Keim Family Market outside of Seaman has long been a tourism staple in Adams County. According to the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau, the market will soon be changing its name to Yoder’s Furniture, Baker, Bulk Foods.
The market has changed ownership multiple times over the past several years. According to the current Keim Family Market website, this cherished destination-shopping experience started with a horse and buggy at a roadside stand. Times were tough when Roy Keim set out to sell the delicious pies that his wife made. From there, Keim Family Market grew. Today, it remains an authentic, one-of-a-kind, Amish variety store now owned by Lee Loniger from the Wheat Ridge Amish community. Public records indicate that the market was purchased in 2019 by BCSLLF COUNTRYSTORE LLC for $871,000.00, but no transfers have taken place on the property since then.
While Keim Family Market was one of the first businesses in the county that attracted serious amounts of tourism, the industry has grown rapidly over the past 20 years. According to the economic impact report from Ohio Tourism, tourist and visitor spending in Adams County for 2019 was up three percent over 2018, and up over eight percent since 2017. Tourism spending in Adams County has increased nearly 34 percent the past five years.
The 2020 report said that tourism in the county created $16.1 million in wages and $5.6 million in state, local, and federal taxes. The findings also say tourism is an integral and driving component of the Adams County economy, employing over 600 individuals.