SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) – Local business owners are coming together to be ambassadors for Sebring’s downtown to make it a destination for both residents and those who live miles away.
The small town in southwest Mahoning County gained national attention at the start of 2016 for high levels of lead found in its drinking water. Now, the community of just over 4,000 people says it’s doing well.
“Good community with a big heart, and I see people that are helping one another so much,” said Sue Sanor with Leonard’s Hardware.
She says the 42 independently-owned businesses are one of the reasons why the town is attractive to residents and visitors alike.
Thrift stores, antique shops and local diners help increase interest in the history of the town.
Embracing the history of the small town community and buying goods from mom and pop stores allow for new business opportunities.
“There has been a lot of money made here. They supported a lot of families, so I think without the history…there is really nothing,” said Modern Shop owner Tom Wallace.
Wallace used be in the insurance industry, but his love of Sebring and its history pushed him to pursue his passion for antiques.