New Greek/pita restaurant to open downtown



Left to right: Property Manager Tyler Shuff, Owner Fotis Diamantopoulos, SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz

Put N Pita signs lease with Laird Arcade


TIFFIN, OHIO – August 18, 2016 – This week, Fotis Diamantopoulos signed a lease for a space in the Laird Arcade at 116 South Washington Street, where he plans to open a Greek and build-your-own pita restaurant, called Put N Pita, this winter.

The son of Greek immigrants, Fotis has lived in Tiffin for a decade, and he is following his father’s footsteps into the restaurant business. “I drive through downtown Tiffin every day and you can tell that things are changing, and I feel the vibe and want to be a part of it. My business model will include my dad’s Greek influence, an American twist and a Subway style,” he said.

Diamantopoulos said the menu is to include gyros and greek salads as well as traditional meats and all kinds of fresh produce that will be assembled to the customer’s order. In the future, he plans to expand the business into other types of ethnic foods and take-home options.

Tyler Shuff, Chairman of the Downtown Business Enhancement Committee through SIEDC said the restaurant fills two desired business categories for the community. “A Pita Pit and a Greek restaurant are on our list of businesses to recruit, and this takes care of both,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is happy to see a new type of restaurant opening downtown. “I am excited to see a unique healthy, quick option for lunch in downtown Tiffin,” he said.

Diamantopoulos hopes to cater to times outside of the traditional dinner hour. The starting hours for the store will be lunch time and nights as late as 3 a.m. He plans to open for business in late fall or early winter.

About the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group

The Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group LLC. is a for-profit organization made up of community minded shareholders. The purpose of the TCRG is to encourage and promote downtown business. In 2012, Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, LLC. purchased and now operates the Laird Building.

 About SIEDC

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

Tiffin Fire Department receives $1M grant

Funds allocated for truck purchase

Kevin VeleteanTIFFIN, OHIO – August 15, 2016 – Tiffin Fire Chief Kevin Veletean announced at Tiffin City Council Monday night that the department has received a $1 million grant to purchase a new ladder truck. The FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant is a 90/10 split with the City of Tiffin, covering $1 million of the $1,102,000 project.

The funds will replace a 1981 truck nearing the end of its life-span. “The typical national standard for the equipment is 15 years, but like anything else, the biggest factor is how well the department maintains the truck. At this point, it is becoming difficult to even find parts to make repairs,” Veletean said.

Chief Veletean wrote the grant as a regional project, in conjunction with Clinton Township and Bascom. “This is almost perfect timing,” he said. “It coincides with the Joint Justice Center and reinforces the need to break down old standards to work together, not independently.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commended Chief Veletean on his assistance to the city. “This grant will improve safety services for Tiffin and the surrounding area,” Montz said. “It is encouraging to see more departments following the city and county’s lead and working together, especially to provide such a valuable service to our community.”

About the Assistance to Firefighters Grant

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.


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


Jimmy John’s opens today

20160815_111118Jimmy John’s sandwich shop opened its doors at 2161 W. Market St. in Tiffin this morning. They are open everyday 11 a.m – 10 p.m., and features a drive-through window and delivery for their “freaky fast” subs.

Franchise Owner Aaron Taylor has two stores in Sandusky and one in Fremont, and said Tiffin was the ideal market for a new store. “With the population size, two universities and the hospital, Tiffin is the perfect location,” he said.

The shop is located in a two-unit development shared with an AT&T store, which will be coming soon. Customizing the Jimmy John’s store was a $350,000 project, and it is currently staffed by 30 employees and still accepting applications.

Check out their menu here and their catering options here.

Legacy Title opens Tiffin location

legacy titleLegacy Title, LLC, a full service real estate title company which focuses on real estate title work and title insurance, and provides expertise in closing transactions and acts as closing agent for many lending institutions, has opened a location at 19 West Market Street, Suite F in Tiffin.

Tiffin is the firm’s third location, joining their Fostoria and Findlay offices. “We were looking to expand our business, and there is a need for our services here,” Co-Owner and Managing Officer of the Tiffin branch Lori Welter said. “Tiffin was the next logical step.”

Before moving in, Legacy invested $10,000 into their 2,300 square foot suite and equipment. The space includes offices for staff members to be there full-time as well as conference rooms which can be used for client meetings with Legacy’s four on-staff attorneys.

Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:oo p.m. Monday-Friday, but they also offer evening and weekend closings, for customer convenience. An official Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at the new branch 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on August 25, with the ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Wellys Monument Company

Wellys All Patriot

Three generations: Luke, Art and Tim.

Meet Tim Welly, owner of Welly’s Monument Company located at 2873 S State Route 100 in Tiffin. Wellys is a family-owned business that creates monuments and memorials.

The business started in 1960 with Tim’s father, Arthur Welly. It began in the family’s home, and continued there until 2002, when Tim built and moved to their current location, which features one of the largest indoor memorial displays in Northwest Ohio. Tim became involved in the family business in 1979, at the age of 19, and bought the business in 1989. Tim’s son Luke currently works with him, the latest in the family line.

“I have third and fourth generation customers. For the most part, Seneca County residents try to patronize local businesses,” Tim said. “But it’s not like in my dad’s days. The business has changed immensely with CAD and impact engravers. Customers don’t just pick their monument out of a catalogue, in this day and age everything is designed to the customer’s wants and needs.”

In fact, He uses three different computer programs to design one-of-a-kind memorials, with no limitations on size or shape and employs a staff of salesmen, artists, and installers to design and create that special memorial.

Not only does Wellys create funeral memorials, they have also created three of the war memorials in town: the Tiffin All Patriots Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the World War II Memorial. You can see their work along Frost Parkway in Tiffin.

Wellys Monument Company is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and evening and weekends by appointment.


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Tiffin gains 8 new restaurants in 18 months

20160531_131100.jpgTiffin has seen a tremendous amount of growth in all sectors recently, however, the restaurant business has been particularly active over the past year. Several dining establishments have opened and several more have announced intentions to open within the next month. Not only do these stores represent more choices for Tiffinites, bringing the total number of food and drink establishments in Seneca County (listed here) to more than 80, combined, the projects listed below represent well over $6 million in investment and 200 new jobs created.Learn more about some of Tiffin’s newest additions:

Coming Soon

Empire at 138The Empire at 138 is located in downtown Tiffin on South Washington Street near Madison Street, housed in a city block that was historically referred to as the “Empire Block.” In historic tradition, the restaurant owners have completely restored the interior and facade of the building, including an antique bar from another local establishment. The restaurant will be an upscale dining experience with traditional American fare made using as many local and seasonal ingredients as possible. The restaurant is a joint venture for several local business owners. Read more.

Jimmy John’s – The intention of opening a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop franchise in Tiffin was first brought to the public in October 2015. Work is progressing on the 1,500-square-foot space within a 3,750-square-foot building with a projected opening date in late-Summer or early-Fall. The shop will offer gourmet sandwiches made with natural, local ingredients and “freaky fast” delivery. Founded in 1983, the chain currently has more than 2,400 locations nationwide. Read more.

Chipotle Mexican Grill – One of the most asked-for restaurants by Tiffin residents, Chipotle announced intentions to locate in Tiffin in April 2016. The building housing the burrito chain is a $1.1 million investment including two retail spaces in addition to the Chipotle store, which should result in 40-70 new jobs. The restaurant is expected to open in early Fall. Established in 1993, Chipotle is a fast-casual dining chain focused on “Food with Integrity.” With more than 2,000 locations and 45,000 employees, Chipotle is a $4.5 billion restaurant enterprise specializing in Mission-style burritos made using high-quality, GMO-free, naturally grown and raised ingredients, and classic cooking techniques. Read more.

FroZone – FroZone is a build-your-own frozen yogurt shop opening in the Laird Arcade in downtown Tiffin in the late Summer of 2016. The store is locally owned by two young professionals. The shop will feature 12 yogurt choices and a topping bar. Customers will be able to build their own frozen yogurt bowl with as many flavors and toppings as they desire. Read more.


Recently Opened

Dunkin’ Donuts – The Dunkin’ Donuts and Mickey Mart opened on May 20, 2015, in the West Market Street commercial district in Tiffin. Both operations combined represent a $650,000 investment and 50 new jobs created. Dunkin’ Donuts is the world’s leading baked goods and coffee chain, serving more than 3 million customers per day. Dunkin’ Donuts sells 52 varieties of donuts and more than a dozen coffee beverages as well as an array of bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods.  Today, there are more than 11,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants worldwide – more than 8,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in 41 states in the U.S. plus the District of Columbia, and more than 3,200 international restaurants in 36 countries. Read more.

