Laird Arcade

The Historic Laird Arcade

LairdBuilt by Rezin Shawhan in the mid-1800s, the Laird Arcade has seen a resurgence since it was purchased by the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group in 2012. Both the interior and exterior of the building have been renovated, second floor offices improved, and the storefronts on the first floor are filled with new and exciting businesses.

1st Floor

2nd Floor Office Suites

For available spaces, downtown investment opportunities, and various business services contact Tyler Shuff at 419-618-9515 or shuffconsulting@gmail.com

New business, Ink Element Studio, to open downtown

20170418_114815A new business, Ink Element Studio, is set to open on the second floor at the end of the month. In this new venture, owner and modification practitioner Cam Magers and his wife, Cassandra Magers, combine 14 years of experience with a spa-like atmosphere.

Called a “modification studio,” Ink Element services will include tattoos and piercing, as well as body modification such as permanent cosmetics and hair follicle pigment restoration, and free services for breast cancer survivors. They are also working on a clothing line, which will live mostly online.

With the Ink Element studio space, Magers said he is trying to create a relaxing environment for customers. Sessions are to be scheduled by appointment, ensuring privacy and the complete focus of the artist, one entire wall of the tattoo room is a hand-painted mural designed to give customers something calming to look at, and customers can listen to music of their choice. “I want people to come in and feel at home,” he said.

Once the studio is up and running, Magers would like to provide youth art classes using the studio space of Gem Yoga (located just across the hall). “I love what’s going on here,” he said. “We want to leave our positive mark on the community.”

Visit the Ink Element Studio Facebook page for more information.

Contest winners open for business

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Zoe and Spenser with the contest judges.

In September of 2016 the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group held a contest to give a space to an aspiring entrepreneur rent free for one year. From the applicant pool, seven possible businesses were chosen to present their business in front of a panel, who decided the winner. This week, contest winners Zoe Dolch and Spenser Blackiston will open Washington Street Outfitters in the Laird Arcade.

Their store is located on the interior of the Laird Arcade (corner of Market and Washington Streets) and features men and women’s clothing and jewelry as well as new and used vinyl records and home decor. “It’s a mixed-merchandise approach, ” Zoe said. “We have hundreds of items and different styles as well as staple items.”

As winners of the contest, in addition to free rent, they received two business organization sessions with professional organizer Reannon Hayes, six sessions from KKR Consult, a business consulting and dream coaching service, and meetings with Retail is Detail (provided by Heritage Ohio), which provided marketing and demographic information for the area. The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services provided one year of free membership, which includes participation in the Chamber Cash gift certificate program.

After winning the contest, they were also contacted by groups at both Heidelberg and Tiffin Universities looking to take an active role in marketing. The Enactus group from Heidelberg has been helping the pair since a couple weeks after the contest, assisting with tasks ranging from building clothing racks to planning the grand opening. Tiffin University marketing students also started working on a marketing campaign that will be presented to Zoe and Spenser upon completion.

“I love the students,” Zoe said. “Working with them has been a great experience and a lot of fun.”

Zoe and Spenser are recent college graduates who were originally looking to start careers elsewhere and defer their dream of opening their own store when they learned about the business contest. “We didn’t know if we could win, but we knew we could put our whole hearts in it,” Zoe said. “We didn’t anticipate this opportunity, it just came about and it felt right.”

Property Manager for the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group and organizer of the contest Tyler Shuff said he is working with runners-up of the contest to help them launch their business ideas. “The contest was great and brought everyone out of the woodwork that had an idea. Even though there was only one winner, I want to help all seven finalists,” he said. “We are looking at doing another contest within the next year or two, with the goal of getting people downtown and giving their business a head-start.”

Two of the finalists now have office space in the Laird Arcade – Small Victories Financial Coaching and Lascala IT. Shuff is currently working with a wine and craft bar, dance studio and business incubator to find space downtown.

Plans for downtown Tiffin brewery announced

 

Venture to occupy space in historic Laird Arcade

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The intended location of the brewery – the former Iron Gate Cafe space inside the Laird Arcade.

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 11, 2017 – Plans have been made public for a downtown brewery and taproom to be located in the historic Laird Arcade building. Local entrepreneurs Eric Kuebler and Rob Weaver announced their intentions at yesterday’s Tiffin Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.

“Breweries are being added to a lot of communities, and contribute to the livelihood and revitalization of downtown areas,” Weaver said. “Downtown revitalization is already going on in Tiffin and we’d really like to be a part of it.”

The brewery zoning classification was granted by the Zoning Board, pending approval by the Planning Commission and Tiffin City Council. The next major steps will be filing a federal brewer’s notice, a process that takes six to eight months, and obtaining a state liquor license.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was delighted by the news. “Tiffin has a long and interesting history of breweries like this run by local entrepreneurs. This is an exciting venture, and we’ll give them all the support we can.”

