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#SupportLocalSnapshots social media contest created to promote the support of local businesses during crisis.

Directions for the contest are as follows:

Post a photo to Facebook that shows an action supporting local businesses! Examples include picking up a carry-out meal, getting a delivery from a local restaurant or ordering online from a local shop.

We ask you to use the honor system and to post only photos taken after this contest began on Monday, March 23rd.

To be entered in the contest, you must use the hashtag “#supportlocalsnapshots” and tag both the business as well as Downtown Tiffin or Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership.

Gift card prizes will be awarded based on the number of “likes” received.

Remember, you can use the new site, SenecaDining.com to locate local carry-out and delivery options that are available as well as hours for each.

If you have qeustions, you can message our Facebook page or email flood@tiffinseneca.org.

We look forward to seeing your #supportlocalsnapshots posts!

Please remember to follow the guidelines put out by the CDC and the State of Ohio that include staying home expect to perform essential tasks. Picking up food and groceries is still permitted. Remember to wash your hands frequently and practice safe habits. See the website below for more information on best practices: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

Downtown Tiffin recognized at Heritage Ohio Conference

Last week, SIEDC staff attended the Heritage Ohio Annual Conference in downtown Cincinnati. Staff members attended educational sessions on redevelopment, state-wide and national incentive programs, historical preservation and more.

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We also took walking tours of retail shops, restaurants, business development locations, community developments (such as parks and other public spaces), all within once neglected historical neighborhoods of downtown Cincinnati.

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Not only did we gather a wealth of information to be used in our downtown revitalization efforts, on Tuesday night, we were joined by Tiffin community members and downtown advocates as we were recognized as an official Main Street Community.

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We are excited to apply what we’ve learned to our own downtown!

Relive the drama of 1913 historic flood

Calamity CourageLisa Swickard, local historian and author of award-winning book “Calamity and Courage: Tiffin’s Battle During Ohio’s Deadly 1913 Flood,” is offering tours of areas affected by Tiffin’s devastating 1913 flood that left 19 dead and 500 homeless.

The tour is informal and interactive, with Lisa drawing on personal accounts she has collected over decades. Throughout the tour, Lisa tells stories of the homes and businesses that were affected, some of which were completely destroyed or washed away, and rescue efforts for trapped residents. She draws attention to various landmarks that survived the flood, houses that were moved after the flood in order to widen the river, and the locations of homes and businesses that were completely destroyed.

The Downtown Tour traces the path of flood destruction in the area surrounding the Sandusky river. The tour circles around Frost Parkway, Market Street, Monroe Street, a bit of Perry Street, and South Washington Street. Key places include the bridges, the flood marker located on the wall of the police station, the Knights of Columbus building area, the Tiffin Eagles building and Frost Parkway.

There are three different tours available by appointment:

  • Downtown Tour – An hour to hour and a half tour of the flood zone. $5 adults / $3 children 15+
  • Extended Downtown Tour – Downtown Tour plus East Davis Street. $7 adults / $4 children 15+;
  • Entire Flood Zone Tour – A day-long tour that encompasses the entire flood district. $15 adults / $9 children 15+

To contact Lisa for any of the flood tours listed above, email her or call 567.525.9317. For more information about Lisa and other tours, visit www.virginalleypress.com/.

Tiffin Academy of Hair Design approved for Façade Grant

More than $275,000 invested in downtown Tiffin through Façade Enhancement program

Hair AcademyTIFFIN, OHIO – July 7, 2015 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the Tiffin Academy of Hair Design at 104 East Market Street.

The project is the ninth Façade Enhancement Grant of 2015, bringing the total investment in downtown improvement to more than $275,000. Halfway through the year more than half of the yearly budget for the grant, more than $50,000, has been allocated. The academy will receive $3,750 to aid in their $7,500 project.

“We are excited to receive this grant and to give our building a new look. It is great to see the buildings downtown taken care of.” owner Therese Vogel said.

Improvements include repairing the existing trim on the front of the building and painting it with a new color scheme in keeping with historic colors. The existing railing on the balcony will be repaired and repainted black. The stucco at the front corner of the building will also be repaired.

Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the impact of the Façade Enhancement Grant on downtown improvements. “The program has been in place for less than a year and it is already making a noticeable difference in the atmosphere downtown. It is amazing to see how many building owners are taking the opportunity to invest in downtown Tiffin.”

