Twin Cities trophy shops discuss their business
Who we talked to
Tom Reed, owner
Lowry Central Bowler Trophy Supplies
2430 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis
Mike Schmid, owner
Mike's Pro Shop
1273 W. Country Road E., Arden Hills
Kathy Kieffer, owner
549 E. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul
What services do you offer?
Tom Reed: "This is a bowling pro shop, as well as a trophy and awards supplier."
Mike Schmid: "Bowling supplies and trophy goods, screen printing and embroidery."
Kathy Kieffer: "We build trophies, ad specialty and promotional items, T-shirts, screen printing and embroidery."
What's your most popular service?
Reed: "Trophies and awards, that's 60 or 70 percent of our business."
Schmid: "It's bowling balls and trophies."
Kieffer: "Ad specialty items. People need more of them to build their business."
Why should people choose you over an online company?
Reed: "We try to stay as competitive as we can be and we provide quality work."
Schmid: "I think personalized service. People call last minute and we can help them out."
Kieffer: "We're a small mom-and-pop shop and we get the job done fast."
How do you charge for trophies?
Reed: "Based on size, primarily. There's no charge for engraving trophies. We do charge for engraving plaques."
Schmid: "I just charge by what they pick out. It's $3.95 for the smallest size trophy. We charge by the job, not the engraving."
Kieffer: "We charge by inch and per column. A 24-inch, two-column trophy is $26 and it can go up from there."
How far in advance should people place their order?
Reed: "That depends on size. I try to get trophies out in two to three days at most."
Schmid: "A week to 10 days in advance. Some people want a quick turnaround and we're good for that."
Kieffer: "We like at least three to four weeks."
Do people still have the same attachment to trophies that they once did? Why or why not?
Reed: "I think that trophies are always going to be popular with kids. It's like seeing your name up in lights. As you get older, the gleam and glare dissipates."
Schmid: "Some people have a big attachment to them and some don't. We have people calling to get rid of their trophies."
Kieffer: "Maybe not as much, a lot of people are going into plaques now. But in sports, they still like the trophies."
Where do you get most of your business?
Reed: "It's pretty evenly divided."
Schmid: "Schools, corporate, teams. It's from everywhere. And, of course, the bowling business."
Kieffer: "More from the corporate side."