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Rose Leaf Flowers opens in Laird Arcade

Florist returns to Seneca County after working in Columbus

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 11, 2019 – After having spent a few years in Columbus, Seneca County native Kassandra Ringle has returned and opened a new business in the historic Laird Arcade, Rose Leaf Flowers. The business provides flower arrangements for weddings, events and sells “daily arrangements” for birthdays and anniversaries, and has been open at 114 S. Washington St. Suite B since mid-October.

Ringle has been interested in growing and arranging flowers since she was very young, and now has brought those skills as well as ones learned in Columbus to the local area. She grows some of her plants from her home in Eden Township and uses suppliers from the Columbus area who source from Ohio producers during the warmer months.

Ringle plans to begin offering unique items from local artists that are made or grown in Tiffin in her retail shop. She also has by selling her products at the Seneca County Farmers Market, and she and Melissa Blair have begun to offer paint, craft and arrangement classes out of another space in the Laird called Artsy Rose Craft Studio. The studio is to be open by appointment and for special events.

“There’s so many different events that bring people downtown, and a great community in the Laird Arcade,” Ringle said. “I really like being downtown, there’s just a great vibe here.”

To mark the opening of the store, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, and a Christmas Open House 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

“I’m always happy to assist entrepreneurs and small business, especially when they are looking to come back home and relocate in Seneca County,” said Tyler Shuff of Shuff Consulting.

“I’m glad that Kassandra has decided to return to the community and bring her business to Downtown Tiffin,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz. “Rose Leaf Flowers will be a good compliment to the other floral businesses in Tiffin.”

For more information about Rose Leaf Flowers, visit roseleafflowers.wixsite.com/mysite, find Rose Leaf Flowers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoseLeafFlowers/ or call (419) 455-1900.

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.

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. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Two Mercy Health hospitals among the Best Places to Work in Healthcare 2019

Mercy Health – Willard Hospital ranked 5th in nation and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital ranked 48th in nation

Press release provided by Mercy Health

Mercy Health is pleased that two of our hospitals have been named as Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare.

Mercy Health – Willard Hospital has been ranked as number five and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital has been ranked number 48 among healthcare providers and insurers in Modern Healthcare’s 2019 Best Places to Work in Healthcare list. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the September 30 issue.

The complete list of this year’s winner rankings is available here.

“Earning a place on the Best Places to Work list is a tribute to our teams who work hard to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care each and every day,” said Lynn Detterman, president, Mercy Health – Toledo Rural Market. “Combining quality and compassion is what Mercy Health has been known for and will remain our promise to our community. I am proud of the providers, nurses and staff at both Mercy Health – Willard Hospital and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital for their excellent service to this community and their dedication to the Mercy Health Mission.”

Earlier this year, Modern Healthcare reached out to a random sample of associates who were asked to complete a survey that inquired about employee recognition activities, holiday celebrations and gifts, support for continued learning and community involvement.

Mercy Health – Willard Hospital employs about 160 associates. Noted as the reasons our associates love their place of employment is “recognition programs” and “professional week celebrations.” Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital employs about 350 associates who say they love most about Mercy Health, discount employee programs and employee recognition events. Both hospitals are within the Mercy Health – Toledo Market.

““We are proud of our hospitals in both Tiffin and Willard and are pleased that our associates believe in our Mission, community and patients,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo. “We want to create an environment that our employees can be proud of and this recognition solidifies the fact that our team feels the same way. We are honored to have received this recognition.”

Modern Healthcare and its Best Places to Work in Healthcare award winners have accomplished much over the years, empowering healthcare organizations, and the people who work for them, to realize their full potential. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

“With record unemployment levels, organizations face stiff competition to attract and retain top talent. The providers and companies making this year’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare list understand the importance of creating an environment where employees can not only excel in their own development but contribute to the mission of improving care delivery,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. “An appreciation—and dedication—to their organization’s mission was one of the most common refrains from employees filling out surveys this year.”

Both Mercy Health – Willard Hospital and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital were honored at the 2019 Best Places to Work Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 26, at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. This is the first time both hospitals have made the list.

About Mercy Health

Mercy Health – Toledo is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the top 20 health systems in the United States, one of the largest employers in Ohio and part of the top performing quartile of Catholic health systems for lowest cost per case for patient care. Locally, Mercy Health is based in Toledo, Ohio, and serves 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy Health – Toledo provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents as well as a robust physician group, Mercy Health Physicians, Life Flight critical air transport services and Mercy College of Ohio.

Mercy Health – Toledo is proud to provide more than $111 million in community benefit in 2017 which includes charity care and community health services. With approximately 8,800 employees; 300 employed physicians and 2,200 medical staff members, Mercy Health has been part of the Northwest Ohio community it serves for more than 163 years. Please visit www.mercy.com for additional information and connect with Mercy Health – Toledo on Facebook, on Twitter at @mercynwohio and on Instagram.