Kuebler and Weaver, both avid homebrewers, will brew beer on-site. The taproom will offer ten varieties of beer, including six flagship brews to be served year-round as well as rotating seasonal specialties. Half-gallon growlers will be sold and filled, and there are plans to make kegs available to select Seneca County bars and restaurants.

“We are both from Tiffin and looking to give back to our community, by providing quality products with thirty years of combined experience,” Kuebler said.

Along with beer, they plan to offer locally produced snacks but leave heavier fare to local restaurants. “This is a cooperative venture with our neighbors, at the Laird and in the surrounding community,” Kuebler said. “This will benefit them as much as it benefits us.”

According to The Brewers Association, Ohio is one of the leading states for craft beer, ranking fourth in barrels produced annually (1.4 million) made by 143 craft breweries statewide. The annual economic impact is in excess of $2.1 million and growing.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 the community at www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Jolly’s signs lease on downtown location

jollys lairdLocal restaurant moves to Laird Arcade

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 25, 2016 – Today, Jolly’s Drive-In Owner Diane Hassinger signed a lease for a space in downtown Tiffin’s historic Laird Arcade.

Hassinger says the downtown location is the perfect next step for her business. “I was looking for a smaller space, where I could still hold store hours but also prepare food and root beer for the food truck,” Hassinger said. “This location also includes a drive-through window that I hope will give customers some of the nostalgia of the root beer stand.”

The new location faces West Market Street and includes a drive-through window in the alley behind the Laird Arcade. Orders can be called in by phone and picked up at the drive-through window, or customers can come in to order. Hassinger plans to relocate many of the original signs and memorabilia from the original root beer stand, including the front windows signed by Jolly’s employees over the years.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to see the local brand relocate in downtown Tiffin. “Anyone can see that the downtown is transforming, which makes it a desirable place to open a business,” he said. “And it’s great that we get to keep Jolly’s a Tiffin tradition.”

The restaurant will be open 11 a.m – 5 p.m., four days a week. The Jolly’s food truck will also appear at different locations around town. Hassinger will announce the opening date later this year. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/JollysDriveIn/.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.

New Greek/pita restaurant to open downtown

 

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Left to right: Property Manager Tyler Shuff, Owner Fotis Diamantopoulos, SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz

Put N Pita signs lease with Laird Arcade

 

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 18, 2016 – This week, Fotis Diamantopoulos signed a lease for a space in the Laird Arcade at 116 South Washington Street, where he plans to open a Greek and build-your-own pita restaurant, called Put N Pita, this winter.

The son of Greek immigrants, Fotis has lived in Tiffin for a decade, and he is following his father’s footsteps into the restaurant business. “I drive through downtown Tiffin every day and you can tell that things are changing, and I feel the vibe and want to be a part of it. My business model will include my dad’s Greek influence, an American twist and a Subway style,” he said.

Diamantopoulos said the menu is to include gyros and greek salads as well as traditional meats and all kinds of fresh produce that will be assembled to the customer’s order. In the future, he plans to expand the business into other types of ethnic foods and take-home options.

Tyler Shuff, Chairman of the Downtown Business Enhancement Committee through SIEDC said the restaurant fills two desired business categories for the community. “A Pita Pit and a Greek restaurant are on our list of businesses to recruit, and this takes care of both,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is happy to see a new type of restaurant opening downtown. “I am excited to see a unique healthy, quick option for lunch in downtown Tiffin,” he said.

Diamantopoulos hopes to cater to times outside of the traditional dinner hour. The starting hours for the store will be lunch time and nights as late as 3 a.m. He plans to open for business in late fall or early winter.

About the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group

The Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group LLC. is a for-profit organization made up of community minded shareholders. The purpose of the TCRG is to encourage and promote downtown business. In 2012, Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, LLC. purchased and now operates the Laird Building.

 About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.

Uptown Flea this weekend

Copy of uptown flea fb (1)The public is invited to experience a new and unique pop-up “shop” featuring local crafters and artisans who specialize in quality, handmade items, along with food producers and other creative merchants. The event will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Laird Arcade Building and coincides with the first Seneca County Farmers Market of the season.

The organizer behind Uptown Flea is TiffinOhio.org owner Merre Phillips, who explained her inspiration: “I love these kind of events and have recently attended indie craft fairs and markets in Columbus and Toledo and knew that the same kind of talented crafters and makers were right here in our own community. With the popularity of these kind of events and with websites like Etsy.com, it felt like the right time to bring a creative group of vendors together in order for them to showcase and sell their products to a local market.”

