Eric's Heroes: The little trophy shop in the middle of a concrete jungle

Athletic Awards, adorned by a giant trophy, has stood in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood since 1983 and refuses to be pushed out by developers. (Photo: KOMO News)

Maybe you remember Edith Macefield and her house in Ballard. She's the one who refused to sell her home, and so they built completely around her.

There's another holdout.

A small business that refuses to be bought out or pushed around, even in the midst of Seattle's explosion of growth.

"The way I kind of got sold on the business is my grandfather, and he said, 'the thing about this business Ben, is you deal with champions,'" said Ben Holmes, whose grandfather founded Athletic Awards in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood.

It's the story of the Holmes boys, Monty, Monty Jr., and Ben. It's also an ode to the Davids who stand strong amongst the Goliaths of the world.

They are my Heroes.

Editor's Note: "Eric's Heroes" is a weekly series airing every Wednesday on KOMO News in the 6 p.m. newscast. If you have a good story about a good person doing good things for the right reasons, share it with Eric by sending an email to

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