downtown Tiffin

Bear’s Den expanding business with new patio space

$40,000 investment includes second bar outdoors

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 10, 2020 – The Bear’s Den, 68 E. Perry St., celebrating 46 years in Downtown Tiffin, will be expanding its business with a $40,000 investment into the construction of an updated patio space. Plans to have the space changed were approved by the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review in June.

The investment includes removing the current patio and replacing it with a new patio to be partially covered by a slant roof and installing rod iron fencing along the sidewalk, as well as extending utilities out to the new patio to for a second, outdoor bar, which would be accessible by a new door leading out of the establishment. The increased space will allow for more outdoor seating and entertainment.

“I needed to add more outdoor seating, but wanted to give people something nicer than what my old patio had to offer,” said Dennis Wickert, who has owned the Bear’s Den since 1974. “Thanks to the City of Tiffin, Clouse Construction and Croghan Colonial Bank for their help and support.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “It is always great news to see a longstanding business investing in our community, but it is especially exciting to have more high quality outdoor seating options and the opportunity for people to better experience wonderful 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 native returns with clothing store Kesler and Co.

New retailer opening in mid-August

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 7, 2020 – After having left the area for 14 years, Tiffin native Chelsea Lonsway is returning to Seneca County and opening a business in Downtown Tiffin, Kesler and Co., in mid-August. The new clothing store, at 184 S. Washington St., specializes in women’s clothing for all body types, with styles ranging from comfortable lounge wear to boho-chic for a night out on the town. Lonsway’s focus has been on body positivity and ensuring each individual customer feels confident and enough in their own skin.

Lonsway had been living in Michigan and has been selling clothing primarily online for four years in her close-knit community on Facebook. She said she is looking forward to interacting directly with customers in the store and to build on her relationships with the clients she already has in Tiffin. 

“It’s been a dream of mine to have a storefront, and now that I’m moving back home, it just seemed like the right time,” Lonsway said. “Tiffin’s downtown is really flourishing, so I’m excited to integrate into the business community here and engage with the city.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “It’s wonderful to see a new retailer coming to Downtown Tiffin. It’s also great to see someone return who is excited about bringing their talents to the community.”

Kesler and Co. recently became a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services. For more information and business hours, visit keslerandco.com or find Kesler and Co. 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.

Three projects receive funding through Heritage Ohio

Downtown Tiffin received maximum grant of $20,000

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 5, 2020 – Tuesday, the Tiffin Architectural Board of Review approved a roof placement for 195-197 S. Washington St. With this approval, three projects in Downtown Tiffin have now been approved for funding through the Heritage Ohio Main Street Program Grant, which provides funding to support building and business enhancement and job creation complementing the four-point Main Street Approach.

Downtown Tiffin received $20,000, the maximum grant amount, from Heritage Ohio for the 2020 program year. Projects include tuck pointing for Tiffin Boutique Hotel Group LLC, 160 S. Washington St., which received a $10,000 grant toward an approximately $300,000 investment; roof replacement/repair for American Legion Post 169, 280 S. Washington St., which received a $8,245.68 grant for an $18,000 investment; and roof replacement at 195-197 S. Washington St., which received a $1,754.32 grant to support a $3,508.53 investment.

“Heritage Ohio is so pleased to bring this program to our certified Main Street communities,” said Joyce Barrett, Executive Director of Heritage Ohio. “A small investment goes a long way in leveraging private investment, needed so much during this period of economic recovery.  We thank the Ohio General Assembly for seeing that a targeted investment strategy in Ohio’s Main Street communities creates a positive return on their investment.”

Heritage Ohio was to award up to $440,000 for the 2020 grant cycle to National Main Street Communities. Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at both the state and national level for the years of 2016 through 2019. Applicant projects were eligible for a grant of up to $10,000 with a 1:1 match and projects were coordinated through Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Tiffin Architectural Board of Review.

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.

Kathy Dandurand brings massage therapy to Laird Building

Serenity Farm Massage Therapy opened this summer

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 17, 2020 – After 18 years of practicing massage therapy in Cincinnati and Naples, Florida, including time spent traveling with professional sports teams, Kathy Dandurand is returning to Tiffin, with an office in the Laird Building in the heart of Historic Downtown Tiffin.

Dandurand’s practice, Serenity Farm Massage Therapy, which opened this summer on the second floor of the Laird Building, 120 S. Washington St. Dandurand specializes in myofascial and active release therapy.

Dandurand has a practice in the Sandusky/Huron area, and previously had practices in Cincinnati and Naples, Florida. While working in Cincinnati, she worked with players from the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals.

“I was born and raised here, and I’m happy to be able to come back and bring my business here,” Dandurand said. “It makes me proud to see the growth of Downtown Tiffin and take part in it.”

Tyler Shuff of Shuff Consulting said: “I’m glad that I was able to help Kathy find a place in the Laird Building and make it possible for her to bring her practice to Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m always happy to see people return to Tiffin and help grow our business community.”

For more information about Serenity Farm Massage Therapy or to schedule an appointment, call Dandurand at (419) 618-0020.

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.

Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin returns to Chandelier

Participants asked to practice social distancing, wear masks

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 9, 2020 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and the Downtown Business Committee are hosting Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin event from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at The Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 South Washington St. Emcee Ben Gillig will be returning to the event, which has been on hold since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is unable to take part in or sponsor in-person programs or events due to COVID-19, but are offering registration to this event through their online calendar. To register and for details, visit http://tiffinsen.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

Capacity is limited and participants should practice social distancing and are encouraged to wear masks. As always, captains may register a team of up to four players.

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 City Council approves Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

New law to take effect in July

TIFFIN, OHIO – JUNE 22, 2020 – Tonight during a special meeting, Tiffin City Council voted unanimously to approve a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in downtown Tiffin. The ordinance allowing patrons of liquor permitted establishments within the DORA boundary to possess a specially marked open container within the designated area will take effect in July. Tiffin joins 27 other communities in the state of Ohio to implement a DORA.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz introduced DORA legislation in May as a way of helping business to reopen after social distancing measures were put in place reducing the number of people allowed to dine in at restaurants. “I’m happy to see council take a proactive step for our community and allow those Downtown Tiffin businesses that previously were unable to offer outdoor dining an opportunity to do so during these challenging times.”

DORA beverages must be purchased from a participating liquor licensed establishment within the designated district; maps are to be distributed to participating vendors and signage is to be posted at the boundaries of the DORA area. Businesses owners may post signage to exclude their property from DORA participation. The only open container allowed will be the designated, specially marked DORA cup purchased from a participating establishment, and a DORA cup cannot be brought into another liquor licensed establishment. The hours during which beverages will be allowed within the area are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. The Tiffin City Council reserves the right to suspend the DORA at any time, for any reason, and the Ordinance will sunset on Dec. 31,2020, prior to which time council may vote to make it permanent in the City of Tiffin.

The concept was presented to council by a recommendation from the Downtown Development Committee of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership in October 2018 as a way ease or make more accessible outdoor dining and allow patrons to enjoy a beverage within the district’s boundaries. The proposal submitted to council laid out the hours of operation, boundaries, and establishments to be included in the district, as well as safety and sanitation plans, which were the result of a full year of due diligence and research into communities of a similar size with DORAs in place.

Amy Reinhart, Downtown Main Street Manger for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, said: “This not only will help our businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic, but will continue to make Tiffin a destination in our region and enhances the experience of those patrons visiting Downtown Tiffin.”

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.com.

WSO, Pink Lady host South Washington Project

Event to feature Paul Grover of No Eileen

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 18, 2020 – Washington Street Outfitters and The Pink Lady are hosting South Washington Project, an evening of music, food, and fun in City Lot #5 in Downtown Tiffin, located next to WSO, 186 S. Washington St., from 5-8 p.m. June 28.

The event is to include live 80’s music with Paul Grover of No Eileen, a corn hole tournament, tie-dye tent with WSO and food from The Pink Lady and other food trucks. The corn hole tournament has a $20 buy in, winner takes all, and participants must bring their own boards and equipment. Participants for the tie-dye tent are asked to bring their own cotton white T-shirts.

Participants are asked to follow social distancing recommendations at all times and facial coverings are encouraged but not mandatory.

Businesses or vendors interested in joining in may contact Washington Street Outfitters at (419) 619-5671 or email washingtonstreetoutfitters@gmail.com, and for more information, find the event on Facebook by searching for “South Washington Project: Music, Food, & Fun!

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.

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.

Retail, restaurant owners encouraged to join business forum

Weekly program sponsored by Chamber, TSEP

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 18, 2020 – As retail stores and restaurants begin to reopen following the lifting of stay-at-home orders from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services will be continuing its Weekly Local Business Forum for business owners to share and gain information. The meetings are at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and can be accessed via GoToMeeting or by dialing in on your phone.

Each week, our local Tiffin and Seneca County businesses can come together to discuss challenges they’re facing and ask questions of TSEP and Chamber staff and other businesses. The calls will sometimes also include guests such as Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer, a liaison from the Governor’s office and other authorities who can answer questions. The goal is to share information, provide resources and get feedback from local businesses.

To join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone, visit https://www.gotomeet.me/AudreyFlood/weekly-local-business-forum or dial in by calling +1 (646) 749-3122, Access Code 117-118-341.

For more information, look for “Weekly Local Business Forum (Tiffin/Seneca County)” on Facebook or email Audrey Flood, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership development manager, at flood@tiffinseneca.org.

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.

Bid to be the first to support local businesses

Auction of Firsts proceeds to benefit Seneca County establishments

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 11, 2020 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services and Destination Seneca County are partnering to host an online auction of “firsts” that aims to benefit small businesses in Seneca County when they are re-opening. The Auction of Firsts will be a live auction and will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, with login starting at 6 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the business.

TSEP and The Chamber already have reached out to local businesses, and the auction will be limited to 60 items. Items may include first haircut, first drink inside a bar, first sit-down meal inside a restaurant, first in-store sale and other unique items or services.

Bill Jones from RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty will be hosting the live auction and details on joining the event can be found on Facebook by searching for “Seneca County Auction of Firsts.” To bid early on items or to preregister, go to tinyurl.com/senecafirstsaution. You can also visit 419auctions.com and click on the link for “Auction of Firsts Supporting Tiffin & Seneca” listed under “Current Auction Listings.”

For more information, find the event on Facebook. For businesses interested in participating, contact Amy Reinhart, TSEP Downtown Main Street Manager, at reinhart@tiffinseneca.org.

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.