Board approves five façade grants for downtown businesses

Less than $7,000 available for 2019 program

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 7, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for work to five buildings, including updating storefronts and replacing windows for businesses in Downtown Tiffin. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

At the meeting, the ABR is to review a Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant applications for balcony railing, windows and doors for Tiffin Elks Lodge No. 94, 106 E. Perry St.; a partial demolition and storefront windows for JVC Properties Ltd/Bennett Paulus, 65 E. Market St.; windows, doors and exterior lighting for Pimadiz Properties, LLC/Jessica Tribolet, 174 S. Washington St.; window glass replacement and vitrolite repair/replacement for Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group LLC/Ann Gase, 114 S. Washington St.; and roof repair/replacement for Jin Li and Dai Tuo Zheng/Jay Zheng, 257 S. Washington St.

With these projects, the total amount spent for 2019 is $93,108.95 of the available $100,000 for a total investment of $220,955.89. The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of eight buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m glad to see so many building owners have taken interest in this program and the amount of investment happening in our community.”

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, the building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it before approval. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 68 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement ProgramThis City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.com.

May Third Thursday has gone to the dogs

Monthly event to feature first Barking Lot Party

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 6, 2019 – Barking Lot Party, the May Third Thursday event, is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, with events planned in the Croghan Bank & Laird Arcade parking lots and almost 30 businesses offering specials. Participants can register for door prizes at participating businesses. The event is free and family- and pet-friendly.

Participants are encouraged to enjoy a day downtown with their pup. Start at the barking lot for music, giveaways and fun with participating businesses. Then, take a walk through downtown for pet-friendly specials at local businesses. The event benefits the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin.

If your dog is aggressive towards other dogs, children or strangers, please do not bring them to the event. All dogs must be kept on a leash.

Also, Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin will start at 7 p.m. at The Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

In addition to the door prizes, participants are reminded to fill out an entry form every time they make a purchase at a participating business for a chance to win $1,000. A winner will be chosen after December’s Third Thursday. (No limit to the number of entries per person. Employees are eligible but cannot enter at their place of employment.)

Participating businesses include:

  • Allstate Insurance, 72 E. Market St. – Free rope toys and pet insurance quotes
  • Stover Veterinary Service – Vet-Mobile unit offering discounted nail trims and tours.
  • Simply Susan’s, 70 S. Washington St. – personalized dog tags for $10.
  • Clover Club, 266 S. Washington St. – Doggy Patio will be open.
  • Jolly’s, 66 E. Market St. – $1 hot dogs for your hot dog.
  • Phat Cakes, 45 S. Washington St. – homemade dog treats.
  • Ralphs Joy of Living, 33 N. Washington St. – $10 wine tasting (Limited spots RSVP).
  • Laird Arcade Brewery, 114 S. Washington St., Suite D – free live music.
  • Viaduct, 84 N. Washington St. – back patio will be open; 50 cent wings and $1 drafts.
  • GEM Yoga, 114 S. Washington St. – yoga with your dog.
  • FroZone, 114 S. Washington St. – $1 pup cups.
  • Renaissance, 129 S. Washington St. – 25% off of all Bird Dog Whiskeys.
  • SSG Ink, 107 E. Perry St. – doggy bandannas.
  • Melissa Perry Photography, 70 E. Market St. – $25 pet portraits.
  • Jen Burns Flair 37 – paw painting.
  • Divine Style Boutique, 116 S. Washington St., Suite C – 20% off purchase of $50.
  • Croghan Bank, 796 W. Market St. – hosting event in their parking lot and handing out free frisbees.
  • Michelle’s K9 Style and Smiles, 239 W Market St. – $10 nail trim.
  • Reino’s, 73 E Market St. – $2 Pizza by the slice.
  • Washington Street Outfitters, 186 S. Washington St. – selling dog merchandise.
  • Put N Pita, 116 S. Washington St. – free dog treats.
  • Tiffin Pedal Company – Pedal Car downtown.
  • Empire at 138, 138 S. Washington St. – Doggy Beauty Contest, costumes encouraged. Winner receives painting of their dog by local artist Jon Adams.
  • Airbrush Beauty, 120 ½ S. Washington St. – Make-Up your Mutt, hair conditioning, brushing, and bandanna.
  • Taylor Elchert Photography, 186 S. Washington St. – 10% off a photo session with a donation to the Humane Society of Seneca County.
  • Mix 96.7 WBVI – broadcasting live music and interviews in the parking lot.
  • REMAX, 108 S. Washington St. – raffling an interior dog house, proceeds will go to Children’s Miracle Network.
  • Reclaim It, 127 S. Washington St. – silent auction for a dog crate/end table and 10% off all dog dishes.
  • Threads, 2451 W. Market St. – selling pet-themed bracelets.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DowntownTiffinOh or www.DowntownTiffinEvents.com.

