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August 24, 2013

Customers are finding memories and other delightful items at Lohmann’s Good Things

NORMAN — Roland Lohmann knows stories.

Perhaps it’s a gift of his heritage, a culture rich in history and story-telling. It’s no wonder, then, that every item in his diverse store, Lohmann’s Good Things, tells a story. The store’s eclectic mix of unique products seems too diverse to be connected, but every item has one thing in common with every other item in the store — Lohmann thought someone might want it.

Finding that unique thing someone might want is an idea formed early in his professional career. Lohmann worked for Neuman’s Music Center in Alva, Okla. from 1966 until 1968.

“It was the happiest two years of my life,” he said. “In the music store, my boss always let me order any sheet music I wanted. He said, ‘Roland, you can always sell one of anything.’”

When Lohmann decided to open up shop in Norman, he wanted to recreate the Neuman years. He duplicated the black and white checkerboard floors and put red accents on the countertops, just like the music store.

Lohmann’s Good Things opened at 710 W. Main St. next to Old School Bagel Cafe on Nov. 28. The store is cram jam full of a number of wonderful things.

“It seems like we have a knack for picking out things people want,” Lohmann said. “When you bring in some off-the-wall, eclectic thing, someone’s going to need it.’

Lohmann said most stores sell things everyone wants — he focuses on the unique.

“It has to be artistic in some way to be here,” he said, demonstrating a pocket kite he described as innovative, and artistic.

One specialty Lohmann’s carries is Judaica products.

“We have the things here that a Jewish person needs to live a Jewish life,” he said.

After living for a time in New York City, Lohmann also has an appreciation for other cultures. The store sells children’s blocks in various languages. The blocks are nostalgic in style, another element Lohmann values, artistically done and represent diverse cultures.

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