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Studio 605 Fine Art brings paint parties to Downtown Tiffin

One of 6 businesses to open in Laird Building this year

This picture shows the interior of Studio 605 Fine Art in the Laird Building.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 7, 2021 – The owner of a new experience-based business is excited to help people in Tiffin and Seneca County get in touch with their creative side. Studio 605 Fine Art, located in the heart of Downtown Tiffin on the second floor of the Laird Building, 120 1/2 S. Washington St., Suite 215, Tiffin, will have its grand opening on Dec. 14.

The business allows groups of people ages 10 and older to come together for acrylic and canvas paint parties. Events can include birthday parties, bachelorette parties, team building exercises and any other group, and the business allows people to bring in Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) beverages for those of legal age.

Owner April Clay has had a lifelong love of art, and found comfort in creating art as therapy. It was that and the recent formation of the Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission that helped her decide to pursue the business. “I’m so happy that I get the opportunity to share my passion with the community, and that I get to help people be excited about creating art.”  

Tyler Shuff of Shuff Consulting said: “I’m happy to help another small business open successfully and to help encourage people to pursue the arts in Tiffin and Seneca County.”

Members of the community gathered with some of the partners of the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, Laird Building business owners and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 30.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Clay on the opening: “It is always a welcome experience to see a new business locating in Downtown Tiffin, and I’m especially encouraged by how this will connect with the mission of the Tiffin Arts Council.”

Studio 605 will be available for classes Monday through Friday 4-10 p.m. and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, like and follow Studio 605 on Facebook and Instagram, visit studio605fa.com, email studio605fa@gmail.com or call (567)-938-0605.

In 2021, Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, which owns the Laird Building, has invested significantly in the property, including building updates, small renovation projects and a new lighted sign for the building, which was supported through a City of Tiffin Sign Enhancement Program grant and recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

This year, five businesses in addition to Studio 605 have moved into the building, including 5K Construction, Hope’s Landing, JT’s Bagel Bar, Tiffin Youth Football and Yours with Every Stitch. In addition, Jolly’s, which has been in the building since 2017, recently went under new ownership.

About Shuff Consulting LLC

Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

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.

Tiffin business seeks buyer for industrial service division

Company asking $300,000 for service line, equipment

TIFFIN, OHIO – Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that a growing Seneca County manufacturer is wanting to sell a successful industrial service business (powder coating) they purchased in 2011. Detailed information about this opportunity codenamed “Project Tower” can be found on TSEP’s “Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse” at tseoc.org. The opportunity will remain open from now until Feb. 7, 2022.

The business owner wishes to remain anonymous at this time. When the powder coating business was purchased, the company wanted to bring that function in-house. This service is utilized by many companies in a 60-mile radius of Tiffin, and selling the business will allow the local manufacturer to devote the current 7,000 to 10,000 square feet it currently occupies to core manufacturing, which will also be the space required to operate the business.

The owner is asking $300,000, which includes equipment and inventory not related to the seller. Additionally, the manufacturer will provide support and serve as a resource to help the purchaser learn the business. The powder coating business has averaged annual sales of $335,000 over the last five years with a profit margin averaging 28 percent. There are currently five employees running this line, but those employees will stay with the current employer.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is hopeful a new owner will be identified. “So far, we’ve seen great success with the Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse in connecting investors with our local companies. I hope we can continue to achieve that again with this project.”

Eligible parties may include people wanting to run and/or own the business, but don’t have to be both. 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. Interested parties should Contact David Zak, President & CEO of TSEP, at zak@tiffinseneca.org or by phone at 419.912.1150.

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.

Terra sets dates for Small Business Basics courses

Press Release via Terra State Community College

The Small Business Basics course is a free, three-hour seminar that will answer questions about starting, buying, or expanding a small business. This seminar will take the confusion out of your efforts, and help you to avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps.

Participants can learn the basics of:

  • Name Registration
  • Licensing
  • Taxes
  • Advisors Business Entities
  • Employees
  • Insurance
  • Financing Business Planning
  • And More

The program is presented by the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College and courses will be presented in the Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B, Room 103, at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

The program is sponsored by Civista Bank, Croghan Colonial Bank, Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development, First National Bank, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, PNC Bank, Sutton Bank and U.S. Bank

Dates and times for 2022:

  • Wednesday, Jan 5, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr 6, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr 20, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 1, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • (No July Seminars)
  • Wednesday, Aug 3, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug 17, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sep 7, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sep 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct 5, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • (No December Seminars)

To register, contact: Miranda Hoffman, Director of  Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, at (419) 559-2210 or email mhoffma05@terra.edu.

