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Rose Leaf Flowers opens in Laird Arcade

Florist returns to Seneca County after working in Columbus

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 11, 2019 – After having spent a few years in Columbus, Seneca County native Kassandra Ringle has returned and opened a new business in the historic Laird Arcade, Rose Leaf Flowers. The business provides flower arrangements for weddings, events and sells “daily arrangements” for birthdays and anniversaries, and has been open at 114 S. Washington St. Suite B since mid-October.

Ringle has been interested in growing and arranging flowers since she was very young, and now has brought those skills as well as ones learned in Columbus to the local area. She grows some of her plants from her home in Eden Township and uses suppliers from the Columbus area who source from Ohio producers during the warmer months.

Ringle plans to begin offering unique items from local artists that are made or grown in Tiffin in her retail shop. She also has by selling her products at the Seneca County Farmers Market, and she and Melissa Blair have begun to offer paint, craft and arrangement classes out of another space in the Laird called Artsy Rose Craft Studio. The studio is to be open by appointment and for special events.

“There’s so many different events that bring people downtown, and a great community in the Laird Arcade,” Ringle said. “I really like being downtown, there’s just a great vibe here.”

To mark the opening of the store, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, and a Christmas Open House 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

“I’m always happy to assist entrepreneurs and small business, especially when they are looking to come back home and relocate in Seneca County,” said Tyler Shuff of Shuff Consulting.

“I’m glad that Kassandra has decided to return to the community and bring her business to Downtown Tiffin,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz. “Rose Leaf Flowers will be a good compliment to the other floral businesses in Tiffin.”

For more information about Rose Leaf Flowers, visit roseleafflowers.wixsite.com/mysite, find Rose Leaf Flowers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoseLeafFlowers/ or call (419) 455-1900.

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.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Tiffin U and Mercy College of Ohio Announce Joint Nursing Program

Press Release from Tiffin University

Mercy College of Ohio logo

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—The United States is projected to experience a shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows. Compounding the problem, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), nursing schools across the country are struggling to meet the rising demand given the national move toward healthcare reform.

To address the nursing shortage, Tiffin University and Mercy College of Ohio have collaborated to create an innovative dual degree bachelor’s program to begin in the 2020-2021 academic year. In the new joint program, students earn two degrees–a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science (BSAHS) from Tiffin University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Mercy College.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses are projected to generate approximately 711,900 new jobs, the largest number of new jobs for any occupation,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “Students entering Tiffin University and completing this dual degree program will help fill the nursing needs in the State of Ohio. Dual credentials will allow students to demonstrate to future employers that they have the critical broader knowledge of allied health sciences to support their practice as a nurse.”

Dr. Susan Wajert, President of Mercy College of Ohio states “This is an innovative way for two colleges to partner to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve. Students who participate in the dual degree will have a broader educational perspective as they prepare for the nursing profession.”

“For years, prospective students of Tiffin University have consistently identified nursing as their professional choice,” Schumacher continued, “and keeping in line with Tiffin University’s academic career focus to support students who wish to work in professional positions, the initiative will provide students the opportunity to enter a nursing program.”

“Mercy Health believes in helping to foster the next generation of healthcare providers and we are pleased to have Mercy College as part of our Health System. This agreement with Tiffin University is an example of an exciting opportunity to partner with other institutions for the good of our community and with the goal of increasing the number of medical professionals in our community” stated Bob Baxter, President, Mercy Health – Toledo.

The new degree requires a 129 credit hour program with 64 credits earned in core and applied health science courses at Tiffin University and 65 credit hours in BSN coursework from Mercy College.

“This new major is a substantial advantage for our students,” said Dr. Peter Holbrook, Tiffin University’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “By partnering with Mercy College, our students will have access to top clinical sites as well as practicing medical professionals. “This will also lead to better job placement as they will most likely be able to obtain positions within the Mercy Health Care System. It aligns perfectly with TU’s mission–to educate students by linking knowledge to professional practice.”

President Schumacher concludes, “Tiffin University’s new major has the potential to transform our campus as we move to offer degrees in allied health disciplines. Mercy College is the ideal affiliate in this strategic alliance focused on student success. We are ecstatic about this partnership.”