Mr. Hero – The shop is located together with the B & B Food Mart at the 263 N. Washington St. location in the “Sixer’s Corners” area and cut the ribbon to celebrate its opening last October. The franchise was an approximately $200,000 investment and added three new employees to B&B’s five-person staff. Started in 1965 on Cleveland’s west side, the chain has grown to more than 90 locations throughout northeast, northwest and central Ohio. The chain uses proprietary recipes and prides itself on the freshness of its ingredients and cooking each order when placed and not using microwaves or warming trays. Read more.

Wall Street Pub and Grille – The Wall Street Pub and Grille, located at the corner of Wall and Hall Streets in Tiffin, on the Tiffin University campus, opened its doors on June 7, 2016. The establishment is the first restaurant venture for food service provider AVI. The menu consists of burgers, wraps, flatbreads and similar fare, and the bar features 20 beers on tap as well as regional wines. The building reclaimed The Pettibone Industrial Machine Shop, and blends modern and rustic décor. Read more.

Buffalo Wild Wings – The Mastro Development Group first announced plans to open a Buffalo Wild Wings location in Tiffin in October 2014. After nearly two years in development, the restaurant opened on June 6, 2016. The 6,600 square foot “Stadia” style restaurant contains an urban look, complete with wall-to-wall big screen TVs and a patio accessible through garage doors. The entire project is a $3.2 million investment in the Tiffin community that will create 60-65 new jobs. Buffalo Wild Wings is a national restaurant chain with the mantra, “Wings. Beer. Sports.” that began in Columbus, Ohio in 1982 and now has more than 1,190 locations around the world. Read more.


Aqua invests $6M in Tiffin

Aqua_logoIn May of 2012, Aqua Ohio purchased the water utility system in Tiffin from Ohio American Water. To date, Aqua has invested approximately $6 million in critical infrastructure upgrades for the community. These include service reliability enhancements, such as the replacement of aging water main, valves and hydrants, and water treatment plant improvements to meet more stringent EPA rules and regulations.

On May 1, 2012, Aqua America, Inc. completed the purchase of all of American Water Works Company, Inc.’s regulated operations in Ohio, yielding Aqua America eight additional water systems and three wastewater system in Ohio. The newly purchased operations serve approximately 50,730 water and approximately 6,550 wastewater connections in parts of nine counties primarily in central and northeast Ohio.

Aqua Ohio serves approximately 500,000 residents in 19 counties across the state of Ohio. Aqua Ohio provides services in the following counties: Franklin, Lawrence, Preble, Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga, Summit, Williams, Marion, Richland, Morrow, Portage, Pike, Seneca, Stark, Carroll, Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana.

Aqua Ohio is subsidiary of Aqua American, which serves about 3 million people in eight states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. This year marks 130 years of business for the Pennylvania-based company.

Jazz legend Bobby Caldwell to headline 8th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin

Jazzin Tiffin 2016 Poster.jpgInternational star whose career spans more than three decades is one of the most prolific and well respected artists in the music industry.

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 2, 2016 – Jazzin’ Tiffin will celebrate their 8th Annual Jazz Festival in style this year with a performance by Jazz Superstar Bobby Caldwell.

The Jazzin’ Tiffin Festival will take place on Saturday evening September 10 at Rotary Park on Frost Parkway in Tiffin. Performers include at 3 p.m. – Tiffin University ProMusic Ensemble, 4:30 p.m. – Jazz Organ Trio Organissimo, 6 p.m. – Saxman Dave McMurray and 7:45 p.m. – Trumpeter Joey Sommerville. Headliner Bobby Caldwell will take the stage at 9 p.m.

Caldwell, best known for his Mega-Hit “What You Won’t Do For Love”, has written numerous hits, not only for himself, but a host of other huge stars of the industry like Boz Skaggs, Peter Cetera, Vanessa Williams, Chicago, Commodores and many others. In addition, Caldwell’s work is some of the most “sampled” in the music industry.

To kick off the festival, there will be a Jazz Night at the Pioneer Mill on Thursday, September 8 from 6:30-8:15 p.m. featuring the B3 Trio. B3 has been performing in Northwest Ohio for the last 7 years. Their music genres include jazz, R&B, Motown, ballads and pop.

On Friday night, September 9 from 4-6 p.m., there will be an educational event on the Heidelberg University campus, featuring Joey Sommerville. Joey’s presentation will be a combination of performance and discussion. He will have an accompanist so he can play some of his music for the students and invite them to join him on a few songs and he will accompany them on a choice of their music.

