The D” is the logical conclusion of what I’ve been doing my whole career to create one new giant piece of social art with the entire city of Detroit as my collaborators.

You can learn more at her Detroit webpage. Want to get in on the fun? Allee considers her biggest talent to be “party thrower”! Please join us on Sep 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM at United Sound. Tickets are going fast and available here:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/811274. You do NOT want to miss this Detroit event!

 

 

Gold Family to Attend Wigs 4 Kids

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Thursday, September 18th from 6-11 PM. Wigs 4 Kids’ Annual Gala returns to Barrister Gardens in St. Clair Shores (24225 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080) for the organization’s 11th year of providing wigs & support services at no charge to Michigan children in need.

During this enchanting evening, guests will enjoy dinner, sweet treat extravaganza, princess tea party, exciting raffles and silent auctions of sports memorabilia with Take 2 Authentics. The event will also feature talent performances by Wigs 4 Kids recipients, karate demonstrations by PKSA Karate and a money booth provided by Extra Credit Union with funds sponsored by American Jewelry & Loan.

Celebrity appearances include Steve Wilkos, star of “The Steve Wilkos Show” and the Gold Family from American Jewelry & Loan’s hit TV series “Hardcore Pawn.” Photo opportunities are available for attendees. Attorney Richard Bernstein will deliver a keynote speech and Tina Black, Dean & Owner of Paul Mitchell the School Michigan will serve as Honorary Chair of the event.

Wigs 4 Kids is also hosting a pre-gala raffle with a grand prize of $1,000 to be awarded to the winner. Pre-gala raffle tickets are being sold at $10 each and only 500 tickets are available for purchase. The winner does not need to be present at the event to redeem the prize.

“In addition to being the biggest celebration for the families we serve, the gala is also our largest fundraiser of the year, which helps us continue our mission.” Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Wigs 4 Kids stated. “We are grateful to everyone in the community who believes in our program and helps us continue our growth.”

Tickets to the event are $100 per person, $30 for children 11 and under or $900 for a table of 10. Please call 586-772-6656, visit the Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center or www.wigs4kids.org to purchase your tickets.

Congratulations to our 2014 ROSE Award Nominees!

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Twenty years ago, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau named its awards program that celebrates outstanding service in the hospitality industry after it: Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE).

From their website: “We recognize service excellence because hospitality is important business in metro Detroit. It attracts 14.2 million visitors annually. It has grown 60,000 jobs. It contributes nearly $6 billion to our tri-county economy every year. And visitors who have a fulfilling experience in metro Detroit, that includes outstanding hospitality, come back again and again. That’s worth celebrating.”

For 2014, two employees of American Jewelry and Loan were nominated for their outstanding performance:. Amanda and John.

Every day, we receive countless emails, phone calls, and other inquiries from customers all over the world. Amanda handles each and every one of these with professionalism and grace. Her approach ensures that every customer’s needs are handled efficiently and effectively. We receive positive affirmations for Amanda’s work all the time and credit her with developing many relationships with repeat customers.

Our sales floor here at the Detroit store can get extremely busy and our sales team are regularly pulled in many different directions while answering inquiries from customers, checking inventory in our warehouse, processing sales, and negotiating for the best price on an item. John handles the pressures of his job in a manner that leaves every customer ready to come back. We call him JT and whenever you’re at our store, you’ll recognize him by the fact that he is always on the move and always smiling.

Amanda and JT were treated to an evening at the beautiful Fox Theater in Detroit along with the other nominees from throughout the city on August 27, 2014.