Tiffin

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.

Experience the Home Expo this weekend

SCHBAThis Friday through Sunday, the Heminger Center on Tiffin University’s campus will be full of activity as the Seneca County Home Builders Association (SCHBA) hosts their annual Home Expo.

Forty different local and regional vendors will be attending to offer their time and services to the community. Since moving to the Heminger Center three years ago, the Home Expo has expanded to showcase builders, real estate agents, banks, landscaping services, appliances and insurance providers.

These businesses are represented by their advisors and managers, showcasing their newest products and services, and the Expo is an excellent opportunity to take your time to ask all of your questions and really get to know them.

In addition to the wonderful array of featured vendors, this year there will be various activities throughout the weekend, for both adults and children (See provided schedule). Raffle tickets will be sold to enter for a chance to win a backyard shed or children’s playhouse, both provided by Building Construction Trades students at Sentinel Career & Technology Center in Tiffin.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 4, 6pm to 9pm

Saturday, March 5, Noon to 8pm

  • 12:30- 3:30pm: Face-paint, nails and hair-braiding provided by Sentinel Cosmetology
  • 12-4pm: Kids’ Building Projects provided by Lowe’s
  • 4-8pm: Wine Tasting provided by Ralph’s Joy of Living

Sunday, March 6, Noon to 4pm

  • 12:30-3:30pm: Face-paint, nails and hair-braiding provided by Sentinel Cosmetology

All Weekend

  • Children’s Bounce House
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Remote-Control Airplanes provided by the RC Modelers Club

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern

Animal Hospital

Animal HospitalMeet Dr. Bob McClung, owner of the Animal Hospital of Tiffin, located at 2765 S. SR 100. The Animal Hospital is a private, family-owned veterinary practice founded in 1950 by Dr. Bob’s father. They offer all kinds of services for both large and small animals, including routine procedures, surgery, rehabilitation, grooming, boarding and much more. Dr. Bob is also very involved with the Seneca County Fair, just as his dad was before him.

Dr. Bob and his staff are doing some amazing things in the field of veterinary medicine. The Animal Hospital has been an American Animal Hospital accredited small animal hospital – the only one in Seneca County – for 11 years. Only 15% of small animal hospitals in the US and Canada share the distinction, which holds practices to rigorous standards. They also have the first laser surgery unit in the 419 area code and today they have the only low-wattage Erchonia laser in the state, which enables them to perform many unique procedures. Dr. Bob is also a pioneer in animal stem cell treatment and immuno therapy in Ohio. People travel from all of the state, and from neighboring states, to seek treatment for their pets at the Animal Hospital of Tiffin.

“It’s all about client care and the animals,” Dr. Bob said. “We really take care of them like our own. I truly handle this as a family practice.”

Dr. Bob will mark 40 years in veterinary care on June 15. “I enjoy what I do. I am a person who gets bored easily and there is something different everyday. I like the diversity.”

The Tiffin Animal Hospital is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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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.

How to start a food business in Tiffin

Phat CakesWith the influx of new businesses in Tiffin, many of which are food related, we would like to provide information on starting that process. This is a guide describing the steps to opening your food business. This process is required for starting a new food or beverage establishment, a remodeled or altered establishment, when there is a change of ownership or when an establishment has been closed for more than a year.

1. How to Begin: In the Guide to Starting a Food Business you will find a complete description of the process, time frame, fee schedule, additional permit contacts, required equipment and a final inspection checklist.

2. The Application: The business owner must fill out a Review Application.

3. Submission: To obtain your license, you must submit a set of plans, the completed application and plan review fees to the Seneca County General Health District (SCGHD), which has 30 days to review those items. When plans are approved, the owner must contact the SCGHD to set up a pre-licensing inspection.

4. Pre-licensing Inspection: This inspection will take place after all equipment is in place, cleaning is done and all required inspections are completed by the building, plumbing, electrical and fire agencies.

Please see the Program Guidelines for all of the rules and regulations and/or contact Nicki Rumaschlag with the SCGHD at 419.447.3691 ext. 348 with any questions you may have.