As a little kid I was always interested in this pawn shop because in the window you can see a Nintendo NES U-Force accessory that I always wanted to try, and in the dark insides I always imagined amazing videogame stuff to be had.
However, I have never, ever, EVER seen this place open. It is ALWAYS closed. Weekdays, weekends, days, nights. I hadn’t thought of this place in years but now I have a busroute home from work that passes me by this place.
There is a pizza place about a mile from my house that has been in business, albeit under different names, for more than 40 years. My father and I used to drive by it and like Pavlov’s dog, every time we’d pass, my father (nobody’s idea of a poster boy for sanity) would tell me the place was a mob front because nobody ever went in or came out and the door was always closed.
Finally, after decades of this bullshit, I pointed out that the parking lot was in the back and that patrons likely used the back door.
What’s odder to me in Seattle is the Mexican grocery store next to the original Starbuck’s at Pike Place Market. They have a selection of about 20 different grocery items. I never see anybody shopping there. This is also prime real estate. There’s a much better Mexican store a block up, kind of behind Copacabana. It must be a front for the Mexican drug cartel or something.
Barney’s was open today at lunchtime. If I worked in a place that miserable looking, I’d close early, too. They probably heard people were questioning whether they were legit and decided to open for a few days until things quieted down.
I can’t tell if you are being sarcastic, but it definitely looks miserable and as soon as I have a week day open I will be there. I can’t comprehend their supposed hours (which I still don’t believe): Who ARE these people going to a pawn shop before 5pm? They don’t think to stay open late on mariners games when HOARDS of people are walking by? Just bizarre…