Lehmanâ€™s Vice President of Marketing and daughter of founder Jay Lehman. She has filled her home with Lehman's products, and enjoys the challenge of using low tech in a high tech life. In addition to media relations and advertising for Lehman's, she speaks to groups about the history of Lehman's and the unique growth of the family owned and operated business.
It started as a joke. Jay Lehman, our founder, was in the store chatting with Sal and Bruce, two of our buyers. Jay mentioned he was going deep into Amish Country to deliver some products and find new vendors the following Friday. Continue reading →
Blessed are the poor in allowance For this will teach them the value of savings.
Blessed are those who mourn
For I have a Winnie the Pooh band-aid for every boo-boo.
Blessed are the meek
For they always share their toys.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
For I have cookies and milk.
Blessed are the merciful
For they will stop picking on their little sister.
Blessed are the pure in heart
For they will not lie when I ask if they brushed their teeth.
Blessed are the peacemakers
For I have a headache.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of the name I gave them
For they will appreciate it when they grow up.
Blessed are my children
When other children make fun of the way I dressed you . . .
You are persecuted because I insist we pack your lunch . . .
Others ridicule you because “all the other kids are doing it” and I won’t let you . . .
Rejoice and be glad that you …
have to take a nap
be in bed by 9 pm
have a curfew on school nights
must finish the food on your plate…
Blessed are my children
I do these things because I love you.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through our store
Every creature was stirring, wrapping gifts and more.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Lehman’s goodies would soon be there. Continue reading →
The smell of melting cheese and browned sausage wakes up the company at our house. Our family has a tradition of enjoying this breakfast whenever we have overnight guests, especially over the holidays, usually on Christmas morning. Continue reading →
Having grown up with the name Lehman, I have lived the life of misspellings. Now that I go by two last names, as in Glenda Lehman Ervin, the chances for a typo have increased dramatically. So much so, in fact that I keep a file. Irvin, Erwin, Glenna, Linda, Brenda — you get the idea. And that is understandable. I should thank the (former) Lehman’s Brothers for at least popularizing the spelling of my maiden name.
We often look at our reports to see how folks are coming to our site. We’re not being nosy — just trying to discover the best ways for you to find us. I was interested to see all the derivatives of the spelling of our family name.
My brother Galen (CEO) and father Jay (founder) also have many misspelling stories. In our area, Lehman is a fairly common surname, so we always know when someone’s not from here!
As a daughter, I often wondered why my mother did things the way she did…was she just trying to torture me? Or was there a method to her madness? Now that I am a mother myself, I understand why Moms do the things they do.
I used to wonder why my mother ruined every chocolate chip cookie recipe by adding wheat germ. Now that I am a mother, I put bran in my son’s applesauce, broccoli in his mashed potatoes and beans in his rice.
I used to wonder why my mother never let us watch Charlie’s Angels, Starskey and Hutch or a thousand other TV shows that all my friends got to watch. Now that I am a mother, I know the value of PBS, Veggie Tales and quiet time with a good book about backhoes and bulldozers. Continue reading →
Looking forward to the holiday season, I know I’ll be spending a lot more time at our store in Kidron. One of my favorite parts of being there is giving store tours. I love the face-to-face interaction with customers. I enjoy answering questions and pointing out unusual “nooks and crannies” stories about our store.
Recently a busload of visitors requested a tour (seriously, it was a busload, I am not using the vernacular as in a “busload of questions”).
Often, when I do a store tour, especially with a large group, I lose half the crowd as they wander through the antique barns that link to form our Kidron store. Sometimes, they’re lost in nostalgia, seeing all the antiques that my dad (and our founder) Jay has collected and and mounted on the walls. Some end up absorbed in a specific department, where they find the kitchen gadget, tool, or stove of their dreams. Some days, at the end of the tour, I look at the group and hardly recognize a single face because so many new shoppers have joined and so many originals are off shopping.
This day was no exception, but I retained about half the original group. As we were wandering through the pantry, which features a number of exclusive, locally-made, handcrafted items, one guest picked up a smallish basket and was rather surprised to see it retailed for just under $40. By the look on her face, I could see she was surprised. After all, I hear that you can pick up a little basket for less than ten bucks at Wal-Mart. (I’d guess, since I don’t shop there).
This handcrafted Amish-Made Desk Organizer is one of several quality baskets you’ll find at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, and online at Lehmans.com.
But when I flipped the basket over, she realized it was signed and dated by the local Amish craftsperson that made it. I mentioned that one of my favorite gifts is to find a basket with a special day, such as September 14, handwritten on the bottom. When you give the present to your mother-in-law, whose birthday is on September 14, it appears that it was made especially for them, on that day.
I then handed the basket to her and when she saw the fine, detailed work, and the sheer weight and substance of it, she understood why Lehman’s prices are not the same as one of the big boxes.
When you price compare, make sure you are comparing apples to apples, or in this case, baskets to baskets. If a chain store is ordering 250,000 of the same shape, size and color from off-shore, and Lehman’s is ordering them one at a time, from a local craftsperson, our lead times may longer, and our prices may higher…and our quality is levels above. You’ll pass a handmade Amish basket from Lehman’s down to your children and grandchildren, because it’ll last.
It’s the dead of winter here at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio (Zone 6a for you gardeners out there). As I write this, we’ve had two of the coldest weeks of the year with temperatures hovering near zero. And what is long-time Lehman’s employee Kathi doing? “Looking for sun,” she said with a smile. Not to improve her tan, or even warm up cold fingers and toes, but for her garden.
“When I mentally plant my garden, I look outside to see when and where the sun hits. Vegetables need sun to thrive,” she explained. Kathi, a Ohio Master Gardener* with years of practical experience, offered to share advice for First Time Gardeners with Country Life. Continue reading →
Editor’s Note: This winter, our Facebook readers got a look behind the scenes at Lehmanâ€™s catalog and web department checking out new products for the holiday and spring seasons. That was well received, and so weâ€™ve decided to feature a peek behind the curtain several times a year here in the blog too. This article features Glenda Lehman Ervin, our vice president of marketing. She loves to garden, and works it into her busy life in creative ways.
Every gardener knows that no matter how long youâ€™ve been growing your garden, thereâ€™s always something new to learn. And whether youâ€™re faced with an unfamiliar garden pest or are curious what variety of green bean thrives best in your climate, the best people to learn from are other gardeners.
â€œEvery gardener Iâ€™ve ever met has been happy to share their secrets,â€ says Glenda Lehman Ervin, vice president of marketing at Lehmanâ€™s, and daughter of founder Jay Lehman. Continue reading →