downtown Tiffin

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.

Chick-fil-A bringing food truck to Tiffin

Truck to be at Municipal Lot 6 on May 6

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 1, 2020 – Chick-fil-A, home of the Original Chicken Sandwich, will be bringing a food truck to Tiffin every other week on Wednesdays beginning May 6. The truck will have a limited menu of chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and lemonade and sweet tea. The truck is to be parked from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at Tiffin Municipal Lot 6, at the corner of Monroe Street and Madison Street.

To maintain social distancing, customers will be able to “drive thru,” ordering from their vehicle with the food brought to them by an employee.

“We are very excited for Chick-fil-A to be coming to Tiffin,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz. “I hear more requests from residents for this restaurant than any other.”

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,500 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. A leader in customer service satisfaction, Chick-fil-A was named top fast food restaurant in Newsweek’s 2019 America’s Best Customer Service report and received several honors in QSR’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards, including “The Most Respected Quick-Service Brand” and “Best Brand for Overall Experience.”

To follow updates for the food truck, find Chick-fil-A Strongsville (16584 Royalton Rd, Strongsville, OH) on Facebook (@cfastrongsville). More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.

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.

Saull Law & Title to open branch in Downtown Tiffin

Firm established 12 years ago in Upper Sandusky

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 29, 2020 – Having already established a reputation for itself in Seneca County, Saull Law & Title, a full-service law firm with headquarters in Upper Sandusky, recently signed a contract to purchase the former Your Legacy Credit Union building in downtown Tiffin, 170 S. Washington St, and a branch will open soon.

Saull Law & Title started in Upper Sandusky in a small brick building near the edge of town. Twelve years later, it has transcended to a marquee building in Upper Sandusky, a branch in Carey and a satellite office in Bucyrus. It will now open a branch in Tiffin.

The firm employs a team of 14, including five attorneys, owner Kelle M. Saull, Derek R. Dailey, Jessica M. Monday, Sarah M. Water and Douglas M. Morehart. Each attorney has their own niche, handling everything from estate planning, real estate, bankruptcy and personal injury to high-end divorces and felonies and misdemeanors.

“We want to be a beacon of hope for small business owners and show that even in these uncertain times, businesses can continue to expand,” Kelle Saull said. “Everyone is excited to bring their talents to Seneca County. I’m going all in — like I always do — and my three children will transition their education to Calvert Catholic Schools in the fall.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I’m very happy to see that even during this pandemic, our downtown community continues to grow. Welcome to Kelle Saull and the entire Saull Law team.”

An open house will be announced soon. For additional information about the firm, visit ww.saull-law.com or call (419) 731-4070 and (419) 396-1001.

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.

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.