Houston, Texas: Pawn Shop Wedding Chapel (Gone)

A tough pawn shop neighborhood, Bellfort Ave. is littered with the blown-out hulks of abandoned businesses.
Chapel gone.

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Kipperman's Wedding Chapel and Pawn Shop. Pawn Shop Wedding Chapel - Gone

Before his business was bought by someone called "Mr. Money," the late Ted Kipperman offered a unique combination of pawn shop and wedding chapel. If you bought a gun or wedding ring, your marriage ceremony was FREE. Otherwise it was $49.95 with your choice of indoors, outdoors, or drive-thru.

Kipperman was just a pawn shop owner until the oil business collapsed in the early 1980s, and he got stuck with hundreds of pawned wedding rings. So he became a licensed chaplain. The wedding chapel had an altar, wrought-iron heart, fake wedding cake, boom box music, and mural of Niagara Falls.

Now Mr. Kipperman is dead, and "Mr. Money" doesn't perform weddings. The chapel is gone.

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 03/04/2006]

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