Store owner seeks pawn license from commissioners

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

“There aren’t going to be neon lights everywhere. It’s not going to be lawnmowers and junk,” said DiLallo, who moved to the area last month from Miami. “I believe in my heart that Port St. Joe could use a jewelry store.

“I collect older things that people look for. I go to watch shows all over the country. I can get things that people are going to want, and if they’re looking for something in particular, I want to be their local guy.”

DiLallo said that there hadn’t been a stable jewelry store in town since 1970 and aimed to remedy that.

Since DiLallo purchased the building on Reid Avenue that he will share with Joseph’s Cottage, there has been an air of mystery around the shop.

The windows have been covered with brown paper and very few people have been inside.

DiLallo said that he’s not hiding anything, but rather is proud of the renovations he completed on the storefront and wanted to build anticipation for the grand opening.

 “If locals want to buy a nice piece of jewelry or watch for a birthday present or anniversary gift, I can do that for them,” he said. “Right now, if they need to buy a watch battery, they have to go all the way to Panama City.”

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