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Investors purchase retail center

Building to house new yoga studio business

napoliTIFFIN, OHIO – September 13, 2017 – Investors have purchased the four-unit commercial building at 378-384 W. Market St. with plans to locate a yoga studio, Yoga Chuck Health & Wellness Studio, in one of the units. The projected opening date for the studio is in January of 2018.

Yoga instructor Chuck Burmeister plans to open Yoga Chuck Health & Wellness Studio early next year. “I have been teaching yoga in various settings since 2009, so I am excited to have my own dedicated space, and bring additional services to my clients,” he said.

Burmeister is a registered yoga and therapeutic yoga teacher, an Urban Zen Integrative Therapy practitioner and a Reiki Master. He will also offer treatments using a vibrating Power Plate and BioMat combination, neither of which is currently available in the Tiffin market.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to another entrepreneur making an investment and opening a storefront for their business. “It is great to see another underused building being renovated, and a small business owner finding a space to practice health and wellness in Tiffin.”

The building has three additional units. One is occupied by Napoli Pizza, and the other two are available for lease. The available units are 1,400 and 1,700 square feet, respectively. The investors will be making improvements to the building over the coming months.

About Chuck Burmeister
Chuck Burmeister, affectionately known as Yoga Chuck, began practicing yoga in 2005 to relieve his Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms. He began teaching others in 2009 and has been active at the Tiffin Developmental Center, Tiffin Community YMCA, the Allen Eiry Center, Seneca Co Employees, and various local assisted living and nursing home facilities. He currently offers private Yoga lessons, UZIT Treatments, Reiki Treatments and Raindrop Treatments, and speaks about his MS story, all things related to Yoga, and more. He also has three instructional DVDs for seniors and those with MS, available on Amazon.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Tiffin Art Guild to celebrate move with grand opening, exhibition

TAG Grand Opening PosterOn June 3, from 4-6 p.m., the Tiffin Art Guild is holding an open house celebration to welcome friends and members to their new location at 130 S. Washington St. The free event will include tours, refreshments and door prizes, as well as an exhibition.

The celebration will feature local fused glass artists “Three Artisans,” Elaine Bast, Jill Groves & Fran Jackson as their present their latest uniquely designed art glass creations . The Exhibition will remain on display until June 23.

About the Tiffin Art Guild
The Tiffin Art Guild & Gallery was created in 2006 to bring new and varied artwork to the Tiffin Community and surrounding communities. We offer varied art classes for both children and adults and are always looking for teachers and new ideas on classes to offer. We provide a place for artists and those who appreciate art to gather and display their artwork. We also need more members and volunteers in order to continue and expand on our mission.

 

National Small Business Week – how to get involved

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Yesterday was the beginning of National Small Business Week 2017, running from April 30 – May 6! Started in 1963 and sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The SBA is offering the following webinars throughout the week:

The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses
Presented by Visa
May 2, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Register here

5 Fabulous Habits of Local Business Champions
Presented by YP
May 3, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Register here

Grow Your Business Online
Presented by Google
May 3, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm ET
Register here

The Future of Small Business Innovation
Presented by Salesforce
May 4, 2017
2:30-3:30 pm ET
Register here

How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less
Presented by Constant Contact
May 4, 2017 | 3:30-4:30 pm ET
Register here

Find the Hidden Money in America
Presented by Chase
May 4, 2017 | 5:00-6:00 pm ET
Register here

For more information about the SBA click here. For more information about National Small Business Week, click here.

Coppus Motors receives Mercedes-Benz “Best of the Best” award

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Local auto dealer Coppus Motors recently received a national award from Mercedes-Benz for their 2016 performance:

Press release from Coppus Motors

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) has announced that Coppus Motors, Inc. of Tiffin, Ohio has once again received the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Best of the Best Dealer Recognition Award based on their performance in 2016.

The “Best of the Best” Program recognizes dealers for their exemplary performance in sales, service and parts, as well as excellence in operations and customer experience. The award supports the Mercedes-Benz brand and recognizes exceptional dealers that rise above all others through achievement and outstanding results.

Coppus Motors performance in 2016 placed them among the upper echelon of all Mercedes-Benz Dealers across the country. They are among 59 dealers out of 383 in the United States to earn this honor, and one of only 4 dealerships in the states of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. This contribution helps make Mercedes-Benz the #1 Luxury Automobile brand in the United States, as well as globally.

Coppus Motors Inc. has been in business since 1927 in Tiffin, OH. They began offering the Mercedes-Benz brand line in 1954, making them the oldest continuously operating Mercedes-Benz Dealer in North America.

Contest winners open for business

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Zoe and Spenser with the contest judges.

In September of 2016 the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group held a contest to give a space to an aspiring entrepreneur rent free for one year. From the applicant pool, seven possible businesses were chosen to present their business in front of a panel, who decided the winner. This week, contest winners Zoe Dolch and Spenser Blackiston will open Washington Street Outfitters in the Laird Arcade.