About Modern Healthcare 

Modern Healthcare is the most trusted business news and information brand in the healthcare industry. Combining the power of a print publication, 24-7 digital news products, robust research and event platforms, Modern Healthcare empowers healthcare leaders and influencers to make timely and informed business decisions. To learn more or subscribe, go to https://www.modernhealthcare.com/subscribe

Edward Jones announces new financial advisor for Tiffin

Press release provided by Edward Jones

The financial services firm Edward Jones has hired Chris Lee as a new financial advisor for Tiffin’s branch office located at 2459 W. Market Street in the Wolf Creek Shopping Plaza.

Lee is enthusiastic about taking over the office. “I joined this firm because I was impressed with its commitment to individual investors,” he said. “Now I’m looking forward to meeting with the individuals here to help them meet their financial goals.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 18,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management. Visit edwardjones.com and the recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

TU Welcomes 512 New Students to Campus

Press release provided by Tiffin University

TIFFIN, OH —Tiffin University welcomed 512 new students to its campus this fall.  This number includes freshmen, international as well as transfer students.

New students hail from 27 states and 19 countries (new countries this year include Austria and Zambia). 

“The cultural exchange between domestic and international students is critical to Tiffin University; it moves our initiative of Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness (CCU) to a commitment that prepares our students for success in a diverse world,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “This commitment strengthens understanding and acceptance of each other while sharpening the student’s competitive edge. TU’s commitment is to ensure that every student, regardless of the major field of study, graduates with a set of relevant, globally diverse competencies that allow them to hit the ground running. That is what sets TU apart from many other institutions.”

With over 50 degree-granting programs that are focused on linking knowledge to professional practice, TU provides a transformative education both in and out of the classroom. Students prepare for the real-world with internships and experiential learning, on-campus work and special class projects. TU’s faculty carry advanced degrees, but their on-the-job perspective and experience make them subject matter experts.

“Tiffin University’s integrated enrollment process has increased the recruitment footprint, including an added emphasis on international student recruitment,” said Dr. Amy Wood, Vice President of Enrollment Management.

About Tiffin University

Founded in 1888, TU has become a premier university for challenging students to enhance their global competencies for success in a diverse world. The University enrolls students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Tiffin, Ohio, at several locations in Ohio, online, and in several foreign countries. The campus at Tiffin is a blend of traditional historic and modern buildings, creating a vibrant and warm home for a culturally diverse educational community. Throughout its history, TU has maintained its dedication to providing a professionally focused, learning-centered education to prepare students for successful careers and for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership, and service. Tiffin University’s faculty offers a unique combination of practical application with scholarly knowledge. The TU approach to learning and skill set development insists on connecting students to the workplace as soon, and as often, as possible during their college experience through internships.

Planet Fitness to open by Oct. 17

Presale office to open in Tiffin Mall Monday

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2019 – Planet Fitness announced today that its new location in the Tiffin Mall, 870 W. Market St., Tiffin, is to open by Oct. 17, 2019. The presale office inside the Tiffin Mall is to open Monday, Sept. 9. Presale hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday- Sunday.

Customers can sign up for $1 down and $10 a month with no commitment or purchase the PF Black Card for $1 down and $22.99 a month with no commitment. The Black Card gives members access to tanning, hydro massage, free guest pass, reciprocal use of all Planet Fitness locations nationwide, Total Body Enhancement and half price cooler drinks. These offers are good through Sept. 27, 2019.

For more information about Planet Fitness and its services, visit www.planetfitness.com/gyms/tiffin-oh.

About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of December 31, 2017, Planet Fitness had approximately 10.6 million members and more than 1,500 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Panama. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

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.

Lewis and Upton open in new Tiffin office

Local Thrivent Financial representatives open new office to better serve their clients

Release provided by Thrivent Financial.

Tiffin, OH (August 7, 2019) – Thrivent Financial representatives Chris Lewis, Financial Associate and Michele Upton, Financial Associate, recently announced they are opening a new office to better serve their members. 

The new office is located at 120 ½ S. Washington Street, Suite 210, on the second floor of the historical Laird Building.

The financial representatives believe the new space will contribute to the quality of the service they can provide. “We believe the new office will enhance our ability to work together so we can provide the best level of service possible,” said Lewis. Added Upton, “The space will help us tap our combined knowledge, experience and expertise to support our clients and help ensure they achieve their financial goals.” 

The financial representatives offer a broad range of financial products and services and assist individuals with education funding options, business continuation plans, retirement strategies, charitable giving options and estate strategies, among others.

Lewis says the group’s first priority is to help clients achieve their financial objectives by giving them the professional and personal support they need to make more informed decisions about their financial future. 

An open house and ribbon cutting will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 

Lewis and Upton are financial representatives with Thrivent Financials’ Mid-Atlantic Regional Financial Office in Cleveland. 

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent is a not-for-profit membership organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. It offers its more than 2 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.

Health Partners of Western Ohio investing more than $2 million in Tiffin

New Tiffin Community Health Center opens

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 19, 2019 – After four years of operating out of rented spaces in Tiffin, Tiffin Community Health Center recently completed the renovation of 1344 W. Seneca Ave. and started offering services there July 1. The facility houses primary care physicians covering pediatrics to geriatrics, a dentist office with pediatric care and counseling. An on-site pharmacy is to be open in five weeks.

