Bailiwicks Coffee Company

Library kicks off summer reading program with downtown StoryWalk

storywalkPress release provided by Tiffin-Seneca Public Library

As a kick-off to this year’s summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!” Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and businesses in downtown Tiffin will be hosting a StoryWalk May 27 through June 3.

A StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for families to enjoy reading and exercise at the same time. Each page from the book “Because I Stubbed My Toe” by Shawn Byous will be taped to a different business window downtown in a specific order. As participants walk through downtown, they will be directed to the next page in the story and essentially read a book as they walk.

The StoryWalk is to begin at Bailiwicks Coffee Company, then participants can read a page at the next business in the Walk, which includes Simply Susan’s, Assured Title Agency of Tiffin, Liberty Tax Service, Line Drive Sports Cards, The Beehive Café, Level Up, The Beanstalk, LLC, Bookmyer Printing, Deckers Furniture, Cabin Creations Crafts & Supplies, The RTA Building, Burns Eelectric and Seneca Cleaners. The last page will be featured at the Library, where families will receive a prize and an opportunity to sign up for the summer reading program.

StoryWalks have been installed in 50 states and 11 countries including, Germany, Cananda, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia and Pakistan. They are always received with appreciation. StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

For more information, log onto the Library’s website at www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org or ask at the Junior Library.

Downtown – recent projects and announcements

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More than 60 businesses and 1,000 students participated in Around the Town.

Here are just some of the exciting things that have taken place or been announced in downtown Tiffin recently:

  • Another Man’s Treasure: Second-hand shop that features furniture, appliances, collectibles and antiques.
  • Around the Town: More than 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about.
  • Bailiwicks Coffee Company: Founded in 2011 and recently expanded to include coffee roasting that will allow them to serve up their own signature brews, roasted in house.
  • Downtown Façade Enhancement Program: One of the most successful programs in the In 2014, $50,000 was set aside by the city and $150,000 was reinvested back into Downtown Tiffin. In 2015, $100,000 was set aside by the city and $700,550 was reinvested back into Downtown Tiffin.
  • Downtown Farmers Market: Sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services held every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Draws 1,000+ people downtown.
  • Downtown Summit: SIEDC hosts a Downtown Summit every year that highlights the successes from the previous year and honors those that helped make it happen.
  • Empire at 138: Upscale restaurant that brings a historic flair to white tablecloth dining in downtown Tiffin.
  • FroZone: Build-your-own frozen yogurt shop, which features 12 yogurt choices and a topping
  • Jazzin’ Tiffin: Jazz festival that brings 2,000+ visitors into the downtown every year.
  • JT’s Bagel Bar: Features their famous donuts, bagels and various bagel sandwiches for take-out.
  • Kiosk, Wayfinding & Signage: The city of Tiffin has invested $100,000 into a kiosk on the Courthouse Square, wayfinding and signage to assist visitors on navigation.
  • Ma Chere Claire: Boutique that sells clothing, accessories, jewelry and more.
  • Mural: Leadership Seneca County commissioned the mural as part of the Tiffin Downtown Strategic Plan, and two-thirds of the funding for the project came from private or corporate donations.
  • Ohio Main Street Program: Tiffin joins an elite group of 23 additional communities dedicated to a comprehensive and highly successful trademarked Main Street revitalization strategy.
  • Phat Cakes & Café: Located in downtown Tiffin across from the Ritz Theatre, the restaurant offers a full menu including craft beer, wine, mixed drinks, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, specials, and gourmet desserts.
  • RE/MAX: Full service agency, specializing in real estate listings, farm ground sales, estate auctions, and information for home owners and buyers.
  • Simply Susan’s:“Unique boutique” and gift shop. Offerings include chocolates made in-house, customizable sugar cookies, craft supplies, scrapbooking basics and apparel.
  • Surge Staffing: Employee recruitment service with more than 60 locations nationwide.
  • The Beehive Café: A farm to table restaurant located in Downtown Tiffin that opened in 2014.
  • Vintage Chick: Repurposed, restyled and chic furniture, as well as antiques and decorations.