About The Ohio Small Business Development Center

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Department of Development. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the SBDC at Terra State Community College, 419.559.2210.

Sylvan Learning Center opening office in Tiffin

Tutoring to begin in December for students

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 29, 2021 – Today, the Findlay Sylvan Learning Center has announced that it will be managing a satellite location in Tiffin at 22 W. Market St., just outside of Downtown Tiffin. The new center will begin providing services to families in the area as of the first of December.

Sylvan Learning Center provides personalized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, homework support, and test preparation for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan provides personalized learning programs and primarily serves students in primary and secondary education.

Chelsea Wentling, Center Director for Sylvan Learning of Findlay & Tiffin was excited to make the announcement: “We have been trying to find a location in the Tiffin market for a while. We have many families from Tiffin and Seneca County and the surrounding area who have been asking for us to provide something closer to home, and we’re very excited to say that we have now chosen a location that will give us that opportunity.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomed the news: “The addition of Sylvan Learning Center to the Tiffin area makes sense as we are the ‘Education Community.’ I am glad to see yet another option for families in the community to better their learning and education.”

For more information or to schedule services, visit www.sylvanlearning.com or call (419) 427-0975.

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.

Northwest Career Ready invited to join panel on Business Advisory Councils

Chandler Grooms, Workforce Development Manager, was invited to participate in Northwest Ohio Tech Prep’s first SuccessBound conference of the season, New Trends in Workforce Development and Education. On behalf of TSEP and Northwest Career Ready, Grooms was asked to join a panel on business advisory councils and to present the work of Northwest Career Ready. Also on the panel were Dan Leffingwell, Superintendent of Noble Local School District, and Andrea Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and PD at North Point ESC.

Below is the presentation on Northwest Career Ready and summaries which follow along to the slides.

  1. Introduction: Presented by Chandler Grooms – Workforce Development Manager, TSEP; BAC Manager – Northwest Career Ready
  2. Creation of Regional BAC: Northwest Career Ready is a regional business advisory council formed in 2021 from two former BAC’s in the region: The Tiffin City Schools BAC & the NCOESC BAC. Three other partners have been instrumental in making NCR a reality: Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, and Terra State Community College.
  3. BAC Region and Membership: NCR’s territory covers four counties: Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland; and there are currently 13 school districts and the NCOESC that are represented by the BAC.
  4. Unique Connection to Economic Development: With the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership playing a key role in the BAC and serving as the home of the BAC Manager, Northwest Career Ready has the unique ability to access programs and resources from an active economic and workforce development organization. TSEP engages daily with business and industry professionals across the region, and that connection will provide easier access to a network of business support for Northwest Career Ready.
  5. Steps to Success: These six steps define our key focus areas for year 1 of Northwest Career Ready. They are discussed in detail on the following slides.
  6. Marketing: In bringing NCR to fruition, it was quickly realized that a marketing plan would be necessary to create a reliable brand that will build credibility in the mission of the BAC. Step one was establishing that branding image. The logo you see on the slides throughout the presentation was developed in this process. The next step was to create a website to serve as the hub for all of Northwest Career Ready’s information, action, and resources. And finally, NCR will develop targeted communication strategies via the website, email, social media, and brochures.
  7. Defining the Organizational Structure: As a regional business advisory council, it is important to develop a governing structure that allows for the best representation of our region’s education and business communities. Each of NCR’s member schools as well as the Educational Service Center will gain representation on the voting board of the BAC. An equal number of business and industry professionals will also receive a seat at the table, allowing both sides to join in the discussion on how to best serve our students and our community. It is also important to develop valuable committees and working groups that will serve as the boots on the ground for important initiatives and programs that the BAC will develop.
  8. Develop New Ideas: One of the most impactful duties of Northwest Career Ready is to engage students in work-based learning. Utilizing the resources that our region offers and learning from other BAC’s and groups that are doing similar work, we can create new and exciting opportunities for students to explore career pathways and connect with their communities.
  9. Support What’s Already Happening: Just as important it is for the BAC to design new ideas, it is equally important for Northwest Career Ready to support and assist the great programs and opportunities that are already out there. An example of one of those programs is the Manufacturing Showcase lead by the Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs. This program is a fantastic opportunity for manufacturers to engage and interact with high school freshmen, and to teach valuable employability skills and attributes. NCR is happy to support programs like this that are already delivering results.
  10. Business Engagement: Being able to showcase how the business advisory council can benefit businesses is key to building partners in work-based learning. Having businesses that want to contribute, but also see the long-term benefit of our work is important. For the business community, working with NCR is a new way to tackle the workforce issues that so many companies are struggling with. Our goal, through work-based learning, is to help fill local workforce shortages with young people who may not be aware of all of the amazing opportunities that are available right in their communities.
  11. Building Our Network: Northwest Career Ready cannot achieve all of its goals on its own. Building a network of partners and resources, not only internally but also externally, is key to the long-term success of this initiative. There are many other great organizations and business advisory councils to learn from across the state, and we look forward to learning and sharing best practices to provide the most opportunities for our students.
  12. You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Finally, I think this quote sums up the most important idea to remember as we continue the work of the business advisory council. The more we can expose young people to all the future career pathways that are available, the more likely they will find the perfect fit and be able to make the best choices for themselves. There are many great opportunities out there, but if students are never shown, we can’t expect them to follow those pathways.

