Tiffin Downtown

April Third Thursday features artists, musicians

Explore Downtown Tiffin with Blooming Artist Stroll

Third Thursday

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 11, 2019 – Blooming Artist Stroll, the April Third Thursday event, is Thursday, April 18, with more than 20 stops featuring local artists and musicians. Participants can register for door prizes while enjoying one-of-a-kind art. The event is free and family-friendly.

Participants are encouraged to enjoy the spring weather with a stroll down Washington Street. Throughout the afternoon, musicians are to perform at Overflow, 126 S. Washington St. The Empire At 138, 138 S. Washington St., is the featured restaurant. There, Tom Hoffman of Court Street Gallery is to have some of his acrylic abstract paintings featured along with an installation of his work in main dining room.

Also, Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin continues its new season and will start at 7 p.m. at Phat Cakes, 45 S. Washington St., Tiffin.


In addition to the door prizes, participants are reminded to fill out an entry form every time they make a purchase at a participating business for a chance to win $1,000. A winner will be chosen after December’s Third Thursday. (No limit to the number of entries per person. Employees are eligible but cannot enter at their place of employment.)

Participating businesses include:

  • Clover Club, 266 S. Washington St. – Dick Rochester – wooden bowls
  • Washington Street Outfitters, 186 S. Washington St. – Lynn Huenemann – watercolors
  • Taylor Elchert Photography, 184 S. Washington St.
  • The Empire At 138, 138 S. Washington St. – Tom Hoffman’s acrylic abstract paintings
  • Viewpoint Graphics, 132 S. Washington St.
  • Tiffin Art Guild Gallery, 130 S. Washington St. – Kathleen Howard – photography prints; Mariah Solomon – resin and acrylic art
  • Overflow, 126 S. Washington St. – live music
  • Laird Arcade, South Washington Street and Market Street – FroZone, Jolly’s and Melissa Perry Photography – Deborah Baker – watercolor; Doug Kelley – oil; Clinton Kimmet – drawings
  • Reino’s, 73 E Market St. – Emily Fox – quick sketches.
  • Paper and Ink, 98 S. Washington St.
  • Simply Susan’s, 70 S. Washington St. – furniture painting demonstration
  • Bailiwicks, 62 S. Washington St. – paintings by local artists
  • Tiffin Glass Museum, 25 S. Washington St. – glass art on display
  • Phat Cakes, 45 S. Washington St. – Trivia Night at 7 p.m.
  • SSG Ink, 107 E. Perry St.
  • The Poignon Project, 227 E. Perry St. – glass blowing demonstration
  • Court Street Gallery, 33 Court St. – Tom Hoffman – acrylic abstract
  • ReClaim It 127, 127 S. Washington St.
  • The Renaissance, 129 S. Washington St. – Mark Levans – pottery (5-8 p.m.)
  • Hawkes Crystal, 207 S. Washington St.
  • Tom Rodgers Flowers, 245 S. Washington St. – crafts and jewelry
  • JT’s Bagel Bar food truck parked downtown

For more information, call Mary Lewis at (419) 448-0370 or email siamese2@twc.com, or visit www.facebook.com/DowntownTiffinOh or www.DowntownTiffinEvents.com for other Third Thursdays and other events in Downtown Tiffin.

About Downtown Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin is an award-winning and state and nationally accredited Main Street program managed by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and driven by volunteer business and community leaders and stakeholders passionate to make downtown Tiffin a destination. More than 50 volunteers participate in various committees. Since 2014, more than 40 new businesses have opened, and more than 65 downtown building facades have been improved. Since 2016, more than $25 million has been invested.

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.com.

Simply Susan’s, Tiffin Candle Company open Wax Lab

Experience-based business to debut during Chocolate Walk

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 30, 2019 – Debuting during the 2019 Downtown Chocolate Walk, Simply Susan’s and Tiffin Candle Company have partnered to for a first-of-its-kind in Tiffin experience-based business at the store, 70 S. Washington St. Wax Lab is an extension of Tiffin Candle Company’s offerings, allowing people to pour their own candles from a variety of scents and even create a custom label.

Prices start at $22, and appointments can be made in advance by contacting Simply Susan’s and walk-ins are welcome. The process to pour the candle takes about a half hour to 45 minutes and it takes about an hour to 90 minutes to cure, during which time people can explore the downtown or come back the next day to pick up their product. Wax Lab is to be available for events such as birthday and bachelorette parties.

