Famous Celebrity Memorabilia: Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress

Famous Celebrity Memorabilia: Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress

She was only 18 at the time, walking down the aisle in a glimmering cream wedding dress, which was the first of many. By the age of 18, Elizabeth Taylor had already become a legendary actress and Hollywood star. She would marry Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, Jr. the same year, 1950, and divorce him after only … Continue reading Famous Celebrity Memorabilia: Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress

The wealthy are using pawn shops to finance their business ideas

The wealthy are using pawn shops to finance their business ideas

Wealthy people looking to fund new ventures are turning to their Rolexes and art collections as collateral for quick and easy loans from high-end pawn shops. Business owners say the trend points less to financial distress and more to customers eager to seize money-making opportunities. Wealthy people looking to fund new ventures are turning to … Continue reading The wealthy are using pawn shops to finance their business ideas

The World’s Oldest Wine

The World’s Oldest Wine

The origins of wine predate written records, and archaeologists remain uncertain about the details of the first cultivation of wild grapevines. However, with the transition from a nomadic to sedentary lifestyle around 10,000 BC came agriculture, and later, the domestication of wine. There are many etiological legends about the first cultivation of grapes and wine production, including … Continue reading The World’s Oldest Wine

Did you know there’s a 136-year-old pawnshop in Chicago?

Did you know there’s a 136-year-old pawnshop in Chicago?

Illinois’ oldest pawnshop, and perhaps the nation’s, has been acquired by a Beverly Hills, Calif., pawnbroker looking to broaden its clientele. Loan Cos. bought T.N. Donnelly, which dates to 1881, renaming it Chicago Loan. Terms and revenue were not disclosed. Donnelly started out on Dearborn, moved to the Jewelers Building at 5 N. Wabash in … Continue reading Did you know there’s a 136-year-old pawnshop in Chicago?