downtown Tiffin

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

Relevè raising the barre in Downtown Tiffin

Heidelberg graduate returns to community with new business

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 3, 2019 – Relevè Barre Studio is planning a late fall opening in Tiffin’s historic downtown, the first new business in a planned shared commercial space at 131 S. Washington St., called the “131 Arcade.”

Relevè is a fitness studio offering a workout technique designed to improve and enhance balance, posture, long and lean muscle tone, flexibility and core strength. Workouts utilize a ballet barre, floor mat, hand weights and resistance bands.

Owner Donna Gross is a graduate of Heidelberg University and is moving back to the area to open the studio. She has been in business in Birmingham, Michigan, for seven years, teaching barre and other dance classes. While in Tiffin, Gross taught ballet at Dance Unlimited.

“I’m very excited to come back to the area and be part of everything that is happening in the community – I think Tiffin is going to love barre,” Gross said.

In addition to barre classes, Gross would like to add yoga, pilates, Zumba ballroom dancing lessons and personal fitness training. Gross will be hiring 6-8 instructors soon for classes. She also plans to begin offering barre pop-up classes soon at local Tiffin businesses until the studio is ready to open.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see that Donna has decided to return to Tiffin and bring her unique business to our community.”

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.

Lewis and Upton open in new Tiffin office

Local Thrivent Financial representatives open new office to better serve their clients

Release provided by Thrivent Financial.

Tiffin, OH (August 7, 2019) – Thrivent Financial representatives Chris Lewis, Financial Associate and Michele Upton, Financial Associate, recently announced they are opening a new office to better serve their members. 

The new office is located at 120 ½ S. Washington Street, Suite 210, on the second floor of the historical Laird Building.

The financial representatives believe the new space will contribute to the quality of the service they can provide. “We believe the new office will enhance our ability to work together so we can provide the best level of service possible,” said Lewis. Added Upton, “The space will help us tap our combined knowledge, experience and expertise to support our clients and help ensure they achieve their financial goals.” 

The financial representatives offer a broad range of financial products and services and assist individuals with education funding options, business continuation plans, retirement strategies, charitable giving options and estate strategies, among others.

Lewis says the group’s first priority is to help clients achieve their financial objectives by giving them the professional and personal support they need to make more informed decisions about their financial future. 

An open house and ribbon cutting will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 

Lewis and Upton are financial representatives with Thrivent Financials’ Mid-Atlantic Regional Financial Office in Cleveland. 

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent is a not-for-profit membership organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. It offers its more than 2 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.

Sandco Industries opening Tiffin office

New office to be located in Laird Building

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 5, 2019 – Sandco Industries, a local life and work opportunity enhancement organization based in Clyde, has announced the opening of a new office in the historic Laird Arcade Building to better serve the Tiffin community. The office will have a variety of staff who are to be set up by Aug. 15, but Sandco is seeking referrals now. Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership aided with the search for a new office.

Sandco Industries is a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited, private non-profit company that offers services to individuals with disabilities by providing volunteer opportunities, access to club memberships and planning outings such as: sporting events and various community activities. Sandco also provides placement for hourly and piece-rate jobs. Established in 1963, Sandco focuses on its mission “to provide meaningful, integrated life and work opportunities while also providing high quality and cost competitive products for our customers.”

“We already have a presence in the Tiffin market, and we look forward to continuing to grow that and provide opportunities for employers and our clients in Seneca County,” said Megan Craun, CEO of Sandco Industries.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz thanked Craun for making the decision to expand into the Tiffin market. “I’m happy to see an organization like Sandco choosing to make its place in Tiffin and in the Downtown.”  

Ty Shuff of Shuff Consulting assisted Sandco in finding their new home in Downtown Tiffin. “I’m excited to have them be part of the community and hope they find success in the Tiffin market.”

For more information, call program coordinator Brittany Stiltner at (419) 547-3273 x104 or visit www.sandcoind.com.

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. In 2014, the downtown organization became part of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development, now Tiffin-Seneca Economic Development. In 2015, Downtown Tiffin became an accredited Main Street Community through Heritage Ohio and achieved national accreditation in 2017. For more information, click here.

