Pawn Stars lovable goofball Chumlee took to the Las Vegas Review-Journal to give his fans an update on what he is doing. What did Austin Lee Russell have to say, and why was he given a column to write?
Robin Leach, who usually writes a feature celebrity column for the paper, is on holiday in Greece and Italy, so the former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous had some well-known Vegas residents fill in and each write a guest column while he is basking in the Mediterranean. Last week, he had the affable Pawn Star Chumlee write his own column. Naturally, Chumlee wanted to focus on his new candy venture, Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard.
Writing in the very way he speaks, Chumlee starts out by assuring everyone that he is “alive and well,” dispelling any of those nasty internet rumors that he has overdosed or suddenly died. He then went on to mention that both Rick Harrison and his son, Corey, Chum’s childhood friend, told him to “get to work.” He shares that as he is still waiting for his pawn shop promotion, he has decided to take his career into his own hands.
For the past year, Chumlee has devoted his personal time away from filming the popular History Channel show Pawn Stars by doing a lot of charity work. This included signing autographs and having lunch with fans who donated to designated charities at the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop that everyone knows from the reality show. He went on television and radio to promote the charities.
Once filming for the current season stopped, Chumlee had to figure out what sort of business to get into. One thing he did know, he would work with his younger brother Sage. For the past year, Sage has been by his side at all of the charity signings, hanging with Chum, taking photos for fans, and being a moral support to his big brother during a tough time.
Chumlee writes that he had considered a “pizza place or a breakfast spot.” Yet, he did not want to compete with two other Pawn Plaza shops, like Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern, which his boss, Rick Harrison, owns, and will, on occasion, come in and tend bar.
Then it hit them: why not a candy shop, where people can pick up sweet treats for themselves, but also get gifts for others?
So, what kinds of treats does he sell? In addition to selling nostalgic sodas like Dad’s Root Beer, and local products like Jackson Hole specialty sodas, Chumlee was quite detailed in sharing some of the other sweet merchandise they sold.
“Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard features nostalgic candy from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, Pez and a huge assortment of Pez dispensers ranging from Star Wars to Disney to Pokemon characters, among others. We also carry other oldies but goodies such as candy buttons, Necco Wafers, Pop Rocks, BB Bats, Zotz and many others. You’ll just have to come down and take a trip down a sugared memory lane! Also, don’t miss the huge assortment of salt water taffy and other bulk favorites like gummy bears and worms, Lemonheads, Sour Patch and more. Of course, I had to include some of my favorites like Bottle Caps and Razzles, too.”
Ending his piece with a thank you to the fans, Chumlee invited one and all to his tempting new establishment! Chumlee promises to be at the shop, most days, the entire time it is open, which is from 12-5. He recently tweeted that he will hang around until the line is finished.
See you guys at the candy shop today from 12-5 I leave when the line is gone get there early! 725 s. Las Vegas blvd. Suit 120 pic.twitter.com/bWOnEG9oDg
— Austin Russell (@chumlee_) July 6, 2017
Did you read Chum’s column in the paper? What do you think of Chumlee’s latest venture?
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