New York Style Deli to Open in Downtown Tiffin

Downtown business invests more than $85,000

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 16, 2022 –Dave & Amber Spridgeon, owners of the Renaissance of Tiffin, Jolly’s Drive-In, the Renaissance on Wheels, and the Pink Lady announced today that they are adding a fifth endeavor to their repertoire with the Frost Parkway Deli this summer. They will be hiring eight new employees and jointly investing over $85,000 in building renovations and equipment in the 155 Frost Parkway building formerly housing Draperies By Dawn.

Owner Dave Spridgeon said, “This is a unique opportunity since there are no other options like this in Tiffin. We would like to thank the City of Tiffin and TSEP for their support, and the property owner Andrew Kalnow for supporting another revitalization effort downtown.”

This project will enhance Frost Village downtown by adding a New York style deli offering fresh breakfast items, piled high deli sandwiches, fresh bread baked daily by the Parkhurst Company, limited items from the Pink Lady menu, and on holidays, cheddar infused poppyseed biscuits and pies. They will deliver downtown on foot and plan to use Door Dash and Tiffin Treats for all other Tiffin deliveries.

City of Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “We are fortunate to have entrepreneurs like Dave and Amber in our community who continue to spread their success with each new business they open, and we look forward to

this new dining option in the City of Tiffin.”

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.

Neumeister’s Candy Shoppe to return to Tiffin

Chocolatier partners with ice cream maker to expand offerings

Neumeister’s Candy Shoppe Specialty Candy Decorating

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 11, 2022 – Upper Sandusky-based chocolatier Neumeister’s Candy Shoppe announced today that they are coming back to Tiffin and locating in the Wolfe Creek Shopping Center, where they were previously in the early 2000s. They plan to employ eight at the Tiffin location and to open on June 1, 2022.

Established in 1877 in Upper Sandusky, Neumeister’s is known for their signature handmade and hand dipped chocolate, creams, truffles, fudge, toffee, nuts and dried fruits. For their new Tiffin location, they are also partnering with Mark’s Homemade Ice Cream, located in Bucyrus, to also offer homemade ice cream, custom milk shakes, and ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream products will only be available at their Tiffin location.

Neumeister’s owner Debbie Frey was excited to make the announcement, saying “We are so pleased to be able to return to such a vibrant and supportive community, and to expand what can offer. Tiffin has been good to us, and we look forward to helping contribute to its continued growth and progress.”  

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz added, “We welcome Neumeister’s back to Tiffin with open arms, and we are so pleased to have a company with such a long and unique history of quality confections opening a shop here for for residents and visitors alike.”

About Neumeister’s Candy Shoppe

Neumeister’s Bakery opened in 1877 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The handmade candy process was moved to an adjacent location and continues to remain there today. In the 1970’s the Neumeister family sold the business and the current owner Debbie Frey is the third family committed to making the original recipes in the same handmade and hand dipped style with the fresh, local ingredients. Learn more at www.neumeistercandy.com.

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.org.

Magnificent Maid opens Downtown Tiffin office

Growing commercial and residential cleaning service accepting new clients

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 10, 2022 – Dustin Ritchie announced today that he would be locating the offices for his fast-growing commercial and residential cleaning business in downtown Tiffin, in the historic Laird Arcade building.

Owner Dustin Ritchie was pleased to make the announcement: “I named this business in honor of my mother, and I am thrilled at the reception we’ve received from this community. We’re excited to be a part of Tiffin’s business community and to grow here.”

Founded in 2021, Magnificent Maid currently has six employees and offers a variety of services and plans to meet the cleaning needs of any home or business, ranging from basic to premium plans. They have 22 commercial and residential accounts, including businesses like Culligan of Tiffin, Tiffin Moose Lodge, and Sarka Conveyor and Automation, and they expect to significantly grow that number this year. They are also focusing on marketing their business and have joined the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz added, “I appreciate yet another business choosing Tiffin as the place to run their business. We work hard to create a business-friendly environment and make every business feel welcome. We wish Dustin all the best with this venture.”

