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Eastside Traders Pawn Shop & Target Retrieval Range – November, 2019

L to R:  Nick Affronti and Chris Frey

L to R: Nick Affronti and Chris Frey


P.O. Box 100 ·Ontario, Wayne County, New York ●14519-0100

            EASTSIDE TRADERS Pawn Shop & Target Retrieval Range is the November 2019 “Business of the Month” for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Nick Affronti, 36, designed the 7,500 sq. ft. triple-wall structure which opened on December 15, 2018 @ 1200 Wooster Way. It contains a 3,200 sq. ft. ”state-of-the- art”  target retrieval range fully licensed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (AFTE) of the Department of Justice as well as local permits.

Nick is an 2001 alumnus of Wayne Central High School and is the third generation of families in both Walworth, where he grew up and now resides with his fiancée, and Ontario. His maternal great-grandfather, William Vaughn, was owner and editor of the WAYNE COUNTY MAIL-Ontario REGISTER(now merged with the Sun-Record-MAIL) for 43 years (1903 to 1946) and his parents own and operate Hilltop Enterprises asphalt paving and snowplowing businesses in Walworth. Site preparation, excavation, drainage, grading, asphalt and completion was done by his dad and the family business.

Nick worked for the family business and operated an independent driveway sealing company. As a teen, Nick learned proper uses of firearms & pistols and enjoyed shooting skeet and taking pilot license training. He was intrigued by buy-sell-trade-pawn businesses and researched operations of Rochester area pawn shops,. He opened a pawn shop in March of 2016 with a lease from owner Bruce Carey in the former Pizza Hut @ 1208 NYS Route 104 at the corner of Johncox Drive. He credits Bruce with continual support and encouragement for starting his business and for handling “tons of details” on development and construction of the new store & location, also owned by Carey.

After completing federal training and licensing for firearm, he issued a federal firearms license and a range officer permit from the Bureau of AFTE. He holds his concealed carry permit from the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (U.S.C.C.A.) and state permits as a pistol dealer.

Eastside Traders buys-sells-trades a variety of items, ranging from electronics, yard equipment, power tools, ammunition, diamonds, gold, silver, coins to antiques, collectibles, electronics, video games and guitars  He also sells-trades-buys new and used firearms and provides them for rent in the on-site target retrieval range.

Nick and his licensed staff offer one-on-one training and coaching for individuals and couples on proper use and purchase of firearms and the target range. Several law enforcement, probation & parole officers in Wayne and Monroe counties maintain their firearm permits and training requirements at the range. Solo use of the target range is restricted to person’s age18 or older and age 12 or older when accompanied by eligible parent or guardian.

“We have a strict policy on proper training and full identification for rental, purchase, sale, trade or use of firearms at our facility,” Nick noted. “We work very closely with the local law enforcement & parole agencies to keep illegal firearms off the street and out of pawn shops.” Detailed federal, state and local pawn-sale-trade and use records are maintained on a daily basis, he added.

Monthly membership plans are offered. Firearms, supplies and gunsmith services are available. Look for Eastside Traders on Facebook or contact themby e-mail@, by phone@ 315-333-5819 or stop into meet Nick and his highly trained and experienced staff.

Both the pawn shop and target range are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday thru Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Business of the Monthprogram is in its 20thyear and recognizes both new and established Ontario businesses. A road side yard sign with customized rider provides community recognition and public notification appears in local news media, the Chamber’s website @, its bi-monthly newsletter and on the business development lobby display at the Ontario Town Hall/Public Library @ 1850 Ridge Road. Additional recognition includes a photo/feature plaque for the business and introductions at the annual awards’ banquet in September.

November 29, 2019


PREPARED BY;Jim Switzer, BOD, Treasurer, OCC     VM/CELLL585-750-2277


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