Tiffin Community Health Center is a federally qualified health center operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio. The facility underwent a $2.2 million investment in renovations and equipment purchases. It is one of 18 such facilities in Northwest Ohio, and the sixth dental clinic operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio.

The center accepts all forms of insurance, Medicaid and Medicare and works with uninsured patients to provide services on a sliding fee scale. It primarily serves people living below 200 percent of the poverty level and works with patients to ensure their medical and mental health needs are being met.

Janis Sunderhaus, CEO of Health Partners of Western Ohio said: “When it comes to a person’s health, we don’t feel like we can take care of one thing without taking care of everything. We hope to achieve that at this new facility, which is the endgame of years of looking for the right place in Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “The City of Tiffin thanks Health Partners of Western Ohio for making this investment in the Tiffin community, and we hope they continue to grow and provide services to our citizens.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (419) 455-8140 or visit http://tiffin.hpwohio.org.

About Health Partners of Western Ohio

Established in 2003, Health Partners of Western Ohio, a federally qualified health center system providing medical, dental, behavioral health, dispensing pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, and chiropractic care at 18 locations in Northwest Ohio. Its mission is to eliminate gaps in health outcomes for all members of our community by providing access to quality, affordable, preventive and primary health care. In 2018, it was named a national quality leader by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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.

City of Tiffin releases results of housing study

Report finds market for up to 450 new housing units in area

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 25, 2019 – In order to determine the kind of housing needed and attract developers to the area, the City of Tiffin has released the results of a months-long housing study. The report, “Tiffin Housing Opportunities Analysis,” is based on analyses of the housing market within the Tiffin market, area demographics, and a survey to existing and potential residents. Housing site opportunities also were identified through multiple field trips to the Tiffin area to review sites and interview local stakeholders.

The study was conducted by Dublin, Ohio-based DiSalvo Development Advisors (DDA), funded by the City of Tiffin and managed by Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. It is DDA’s opinion that in the next three years a market exists for 330 to 450 new housing units in the Tiffin area. Eight potential development site examples were identified.

According to DDA, the Tiffin market represents one of the most underserved housing markets in Northwest Ohio. The lack of rental and for-sale housing development has resulted in an extreme shortage of housing that prevents prospective homeowners and renters from moving into the area. Growth in the labor pool and spending power for the local businesses is constrained without available housing. Among 18 rental properties surveyed, only two units were vacant. At the time of this writing, there were just 30 homes listed for sale (above $50,000) that were not pending, and no condominiums were listed for sale.

Also as part of the study, an online housing survey was responded to by 600 people in March and April 2019. Of the 600 respondents, 496 (82.7 percent) indicated that they or a family member work in Tiffin. Eight out of 10 respondents indicated parkland was the most important amenity proximate to a residence for owners and renters. Proximity to retail and workplace were the second and third most important amenities.

The survey also showed that eight of every 10 respondents indicated they were very or extremely familiar

with the business offerings in downtown Tiffin. Respondents were asked to choose their top three businesses/venues they would like to see, which were a bakery, indoor farmer’s market and a family recreation venue (e.g. arcade, bowling, movies, etc.). It is important to note that the desire by the

respondents for certain business types in the downtown does not indicate that the market will support such businesses.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “The results of this survey are clear – there is a need for new housing development in the City of Tiffin. With so many great things happening in our community, this need must be addressed if we want to see continued growth.”

To view the report, visit tiffinseneca.org and search for “Tiffin housing study” or click here.

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.

Board approves façade grant for Simply Susan’s

Funds all used for 2019

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 21, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for work to 70 S. Washington St., Simply Susan’s. This work closes out the available façade program funds for the year.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a $6,376.05 Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the door and window on the storefront of the building and restore the balcony on the second floor, for a total investment of $17,218.96.

Susan Wilkinson, owner of Simply Susan’s, said: “I’m very appreciative that this program exists for business owners in the downtown.”

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program, which has now been completely spent for 2019, resulting in a total investment of $239,764.85. The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of 13 buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I again am pleased to see our downtown business owners take advantage of this program, and thank them and Tiffin City Council for making this program a success.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 70 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.4 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 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.

Board approves façade grants for downtown businesses

Four building owners granted funds

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 16, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for work to four buildings, including roof repairs of three buildings in Downtown Tiffin. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

The owners of the buildings had requested $5,743.24 to replace and repair exterior doors and for masonry repointing at 145-147 Madison Street; and $3,962.50 for 25 E. Perry St., $7,512 for Bolte Real Estate, 23 S. Washington St., and $10,000 for Tong’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Inc., 40 E. Perry St., each for roof repairs.

With these projects, the total amount spent for 2019 is $56,743.22 of the available $100,000 for a total investment of $146,724.44. In April and March, the ABR approved two $10,000 grants to replace the roofs for Reclaim It, 127 S. Washington St., and the Renaissance of Tiffin, 129 S. Washington St., and in January, the board approved grants for 269 S. Washington St. and 27 Court St.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “With more than half of the allotted funds used, I’m glad the Façade Enhancement Grant continues to be a benefit to owners of properties in Downtown Tiffin.”

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 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.