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Awards business in Sandy moves, expands

Shop emphasizes local materials and an array of products


by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - POST PHOTO: JIM HART Grant Baker stands in the middle of some of the awards and trophies he has created. Baker has changed the name of his Sandy business; has moved to a newly remodeled storefront; and is expanding his services and products.Grant Baker, who has operated Awards and More in Sandy since last May when the former owner retired, has decided to provide for more of the needs of his customers.

Serving an ever-widening area that often includes customers from Molalla or Estacada, Baker’s business is responding to the growing diversity of requests for services and products. He’s also adding the option of using debit or credit cards.

Nowadays, Baker is having fun engraving a variety of contemporary surfaces such as stainless steel, aluminum and wood. He is creating more products than just awards — items his clients request that they intend to wrap as holiday gifts.

But more importantly, Baker has just moved his business two doors to the east of his present location, and changed the business name to Peak Trophy & Engraving. He now is in newly remodeled quarters, with more space to work and a larger area to display examples of his artistic designs.

But even higher on Baker’s bucket list is creating a business that stands out and draws customers from an ever-widening area.

“I want to make my business different from every other trophy store,” he said. “One way is to use as much as possible of materials made in the U.S.A. Now, I’m up to about 96 percent made in the U.S. I also want to increase my work on custom projects.”

By custom projects, Baker is talking about items that he can personalize for his clients. As an example, he shows a bamboo cutting board and wooden spoon — both have personal messages etched in the wood.

Baker has hand skills and dexterity gained through his years as a machinist, where he learned to work with computer programs that control etching and engraving. Also to his benefit is his eye for detail.

“I can build a trophy to represent any event you have,” he said. “I have a large selection of all types of events — not just sports. A few examples are shooting, snowmobiling, tractor shows, race cars, horseback riding, hunting, darts, pool and sailing — anything you can think about.”

Other types of work he produces include signs, names for desk tops, name tags to be worn, dog tags, and custom engravings such as for weddings or anniversaries or even initials engraved on pocket knives.

There are some items in Baker’s shop that can’t be found in other area trophy shops such as Employee of the Month plaques and awards with etching on stainless steel or aluminum.

In keeping with his plan to have a trophy shop that is different than all the others, Baker will engrave anything that is made of any of a wide variety of materials — not just brass.

That broad variety, Baker said, extends from jewelry boxes to headstones and from kitchen utensils to stainless crypts — and many items in-between.

“But our quality and service will be equal or greater than before,” he said.

Baker also is constructing a new website that will offer catalogs showing products and services as well as allow ordering and payment online. The web address, he said, will be announced after the website is constructed.

Peak Trophy & Engraving is located at 39120 Proctor Blvd., facing the off-street parking lot that serves Wong’s King Restaurant, Ace Hardware and Sandy Actors Theater.

Open hours include from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment.

For more information, call Baker at 503-668-7717 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..