Smith & Hawken going under
So long Smith & Hawken, it was nice while it lasted.
The Smith & Hawken website says it all-
"Thank you for 30 wonderful years in the garden."
For those of us who knew S&H back when it was that neat little store in Mill Valley with the wonderful gardening tools, Wednesday was a sad day.
That's when we heard the news that S&H was going out of business after nearly 30 years.
The perennially hip gardening biz began with two guys; Dave Smith and Paul Hawken who, sensing the market for burgeoning outdoor lifestyle, began selling well-made, attractive gardening tools. Their trowel became their iconic symbol.
But time went by, the founders sold the business and S&H traded hands before eventually winding up being owned by, of all things, corporate giant Scotts Miracle-Gro Company based in Ohio. According to the Marin IJ, that move was the antithesis of what the original founders wanted and one of them even encouraged customers not to patronize the S&H brand anymore. Still, Scotts believed they had a winner with S&H and even opened newly remodeled mega-stores as late as 2006, including the one in Strawberry. S&H products even appeared in Target stores. But former devotees say the move away from the core business of gardening tools, and into the home decoration market, was the death knell in the dwindling economy.
S & H employees were hoping for a miracle in the form of a buyer as late as Tuesday, even as liquidators were closing in on its nearly 60 stores here in the U.S. The company- based in Novato- employs about 100 people in Marin between the headquarters and the retail store, and about 6,400 workers worldwide.
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