The Empire at 138

First downtown Pumpkin Stroll a success

pumpkin stroll stopOn Saturday September 30th, more than 300 members of the Seneca county community enjoyed the Tiffin Pumpkin Stroll, hosted by Simply Susan’s. Those that participated walked around beautiful Downtown Tiffin, collecting pumpkin-themed treats at local businesses. Business involved included:

If you missed the Pumpkin Stroll, there’s a similar event in spring! On the Chocolate Walk, guests will collect sweet treats as they make their way through downtown Tiffin. More information will be provided closer to the event.

Downtown – recent projects and announcements

Around the Town pic

More than 60 businesses and 1,000 students participated in Around the Town.

Here are just some of the exciting things that have taken place or been announced in downtown Tiffin recently:

  • Another Man’s Treasure: Second-hand shop that features furniture, appliances, collectibles and antiques.
  • Around the Town: More than 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about.
  • Bailiwicks Coffee Company: Founded in 2011 and recently expanded to include coffee roasting that will allow them to serve up their own signature brews, roasted in house.
  • Downtown Façade Enhancement Program: One of the most successful programs in the In 2014, $50,000 was set aside by the city and $150,000 was reinvested back into Downtown Tiffin. In 2015, $100,000 was set aside by the city and $700,550 was reinvested back into Downtown Tiffin.
  • Downtown Farmers Market: Sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services held every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Draws 1,000+ people downtown.
  • Downtown Summit: SIEDC hosts a Downtown Summit every year that highlights the successes from the previous year and honors those that helped make it happen.
  • Empire at 138: Upscale restaurant that brings a historic flair to white tablecloth dining in downtown Tiffin.
  • FroZone: Build-your-own frozen yogurt shop, which features 12 yogurt choices and a topping
  • Jazzin’ Tiffin: Jazz festival that brings 2,000+ visitors into the downtown every year.
  • JT’s Bagel Bar: Features their famous donuts, bagels and various bagel sandwiches for take-out.
  • Kiosk, Wayfinding & Signage: The city of Tiffin has invested $100,000 into a kiosk on the Courthouse Square, wayfinding and signage to assist visitors on navigation.
  • Ma Chere Claire: Boutique that sells clothing, accessories, jewelry and more.
  • Mural: Leadership Seneca County commissioned the mural as part of the Tiffin Downtown Strategic Plan, and two-thirds of the funding for the project came from private or corporate donations.
  • Ohio Main Street Program: Tiffin joins an elite group of 23 additional communities dedicated to a comprehensive and highly successful trademarked Main Street revitalization strategy.
  • Phat Cakes & Café: Located in downtown Tiffin across from the Ritz Theatre, the restaurant offers a full menu including craft beer, wine, mixed drinks, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, specials, and gourmet desserts.
  • RE/MAX: Full service agency, specializing in real estate listings, farm ground sales, estate auctions, and information for home owners and buyers.
  • Simply Susan’s:“Unique boutique” and gift shop. Offerings include chocolates made in-house, customizable sugar cookies, craft supplies, scrapbooking basics and apparel.
  • Surge Staffing: Employee recruitment service with more than 60 locations nationwide.
  • The Beehive Café: A farm to table restaurant located in Downtown Tiffin that opened in 2014.
  • Vintage Chick: Repurposed, restyled and chic furniture, as well as antiques and decorations.

First Façade Enhancement Grants of 2016 awarded

More than $41,000 to be investedEmpire at 138

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 19, 2016 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved the first two Façade Enhancement Grants of 2016 for 136 and 138 S. Washington St., which will eventually be combined to form new restaurant The Empire at 138.

Work on the project began in September and continues to move along, partner Rick Reser said. “A lot of work has already been done to the inside of the building, but now we are ready to transform the outside as well.”

Construction of the new restaurant is focused not only on 138 Facade Drawingupdating the buildings, but preserving as much historical integrity as possible. “The buildings date back to the 1890’s-1920’s,” Reser said. “We would like to restore the façade to replicate that historical look.”

Grants were awarded for both buildings, amounting to $20,000 in grant funds and more than $41,000 in total investment. Improvements will include: new windows, decorative trim, steel columns, aluminum window frames and doors.

With these two approvals, $80,000 of the original $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin is still available for Façade Enhancement Grants.

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.

SIEDC to celebrate Main Street Tiffin distinction

Former OSU quarterback Craig Krenzel to speak

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 2, 2016 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation would like to invite the community to celebrate Tiffin’s new status as a Heritage Ohio Main Street Community at the Knights of Columbus, 49 E. Perry St., on Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

“The Tiffin community began working toward this distinction many years ago, so it is very exciting to finally be able to say we are a Main Street Community,” SIEDC Downtown Development Coordinator and Executive Director of Main Street Tiffin Amy Reinhart said. “We are making great strides in downtown Tiffin with 28 Facade Enhancement Grant approvals since September 2014, 11 new downtown businesses since January 2015 and our great festivals bringing thousands downtown to see what is happening.”

The event will feature speaker Craig Krenzel, former OSU quarterback, 2002 National Championship winner and two-time Fiesta Bowl MVP. He will talk about teamwork in community development. Heritage Ohio Executive Director Joyce Barrett and Director of Revitalization Jeff Siegler will also be in attendance.

Entertainment will be provided by local classic rock band MOJO. Food and beverages will be provided by local businesses, including Buffalo Wild Wings, Jolly’s Drive-In, Reino’s, The Empire at 138, Bailiwicks and Madison Street Tavern.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Bryce Riggs at riggs@senecacounty.org or 419.889.3932.

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.

About Main Street

Main Street is a comprehensive revitalization program that promotes historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts. Established in 1997, the Heritage Ohio Main Street Program is dedicated to empowering each community within the state to maintain, strengthen and revitalize the unique physical, economic, historical and cultural characteristics of its own Downtown, Urban Neighborhood District or Village center.

 

Empire at 138 brings fine dining downtown

New restaurant plans winter opening

IMG_20150917_141127TIFFIN, OHIO – September 18, 2015 – This winter, a new, upscale restaurant will be opening at 136-138 S. Washington St. in Tiffin. Called the Empire at 138, the establishment will bring a historic flair to white tablecloth dining in downtown Tiffin.

“The building dates back to the mid-1800s, when it was part of the ‘Empire Block.’ We would like to bring some of that historic Tiffin feel back to the downtown, and create an elite dining experience” partner Rick Reser said.

Focused on preserving and reusing as many historical architectural elements as possible, Reser and wife Renee Perry, also a business partner, are currently renovating 136 S. Washington, which will serve as the dining room of the new restaurant. The other building, 138, is to house the bar ­— a historical piece from McClain’s Restaurant in Bellevue — which will feature a wide range of cocktails and local beer as well as a broad wine list.

Open for both a casual lunch and an upscale dinner, partner and Chef Mike Pinkston describes the menu as, “classic American fare using organic and as many local ingredients as possible.” There will also be vegan and vegetarian options, as well as high-quality meats and seasonal items.

The Empire joins the developing “grow local” initiative in Seneca County currently supported by area organizations and businesses, such as Grow Seneca, the Seneca County Farmers Market and the Beehive Café.

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.