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Les Gold to Appear on Food Network’s CHOPPED Season Finale

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Food Network’s hit show ‘Chopped’ is hosting a holiday party with four stars of reality television: Les Gold (Hardcore Pawn), Claudia Jordan (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Jenni Pulos (Flipping Out) and Karina Smirnoff (Dancing With the Stars). In the first round, the larger-than-life celebs must use an edible wreath and festively-shaped bread. In the second round, the judges are surprised to hear that one of the competitors has never eaten a common green veggie found in the basket. Finally, marshmallow men and holiday cocktails make for a celebratory, unpredictable dessert round.img_0476

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/chopped/3000-series/holiday-reality-check.html?oc=linkback

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Wishing YOU a Happy Thanksgiving

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American Jewelry and Loan is closed today–Thursday, November 24th, so that our employees may enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. In this season of gratitude, we give thanks for YOU, our faithful customers, fans, and friends.

For four generations, the Gold family has been honored to serve the people of Detroit and beyond. Thank you for doing business with us.

On behalf of everyone at American Jewelry and Loan, we wish each and every one of you a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Holiday Travel? Les and Seth Gold chat with The Points Guy

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[Read the full article at ThePointsGuy.com]: Les and Seth Gold, the stars of truTV’s popular show “Hardcore Pawn,” reveal what it’s like to face a stomping, snorting rhino, what to do when you accidentally fly to the wrong Portland and how to book your dream vacation with points and miles.

Got any good packing tips?

Les: We do a lot of three-day events so we learned to take it all in a carry-on. Get toiletries when you land — a lot of those are free at the hotel. Take advantage of that and do all that you can not to slow yourself down.

Are you a points guy?

Seth: Yes. We’re very loyal and that’s how you earn points. Some people like to accrue points with many different cards. Keep it simple. I rack up points and I take trips with my Medallion [status from Delta]. Stay with one card and take advantage, that’s the way to do well with points. Loyalty pays off. You can have the vacation of a lifetime if you use your points and you pay attention.

How often do you fly?

Seth: A couple times a month.

How often do you use your frequent flier miles?

Seth: As much as I can. They may be worth more now than later. What if changes are made and more points are required for a trip a year from now? What if rules change? I look for upgrades with my points.

What’s in your wallet?

Seth: My Delta American Express card.

What’s the best trip you’ve ever taken?

Les: I went to Kruger National Park in South Africa and it’s my favorite trip ever. My wife and I got up at 4:00am to go on safari. It was the most amazing thing seeing animals in their natural habitat. Seeing a cheetah walking in the jungle and a pride of lions was just incredible. The crazy thing is that you’re always in jeopardy when you’re in the animal’s habitat.

What was the scariest situation?

Les: A snorting, stomping rhino was in front of our car with two female rhinos. That was pretty scary.

What did you do?

Les: Our driver backed up very carefully. You never know what can happen when you’re in the wild. You read about what has happened to some tourists on safari. Bad things can happen.

Any travel horror stories?

Seth: I was going to sleepaway camp in Portland, Maine, when I was in the seventh grade and had to catch a flight from Detroit to Chicago, where I made my connection. I was hurried onto a plane with some buddies going to camp. I thought everything was fine until I heard the pilot say we’re crossing the Mississippi River. I thought we were maybe taking a different route due to weather, but when the pilot came on later and said, ‘we’re flying over South Dakota,” I knew we were in real trouble.

What happened?

Seth: We were kids and we just dealt with it. We were treated to dinner and flew back to the right Portland. It was more of an issue for everyone’s parents. It’s an example of how things can go wrong at an airport. If something like that happens to you, just enjoy the experience. You can’t do anything about it.

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Cash in YOUR Closet!

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Every day, American Jewelry and Loan helps metro Detroiters get the cash they need for their unwanted gold, jewelry, or other valuables. Still, not everyone is familiar with how a pawnshop works.

Therefore, we’ll be hosting a ‘Cash in Your Closet’ event on Saturday, November 19th so that new customers can bring their items in to our experts for assessment. Consignment can take weeks and selling online can be a hassle — stop by one of our THREE Metro Detroit stores to get the cash you need to fund your holiday shopping list!

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Detroit Free Press: TV’s ‘Hardcore Pawn’ holds talk on money-saving tips

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[From Detroit Free Press]: The cable TV reality show “Hardcore Pawn” — located in the heart of Detroit’s 8 Mile — likes to refer to its pawn business as “the working man’s bank.”

“People come in because they don’t have the opportunity to go to the bank and draw money out of their account. They use us to make ends meet,” said Seth Gold, vice president of American Jewelry and Loan, the pawn shop featured in the show.

“We’re dealing with real people,” he said. “We deal with about 1,000 people everyday.”

Real people with real money woes aren’t sure where to turn when juggling bills. Too often, the easy options only dig you into a deeper hole. But American Jewelry and Loan invited in some nonprofits who serve cash-strapped consumers to offer advice during a “first annual” financial literacy program.

The audience sat in the middle of the pawn shop, not far from the flat-screened TVs, jewelry counters and furs. Speakers represented GreenPath Financial Wellness, Operation HOPE and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan. 

[Read the full article at Freep.com: http://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2016/11/03/pawn-alternative-banking-cash/92845706/]

 

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EO Detroit: In the Boardroom with Les and Seth Gold

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Les and Seth recently hosted Entrepreneurs from EO Detroit to hear their story and tour American Jewelry and Loan’s Detroit store.

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Right About Money Blog–Go Figure: ‘Hardcore Pawn’ Shop Offers Financial Education

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[From Right About Money Blog]: Seth Gold has seen a lot of struggle. His family has been in the pawn shop business since the 1940s, and in the past six years the Golds have chronicled the buying and selling of peoples’ stuff at his American Jewelry and Loan on the TruTV reality show Hardcore Pawn. Beginning this week the family has one more thing to offer: lessons in credit management and other aspects of personal finance.

Gold’s Detroit pawn store is teaming with Junior Achievement of Michigan, Greenpath Financial Wellness and Operation HOPE to host a financial education seminar. This is a one-time event. But Gold expects they will repeat it in the future and maybe even turn into a regular feature. “The response to this idea has been outstanding so far, and I hope to continue doing what we’re doing,” Gold said. “This is really just the beginning.”

Pawn shops are part of an alternative financial world that includes payday lenders, as well as more shadowy credit operations. They are popular with the unbanked, whose ranks total 20 million adults in the U.S., according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The number is even higher–40 million–according to an estimate from Operation HOPE, which puts the number globally at 2.5 billion.

Read the full article at Right About Money Blog: http://www.rightaboutmoney.com/go-figure-hardcore-pawn-shop-offers-financial-education/

 

 

 

 

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WAREHOUSE SALE: November 1-5

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We’re cleaning out the warehouses of all THREE of our Metro Detroit stores as we get ready for the holidays! Our loss is your gain–come and take advantage of MASSIVE savings on game systems, televisions, electronics and sound equipment, fur coats, and more! TRIPLE Gold Bar savings on any clearance item for our loyal customers. Stop by Hazel Park, Detroit, or Pontiac!

Learn more at our Facebook page ‘Events’ tab!

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Celebrating Crain’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016

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Crain’s Detroit Business celebrated the 25th anniversary of Crain’s 40 Under 40. Since 1991, Crain’s has gathered 40 of the community’s overachievers for a special salute. The winners have started companies, found success at a young age at established businesses and made nonprofits stronger. The event brought together the current class with colleagues, clients, family and friends to celebrate this achievement. See photos of the event at www.crainsdetroit.com.

We congratulate Seth Gold on being a member of the class of 2016!