Lehman Hardware & Appliances has all you need to live life
unplugged. The company sells appliances and other items, such as
toys and tools, which require little or no electricity. It has long
served the Amish at its store in Kidron, Ohio, but the company also
fills orders through a toll-free number and its Web site, and sells
many Amish-made items. Lehman Hardware's traditional products
include grain mills, oil lamps, treadle sewing machines, wagons,
wood ovens, and weathervanes. It also sells equipment to harness
solar energy as well as efficient electric appliances. National
anxiety about terrorism has benefited Lehman Hardware's sales.
Owner and retired president Jay Lehman founded the company in 1955.
While Lehman Hardware & Appliances started out catering to
the Amish, its customer base has expanded dramatically in recent
years. In addition to off-the-griders and those worried about
survival in the wake on an attack, Lehman's farm tools and
supplies, natural personal care products, and classic toys appeal
to those who are nostalgic for simpler times as well as customers
interested in reducing their carbon footprint. The worldwide reach
of its Web site and ability to ship goods internationally allows
the company to ship to developing countries. Power outages are good
for business as well.