About Downtown Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin is an award-winning and state and nationally accredited Main Street program managed by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and driven by volunteer business and community leaders and stakeholders passionate to make downtown Tiffin a destination. More than 50 volunteers participate in various committees. Since 2014, more than 40 new businesses have opened, and more than 65 downtown building facades have been improved. Since 2016, more than $25 million has been invested.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.com.

About Shuff Consulting LLC.

Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

Youth Program to Explore Agricultural Careers 

Press Release submitted by Seneca County Commissioners/
Hallie Williams – OSU Extension Seneca County

Tiffin, Ohio — Ohio State University Extension is pleased to announce the launch of the first Agriculture Exploring Post in the nation. This program will focus on agricultural careers that are “In Demands Jobs.”

More than 200 jobs in Ohio are considered “in demand,” based on labor market information, job postings on OhioMeansJobs.com, Jobs Ohio regional forecasts and employer forecasts. Many of these jobs are based in agriculture or rely on agriculture.

The Exploring program offers students aged 14-20 the chance to learn life and career skills through immersive career experiences and mentorship, facilitated through Ohio State University Extension. The Exploring Agriculture post, based in Seneca County, but accepting all interested students, is designed to introduce youth to careers in agriculture throughout our community. Students can expect to “explore” agricultural careers via a series of monthly hands-on meetings from September 2019- April 2020. Each meeting will include visiting an area business and/or farm that serves the agricultural community and allowing students to learn not only about what they do/produce but also about the jobs needed for that business to thrive.

Students can expect to participate in hand-on activities and tours of businesses like Ag Credit and POET, as well as presentations about career paths in agriculture. High school students in and around Seneca County are encouraged to participate.

Hallie Williams, OSU Extension Agriculture Educator says, “Seneca County is a very strong agricultural county and as our Ag businesses grow, we need to make sure we have individuals ready to fill those positions. Our hope is that Exploring Agriculture will not only encourage our local youth to identify a career path that allows them to work in agriculture, but more importantly to keep them in the community.”

Exploring has existed for 70 years and enables students the opportunity to “Discover Their Future” through hands-on experiences. In the Black Swamp Area Council’s 13-county coverage area, there are 18 Exploring Posts focusing on a multitude of career fields, and serving 443 students. Exploring Executive, Matt Kibler, believes that a focus on Agriculture is needed. “This is a career field that is becoming more and more tech-based, and we need to make sure that we are keeping the pipeline full of future employees for our local businesses for years to come.”

The Seneca County 4-H Program within Ohio State University Extension is strong with nearly 1,000 youth participating. Katie Cole, 4-H Educator states, “We see the passion and commitment to the agriculture industry with many of these youth. With that being said, career development within the agriculture industry is definitely a topic that our youth have been inquiring about. This is our chance to make that happen right here in Seneca County.” 

Exploring Agriculture will host their kickoff event on September 24th, 2019 from 6-8pm at the Seneca Conservation District’s Miller Farm and will continue monthly in and around Seneca County.

To learn more about how your student, your business, or you can participate in Exploring Agriculture, please contact the Seneca County Extension office at 419-447-9722 or email cole.537@osu.edu or Williams.6386@osu.edu.

Start or finance your business the SBA Way

Press Release provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration Cleveland District Office

U.S. Small Business Administration Cleveland District Office is to give a free briefing on starting or financing a business 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St., Tiffin.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has been guaranteeing bank loans to small businesses since its creation by Congress in 1953. The guarantees enable entrepreneurs to obtain long-term credit that otherwise would not be available on reasonable terms and conditions. The SBA guarantee loan program is an invaluable tool for people in business and those looking to start a business. Officials from other government agencies will be in attendance to answer questions and present about a variety of programs.

Registration is required at tiffin-senecasbaevent.eventbrite.com.

Chamber ambassadors host ribbon cutting for State Farm

Press release provided by Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services

TIFFIN, Ohio – Join the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club as they hold a Ribbon Cutting for the State Farm – Nicole Miller, 2495 W. Market St., Ste. B, at 11:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 7. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m.

See the newest State Farm office in Tiffin. Nicole Miller is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit tiffinchamber.com.

Double ribbon cutting planned for the Chandelier, Tiffin Pedal Company

Press release provided by Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services

TIFFIN, Ohio –Join the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce as they hold a double ribbon cutting for the Chandelier Community Event Center and Tiffin Pedal Company at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5. The Chandelier is located at 151 S. Washington St. and Tiffin Pedal Company will be starting their events on Madison Street.

