LEHMAN'S

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A Piece of the Past makes an Excellent Present! 

If you like the attractive, practical appliances of yesteryear, then youíre going to love Lehmanís.  This family owned and operated business specializes in antique-styled appliances and retro home furnishings, non-electric kitchenware, old-time toys, hand tools, oil lamps, collectible cook books and much more.  If you think it isnít made any more, call Lehmanís before you give up!

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Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Lehman's
The Crossraods of
HOLLYWOOD
& OHIO AMISH

What do Jacob Miller, an Amish man that farms 30 acres in northeast Ohio, and Brad Pitt, the Oscar-nominated, high profile movie star, have in common? They both shop at Lehmanís, the countryís most famous old-time hardware store.

Where else could Jacob find the butter churns, cream separator and glass milk bottles he needs for his cows? And where could Brad (or more accurately, his production staff for The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford, an epic Western) find copper kettles, cast iron cookware and a coal shovel?

Providing merchandise to movie production companies looking for historically accurate period pieces is a growing segment for Lehmanís. Founded by Jay Lehman in 1955 to serve the local Amish in northeast Ohio, Lehmanís stocks a huge selection of non-electric appliances, wood stoves, hand tools, old-fashioned kitchenware, toys and much more in its winding retail store, huge catalog and  e-commerce web site (www.Lehmans.com). At Lehmanís, everything old is new again.

Today, the newly expanded retail store features a buggy barn demonstration room, the Cast Iron Cafe serving soups, salads, sandwiches, drinks and desserts, indoor and outdoor seating and four reconstructed pre-Civil War era barns inside the retail space. Lining the shelves are thousands of products, from tin toys to weather vanes to butter churns that you probably thought they quit making years ago.

Jay Lehman always dreamt of preserving the past for future generations, but never had any idea it would take place in a Cinema Ten movie theater.  Another release featuring Lehmanís products is The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington.  This drama is based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

In recent years, Cold Mountain with Nicole Kidman, Mystic River with Sean Penn, War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp, The Patriot with Mel Gibson, Gangs of New York with Daniel Day Lewis and many other top movies used Lehmanís "historical technology" to add realism to their scenery.

Ironically, what started out as a business to serve the local Amish has turned into an international operation, shipping products all over the world. Missionaries, survivalists, environmentalists, homesteaders, vacation home owners and the chronically nostalgic, as well as movie producers wanting to create an authentic scene, have made Lehmanís their low-tech superstore. The guest book in the crowded Kidron store is peppered with signatures from all over the world, including South Africa, Slovakia, Siberia, Germany and Kenya.

The store has been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, Time and Newsweek magazines, HG-TV, London Telegraph, National Public Radio and many other international news outlets. Why? Because there is no one else doing what Lehmanís does, on the scale that they do it.

Two of Lehmanís four children work at this unique family owned and operated business. Galen Lehman is president; Glenda Lehman Ervin is vice president. 

The Kidron retail store is open every day except Sunday and is located four miles south of Rte. 30 between Wooster and Canton in northeast Ohio. Visit www.Lehmans.com for information about the store and its unique product line.