Merre said that if the Uptown Flea goes well, she is looking forward to scheduling future dates for this event.
Here are the participating vendors that are confirmed to date:

  • Baby I’m Home – baby clothes and other fun accessories
  • Vintage Chick – recycled and repurposed home accents and furniture
  • Honest Tees, LLC – custom tees and other stuff
  • ChelseaMADE – boutique quality crochet items and accessories for all ages
  • Eugene Phillips – handcrafted wood bowls, trays, toys and other items
  • Recycled Boutique – tagged and like new popular and better brand clothes and accessories
  • FrankArts & Crafts – custom made home decor items
  • Kaker’s Cake Pops – beautifully designed and delicious cake pops
  • Grams & Her 3 K’s – beach glass jewelry and wine glass charms
  • Lily Pepper Primitives – unique blend of gifts and art for all seasons, designed by Sue Wickham
  • Tiffin Art Guild – artwork for sale from TAG members
  • Handmade Lotus Boutique – crocheted items: bags, scarves, leg warmers, jackets and more
  • Crystal Traditions – blown glass items
  • SpiritSpace Gallery & Gifts – pottery and other handcrafted gift items
 

For more details, contact Merre at 419.618.8586, merre@tiffinohio.org or visit the event’s Facebook page.

Investment group announces new business contest

Winner to receive space at Laird Arcade for a year

LairdTIFFIN, OHIO – March 23, 2016 – Aspiring business owners have the opportunity to win a space in the Laird Building rent-free for one year, as well as business services valued at $12,000. The Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group is holding a contest to fill the final vacant rental space in the Laird Arcade, located at the corner of E. Market and S. Washington St.

Entrepreneurs can submit their business plans and ideas to property manager Tyler Shuff at the Laird Building leasing office. “In just two and half years, we have gone from 30 percent occupancy to 95 percent. A private donor has made it possible for us to lease this last space for free for one year and give someone the chance to start their own business,” Shuff said. “The purpose of the contest is to give someone a chance to make their dream a reality and to bring something new to downtown Tiffin.”

In addition to free rent, the winner will also receive two business organization sessions with professional organizer Reannon Hayes, six sessions from KKR Consult, a business consulting and dream coaching service, as well as information about and assistance with obtaining an intern from a local university.

Applications are available now and will be accepted until June 1. They can be obtained at the Laird Arcade leasing office or online. Finalists will be invited to pitch their business idea in front of a panel consisting of TCRG members, the property manager, and downtown development professionals.

To set up a tour or submit your business plan, contact Tyler Shuff at 419.618.9515 or 114 S. Washington St., Suite C. For more information about downtown incentives and resources, contact Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org.

About the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group

The Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group LLC. is a for-profit organization made up of community minded shareholders. The purpose of the TCRG is to encourage and promote downtown business.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Frozen yogurt shop to locate in downtown Tiffin

FroZone to open in the Laird Arcade this spring

FroZoneTIFFIN, OHIO – March 16, 2016 – FroZone, Tiffin’s first build-your-own frozen yogurt shop, will be opening in the Laird Arcade this spring. The shop will feature 12 yogurt choices and a topping bar. Customers will be able to build their own frozen yogurt bowl with as many flavors and toppings as they desire. The cost of the treat will be based on its weight, in ounces.

Tiffin natives Toria and Arianna Felton will own and run the new venture. “I have always enjoyed frozen yogurt. There was a store I really loved while attending classes in Bowling Green, and I thought it would be a unique addition to the dessert options in Tiffin,” Toria Felton said.

FroZone is the latest shop to find a space in the Laird Arcade with the assistance of Shuff Consulting, which manages several properties in Tiffin, including the entire Laird building. “I love being able to help bring new and expanding businesses to Tiffin, especially when it meets a need not already being fulfilled,” owner Tyler Shuff said.

Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the addition. “I am pleased to see another unique, small business opening downtown,” he said.

Built by Rezin Shawhan in the mid-1800s, the Laird Arcade has seen a resurgence since it was purchased by the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group in 2012. Both the interior and exterior of the building have been renovated, second floor apartments improved and occupied, and the storefronts on the first floor are filled.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Easter Hunt and Treat

Easter Event Flier - V4The Easter Bunny has helpers hiding in Tiffin!     

Due to the busy season, the Easter Bunny is sending helpers into downtown Tiffin to help spread the goodies and fun, but they need some help. Not only will these helpers need a place to hide, but they will need a name, and some goodies to give away.

To make sure that all of these bunnies are visited, there will be a form available at the Laird Arcade (at the corner of S. Washington and E. Market St.), where participants can write down the names of the ones they have found. Once the form is full, return the card to the Laird to be entered into a drawing for a bike, donated by TiffinOhio.org, or Chamber Cash from the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce!

The helpers are scheduled to be in town Friday, March 18th, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, and expected to be hiding inside, due to the chilly weather.

Downtown businesses that would be willing to help the Easter Bunny, are asked to contact Yolanda Gonzalez (yolanda.gonzales4@gmail.com), who also organized the “Trick or Treat” that took place downtown this past October.

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern