downtown Tiffin

New Community Kitchen Project Proposed in Downtown Tiffin

Exciting new initiative supported by organizations involving local food.

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 1, 2020 – A plan to invest $2.4 million in a community kitchen in Downtown Tiffin was announced today by Old Trinity Episcopal Church. The kitchen will focus on connecting local growers and businesses to the community, providing opportunities for groups to cook and eat together, housing a diverse set of cooking classes and creating ways to give back to the community by preparing food.

“Our Christian faith has taught us that breaking bread with our neighbors builds community. Working with others in our community to nurture healthy and life-giving relationships through preparing and sharing food fits with who we are,” said the Rev. Aaron Gerlach, pastor at Old Trinity Episcopal Church and board president of Seneca County Common Ground.

Seneca County Common Ground, a nonprofit organization operating the Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market and leading other local food efforts, is one of the important relationships Old Trinity has formed while envisioning this project. Susan McCafferty, Senior Warden of Old Trinity said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Seneca County Common Ground and others in our community. This kitchen will be a welcoming space that facilitates Tiffin community members forging new relationships as they enhance their culinary skills.”

The kitchen space will be connected to the church building, 125 E. Market St., but will be a separate space with its own entrance. As well as being available to individuals and groups on a reservation basis, the kitchen will partner with the Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market to serve locally grown food on market days and to teach community members ways of using local foods at home. Old Trinity and Common Ground look forward to utilizing the space with other local organizations who have been key in the shaping of the project.

The group has been working together since mid-2019 on the project.  Old Trinity has engaged its neighbors at the Seneca County Justice Center, including the judges and the Seneca County Commissioners. The project is contingent on the purchase of a portion of the county parking lot adjacent to the church and the Justice Center which would allow the kitchen’s footprint to expand just past the church’s current square footage. The parking for the Justice Center would also be enhanced and secured by a perimeter security fence and gate.

For information about the project or to find out how to support its development, contact Gerlach at RevGerlach@OldTrinityEpiscopal.com or call (567) 938-0102.

About Old Trinity Episcopal Church

Originally constructed in 1856, Old Trinity has been a staple in the Tiffin community for decades. The church worships in the Anglican beliefs centering on liturgy, tradition and intellectual response. It has from its beginning in Tiffin been attractive to community leaders. Tiffin’s first mayor, Henry Kuhn, was a member of this parish as well as many elected officials and community leaders throughout the years. The church has recently completed several projects including restoration of the stained-glass windows, renovation of the undercroft to accommodate parish and community functions and installation of an elevator. The central location and the community spirit of the congregation provide the incentive to the ministry of the space. Old Trinity Episcopal church is heavily invested in the community and continually looks for ways to provide value. Learn more at www.oldtrinityepiscopal.com.

About Seneca County Common Ground

Created in 2019, Seneca County Common Ground is a nonprofit organization supporting local food & agriculture and promoting access to fresh foods for Seneca County residents. The board of the organization includes Seneca County OSU Extension Agent Hallie Williams, Reverend Aaron Gerlach of Old Trinity Episcopal Church, local business owner and chair of the Downtown Retailers Committee Dave Spridgeon, local business leader Dale Depew, TSEP Development Manager Audrey Flood, and local food vendors Kristy Buskirk of Clay Hill Farms and John Riehm of Riehm Produce Farm. Seneca County Common Ground oversees the operations of the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market and supports other local food initiatives. Our market manager is Courtney Heiser. Find out more at sccommonground.org or find Seneca County Common Ground 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.

Motto Mortgage Unlimited now open in Downtown Tiffin

New Mortgage Brokerage Franchise Now Serving Tiffin & Ohio

Press Release provided by Motto Mortgage Unlimited

Tiffin, Ohio, September 22, 2020 – Motto Mortgage, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise focused on transparency and compliance, has a new office in Ohio. Motto Mortgage Unlimited, now Tiffin’s only locally owned and operated mortgage brokerage is set to open and will serve all markets throughout the Buckeye State.