There will be a Kick-Off Party on Madison Street starting at noon with a live band, Dave & Glenn, raffles and a chance to meet the owners, Tom Fretz, The Chandelier, and Danny Perry, Tiffin Pedal Company.  The Chandelier is to be open so participants can see the renovations. MST Pub & Grub, 92 Madison St., will be showing their Party Room above the bar.

As part of the event, Madison Street is to be closed until 4 p.m.

For more information, visit tiffinchamber.com.

Board approves façade grants for downtown businesses

Four building owners granted funds

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 16, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for work to four buildings, including roof repairs of three buildings in Downtown Tiffin. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

The owners of the buildings had requested $5,743.24 to replace and repair exterior doors and for masonry repointing at 145-147 Madison Street; and $3,962.50 for 25 E. Perry St., $7,512 for Bolte Real Estate, 23 S. Washington St., and $10,000 for Tong’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Inc., 40 E. Perry St., each for roof repairs.

With these projects, the total amount spent for 2019 is $56,743.22 of the available $100,000 for a total investment of $146,724.44. In April and March, the ABR approved two $10,000 grants to replace the roofs for Reclaim It, 127 S. Washington St., and the Renaissance of Tiffin, 129 S. Washington St., and in January, the board approved grants for 269 S. Washington St. and 27 Court St.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “With more than half of the allotted funds used, I’m glad the Façade Enhancement Grant continues to be a benefit to owners of properties in Downtown Tiffin.”

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, the building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager AmyReinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it before approval. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 68 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement ProgramThis City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.com.

3rd annual Tiffin Regatta planned for August

Press Release provided by the Tiffin Regatta

TIFFIN, OHIO – The 3rd annual Tiffin Regatta, a charitable event sponsored by The Tiffin Elks Club and the Bel-Mar Boat Landing, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. This one-of-a-kind event brings together participants, spectators and volunteers all working together to raise money for the needs of the Tiffin/Seneca County community. 

The beneficiaries for this 3rd annual event include the NOAH Foundation along with the Summer Food Program for Kids. Both programs have shown their commitment in the community in the past and are in need of additional funding for continuous programs and outreach.

NOAH (No One Alone or Hungry) started as a Christmas Day event providing gifts and serving Christmas dinner to anyone in the community. Over the years, thousands of local residents have made this an annual event. For many in need, it is the only way they can celebrate the holiday and receive a good meal. Yet, this is not all NOAH contributes to in the community. NOAH also sponsors a Family Fun Day at the park with games, activities, food, and music all geared to promote family togetherness. The Family Fun Day is free and provides families with a day together they may not otherwise be able to afford. 

The Summer Food Program for Kids provides nutritious meals during the summer break to area youth, many of whom may not otherwise eat that day. With serving stations around town, volunteers provide a healthy meal three days a week to hungry kids. For a large number of school age kids in the community, the best daily meal they receive is provided by local school’s cafeterias during the school year. With school out, many go hungry. Funds raised by the Regatta will help feed hungry kids during the summer break.

The Regatta committee is very excited for the 3rd annual event and is looking for it to be the largest event yet. All funds raised will help NOAH with their programming as well as providing nutritious food for the children in the community. There are many ways to get involved, including sponsorship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and entering a team/boat into the event.

For more information, visit https://tiffinelksregatta.wordpress.com/.

About the Tiffin Regatta

The Tiffin Regatta is an opportunity for participants to work as a team in constructing a small boat to navigate a course against other small boats on the Sandusky River in Tiffin. All proceeds benefit a pre-determined non-profit organization(s).

Ballreich’s Potato Chips gets new owner

Investor group purchases nearly 100-year-old Tiffin company

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 12, 2019 – Today, Ballreich Snack Food Company and Ballreich Bros. Inc. are pleased to announce the purchase and sale of the 98-year-old Tiffin brand. Ballreich Snack Food Company is a recently formed group of Northwest Ohio business professionals who want to see the company continue to grow and remain an area tradition. Operations will continue uninterrupted at the plant, 186 Ohio Ave., and the group will retain the 55 dedicated team members currently employed. The Investor Group has plans for future expansion and will look to expand their markets.

The Ballreich Family has owned and operated the business since 1920 and the current owners, Brian (grandson of one of the original founders) and Linda Reis, have managed and grown the company since 2006: “We have accomplished some really good things over the last 13 years in terms of growing our markets, earning SQF (food safety) certification and supporting numerous community events and organizations. As with all companies, we are now at a point in time to take the company to the next level and Linda and I are happy to have connected with the investors and team from Ballreich Snack Food Company.”

“So many people have enjoyed Ballreich’s potato chips over the years and they have become part of the fabric of what makes Northwest Ohio such a great place to live, work and play. We are very excited and feel blessed to have the opportunity to continue to build on the Ballreich tradition and hope to set the company up to thrive for the next 100 years,” shared Steve Dandurand, CEO/President of Ballreich Snack Food Company.