Downtown Tiffin businesses offer “Trick or Treat”

Downtown Trick or TreatA new Tiffin Halloween event, the 1st Annual Downtown Trick or Treat is slated for Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 60 businesses, organizations and offices all over downtown Tiffin will be opening their doors to provide candy to children. Afterward, Tom Rodgers Flowers will have cider and donuts for adult trick or treaters from 5-6 p.m.

Organizer Yolanda Gonzales got the idea from a similar event in Owensboro, KY, where she used to live. “It was a win for the community, businesses got positive exposure, kids got candy, caretakers learned more about their community and it was daylight. I found myself entering business that I would not normally go into – it was a wonderful way to meet businesses in town – also meet the people who own the businesses and  people who work there,” she said. “So, I contacted Mr. Montz with the idea and he said it was a great idea – but he needed someone to coordinate it.  I volunteered.”

Gonzales was greeted with excitement and enthusiastic responses from downtown businesses and hopes to make this an annual event. “The owners of Cabin Creations said they used to do this downtown – but no one else remembers.  I hope this becomes a new tradition for Tiffin.”

The following organizations are scheduled to participate, as well as businesses displaying a flyer in the window during the event:

If you have a downtown business, organization or office and would like to join the fun, contact Yolanda Gonzales at yolanda.gonzales4@gmail.com.

This is only one of the many events taking place over the next two weeks. Other upcoming community Halloween events include:

Around the Town event welcomes back university students

around the townNearly 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students will have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about at a Welcome Back Students/Around the Town Event this Saturday, Aug. 22 from 3 – 5 p.m. on the courthouse green space.

Around the Town is one of the signature events of the Downtown Strategic Plan, and this is the first year that the event will be held downtown and combine both universities.

WTSC Seneca County Radio will be live broadcasting from the event, playing music and interviewing guests. Several restaurants will be providing free samples, shops and restaurants will hand out coupons and menus, non-profits will provide students with information about how to get involved in their organizations and students can check out local services.

SIEDC Downtown Development Specialist Bryce Riggs is a Heidelberg student the lead organizer of the event. “As a student and lifelong Tiffin resident, I am aware of the opportunities in the community, but the majority of new students don’t know what’s out there or where they can go. Tiffin has so much to offer! I would like other students to know what’s out there, so they can get involved in the local organizations and visit our restaurants and shops,” Riggs said.

Participating businesses and organizations:

Businesses open around the square:

Tiffin Art Fair & Art Walk this Saturday

2015_08_07 - Art Walk Map The Tiffin Summer Art Walk is this Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in conjunction with the Tiffin Art Fair at the courthouse green space and the Tiffin Art Guild. In addition, the Seneca County Farmers Market on South Washington Street will be extended until 4 p.m.

Throughout the day, walkers can visit Tiffin museums and galleries to view exhibits, take tours, create crafts and enter into drawings for door prizes. There are also 15 downtown businesses participating, with free live music, art displays and demonstrations, and tours.

The following museums and galleries are participating:

Along with the following businesses:2015_08_07 - Art Walk Guide

For a complete map and more information about the museums, galleries and businesses, click here.

Indie art show in Tiffin tomorrow

Local gallery to donate proceeds to art festival, scholarship

Art Gallery 4Local body and visual arts studio Red Raven Tattoo Gallery  will host this Saturday the latest in a series of indie art shows highlighting the creative talents of up and coming local artists. This Saturday’s show will display 21 works in the skateboard art genre by 12 area artists.

The show will run 6 to 9 pm, auction off the pieces, and proceeds will benefit the scholarship of this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival (June 12-13). In addition, 125 other art works will be on display and for sale. Separate donations to the TMAF Scholarship will also be accepted.

