ACE, Sherwin-Williams offer discounts to renovators

ACEThe Tiffin ACE Hardware and Sherwin-Williams stores are now offering discounts to downtown and historic building owners revitalizing their properties.

ACE Hardware (1550 West Market Street) is offering any downtown business participating in the Facade Enhancement Program discounts on interior and exterior paints. Exterior colors must be selected from thesherwin Historical Color palette, provided at the store, and prior approval for all exterior work must be received from the Architectural Board of Review. The following brands are available at a discount: Clark+Kensington, Ace Royal,Valspar Aspire, Valspar Optimus and Valspar ValPro Professional.

Sherwin-Williams (664 West Market Street) is offering Tiffin Historic District members discounts on products and services. When making a purchase, building owners can use a code to receive: 15-40% off paints and stains, 15% off supplies, extended record keeping of colors and supplies, additional wholesale event notices and deliveries (with a valid business account) in addition to color matching and on-site assistance.

For more information, visit the stores or contact Stu Thorp,  419.447.8535, at Sherwin-Williams and Bryan Deats at Tiffin ACE Hardware, 419.447.5280.

$500K renovation to downtown Tiffin church

IMG_20150626_113138Tiffin’s Saint Joseph Catholic Church, at the corner of South Washington and Melmore Streets, is investing $500,000 in new lighting and upgrading the wiring throughout the entire church, thanks to an anonymous donation and fundraisers. It has been 30 years since any work has been done inside the church.

Improvements include replacing the breaker panel, refurbishing the original light fixtures from the 1930s, adding additional lights to the fixtures, adding LED lighting and refurbishing the statues in the sanctuary. Clouse Electric is handling the wiring and Rambusch Lighting in New Jersey, creator of the original lighting fixtures, is refurbishing them.

Work began on May 11 and is expected to be completed around June 26, depending on how long it takes to get the fixtures updated. The goal is to be back in the church by the St. Joseph Festival, July 11 and 12. Until then, masses are being held in the activity center until the project is completed.

Downtown Tiffin mural underway

Mural StartWork has begun on a new downtown Tiffin mural, located in on the north wall of the Supance/Howard building 84 South Washington Street, facing city parking lot 7. The mural depicts three arches, with a picture taken in the 1950’s facing south at the corner of South Washington Street and Perry Street in the middle arch, and tributes to the City of Tiffin and state of Ohio on either side.

Artist Kymberlee Wood is painting the mural. Wood was apprentice to Eric Grohe, who painted the mural titled, “Liberty Remembers” in Bucyrus. She graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a bachelors’  degree in fine arts in 2003. Since then, her positions have included lighting designer, interior designer, art instructor, freelance artist for the Franklin Park muralConservatory. Her current services include interior design, graphic design, murals, pottery, drawing, painting (oil and acrylic), jewelry and face painting.

Leadership Seneca County commissioned the mural as part of the Tiffin Downtown Strategic Plan, and two-thirds of the funding for the project came from private or corporate donations. The mural is expected to cost $21-24,000, depending on the costs of paint required and what work will need to be done to the bricks. The mural should be completed in July.

Downtown Business Opportunity: Surf ‘N Turf

IMG_20150623_161247Are you interested in specialty foods and looking to own your own business? Surf ‘N Turf Specialties and More is the perfect opportunity for you! The market, located at the corner of Sycamore and Washington Streets in downtown Tiffin, serves up meat and seafood that are just as unique as its location. Owners Dale and Laurie Schwochow are looking to sell the business along with the property, in order to spend more time with family.

Surf ‘N Turf specializes in meats and seafood you can’t get anywhere else, and if they don’t have it, they can special order it. Another unique feature of the business the grilling that takes place every weekend in the ample parking lot. Customers can stop by or call ahead to place an order.

Specialties include filet mignon wrapped in bacon, crab legs, scallops, oysters, lobster tails, house-made sausage, bratwurst, and chicken and salmon balls, while unique items like alligator and shark can be found on the menu as well. Also featured: specialty seasonings, meat rubs, garlic oils, marinades, cooking wines, truffle oils, and bourbon glaze and BBQ sauces, and traditional fare such as deli meats and cheeses, soups, and tuna, chicken, potato and macaroni salads. Products are all-natural and fresh, with no additives.

The building at 300 South Washington Street was built in 1910 and has housed Surf ‘N Turf since 1987. It is 885 square feet and comes with a walk-in cooler and a detached walk-in freezer. There is also a parking lot capable of accommodating 15-20 vehicles.

For more information, contact Dale and Laurie Schwochow at 419.447.7873.

Business Opportunity: Southside Laundry

Southside 2Have you always wanted to own a small business near downtown Tiffin? The owner of Southside Laundry, 117 Melmore Street, is relocating out of state and wishes to sell not only the building but the successful business within.

The business features a 2,500 sq. ft. building, large parking lot and storage garage, allowing plenty of room for growth. Many parts of the business have also recently been updated. In 2012, a new boiler/water system was installed, in 2014, the roof and central air conditioning were replaced, and the latest machines (washers and driers) were purchased in 2015 and are energy efficient. The facility also has two extractors, a type of centrifuge that cuts drying time in half and is a rare laundromat find.

The laundromat has 25 washers and 25 driers, but that is not the only service it offers. Southside also has a thriving drop off service, where patrons can drop off their clothes to be washed and ironed. With two universities to serve, it is a popular business.