“This is another great activity for people to check out in downtown Tiffin,” said Susan Wilkinson, owner of Simply Susan’s. “Come check it out and see all that there is going on here in downtown.”

Chelsea Bilger, owner of Tiffin Candle Company, said she’s excited for this next chapter of the business. Tiffin Candle Company has been in operation for about a year and has expanded to Fostoria, Findlay and Lakeside. “This has been such a fun experience, so I’m excited for Wax Lab to take off next.”

The Wax Lab will be on display during the chocolate walk, and officially opens for business Sunday, March 31. Plans include seasonal scents and incorporating with other events in downtown including Third Thursdays.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Bilger and Wilkinson. “It is great to see local businesses expanding and offering new, inventive ideas in our downtown,” he said.

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.com.

Architectural Board of Review approves façade grant to replace roof

The Renaissance awarded $10,000 for project

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 19, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the roof of The Renaissance. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

Building owner ReinX3 LLC requested $10,000 for the project at 27 S. Washington St. to be used to replace the rubber roof, add insulation and repair chimneys and exposed brick walls on the roof. The project is estimated to cost about $34,419.

With this project, the total amount spent for 2019 is $23,160.53 of the available $100,000. In January, the ABR approved grants for an apartment complex at 269 S. Washington St. and updates to the law offices at 27 Court St.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m glad to see more building owners take advantage of this program to beautify Downtown Tiffin,” he said.

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, the building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager AmyReinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it before approval. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 68 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement ProgramThis 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 http://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 http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

Seneca County ranks 14th nationally for economic development

Community ranked in top 20 for seven years

TIFFIN, OHIO – MARCH 4, 2019 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. announced today that Seneca County has placed No. 14 nationally in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects out of the 576 micropolitans in the US for the honor. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

This is the seventh year in a row that the Tiffin-Seneca micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally; last year Seneca County was ranked No. 10. Qualifying projects must involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs or add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was very pleased with the result. “This national ranking shows that Tiffin continues to be a great place for business to locate and grow. We are proud to be recognized again by Site Selection Magazine.” Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “I’m proud that Fostoria and Seneca County continue to be a great place to do business.” Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas added: “I’m happy to see Seneca County place nationally for business development. I want to thank everyone involved in our shared success.”

This year, Ohio ranked as the number two state for development projects and the entire Northwest Ohio region posted strong numbers, with Findlay taking the number one micropolitan slot, Defiance taking the eight spot, Fremont-Sandusky placing 19, and Toledo ranking third in its metropolitan division.

“There are (576) micropolitians in the United states of America. … Of the 18 communities (in Ohio) that ranked on the list, five were right here in Northwest Ohio. This is a feat that few other regions in the country can match,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of RGP Northwest Ohio in Toledo, the regional economic development organization for Northwest Ohio.

More information can be found at siteselection.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 www.tiffinseneca.com.

About the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

Established in 1956 as the Fostoria Community Industrial Association, the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Fostoria and surrounding area in Hancock, Wood, and Seneca Counties, which consistently rank among the top counties nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Fostoria at www.fostoriaedc.org.

Taylor Elchert Photography returning to downtown Tiffin

New storefront location to open in April

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 22, 2019 – Taylor Elchert, owner of Taylor Elchert Photography, has announced plans to move her business to downtown Tiffin in April. Having been in the downtown previously, Elchert said she was excited to get the opportunity to move her business, to be located at 184 Washington St., after the location was suggested to her by Washington Street Outfitters co-owner Zoe Dolch.

“I’m so excited about it. I actually graduated with Zoe, the owner of WSO, so it’s cool our businesses will be right next to each other,” Elchert said. “I love having the storefront. It’s so perfect with the city parking lot being right there.”

Elchert is a family photographer and specializes in maternity and newborn portraits. She has been in business for 11 years, and most recently was located on Melmore Street. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Ever Illuminated and Lemonade & Lenses, where she also received an award. She has been named one of the most inspiring and talented child photographers by the Child Photo Competition Team and had articles written about her in Tiffin Life magazine and Findlay Life magazine.