Tiffin’s vibrant arts scene is beginning to become more well known. Other arts offerings in Tiffin include:

Shop local at 100+ great Tiffin businesses

Small Business SaturdayGiven that tomorrow is Small Business Saturday – a day and event which promotes small and local businesses, I wanted to put in a plug for all of the great locally owned businesses in and around Tiffin. Lots of great reasons why shopping locally is so important (and fun.) This list isn’t inclusive of all the great businesses we have in town – there are so many. Call ahead and/or look online to verify hours before you go. Good luck with your holiday shopping!

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  • 2014_Ford_Focus_SEAce Hardware – Christmas trees to power tools…and some of the friendliest folks around
  • Baumann Auto Group – Chevy, Buick, GMC…wouldn’t it be great to put a bow on one of them!
  • Bunky’s Bikes – great selection of Sun bicycles…everything from recumbents to tandems
  • Burns Electric – appliances, light fixtures, cabinets, countertops, flooring – celebrating 50 years in business
  • Coppus Motors – oldest Mercedes Benz dealer in US…plus Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram
  • Crane’s Mattress Superstore – name says it all…Sealy, Simmons, Tempur-Pedic and more
  • Decker’s Home Furnishings & Flooring – 60+ years, 20+ brands…Amish furniture, La-Z-Boy, Butler, Durham and more
  • Ewald Furniture – since 1900…Lane, Vaughn-Bassett, Smith Brothers, Lancer and more
  • Mohawk Golf & Country Club – dining, swimming, Don Ross-designed golf course…a membership might be a great gift
  • Phillips Electric – lots of major appliances…Kitchen-Aid, Maytag, Whirlpool
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living – a regional destination shopping experience…only appliance store in US with wine & beer section…gadgets galore…mid- to very high end
  • Reineke Family of Dealerships – network of 8 locations, 1600 vehicles…Ford, Lincoln and much more
  • Seneca Hills Golf Club – 2015 might be the year to join a great club and amp up your game (and relaxation)
  • Tiffin Aire – have you or anyone you know wanted to learn to fly…here’s your chance
  • Tiffin Pool Center – would anything make the family happier than a pool or hottub? Check them out.

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  • Ace Hardware – not only big ticket items but lots of holiday decor, tools, gift items
  • Bair Bros. Sporting Goods – huge range of sports apparel and equipment…from big leagues to playground
  • Beanstalk & Co – this parochial school uniform supplier has a variety of toys and other items for the holidays
  • Eclipse – window tinting, auto detailing…your vehicle or someone else’s could be the envy of the neighborhood
  • Forrest View Bed & Breakfast – located next to the Forrest Nature Preserve…provides great place to unwind and relax
  • Forte Music – all things music…instruments, gift items, T-Shirts, posters
  • Frameworks – get anything professionally framed…great custom gift ideas
  • Heritage Family Center – great bowling center on Tiffin’s west side…fun activity in the winter!
  • Level Up – retro and new video games, DVDs & VHS, music CDs, and skateboards
  • Line Drive Collectibles – sports cards, gaming cards (Magic, Pokemon, etc.) and other fun items
  • Mountain Man Trading Post – guns, hunting, archery, fishing supplies plus much more
  • Paper and Ink – 3,000 square feet of books, magazines, newspapers, and gifts for all tastes
  • Picture Perfect Photo & Frame – get a holiday family picture (or any other kind of picture) taken today!
  • Ritz Theatre – Tiffin’s beautiful restored theater…buy your favorite person tickets to great upcoming shows or gift cards
  • River’s Edge B&B – plan a getaway close to home but far enough away to enjoy…at the historic Beckley Grist Mill
  • Tiffin Art Guild – a lot of great paintings and other art for sale by local, regional, and national artists
  • Wagner Floral Company – variety of gift ideas…from windchimes and cement angels to throw blankets and plush animals

