Tiffin

Penn Station to Open in Tiffin

National sandwich chain franchise slated for West Market Street

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 11, 2019 – Penn Station East Coast Subs has announced the opening of a franchise of the national sandwich chain in Tiffin. The new restaurant will be located on 596 West Market Street, near Chipotle, with the opening goal of November 2019.

The franchisee owners, Steve Pryor, Hank Barnard and Brian Bullerman, are excited to be opening a location in Tiffin.  Barnard stated, “We are looking forward coming to the Tiffin area market and providing a new quality dining option for the community.  The intent is to hire approximately 30 full and part-time high character employees, with future growth potential within the company.” 

Inspired by Philadelphia cheesesteak on a visit to Philadelphia, Jeff Osterfeld opened the first Penn Station in Cincinnati in 1985. In 1988, Jeff’s vision for an upscale, fast casual dining experience revolving around “fresh ingredients and display cooking” was formulated into a franchising concept. The company has grown successfully and currently has over 350 restaurants throughout 15 states. Penn Station was also named the best sandwich chain in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2015 Consumer Picks survey.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “We’re excited to see this space filled and to have yet another food choice for citizens in Tiffin. I am pleased to welcome Penn Station to Tiffin and look forward to their opening.”

As Penn Station is committed to fresh ingredients and great service, meals are prepared in front of their customers offering sandwiches, wraps, salads, fresh cut fries and more. 

About Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station East Coast Subs is renowned for its legendary Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sub sandwich, served grilled and made-to-order with high-quality ingredients on freshly baked bread. Featuring an upscale fast-casual atmosphere, Penn Station serves a mouth-watering variety of grilled and cold deli sandwiches, as well as fresh, hand-cut, made-to-order fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made several times daily and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh in the restaurant.

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.

Laminate Technologies receives two supplier of the year awards

Recognized by largest kitchen cabinet manufacturers in U.S.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Earlier this spring, Laminate Technologies Inc. was recognized by the two largest kitchen cabinet manufacturers in the United States with awards for supplier of the year. American Woodmark (NASDAQ: AMWD) and MasterBrand (NYSE: FBHS) separately presented the awards to LamTech for supplying plywood to the companies. This was the first year that MasterBrand has recognized a company for the award.

American Woodmark and MasterBrand operate multiple brands and supply cabinets to chain stores including Lowe’s and Home Depot as well as regional and independent dealers across North America and the world.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by two of the world’s premier cabinet manufacturers, and we couldn’t have done it without our hard-working employees who everyday make it their mission to make the best product to serve our customers,” said Fred Zoeller, President of Laminate Technologies.

In December 2017, LamTech acquired the business assets of Lamination Technology Industries (LTI) based in White City, Oregon with an additional manufacturing facility in Spokane, Washington. LTI is a leader in manufacturing Laminated Panels, Fabricated Components, Hardwood Veneer Panels and Specialty Products.

About Laminate Technologies

Founded 1985, Laminate Technologies Inc. (LamTech), is a major supplier of laminated panel products, fabricated components and globally sourced products to the kitchen cabinet, residential furniture, office furniture and retail display markets. With corporate headquarters in Tiffin and manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, LamTech is the largest privately held producer of laminated panels to the kitchen cabinet, store fixture and  furniture Industry in North America.

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.

DIY Workshop Studio Opening in Tiffin, OH

Rustic Flair & Brush; Flair 37 LLC.

Press release provided by Rustic Flair and Brush and Shuff Consulting.

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 31, 2019 – A DIY workshop studio, Rustic Flair & Brush; Flair 37 LLC opened this month at 113 Melmore Street, Tiffin, OH. The studio hours will be Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and scheduled private events. Owner Jennifer Burns is of Tiffin, OH.

“Anything that is personally created or given is more sentimental.” This is Burns’ inspiration behind her company Flair 37, LLC. and the basis of her Rustic Flair & Brush do it yourself workshops and Snapliments® program.

In 2018, Rustic Flair & Brush (RF&B) was launched as a creative workshop where friends, groups and organizations can come together and create personalized decor with their own personal flair. From there she continued to grow with more bookings for groups and private parties. “I have always loved creating as long as I can remember. Being creative is an outlet that I thrive on and something I am passionate about. I love being able to give that experience to others,” said Burns.

