Tom Rodgers Flowers

First downtown Pumpkin Stroll a success

pumpkin stroll stopOn Saturday September 30th, more than 300 members of the Seneca county community enjoyed the Tiffin Pumpkin Stroll, hosted by Simply Susan’s. Those that participated walked around beautiful Downtown Tiffin, collecting pumpkin-themed treats at local businesses. Business involved included:

If you missed the Pumpkin Stroll, there’s a similar event in spring! On the Chocolate Walk, guests will collect sweet treats as they make their way through downtown Tiffin. More information will be provided closer to the event.

Tom Rodgers Flowers

Rodgers Flowers 2Meet Brian Ferguson, owner of Tom Rodgers Flower Shop, located at 245 S. Washington St. in downtown Tiffin. Brian officially took over for his step-father, Tom Rodgers, who opened the shop in 1947, two years ago in June. In that time, Brian has kept much of the business the same but added his own twist with new products and services.

Originally from Tiffin, Brian moved to and owned a lawn and landscaping business in Indiana before moving back to Tiffin to take over the flowershop. After attending floral design school in West Palm Beach, and learning the ropes from Tom, Brian took over the business.

“I’ve always liked Tiffin, it’s my hometown,” Brian said. “We thought about moving back before, and we felt this was a great opportunity.”

Brian immediately started looking for different ways to fill his store. When Something Special was going out of business, designer Curt Root joined Tom Rodgers and brought along local artist Sue Wickham. “It really snowballed, and it just made a really great team here,” Brian said.

Along with floral arrangements, Tom Rodgers carries homemade and gourmet food products – all made or packaged in Ohio, memorial items for funerals, such as blankets, stepping stones, stone benches and wind chimes, gifts and customized gift baskets, home decor and more.

He also frequently partners with other businesses for events: “It’s always good to work with other businesses, to help each other.”

For example, Tom Rodgers will be holding their 2nd Annual Tiffin Prom Fair Saturday, April 9, 12-4 p.m. Area businesses will join Tom Rodgers in offering the newest styles, trends and designs available for prom in the areas of corsages, dresses, tuxedos, accessories, jewelry, hair, nails, makeup, tanning, local restaurants, photo booth, limo services and more!

You can stop by Tom Rodgers and see what they have to offer Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Downtown Tiffin businesses offer “Trick or Treat”

Downtown Trick or TreatA new Tiffin Halloween event, the 1st Annual Downtown Trick or Treat is slated for Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 60 businesses, organizations and offices all over downtown Tiffin will be opening their doors to provide candy to children. Afterward, Tom Rodgers Flowers will have cider and donuts for adult trick or treaters from 5-6 p.m.

Organizer Yolanda Gonzales got the idea from a similar event in Owensboro, KY, where she used to live. “It was a win for the community, businesses got positive exposure, kids got candy, caretakers learned more about their community and it was daylight. I found myself entering business that I would not normally go into – it was a wonderful way to meet businesses in town – also meet the people who own the businesses and  people who work there,” she said. “So, I contacted Mr. Montz with the idea and he said it was a great idea – but he needed someone to coordinate it.  I volunteered.”

Gonzales was greeted with excitement and enthusiastic responses from downtown businesses and hopes to make this an annual event. “The owners of Cabin Creations said they used to do this downtown – but no one else remembers.  I hope this becomes a new tradition for Tiffin.”

The following organizations are scheduled to participate, as well as businesses displaying a flyer in the window during the event:

If you have a downtown business, organization or office and would like to join the fun, contact Yolanda Gonzales at yolanda.gonzales4@gmail.com.

This is only one of the many events taking place over the next two weeks. Other upcoming community Halloween events include:

Around the Town event welcomes back university students

around the townNearly 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students will have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about at a Welcome Back Students/Around the Town Event this Saturday, Aug. 22 from 3 – 5 p.m. on the courthouse green space.

Around the Town is one of the signature events of the Downtown Strategic Plan, and this is the first year that the event will be held downtown and combine both universities.

WTSC Seneca County Radio will be live broadcasting from the event, playing music and interviewing guests. Several restaurants will be providing free samples, shops and restaurants will hand out coupons and menus, non-profits will provide students with information about how to get involved in their organizations and students can check out local services.

SIEDC Downtown Development Specialist Bryce Riggs is a Heidelberg student the lead organizer of the event. “As a student and lifelong Tiffin resident, I am aware of the opportunities in the community, but the majority of new students don’t know what’s out there or where they can go. Tiffin has so much to offer! I would like other students to know what’s out there, so they can get involved in the local organizations and visit our restaurants and shops,” Riggs said.

Participating businesses and organizations:

Businesses open around the square: