Now that’s fiiiiiiine swine!

Join us THIS SATURDAY (September 29th) for the Cast Iron Cafe Open House from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lehman’s in Kidron. The cafe will be in full swing, serving gourmet sandwiches (including the Fine Swine – ham and cheese, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard on soft pretzel bread, pictured here), wraps, salads, soups, pastries, desserts, hand-dipped ice cream and coffee concoctions. Free food samples will be offered including fruit smoothies and freshly baked cookies.

Pictured here is Tammy, our illustrious cafe manager, serving up the Fine Swine, and also a delicious vanilla cappuccino which I imbibed in about 2 minutes (made with Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee). Continue reading

Kidron Ohio

Kidron Ohio is the home of Lehman’s located a bit more than an hour south of Cleveland (come visit), situated in Wayne County. Lately, the area has received a lot of exposure on the web including multiple listings on You Tube

Among the listings are a virtual tour of Kidron (see them all)

And an Amish Auction (No they are not auctioning off Amish! :))

Homemade for Baby … Cheaper for Mom!

Baby Food MakerLast weekend I had dinner with an old friend who’s now Mommy to a bouncing 4-month-old baby boy. We had the usual heated discussions about teething, sleeping, doctor’s appointments – all the things on new moms’ minds. My friend mentioned that she had started pricing jars of baby food at her local market, since her son is about to start eating cereal and after that, “real” food. She was astonished at the simple ingredients (applesauce = apples and water) and the higher-than-expected cost. “I think I’m going to make my own,” she said. Remembering my own shock at baby food prices, I gladly pointed her toward a baby food maker from Lehman’s.

This thing is great. Small, well-made, portable (take it to grandma’s house, out to eat, etc!) and so easy to use even the baby could do it … well, almost. (I’m fairly sure my 2-year-old could handle it now.) Best of all, it’s affordable. And when you add up the money you’ll save – not to mention the cupboard space! - on all those jars of food, this is one little accessory I think every new mother should have.

Lehman’s Customers

My office, which used to be in a tiny corner of the warehouses in Kidron, is now about five miles north, along with our warehouses and several dozen administrative staff. One Lehman’s LaneEven though our World Headquarters (as we jokingly call it) is off site, I still make sure I get down to the store several times a week. Sometime I have to park in the cow pasture (I am serious — watch your step!) and as I hoof it into the store, I glance at all the license platesLicense Plates - Lehman’s in our parking lots. Texas, California, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, of course Ohio, Washington, Montana — this was on one day, folks. The most interesting one was a lovely red BMW with Hawaii plates. I wish I had taken a picture of it. How did it get here? Plane? Boat? It certainly didn’t look like one of those hydrocars.

It’s all informal surveying, but after I check out the license plates (something, by the way, my Dad has elevated to a science) I take a moment to check out the guest book, that stands unassumedly in the lobby of our 1840s era barn. I also keep my ears open for comments that customers make. I thought you might find them interesting, too.

  • This is where the new merges with the old and years hold many memories
  • Mommy, is this a store or a museum?
  • This is the Rolls Royce of hardware stores.
  • Thanks for doing your part to save the earth
  • You were green before green was in
  • I’ve never seen anything like this!
  • They could charge admission for this place (we don’t, by the way)
  • There’s nothing like this in my country. (from a woman visiting from Japan)
  • I make it a point to visit every year. (lives in Texas)
  • My Dad [or uncle, or brother-in-law or insert other relative’s name here] would love this place.
  • Lehman’s hardware rocks (presumably from a teenage visitor, but who knows)
  • Every member of our family, from grandpa to little Timmy, can find something they love at Lehman’s
  • My husband was late to his own wedding because he couldn’t leave this store.
  • I was on a missions trip in Eastern Europe and we found your catalog in a remote orphanage in Russia
  • Thanks for your water filters, which we use to purify post-operative IV solutions (from a doctor in West Africa, via e-mail)
  • Finally found the pieces to repair my grandmother’s oil lamp — now we can use it every day


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Posts and Comments

As with anything new there is a period of time for discovery and learning. This is certainly a constant around Lehman’s and as such, it is also a constant with our newly lauched Country Life Blog. No matter how much testing is done, there is always something that crops up. I am pleased to announce that the feedback so far is extremely positive, and the problems few, most of them are my own oversights. One of the questions that has been asked through the stalls of Lehman’s barn (office) and in the loft, is the difference between a post and a comment. I thought I would address this question on Country Life for the world to see. Continue reading

Lehman’s featured on People & Places

Recently Lehman’s was featured on WKSU, the local National Public Radio Station in Northeast Ohio. The report by WKSU’s reporter Karen Schaefer is about 4:34 minutes in length, and includes an interesting interview with Nik Sohar, our Kidron Store Manager. The report also talks about Lehman’s beginnings and successes. WKSU has posted the report on their web site along with some nice photographs of Lehman’s Kidron Store and surrounding area. You can listen to it in streaming audio using RealPlayer, Windows Media Player or download the MP3 and listen to it through any MP3 player.
Click here to listen and see the photographs.

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Kidron Machinery Sale Takes on Carnival Atmosphere

(from The Dalton Gazette & The Kidron News, Vol. 132, No. 51; reprinted with permission)

Bidders from as far away as Florida, Iowa and Georgia attended the 60th annual machinery sale, held Aug. 25 in Kidron at the grounds of the Kidron Auction. By the start of the sale on Saturday morning, more than 2,500 bidders had registered, hoping to snap up a bargain by day’s end.

Kidron Auction owner John Sprunger noted that items put up for the sale came from surrounding states such as Iowa, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, New York, Michigan, North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois and of course, Ohio.

The annual machinery sale, which is sponsored by the Kidron Community Council, had the air of a carnival during the day. Several food vendors were on hand, the Kidron Volunteer Firemen sold ice-cold pop and the flea market vendors were set up everywhere there was a spare spot. Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cafe to Open Sept. 29 at Lehman’s

Lehman’s Cast Iron CafeAt Lehman’s retail store in Kidron, Ohio, we’re almost ready to “open the counter” of our brand-new in-store cafe (aptly named after one of our most beloved product lines, cast iron cookware). Located in the center of the store, the Cast Iron Cafe features hot soups, signature sandwiches, wraps and freshly made salads, plus gourmet coffee drinks and hand-dipped ice cream treats. There’s also snack-type fare like pastries, hot dogs and brats, nachos, and a variety of beverages (such as Lehman’s old-fashioned soda pop). The cafe has lots of indoor and outdoor seating – indoors, conveniently next to the spacious book area and outdoors, rubbing shoulders with one of the realistic farm murals painted by a local artist on the exterior of the store. Continue reading