Detroit area trophy shop owners answer questions

Detroit area trophy shop owners answer questions

What services do you offer?

Jim Saad: "We do trophies, awards, plaques, medallions, ribbons and in-house engraving services."

Joel Noble: "I do engraving, trophies, plaques, cast bronze items, Lucite and acrylic awards, and award signs."

Marty Janeski: "We offer trophies, plaques, ribbons, pens, glass engraving, interior signage, name badges, executive gifts, imprinting - virtually anything that can be engraved, I'll engrave it."

What are some of the options for figures on top of trophies?

Saad: "The most common are the sports ones. We can also do things from a weight lifter to a bass fisher to a horse's ass."

Noble: "We can do all sports: baseball, basketball, football - you name it. The funniest is probably the comic golfer wrapping his club around his body."

Janeski: "I'd say the most common are probably baseball, bowling and sports in general. I've got a 'last place' donkey's ass, and poker-themed trophies are becoming more popular."

Are trophies becoming more or less unique today?

Saad: "More unique. Components are cheaper today because most of the stuff is made in China."

Noble: "There's a lot more options today, so that makes the traditional trophy less popular."

Janeski: "They're more unique with the advances in colored resins and moving parts available today."

How do you charge for trophies?

Saad: "The norm is from $5 and up, including the lettering. The most expensive one we have right now is $450. There's something in every price range."

Noble: "We can charge for the components separately or all together. The lowest starts between $3 and $5 and goes up from there."

Janeski: "Most run from $6.50 to $85, including engraving. There's something for everyone's budget."

What makes you stand out from your competition?

Saad: "Our speed and our price."

Noble: "Because I give truly personal service. When you come in, you see me."

Janeski: "My service and the quality of my engraving."

What's the funniest or most unusual award or trophy request you've received?

Saad: "There was a monsignor who was a great supporter of athletics, so we cast and mounted a jock strap on a plaque to recognize his support."

Noble: "I engraved a sterling silver tray in Spanish for the president of Mexico. And I did another silver tray engraving for Lee Iacocca."

Janeski: "I've mounted kitchen equipment like spatulas and spoons - almost anything can be done, given enough time."


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