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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