More importantly he will be talking with the students about the importance of music as an art form, how he got into the music business and how they can prepare themselves to become performing artists. The industry has gone through dramatic changes over the past decade and successful artists like Joey Sommerville have mastered weaving the through the maze to stardom.

Jazzin’ Tiffin is proud to be a free festival for all, thanks to our generous sponsors and partners who contribute to this wonderful family event.

About Jazzin’ Tiffin

Jazzin’ Tiffin began in 2009 and has featured the biggest names in Jazz including Rick Braun, Mindi Abair, Nelson Rangell, Alexander Zonjic, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal and many more. The festival’s mission is to support art and culture and the music of local, regional and national artists. The event also seeks to create visibility and economic impact for the greater Tiffin, Ohio area. For more information, please follow Jazzin’ Tiffin on Facebook or call 419.447.3831. Jazzin’ Tiffin is produced by Up Front Entertainment.


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


Workshop fosters partnerships with Federal labs

ohio mepOn Wednesday, August 10 from 9 am – 4 pm, leaders in engineering, manufacturing and technology are invited to attend “Partnering with Federal Labs,” a workshop sponsored by CIFT and MAGNET on behalf of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP). The workshop is designed to introduce business leaders to the Federal labs research centers that help push technology to the private marketplace.  The meeting will highlight how federal agencies’ expertise and technologies can assist Ohio firms.



USDA-Agricultural Research Service has already formed over 120 formal partnerships this year with companies of all sizes for the development and commercialization of technologies. As of 2015, more than 800 businesses, universities, governments and non-profit groups partnered with either Oak Ridge National Lab or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through 2016, the Department of Energy is providing up to $20 million in vouchers so that small businesses can request technical assistance from national labs to help bring the next generation of clean technologies to market.


The workshop is designed to introduce business leaders to the Federal labs research centers that help push technology to the private marketplace. The meeting will highlight how federal agencies’ expertise and technologies can assist Ohio firms. Speakers include representatives from:

Federal Lab Consortium (FLC)

The FLC is the formally chartered, nationwide network of more than 300 federal laboratories, agencies, and research centers that fosters commercialization best practice strategies and opportunities for accelerating federal technologies from out of the labs and into the marketplace.


NASA John H. Glenn Research Center drives research, technology, and systems to advance aviation, advance space missions and aeronautics by leveraging core competencies to deliver from concept through applications. Examples include air breathing propulsion, cryogenic fluids management, communications technology, energy storage and conversion, and materials for extreme environments.

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center

USDA – Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

The ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination. The ARS research agenda is broad, with about 750 research projects organized under four major program areas: Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality; Animal Production and Protection; Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems; and Crop Production and Protection.

Department of Energy, ORNL & NREL

The Department of Energy (DOE) has aligned resources to invest in technology research and development, new innovation models, technical assistance, and the shared technical facilities that help transition scientific innovations into new manufacturing capabilities. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have capabilities that include facilities and expertise in: solar, wind, water power, geothermal, bioenergy, buildings, fuel cells, batteries, vehicle technology, advanced manufacturing, and next generation materials.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The Department of Commerce, NIST, promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. Laboratory capabilities include facilities and expertise in: Bioscience and Health, Building/Fire Research, Physics, Electronics/Telecommunications, Energy, Environment/Climate, Information Technology/Cyber, Manufacturing, Materials Science, Quality/Transportation, and more.

For more information, contact CIFT at 419-535-6000 or, or register here.

State reps to talk export programs Aug. 9


If you are interested in increasing your international business, this will be of interest. On the morning of August 9 (Tuesday), representatives of the State of Ohio will be visiting Seneca County to discuss a couple of their programs to help Ohio companies export. Please let us know if you are interested in a visit at your place of business. Please let David Zak ( know by close of business on Monday, August 1

Two of the programs they are looking to highlight and promote are the following:

Ohio Export Internship Program

The Ohio Export Internship Program is designed for companies that are looking to export for the first time or to improve their current export initiatives. The program will match companies with highly motivated students who have taken export-focused coursework, while providing a 50 percent reimbursement for the intern wages. This exciting internship program will offer a mutually beneficial relationship to students and companies alike by providing real-world experiences where both can learn and grow.

Ohio IMAGE Grant Program

The Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE), funded by the state of Ohio and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is designed to increase exports and create jobs. The IMAGE grant offers financial assistance for small businesses to promote their products and services in international markets. The grant will provide a 50 percent reimbursement up to $10,000 per fiscal year for qualifying activities.