The building at 104 East Market is known as the “Smith Block” and was constructed in 1895 by local contractor Frank Morcher for the owners William and Laura (Bloom) Smith. There was a twin building next door with exactly the same stone facade but it was torn down to create a parking lot.

About SIEDC

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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Building history courtesy of local historian John Huss.

Downtown Business Opportunity: Surf ‘N Turf

IMG_20150623_161247Are you interested in specialty foods and looking to own your own business? Surf ‘N Turf Specialties and More is the perfect opportunity for you! The market, located at the corner of Sycamore and Washington Streets in downtown Tiffin, serves up meat and seafood that are just as unique as its location. Owners Dale and Laurie Schwochow are looking to sell the business along with the property, in order to spend more time with family.

Surf ‘N Turf specializes in meats and seafood you can’t get anywhere else, and if they don’t have it, they can special order it. Another unique feature of the business the grilling that takes place every weekend in the ample parking lot. Customers can stop by or call ahead to place an order.

Specialties include filet mignon wrapped in bacon, crab legs, scallops, oysters, lobster tails, house-made sausage, bratwurst, and chicken and salmon balls, while unique items like alligator and shark can be found on the menu as well. Also featured: specialty seasonings, meat rubs, garlic oils, marinades, cooking wines, truffle oils, and bourbon glaze and BBQ sauces, and traditional fare such as deli meats and cheeses, soups, and tuna, chicken, potato and macaroni salads. Products are all-natural and fresh, with no additives.

The building at 300 South Washington Street was built in 1910 and has housed Surf ‘N Turf since 1987. It is 885 square feet and comes with a walk-in cooler and a detached walk-in freezer. There is also a parking lot capable of accommodating 15-20 vehicles.

For more information, contact Dale and Laurie Schwochow at 419.447.7873.

Historic downtown building undergoes renovation

Tiffin couple to renovate 8,000 sq. ft. building, create high-end apartments

KeBolt ExteriorTIFFIN, OHIO – June 15, 2015 – Renovations have begun on the building at 140/142 South Washington Street in Tiffin. Built in the late 1800s by Tiffin’s first millionaire, Rezin Shawhan, the building is part of what was once the “Empire Block” on South Washington Street and is the current location of The Beanstalk & Company.

The Beanstalk is to remain in the commercial space on the first floor and three upstairs apartments will be renovated in two phases. Phase one includes restoring the flooring, reverting the plaster back to brick, painting, redoing the railing around the loft and updating the bathroom and kitchen in the 2,000 square foot loft apartment occupying two stories of the building. Phase two involves renovating the other two apartments.KeBolt inside

The project may also qualify for a Façade Enhancement Grant for external work such as window restoration, trim painting and front door replacement.

“We love downtown Tiffin and think with all the positive development, it’s a great time to invest.” owner Weston Reinbolt said. Both Tiffin natives, Reinbolt and his wife Suzie Reineke moved back to Tiffin after living in Columbus and Findlay, and recently remodeled a previously foreclosed home in Findlay. “We are really looking forward to living in downtown Tiffin and to be part of its renaissance. It’s an exciting time,” Reineke added.

About SIEDC

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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Two South Washington Street buildings to get façade updates

$83,000 to be invested in exterior improvements

Laird TIFFIN, OHIO – June 9, 2015 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the Laird Arcade, the ninth awarded in 2015, and Laurie Repp, owner of 159 South Washington Street, announced plans to paint her building. Combined, more than $83,000 will be invested.

The Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, owners of the Laird Arcade at the corner of Market and Washington Streets, will use grant funds to help offset the cost of a new roof. The existing roof is a rolled rubber membrane, and will be replaced with the same material. The estimated total cost of the project is $78,000, of which $10,000, the highest amount available through the program, will be covered by the Façade Enhancement Grant.

Improvements to 159 South Washington Street, current home of New Horizons of Tiffin, will include washing, caulking, glazing and painting the building’s façade and replacing the window treatments on the second floor. The total cost of the project is $5,000.159 S. Washington

The building dates back to at least 1869, when Wolf & Son opened their book bindery. From the 1870’s until prohibition, a number of saloons occupied the space. In 1932, Mr. and Mrs. William Griffith opened their women’s ready-to-wear store, modernized the interior, and added a new storefront and novel marquee. Clevenger’s and F.W. Uhlman & Co. also occupied the space before it was purchased and converted to law offices in 1996.

Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the façade improvements. “It is great to see downtown building owners investing in the appearance of their buildings and helping to make downtown Tiffin a destination.”

About SIEDC

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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Building history courtesy of local historian John Huss.