Located in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, Lehman’s Hardware is a one-of-a-kind store that I think every Ohioan should visit at least once in their life! You might think to yourself, a hardware store as a destination? Let me tell you, Lehman’s is not your run-of-the-mill store. For years Lehman’s was a local hardware store, now they are an old-time general store showcasing more than just tools. From a large collection of antiques and Pre-Civil War structures on display, thousands of unique products to purchase and even an on-site café, there’s something for everyone at this store. That’s why I think a visit to Lehman’s is the perfect day trip in Ohio!
Lehman’s Hardware History
Lehman’s Hardware was founded in 1955 by Jay Lehman. Mr. Lehman saw the need for non-electric products in the local Kidron, Ohio Amish Community. Over the last 65+ years, the store has expanded from selling non-electric products to a large selection of items for those interested in living a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle. Today, Lehman’s attracts customers from all over the world with their large product base, impressive retail store, print catalog and online presence. They’ve welcomed customers in-store and online from all 50 U.S. States and over 100 countries!
Where is Lehman’s located?
4779 Kidron Road, Dalton, OH 44636
What does Lehman’s sell?
Lehman’s offers a wide variety of products for customers to choose from. Whether you’re looking for basic household items or specialty products, you’re sure to find what you need at the physical store or online!
One of the most popular product categories at Lehman’s is kitchen supplies. They offer everything from cast iron skillets to canning supplies to hand-cranked grain mills. These products are perfect for those who want to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle or who appreciate the durability and quality of traditional kitchen tools. Although they have loads of kitchen supplies to discover, my favorite is the wall of cookie cutters – dozens of shapes and sizes!
Along with kitchen supplies, Lehman’s Pantry has dozens of storable and portable foods. From local Ohio products to canned goods, dip and mixes, jams and spreads, spices, baked goods, freeze-dried items and more. At the Lehman’s store, there’s a soda pop collection that you won’t find anywhere else, including more than 70 kinds of root beer. Whether you’re a family food shopping in bulk, interested in unique foods or storing items to consume later, you’ll find plenty of delicious food items to fill your pantry!
In addition to kitchen supplies and food products, Lehman’s offers a variety of outdoor and gardening products. This includes everything from hand tools and gardening gloves to chicken coops and beekeeping supplies. For those who enjoy spending time outdoors or are living off the land, these products can help make gardening and homesteading tasks easier and more enjoyable.
Another popular product category at Lehman’s Hardware is lighting. They offer a wide variety of lamps and lanterns, including oil lamps, kerosene lanterns, and battery-powered LED lanterns. These products are perfect for those who want to have a reliable source of light during power outages or who simply enjoy the warm glow of traditional lighting. They even have a coveted collection of Aladdin lamps on display and to purchase.
Lehman’s is your heating and cooking headquarters with lots of options for home heating. From wood-burning stoves, cook stoves, gas burning options, grills and grilling accessories and hearth accessories, you’ll find all your home heating needs either in-store or online.
With thousands of products to choose from, I could on and on about the unique range that Lehman’s offer their customers. A few more products that might interest you include toys, puzzles, non-eclectic games, apparel, pet accessories, storage and serving items, laundry supplies, health and wellness, home décor, emergency supplies and so much more! Honestly, the best way to see the large range of products Lehman’s offers is to visit the store in Kidron, view the online store or request a catalog!
Overall, Lehman’s offers a diverse range of products that cater to a variety of interests and needs. With their focus on quality and durability, customers can trust that they are getting products that will last for years to come. And when visiting the store, customers will be treated to an experience unlike any other!
You might be wondering how many Lehman’s stores are there? As Ohioans, we’re in luck because the flagship and only Lehman’s retail store can be found in Northeast Ohio. Not to fret if you don’t live in Ohio or aren’t visiting Ohio soon, all their products can be purchased through Lehman’s online store and Lehman’s print catalog.
Insider Tips For Your Visit To Lehman’s
Lehman’s is unlike any hardware or general store you’ve visited before. Here’s a few tips for your first-time visiting Lehman’s:
- Plan to spend several hours at Lehman’s. Take your time and make several laps around the store. I would suggest taking an initial lap around the store to get your bearings and then start from the beginning to focus on the product areas that interest you most.
- Be sure to admire the Pre-Civil War structures and the large antique collection throughout the store.
- Visit the on-site Paul Weaver Gallery. Hand-carved by local artist Paul Weaver, this beautiful display of wood carvings is unlike anything I’ve seen. The intricate details and meticulous handwork make this art collection something not to be missed when visiting Lehman’s.
- If you need to take a break or work up an appetite from all the shopping, stop into the on-site Cast Iron Café for a bite to eat.
- If you have a question, ask! Lehman’s’ staff are friendly, knowledgeable and are there to help you make the most of your visit.
- Lehman’s provides educational hands-on workshops and fun family events throughout the entire year. Plan your visit around one of their events to make the most of your experience!
- If you want a unique perspective into the local Amish and farming communities, plan to visit Lehman’s on a Thursday. Every Thursday, the Kidron Auction begins at noon and sells local hay, straw and livestock. The auction takes place next to Lehman’s and is a great way to learn more about the local community.
While there is lots to love about a visit to Lehman’s, my favorite thing, I guess I should say feeling, is the sense of nostalgia. From unique products that I remember my grandparents using to childhood games, toys and treats, a walk around this store just makes me appreciate my simple childhood even more. Lehman’s makes their customer want to incorporate products that help them live a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle. And that’s why I think a visit to Lehman’s makes for the perfect day trip in Ohio!