Ralph’s Joy of Living

Ralph'sMeet Ralph and Julie Smothers, owners of Ralph’s Joy of Living, located at 33 N. Washington St. in Tiffin. This year, Ralph’s celebrated 65 years in business. With an emphasis on being a one-stop-shop, Ralph’s is also the only appliance store in the US with a wine and beer license. They carry more than 600 wine labels, a great selection of imported beer, fresh roasted coffee, all kinds of kitchen gadgets, cookware, appliances and televisions. This March, they will add a Serta mattress showroom so customers can “Eat, Drink, Sleep.”

“We love Tiffin, this is our home,” Ralph says. “We want to bring people in not only from Tiffin, but from a two hour radius. If I can bring people to Tiffin, it helps everyone. We believe in providing superior customer service; people love coming here because they know they’ll be looked after.”

You can “Escape From Grouchy” at Ralph’s Joy of Living Mon-Wed 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs-Fri 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Another Man’s Treasure opens in downtown Tiffin

Amt outsidePartners Dave Underwood and Tony Weiner have announced the opening of their new second-hand shop, Another Man’s Treasure, at 20 East Market Street. The building is a mixed-use development featuring a retail store as well as three renovated apartments.

Underwood choose the Tiffin location because of his positive impression about the town. “Tiffin is a nice city, with nice people. It’s clean and people care about the community,” he said. The original concept was to be a second Splinter’s Cafe restaurant, modeled after the original Carey location. A few months ago, Underwood decided it made better business sense to redevelop the property for retail use.

Another Man’s Treasure features furniture, appliances, collectibles and antiques. There are items for everyone from antique collectors to college students, and Underwood and Weiner source their items at estate sales and auctions, finding bargains and fixing up items. “This is what I love to do,” Weiner said, “It’s like a treasure hunt.”

The pair also plans to expand the store in the future. In addition to the current store space, another room is being prepared as a show room, and there are plans to open up a boarded off garage door as a display window. There are also two warehouses in the back with a patio that they plan to use as an outdoor display space. Updates, including new paint, have already been made to the storefront, and further landscaping is planned.

The store is open from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and the store can be contacted at 419.455.3146.