Their store is located on the interior of the Laird Arcade (corner of Market and Washington Streets) and features men and women’s clothing and jewelry as well as new and used vinyl records and home decor. “It’s a mixed-merchandise approach, ” Zoe said. “We have hundreds of items and different styles as well as staple items.”

As winners of the contest, in addition to free rent, they received two business organization sessions with professional organizer Reannon Hayes, six sessions from KKR Consult, a business consulting and dream coaching service, and meetings with Retail is Detail (provided by Heritage Ohio), which provided marketing and demographic information for the area. The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services provided one year of free membership, which includes participation in the Chamber Cash gift certificate program.

After winning the contest, they were also contacted by groups at both Heidelberg and Tiffin Universities looking to take an active role in marketing. The Enactus group from Heidelberg has been helping the pair since a couple weeks after the contest, assisting with tasks ranging from building clothing racks to planning the grand opening. Tiffin University marketing students also started working on a marketing campaign that will be presented to Zoe and Spenser upon completion.

“I love the students,” Zoe said. “Working with them has been a great experience and a lot of fun.”

Zoe and Spenser are recent college graduates who were originally looking to start careers elsewhere and defer their dream of opening their own store when they learned about the business contest. “We didn’t know if we could win, but we knew we could put our whole hearts in it,” Zoe said. “We didn’t anticipate this opportunity, it just came about and it felt right.”

Property Manager for the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group and organizer of the contest Tyler Shuff said he is working with runners-up of the contest to help them launch their business ideas. “The contest was great and brought everyone out of the woodwork that had an idea. Even though there was only one winner, I want to help all seven finalists,” he said. “We are looking at doing another contest within the next year or two, with the goal of getting people downtown and giving their business a head-start.”

Two of the finalists now have office space in the Laird Arcade – Small Victories Financial Coaching and Lascala IT. Shuff is currently working with a wine and craft bar, dance studio and business incubator to find space downtown.

Heritage Home Brew sells supplies, hands-on experience

20161117_165424Heritage Home Brew is a one-stop-shop for all of your wine and beer home brewing needs. Beer and wine making enthusiasts Jon Bird, Jason Bird and Matt Prenzlin opened the shop about a year and a half ago, and their business is growing.

With the nearest dedicated home brew store nearly a half-hour drive away, “We started the shop so we didn’t have to travel so far to get our supplies,” Jason said.

The shop offers everything you need to brew a beer or wine, as well as soda bases. Even if you are new to the hobby, the guys at the shop know their stuff and can walk you through all of the equipment you will need, as well as how to design a brew. When the weather is cooler, you might also find a live outdoor brewing demonstration.

Not only do they carry everything needed to make your favorite beverage at home, a few months ago they started offering wine making group classes by appointment. “They learn about everything. From sanitation to using hydrometers, and the process from choosing a recipe to bottling and corking,” Jason said.

“It’s a chemistry lesson, it’s a microbiology lesson, it’s also the horticulture of growing grapes and other ingredients,” Prenzlin added.

For $34 per person, a group of 6-8 can make a six gallon batch of wine – 28 bottles – in any flavor they choose. After 6-9 weeks, the wine is ready to be bottled, corked and labeled. The price includes the use of equipment, a wine making kit, wine samples, hors d’oeuvres, bottles and corks. They even print customized labels for each group.

In the future, they hope to expand these private classes to include beer making, as well as soda making for kids.

Check out Heritage Home Brew at 453 E. Market St. in Tiffin, right next to the BMV. They are open Tuesday-Friday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can also shop online here.

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Small Business Saturday Nov. 26

shop-small-logoAfter the large Black Friday sales, shop local and join the community in celebrating Small Business Saturday. This year’s event is set for Saturday, November 26.

Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express to encourage individuals nationwide to support small, local business, and it has been a great success. Last year, 95 million people went out to shop at their local small businesses on the appointed day.

From The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services:

Small Business Saturday is most successful in helping local retail businesses grow their revenues over this key weekend, when public/private coalitions of small business leaders have come together to provide coordination and leadership.

The Chamber is celebrating another year as a member of the Small Business Saturday Coalition and a neighborhood champion. Join us in supporting local businesses by signing up. We encourage all small businesses to sign up for the Small Business marketing and promotional materials. Sign up on the event website.

 

Tiffin Mall purchased by Toledo development company

Investors working on future plans

tiffin mall signTIFFIN, OHIO – September 3, 2016 – Key Hotel and Property Management (KHPM), a Toledo-based real estate development and management company, announced today that it is moving forward with purchasing the Tiffin Mall for $2.2 million from Tiffin Mall Realty, which itself is owned by the Kohan Retail Investment Group out of New York. The firm is currently developing an investment and development strategy for the property, which it hopes to unveil in the coming months.

