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Gem Yoga moving within Downtown Tiffin

New location is 2 Sycamore St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Thursday, September 12, 2019 – Gem Yoga and Life Enrichment is expanding services and changing locations, moving to 2 Sycamore St. in the gateway to Downtown Tiffin. The company has been in business in Tiffin since 2014, offering group and individual yoga classes, yoga therapy, aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, energy psychology and reiki.

The new space gives Gem Yoga a window to Downtown Tiffin as well the ability to operate on one floor. The new space also allows for a reception area, multipurpose room and private rooms for therapists to work with clients.

Expanded services in the near future will include foot detox, full body detox and some retail services for high end yoga supplies. The company has six employees, one of which is a new addition as Gem Yoga increases its offerings.

Gem Yoga had been in the Laird Building since it started in 2014, expanding from one studio on the first floor to two more spaces on the second floor.

“The Laird has been our home for so long, but this new space will provide us with the opportunity to grow and expand our services,” owner Gemma Marschke said. “I’m excited for all the possibilities, things we’ve been wanting to do but never had the ability to in our old space.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see one of our existing businesses make the decision to stay in the downtown and expand their offerings.”

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.org.

Tickets still available for Downtown Summer Stroll

Second year for annual event in Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 10, 2019 – There is still time to get tickets for the second annual Downtown Summer Stroll taking place Saturday, July 13, 2019, in historic Downtown Tiffin, Ohio. The walk is 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Like other fun walks in Tiffin, including the Chocolate Walk in the spring and Pumpkin Stroll in the fall, people are invited to walk through the shops and restaurants in the downtown collecting summer-themed treats and gifts. As in the past, 100 percent of the walk proceeds will be donated to the Downtown Tiffin Revitalization Fund.

Tickets are $20 for the walk which starts at JT’s Bagel Bar, 14 Sycamore St., or SSG Ink, 107 E. Perry St. Tickets are available for purchase in store at Simply Susan’s, 70 S Washington St., or online at downtowntiffinevents.com. Tickets also can be purchased the day of the event at Simply Susan’s. For more information, find Downtown Summer Stroll 2019 on Facebook.

About Downtown Tiffin The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. For more information, click here.

City of Tiffin receives OSS grant for box planters

25 recycled-material planters placed in downtown

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 20, 2019 – The City of Tiffin recently was the recipient of an Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District grant for 25 self-watering, recycled, black box planters. The planters were recently placed in the downtown, replacing the decades-old planters that previously were there.

The total order for the planters was $11,527, of which $5,388 was funded by the OSS Competitive Funding Grant program and the City of Tiffin Shade Tree Commission supplied the remainder. The grant is used to educate the public on the benefits of recycling. The planters were made of 70 percent recycle material.

Tiffin Public Works installed the new planters in the early spring and volunteers have signed up to maintain the flowers, which are supplied by the city.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is pleased to have received the grant: “We are grateful that OSS has helped us replace our old, deteriorated planters with these new models that allow us to continue to invest in the beatification of downtown Tiffin.”

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.

New clothing company to open in Downtown Tiffin

Divine Style Boutique to open second location in Tiffin offering a new clothing option for all ages

Press release provided by Shuff Consulting LLC

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 8, 2019 – A brand new clothing option and boutique will soon be opening its doors in Downtown Tiffin, located at 116 S. Washington St. Suite C in the heart of the Laird Building.

Divine Style Boutique out of Bucyrus will be growing and opening its second location in Tiffin this spring. Founder Leslie Hill started her business in 2016 and was looking for a way to add something very special to her community and a way for patrons to shop local. Right now, Divine Style Boutique caters to women of all ages. “We like to take time to get to know our customers better and we expand our offerings based on their interests in the future. We like to give an experience to our customers. We want to help them find that perfect gift or just the right thing to wear for everything from every day to special occasions, but most of all we want our customers to feel good in their outfits.”

Owner, Leslie Hill, has been touring various sites and researching the Tiffin market with the assistance of Shuff Consulting LLC and Amy Reinhart of TSEP for the past few weeks. Leslie says she is more than excited to be expanding in Tiffin. “My roots started in Tiffin 20 years ago when I graduated from the Tiffin Academy of Hair Design. Our familiarity with Tiffin played a role as well as the larger population the city has. Plus with the two colleges and Hair Academy, we know we will have a great customer base for women of all ages. We hear so many great things about all of the growth in Tiffin and we can’t wait to be a part of it!”

About Shuff Consulting LLC.

Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

Architectural Board of Review approves first façade grants for 2019

Projects represent almost 40,000 in downtown investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 15, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved the first two Façade Enhancement Grants for 2019 for two projects in downtown Tiffin. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

Atkin Investments LLC had requested $10,000 to reroof and replace gutters at their 269 S. Washington St. apartment complex, for a total estimated investment of $31,600. Building owner Justin Atkin was the first person to apply for the program this year. “I have been waiting three years for this program, so I can do some necessary improvements to my building,” he said.

In another project, Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus LLC requested $4,200 for updates to their offices in the historic Advertiser Building at 27 Court St. to repaint the first floor exterior, repair lighting fixtures and install a new awning for a total estimated investment of $8,300.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “This program continues to be a great benefit to beautify our city,” he said. “That we are getting projects coming to us so early in the calendar year to take advantage of the program, now in its fifth year, makes me proud in city council’s continued support of the Façade Enhancement Grant.”

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, the building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart 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, 65 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program

This 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 www.tiffinseneca.com.

Tiffin’s 9/11 memorial is a “must see”

All Patriots Memorial ParkThis week, I had the chance to spend some time at the All Patriots Memorial park in downtown Tiffin. Even though I previously had the chance to hear stories and read about it (and found it an amazing story), being there was a deeply moving experience.

The story is a good one. In August 2011, Tiffin was honored to be one of the select communities to receive a 17.5′ long, 6,268 pound piece of American history–a steel beam from the World Trade Center destroyed in terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. A group of police and fire fighters as well as community members got together, raised more than $375,000 locally in goods, services, and donations to make the 16,000 square foot Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial a reality. It was dedicated on September 9, 2012.

The site is full of symbolism:

  • The date – The beam is set in granite at a 9.11 degree angle.
  • The message – the words “Never Forget” are carved in huge letters on the setting and the phrase is used for national tragedies like 9/11.
  • New York – the World Trade Center beam in the center still has the investigator’s ID written on it (“M-18”)
  • New York – a Callery Pear tree, the same type as the Survivor Tree, has been planted at the site.
  • Pentagon – The granite setting’s pentagon shape evokes the Pentagon attack.
  • Pennsylvania (Flight 93) – a granite posts displays “In memory of Flight 93.”
  • Pennsylvania (Flight 93) – the post is 40″ high, representing the 40 passengers and crew members who lost their lives.
  • Pennsylvania (Flight 93) – there a dirt mound that represents the pile at the actual crash sight.
  • Police & Fire – the names of Tiffin police and fire forces who fell in the line of duty is carved on the granite as well.
  • Police & Fire – on one side of the US flag is the National Fallen Police flag; on the other the National Fallen Firefighters flag.

What I find even more significant is that this site has become a place for the community to not only remember 9/11 but also to come together to grieve and mourn other local and national tragedies, such as the Newtown, Connecticut shootings in December 2012.

Here are some additional pictures I snapped during my visit: