#ColumbiaAgenda: Lexington Watchmaker Hook + Gaff Ditches Retail, SC Economic Survey Results, Lexington Medical, Dum-Dum Lawsuit, Fortnite's Staggering Population
Mar 22, 2019 09:57AM
By Chris Haire
Lexington-based watchmaker Hook + Gaff goes direct-to-consumer: On March 15, Hook + Gaff Watch Company transitioned to a direct-to-consumer business model, eliminating its retail footprint. Founder Michael Sims says the change will benefit customers by cutting out the “retail markup” and offering a better value without sacrificing quality.
“In addition, we will have the opportunity to interact directly with our customers, enabling us to build closer relationships with our fans,” he said in a release.
Hook + Gaff was founded after Sims searched for a watch that could withstand days fishing on the open water, yet still look right for a night out. He partnered with designer and friend Gash Clayton to launch the brand, which offers watches, hand-assembled in the Carolinas, with unique features including a left-side crown placement, scratch-resistant sapphire glass, and lightweight titanium.
More information is available at hookandgaff.com. --Leigh Savage***
The new Winthrop Poll is out, and South Carolinians have a positive view of the economy, both here in the Palmetto State and for the country at large: Seventy-six percent believe the U.S. economy is good or very good, while 75% say the same of South Carolina, the poll notes.
Meanwhile, the divide between those anticipating the worst and those expecting the best is far closer, with 54% believing the national economy will get better and 37% believing it will get worse. In South Carolina, 63% say the state economy will get better, while 24% say it's taking a negative turn. --Chris Haire
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