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Feasel’s invests quarter million in expansion

Feasel's 4Feasel’s Frame and Collision is adding new space and equipment to their auto-body shop on State Route 224 just West of Tiffin.

Jeff Feasel said the business needed new space, and they wanted the ability to offer more to their customers. “Over the last five years, each year has been better than the last,” he said.

20170421_134130The new, 3,600 square foot building will create seven additional bays for radiator repair and washing, house a new alignment rack, and provide additional work space. They will also use the space for spray-on truck bed liners, a service that no other Tiffin shop currently offers. The total investment in construction and equipment is roughly $250,000.

This new addition is the latest in a series of improvements to the business. Over the past four years they have installed a new, environmentally friendly paint booth, renovated their office, and added welding and aluminum repair to their services.

“I am excited to keep serving this wonderful community,” Feasel said.

The expansion is expected to be completed this July.

Feasel’s Frame and Collision is a family-run business started by Jeff’s parents, Rick and Jan, in 1984. To learn more about the business, click here.

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.

Tiffin’s real estate services continue to grow

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Elaine Thomson and Judy Riley

Stepping Stone Realty was started in 2010 by Elaine Thomson, with an office in Upper Sandusky. Over the past six years, Thomson has grown her businesses with satellite offices out of realtors’ homes and in July 2016, she opened an office with two additional agents in the Tiffin Mall.

“We work in Tiffin so often anyway, it just made sense,” she said. “I brought Judy Riley and Greg Sarver on to work with me here and when you have multiple people working so hard and doing such a great job, they need an office.”

Combined, the realtors in the Tiffin office bring more than 35 years of experience to the company. They have sold more than 25 listings in the past year and pride themselves on their availability to customers at any time of day, and on weekends.

“They look out for the client first and foremost,” Thomson said. Riley added, “We work well together because we have the same work ethics and values.”

Over the past year, Tiffin has seen growth in the market of home buying and selling. Listed below are other real estate services new to town:

  • Slate Real Estate – Slate opened their office at 1660 W. Market Street, Suite C, in April of 2016 with three partners; Marcia Focht, Britny Focht and Sara Wingart. Since their opening, they have added real estate professional Mike Martin to their office. Read more.
  • Legacy Title – The newest addition is Legacy Title, a full service real estate title company which focuses on real estate title work and title insurance, and provides expertise in closing transactions and acts as closing agent for many lending institutions. They opened their office at 19 West Market Street, Suite F in August of 2016. Read more.
  • RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty – Bill and Kelli Jones opened their real estate and auction office at 99 E. Perry Street in December 2015. The office is a full service agency, specializing in real estate listings, farm ground sales, estate auctions, and information for home owners and buyers. Read more.

Relocation and improvements:

  • Select Realty Group – Though not new to Tiffin, this young real estate firm relocated their offices to 23 South Washington Street and renovated the interior and exterior of their new building in 2015. Read more.

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.

ACE, Sherwin-Williams offer discounts to renovators

ACEThe Tiffin ACE Hardware and Sherwin-Williams stores are now offering discounts to downtown and historic building owners revitalizing their properties.

ACE Hardware (1550 West Market Street) is offering any downtown business participating in the Facade Enhancement Program discounts on interior and exterior paints. Exterior colors must be selected from thesherwin Historical Color palette, provided at the store, and prior approval for all exterior work must be received from the Architectural Board of Review. The following brands are available at a discount: Clark+Kensington, Ace Royal,Valspar Aspire, Valspar Optimus and Valspar ValPro Professional.

Sherwin-Williams (664 West Market Street) is offering Tiffin Historic District members discounts on products and services. When making a purchase, building owners can use a code to receive: 15-40% off paints and stains, 15% off supplies, extended record keeping of colors and supplies, additional wholesale event notices and deliveries (with a valid business account) in addition to color matching and on-site assistance.

For more information, visit the stores or contact Stu Thorp,  419.447.8535, at Sherwin-Williams and Bryan Deats at Tiffin ACE Hardware, 419.447.5280.

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.