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Lehman’s, headquartered in northeastern Ohio, was founded by Jay Lehman in 1955 to serve the Amish, who believe in simple living without electricity or other modern innovations. From his Amish customers, Jay learned that non-electric products often give us the ability to complete a task faster, better and more efficiently than commonly accepted modern methods.
Today, although Jay is still actively involved, the business is handled by son Galen Lehman and daughter Glenda Lehman Ervin. Through mail order operations and a massive retail store in Kidron, Ohio, Lehman’s ships products to all 50 states and over 200 countries. The company supplies missionaries, survivalists, environmentalists, owners of second homes in remote areas, campers and the “chronically nostalgic” with practical, old-fashioned products. Merchandise like hand-powered kitchen appliances, water pumps, grain grinders, oil lamps, gas refrigerators, a huge selection of wood and cook stoves and hundreds of other unique, hard-to-find items are featured at Lehman’s. In a twist of irony, the company’s key customers (the Amish) are now a key vendor. Who else could you find to create custom wrought iron pieces, hand weave baskets and carve wooden children’s toys?
The store has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Newsweek and Time and many other national and international media outlets.