LIMA — For nearly 70 years, the Trophy Center has provided the Lima area with personalized trophies, plaques, mugs, glasses, gift items and more.
The Trophy Center was the first designated trophy business in the Lima area when it opened in 1950, according to shop owner Deveria Dake. It began inside the Philip Kohn Company, a pawn shop owned by Leonard Faurot on East Market Street.
At that time the business only sold trophies, plaques and medals.
“When you first started you didn’t have a whole lot of choice in color,” said Dake. “Everything was metal and heavy casting figures had no real detail to them. Over the years they started lightening them up and you started getting color.”
By 1966, the Trophy Center had moved into a space of its own on 110 E. Market St. and by 1970 Faurot’s old bookkeeper, Betty Numbers, bought the business. With the bigger space and better technology, business improved.
Through the use of newer technology like sublimation the Trophy Center has been able to use color on their items and offer customized items like wine stoppers, wine boxes for weddings, clocks, acrylics, flasks, vases and glass art.
“I know that companies want to recognize their employees, but because offices have changed they don’t have room on the wall for things like plaques,” said Dake. “So it’s nice to have a nice art piece like the art glass. It’s a nice conversation piece because it has their name and what they were recognized for.”
Since taking over the business in 1990, Dake, Numbers’ daughter, said the technology has changed a lot.
“Your engraving changed and has became computerized,” said Dake. “However I don’t do laser engraving. The engraving I do is either rotary or diamond-dragged. I can do pretty much anything a laser can do.”
The Trophy Center has been at its current location on 1175 W. North St. for 25 years and is still standing strong, according to Dake.
“We’ve done a lot of business since we started; however, a lot of the companies have closed,” said Dake. “But then where a door closes, a window opens somewhere else. I’m constantly rethinking and reinventing.”
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