For admission information email Sarah Johnson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, JohnsonSaT@tiffin.edu.

Terra State offering workplace cybersecurity program

Information provided by Terra State Community College

Terra State Community College is hosting a free luncheon meeting, “Cybersecurity for Your Workplace,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont Ohio.

The meeting is a discussion concerning cybersecurity attacks, securing data and protecting your organization, led by Haley Crabtree and Michael Daigneault, instructors and cybersecurity professionals at Terra State.

Lunch is to be provided.

The event is a partnership between Terra State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. National Security Agency and Sandusky County Economic Development Corp.,

For more information or to register, call (419) 559-2464 or email kern@terra.edu.

WTTF completes move to Laird building

60-year-old radio station returns to Downtown Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 25, 2019 – Having been in Downtown Tiffin for most of its existence, WTTF has finished its move back to the heart of Tiffin in the Laird Arcade, just a few storefronts away from its former location in the 2000s. WTTF began broadcasting from its new office, 80 E. Market St., in the late summer, after having been at Heidelberg University for about nine years.

Owned by BAS Broadcasting, the station invested $40,000 into the space and equipment. WTTF employs four people full time, with other on-air correspondents and part-time staff.

“We’re excited and pleased to be in Downtown Tiffin,” said Tony Paradiso, co-owner of BAS Broadcasting. “It’s the heart of Tiffin, and I don’t see WTTF ever leaving again.”

Paradiso said Tyler Shuff of Shuff Consulting was instrumental in getting WTTF into the Laird: “This has been in the works for two years,” Shuff said. “It was important to have the radio station back here in the Laird. I wanted them to be part of the Downtown Tiffin family.”

As a tenant of the Laird Building, WTTF is to feature two businesses from the building each month.

Having been founded in December 1959, WTTF is celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout the month of December. An open house is planned 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Immediately following the open house, WTTF will be broadcasting live from the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Courthouse Square.

WTTF was founded under Robert G. Wright and Milton Maltz’s Malrite Communications. Ownership had been with the Wright family until 1997, when it was acquired by Clear Channel Communications and later by BAS Broadcasting in 2008. As well as members of the Wright family, WTTF has a history of long-serving personnel, including news personalities Jack Kagy, 22 years, and Frank Barber, 14 years, and account executive Conrad Hufford, who first joined the station in the late 1960s. John Buccigross, of ESPN, and standup comic Brian Regan each worked as color announcers for Heidelberg college football while they were students at Heidelberg. Jon Kerns is the station’s current Operations Manager.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said: “I’m happy to see WTTF has returned to Downtown Tiffin and hope they continue to be a fixture in our community for the next 60 years.”

For more information or sales, call the station at (419) 447-9883 or visit www.wttf.com to listen live, read stories or listen to on-demand programing.

About BAS Broadcasting

Fremont-based BAS Broadcasting owns 11 radio stations between Toledo and Cleveland and Lake Erie and Columbus. The company is locally owned with stations that are deeply entrenched in their communities. Each station features a mass appeal music intensive format, with community connected veteran announcers, extensive news, sports and weather coverage. For more information, visit www.basohio.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.

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.org.

Celebrate the holidays in Downtown Tiffin

Many events planned in December

Santa in Downtown Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 24, 2019 – Celebrate the holidays and start your gift shopping in Downtown Tiffin throughout the month of December.