Southside Laundry is a great investment opportunity, with plenty of room for growth. For more information, contact Gabriele Felter at 419.448.9346 or

Historic downtown building undergoes renovation

Tiffin couple to renovate 8,000 sq. ft. building, create high-end apartments

KeBolt ExteriorTIFFIN, OHIO – June 15, 2015 – Renovations have begun on the building at 140/142 South Washington Street in Tiffin. Built in the late 1800s by Tiffin’s first millionaire, Rezin Shawhan, the building is part of what was once the “Empire Block” on South Washington Street and is the current location of The Beanstalk & Company.

The Beanstalk is to remain in the commercial space on the first floor and three upstairs apartments will be renovated in two phases. Phase one includes restoring the flooring, reverting the plaster back to brick, painting, redoing the railing around the loft and updating the bathroom and kitchen in the 2,000 square foot loft apartment occupying two stories of the building. Phase two involves renovating the other two apartments.KeBolt inside

The project may also qualify for a Façade Enhancement Grant for external work such as window restoration, trim painting and front door replacement.

“We love downtown Tiffin and think with all the positive development, it’s a great time to invest.” owner Weston Reinbolt said. Both Tiffin natives, Reinbolt and his wife Suzie Reineke moved back to Tiffin after living in Columbus and Findlay, and recently remodeled a previously foreclosed home in Findlay. “We are really looking forward to living in downtown Tiffin and to be part of its renaissance. It’s an exciting time,” Reineke added.


Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at

Elks to celebrate Flag Day at Farmers Market this weekend

Farmers Market FBThe Seneca County Farmers Market in downtown Tiffin will feature a Flag Day ritual performed by the Tiffin Elks Lodge #94 on Saturday, June 13 on the courthouse lawn beginning at 8:30 a.m. The national observance of Flag Day is June 14.

In addition to the Flag Day observance, the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be on hand with children’s activities; GEM Yoga will conduct a class at 10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn and Keith Hodkinson of WTSC radio will cover the flag event and provide musical entertainment.

Concurrently, the second of ten Seneca County Farmers Markets will begin at 9 a.m. on South Washington Street between Market and Perry Streets. This month, strawberries will be featured as will a variety of products including baked goods, fresh produce, plants, flowers, and more. Expected Farmers Market vendors include Barb & Dicks, Bella Cuisine, Clay Hill Farms, Drown’s Produce Market, Grannys Cup, J & A Alpine, Joseph’s Greenhouse, JT’s Bagel Bar, Riehm’s Farm Market, Rimelspach Produce Market, Veggies and Such, Sabaidee Coffee House and 7th Heaven Creations.

The Seneca County Farmers Market in downtown Tiffin is sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call 419-447-4141 for more information and registration forms, or visit Markets are held the second and fourth Saturday of each month until Oct. 10.

Tiffin Music and Art Festival this weekend

TMAF flierThis weekend, June 12-13, the fourth annual Tiffin Music and Art Festival will be held at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin. This year will be the biggest yet, with 73 performances scheduled on five outdoor stages, a beer garden, vendors and workshops, and tons of events for children and adults. Headliners are the Tom Frietchen Band on Friday, and Shrub and Hawthorne Heights on Saturday.

Also new this year is the TMAF Scholarship, which will provide $500 each to at least two Tiffin area high school seniors planning to pursue education in performance or visual arts. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding the scholarship.

Founded in 2013, the Tiffin Music and Art Festival is a non-profit event staffed by community volunteers. It was created to raise awareness for the arts in the greater Tiffin area and benefit the surrounding community. Events and attractions for children and adults have included live music, fire performers, magicians, clowns, food vendors, glass blowing, a wide variety of workshops, an interactive ice cream stand, interactive kids’ zones and bouncy inflatables.

Festival admission is free, however there is a charge for access to the beer garden.

Check out the video below for more information about this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival.

Two South Washington Street buildings to get façade updates

$83,000 to be invested in exterior improvements

Laird TIFFIN, OHIO – June 9, 2015 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the Laird Arcade, the ninth awarded in 2015, and Laurie Repp, owner of 159 South Washington Street, announced plans to paint her building. Combined, more than $83,000 will be invested.

The Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, owners of the Laird Arcade at the corner of Market and Washington Streets, will use grant funds to help offset the cost of a new roof. The existing roof is a rolled rubber membrane, and will be replaced with the same material. The estimated total cost of the project is $78,000, of which $10,000, the highest amount available through the program, will be covered by the Façade Enhancement Grant.

Improvements to 159 South Washington Street, current home of New Horizons of Tiffin, will include washing, caulking, glazing and painting the building’s façade and replacing the window treatments on the second floor. The total cost of the project is $5,000.159 S. Washington

The building dates back to at least 1869, when Wolf & Son opened their book bindery. From the 1870’s until prohibition, a number of saloons occupied the space. In 1932, Mr. and Mrs. William Griffith opened their women’s ready-to-wear store, modernized the interior, and added a new storefront and novel marquee. Clevenger’s and F.W. Uhlman & Co. also occupied the space before it was purchased and converted to law offices in 1996.

Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the façade improvements. “It is great to see downtown building owners investing in the appearance of their buildings and helping to make downtown Tiffin a destination.”


Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at


Building history courtesy of local historian John Huss.

BWC offers free seminars to private employers

Ohio-BWC-LogoDo you own a private business? This webinar may be for you! The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is offering free seminars, or webinars for those who cannot attend, to explain their upcoming transition to prospective billing for employer premiums. The transition for private employers will begin on July 1, but seminars and webinars are scheduled through August.

Topics will include:

  • The reason for the transition and its benefits to employers;
  • How BWC will cover the costs of this change with a transition credit;
  • Transition timelines and important dates to remember;
  • Essential information and new requirements for payroll reporting;
  • Changes to deadlines for rating plans and BWC programs

For more information, or to register for a webinar, click here. For seminar dates and locations, click here.