Vintage Chick newest downtown retail spot

20151119_113031New store to offer vintage furniture and craft items

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 19, 2015 – The newest retail option in downtown Tiffin, Vintage Chick, opens tomorrow. The shop, located at 59 E. Market St., will offer repurposed, restyled and shabby-chic furniture, as well as antiques and decorations. Candles and room freshening sprays will also be available.

Owner Leslie Morris is passionate about giving old furniture new life. “I started rehabbing old furniture I picked up at auctions or garage sales about four years ago,” she said. “When my hobby started taking up too much space, my mother suggested opening a storefront.”

Eventually, Morris hopes to provide display space for other hobby crafters, either by leasing space or offering consignment.

She is also excited about the downtown location. “It’s a great spot for traffic and visibility, and it is the kind of specialty store that really fits in downtown,” she said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to see another downtown storefront filled. “Vintage Chick is another great addition to downtown Tiffin,” he said. “I am happy to welcome a new, unique shopping opportunity to the community.”

Store hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12-6 p.m.


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

New Paks Karate center opens downtown

Tang Soo Do classes to be held in Laird Arcade

Marcos Herrera (left) signs lease with Tyler Shuff (right)

Marcos Herrera (left) signs lease with Tyler Shuff (right)

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 9, 2015 – A new Paks Karate center has opened in downtown Tiffin, in the Laird Arcade. Instructor Marcos Herrera opened the new space after classes ceased at the Tiffin Community YMCA.

“I have been studying for more than 20 years and instructing for one and a half,” Herrera said. “I wanted to be able to continue the classes for the students, and bring new ones in.”

Paks Karate teaches Tang Soo Do, a form of Korean martial arts that focuses on responsibility, respect, honesty and caring. The classes will be held in the Laird Arcade, at the corner of Market and South Washington Streets. The class schedule is as follows:

  • Tigers (ages 4-6): 5:30-6:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday
  • Beginners : 6:15-7:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday
  • Intermediate and Advanced : 7:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday
  • All levels: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday

Herrera currently has about 20 students, but is looking to expand. He has also brought on another instructor, Casey Dewald. Students wishing to join are invited to come to a class to see what it is all about.

“We’re glad to have Marcos here,” said property manager Tyler Shuff. “With the signing of his lease we are only one space away from 100 percent occupancy, probably for the first time in the building’s history.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is also happy to have another activity for kids in downtown Tiffin. “This is a great way for kids to spend their time after school,” he said.


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

East Tower Open House & Exhibition

East TowerSaturday & Sunday, November 14/15

<<Press release issued by East Tower LLC>>

East Tower LLC announces that it will be holding an open house and exhibition for the public on November 14 & 15 from Noon until 4:00pm.

The first floor of the East Tower has been partially restored and is available for its first public viewing. The low ceilings of the old East Junior High School have been demolished, exposing the decorative tin high ceilings of the original Columbian High School. Natural light now floods into the 13 foot high classrooms. The grandeur of the 1893 edifice is coming alive once again.

East Tower blogThe Open House will also feature a special exhibition entitled, “Our Downtown: Past, Present, & Future.” Enlargements of over 80 photographs and artists’ renderings will highlight a 100- year span of time from the glory days of downtown Tiffin in the early 1900s, to the post war baby boomer period, to today & tomorrow.   A former classroom is dedicated to each time period: past, present and future.

The “Future” room gives a sneak preview of renderings borrowed from the Downtown Strategic Growth & Development Plan, authored by the Gossman Group for SIEDC as agent for the City of Tiffin. When completed the Gossman study will recommend various development East Tower blog 2ideas and plans for a greatly revitalized downtown Tiffin. Although the plan is still in draft form, the pictorial renderings and maps to be displayed in the “Future” room during the East Tower exhibition highlight the vision, if not a possible plan, for the future of downtown Tiffin. Additionally, conceptual floor plans of the East Tower as a government office building will be exhibited.

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Downtown building to get Façade Enhancement

33 S Washington33 South Washington Street to receive funds for external improvements

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 4, 2015 – Yesterday, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the building at 33 South Washington Street.

