In our travels Friday we stopped at Lehman's Hardware
in Kidron, Ohio. That's a business that grew up serving its local community, primarily a very substantial Amish and Mennonite population. Over the years since 1955 the little store's unique stock of non-electric tools, home goods, kitchen equipment, and old-fashioned gadgets drew more and more tourists to visit — part of the Amish mystique. Today the store has grown to the point where it seems as much tourist attraction as local merchant — there's even a cafe inside, for goodness sake! I don't think it has been spoiled, but it's certainly unique among the retail places I know about and occasionally visit!
We'd parked in a far corner of Lehman's now huge lot. When we returned from visiting a nearby (completely spotless) pizza and ice cream store, our little Insight had been joined by a not-so-little pickup truck from out of state. Stunned by the comparison, I shot a cell phone camera image.
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