Bailiwicks Tiffin

Bailiwicks owner purchases building in Downtown Tiffin

Coffee company has been in business since 2011

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 4, 2021 – Established in 2011 and opened in 2012, Bailiwicks Coffee Co. has been an integral part of the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin. In January, owner Jess Wirth decided to take her business to the next level, by purchasing her building, 62 S. Washington St., and plans to invest more into the building and equipment over the next five years.

Wirth said she will be investing $70,000 in a total building renovation over the next three years.  March 2, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review approved a matching Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant of $8,215 for masonry and wall repair. Additionally, Wirth expects to invest about $35,000 in new equipment upgrades over the next five years.

In 2016, Wirth invested in a coffee roaster, which is located at the front of the coffee shop, near the counter and in front of the windows on S. Washington St. The roaster has allowed her to introduce a locally-roasted coffee line that is bagged and sold at the coffee shop and at specialty shops throughout Seneca County.

“I’m excited that Bailiwicks is celebrating 9 years in business this year, and that I’ve been able to continue to invest and grow this business in that time,” Wirth said. “Thank you to the Tiffin community for all of your support throughout the years.”

Bailiwicks owner owner Jess Wirth.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Congratulations to Jess on purchasing her building and continuing to make Downtown Tiffin a destination.”

In 2013, Bailiwicks received the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC, now Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership). Previous to becoming the coffee house, the building had been the offices of the then-Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce and SIEDC.

For more about Bailiwicks, visit www.bailiwickscoffeecompany.com or find them on Facebook, on Twitter, @BailiwicksCoffe and on Intsagram.

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.

Bailiwicks Coffee Company in downtown Tiffin

2014_01_24 - Bailiwicks PeopleI visited Bailiwicks Coffee Company in downtown Tiffin for the first time last month to really enjoy it, meeting a number of people to talk over community branding strategy. I had had a cup of coffee at the relatively new business (opened March 13, 2012) owned by Jess and Travis Williams when I first visited Tiffin, but this time–during a cold winter’s morning–I got to settle in for a long winter’s conversation :)

I’m a coffee fan, but when it comes to coffee shops, I look for three key things: (1) quality of the coffee, (2) furniture, atmosphere, wifi and vibe, and (3) ability to purchase quality food and bags of bean/ground coffee (with fair trade options). Bailiwicks gets high marks from me in all three categories.

First, they get their coffee from Red Rambler Coffees in Wauseon, Ohio, about once per week.  Mel and Jo Michelson, who own Red Rambler, have a life long love affair with java, and are serious about quality–they only use Arabica beans and only the top 5% of those. I typically drink my coffee black, as I like to taste it, and it delivered. Enjoyed about 4 cups over the course of a couple hours. Fabulous.

Once the coffee is good, do I want to spend some time at the shop. Bailiwicks is this great mix of college energy (a great hangout for students from Heidelberg–it’s less than 1/3 mile away from campus–and Tiffin Universities), earthy comfort (love me some cushions on chairs and sofas), but bright and creative (not too dark with art on walls and various rooms/alcoves to go). So, check on the furniture, atmosphere, and vibe–and oh, yes, they have WiFi ( a must.)

I always ask about fair trade, and many of the beans for sale were. They sell 4 oz. bags (bean or ground) for $3.50 and 12 oz. bags at $9.50. They also purvey baked goodies from three local bakers – Almost Yours Bakery, Oh So Sweet Bakery, and Baked Happiness! by Tamara (Republic, Ohio.) When I was there, Baked Happiness! had some snickerdoodles and coffee cake, Oh So Sweet had buckeyes and butter cookies, and Almost Yours had a plethora of scones (Chai, Maple Walnut, Cherry Almond). Had already eaten, so it’s on my list of things to do to sample (as well as visiting these local businesses).

Bailiwicks has also had a lot of positive press the past couple years, as part of the new downtown revitalization that’s going on Tiffin. Two great features were the March 2013 Advertiser-Tribune article “Downtown Tiffin has it going on” and the  Sept. 2013 A-T article “Tiffin Business Activity Picking Up.” They also won (deservedly so) the 2013 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award by the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC – my organization).

Bottom line – great coffee, great conversation, great atmosphere, great business…in a downtown that’s becoming great. Definitely a Seneca Success story :)