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Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for fifth year

Tiffin recognized as a National Main Street Community

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 12, 2021 – For the fifth year, Downtown Tiffin has been re -recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, it focuses on four points: organization, design, promotions and economic vitality. Each point is an integral part in the successful revitalization of a downtown area.

The Ohio Main Street program is a partner of Main Street America. Accreditation is an honor that must be earned every year by meeting the program’s high standards as determined by an annual quality audit by state officials. With this distinction, Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at both the state and national level for 2016-2020.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, 55 new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and nearly $33 million in investment has occurred in the downtown.

In October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with two statewide awards by Heritage Ohio, Best Downtown Placemaking for the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater at the East Green and National Corner and Historic Farmstead of the Year for Winterberry Farm. Since 2017, Downtown Tiffin has received six additional awards and one honorable mention from Heritage Ohio.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was glad to see Downtown Tiffin recognized. “I’m honored that Downtown Tiffin has received its accreditation for the fifth year. Especially during this difficult year, I’m proud of our business and building owners and the hard work of Amy Reinhart, Director of Downtown Revitalization for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership,  and members of the downtown development committees.”

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.

About Heritage Ohio As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism. Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at www.HeritageOhio.org

Slate Real Estate moving to Downtown Tiffin

Company purchased, renovated 300 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 11, 2020Slate Real Estate LLC has announced that it is moving to Downtown Tiffin at 300 S. Washington St., Tiffin, and after extensive interior and exterior renovations, hope to be open in December.

Slate Real Estate LLC was founded in January 2016 by mother and daughter-in-law partners and owners Marcia and Britny Focht. Slate provides commercial, land and residential realty services in Seneca, Hancock, Wyandot, Sandusky, Crawford, Erie and Huron counties and specializes in providing home staging services. In addition to Marcia and Britny, Slate’s Realtors include Mike Martin, Sara Wingart and Paula Granata.

“Our business has succeeded thanks to community support, and we are so grateful,” said co-owner Britny Focht. “We were drawn to the downtown location because of the traffic exposure the building had as well as wanting to be a contributing part of the revitalization of the downtown area. We are fortunate that we’ve been able to give this building the attention it deserves and re-open it as something new.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I am excited to see that Slate Real Estate is growing and has decided to purchase and renovate a building in Downtown Tiffin. Congratulations to Marcia and Britny on making it to nearly 5 years and continuing to invest in Tiffin.”

For more information, visit www.slaterealestate.net or find Slate Real Estate, LLC on Facebook. Slate Real Estate is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

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.

Hair Studio 47 completes renovation of beloved building

Hair salon hosting open house, ribbon cutting on Oct. 29

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 22, 2020 – Having been in business for almost a year, Hair Studio 47 is announcing that it has completed renovations to their building and celebrating with an open house and ribbon cutting. The building, located at 47 N. Washington St., was the former Carmi’s Hairstyling.

Owner Alicia Smith and hairdresser Tecia Vassalle operate the hair salon for men and women and offer services including cuts, colors, eyebrow wax, perms and chemical treatments and beard trimming.

After purchasing the building in 2019, Alicia Smith and her husband, Ryan, invested into renovations of the interior and exterior. Frank Mangiola, who owned and operated the barber shop, was cousins with Alicia’s father, and she’s glad she can keep it in the family. The building also was the first location of Ralph’s Appliances, now Ralph’s Joy of Living at 33 N. Washington St.

“I am excited to be able to own my business in Tiffin and keep the tradition of this space going for years to come,” Alicia said. “A lot of people remember coming here as a kid to get their hair cut, and there were faithful clients until the end. I’m happy to open the doors back up for a lot of them and new clients, too.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Alicia and Ryan Smith on opening Hair Studio 47 and celebrating a year of business in Tiffin.”

An open house is 4-6 p.m. at the salon, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Hair Studio 47 is a member of Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Alicia at (567) 938-9581 or Tecia at (419) 618-4973.

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.org.

Nail salon opening in Downtown Tiffin

House of Beauty on Washington opened May 25

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 27, 2020 – Business owner Ana Tran is investing in Downtown Tiffin with her new nail salon, House of Beauty on Washington at 90 S. Washington St. The salon opened on May 25.

Tran has owned a salon in Toledo for 19 years and decided to move to Tiffin.

“I wasn’t considering Downtown Tiffin at first, but this is just such a nice location,” she said about her newly renovated space.

As well as traditional manicures and pedicures, Tran plans to keep her manicurists up to date on the newest techniques and latest trends.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m always excited to see people wanting to invest in Downtown Tiffin.”

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 Tales brings stories to Seneca youth

TSPL, Downtown Tiffin partner on video series

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 19, 2020Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Downtown Tiffin have partnered for “Tiffin Tales,” a program that brings stories to children and families unable to visit the library due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series now has three videos, with Toria Felton of FroZone, Shirley Williams of UIS Insurance & Investments and Donna Overholt of the Tiffin Glass Collectors Club & Museum.

New videos of Downtown Tiffin business representatives and community leaders reading books from the library will debut on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be available for just one week each.

The program is possible through permission from Simon & Schuster Education and Library for librarians to share picture books during the COVID-19 crisis.

Matthew Ross, director of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, commented: “With the virus making it hard for kids to get into the community — let alone the library — we decided to ask leaders in our community to help us bring the library to kids! Many thanks to our friends at Downtown Tiffin for helping us get the word out!”

For more information or to view videos, find Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Downtown Tiffin on Facebook or look for #TiffinTales.

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.

