AK Pawn: Providing an important service

Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series in partnership with the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce showcasing local businesses. The Chamber Business Showcase is an annual event that is being taken online this year due to the pandemic. For more, go online to www.citizentribune.com and search for the keyword #chambershowcase.

AK Pawn, located in the old Atmos Energy building on West Andrew Johnson Highway next to Synergy Car Wash in Morristown, carries a large selection of antique and vintage estate jewelry. AK Pawn specializes in gold and jewelry purchases, jewelry consignment and loans.

The business also does title loans and collateral loans for heavy equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes and attachments.

For years, Autumn Smith purchased items for resale through pawn shops. This long-term hobby developed into a business along with an appreciation of the industry and how it helps people.

Larry Long is the onsite bench jeweler and has more than 36 years in the industry. Chad Gulino has more than 18 years of experience in the pawn industry through his time at West End Pawn Shop. Deb Harrell brings her love of jewelry and people to make customers feel welcome and appreciated.

AK Pawn welcomes everyone with a friendly smile. AK Pawn loves people. Not everyone can get a traditional loan, so AK Pawn is here to help. AK is fighting the stigma of pawn shops. The shop reports all items to the police daily and work hand in hand with both Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, Morristown Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to deter any illegal activities.

AK Pawn recently purchased West End Pawn from Victor and Billie Gulino and welcome all current and former West End Pawn customers to the new location. Victor, Billie and Chad will still be intricate parts of AK Pawn, so customers are encouraged to come by to see them or just visit. Be sure to shop for Christmas gifts.

AK Pawn is located at 1335 West Andrew Johnson Highway in Morristown. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.