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China Flats lively again

With the opening of a new Zanesfield business, local artisans need no longer ask themselves where they might set up a small display to sell their goods.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Steve and Joy Climer of Bellefontaine look at sketch pads made from music albums designed by local artisan Casey Parthemore during a Saturday afternoon open house at Laura Lucas’ new China Flats store in Zanesfield. ABOVE: This plaque describes the history of the Zanesfield building commonly referred to as China Flats that now houses an artisan’s market of the same name. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

Despite promising herself to take it easy in her golden years, Laura Lucas, who recently retired from her full-time job, opened up the store which she named China Flats in honor of the building’s history.

Located on the southwest corner of Bellefontaine and Sandusky streets, the site was previously home to a hotel that was built in 1840. But when railroad construction was sweeping through the area in the latter part of the 19th century, the hotel housed almost exclusively Chinese workers and it could get hopping at times, Mrs. Lucas said.

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