Sam's Loan was founded in 1946 on Howard Street by Ruben Manes. For 25 years this pawn shop/jewelry store helped Akron's troubled rubber workers make it from payday to payday by providing affordable short-term loans.
In 1971 Ruben sold the business to his son Lee, who moved the shop to its current location on East Exchange Street. It was during this time the focus shifted from loans to fine jewelry, growing Sam's Jewelry Emporium into a jewelry store with one of the largest inventories in Northeast Ohio. While Sam's still offers inexpensive loan options, they have become the go-to place for exquisite diamonds and jewelry
We specialize in jewelry. We purchase and do loans on gold and platinum jewelry, diamonds and high-grade watches such as: Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Cartier, Tag Heuer, Patek Phillipe, and others.