Austin “Chumlee” Russell’s Candy Shop Opens at Pawn Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas

Austin “Chumlee” Russell, one of the stars of the Las Vegas-based “Pawn Stars” reality series, has opened a new candy store, Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard.

The candy shop is located in Pawn Plaza, a shopping complex adjacent to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop made, y’know, world famous, on “Pawn Stars.”

During our recent visit, Chumlee himself was greeting fans at the shop and said he expects to do so often.

Chumlee candy shop

Chumlee’s candy shop features classics like Turkish Taffy, Astro Pops and Niklnips, at least one of which sounds like a stripper name.

The shop is co-owned by Chumlee and his brother, Sage Russell.

Chumlee’s candy shop is diminutive, as it inhabits a shipping container, but has a solid collection of sweets, including many retro candies sure to strike a nostalgic chord with guests.

The candy selection reflects Chumlee’s personal favorites such as Bottle Caps and Razzles.

Chumlee candy shop

It seems somebody’s lollipop has delusions of grandeur.

The prices are a tad on the steep side, so don’t think of it as “candy,” per se. The candy is just an excuse to rub elbows with a reality TV star. They aren’t candy cigarettes, they’re “Pawn Stars” mementos, emphasis on the Mentos. Which we don’t recall seeing at the shop, but just play along.

Oh, that’s right, we went for the candy cigarettes ($2). We also snagged SweeTarts ($2.75, deep breaths), Red Vines ($2.45), Pop Rocks ($1.85) and candy buttons ($1.97).

Chumlee candy on the boulevard

Don’t judge us. It’s Las Vegas.

Chumlee and his brother Sage were helpful and friendly, indulging requests for autographs and selfies.

Our receipt said “Cashier: Austin Russell,” but his brother was actually the one pulling cashier duty.

There was a short line outside the shop during our visit, mainly because the store can only accommodate six guests at a time.

The shop is open noon to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday).

Chumlee candy shop

The “Boulevard” in the name is Las Vegas Boulevard, the most glorious of all thoroughfares.

Pawn Plaza has had quite a bit of turnover in recent months, so it’s gratifying to see another new tenant in place.

We quite like the nearby Jared’s Old Fashioned Hot Dogs & Hamburgers, as one does not live by candy buttons alone.

Here’s hoping Chumlee and his brother can make a go of Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard. It’s unknown if “Pawn Stars” will be picked up by the History network for a 15th season, so it’s an ideal time for the show’s stars to explore other ventures.

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  • Photoncounter

    rent, business license, tax, graft to the politicians, inventory, payroll, taxes… this loses money right from the start. not surprised, maybe his on camera persona is for real: sharp as a banana.

    • Grid

      Rent, cheap. Rick just wants to keep the area busy and draw people in. License, $200 a year for LLC & LPs. Tax, only on sales. You are not greasing the wheels of local politicians to run a small candy shop, what favors can they be looking for? Inventory, its candy at a wholesale level! He isnt selling fruit, do you know the shelf life of most non-chocolate? Its years.

      There is no Unitary Tax, or even a franchise tax in NV. Think of this as a mall kiosk, 1 guy running the register so payroll is low. People drop by hoping to see Chum, take a picture of the store (like they do at Gold & Silver) and drop $10 for the novelty of it all.

      Easy money with a built in fan base. The same TV watchers going to Gold & Silver will walk over to Rick’s place and drop by to see Chum’s place. Next up is Corey’s Porn Shop. Winner idea right there!

      • RustyHammer

        And then the old man opens a hearing aid and bifocals shop?

  • PalateA

    Trying to be optimistic here but if doughnuts and a pizza joint couldn’t make it here how on earth is a candy shop going to???

    • John D

      Candy shops have better profit margins.

      • PalateA

        Check their hours of operation now John….. soon will be closed . Know your numbers

  • RustyHammer

    A Chumlee candy store? This smells like desperation to offer anything they can come up with in order to keep the plaza from being as dead as Neonopolis.

    And they know this has little chance of actually making money, hence they operate the store a whopping 25 hours per week.

    It’s near the end, Rick just ain’t got the time….

    • EnuffBull

      “A Chumlee candy store? This smells like desperation . . . ”

      Probably not the only aroma that smells in his store, amiright? 😀

  • double.down.now

    Now if he opened a strip club….

    • RustyHammer

      We know he had mad skills on the turntables… perhaps he should get his foot in the door at the Rhino, learn the business from the inside and then take his talents elsewhere. There’s vacancy just down the street from the pawn shop, last I knew. I can’t imagine the OG space has been repurposed.

  • LasVegasJunkie

    i would NEVER consume anything that has been personally selected or handled by Chumplee

    • EnuffBull

      It’s like that old joke:

      A guy walks into a dive truckstop restaurant, and sees a sign which reads :

      “- Cheese sandwich $2 – Hand-job $10”

      Waitress walks up to his table, and he asks: “Are you the one who gives the hand-jobs?”

      “Yes” she says with a smile.

      “Well wash your f#cking hands and make me a cheese sandwich!”

  • William Wingo

    “The prices are a tad on the steep side, so don’t think of it as “candy,”
    per se. The candy is just an excuse to rub elbows with a reality TV
    star.”

    Well, if I ever want to do that, then at least I’ll know where to go.

  • Bouldersteve

    Candy cigs..have not seen those in years.Do they have a warning on the pack.May cause diabetes and cavities

  • Rich Johnson

    I need a ruling: At what length are shorts no longer shorts, but just shitty pants?

    • Manybar Goatfish

      Those are definitely “Guess” shorts. I’m thinking 300 to 325 pounds. Thank God they don’t make yoga pants in Chumlee’s size.

      • RustyHammer

        Too hot for pants, but too cool for shorts? I’ve never understood men’s capri jeans. Why not pair those capris with the wrap sweater?

        • Manybar Goatfish

          Who’s stopping you?

          • RustyHammer

            Only me. I refuse to look half as ridiculous as Chumm.

          • Manybar Goatfish

            Keep telling yourself that, Rusty.

          • RustyHammer

            That’s the best you’ve got? Goodbye, troll.

          • Manybar Goatfish

            What do you mean is that the best I’ve got? The one time I exceeded my own expectations and I get raked over the coals for it. I thought we were friends. I trusted you.

  • Manybar Goatfish

    I’d go out of my way for some Rocky Road if Chumlee had an ice cream parlor.

  • Manybar Goatfish

    This is a family rated site, you know? Maybe Chumlee had a gun and some reefer in his house (big freaking deal), but I never heard him use profanity like you are guilty of. You are awful. Not that I really care.

  • Joseph DeWan

    Candy shops rule . Can you imagine growing up in one. Halloween everyday . lol Mello-cups always been my Favorite . I’m sure the pawn shop is getting it . ” Yo Chum- bring back some of them milk duds “. lol The Candy Man .