Northwest Career Ready approves by-laws, logo

Local business advisory council hears update on recent Manufacturing Showcase

Students participate in a virtual-reality welding demonstration organized by Sentinel CTC faculty and students during the 2021 Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase.

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 23, 2021 – Northwest Career Ready (NCR), a regional business advisory council, held its second quarterly meeting of the 2021-2022 academic year Nov. 18 at Fostoria City Schools. During the meeting, the 36 members in attendance approved NCR’s by-laws and new logo and discussed the committee structure and heard updates on various work-based learning initiatives happening across the region.

“Some very big steps have been made so far in creating a successful foundation for Northwest Career Ready,” said Chandler Grooms, Workforce Development Manager for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Manager of the business advisory council. “We were able to get approval of some key items at the quarterly meeting, and I think we continue to see how important the work of the business advisory council is. A lot of great things are already happening, and I look forward to contributing to more opportunities for the students that Northwest Career Ready serves.”

One of the programs discussed was the Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase. The showcase returned to Tiffin University’s Heminger Center to host approximately 500 high school freshmen in the half day event on Oct. 8. Now in its sixth year, the Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County partnered with local organizations and manufacturers to return the event to an in-person format after going virtual in 2020.

 “I’m glad that we were able to have an event in 2020, but I’m excited we were able to have an in-person experience this year,” said Carol Owen, Business Services Consultant for OhioMeansJobs Seneca County. “Thank you to Tiffin University for hosting and to the schools and employers that participated.

The Manufacturing Showcase is an opportunity for freshmen students to learn about careers in manufacturing and participate in various demonstrations, focusing on key skills such as team building, lean manufacturing, employability, machining, supply chain, and mechanical engineering/automation.

Twelve manufacturing employers volunteered to lead demonstrations for the event, including American Fine Sinter, American Plastics, Ameriwood Industries, Arnold Machine, Church & Dwight, Clouse Construction, Grammer, Mennel Milling, National Machinery, Taiho Corp. of America, Vaughn Industries, and Webster Industries. Sentinel Career and Technology Center faculty also lead demonstrations, and several Sentinel students assisted with the event as well.

Eight schools participated in this year’s in-person showcase: Calvert Catholic, Fostoria City High School, Hopewell-Loudon High School, Mohawk High School, New Riegel High School, North Central Academy, Old Fort High School, and Seneca East High School.

Since its inception in 2016, approximately 3,250 Seneca County freshmen have been exposed to careers in manufacturing. The showcase is just one program that Northwest Career Ready looks to support and build upon for future years to come.

About Northwest Career Ready

Northwest Career Ready serves as the regional business advisory council for 13 public and private schools across Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, and Richland Counties. The business advisory council is made up of education, business, economic development, and community leaders across the region. NCR is dedicated to building collaboration between the business and education community and creating opportunities for students to gain exposure of future career pathways in their community.

