The City of Fayetteville recognized Spring Break Watches co-founder Kwame Molden with a December 21st proclamation presented on January 8th. SPGBK watches, resembling the characteristic charm of his hometown, are nationally recognized.
It was a memorable and emotional moment for Molden to receive a hometown proclamation. During the council meeting, he presented a video of his co-founder and best friend, Maurice Davis, journey from childhood to business partner. The two business partners share a special brotherhood bond—attending school together, becoming college roommates at North Carolina A&T University, and joining the same fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. They also shared a special bond for watches, which began their Spring Break journey.
“We didn’t have a lot of money at the time. So, I would buy two watches. He would buy two watches, and then we would swipe-swap them out. He’s the first person I called when I was looking to start Spring Break,” Molden stated in the video presentation.
This black-owned business is unique because it incorporates personal experiences into its watches. The company’s best-selling watch from the collection is the “Smith” watch, named after his high school alma mater, EE Smith.
His colorful watch collections are found in major retail stores, nationwide, honoring his hometown. Last year, SPGBK watches were featured as Oprah’s favorite collections.
Molden expressed his gratitude to receive the reward on behalf of his family, co-founder, and the entire SPGBK team. He also thanked the City Council body, the City of Fayetteville, and Fayetteville NEXT Advisory Commission for the proclamation.
During his speech, he took the time to dedicate the award to his great-grandfather, Thurman Andrews Sr. Molden receiving the award from the building across the street where his great-grandfather labored during the Great Depression, attributed immense significance to it.
“I imagine a black man working as a bellman at the Prince Charles Hotel, where fluent guests travel and stay. He did not have the most enjoyable experience working there. So, he worked and sacrificed,” he said as he got emotional reflecting on his great-grandfather’s journey.
“Fast-forward to today, I think it’s extremely symbolic for his great-grandson to receive one of the highest honors in the city where he used to carry bags for tips, and I really hope he’s proud,” he continued.
He ended his speech on a special note, saying that this was only the beginning of the work he plans to do in his hometown.
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