Friday, June 16, 2000

Lebanon named as top shopping spot

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The national profile of the city's antique shops is rising inch by column inch.

        Lebanon has received at least three mentions in national publications in the past two years — most recently in the August issue of Country Home, on newsstands any day.

  “Lebanon has the look of an old-fashioned New England town, with 19th-century storefronts and more than two dozen antiques shops,” Country Home magazine says in part. “Check out Country Traditions for primitives and country pieces, and Hunter's Horn Antique Center for country furniture, glass and textiles.”
        The article on “10 Undiscovered Antiquing Towns” specifically mentions two shops, Country Traditions and Hunter's Horn, and the city's annual antiques show. Country Home, which publishes eight times a year, has a circulation of 1.4 million.

        “Lebanon is getting a national reputation as a destination for antiquing,” said Joan Townsend, a representative of the Downtown Antique Dealers and Merchants Association.

        USA Today named Lebanon a mecca for antiques in 1998, and Midwest Living added its 2 cents' worth in December.

        “All those things help,” said John Chadwick, owner of Country Traditions, on Mulberry Street, and The Keeping Room, on Broadway. “I think the more people see that, they might say, "Well, maybe while I'm in the area I'll go there.'”

        Out-of-state visitors already comprise perhaps 60 percent of his business, he estimated.

        Mr. Chadwick opened Country Traditions just four years ago. In fact, said Ms. Townsend, there were only five antiques shops in Lebanon when she started her linens and gift shop in 1985. Today there are a couple of dozen antiques stores and malls.

        Waynesville, in northeastern Warren County, also has developed a reputation for its cluster of antiques and gift stores.


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