In moving downtown, Elchert joins Melissa Perry Photography, The Poignon Project, Tiffin Art Guild, Court Street Gallery, Hawkes Crystal, Red Raven Tattoo & Art Gallery and other businesses in the arts community in Tiffin

“I’ve been thinking about moving to the downtown for a while now,” Elchert said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he was glad to see Elchert return to the downtown. “It is great to see so many entrepreneurs wanting to bring their businesses to the heart of Tiffin.”

For more information or to set up an appointment, call Elchert at (567) 230-3880 or visit taylorelchertphotography.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.com.

Third Thursdays announced for Downtown Tiffin

Fun evening events to take place monthly and begin March 21

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 23, 2019 – The downtown retailers and Main Street Marketing Committee released the upcoming schedule for downtown Third Thursdays. They will begin on March 21 and continue every month through the end of 2019.

Following a successful test run in 2018, community members, local businesses and restaurants have partnered to again bring themed evenings to Downtown Tiffin through Third Thursdays. Every third Thursday will have a theme, and participating businesses and restaurants will have special hours and are encouraged to incorporate the theme through decorations, a special menu item, crafts, music and more. Any downtown business or organization may participate.

Similar events have occurred for many years throughout the United States, but these events let Tiffin bring its own spin on the monthly events. The first two Third Thursdays for 2019 are March 21, St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans with Clover Club as the featured restaurant, and April 18, Blooming Artist Stroll, featuring artists and musicians in downtown businesses.

“These events allow Tiffin to showcase some of our great businesses and restaurants for people who maybe haven’t been downtown in a while,” said Susan Wilkinson, Chair of the Downtown Marketing Committee and owner of Simply Susan’s.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is excited to see these monthly events take place in Downtown Tiffin: “Third Thursdays were a hit last year, and we are confident it will attract more residents and visitors to our downtown.”

For the latest news on Third Thursdays and other upcoming events in the downtown, follow Downtown Tiffin on Facebook or visit Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership’s website for more details, tiffinseneca.com. If your business, group or organization would like to participate or volunteer, contact Wilkinson at (419) 934-0254.

About Downtown Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin is an award-winning and state and nationally accredited Main Street program managed by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and driven by volunteer business and community leaders and stakeholders passionate to make downtown Tiffin a destination. More than 50 volunteers participate in various committees. Since 2014, more than 40 new businesses have opened, and more than 65 downtown building facades have been improved. Since 2016, more than $25 million has been invested.

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.com.

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for third year

Tiffin recognized as a National Main Street Community

TIFFIN, OHIO – FEBRUARY 8, 2019 – For the third year in a row, Downtown Tiffin has been re-recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, it focuses on four points: organization, design, promotions, and economic vitality. Each point is an integral part in the successful revitalization of a downtown area.

The Ohio Main Street program is a partner of Main Street America. Accreditation is an honor that must be earned every year by meeting the program’s high standards as determined by an annual quality audit by state officials. With this distinction, Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at both the state and national level for 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, 42 new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and more than $25 million in investment has occurred in the downtown, creating a vibrancy.

This past October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with three statewide awards by Heritage Ohio at its Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony. The Façade Enhancement Grant program won Best Public/Private Partnership; Suzie Reineke and Weston Reinbolt won Young Preservation Leaders; and Amy Reinhart won Main Street Manager of the Year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, who participated in the accreditation process Jan. 30 at Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, was excited to see Downtown Tiffin recognized. “We are doing great things in Tiffin, and it is validating to see that our efforts were recognized for a third year by Heritage Ohio. A big thank you to Amy Reinhart and the hard work of those citizens, business and building owners in our downtown development committees.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. TSEP consistently ranks among the top communities statewide and nationally for economic and downtown development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

About Heritage Ohio

As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism. Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at www.HeritageOhio.org.

Downtown gains new art gallery

Renovation of downtown property aided by $10,000 in grants

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 30, 2019 – Modern artist Tom Hoffman has announced plans to open a new art gallery, Court Street Gallery, showcasing his work and that of other artists at 33 Court Street in downtown Tiffin’s historic district. Hoffman previously had a gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is excited to offer his gallery vision to residents of Seneca County and Northwest Ohio.

“I wanted a place to showcase my art and show other artists eventually,” Hoffman said. “I love Tiffin and think it’s a really great town; it’s blossoming, and I want to be part of that,” he added.