Hosting a RF&B event is great for fundraisers, bachelorette and birthday parties, team building, work functions or for any group that wants to get together. Burns is planning an extensive class schedule for the upcoming spring & summer months including kids craft workshops, project based learning sessions, adult workshop classes and mommy & me classes. Most classes will be preregistration; however, there will be some drop-in kid craft sessions. Events are found on the website and Facebook page.

In 2015, Burns developed Snapliments®. The program offers educators, coaches, parents, groups and organizations an affordable way to recognize and motivate others for going above and beyond. The program is customized to individual needs and tailored to fit a classroom/group with personalized patent pending Snap-its, I Can Ribbons and Snap Cap products. Snap-its (a cross between a flair pin and snap) are given out for compliments, similar to how scouts earn badges and football players receive helmet stickers. The program can be found in local organizations in Seneca and surrounding counties. At the new studio location, you’ll be able to customize a program for your organization.

Burns has lived in Tiffin for 17 years after graduating from Otterbein College of Westerville, OH with a degree in Public Relations, Art and a Certified Journalism Educator accreditation from the Journalism Education Association. While teaching students graphic design, assisting with school publications and directing summer workshops, Burns saw additional needs in her schools and community: motivation and FUN fundraisers. Her occasional FreeLance opportunities And Independent Rep experiences was the birth of Flair 37, LLC. Today, Burns is looking to make an strong impact in our community and youth of today. In 2018, Flair 37, LLC donated over $3,500 to local organizations through her workshops.

Downtown CDBG Façade Enhancement Grant Program expanded

Revised CDBG Target Area

Commercial buildings within the orange line are eligible.

Area, scope of state grant increased

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 1, 2018 – The downtown Community Development Block Grant-funded Façade Enhancement Program has been expanded to include more downtown buildings and apply to a wider variety of projects. The grant is federally funded and provides a 50% reimbursement of up to $15,000 for improvements to downtown buildings.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the impact the expansion could have. “With both the city and CDBG Façade Enhancement Grant programs we have seen a tremendous revitalization in the appearance of our downtown buildings,” he said. “This program expansion is another opportunity to contribute to the health and longevity of our downtown structures.”

The program guidelines have changed to allow for all commercial buildings within the area designated for the CDBG, as well as some of the area within the existing Architectural Board of Review district covered by the city’s Façade Enhancement Grant Program.

Eligible projects now include all building elevations and the roof along with any code improvements.  This can include awnings, window/door repair/replacement, painting of already painted surfaces, tuck pointing, signage, second floor egress, roofing, repair or replacement of furnaces and HVAC units, electrical upgrades, plumbing improvements, handicapped accessibility, roof repair/replacement, foundation repair/replacement and structural improvements.

Since its inception in 2014, the City of Tiffin’s Façade Enhancement Program has been awarded to 58 projects, for a total investment of $1.7 million. Three projects have been completed using the CDBG Façade Enhancement Program since it was made available in spring of 2017, for a total investment of $103,000.

This grant will be available on a first come first serve basis, but all projects must be completed by August 31, 2018, when the grant expires. For more information, contact SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Tiffin event planning assistance

Event Prep Packet(1).jpgSIEDC’s Downtown Marketing Committee in partnership with the City of Tiffin has made available a guide to event planning in Tiffin. The checklist includes vital contacts to ensure that an event meets all city regulations as well as additional items that you may want for your event.

The form is designed for a downtown event, but could easily be used for any type of event.

Stop by the Tiffin City Municipal building at 51 East Market St., or download it here.

 

Obtaining a liquor permit

Department of Commerce SealThinking about starting a business that involves liquor sales, or adding liquor sales to an existing business? Here are some of the basics of filing for a liquor permit in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Commerce Liquor Control Division is the state agency responsible for liquor licensing.  They issue new licenses and annual renewals, as well as transfers, for the 25,000 private Ohio businesses that are alcohol manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and organizers of special events where alcohol is sold.

There are several different types of liquor permits depending on use, and a limited number of each type of liquor permit is available to each county/city based on population. A complete list and explanation of what is covered under each specific permit can be found here. You can check the availability of the permit you would like to request here, and search the database of permit holders here.

Once you have determined which permit you will need and its availability, you can fill out an application. There are two applications: new bar, restaurant or carryout (application here) and all other types of permits (application here). The Division provides a complete guide to the application process here.

Special permits available in downtown Tiffin:

In 2013, the City of Tiffin established a Community Revitalization District with the Division of Liquor Control, which created 15 liquor permits available within the downtown Tiffin district. These D-5L permits are restricted to the approved district and carry several requirements, the most notable of which is that the establishment be a retail food or food service business, serving beverages by the glass for consumption on premises, and whose food/meal receipts total at least 75% of sales. The addresses included in the district can be found here, and the requirements, as stated by the Ohio Revised Code, here.

Two Facade Enhancement Grants awarded

33 CourtLast week, the Architectural Board of Review awarded Facade Enhancement Grants for the building at 33 Court Street, and improvements to the property at 20-22 South Washington Street. The projects were awarded a combined total of $20,000 for a total estimated investment of $82,000.

Improvements at 33 Court Street will include repairs to slate, masonry, windows, cornices, roof, and dormers, as well as painting. The total estimated cost of the improvements is $36,000.

The project at 20-22 S. Washington St. will be a brick veneer for the wall exposed when the two buildings were demolished in February. The estimated cost of the project is $46,000. Property owner Lenny Clouse says the new veneer will not only improve the look of the wall, but also reinforce it.

These projects represent the fifth and sixth Facade Enhancement Grants awarded in 2016, the third year for the program, and bring the total reinvestment into the appearance of downtown Tiffin for 2016 to more than $200,000.

The Building Doctor Is In

Ohio Historical Soc.SIEDC is proud to announce a partnership with the Tiffin Historic Trust and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services to bring the Building Doctors, a program of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, to Tiffin!

The Building Doctors will be hosting an informative two-hour seminar on caring for older buildings the evening of July 21 at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. This seminar will address issues such as peeling paint, failing plaster, wet basements, deteriorating masonry, damaged wood, window repair, and many other topics. Those interested in a consultation the following day must attend the seminar.

Friday, July 22, the Doctors will visit ten buildings to provide a free consultation. They are available to visit a variety of types of buildings built before 1955. Due to the limitedBuilding Doctor 1 number of consultations, applications are to be sent to SIEDC, and the SIEDC Downtown Design Committee will choose the top ten for the Doctors to visit.

Applications can be downloaded here, or picked up at the SIEDC office (19 W. Market St.). Please submit applications to Amy Reinhart. Be prepared to provide a picture of the structure and description of the issue.

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern

Red Raven to display world-famous art installation this April

Frankie San Flier (version2)Red Raven Tattoo and Art Gallery will hold the opening of their new gallery installation, “The Frankie San Collection” Saturday, April 16, from 6-10 p.m. The event also includes a meet and greet with collection curator Rev. Kyuzo Miyaishi.

Miyaishi, also known as Frankie San, worked in South Carolina corrections facilities for 40 years and continues to visit and assist in prisons today. Over a lifetime of working with death row and maximum security inmates, Miyaishi collected more than 250 works of art created by the inmates. Each piece is a unique view of not only the prisoners’ artistic abilities, but also of their psychology and experiences.

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1929, Miyaishi joined the Japanese Imperial Navy at age red raven 3.2315. In 1961, he came to America, where he studied religion and was ordained by the Lutheran church in 1973. Miyaishi first began visiting prisons in 1963 while a student of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He retired in 2001 and now shows the art that he collected during his years working with inmates.

About Red Raven

Established in 2013 and featuring two floors and over 7500 square feet of imageexhibition space, the Art Gallery at Red Raven is a unique destination for art lovers. The first floor gallery encompasses a rotating selection of pieces from local artists, while the second floor gallery offers 3500 square feet of adjustable space that can accommodate larger pieces, interactive artwork, or larger art exhibits. Our historic high ceilings in the upper gallery provide the flexibility to display large installations and the screening of locally produced films. The Art Gallery at Red Raven also provides art workshops that are offered free to the public.

New downtown thrift shop pays it forward

20160316_155209Downtown’s newest retail option is Joanie’s Trash to Treasures, located at 181 S. Washington St. Joanie’s is a thrift store with a great cause: giving back to the community.

Owner Joan Kauffman’s goal is to use her second-hand store to provide assistance to those in need. “I’m here for one reason and one reason only – and that is to help,” she said.

The store holds wide variety of items including clothing, kitchenware, jewelry, books, DVD’s, antiques and games. Joan also sells homemade canned peach, apple, pumpkin and pear butters. With the money she earns from sales, Joan helps out community members in need.

Most of the inventory comes from charitable donations, which can be dropped off during store hours, or by appointment by calling Joan at 567.371.9591.

Store hours are currently Monday through Thursday, 12-6 p.m.