Façade grants approved for two Downtown Tiffin buildings

Architectural board OKs funds for Champs, Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus

A picture of the building that houses Champs, 270 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 4, 2020 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Champs, 270 S. Washington St., and Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus LLC, 27 Court St.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a $2,264.78 Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the roof of Champs and a $919.50 grant for gutters on the Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus building. Combined, the projects total a $6,368.56 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of Hempy Water, 227 S. Washington St. and 235 S. Washington St., Kahler Apartments, 210 S. Washington St.; Gem Yoga and 3EC Development, 2 Sycamore St.; and Phillips Electric, 176 S. Washington St. Combined, the projects total a $47,107.94 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program in 2019. The ABR approved grants for the owners of 14 buildings in Downtown Tiffin in 2019, for a total investment of $239,764.85.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m proud to see more building owners take advantage of the façade program. It continues to be a great investment for the City of Tiffin.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 88 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.5 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This 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.

Hempy Water receives façade grants

Architectural board OKs $20,000 in funds

Top, an artist’s rendering of the Hempy Water office building (left) and storage facility. Below, a picture of the current office building, 227 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 19, 2020 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Hempy Water’s office building and storage facility, 227 S. Washington St. and 235 S. Washington St., respectively.

At the meeting, the ABR approved two Downtown Façade Enhancement Grants for Hempy Water — a $10,000 grant to replace the mansard roof for the office building, 227 S. Washington St. and a $10,000 grant to redesign the roof on the storage facility, 235 S. Washington St. Combined, the projects total a $44,534 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of Kahler Apartments, 210 S. Washington St.; Gem Yoga and 3EC Development, 2 Sycamore St.; and Phillips Electric, 176 S. Washington St. Combined, the projects total a $47,107.94 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program in 2019. The ABR approved grants for the owners of 14 buildings in Downtown Tiffin in 2019, for a total investment of $239,764.85.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see two great businesses in Downtown Tiffin able to take advantage of this program to improve their buildings and better the look of our city.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 86 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.5 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This 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.

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.

Downtown Tiffin receives two state awards

The Ritz Theatre, 33 Court Street awarded, Reclaim It honored

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Oct. 22, 2019 – Heritage Ohio presented Downtown Tiffin with two awards and an honorable mention at the Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the historic Midland Theatre in Newark, Ohio.

  • Awards were given to:
  • The Ritz Theatre, winner of the Historic Theater of the Year Award.
  • Tiffin Capital Investments LLC, winner of the Best Upper Floor Residential Rehabilitation Award for Court Street Lofts, 33 Court St.
  • Reclaim It 127, honorable mention for the Main Street Business of the Year Award.

The Historic Theater of the Year Award is presented to the historic theater, opera house or cinema which embodies the spirit of preservation. The Best Upper Floor Residential Rehabilitation Award is presented to one or more individuals, tenants or property owners who have completed the best interior single or multi-family upper floor residential project in a downtown mixed-use building based on proper preservation techniques.

“Many good projects were considered,” according to Joyce Barrett, the executive director of Heritage Ohio, “Congratulations to Downtown Tiffin on their awards for these worthwhile projects that not only preserve history in the community but create a better quality of life for its citizens.”

In 2018, Downtown Tiffin was presented with three statewide awards by Heritage Ohio. The Façade Enhancement Grant program won Best Public/Private Partnership; Suzie Reineke and Weston Reinbolt won Young Preservation Leaders; and Amy Reinhart won Main Street Manager of the Year. In 2017, the annual Around the Town event won the Best Main Street Committee Event.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I’m pleased to see that Heritage Ohio again recognized all the great things happening in Downtown Tiffin. Thank you to everyone whose work has made our community a destination in Northwest Ohio.”

The Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference is Oct. 21-23 in Newark. The conference is to provide attendees networking opportunities and informational presentations by community preservation and revitalization experts in addition to the awards ceremony.

About Heritage Ohio

As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of local tourism. Learn more by visiting http://www.heritageohio.org.

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.

Get a “Taste of Downtown Tiffin” on Third Thursday

Monthly event features local food vendors

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 17, 2019 – Get a “Taste of Downtown Tiffin” during the September Third Thursday event, Thursday, Sept. 19. In addition to specials in stores, local businesses are show off their unique culinary offerings. Participants can register for door prizes at participating businesses. The event is free and family-friendly and benefits the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin.

The Taste of Downtown Tiffin event is 5-8 p.m. in the parking lot between Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St., and the splash pad, and Jefferson Street will also be closed down to allow for pedestrian traffic between Market and Court streets. Tickets will be sold for $1 each, with many vendors selling items for 1 to 2 tickets each.

Also, Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin will start at 7 p.m. at Reino’s Catering & Party Room, 120 S. Washington St.

Foods being served at the Taste of Downtown Tiffin:

  • Bailiwicks Coffee Company – Hot Coffee, Cold Brew Coffee, Iced Tea
  • Chandelier Community Event Center – $1 Shawarma Spicy Chicken Skewers
  • Chandelier Community Event Center – $1 Soft Pretzel Sticks with Cheese
  • Chandelier Community Event Center – $1 Barbecued Meatballs
  • Clover Club – Mexican Street Corn Soup
  • Tiffin Elks 94 – $2 Old world Italian meatball sub
  • The Empire at 138 – $1 Lavender Lemon Iced Tea
  • The Empire at 138 – $2 Cookie
  • JT’s Bagel Bar – $2 Bagel with cream cheese
  • JT’s – $2 Shaved Ice
  • Jolly’s – $1 Shredded Chicken Sliders
  • Jolly’s – $1 Half Hot Dog
  • Put n’ Pita – Baklava
  • Reino’s Pizza and Pasta – $1 Pizza
  • Simply Susan’s – $1/$2 Assorted Chocolate
  • Uncle Mike’s Dairy Bar – $1 Dairy Bar


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.)

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.