In Jamestown, North Dakota, custom trophy shop owner Judy Dauer looks to say goodbye to her family business after 43 years.
For the last four decades, Dauer’s Trophies has been a place where schools, clubs, teams, and the like could get trophies custom engraved. Now, Judy hopes someone will take over the business and continue to serve the Jamestown community.
“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Judy writes in a letter to the Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center (JREC). “I am still praying that someone will come forward and want to take over a trophy shop. (I) don’t want to let Jamestown stranded without a trophy shop.”
She adds that she loves her customers but is looking to retire.
“It’s been fun. Never a dull moment. Always something new (and) I still get new customers every week.”
Judy mentions her friends and relatives who helped her when her late husband Dick passed away in 2018, and she reflects on the good, bad, and hectic times.
“So many good memories, from getting up at 3 a.m. to make trophies for someone who forgot the awards and needed them by noon to driving 80 miles to deliver trophies to someone, to redoing an order on event day that I goofed up on, (and) excited kids telling me about their awards from us.”
“Thank you for your business and your friendship,” she concludes.
Judy hopes someone will take over the business and looks to retire in June.
If interested in purchasing Dauer’s Trophies, contact Judy at 701-252-6777 or visit 916 14th St. NE in Jamestown during business hours.