Helping People Live “The Simple Life”

Lehman’s is the iconic old-time general store in Kidron, about an hour south of Cleveland. It helps customers around the world take the next step on their journey to a simpler life. For five years in a row, Lehman’s has been voted the Best Destination in Ohio’s Amish Country and has been honored with a Traveler’s Choice Award by Trip Advisor.

Founded in 1955 by Jay Lehman to serve the local Amish with practical, non-electric tools and appliances, Lehman’s ships products all over the country via the website Lehmans.com and print catalog. The retail store, which draws an estimated 300,000 people per year, is located in the world’s largest Amish population.

With over 35,000 square feet of shopping and a museum-quality display of antiques, most lovingly restored by company founder Jay Lehman, it’s worth the drive to Kidron. Lehman’s is like ten stores in one with everything from locally produced food and toys to home décor to baking and cooking essentials – check out the newly remodeled houseware section! Lehman’s even has whole sections devoted to hand tools from past generations. If you think it isn’t made anymore, check with Lehman’s before you give up the search.

You can get a history lesson – there are four pre-Civil War era buildings inside the store – and learn from the experts on old-time skills like food preservation, heating, and cooking with wood and non-electric lighting. When touring the store, please go through it twice, once looking up at the antiques, and the second time looking at the products. Take time to visit the Buggy Barn and marvel at the intricate three-dimensional carvings by Amish artist Paul Wever. Step outside to tour the Tiny House on a Tiny Homestead – it won’t take long!  Check out Lehmans.com/events for family-friendly festivals, classes, and workshops.

Lehman’s has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The LA Times, Martha Stewart Living Real Simple magazines, and many other national media outlets. Why? Because there is nowhere else like Lehman’s!

Lehman’s products have also been featured in major Hollywood productions like Cold Mountain, Interview with a Vampire, and Pirates of the Caribbean. They have brand-new but historically accurate products that directors seek for authentic sets, and the folks at Lehman’s can show how to use them.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming 2024 Lehman’s events:

Mid-Ohio Corvette Club Show on June 1 from 10am – 1pm: The event will be open to all, so bring your corvettes and register at the door. $20 registration per car. The winners will be announced, and trophies will be given out at 1pm. Don’t forget to shop the store. It will be fun for the whole family as the event is free to spectators.

Christmas in July is on July 13: Deck your summer with Holly and Jolly at Lehman’s! Join the fun holiday traditions with a summer twist. Meet Mrs. Claus from 11am to 3pm as she makes her yearly summer trip to Lehman’s to stock up on supplies for her garden at the North Pole.  Flower the Clown twists up some fun with his amazing balloon art.  Brush on over to our wonderfully talented face painter for free face painting. This and much more family fun may be expected at the annual Christmas in July!

Meet the Wood Carver on the fourth Saturday of every month: Have you been to Lehman’s to see the unbelievable carvings done by Paul Weaver? They are truly worth the trip itself. Every fourth Saturday of the month, from 9:30am to 2pm, Paul will be at the store to answer questions and give some background on these amazing works of art. Pictures just do not do them justice, you need to see them in person!

Classic Car Show on August 24: Awesome cars, swingin’ music, and lots of prizes are just some highlights from 9am to 1pm. For just a $10 registration fee (at the door) and free to spectators, enter your car(s), win door prizes and awards.  There will be a free dash plaque for the first 100. A 50/50 raffle will be donated to the Kidron Volunteer Fire Department.

Fall Festival on October 12: Kick off fall with the best of family fun at Lehman’s from 10am to 3pm. Enjoy digging in a corn box, pumpkin decorating, and outdoor games. Don’t miss Flower the Clown twisting up some fun with his amazing balloon art. Take a break for lunch with a fall favorite special in the cafe.

Black Friday in the Country on November 29: Lehman’s has the recipe for relaxing Black Friday shopping. Forget the rush of the big box stores and join a festive day, finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.

Old-Fashioned Christmas on December 7 from 10am to 3pm: Get in the holly, jolly spirit at Lehman’s during the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in their old-fashioned Sleigh and get your picture taken! Enjoy family-fun activities like holiday crafts, face painting, and calligraphy on personalized ornaments. Don’t miss Flower the Clown twisting up some fun with his amazing balloon art.

Visit with Santa on November 9, 16, 23, and 29 from 11am to 2pm: Bring the little ones to meet Santa at Lehman’s. Take photos with Santa that will last a lifetime. While visiting the store, take the kids through the toy barn so they can make their Christmas list full of unplugged fun.

Click here to see what Lehman’s customers have to say about the store. For more information about Lehman’s, visit Lehmans.com.

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