Las Vegas trophy shop owners discuss awards
Who we talked to
Pam Powers, owner
Blue Ribbon Trophies
5732 W. Charleston Blvd.
Sam Mollise, owner
Trophies of Las Vegas
4295 S. Arville St.
Deward E. Nunley, owner
D & M Engraving
1717 S. Decatur Blvd.
What services do you offer?
Pam Powers: "Trophies, plaques, glass etching, laser acrylic and custom woodworking."
Sam Mollise: "All kinds of awards, engraving of silver and crystal and custom trophies. We cover everything in the awards industry."
Deward E. Nunley: "I focus on engraving jewelry, gifts, gold, silver, license plate frames, plaques and wood."
What's your most popular service?
Pam Powers: "Trophies for sports and sporting events."
Sam Mollise: "Engraving and etching of plaques."
Deward E. Nunley: "Engraving license plate frames."
Why should people choose you over an online company?
Pam Powers: "They can mess things up online, but here you see what you get."
Sam Mollise: "You get the actual, on-hand feeling of how the thing your buying will look."
Deward E. Nunley: "The personal, one-on-one service."
How do you charge for trophies?
Pam Powers: "It depends on the parts. We have some that start at $4, but the typical trophy costs between $12 and $15."
Sam Mollise: "Pricing is difficult. It's by the piece, plus the engraving. A nice piece of crystal with nice engraving is anywhere from $175 to $350."
Deward E. Nunley: "For plaque engraving, it's $7 for the first seven letters and then 50 cents per letter after that. On average, people spend between $20 to $25."
How far in advance should people place their order?
Pam Powers: "A week or two, but we can do it in less time than that."
Sam Mollise: "We can turn around in a couple hours, but we prefer a week."
Deward E. Nunley: "As a rule, we try to get it to them within an hour or two."
Are trophy shops a dying business?
Pam Powers: "I don't think so."
Sam Mollise: "No."
Deward E. Nunley: "No, absolutely not."
Do people still have the same attachment to trophies that they once did? Why or why not?
Pam Powers: "I think so. My kids just got rid of their childhood trophies and they're more than 30 years old!"
Sam Mollise: "I think they have a bigger attachment - everybody wants self- recognition these days."
"No. It used to be an office would hand out a whole series of trophies. Now they get one, and that's it."
What makes you stand out from your competition?
Pam Powers: "Our better prices."
Sam Mollise: "We're very, very good."
Deward E. Nunley: "I have no competition."
Have you ever made any trophies or awards for anyone famous or any famous sports teams?
Pam Powers: "I used to do 17-foot trophies for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway."
Sam Mollise: "Yeah. Franco Harris, the football player."
Deward E. Nunley: "I made an award for Paul Casey. He's an Elvis impersonator."