"Pawn Queens" of Naperville
Naperville pawn shop featured on TLC
BRISTOL, CT - NOVEMBER 11: Cars pass by a pawn shop October 11, 2008 in Bristol, Connecticut. Unlike the wealthy towns on the coast, the area around Bristol depends on manufacturing and construction. The Connecticut Department of Labor has announced that the number of jobs in the state fell by 2,300 from August, 2008 to September as the impact of the nation?s contracting economy begins to worsen. Employment in Connecticut was 1.7 million, with the unemployment rate at 6.1 percent. The decline in housing has furthered job cuts in construction employment by 300, to 67,700. The manufacturing industry has lost 700 jobs, to 188,500. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The Learning Channel picked a pair of Naperville pawn brokers to hock its new show.
"Pawn Queens" centers around employees of the Naperville Jewelry & Loan's, 635 East Ogden Avenue in Naperville. The show follows Nikki Ruehl and Minda Grabiec and their business partners, owner Tom Brunzelle and Greg Holloway, as they pawn, purchase and sell items geared toward women.
TLC producers found the Naperville pawn shop through an internet search while preparing to launch their new series. They spent much of August filming at the pawn shop's Ogden Avenue location, according to the Naperville Sun.
Store owners described taping as labor intensive. They said it involved 12- to 14-hour days, seven days a week, according to the Naperville Sun.
"Pawn Queens" premieres on TLC Thursday, November 18th. The first episode centers around a missing diamond ring, worth about $9,000.
Published at 7:18 AM CDT on Nov 5, 2010