Store owner seeks pawn license from commissioners

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

Patrick Jones of Talcor Commercial Real Estate sold DiLallo the building in January and praised the owner for the upgrades he made to the space.

“It will blend in with everything else we have on Reid and tourists will see its value and quality,” said Jones. “(DiLallo) has invested money into the community and that’s a positive aspect.”

The business owner and his wife, Theresa, vacationed to Gulf County three times a year for the last eight years. Like many of those who visit the area, they fell in love with the beaches, weather and community that was smaller and tightly knit.

“It’s where we want to retire,” said DiLallo. “People here go to church on Sunday. Not everyone’s rushing around like in Miami.”

Since 1992 DiLallo has worked in the Miami pawn business. Over the years he has accumulated rare jewelry of all types, interesting collectibles and antiques. He said that he enjoyed making the deal and having fun in the process.

“It’s my thing,” said DiLallo. “People will be able to get second-hand goods at a great deal.”

After saving for 25 years, DiLallo sold his Miami store last month and bought a home in Mexico Beach.

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