City of Tiffin receives grant for box planters

Grant allows for 80 planters in Downtown Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 22, 2021 – The Meshech Frost Charitable Trust has provided a grant to Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership for the City of Tiffin to purchase 18 box planters for Downtown Tiffin. The grants provides 50 percent of the funding toward the overall cost of $10,446.96.

The $4,644.78 grant allows the city to continue to install black, self-watering planters along South Washington Street to the south at the five points intersection by St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funds are to be used for planters as well as for hanging basket liners and flowers.

In 2019, the City of Tiffin was the recipient of a $5,388 grant from Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District for the initial purchase of 25 planters in Downtown Tiffin. These replaced the decades-old planters that previously were there. The planters are made of 70 percent recycle material.

Tiffin Public Works is to install the planters in the early spring and volunteers maintain the flowers, which are supplied by the city. These new planters will bring the total to 80 planters in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is pleased to have received the grant: “We are grateful that Meshech Frost Charitable Trust has provided these funds to the City of Tiffin and allowed us to expand the number of planters as we continue to invest in the beatification of downtown 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.

Vanguard-Sentinel launches Telecommunications Tower Technician program

Husted approves programs at three schools

Press Release via the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – November 17, 2021 — Ohio Lieutenant Gov. Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), announced Nov. 17, the launch of Telecommunications Tower Technician Programs at North Central State College, Hocking College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. This announcement is part of a larger effort by OWT and BroadbandOhio to grow the workforce needed to expand broadband access and 5G in Ohio.

The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy, released in September, identifies the need for a skilled and prepared workforce to fill broadband and 5G jobs. The strategy outlines a plan for increasing broadband industry career awareness and creating more training and education programs in the state. The three Telecommunications Tower Technician Programs announced today will provide students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to start their careers in the telecommunications industry as a Telecommunications Tower Technician I.

“This is another example of how our administration is actively working to eliminate barriers to expanding Ohio’s broadband and 5G infrastructure,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “The Telecommunications Tower Technician programs will help address the workforce gap by providing students with the in-demand skills and experience needed to get a high-paying job with clear opportunities for advancement.”

Lt. Governor Husted traveled to North Central State College (NCSC) in Mansfield to promote the Telecommunications Tower Technician Program, which will launch in the Spring of 2022 at NCSC, Hocking College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. The program is 240 hours and will cover a variety of topics, including safety, basic rigging and fall protection, principles of electricity, fiber optics, wireless technology, cell components, antenna basics, spectrum management and more.

“The Kehoe Center is perfect for the Tower Tech program,” said President Dorey Diab of North Central State College. “We have the space available and numerous laboratories already in place to support the training required. In addition, we’re excited to work with new industry partners to provide the qualified workforce they require. NC State is always striving to adapt to meeting the evolving needs of our regional partners. Tower Technicians will be highly skilled and provide the professionals who complete the program will have great careers.”

The State of Ohio identified the program as a plug-and-play model to bring to Ohio, worked to find the institutions that would host the program, and provided initial funding to help launch it.

“Hocking College is proud to be a pilot site for the Tower Technician 1 program in Southeast Ohio, partnering with the state to expand telecommunication training in Ohio and preparing Ohioans for good jobs in Appalachian Ohio,” said President Betty Young of Hocking College.

“We are excited to be part of the 5G broadband initiative in the state of Ohio and to establish a program in Northwest Ohio that will meet the workforce needs and will give students the opportunities to earn in-demand industry credentials and pathways to a great career,” said Superintendent Greg Edinger of Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center.

“The Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has worked closely with our industry to develop these first-class Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTTI) programs that will ensure the Buckeye State’s educational system is graduating career-ready technicians,” said Todd Schlekeway, President & CEO of NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association. “The TTTI program curriculum that is being implemented in these designated Ohio schools will move the needle on the industry’s workforce needs by providing training courses that prepare students for rewarding careers in a rapidly growing industry without taking on college debt. NATE commends the State of Ohio for its leadership, and we thank Lt. Governor Husted for his continued support for our industry and for leading the nation with these important investments in critical workforce development programs.”

Today’s launch represents another project related to broadband expansion that builds upon efforts by Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to expand and enhance high-speed internet access for businesses and families throughout Ohio.

The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy can be found on the BroadbandOhio website.