To learn more about Magnificent Main, visit their website at www.magnificentmaid.com.

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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 (now TSEP) umbrella as the “Downtown Development Board,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

The Renaissance of Wheels on Tiffin expands party bus business

Downtown business invests more than $30,000

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 9, 2022 – Renaissance of Tiffin owner Dave Spridgeon announced today the expansion of the Renaissance of Tiffin on Wheels with the purchase and renovation of a new party bus, the third in its fleet. This expansion will include a $30,000 investment and the hiring of six new employees. The new bus will be available in early June.

Spridgeon was pleased with the announcement, saying “We started this business in 2020 to attempt to survive the shutdown, but this business has filled a need and is thriving in Tiffin.”

The Renaissance of Tiffin received the state Heritage Ohio Main Street Business of the year award in 2021 for their growth during the shutdown through the party bus business. The service often hosts community members for events like casino trips, winery stops, bachelor and bachelorette parties, retirements parties, weddings, birthdays, proms, and more. The trips often take people to major cities in Ohio from Toledo and Cleveland to Columbus and Cincinnati.

Tiffin City Mayor Aaron Montz said, “We would like to congratulate Dave on the expansion of a successful business and are pleased to see this endeavor continuing to grow in Tiffin.”

About The Renaissance on Wheels:

The Renaissance on Wheels was created in 2020 to assist the Renaissance of Tiffin during the shutdown. It consists of a party bus resembling a mobile speakeasy and containing 14 reclining seats, a new sound system, smart TV and LED lighting for any occasion. The second vehicle is a limo seating 10-12 with a new sound system and LED lighting. Book them 30-60 days in advance for your Ohio trip. For more information, go to their website at www.therenaissanceoftiffinonwheels.com.

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.

Art studio and gallery to locate in Downtown Tiffin

Professional artist Chelsea Mullins opening location at 193 S. Washington

Mullins teaching art classes at Paint and a Pint.

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 2, 2022 – Local artist Chelsea Mullins announced today that she is opening her first art studio and gallery location in Downtown Tiffin at 193 S. Washington St., in the new Studio2 location shared by Heart of Ohio Sports. The business displaying, selling, and teaching art classes will open at the end of July or early August.

Mullins is a Tiffin Columbian graduate with degree in Fine Art & Art History from Terra State. She has been painting professionally for almost nine years, with a focus on commission work, portraits, murals, sculpting, and performance art. She currently serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission and recently painted the mural at Your Legacy Federal Credit Union in honor of their recent expansion.

Mullins painting a mural at Bailiwicks Coffee Company.

In making the announcement, Mullins said, “I am excited to take this step and make art more accessible to people. I am also excited to be doing it in downtown Tiffin, where I’m joining the Tiffin Art Guild, the Poignon Project and Community Art Shed, Studio 605 Fine Art, Hawkes Crystal, Rustic Flair & Brush, and the Tiffin Glass Museum.”

In addition to her creating her own art and her work as a visual artist Mullins plans on focusing on personal, couples, and group art lessons, using a more interpretative and introspective approach. With experience in conducting local art events, like the Tiffin Music and Art Festival and successful Paint and a Pint classes at the Tiffin Brewery. “I hope to hold classes at our new studio and grow from there.” she said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement: “We congratulate Chelsea on her new downtown location, where she is joining the Tiffin Art Guild, the Poignon Project and Community Art Shed, Studio 605 Fine Art, Hawkes Crystal, Rustic Flair & Brush, and the Tiffin Glass Museum. It’s clear that the arts are alive and well in Tiffin.”

You can learn more about Chelsea Mullins Professional Artist at https://www.facebook.com/AwkwardlyWandering/.

