downtown Tiffin

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.

Ward Law Office launches video series for inventors, small businesses

Information provided by Ward Law Office

Ward Law Office, located in the Historic Laird Arcade in Tiffin, has recently launched a new video series for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, Patently Good Ideas

The initial set of videos explains the three basic steps that every inventor should take before filing a patent application, namely: 1) properly document your invention; 2) avoid the public disclosure; and 3) do a prior art search.  Links to all the videos can be found at https://wardpatent.com/patently-good-ideas/ or on the firm’s Youtube channel.

Founding partner Jake Ward, Registered Patent Attorney, believe these videos are a must-see for all inventors and entrepreneurs, and especially those who are new to the patenting process. There is lots of valuable (and free) information in these videos explaining what actions can and should be taken before ever speaking with a patent attorney.  If these three basic steps are followed, one will be well-positioned to file a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and begin the patenting process.

Following the creation of the Patently Good Ideas videos, Ward Law Office intends to roll out more videos in the future.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gem Yoga moving within Downtown Tiffin

New location is 2 Sycamore St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Thursday, September 12, 2019 – Gem Yoga and Life Enrichment is expanding services and changing locations, moving to 2 Sycamore St. in the gateway to Downtown Tiffin. The company has been in business in Tiffin since 2014, offering group and individual yoga classes, yoga therapy, aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, energy psychology and reiki.

The new space gives Gem Yoga a window to Downtown Tiffin as well the ability to operate on one floor. The new space also allows for a reception area, multipurpose room and private rooms for therapists to work with clients.

Expanded services in the near future will include foot detox, full body detox and some retail services for high end yoga supplies. The company has six employees, one of which is a new addition as Gem Yoga increases its offerings.

Gem Yoga had been in the Laird Building since it started in 2014, expanding from one studio on the first floor to two more spaces on the second floor.

“The Laird has been our home for so long, but this new space will provide us with the opportunity to grow and expand our services,” owner Gemma Marschke said. “I’m excited for all the possibilities, things we’ve been wanting to do but never had the ability to in our old space.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see one of our existing businesses make the decision to stay in the downtown and expand their offerings.”

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.

Dedication of Tiffin’s spectacular urban park as ‘National Corner’

Press Release submitted by National Machinery LLC

Downtown Tiffin, Ohio, has made a major splash in its continuing renaissance.  Thanks to the philanthropy and community activism of National Machinery LLC, its foundation, and its founding family, a stunning downtown park with a creative splash pad area has opened to the public. Located just one block from the main intersection of downtown Tiffin, the 2.5 acre East Green complex is the vision of Andrew Kalnow, the CEO and major owner of National Machinery, a 145-year old manufacturing firm that is a global leader in cold forming equipment and technology.

Last year saw the completion of the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green, a uniquely designed outdoor performance venue that sports curvilinear tiers, perimeter walls, and open green space.  A summer concert series has been organized to stage at the amphitheater top quality music performances by musicians from the greater region.  (See the website for more information and photos of the amphitheater: www.eastgreenconcerts.com.)

On August 19 the companion urban park to the amphitheater was dedicated as “National Corner.”  The park boasts the same curvilinear architectural style as the amphitheater, as well as a smaller pavilion for public restrooms that matches the large stage pavilion at the adjacent amphitheater.  A high tech splash pad is the main feature of the park with a repertoire of several programs and a colored light fountain display at night. The splash pad area even has its own mini amphitheater hugging the aquatic area. The park is richly landscaped with various flower beds spread along the curvilinear perimeter wall, as well as a secluded garden with waterfall to be discovered and enjoyed.

Throughout the day over 1200 people visited the East Green to partake in the ongoing events including the “National Corner” dedication and celebration, and music fest at the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater.  The East Green complex that includes both the new National Corner urban park and the amphitheater is owned and overseen by the East Green Foundation.

For further information, contact:

Nichole Schalk-Tiell

Senior Marketing Specialist

National Machinery LLC

419-443-2273

nschalk@nationalmachinery.com