Columbus trophy shop owners answer questions
Who we talked to
Steve Scholz, co-owner
Scholz Ey Engravers
1558 Parsons Ave., Columbus
Mary Jo Leonhardt, owner
5211 N. High St., Columbus
Linda Weltlich, owner
Auld Crafters & Associates
175 Cleveland Ave., Columbus
What services do you offer?
Steve Scholz: "Engraving, including jewelry and silver. If we can hold it and it's metal, we can engrave it."
Mary Jo Leonhardt: "Plaques, trophies, laser engravings, electronic etching, sandblasting, promotional items and acrylics."
Linda Weltlich: "We're a full-service shop. We do trophies, plaques, engraving and laser engraving, among other things."
What are some of the options for figures on top of trophies?
Scholz: "There's an Oscar figure - a lot of people do a twist on plays. We have drama, education and lamps of knowledge."
Leonhardt: "We have every sport figure. There are even toilets for the last-place team. You name it, and we can design it for you."
Weltlich: "There are all different ones. If they're looking for a sports figure, we can find that. We've created some, too. It's customized."
Are trophies becoming more or less unique today?
Scholz: "I think trophies are sliding a little bit with the resins coming out. There are premade sculptures and figures, and everybody has trophies anyway."
Leonhardt: "They're more unique. You used to have a column with a figure on top and piece of marble on the bottom. Now, there are resins, statues and bobbleheads."
Weltlich: "Less. When people think of trophies, they think bowling or football. Trophies can be so many different things. They don't have to be just on a column or base."
How do you charge for trophies?
Scholz: "It probably averages out to $10 per award."
Leonhardt: "A lot of people just get a figure on a base, and that can start at about $4."
Weltlich: "An average trophy would be 10 to 12 inches on a column or base. Most people spend $25 or $30. A kid's sports trophy might be cheaper."
How far in advance should people place their order?
Scholz: "It depends on the season. Generally, two weeks. Sometimes we need a month."
Leonhardt: "We usually can do them in a week, and we have rush service available."
Weltlich: "If it's readily available, I can get it done in a week. Custom items are going to take four to six weeks and sometimes more."
Are trophy shops a dying business?
Scholz: "There are a lot going under, I know that. We have an advantage in that we do more than that with jewelry, silver and the engraving."
Leonhardt: "I think it's a growing business, because they keep bringing out more and more different types of awards."
Weltlich: "Absolutely not. When times are tough, we do a lot of corporate awards. Corporations can't afford to give employees raises, but they're doing something to make them feel good."