With record-low mortgage rates and a surge in refinancing volume, new owners Bill and Kelli Jones feel this new mortgage lender will be a key addition to Tiffin’s collection of downtown businesses. The local couple has more than 19 years of combined experience in real estate and are excited to establish Motto Mortgage Unlimited as a customer-first, full-service mortgage brokerage.

“Motto Mortgage Unlimited offers an advantageous alternative to the traditional mortgage bankers currently operating in the Tiffin, Seneca County area,” said Bill and Kelli Jones. “We provide the scope, scale, and support of a large retail lender while offering the flexibility, autonomy, and exceptional service of a local mortgage broker.”

Motto Mortgage Unlimited will be open for business at 65 E. Market St. in its newly renovated downtown Tiffin office. They are currently implementing health precautions to make the mortgage experience as safe as possible for customers and employees. Offering personalized service with the convenience of today’s digital mortgage solutions, Motto Mortgage Unlimited features face-to-face conversations, in-depth phone calls, or purely digital communication for borrowers who would prefer to conduct business remotely. The local owners understand the Tiffin real estate market and pride themselves on being part of this vibrant community.

Melanie Frederick will serve as a mortgage loan originator for the office. With over 5 years of experience, Melanie Frederick is a mortgage expert and takes great satisfaction in helping homebuyers achieve the “American dream” of homeownership.

Loan originators in the Motto Mortgage network have access to competitive loans from various wholesale lenders, and Frederick will work hard to give homebuyers choices – because no loan is one-size-fits-all. Frederick offers over a hundred loan options to choose from and looks forward to helping borrowers find the best fit every time.

Tiffin’s Motto Mortgage Unlimited franchise is independently owned by local business owners Bill and Kelli Jones. The Joneses take great pride in their involvement in the Tiffin community. This new adventure is a milestone for the Joneses who have owned and operated RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty in downtown Tiffin since 2016.

Motto Mortgage was recognized as one of the Fastest-Growing-Franchises by Entrepreneur magazine. Entrepreneur has named Motto as one of the fastest-growing franchise brands in 2019. The ranking of 150 franchises placed Motto Franchising LLC in the top half of the list. After three years of operation, Motto Mortgage was named in the 2020 Franchise 500 after lending $1.1 billion to over 5,000 families in 2019. A loan originator with Motto Mortgage Unlimited can be reached at 419-777-5626.

About Motto Mortgage Unlimited:  Motto Mortgage Unlimited NMLS # 1966142 is a locally owned and operated full-service mortgage brokerage serving all of Ohio, located at 65 E. Market St., Tiffin, OH 44883. To learn more, please visit MottoMortgageUnlimited.com or call (419) 777- LOAN(5626). Each Motto Mortgage franchise is independently owned, operated, and licensed. 

2020 Downtown Celebration going online

Events taking place throughout month of September

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 28, 2020 – Join with community and business leaders in commemorating a year of success for Downtown Tiffin with the 2020 Downtown Celebration. In an effort to maintain social distancing, the event is being broken up into three parts taking place throughout the month of September — Downtown Tiffin Stories, Downtown Tiffin Summit Stroll and Downtown Summit and Celebration.

Beginning Sept. 1, Downtown Tiffin Stories promotes popular downtown destination businesses every day during the month. Look for pictures and information on many of the great local businesses in the community on the Downtown Facebook page. Click here to view the event on Facebook.

Beginning Sept. 7, the Downtown Tiffin Summit Stroll is a self-guided walking tour of Downtown Tiffin. Throughout the downtown, large stickers are to be placed in front of businesses, buildings and landmarks with QR codes that link to videos highlighting the exciting development projects of recent years. Residents and those visiting the community can take part in the free walking tour in a single day or through the month. Click here to view the event on Facebook.

Finally, the Downtown Summit and Celebration will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 on GoToMeeting. The event will feature the Downtown Tiffin Awards Ceremony, a presentation by Joyce Barrett, Executive Director of Heritage Ohio and comments from Downtown Tiffin Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart. To register, visit tinyurl.com/2020DTSummit, or click here to view the event on Facebook.

The Downtown Celebration is a collaboration between the Downtown Development Committee and the staff at Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DowntownTiffinOh.

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.

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.