Lehman’s on Amish Wisdom radio today
Lehman’s is a unique institution serving the Holmes County, Ohio Amish settlement and its surroundings.
Technically located in Wayne County (in the village of Kidron), Lehman’s, called the “largest low-tech superstore in America” has been serving the needs of the Plain community for over 50 years, providing non-electric appliances and traditional household amenities. Lehman’s appeal has spread to the non-Plain market as well.
Lehman’s line has certainly expanded over the years, and they carry a large variety of interesting goods. For example, you can find a 48-hour beeswax candle or a tool that transforms old newspapers into plantable “pots” for flowers and plants.
Lehman’s president, Galen Lehman, also writes an interesting blog called Country Life (he’s one of a number of contributors). Galen did a revealing series of in-the-field posts on Amish business called “Secrets of Success” a little while back.
Vice president of marketing Glenda Ervin Lehman (Galen’s sister) will be appearing on Suzanne Woods Fisher’s radio program Amish Wisdom today at 5pm EST. The topic is on how Amish live “off the grid”. Ought to be worth a listen.
And, anyone had a chance to visit Lehman’s?
Been there. Interesting place, if you have a lot of $$. 🙂
If you get up to Martindale while your in Lancaster, look up Sensenig’s Hardware. Interesting OO Mennonite place. The sign says “You can find it here.”
Well, if you know where to look amongst hardware, second-hand tools, and who-knows-what-else-surprises, yes, you might just find it!
Good ol’ down-home business, where you feel at home.
“Shop Where the Amish Shop From the Comfort of Your Couch” is the title of a 9-10-2013 article by Paula Bolyard about Lehman’s. The 9-minute video accompanying the blog article says Lehman’s uses high-tech to sell low-tech to customers all over the world. The second video mentions people-powered tools. Curious and nostalgic folks shop at Lehman’s in Ohio. Remote missionaries and homesteaders living off the grid enjoy buying non-electric items from Lehman’s. Manure tea made with burlap bags is mentioned; I would guess that would be for the plants.