Hoffman has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and was first an interior designer with a thriving business and a move to Tiffin prompted him to put his art to the forefront. Hoffman is to use part of the renovated storefront for a gallery space and art studio, and he is to live in one of the upper apartments.

Andy Faber, partner with building owners Tiffin Capital Investments LLC, purchased the building in March 2017, said the renovation was a new experience for the group and thanked Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and guidance from other property owners and their bank as they updated the storefront and five apartments.

“The four of us just did this. We’re four buddies who started this over a beer. We looked at other properties and this one made the most sense,” Faber said. “We’ve really resurrected a building down there. It’s crazy to look back, seeing people living there and making it a home is absolutely awesome.”

In 2016, the previous owner received a $10,000 Façade Enhancement Grant that was used for repairs to slate, masonry, windows, cornices, roof, and dormers, as well as painting. In August 2018, Faber and his associates started the process on the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) for tax abatement, which is awaiting approval upon completion of renovations.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is excited about the project. “It is great that the city of Tiffin will have another attraction in its downtown, and we are pleased to see that a historic building has been brought back to life by members of our community.”

The Diane Kidd Gallery on the campus of Tiffin University will host “Evolving,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by Hoffman through February 21, 2019.

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.

Tom Rodgers Flowers expanding at downtown Tiffin location

Business partners with national clothing wholesaler

TIFFIN, OHIO – JANUARY 28, 2019 –Tom Rodgers Flowers announced today that they have finalized a deal with Jim’s Formal Wear to expand their operation and sell and rent designer clothing at their 245 South Washington Street location in downtown Tiffin. The store upgrades, including dressing rooms, will be complete this year and products are to be available by Valentine’s Day. Brian Ferguson, Owner and President of Tom Rodgers Flowers, expects to add two more staff members this year as well.

Based in Trenton, Illinois, Jim’s Formal Wear provides clothing nationally through seven service centers, eight regional hubs, and 5,000 retail locations nationwide. Currently, there one location in Attica (Seneca County), and other area stores can be found in Fremont, Findlay, Maumee and Upper Sandusky. The company specializes in clothing for weddings, formal dances and special events and offers items from designers such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Jean Yves and Lauren by Ralph Lauren.

Ferguson is pleased the project is moving forward: “Jim’s Formal Wear is a great strategic partner, and it will allow us to expand our business throughout the area. We service a lot of weddings, homecomings and proms, so I think this is a really good fit for our business.”

Established in 1947, Tom Rodgers Flowers has a successful history of providing quality floral arrangements, Ohio-made or -packaged homemade and gourmet food products, memorial items for funerals, gifts and customized gift baskets, as well as home decor. The company also recently expanded its delivery fleet and becomes the fourth business to offer clothing in the downtown area, joining stores like Washington Street Outfitters, Simply Susan’s and Tuxedo Junction.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited about the announcement: “Every new business and business expansion in Tiffin and in the downtown enhances quality of life for residents and makes our community more attractive for students, visitors and investors.”

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.com.

Tiffin’s new Downtown Development Coordinator is hired

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is pleased to announce that Amy Reinhart has accepted the position of Downtown Development Coordinator and will begin on June 2, 2014.
Amy can be reached by cell at 419.619.5517 or by email at reinhart@senecacounty.org.
Amy received her degrees from Kent State University with honors, including one in architecture. She worked at SSOE for a couple of years and led the Young Architect’s Forum as President. She has also taught at the University of Toledo. In her most recent role, Amy took over the leadership of Leadership Seneca County, where for the past two years, she has done an amazing job managing volunteers, serving both employers and participants with the highest level of organization, professionalism, and effectiveness.
Fortunately, a number of very talented individuals applied for the position. In the end, it was a difficult decision, and Amy was the unanimous choice for everyone from the Downtown Development Committee, the Executive Committee, the Chamber, and SIEDC staff who participated. Her references gave glowing reviews, and I personally went to see her make a public presentation on LSC, where she did a great job. She has a passion for both downtown development and preservation, while approaching things with a practical “get things done” attitude. She understands the importance of the small business owner, of property owners, of events and projects in the downtown. She supports and understands the Main Street approach and is looking forward to learning more, as she works with us and you all to transform Tiffin into an Ohio Main Street Community. And she has read and understands the Downtown plan and its need to be refreshed and further implemented.