The New Energy of Historic Lebanon

Have you visited Lebanon, Ohio lately?

In a previous blog, A Town Full of Treasures: Shopping in Lebanon, Ohio, I took you on a tour of some of the town’s popular boutiques, antique stores and gift shops. Since then, so much has changed! Historic Downtown Lebanon,  it seems, is always renewing itself in one way or another.  While the town retains its old-fashioned charm, new restaurants and shops offering some of your favorite brands (Pandora and Vera Bradley, just to name a few) have joined the landscape, making Lebanon a true shopping and dining destination.

Historic Downtown Lebanon, Ohio

Historic Downtown Lebanon, Ohio

Some years ago, I was the owner of the Village Cellars Wine & Deli on East Mulberry Street. The shop still stands on East Mulberry and has expanded its sidewalk to allow diners to enjoy the comfort of umbrella-shaded outdoor tables.  Plans are in place to add additional outdoor dining throughout the town.  But in the meantime, benches are placed along the “main drag”, just inviting you to sit and enjoy your coffee from newcomer Royce Café or ice cream from the historic Village Ice Cream Parlor.

Elsewhere in the city, countless other changes have taken place, adding even more new life to the historic streets of Lebanon. Storefronts showcase windows full of enticing displays. New restaurants have opened for breakfast and dinner, and a former restaurant now serves as a children’s toy and clothing shop.

The Golden Lamb - Lebanon, Ohio

The Golden Lamb – Lebanon, Ohio

The Golden Lamb Inn & Restaurant has opened an outdoor porch on its 2nd floor. Maddie Lissee has joined forces with the The Pink Hippo selling unique and upcycled home decor, as well as vintage and antique furniture and jewelry. Magnolia’s, a women’s specialty clothing and jewelry shop first made popular in nearby Springboro, has added a location in Lebanon. And the owners of Green Country Market and Rose & Remington on East Main Street have begun a complete overhaul of a previously unoccupied lot leaving locals anticipating another fabulous shopping or dining experience.

Gazebo Park - Lebanon, OH

Gazebo Park – Lebanon, OH

What has always been a charming town filled with antique shops and traditional dining has become an even more endearing city with new energy and new surprises around every corner. There’s a certain buzz about the town lately, and an undeniable energy permeating the air. New stores, new dining and new enthusiasm await in this gem of Ohio’s Largest Playground, so I ask again: have you visited Lebanon, Ohio lately?

 Learn more about Historic Downtown Lebanon!
Shopping Adventures in Warren County
Delicious Dining at the Golden Lamb
A Tour Through Time: Historical Wonders of Warren County


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