Owner Ned Behm plans to invest about $15,700 in the exterior of his building. Improvements include second and third floor window replacement, tuck pointing and brick repair, awning mechanism repair and cover replacement, repainting non-masonry materials and a storefront window replacement. The grant will reimburse Behm about $7,800 for the project.

“A lot of work needs to be done to the building, so it is great that this grant is out there to help offset some of the costs of renovating the building,” Behm said.

In the early 1900’s the building was home to Edward S. Pultz Pawn Broker’s. It has also served as a jewelry store and a thrift shop.

Behm’s building is the 15th façade enhancement project approved in 2015 and the 26th since the program was founded in September 2014. Of the $100,000 set aside by the city at the beginning of the year, a little more than $13,000 remains in the Façade Enhancement Grant fund.

On Monday night, Tiffin City Council voted to expand the Façade Enhancement Program to include buildings whose main entrances face an alley, with no entrance facing a major road. The changes will take effect January 1, 2016.


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

Two new tenants for the Laird Arcade

Consulting service, community service office locate in downtown Tiffin

KKRTIFFIN, OHIO – November 3, 2015 KKR Consult and Family and Community Services are now located on the second floor of the Laird Arcade in Tiffin. With the addition of these two tenants, the second floor of the building is completely rented.

KKR Consult is a business consulting firm founded by Kim Radison in 2012. Radison has more than a decade of human resources experience, which she uses as a business consultant and dream coach. She offers individual coaching as well as group sessions, and plans to offer a certification course for her On Purpose program.

“One of my dreams was to bring a benefit that thrives in a big city to Tiffin. There is opportunity for growth with the number of businesses starting and continuing to grow here,” Radison said. “I coach a lot of small business owners. I am their sounding board because they don’t have that with a partner or a board of directors. I become that business partner for them.”

Family and Community Services, under program coordinator Kelsey Sikora, is also new to the Laird. In partnership with Senior Corps and the Corporation for National and Community Services, they utilize the skills, talents and experience of more than 330,000 Americans age 55 and over to meet community needs.

Volunteers participate in three different programs: RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program. RSVP volunteers recruit and manage other volunteers, participate in environmental projects, mentor and tutor children and respond to natural disasters. Foster Grandparents tutor and mentor young people with special needs. Senior Companions help frail seniors and other adults maintain independence, primarily in their own homes.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the resurgence of the Laird building. “The Laird Arcade has come so far in just a few short years, thanks to the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group and the management of Tyler Shuff. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services will hold a Ribbon Cutting at KKR Consult at 4:30 p.m. on November 4, with a cash bar at the Beehive Café to follow.


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

Representatives focused on downtown revitalization

Main Street pic

Left to Right: Tyler Shuff, Jessica Williams, Bryce Riggs, Amy Reinhart and State Representative Bill Reineke at the Ohio Statehouse

Earlier this month elected officials, business owners, and members of SIEDC gathered in Columbus for the 2015 Heritage Ohio / Main Street Annual Conference. In attendance were Tyler Shuff, Jessica Williams, Bryce Riggs, Amy Reinhart, and John Kerschner. The Main Street Program, a brand of Heritage Ohio which was developed from the National Historic Trust Organization, is focused on preservation and revitalization of Ohio’s downtowns. Main Street is a comprehensive program that focuses on multiple aspects of the revitalization of the downtown at one time. It is called the four point approach: The four points of focus are Operations, Design, Marketing, and Business Enhancement. These four committees were formed in 2014 and immediately began assessing the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan for direction. The plan is set up with the four point approach in mind and contains 124 different action items for revitalization. Some of the topics covered at the 2015 conference were:

  • Building Departments
  • Site Selection
  • Small Deal Financing
  • Incentives at the Local Level
  • Vacant Property Programs
  • Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits
  • Alternative Building Code
  • ADA Compliance
  • First Floor Retail Vibrancy

There were many other seminars and tours that took place during the conference along with the award ceremony for buildings and communities around Ohio.  It is important to see how other communities are successfully revitalizing their downtowns so we can utilize that information for the betterment of Tiffin.  The Main Street network is the key to sharing and creating successful programs that are tried and true. On November 2nd Tiffin City Council will be voting on Resolution 15-25 which approves an application for Tiffin to become a member of the Main Street Program. If this measure passes is will put Tiffin in the running to join an organization of other elite and thriving downtown communities across the state of Ohio.

