…by Anura Guruge
>> MacDurgin sold — July 20, 2013.
>> Sex shop in Laconia in the MacDurgin Building
>> … — June 18, 2013.
Of course I have been meaning to go in and check them out ever since they opened — a few years ago. But, we never seemed to have the time. Whenever we were in Laconia we were on ‘a mission’.
This morning, for a change, after I had done my presentation at the Taylor Community, just up the road, I was not in any mad hurry. But, Deanna wasn’t with me. Nonetheless, I stoped.
I am glad I did.
An Aladdin’s Cave of interesting, well priced stuff.
I was impressed.
Got to meet the owner David Byer.
[[ What a name, ‘Byer’, for a pawn shop proprietor! I only checked the business card, and saw the name, when I got home. Next time I will have to kid him about it and find out whether it is truly real or a ‘stage name’ for Laconia. But, I notice his daughter uses that too — so it might be real.]]
David Byer: very nice guy. Good, shrewd businessman. Knows what he is doing. But, at the same time he wants to do right by his customers.
I was impressed.
I bought a few things.
A bull in a china store has nothing on me in a pawn or consignment store.
I am the impulse buyer’s impulse buyer. I just buy stuff that catches my eye — the more esoteric the better.
If you are within 66 miles of Laconia, N.H., make a point of checking out this store.
You will not be disappointed.
I sang the praises of the ‘Laconia Antique Center’ just over a year ago.
Obviously different paradigms, BUT you will LIKE Dave’s prices much better — not that the ‘Antique Center’ prices are that bad.
Kind of funny to go back into that building. What used to be my office area is now curtained off — and I could see a few motorbikes in there!
What used to be the PALATIAL Executive Suites, up the steps,
and I was only allowed to go up there by appointment (typically with 72 hours notice), is now a showroom!
All the glass is gone.
Cracked me up.
They do have a Facebook page.
I didn’t bother with the ‘Smoke Shop’.
Not my thing. I understand why they would have it in there. It probably makes more money than the rest of the store.
To me, that was the only downer … but then again 99.99% of Laconians wouldn’t have a problem with it (which is why I don’t live in Laconia).