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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 (now TSEP) umbrella as the “Downtown Development Board,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Freeze Dried Ohio announces new Tiffin business

New freeze-dried candy and fruit venture is up and running

Mary and Jeremy Franks

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 29, 2022 – Freeze Dried Ohio, a start-up freeze-dried foods company specializing in homemade candies and produce, announced today that it is establishing its kitchen in Downtown Tiffin in partnership with the Renaissance of Tiffin at 129 S. Washington Street. The machine was installed and up and running in early April, and product is being sold at Molyet’s Farm Market and JAM’s Monthly Markets.

Owners Mary and Jeremy Franks grew up in Tiffin, graduated from Columbian, got married, and then Jeremy served in the Marine Corps. After Jeremy was discharged, Mary attended Heidelberg University and then ran two other small businesses out of her home. The pair purchased a freeze-dried machine for their family and fell in love with how the process affects the flavor.

“We are so excited to make this available in Tiffin and northwest Ohio,” said Mary Franks. The freeze-dried process makes food super light and crispy, and it enhances the flavor. We plan on sourcing local produce as much as possible, and we can’t wait for people to try our homemade caramel and peanut butter puffs, too.”

The Franks were assisted by the Small Business Development Center at Terra State, which provided certified small business counseling free of charge. They also entered a partnership with Dave and Amber Spridgeon of the Renaissance of Tiffin to use their kitchen space to get their small business off the ground.

“We believe this is a project our whole family can participate in, and we want to add to the local food movement in Tiffin,” said Jeremy.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “Congratulations to Mary and Jeremy. It’s amazing to see the entrepreneurship in this community continuing to flourish and successful businesses helping new ones get started. It’s this spirit of connection and support which makes us unique. We wish them all the best.”

For more information, please check out Freeze Dried Ohio’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FreezeDriedOhio.

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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.org.

Heart of Ohio Sports to open studio in Downtown Tiffin

New livestreaming business to locate at 193 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 25, 2022 – Nate Mullins announced today that he has signed a lease to open a new studio for his Heart of Ohio Sports media company. The new multi-functional space, titled Studio², will be located at 193 S. Washington St. and should be open by the end of July or early August.

Heart of Ohio Sports is an online sports livestream and broadcast media company and is a part of Mullins Entertainment Productions, LLC which was launched in 2014. The business has ramped up this year to include six employees and expects to be at eight by the end of the year. The company has made significant investments in state-of-the-art computing, monitors, cameras, and audio interface equipment, and it broadcasts games on various platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and on their website, which is currently under development.

In making the announcement, Mullins also explained why he is growing his business here and the long-term vision for the company: “When we start out, I want it to be in Tiffin. I feel like this is where we will see the most support, simply because this is such a great place to do business. It truly is full of community minded family-owned businesses, just like the one I’m trying to start. My vision is to have multiple video crews that will go to sites to cover games. I want to provide the people of Ohio access to high school and college sports they have never had access to before when it comes to live streaming and media coverage.”

Currently broadcasting local high school baseball, this fall Heart of Ohio Sports will provide livestreams of every Tiffin Columbian and Calvert Catholic football game. The business is also partnering with Dead Shark Productions to produce video commercials, and has secured title sponsorships from First National Bank of Sycamore, Your Legacy, MST Sauce Company, TPC, Xcaret, and Rodgers Flowers as title sponsors. Heart of Ohio has also joined the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and is excited to do a ribbon cutting in the next few months. The Chamber will also work to promote sponsorship opportunities for Heart of Ohio Sports.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement, saying, “We welcome Heart of Ohio Sports to the downtown and thank Nate on growing his entrepreneurial spirit and helping residents, alumni, and the general public experience the excitement of high school sports virtually from any location.”

You can learn more about Heart of Ohio Sports at www.facebook.com/HeartofOhioSports.

