About a year an a half ago, she started doing some research and said she couldn’t find any decent snow globes promoting the region. She said she could only find one “really cheesy” snow globe with a cow, barn, golf club, astronaut, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Wright Flyer.
“And it’s dreadful. I though it’s a horrible way to depict our state,” she said.
Lehman’s snow globe project went on hold, however, after she couldn’t find an alternative to manufacturing them in China. But in January she learned Victoria Theatre Association sells snow globes made by an Australian snow globe maker Leah Andrews, who has worked on commemorative snow globes for Hollywood types like Quentin Tarentino and Steve Martin.
With a partnership with Andrews, the first Dayton snow globes arrived in August.
Lehman said the initial snow globe design is hopefully the first in a series, if the sales go well. The design is called the Birthplace of Aviation globe and shows the Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, the Wright Flyer, Hawthorn Hill and the Deeds Carillon Bell Tower.
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“It all began because I’m very fond of Dayton,” she said.
Lehman said she gets irritated when locals don’t feel pride about the area and don’t get into the local culture. The snow globes will promote the rich history of the area, she said.
The globes are sold at four gift shops: Carillon Historical Park, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Agnes and Orson and Delcark’s Card & Gift in the Town & Country shopping center.
Lehman said she missed summer gift shop visitors since she started selling in August, but is now hoping to see some holiday interest.
“But now we’re just starting the Christmas season so this will be the real test,” she said.
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