History of Lemonberry

Buzzing with life and pride, the Medina Square symbolizes political history, captures social community, and contains a key location for business and bargain. The brick building we know today to be Lemonberry can be found in the 1920’s as a shoe store owned by Robert Hyde around 1916-1920. The country was going through a depression with the stock market crash, which is what attributed to the the family business being bought out by LF Garver. The two businessmen decided to put their ideas together and take on a partnership, and the shop became LF Garvor & Son until 1925. The company gained success due to the convenient location and modernizing to the more interurban-like changes that the whole country was going through. Medina Square's popularity continued to grow, thrive, and the society of Medina buzzed with multicultural attributes due to the large expansion of industry. Medina, being known for it’s large amount of farmland and agriculture, began to adapt due to the industrial changes the county was going through. Highways, railroads, and cars populated the small town. Medina’s interurban county, connected two interurban railroads, in which trains, the new form of transportation in that time period, buzzed through. The building we once knew as the local shoe store transformed to a convenient 50 cent-$1 store around the late 40’s called L & B.
World War 2 was ending and panic, excitement, and postwar growth was in full swing along with many, as well as trying to preserve the historical meaning that the Square gave to Medina. The country was going through “happy days”. There were hardly any divorces, everyone was outside playing games, writing letters, and listening to radios- it was a free society. The country was also going through a time of rapid population and growth, which factored in the forming of America. A little later, after L & B went out of service, the building transformed to a clothing store called Rice’s Frock Shop in the late 60’s and early 70’s, which strictly sold children’s clothes due to the high expense rate and the need for more supply. Many people found it more convenient to go to a mall or a larger clothing store with more variety. While this was occurring, the country was going through domestic problems from the assassination of Kennedy and falling to communism in Vietnam. In 1974 a Medina County Travel Service was built. With more and more cars being industrialized and improved, transportation became much easier. Medina County Travel Service stayed until RPM World Travel Incorporated was added in 1985. The Medina County Square still attracts tourists today and is a symbolic remembrance of Medina’s history. By walking around the town, you get a feel for the community and it take you on a journey through history. Lemonberry is only one of the multiple Victorian-built buildings on the winding path into Medina's unique history.

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Rice's Frock Shop

Rice's Frock Shop

Rice's Frock sold children's clothing and antiques throughout the 60's and early 70's. This advertisement was taken out of the Medina High School yearbook in 1965. The country was revolting from the social norm of clothing, music, race, and sexuality. The county was going through many domestic problems due to the assassination of Kennedy and falling to communism in Vietnam. The small antique store didn't have much success due to the lack of supply and wide variety of clothing they sold. People found it more convenient to go to a mall for more variety and better prices. Image Courtesy of Medina High School 1965 View File Details Page

Lemonberry 1900

Lemonberry 1900

Image Courtesy of Franklin Sylvester Room Picture taken of South Court Street during the beginning of the 20th century. What we know today to be Lemonberry is the first building on the right of the picture. The Square was just beginning to be constructed and buildings being added. The Square added a modern city like twist which benefited the town with business and popularity. The Medina Square marks a memorable landmark in Ohio. View File Details Page

Current Day photo of Lemonberry

Current Day photo of Lemonberry

Caption: Current picture taken of Lemonberry. Lemonberry is owned by Park Exchange Ltd. on the corner of South Court Street Medina, Ohio. The new frozen yogurt shop has received a lot of business and popularity. Lemonberry is a family owned business brought to Medina in 2012. Famous for its wide variety of different toppings and flavors, the unique self serve style creates a cool twist off typical ice cream. Not only is it nutritious but it is also tasty. The possibility of creating a all different variety of a dessert is endless. The location has been quite successful for the business, which is also how it has gained popularity. View File Details Page

Medina Square 1800's

Medina Square 1800's

The Medina Square has always served as the commercial, governmental, and social center of Medina. It serves as a symbolic attribute to the depth of the city, that is taken by tremendous pride of the residents. Founding in 1818 and formed into a park, a fire station was formed in 1821 and a public village was incorporated in the 1830s. In April 1847, a massive fire burned down all fo the resident's work. Heartbroken citizens built up a Victorian era of buildings, one by one, until the success of the square thrived once more as the heart of Medina. Image Courtesy of Library of Congress View File Details Page

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Kathryn Cassidy and Julia Robertson , “History of Lemonberry ,” Discover Medina, accessed April 29, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/275.

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