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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.

Tickets still available for Downtown Summer Stroll

Second year for annual event in Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 10, 2019 – There is still time to get tickets for the second annual Downtown Summer Stroll taking place Saturday, July 13, 2019, in historic Downtown Tiffin, Ohio. The walk is 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Like other fun walks in Tiffin, including the Chocolate Walk in the spring and Pumpkin Stroll in the fall, people are invited to walk through the shops and restaurants in the downtown collecting summer-themed treats and gifts. As in the past, 100 percent of the walk proceeds will be donated to the Downtown Tiffin Revitalization Fund.

Tickets are $20 for the walk which starts at JT’s Bagel Bar, 14 Sycamore St., or SSG Ink, 107 E. Perry St. Tickets are available for purchase in store at Simply Susan’s, 70 S Washington St., or online at Tickets also can be purchased the day of the event at Simply Susan’s. For more information, find Downtown Summer Stroll 2019 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. For more information, click here.

Phat Cakes

Meet Natalie Wertz, founder and owner of Phat Cakes & Cafe. 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.

Established as a home-based business in 2009, the hunt for a storefront started almost immediately as Wertz’ customer base grew. Looking to give new life to a building that was targeted for a tear down, the vision to open and coexist with Bunky’s Bicycle Service was put into motion. Demolition started in 2010 and it took a solid year of self renovation.

“At the beginning of construction it was almost impossible to envision that we were going to build this space into anything…demolition alone took months, but I’m glad that we were able to revitalize a vacant building downtown. I chose Tiffin for many reasons. The best one is because of my family and friends that are absolutely dedicated to the core. They have helped with the construction and growth of Phat Cakes from the beginning,” says Wertz.

Awarded the Entrepreneur Spirit award by the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation in 2014, Wertz and her staff continue to add a positive vibe to the downtown scene.

From Natalie and the amazingly dedicated staff at Phat Cakes & Bunky’s, “We hope to see you soon!

More at Phat Cakes:

  • Gluten Free & Vegetarian Options
  • Party Booking
  • Hosting Benefit Nights
  • Beer Flights 5 for $8
  • A venue for local artists to preform
  • Catering with individualized menu planning
  • Party Trays – Sandwich & Dessert trays
  • Customized Cutout cookies & cakes
  • Desserts including over 100 different cupcake varieties, gourmet cheesecakes, cookies & more
  • Wine & Beer tastings
  • Paint Parties
  • Thirsty Thursday with Live Music at 7pm, $3 Craft Beers & $2 Tacos.

Open after the Ritz Theatre shows

Stop by Monday – Wednesday 10:30-2:30 and Thursday – Saturday 10:30-10pm!

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How to start a food business in Tiffin

Phat CakesWith the influx of new businesses in Tiffin, many of which are food related, we would like to provide information on starting that process. This is a guide describing the steps to opening your food business. This process is required for starting a new food or beverage establishment, a remodeled or altered establishment, when there is a change of ownership or when an establishment has been closed for more than a year.

1. How to Begin: In the Guide to Starting a Food Business you will find a complete description of the process, time frame, fee schedule, additional permit contacts, required equipment and a final inspection checklist. The packet also contains a Review Application which must be completed by the business owner.

2. Submission: To obtain your license, you must submit a set of plans, the completed application and plan review fees to the Seneca County General Health District (SCGHD), which has 30 days to review those items. When plans are approved, the owner must contact the SCGHD to set up a pre-licensing inspection.

3. Pre-licensing Inspection: This inspection will take place after all equipment is in place, cleaning is done and all required inspections are completed by the building, plumbing, electrical and fire agencies.

Please see the Program Guidelines for all of the rules and regulations and/or contact Nicki Rumaschlag with the SCGHD at 419.447.3691 ext. 348 with any questions you may have.

Fourth downtown business awarded façade grant

Reino’s Pizza and Pasta to update exteriorReino's Exterior

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 7, 2015 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved the fourth Façade Enhancement Grant of 2015 for Reino’s Pizza and Pasta. With an investment of nearly $6,000, the planned improvements for the building at 73 East Market Street include tuckpointing brick, replacing third floor windows, painting trim and repairing the roof.

Owner John Reino appreciated the 50 percent match to his investment. “Maintaining a nearly 150 year old building can be expensive; the Façade Enhancement Grant really helps alleviate repair costs and keep businesses in downtown Tiffin looking good.”

According to John Huss, local historian and Architectural Board of Review Chair, ground was broken on the 73 East Market Street building in May of 1867. The first restaurant to occupy the space was Frederick’s Saloon in the 1880’s and many businesses have occupied the space since, most notably, the Royal Theater from 1909 to 1915. The building was also home to Brazley Meat Market in the 1930’s and the Tiffin Jewelry Store in the 1950’s.

Reino’s was founded in 1950 by Frank Reino and was the first pizza establishment in Tiffin. Purchased by his son, John Reino, in 1983 and relocated to the 73 East Market Street building in May of 1990, Reino’s continues today as a cornerstone of the community, serving fine Italian cuisine.

This is the fourth Façade Enhancement Grant approved in 2015, bringing the total investment by downtown businesses to nearly $60,000 and the amount of grant money spent to about $20,000. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is thrilled by the success of the program. “It’s great to see downtown business owners so enthusiastic about revitalizing the community and making Tiffin a beautiful place to live and work.”

About the Façade Enhancement Program

This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and covers 50 percent of eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district. Each building is eligible up to $10,000 per calendar year. Last year, $50,000 in available funds supported 11 projects, resulting in a total investment of more than $150,000. Learn more at (search Façade Enhancement.)

 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

Northwest Ohio’s only Vegan restaurant + grocery store

Outside SignOK, I get to brag about one of my newfound favorite downtown hangouts – Phoebe’s Healthier Options. For those that haven’t heard of Phoebe’s, it’s a great little cafe restaurant and grocery store located in downtown Tiffin (138 S. Washington) that opened last year. Owner Wendy Welly became vegan — meaning she doesn’t eat meat or dairy — about four years ago and wanted to create a place for “healther options” eating. It’s a great option for anyone wanting to grab some healthy fast food, and the removal of meat and dairy also means the removal of cholesterol, a lot of fat, as the inclusion of fresh, wholesome organic (grown without pesticides) ingredients. It’s the only Vegan restaurant in northwest Ohio (see – how about that for Tiffin being trendy :)

Her menu includes homemade wraps, soups, pasta and rice dishes, smoothies, and great appetizers like fresh hummus and guacamole with veggies or chips (see menu). My favorites include the Sloppy Joe wrap (lentils in a seasoned red sauce with pickles and onions) as well as the new Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger, which her husband Mark inspired her to create.

The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and Welly wanted it to be reminiscent of the 80s TV show Cheers, where everybody knows your name. The restaurant does make people comfortable, and it sees a lot of regulars. There are also classes on various health trends (juicing, essential oils, etc.) held there as well as a monthly Vegan potluck and movie night. It’s also worth noting that she sells great bulk spices, nuts, raisins, seeds and other items from Rock Run Bulk Foods (also located in Tiffin.)