City of Tiffin asks residents provide feedback on projects

Dream Big Tiffin received five new proposals and 16 new ideas this year

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 5, 2021 – On behalf of the City of Tiffin, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is excited to announce that the new community development project proposals and ideas submitted in this year’s Dream Big, Tiffin initiative have been posted online. TSEP is asking the public to go to dreambigtiffin.com to provide their feedback through Nov. 24, 2021.

Jodie Reinbolt, Chair of the Tiffin Community Development Committee and Executive Director of the Tiffin Community Foundation, explained what the public can expect from the process. “While there are no guarantees that any of these projects will be funded, or that they will occur, we do know that communities with stronger public engagement win more grants and get more projects done than they would have otherwise. We appreciate everyone’s participation.”

Last year, there were 10 project proposals with detailed description, budgets, and support documentation submitted, and since then, two of those projects have been completed: Salvation Army Parking Lot (private funding) and Seneca County Cares for Families (public/private funding) for this year. The remaining seven priority or recommended projects will remain on the list again this year: Court Street Alley improvements, South River Road Trail, Bunky Bike Tree, Community Kitchen, Trail Connections, South Washington Streetscape, and the Transformational Life Center.

New project proposals this year include a Community Garden, Cycling Without Age Program, Downtown Holiday Lighting, a Martin Luther King Monument, and Salvation Army Day Camps. Additionally, there are 16 new ideas that are being added to the 28 from last year, bringing the total community “wish list” to 44.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Our city continues to get more public and private community development projects done than other cities our size. From our roads and bridges to our parks and trails, from our healthcare to education, we continue to make strides towards higher quality of life. This process is designed to help us accomplish more and know what the public thinks.”

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.org.

Jolly’s to go under new ownership

Company has been part of Tiffin community for 74 years

Jolly’s previous owner Diane Hassinger poses for a picture with new co-owners, Amber and Dave Spridgeon.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 4, 2021 – Today, a Tiffin tradition is coming under new ownership. Dave Spridgeon, owner of The Renaissance of Tiffin and Barrel 51, has announced that he has purchased Jolly’s, which is celebrating 74 years of business.

Co-owners Dave and Amber Spridgeon have been working with previous owner Diane Hassinger for a while to finalize the sale of the business that has been with her family for three generations. Dave Spridgeon said he has no plans to make any changes to the menu, which will continue to feature Jolly’s family recipe ketchup, sloppy joes, chicken, chili, pulled pork and root beer. They hope to add donuts in January.

Hassinger’s grandparents, Roy and Vivian Jolivette, opened Jolly’s in 1947 as an A&W Root Beer stand. Known for its root beer and Coney dogs, the drive-in was a staple on West Market Street for more than 70 years. In 1980, Diane took over from her parents, Gene and Colett, who had succeeded her grandparents. In 2017, Diane had moved into the historic Laird Building in Downtown Tiffin, after having been selling Jolly’s staples out of a food truck following the sale of the original property.

Hassinger is looking forward to retirement and spending time with her grandkids. “I want to thank the community for supporting my family for 74 years by coming to Jolly’s. I’m proud that we were able realize my dream to make our food available year-round and offer indoor dining,” she said. “I believe that Dave will continue to honor the Jolly’s tradition.”

In addition to the Renaissance, Dave Spridgeon introduced the Renaissance on Wheels and the Pink Lady food truck in 2020. The Renaissance and Barrel 51, which opened its doors in 2017, recently was named the Heritage Ohio 2021 Main Street Business of the Year.

Dave Spridgeon is excited about the opportunity to keep Jolly’s in Tiffin, and hopes to eventually add some of the Jolly’s sandwiches to the offerings at his other businesses. “The Tiffin community has been so welcoming since I opened my business in 2017, and I’m excited to now be part of the history of Jolly’s. I’m not only looking forward to continuing the legacy of the Diane’s family, but to make new memories with Jolly’s for years to come.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Amber and Dave Spridgeon on yet another positive announcement for their businesses and continued investment in Tiffin. It is exciting to see a long-time Tiffin staple being preserved for future generations to enjoy. I also want to wish Diane Hassinger a happy and well-deserved retirement.”

Jolly’s is located at 66 E. Market St., Tiffin. For more information, visit www.jollysdrivein.com or find them on Facebook. Jolly’s is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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.