KHPM CEO Steve Roumaya believes that Tiffin is a community on the move and is ready for additional growth. “For the last couple of years, the retail market has been hot in Tiffin, and we see that there is significant demand for additional shopping options,” he said. “We look forward to working with all existing mall tenants as well as other area businesses to help them succeed, and we appreciate all the support we are receiving from the City of Tiffin and SIEDC.”

Roumaya established Key in 1994 and has been involved in several successful development projects in Ohio and Michigan, including Bancroft Village and Suder Shoppes in Toledo, Navarre Crossings in Oregon, and River Valley in Monroe, Michigan. Ohio.

The Tiffin Mall opened in 1980 and was built by Developers Diversified Realty (DDR) based out of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2005, DDR constructed the movie theater now occupied by Cinemark, and they sold the mall in 2012 to the Kohan Retail Investment Group. The mall currently has 28 retail spaces inside, as well as the theater and two outbuildings. Most of the spaces are currently vacant.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement, saying “We welcome Key’s investment and desire to develop the site here in Tiffin. We are excited about continuing to create an environment where people do not have to leave to shop and dine, and we think the project can again help continue our retail momentum.”

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 http://www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Uptown Flea this weekend

Copy of uptown flea fb (1)The public is invited to experience a new and unique pop-up “shop” featuring local crafters and artisans who specialize in quality, handmade items, along with food producers and other creative merchants. The event will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Laird Arcade Building and coincides with the first Seneca County Farmers Market of the season.

The organizer behind Uptown Flea is TiffinOhio.org owner Merre Phillips, who explained her inspiration: “I love these kind of events and have recently attended indie craft fairs and markets in Columbus and Toledo and knew that the same kind of talented crafters and makers were right here in our own community. With the popularity of these kind of events and with websites like Etsy.com, it felt like the right time to bring a creative group of vendors together in order for them to showcase and sell their products to a local market.”

Merre said that if the Uptown Flea goes well, she is looking forward to scheduling future dates for this event.
Here are the participating vendors that are confirmed to date:

  • Baby I’m Home – baby clothes and other fun accessories
  • Vintage Chick – recycled and repurposed home accents and furniture
  • Honest Tees, LLC – custom tees and other stuff
  • ChelseaMADE – boutique quality crochet items and accessories for all ages
  • Eugene Phillips – handcrafted wood bowls, trays, toys and other items
  • Recycled Boutique – tagged and like new popular and better brand clothes and accessories
  • FrankArts & Crafts – custom made home decor items
  • Kaker’s Cake Pops – beautifully designed and delicious cake pops
  • Grams & Her 3 K’s – beach glass jewelry and wine glass charms
  • Lily Pepper Primitives – unique blend of gifts and art for all seasons, designed by Sue Wickham
  • Tiffin Art Guild – artwork for sale from TAG members
  • Handmade Lotus Boutique – crocheted items: bags, scarves, leg warmers, jackets and more
  • Crystal Traditions – blown glass items
  • SpiritSpace Gallery & Gifts – pottery and other handcrafted gift items
 

For more details, contact Merre at 419.618.8586, merre@tiffinohio.org or visit the event’s Facebook page.

Retail – recent projects and announcements

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Pat Catan’s received assistance from SIEDC with building permits

Growth in the retail sector across Tiffin has been exploding in recent months. Check out some of the projects either announced or completed (not including downtown Tiffin):

  • Arby’s: $160,000 invested.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: $3.2 million 6,600 square foot Stadia style restaurant with the creation of 60 – 65 new jobs.
  • Chipotle: Diverse Development of Holland, Ohio announced that Chipotle intends to open a store in the three retail facility.
  • Days Inn: Joins Wyndham Hotel Group’s leading global brand and invest $1.2 million to purchase, renovate and upgrade the property.
  • Diverse Development: $1.1 million dollar investment, new center with three retail spaces. Projected creation of 40 – 70 new jobs.
  • Domino’s: $400,000 investment and 20 new jobs created.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: $650,000 invested and 50 new jobs created.
  • Hampton Inn: $4.4 million invested and 15 jobs retained.
  • Jimmy John’s: new store to be built in Tiffin (under construction).
  • Kroger Expansion: $2.1 million invested 115 jobs retained.
  • Mr. Hero: $200,000 investment into the B & B Food Mart.
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts: $430,000 invested and 6 new jobs created.
  • Pat Catan’s: Opened up a 27,000 square foot store at the Westgate Shopping Center.
  • Passov Group: has construction underway on a 3,800 square foot, two-unit center.
  • Sabaidee Coffee House: Located next to Tiffin University, provides coffee, chai, tea and other iced and warm beverages.
  • Superior Auto: $300,000 invested and 8 new jobs created.