Ballreich’s started in 1920 by Fred and Ethel Ballreich, who famously came up with the term “marcelled” for the name of the waves in the chips based on the popular hairstyle of the time. Fred’s brother, Carl, and his wife Emma joined the company after working at the Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan. In 2006, Ballreich’s became official chip of Toledo Mud Hens, and in 2009 was named official chip of the Lake Erie Crushers, Toledo Walleyes, Bowling Green State University Falcons and University of Toledo Rockets. The plant has hosted visits by Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan. The company has been featured in the movie “Street Kings” as well as on the “Rachael Ray Show” and ABC’s “The View.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “We’re happy to see that a great group of local investors have come together to help keep Ballreich’s in our community,” he said. “This company is not just a local employer, but a point of civic pride.”

About Ballreich’s Potato Chips

Ballreich’s Potato Chips is a snack foods company that was started in 1920 by Fred and Ethel Ballreich. Today, its products include the classic “marcelled” chips in a variety of flavors, pretzels, popcorn, tortilla chips and potato sticks which are distributed to customers throughout Ohio, lower Michigan and eastern Indiana. For more information, visit www.ballreich.com.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.com.

April Third Thursday features artists, musicians

Explore Downtown Tiffin with Blooming Artist Stroll

Third Thursday

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 11, 2019 – Blooming Artist Stroll, the April Third Thursday event, is Thursday, April 18, with more than 20 stops featuring local artists and musicians. Participants can register for door prizes while enjoying one-of-a-kind art. The event is free and family-friendly.

Participants are encouraged to enjoy the spring weather with a stroll down Washington Street. Throughout the afternoon, musicians are to perform at Overflow, 126 S. Washington St. The Empire At 138, 138 S. Washington St., is the featured restaurant. There, Tom Hoffman of Court Street Gallery is to have some of his acrylic abstract paintings featured along with an installation of his work in main dining room.

Also, Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin continues its new season and will start at 7 p.m. at Phat Cakes, 45 S. Washington St., Tiffin.


In addition to the door prizes, participants are reminded to fill out an entry form every time they make a purchase at a participating business for a chance to win $1,000. A winner will be chosen after December’s Third Thursday. (No limit to the number of entries per person. Employees are eligible but cannot enter at their place of employment.)

Participating businesses include:

  • Clover Club, 266 S. Washington St. – Dick Rochester – wooden bowls
  • Washington Street Outfitters, 186 S. Washington St. – Lynn Huenemann – watercolors
  • Taylor Elchert Photography, 184 S. Washington St.
  • The Empire At 138, 138 S. Washington St. – Tom Hoffman’s acrylic abstract paintings
  • Viewpoint Graphics, 132 S. Washington St.
  • Tiffin Art Guild Gallery, 130 S. Washington St. – Kathleen Howard – photography prints; Mariah Solomon – resin and acrylic art
  • Overflow, 126 S. Washington St. – live music
  • Laird Arcade, South Washington Street and Market Street – FroZone, Jolly’s and Melissa Perry Photography – Deborah Baker – watercolor; Doug Kelley – oil; Clinton Kimmet – drawings
  • Reino’s, 73 E Market St. – Emily Fox – quick sketches.
  • Paper and Ink, 98 S. Washington St.
  • Simply Susan’s, 70 S. Washington St. – furniture painting demonstration
  • Bailiwicks, 62 S. Washington St. – paintings by local artists
  • Tiffin Glass Museum, 25 S. Washington St. – glass art on display
  • Phat Cakes, 45 S. Washington St. – Trivia Night at 7 p.m.
  • SSG Ink, 107 E. Perry St.
  • The Poignon Project, 227 E. Perry St. – glass blowing demonstration
  • Court Street Gallery, 33 Court St. – Tom Hoffman – acrylic abstract
  • ReClaim It 127, 127 S. Washington St.
  • The Renaissance, 129 S. Washington St. – Mark Levans – pottery (5-8 p.m.)
  • Hawkes Crystal, 207 S. Washington St.
  • Tom Rodgers Flowers, 245 S. Washington St. – crafts and jewelry
  • JT’s Bagel Bar food truck parked downtown

For more information, call Mary Lewis at (419) 448-0370 or email siamese2@twc.com, or visit www.facebook.com/DowntownTiffinOh or www.DowntownTiffinEvents.com for other Third Thursdays and other events in Downtown Tiffin.

About Downtown Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin is an award-winning and state and nationally accredited Main Street program managed by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and driven by volunteer business and community leaders and stakeholders passionate to make downtown Tiffin a destination. More than 50 volunteers participate in various committees. Since 2014, more than 40 new businesses have opened, and more than 65 downtown building facades have been improved. Since 2016, more than $25 million has been invested.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.com.