Retail

Chamber expands Farmers’ Markets with the Court Street Collection

Farmers Market LogoAs the 8th season of the Seneca County Farmers’ Market begins, a new shop local option has been added: the Court Street Collection. In addition to the traditional market vendors along S. Washington St., Court St. will be closed off between Washington St. and the alley to accommodate any business interested in setting up a pop-up shop (as space allows) in this non-traditional market.

This season also includes a bonus October date.

Press Release from the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services:

The Seneca County Farmer’s Market in Downtown Tiffin will begin its 2018 season on Saturday, June 9, 2018. This year’s calendar includes 9 total dates on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, June through September, with a bonus market in October! 2018’s full calendar is as follows:

  • June 9 & 23
  • July 14 & 28
  • August 11 & 25
  • September 8 & 22
  • October 13

For all dates, the market begins at 9 am and concludes at 1 pm, rain or shine. Vendor set-up begins at 8 am.

The market is located on South Washington Street between East Perry Street and East Market Street. A variety of products will be available, including baked goods, fresh produce, plants and flowers, and more. Live entertainment, demonstrations and children’s activities are also being planned.

New this year in conjunction with the farmers’ markets is the Court Street Collection. A non-traditional market on Court Street from Washington Street to the alley, any business is welcome to have a pop-up shop, but space is limited.

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 additional information.

Registration forms and information are available at tiffinchamber.com

Tiffin Ace Hardware to become Great Lakes Ace Hardware

ACEPress release provided by Great Lakes Ace Hardware

Tiffin, OH. March 4, 2018- Great Lakes Ace Hardware announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire Tiffin Ace Hardware in Tiffin, OH owned and operated by the Deats family. The acquisition will be finalized in late March.

“The Tiffin Hardware family has been serving Tiffin and the surrounding communities for over 57 years. We have worked together with our team to ensure that Tiffin Hardware supports and serves those communities, and we are proud of those accomplishments” says Bryan Deats. “We are pleased to be passing ownership over to Great Lakes Ace Hardware as their excellent reputation, shared values, and focus on continuity assures us that our team and community will continue to be well served.”

While Jim and Marilyn will be retiring, Bryan has accepted a leadership position with Great Lakes Ace Hardware which includes overseeing operations in Tiffin as well as Great Lakes Ace in Fostoria, which is opening in early March of this year.

According to Mark Vandenberg, President of Great Lakes Ace, “We are committed to retaining the Tiffin Hardware associates who are familiar faces to the customers in Tiffin and the surrounding communities. There will be a transition to some new and exciting products including nationally recognized brands. However, customers should expect to experience the same exceptional service to which they have been accustomed.”

“We are thrilled to expand into the Tiffin area and look forward to continuing Tiffin Hardware’s tradition of customer service and community involvement,” says Mark. “Our company vision is to improve lives and communities and we do that by going above and beyond to serve our customers. In a time when customers have more options than ever before, this is the bedrock fueling our growth.”

Great Lakes Ace Hardware began operation in Dearborn, Michigan in 1946 and has a history steeped in the traditional American tale of hard work and reinvention. The company provides local neighborhoods with access to national brands such as Craftsman, Scotts, Valspar, Toro, Weber, and others, while providing customers with a localized product mix and a friendly neighborhood hardware store experience. It has been part of the Ace Hardware Cooperative since 2014. For more information about Great Lakes Ace Hardware visit www.greatlakesace.com

Reineke acquires local RV business

Reineke RVReineke Family Dealerships is expanding their newly minted Reineke RV business in Tiffin with the acquisition of Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care.

Press release from Reineke Family Dealerships:

Get Your RV From Reineke…In Tiffin!

Reineke RV acquires Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin, Ohio

TIFFIN, OHIO – In just a few short weeks since the announcement of a partnership with Coleman Sales & Service in Toledo, Reineke RV has announced the acquisition of Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin, Ohio.  “We’re looking forward to serving customers in and around the Tiffin community with a number of products, services, and accessories from Reineke RV and Eclipse Auto Care.  With the addition of the Tiffin location, we’ll be able to better serve the market in Northwest Ohio,” said Dan Reineke.

Reineke RV of Tiffin and Eclipse Auto Care will be located at 1950 West Market Street.  Jamie Chalfin, General Manager, will oversee Reineke RV locations in Toledo and Tiffin, along with Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin.  Reineke RV offers both new and used folding trailers, expandable trailers, travel trailers, and fifth wheels from Starcraft and Flagstaff.  Genuine parts, installation, maintenance, and repair will be available at both Reineke RV locations in their full service facilities.  Eclipse Auto Care offers a variety of vehicle services and other accessories.

“Whether you need a fifth wheel hitch installed, a part ordered, or help picking out a new camper, Reineke RV is your full service solution,” said Jamie Chalfin, General Manager.

Reineke Family Dealerships, founded in 1960 by William F. Reineke, Sr., is a family owned organization that sold more than 7,000 cars in 2017 and employs approximately 450 full and part-time employees.  Known for strong customer loyalty and high sales and service ratings, Reineke Family Dealerships operates in Fostoria, Tiffin, Lima, Upper Sandusky, Findlay, North Baltimore, and sells Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles, and most recently, Reineke RV in Toledo and Tiffin, along with Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin.

A customer appreciation event/open house is planned and the date will be announced in the near future.  Visit www.ReinekeRV.com for more information.

Boost Mobile to open Tiffin location

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veA new mobile phone retailer is coming to Tiffin. A Boost Mobile franchise is set to open next week in the retail center currently housing Chipotle, at the corner of Ashwood Drive and W. Market Street.

Ben Sayed, a partner in franchise owners Wireless Boys, expressed their excitement at moving into the community. “It’s a beautiful town and we believe we will be a great asset,” he said. “We are looking forward to serving the Tiffin community.”

Wireless Boys began in 2011 and currently owns and operates 15 Boost Mobile franchises in the Northwest Ohio area. Their most recent store opened in Fremont this week.

The retail center was constructed in 2016 by Diverse Development, a real estate development firm based in Holland, Ohio. The center includes three units, one of which (a 1,400 square foot end unit) is still available for lease.

The Historic Laird Arcade

LairdBuilt by Rezin Shawhan in the mid-1800s, the Laird Arcade has seen a resurgence since it was purchased by the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group in 2012. Both the interior and exterior of the building have been renovated, second floor offices improved, and the storefronts on the first floor are filled with new and exciting businesses.

1st Floor

2nd Floor Office Suites

For available spaces, downtown investment opportunities, and various business services contact Tyler Shuff at 419-618-9515 or shuffconsulting@gmail.com

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.