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  • Heidelberg University Bookstore – great place to get your ‘Berg gear and gifts.
  • Jeffrey Jewelry – family-owned, operating since 1946…fine/fashion jewelry, timepieces, giftware, eyeware
  • Kuebler Shoes – Ohio’s oldest retail store focuses on fit and high-quality footware for all occasions
  • Lace and Elegance – over 400 styles of not only wedding gowns but social occasion clothing as well
  • Tiffin University Bookstore – clothing for the TU Dragon in your life…plus glassware, gifts and more
  • Threads – women’s clothing and accessories store (Vera Bradley, Brighton, Pandora)
  • Tuxedo Junction – if you want to dress to impress, this is the place to go…plenty for rent or purchase
  • Who’s Nuts – the best place for Ohio State Buckeyes merchandise…totally devoted to the scarlet and gray

tiffin_university_wine_at_ralphs_joy_of_livingFood & Drink (12)

  • B and B Food Mart – more than 250 international and domestic beers…and they’ll order anything they don’t have
  • Bailiwicks Coffee Company – can get Red Rambler Coffee beans, locally made baked goods, and other things to consume :)
  • Ballreich’s – one of world’s best potato chips…factory store open Fridays…can order online
  • Best Break – fitness and Herbalife drink bar
  • Phoebe’s at 138 – this vegetarian restaurant features both locally made foods for sale and grocery items (including jeni’s ice cream)
  • Heritage IGA – fast and friendly local grocery that makes donuts fresh everyday
  • McCartan’s Grocery – great family owned shop known for fresh meats (incl. prime cuts), also carries variety of grocery items
  • Molyet’s Farm Market & Garden Center – locally grown produce, Amish meats & cheeses, Ohio gourmet foods, deli
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living – great wine selection, olive oil fantastic, craft beers & other goodies
  • Rock Run Bulk Foods – wide variety of bulk foods and nice selection of in-house made chocolate goodies and candy
  • Scrap Happy – scrapbook store and more…also carrying large selection of Neumeister’s candy (yum!)
  • Surf ‘n’ Turf Specialties & More – a “Mom and Pop” fresh meat and seafood market…custom cut steaks, fresh fish, and more

64331_769010069824994_6871484623981484253_nRestaurants & Taverns (31) – after you work up an appetite (or gift certificates)

  • AJ’s Heavenly Pizza – nothing fancy, just good eating…a few tables for dine-in
  • Asian Grill Buffet – daily lunch and dinner buffet with 200+ choices…sushi, hibachi
  • Bailiwicks Coffee Company – great place to have a latte and warm up after a hard day’s shopping!
  • Bear’s Den – historic building in historic downtown Tiffin…nice bar…billiards
  • The Beehive Cafe – farm to table restaurant sourcing local produce, cheese, and meats for the tasty dishes
  • Carmie’s Grill & Bar – great local hangout…large menu…soups from scratch…daily specials…kids eat free
  • Clover Club – great bar and white tablecloth restaurants…great food…100+ items…steaks, seafood, sandwiches, salads, 15 taps
  • Cold Water Tavern – under new management…great new items on menu…craft beers on tap…
  • Cool Creations – local restaurant well-liked by residents
  • Fort Ball Pizza Palace – biggest Italian buffet in Town, popular pizza
  • Golden Crown – an Asian restaurant that gets good reviews…fried rice, egg rolls, sweet & sour chicken
  • GW’s Fine Food & Spirits – restaurant with kitchen open from early (6 am) to late (2 pm+). Steaks, prime rib (weekends), specials.
  • Jac & Do’s Pizza – the dine-in restaurant may not be large, but the pizza is first class
  • Happy Garden – Chinese restaurant at Westgate Shopping Center…can order online…offers traditional dishes and sushi
  • Hunan King – very popular Chinese restaurant in downtown Tiffin…great food, onsite parking
  • Madison Street Tavern – subs, burgers, Philly cheese steak, homemade potato chips, Tuesday night pork, beef, chicken tacos ($1 each)
  • McGowan’s Tavern – local Irish pub with standard fare that goes great with the beer and spirits they serve up with a smile
  • Napoli Pizza – dine-in and carry-out…known as the home of the “foldover”
  • Paulette’s – good old fashioned diner-style restaurant…usually busy
  • Phat Cakes & Cafe – fantastic gourmet cupcake bakery (yum) turned trendy cafe and wine bar…occasional live entertainment
  • Phoebe’s at 138 – vegetarian restaurant owned by great cook…all food from scratch…delicious
  • Pioneer Mill – upscale restaurant in historic mill on the river…great wine cellar (100+ varieties)…talented chefs
  • Reino’s Pizza & Pasta – Tiffin’s first pizza “joint”…great atmosphere…great Italian food…popular lunch buffet
  • Rosie’s Soup & Such – family style breakfast & brunch restaurant…daily specials
  • Sabaidee Coffee House – great selection and some local favorites like Blood Orange Lemonade and White Peppermint Mocha
  • Stiney’s Three Oaks Tavern – chunks, wings, fries, taco Tuesday, Thursday ribs, Friday steak
  • Steamer’s Sports Bar – located in Heritage Family Center…pizza, subs, wings…NFL Sunday Ticket
  • T.J. Willie’s – a Tiffin institution for more than 30 years…ribs, steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and more
  • The Viaduct Bar & Grill – good pub grub…burgers, apps, wraps, sandwiches, wings
  • Xcaret Mexican Restaurant – very good Mexican option…nice atmosphere…reasonable prices…great services