Downtown Tiffin businesses offer “Trick or Treat”

Downtown Trick or TreatA new Tiffin Halloween event, the 1st Annual Downtown Trick or Treat is slated for Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 60 businesses, organizations and offices all over downtown Tiffin will be opening their doors to provide candy to children. Afterward, Tom Rodgers Flowers will have cider and donuts for adult trick or treaters from 5-6 p.m.

Organizer Yolanda Gonzales got the idea from a similar event in Owensboro, KY, where she used to live. “It was a win for the community, businesses got positive exposure, kids got candy, caretakers learned more about their community and it was daylight. I found myself entering business that I would not normally go into – it was a wonderful way to meet businesses in town – also meet the people who own the businesses and  people who work there,” she said. “So, I contacted Mr. Montz with the idea and he said it was a great idea – but he needed someone to coordinate it.  I volunteered.”

Gonzales was greeted with excitement and enthusiastic responses from downtown businesses and hopes to make this an annual event. “The owners of Cabin Creations said they used to do this downtown – but no one else remembers.  I hope this becomes a new tradition for Tiffin.”

The following organizations are scheduled to participate, as well as businesses displaying a flyer in the window during the event:

If you have a downtown business, organization or office and would like to join the fun, contact Yolanda Gonzales at

This is only one of the many events taking place over the next two weeks. Other upcoming community Halloween events include:

Manufacturers’ Bus Tour to be held Oct. 9

Ohio Means JobsOhioMeansJobs Seneca County is to host the first Seneca County Manufacturers’ Bus Tour this Friday, Oct. 9. The purpose of the bus tour is to expose superintendents, principals, and junior and senior high school guidance counselors to manufacturing work environments, career opportunities (from entry-level to advanced), and the possibilities for tuition reimbursement, with the goal of hosting a bus tour for students in the future. The tour will start at 7 a.m. at OhioMeansJobs Seneca County, and conclude at 3:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and prepared by the Sentinel Career Center culinary students.

Representatives from the following schools are expected to attend:

With visits planned to the following Seneca County employers:

For more information about the program, or to reserve a spot on the bus, please contact Carol Kern at or 419.447.5011 ext. 322. You can also check out tours already held in Sandusky and Ottawa Counties.

Workforce Training Money Available

OhioDevelopmentServicesAgencyOnline Applications Will be Available Beginning September 28, 2015

<Press release issued by the Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich>

More than 122,000 Ohio employees have already been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, and now that number will increase because round four is right around the corner.

“As technology evolves, so does the training needed to keep employees current,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.  “It’s important that employees across the state have the tools they need to succeed.”

Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible:  Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive, Back Office, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Logistics, Polymers and Chemicals, and Research and Development.  Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer’s facility, at provider’s training facility or at a third-party site.

The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $100,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

Businesses can begin the online process on September 28, 2015 and will have more than two weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application.  The online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be submitted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 14, 2015.

For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit

For additional assistance, contact Shannon Vanderpool at (614) 644-8560 or,  Jennifer Spohr at (614) 466-4184 or

Guidelines can be found here, and FAQs here.

New Chamber program cuts businesses’ energy costs

Chamber LogoOne new money-saving benefit of membership with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce is its Chamber Energy Solutions (CES) program. Through a partnership with Palmer Energy Company, the Chamber of Commerce is able to provide member businesses with electricity and natural gas savings.

The CES Electric Savings Program saves customers money on electric consumption through competitive pricing. Working with a large number of customers allows CES to get customers some of the lowest prices on the market. Businesses with facilities located in FirstEnergy (Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison and Cleveland Illuminating Company), AEP (Ohio Power), Dayton Power and Light and Duke Service territories can participate in the electric program.

The CES Gas Program helps manage natural gas costs by bringing local businesses together to reduce natural gas costs and help customers buy natural gas when the prices are most advantageous. Businesses located in Columbia Gas, Dominion, Duke and Vectren service territories are able to participate.

All Chamber members are eligible to apply, as soon as their current contract has expired. For more information, check out the CES brochure. To enroll in either program, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 419.447.4141 or