BEST PAWNSHOP (2001)

Hy's Pawn and Jewelry

Hy's is the Dayton's of pawnshops. Despite its classic pawnshop location (across the street from the Salvation Army's Harbor Light shelter), the place is almost quaint: There're no cracked windows, burned-out neon signs, or graffiti-clad walls. In the past year the store has doubled in size. Snappy blue awnings have been installed, the exterior has been redone in stucco, and a second entrance has been added. Inside, the shelves are stocked as carefully as a department store's. "We're trying to change the industry, and the image of it," says Hy's president Michael Strauss. The bulk of the selection is standard pawnshop fare: guitars lined up on one wall, jewelry tucked safely into glass cases, electronics displayed in their own special room. But there are a few exotic finds to be had as well. Ever long for a Pachinko machine, the bizarre Japanese equivalent of pinball? Hy's is your place.