Meet Your Merchant: All Season Awards provides symbols of appreciation
April 22, 2013
If you really want to know what's going on in town, just ask Vicki Hansen. No, she's not a hairdresser or a cop or a reporter. She's the owner of All Season Awards, a trophy and awards shop in Grass Valley.
Is someone at your company retiring? Chances are you'll want to get him a lifetime appreciation award. Vicki can do that. A new building in town? Vicki can make 150 new "Danger: high voltage" signs. Employee of the month? A framed certificate. Lost a pet? A memorial plaque. A wedding? Engraved champagne flutes. A birth? An engraved silver spoon. A new hire on the fire department or a new Rotary Club member? New name tags are in order. Sponsoring a quilting contest? Chances are you'll need ribbons. Sports teams? Everyone needs a trophy.
And the list goes on, said Vicki — thankfully.
"I really do stay plugged into the community," she said. "What I love about my job is that most of the people come in to get some kind of positive gift, an honor or gesture of appreciation."
Vicki, who oversees daily operations, owns the store with her husband, Kris, a contractor. She opened All Season Awards in 2010, after purchasing equipment from a trophy store that had closed.
Vicki bought two laser machines for engraving, a rotary machine, a pantograph for writing in script, a vinyl cutter and a sand blaster for glass etching. And that was just the beginning.
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"There was a lot to learn — I'm self taught," said Vicki. "But I've also got a graphic designer, Shawn Covington, who works with me three days a week."
Flags, water bottles, mugs and pens with custom logos, patches, medals, lapel pins, signs, T-shirts, banners, castings, plaques, trophies — the list goes on, said Vicki.
"There are a lot of practical jokes as well," she said. "I've engraved on a garlic press, an antique bed pan and a hammer. One guy designed a golden urinal as a way to honor his wife for taking care of him while he was sick."
Debbie Short, who is in charge of recognition awards for students, staff and athletics at Nevada Union High School, said All Season Awards has been tremendous.
"Vicki has been invaluable — she always comes through when it comes to our plaques and trophies," said Short. "She's got two teenaged sons, one of whom is still here at NU — he hasn't graduated yet. It's nice to work with someone who's involved in the community, who gets it."
The busiest season at All Season Awards is coming, said Vicki: the end of the academic year. That's when requests for sports and academic awards come flooding in. But she isn't complaining.
"I enjoy meeting so many people from different parts of the community," she said. "And each award has meaning for someone — there's always a story that goes along with it."
To contact Staff Writer Cory Fisher, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477.4203.
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