By Larissa Dudkiewicz
This Merchant Street business hasn’t changed since serving as the famous backdrop for a bounty hunter business in “One for the Money,” starring Katherine Heigl.
And Artem Kulish plans to keep the place looking the same way Hollywood left it, right down to the brown wood paneling, when he opens his new business at 648 Merchant St. in Ambridge.
AK'S Gold Shop officially opens for business today and will hold a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 4.
“If it’s precious metals, gold or silver, we can buy it," Kulish said.
The store will also purchase small electronics such as iPhones, iPads, iPods, laptops and tablets, and will specialize in purchasing gift cards. Kulish said they will always pay cash.
“The main part of the business is going to be buying, buying, buying,” he said.
Kulish said he will also buy store or merchandise credits, giving customers anywhere from 50 percent to 70 percent of the value, depending upon the merchant. A $100 card, for instance, could get you $60 to $65 cash, he said.
Cards will also be resold to the public. If a customer plans to shop at Macy’s, for example, and plans to spend $100, Kulish said they may be able to purchase a gift card for about $70.
Kulish has a background doing exchanges for about five years, with experience working in Pittsburgh and Ohio. His brother, who lives in California, also does the same kind of business.
Kulish said he won’t purchase any large items, such as lawnmowers, because there isn’t enough space. The store will mainly purchase items. Any particular inventory the store decides to sell will be posted online or on a bulletin board. No items will be put out on display.
In addition to precious metals, he encourages customers to bring other valuables such as antiques. He will examine the item and do some research on them.
“If you think it’s worth something, you can bring it in," Kulish said.
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