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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 (now TSEP) umbrella as the “Downtown Development Board,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

About Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce

For over a century, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce has been the trusted source of knowledge and support for area businesses. Learn more at www.SenecaRegionalChamber.com

Tom Rodgers Flowers and Airbnb Expands in Downtown Tiffin

Entrepreneur Brian Ferguson invests more than $200,000 in businesses

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 20, 2022 – Brian Ferguson, owner of Tom Rodgers Flowers, announced today that he is expanding the business into custom framing and has purchased and renovated 257 Rear S. Washington St., with plans to make it an Airbnb. Both the frame shop and Airbnb will be operational in mid-May.

Ferguson was excited to make the announcement, saying “I continue to believe and invest in Downtown Tiffin. It has truly undergone an amazing revitalization, and I am pleased to be able to expand my business and create a place for people to stay overnight, so they can experience everything we have to offer.”

Tom Rodgers Flowers was established in 1947 by Theodore Rodgers, and Tiffin native Brian Ferguson purchased the business in 2014. In 2019, the business upgraded the store and finalized a deal with Jim’s Formal Wear to expand and sell and rent designer clothing. The new expansion will add custom framing, matting, and shadow boxes to their services.

“It is exciting to have a business in Downtown Tiffin for 75 years and watch as they continue to expand and keep it fresh for future generations to enjoy,” said Mayor Aaron Montz. “The new upscale Airbnb is also welcome addition to our community.”

More information about Tom Rodgers Flowers I available at their website tomrodgersflowershop.com or on Facebook.

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.

Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus approved for grant

Five Building Owners Invest Nearly $80,000

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 19, 2022 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus building located at 27 Court St.

The ABR approved a grant of nearly $4,000 for the restoration of the second and third floor windows for this property at 27 Court St. The ABR approved additional projects for exterior resurfacing at Big Mikes, located at 274 S Washington St., window mural signage for Decker’s Outlet, located at 139 South Washington Street, new signage at the Seneca County Justice Center, located at 103 E Market St., and for bicentennial window clings for downtown businesses. Combined, these projects total nearly $80,000 in investment in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “It is great to see the growth downtown continue as a result of the investments from our building and business owners. The momentum continues with no end in sight.”

Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 107 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of $2.9 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program

The Façade Enhancement Program is a City of Tiffin reimbursement grant that 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.tiffinseneca.org (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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.

Successful Seneca County service business seeks buyer

Seller asks $1.2 million for business with multi-county service

TIFFIN, OHIO – Monday, April 18, 2022 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that the owner of a successful Seneca County service business is looking to retire and sell the business. Detailed information about this opportunity, codenamed “Project Celeste,” can be found on TSEP’s “Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse” at tseoc.org. The opportunity will remain open from now until June 20, 2022. Interested parties should contact Adam Gillmor, Development Coordinator at TSEP, at gillmor@tiffinseneca.org, or by phone at 614.725.8086.

The business owner, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, plans to retire and wants to pass their business on to another entrepreneur. With $650,000 in gross sales and clients in the surrounding counties, this business well positioned for the future. Currently, the business employees four people and leases two spaces in Tiffin and Findlay. The seller is asking for $1.2 million for the business as well as its vehicles, inventory, and other assets. If the buyer needs assistance to learn the business, the seller is willing to provide six months to one year of introductory support to the buyer. Eligible parties may include people wanting to run and/or own the business, but don’t have to be both.

Current board president of the Seneca County Commissioners Anthony Paradiso stated his support of the project. “Seneca County businesses are well respected regionally and have a wide reach outside of our county. The Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse has connected businesses with buyers for a year, and I’m confident it will find a buyer for this successful and respected company.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse

The Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse (TSEOC), launched in April 2021, is designed to facilitate the flow of entrepreneurial talent and capital to new business start-up, franchise, and business acquisition opportunities. There may be investors that do not want to run the business but would be willing to invest if a competent entrepreneur and business manager could be found. To date, the Clearinghouse has promoted ten opportunities and facilitated three successful business transactions: Bird Scooters, Kuebler Shoes, and T.J. Willie’s. Additional information can be found at tseoc.org.

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.org.