One of my favorite subjects, Smith and Hawken ( A Scotts-Miracle Gro Company) has announced that they are now the exclusive dealers for,Â "the Pantel weather-resistant outdoor television and the Lynx Professional Grilling Collection. Smith & Hawken has partnered with these two brands known for their unparalleled performance and superior craftsmanship. Now, the sky is the limit in creating the ultimate outdoor entertaining space." I guess they didn't take my advice and, "Bring back the Hippies". At that post we learned through Garden Chic Magazine that Smith and Hawken was, "now in the midst of a major shift to return to its â€˜rootsâ€™, its horticultural beginnings.â€ We heard that, "the previous management and various owners lost track of their core focus.â€ In the article â€œGordy (Erickson, CEO)proudly points to the original catalogue from the early days of the company, when the hippies-turned-visionary businessmen were still at the helm.â€
So the visionaries at Smith and Hawken want to return to the day's when hippies ran the show? I wonder how Paul Hawken (one of the founders) feels about this. Is this the direction he would have taken this company? I find it weird to say the least that in these days of victory gardens and the such, that Smith and Hawken would peddle televisions through their stores.
I wrote a post about Smith and Hawkens down hill spiral here.Â I would venture to say that this just about compleats the spiral. How much longer can this company go on and call itself a garden store? Now I could be wrong, and these new TV's and outdoor kitchens will lead the compnay to a brighter future. I doubt it though as it seems an odd thing to be releasing at this day and age. Right when people are looking for a connection with the garden, and trying to save a buck or two, they come out with a new outdoor television? This seems odd, but maybe you have a different take on this?