  • Shop at participating businesses Nov. 15–Dec. 21 and enter to win the $1,000 Holiday Cash Giveaway. Winners will be drawn at noon Sunday, Dec. 22 on Courthouse Square. In addition to the grand prize, each participating business will pick a winner from their entries to receive a $100 gift card to their business. For a complete list of business and rules, visit www.downtowntiffinevents.com.
  • Start your holiday shopping and support local businesses on Shop Small Saturday, Saturday, Nov. 30. From great gifts to great restaurants, Tiffin has a lot to offer and you’re sure to find unique gifts for everyone on your list!
  • Shop Small Saturday also kicks off the Holiday Window contest. Stop by participating businesses and vote for your favorite window at the boxes around downtown. The winner will be announced at the Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday, Dec. 6.
  • Enjoy a pizza lunch with Santa beginning at noon Sunday, Dec. 1, at Reino’s Party Room, 120 S. Washington St. Tickets are $10 and include a pizza and salad buffet. Tickets are available at Simply Susan’s, 70 S Washington St., Reino’s, 73 E. Market St., and online at Eventbrite.
  • Santa will be making an appearance throughout Downtown Tiffin Thursdays (5:30-7:30 p.m.), Saturdays and Sundays (noon-2 p.m.) Dec. 1-22. Bring the kids and your camera for a free visit with Jolly Old St. Nick! Particpating businesses and dates are:
    • Sunday, Dec. 1 – Reino’s (Ticket required)
    • Thursday, Dec. 5 – Phat Cakes
    • Saturday, Dec. 7 – Clover Club
    • Sunday, Dec. 8 – JT’s Bagel Bar
    • Thursday, Dec. 12 – FroZone
    • Saturday, Dec. 14 – Rodgers Flowers
    • Sunday, Dec. 15 – Simply Susan’s
    • Thursday, Dec. 19 – Empire 138
    • Saturday, Dec. 21 – The Renaissance, 1-3 p.m.
    • Sunday, Dec. 22 – The Ritz (11 a.m.-1 p.m., movie at 1 p.m.)
  • Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on Courthouse Square. Complete the evening with a visit with Santa Claus.
  • The Downtown Tiffin Christmas Walk is Saturday, Dec. 7. Enjoy the sites, sounds, smells and tastes of the season in beautiful Downtown Tiffin! Spend the day strolling from business to business gathering holiday themed treats. Tickets are $20 for the walk or $35 for VIP tickets, which includes your walk ticket and a special VIP brunch from 9:30-11 a.m. at The Empire 138. Tickets are available at Simply Susan’s, 70 S Washington St., or online at www.downtowntiffinevents.com. 100% of the walk proceeds will be donated to the Downtown Tiffin Revitalization Fund.
  • The Tiffin Christmas Parade starts at 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Christmas walkers can start prior to the parade or join after.
  • The December Third Thursday is Christmas Countdown on Thursday, Dec. 19. Enjoy select special from downtown businesses.
  • The holiday classic “The Polar Express” is to be played for free Sunday, Dec. 22, at The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.

For more information about Downtown Tiffin businesses and events, visit www.downtowntiffinevents.com or search for “Downtown Tiffin” on Facebook.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Program helps small businesses increase exports

Information from the Ohio Development Services Agency

Applications for the International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program are now open.

IMAGE is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses increase exports and create jobs. The grant provides a 50 percent reimbursement, up to $7,500 per fiscal year, for qualifying activities.

Popular qualifying activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Exhibiting at trade shows
  • Participating in trade missions
  • International advertising
  • Translation services
  • Website development.

The IMAGE program is funded, in part, through the Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program.

For more information or to apply, click here or visit https://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_image.htm.

Pregame expands with first escape room in Tiffin

Teams tasked with finding their way out of sinking submarine

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 21, 2019 – Having opened its doors at the beginning of the year, Pregame, 84 N. Washington St., has been a destination for virtual video games and golf year around. Now, as the company continues to expand its offerings, Pregame has opened the first escape room in Tiffin for those willing to test their puzzle-solving skills.

With the option of playing for an hour or a half hour, teams of up to six are tasked with finding clues to solve the puzzle of a sinking nuclear submarine. The escape room is to be open Thursdays through Sundays and owner Troy Albright said it’s a perfect team building opportunity for social clubs, businesses and high school and college sports teams or clubs to interact in a different way.

“It’s a great way for people to work together and to see how the team reacts under pressure,” Albright said. “The escape room also is great for birthday or Christmas parties, and group rates are available.”

In addition, Pregame continues to offer TruGolf virtual golf, virtual reality video games, cornhole, pool, darts and table tennis. Hourly and group rates are available, and Pregame can host leagues for any activities.

For more information about pregame, call (567) 220-6018 or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pregamesports1234. For group sales, call (419) 467-3113.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Ward Law Office expands in Laird building

Office has tripled in size

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 18, 2019 – Since opening nearly 3 years ago, Ward Law Office has expanded to be the largest tenant in the Historic Laird Arcade in Downtown Tiffin. The firm, which specializes in patent and trademark law, has tripled in size since opening and now has more than 300 clients.

While the firm files patent and trademark applications for clients in Seneca and surrounding counties, much of their work is global. Ward Law Office also specializes in small businesses and independent inventors. The firm employs 11 people around the world, six of whom have offices in the Laird building in Tiffin.

Living and working in Seneca County, Ward Law Office is able to take advantage of the low cost of living. Technology allows its staff to operate in a global marketplace.

“We like being downtown; we love the sense of community here in the heart of Tiffin,” said founding partner Jake Ward, Registered Patent Attorney. “For us, it’s a good fit and it keeps our costs low, which we then pass on to our clients.”

Ward also teaches patent law and practice at the University of Toledo and gives presentations to area chambers of commerce, libraries, and business incubators throughout Michigan and Ohio. He was also recently recognized in Forbes as being an “inventor-friendly” patent attorney.

Ward Law office is located on the second floor of the Laird building, 120 1/2 S. Washington St., Suite 207, online at wardpatent.com or at Ward’s law blog, which is full of interesting and unique patents, anticipatethis.com. Ward can be contacted for speaking engagements at (419) 408-5500 or info@wardpatent.com.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Public meetings planned for Joint Comprehensive Plan

Seneca Regional Planning is hosting two public meetings on the Joint Comprehensive Plan as it nears completion. The plan is for Seneca County, City of Tiffin, City of Fostoria and the Seneca County Park District.

These meetings are designed for the citizens, business owners and elected officials of Seneca County to gather their input on the future of Seneca County.

The meetings are set for two days at separate locations for convenience to the public.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m., North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 W. Market St., Tiffin. http://evite.me/Szj7Aztsaz
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. at the 342 Perry St, Fostoria.

Ralph’s Joy of Living adds Olivelle products to store

First store in Ohio to carry company’s oils, vinegars

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 5, 2019 – Ralph’s Joy of Living is the first in Ohio to offer Olivelle olive oils and balsamic vinegars at its store at 33 N. Washington St., Tiffin. 

Olivelle specializes in high quality traditional and flavor infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars, artisan sea salts, dippers, rubs, herb blends and world spices. Everyday, a tasting table of 38 oils and vinegars allows customers to taste, find the ones they love and have Ralph’s fill a bottle fresh for them from the innovative cask system. The air tight, light tight casks ensures the customer receives a fresh filled experience every visit. Customers pay a one-time fee of $3 per bottle, which when returned is replaced with a clean bottle every time they refill.

Julie Smothers said all the Olivelle products have accompanying free recipe cards that are meant to excite us to cook and inspire us to create these delicious, simple recipes at home for friends and family.  

To show off their new product line, Ralph’s Joy of Living has substantially reinvested again!  This time, in a new kitchen space, complete with KraftMade Vantage Cabinetry, Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove Appliances. The new space will give flexibility for demonstrations, food & wine events, wine tastings and cooking classes starting in 2020.

Ralph Smothers said he’s proud to be one of only 70 Olivelle stores in the U.S.

“There are other olive oil stores, but nothing like this,” he said. “This is going to be another reason for people to come to Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m proud to see Ralph and Julie continue to bring great new products to their shop. We are fortunate to have such a unique store in Downtown Tiffin, Ohio.”

The grand opening of Ralph’s Olivelle products is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the store. There will be tastings, demonstrations and chances to win prizes.

 About Olivelle

Olivelle was founded in 2006 by mother and daughter team Michelle Schaeffer and Brie Thompson as speciality food store in Bozeman, Montana. After being displeased with the inconsistency and lack of quality available in infused oils and vinegars, Brie and Michelle started to create their own products with the premium quality oils and vinegars that were traditionally sold uninfused. Today, Olivelle produces over 100 high quality products including olive oils, vinegars, spice blends, and artisan salts. Built around the motto “The Art of Flavor” Olivelle wants to make cooking fun, easy and flavorful by keeping their products approachable for the most novice to the most advanced cooks that bring friends and family to the table.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.