Bailiwicks Coffee Company in downtown Tiffin

2014_01_24 - Bailiwicks PeopleI visited Bailiwicks Coffee Company in downtown Tiffin for the first time last month to really enjoy it, meeting a number of people to talk over community branding strategy. I had had a cup of coffee at the relatively new business (opened March 13, 2012) owned by Jess and Travis Williams when I first visited Tiffin, but this time–during a cold winter’s morning–I got to settle in for a long winter’s conversation :)

I’m a coffee fan, but when it comes to coffee shops, I look for three key things: (1) quality of the coffee, (2) furniture, atmosphere, wifi and vibe, and (3) ability to purchase quality food and bags of bean/ground coffee (with fair trade options). Bailiwicks gets high marks from me in all three categories.

First, they get their coffee from Red Rambler Coffees in Wauseon, Ohio, about once per week.  Mel and Jo Michelson, who own Red Rambler, have a life long love affair with java, and are serious about quality–they only use Arabica beans and only the top 5% of those. I typically drink my coffee black, as I like to taste it, and it delivered. Enjoyed about 4 cups over the course of a couple hours. Fabulous.

Once the coffee is good, do I want to spend some time at the shop. Bailiwicks is this great mix of college energy (a great hangout for students from Heidelberg–it’s less than 1/3 mile away from campus–and Tiffin Universities), earthy comfort (love me some cushions on chairs and sofas), but bright and creative (not too dark with art on walls and various rooms/alcoves to go). So, check on the furniture, atmosphere, and vibe–and oh, yes, they have WiFi ( a must.)

I always ask about fair trade, and many of the beans for sale were. They sell 4 oz. bags (bean or ground) for $3.50 and 12 oz. bags at $9.50. They also purvey baked goodies from three local bakers – Almost Yours Bakery, Oh So Sweet Bakery, and Baked Happiness! by Tamara (Republic, Ohio.) When I was there, Baked Happiness! had some snickerdoodles and coffee cake, Oh So Sweet had buckeyes and butter cookies, and Almost Yours had a plethora of scones (Chai, Maple Walnut, Cherry Almond). Had already eaten, so it’s on my list of things to do to sample (as well as visiting these local businesses).

Bailiwicks has also had a lot of positive press the past couple years, as part of the new downtown revitalization that’s going on Tiffin. Two great features were the March 2013 Advertiser-Tribune article “Downtown Tiffin has it going on” and the  Sept. 2013 A-T article “Tiffin Business Activity Picking Up.” They also won (deservedly so) the 2013 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award by the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC – my organization).

Bottom line – great coffee, great conversation, great atmosphere, great business…in a downtown that’s becoming great. Definitely a Seneca Success story :)