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New Chamber program cuts businesses’ energy costs

Chamber LogoOne new money-saving benefit of membership with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce is its Chamber Energy Solutions (CES) program. Through a partnership with Palmer Energy Company, the Chamber of Commerce is able to provide member businesses with electricity and natural gas savings.

The CES Electric Savings Program saves customers money on electric consumption through competitive pricing. Working with a large number of customers allows CES to get customers some of the lowest prices on the market. Businesses with facilities located in FirstEnergy (Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison and Cleveland Illuminating Company), AEP (Ohio Power), Dayton Power and Light and Duke Service territories can participate in the electric program.

The CES Gas Program helps manage natural gas costs by bringing local businesses together to reduce natural gas costs and help customers buy natural gas when the prices are most advantageous. Businesses located in Columbia Gas, Dominion, Duke and Vectren service territories are able to participate.

All Chamber members are eligible to apply, as soon as their current contract has expired. For more information, check out the CES brochure. To enroll in either program, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 419.447.4141 or info@tiffinchamber.com.

Around the Town event welcomes back university students

around the townNearly 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students will have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about at a Welcome Back Students/Around the Town Event this Saturday, Aug. 22 from 3 – 5 p.m. on the courthouse green space.

Around the Town is one of the signature events of the Downtown Strategic Plan, and this is the first year that the event will be held downtown and combine both universities.

WTSC Seneca County Radio will be live broadcasting from the event, playing music and interviewing guests. Several restaurants will be providing free samples, shops and restaurants will hand out coupons and menus, non-profits will provide students with information about how to get involved in their organizations and students can check out local services.

SIEDC Downtown Development Specialist Bryce Riggs is a Heidelberg student the lead organizer of the event. “As a student and lifelong Tiffin resident, I am aware of the opportunities in the community, but the majority of new students don’t know what’s out there or where they can go. Tiffin has so much to offer! I would like other students to know what’s out there, so they can get involved in the local organizations and visit our restaurants and shops,” Riggs said.

Participating businesses and organizations:

Businesses open around the square:

Pizza Palooza and family movie night this weekend

Pizza Palooza flyer 2015Downtown Tiffin’s annual Pizza Palooza will be held this Saturday, July 25, on the courthouse green space. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. followed by a family movie at 9:15 p.m. The Farmers Market will take place earlier in the day from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Several pizza restaurants, including Napoli’s, Marco’s, AJ’s and Reino’s, will have booths at the event where they will sell slices of pizza for just $1 each in order to keep the cost family friendly and equal across the board. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite pizza during the event. Tiffin Columbian Band Boosters will be selling beverages. In previous years, 500-900 people have attended the event.

This year, the palooza will be followed by a free family movie night on the green. Despicable Me 2 is slated to being playing at 9:15 p.m.

Downtown Business Opportunity: Surf ‘N Turf

IMG_20150623_161247Are you interested in specialty foods and looking to own your own business? Surf ‘N Turf Specialties and More is the perfect opportunity for you! The market, located at the corner of Sycamore and Washington Streets in downtown Tiffin, serves up meat and seafood that are just as unique as its location. Owners Dale and Laurie Schwochow are looking to sell the business along with the property, in order to spend more time with family.

Surf ‘N Turf specializes in meats and seafood you can’t get anywhere else, and if they don’t have it, they can special order it. Another unique feature of the business the grilling that takes place every weekend in the ample parking lot. Customers can stop by or call ahead to place an order.

Specialties include filet mignon wrapped in bacon, crab legs, scallops, oysters, lobster tails, house-made sausage, bratwurst, and chicken and salmon balls, while unique items like alligator and shark can be found on the menu as well. Also featured: specialty seasonings, meat rubs, garlic oils, marinades, cooking wines, truffle oils, and bourbon glaze and BBQ sauces, and traditional fare such as deli meats and cheeses, soups, and tuna, chicken, potato and macaroni salads. Products are all-natural and fresh, with no additives.

The building at 300 South Washington Street was built in 1910 and has housed Surf ‘N Turf since 1987. It is 885 square feet and comes with a walk-in cooler and a detached walk-in freezer. There is also a parking lot capable of accommodating 15-20 vehicles.

For more information, contact Dale and Laurie Schwochow at 419.447.7873.

Business Opportunity: Southside Laundry

Southside 2Have you always wanted to own a small business near downtown Tiffin? The owner of Southside Laundry, 117 Melmore Street, is relocating out of state and wishes to sell not only the building but the successful business within.

The business features a 2,500 sq. ft. building, large parking lot and storage garage, allowing plenty of room for growth. Many parts of the business have also recently been updated. In 2012, a new boiler/water system was installed, in 2014, the roof and central air conditioning were replaced, and the latest machines (washers and driers) were purchased in 2015 and are energy efficient. The facility also has two extractors, a type of centrifuge that cuts drying time in half and is a rare laundromat find.

The laundromat has 25 washers and 25 driers, but that is not the only service it offers. Southside also has a thriving drop off service, where patrons can drop off their clothes to be washed and ironed. With two universities to serve, it is a popular business.

Southside Laundry is a great investment opportunity, with plenty of room for growth. For more information, contact Gabriele Felter at 419.448.9346 or gfelter@yahoo.com.

Indie art show in Tiffin tomorrow

Local gallery to donate proceeds to art festival, scholarship

Art Gallery 4Local body and visual arts studio Red Raven Tattoo Gallery  will host this Saturday the latest in a series of indie art shows highlighting the creative talents of up and coming local artists. This Saturday’s show will display 21 works in the skateboard art genre by 12 area artists.

The show will run 6 to 9 pm, auction off the pieces, and proceeds will benefit the scholarship of this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival (June 12-13). In addition, 125 other art works will be on display and for sale. Separate donations to the TMAF Scholarship will also be accepted.

Tiffin’s vibrant arts scene is beginning to become more well known. Other arts offerings in Tiffin include: