New event space to open in downtown Tiffin

The Chandelier set to open in former Civic Center

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veTIFFIN, OHIO – February 2, 2018 – The Chandelier, a full-service wedding and event venue, is set to open in the former Civic Center building at 151 S. Washington St. in downtown Tiffin in late spring.

Investment partners Holly Hoffman and Tom Fretz are working to renovate the 7,500 square foot building, including upgrades to the kitchen, lighting, carpeting and dance floor. Once completed, the space could be used for weddings, corporate events and training, and community events.

“We will help plan the event right along with the client,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman and Fretz met through a mutual interest in the building, and bring complementing services to the table. Fretz is an experienced DJ and videographer and Hoffman previously managed the Neeley Center at Terra State Community College and will offer catering and event planning services.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited to see the vacant building back in use. “Downtown Tiffin has felt the lack of an event hall of this size since the Civic Center closed,” he said. “The Chandelier will be a great addition to what the downtown has to offer.”

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

Phat Cakes

Meet Natalie Wertz, founder and owner of Phat Cakes & Cafe. Located in downtown Tiffin across from the Ritz Theatre, the restaurant offers a full menu including craft beer, wine, mixed drinks, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, specials, and gourmet desserts.

Established as a home-based business in 2009, the hunt for a storefront started almost immediately as Wertz’ customer base grew. Looking to give new life to a building that was targeted for a tear down, the vision to open and coexist with Bunky’s Bicycle Service was put into motion. Demolition started in 2010 and it took a solid year of self renovation.

“At the beginning of construction it was almost impossible to envision that we were going to build this space into anything…demolition alone took months, but I’m glad that we were able to revitalize a vacant building downtown. I chose Tiffin for many reasons. The best one is because of my family and friends that are absolutely dedicated to the core. They have helped with the construction and growth of Phat Cakes from the beginning,” says Wertz.

Awarded the Entrepreneur Spirit award by the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation in 2014, Wertz and her staff continue to add a positive vibe to the downtown scene.

From Natalie and the amazingly dedicated staff at Phat Cakes & Bunky’s, “We hope to see you soon!

More at Phat Cakes:

  • Gluten Free & Vegetarian Options
  • Party Booking
  • Hosting Benefit Nights
  • Beer Flights 5 for $8
  • A venue for local artists to preform
  • Catering with individualized menu planning
  • Party Trays – Sandwich & Dessert trays
  • Customized Cutout cookies & cakes
  • Desserts including over 100 different cupcake varieties, gourmet cheesecakes, cookies & more
  • Wine & Beer tastings
  • Paint Parties
  • Thirsty Thursday with Live Music at 7pm, $3 Craft Beers & $2 Tacos.

Open after the Ritz Theatre shows

Stop by Monday – Wednesday 10:30-2:30 and Thursday – Saturday 10:30-10pm!

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