Celebrate Sweet Summertime in Downtown Tiffin

Third Thursday event features live music

TIFFIN, OHIO – JULY 16, 2019 – Channel Kenny Chesney with Sweet Summertime, the July Third Thursday event planned for 5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, with events planned in Downtown Tiffin and almost 20 businesses offering specials. Participants can register for door prizes at participating businesses. The event is free and family-friendly and benefits the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin.

As a special treat for the event, Tiffin Community Foundation has sponsored a free concert by the Cherry Bombs 7-9 p.m. in Cherry Alley and UIS will have free cherry pie and ice cream.

Also, Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin will start at 7 p.m. at the Laird Arcade Brewery, 114 S. Washington St., Suite D, Tiffin.


In addition to the door prizes, 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.)

“Perfect song on the radio. Sing along ’cause it’s one we know. It’s a smile, it’s a kiss. It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime… Sweet Summertime”

Participating businesses include:

  • Burns Electric -Tootsie pop suckers when you stop in the store!
  • Clover Club
  • The Empire at 138 – McClain’s Bar Original Lemonade
  • Frozone – Cherry Amaretto yogurt and 10 percent off your purchase
  • Jolly’s – Small root beer floats
  • The LAB – Sweet “nectar of the gods” on tap and Christmas in July sale, all sweatshirts in stock are $25. $2 samples!
  • Old Fort Bank – Banking with us just makes scents! Free cherry-scented air fresheners when you stop in the bank!
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living – Samples of sweet summer peach slush (9 a.m.-6 p.m.), and wine tasting ($10, pre-registration required).
  • Reino’s – Free order of cinnamon sticks with any order more than $5, just mention it’s Third Thursday!
  • The Renaissance of Tiffin – $6 lemonade and fruit flavored drinks
  • The Shawhan – Cherry Cokes
  • Simply Susan’s – “Sweet deal” plus a free sweet taste of Tiffin all day
  • Thrivent Financial – Passing out cookies
  • Tiffin Community Foundation – Sponsoring the “Cherry Bombs” to play live music in Cherry Alley 7 -9 p.m.
  • Tiffin Glass Shoppe – Dip of cherry ice cream with a purchase of Tiffin stemware for $5. Select items will be 10 percent off!
  • UIS Insurance and Investments – Cherry pie and ice cream in the Cherry Alley parking lot
  • Viaduct – $1 pudding shots
  • Washington Street Outfitters – Kona Ice of Lake Erie Shores and Islands Shaved Ice truck parked out front of the store.

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.

City of Tiffin receives OSS grant for box planters

25 recycled-material planters placed in downtown

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 20, 2019 – The City of Tiffin recently was the recipient of an Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District grant for 25 self-watering, recycled, black box planters. The planters were recently placed in the downtown, replacing the decades-old planters that previously were there.

The total order for the planters was $11,527, of which $5,388 was funded by the OSS Competitive Funding Grant program and the City of Tiffin Shade Tree Commission supplied the remainder. The grant is used to educate the public on the benefits of recycling. The planters were made of 70 percent recycle material.

Tiffin Public Works installed the new planters in the early spring and volunteers have signed up to maintain the flowers, which are supplied by the city.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is pleased to have received the grant: “We are grateful that OSS has helped us replace our old, deteriorated planters with these new models that allow us to continue to invest in the beatification of 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.

Board approves façade grant for Simply Susan’s

Funds all used for 2019

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 21, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for work to 70 S. Washington St., Simply Susan’s. This work closes out the available façade program funds for the year.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a $6,376.05 Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the door and window on the storefront of the building and restore the balcony on the second floor, for a total investment of $17,218.96.

Susan Wilkinson, owner of Simply Susan’s, said: “I’m very appreciative that this program exists for business owners in the downtown.”

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program, which has now been completely spent for 2019, resulting in a total investment of $239,764.85. The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of 13 buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I again am pleased to see our downtown business owners take advantage of this program, and thank them and Tiffin City Council for making this program a success.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 70 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.4 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.