downtown Tiffin Ohio

Façade grants approved for two businesses

Program has now supported 100 building projects in Downtown Tiffin

The exterior of Behm & Henry, 185 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 5, 2021 – During a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved façade grants for Bailiwicks and Behm & Henry. With these approvals, 100 building projects in Downtown Tiffin have now been approved by the ABR for the Façade Enhancement Program.

During the meeting, the board approved a $4,360 facade grant for Bailiwicks Coffee Co., 62 S. Washington St., for roof repair and door replacement; and a $10,000 grant for Behm & Henry, 185 S. Washington St., for roof replacement and skylight repair. Combined, the estimated cost of these projects is a $30,498 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement of the most recent façade grant projects, and especially with the program for hitting the milestone. “When we started this program in 2014, we had the vision of maintaining these historic properties in Downtown Tiffin, but also helping those building owners and businesses who are investing in our community. I couldn’t be more proud that we’ve been able to see 100 projects funded by this program, and expect we’ll keep seeing that number grow for years to come.”

The 2021 Façade Enhancement Program continues to be successful with 13 building project approvals for an investment of more than $245,000. Since the city-funded Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 100 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.6 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.

Façade Grant approved for UIS Insurance and Investments

Company receives maximum grant amount for roof replacement

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 8, 2021 – During a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a façade grant for UIS Insurance & Investments for roof replacement.

During the meeting, the board approved a $10,000 Façade Enhancement Grant for UIS Insurance & Investments for their location at 51 Washington St. to replace the current roofing material with new EPDM roofing material. The $28,983 project was approved for the maximum grant amount.

Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Downtown buildings are expensive to maintain and I’m pleased to see that the City can support this investment by UIS Insurance to preserve their historic building.”

The 2021 Façade Enhancement Program continues to be successful with 11 building project approvals for an investment of more than $215,000. Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 98 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.6 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.

Rose & Co. Mercantile bringing home and lifestyle goods to Downtown Tiffin

Store to feature local and handmade goods, luxury gift items

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 26, 2021 – After graduating from college and living in Europe for several years, Tiffin area native – Kate Hade is back home and excited to start a new venture in Seneca County by opening Rose and Co. Mercantile, a general store featuring locally-produced, handmade and planet friendly items including home goods, lifestyle and body care products. The newly renovated shop is at 134 S. Washington St. in Downtown Tiffin and plans to open Sept. 10, just in time for the fall season this September.

Owner Kate Hade, said she named the store after her grandmother, Rose Ann. Hade said, “My grandma was really my role model, she instilled in me a knowledge and passion for cooking, designing, and hosting and entertaining, all of which are inspiration for the types of items I will be sharing with the growing community of Tiffin, the name was obvious from the start.” Examples of items on display include hand-poured candles and soaps, hand-woven baskets, Ohio crafted teas, syrups and spice blends, and other hand selected luxury gifts and housewares.

“I wanted to open this business because it has always been a goal of mine to be part of something to better our community and share my style with others. My grandma was always very involved here in Tiffin and she would be so proud of me for doing something I love, she always pushed me to keep working. It’s such a rewarding feeling to be able to offer this type of shopping experience to the people of Tiffin and the downtown atmosphere is the perfect place to do that,” said Kate Hade.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m happy to welcome Rose & Co. Mercantile to the Downtown Tiffin business community and wish Kate Hade luck on this unique store.”

For more information, find Rose and Co. Mercantile on Instagram @roseandcomercantile.

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.

Annual Summit to celebrate Downtown Tiffin

Live music and presentation featured at event

The crowd at the 2019 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit hear a presentation by Director of Downtown Revitalization Amy Reinhart on Sept. 4, 2019.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 25, 2021 – Join with community and business leaders in-person and commemorate a year of success for Downtown Tiffin with the 2021 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at The Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin. The event features live music, a presentation and awards ceremony.

The night will include a chance for attendees to network, and live music is to be provided by No Eileen. Ohio Sen. Kirk Schuring will give the keynote speech about downtown revitalization, followed by a presentation by Director of Downtown Revitalization Amy Reinhart. The event also includes the 2021 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Awards ceremony.

Tickets are $10. There is cash bar available and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.tiffinsummit.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.

Yours With Every Stitch opens in historic Laird Building

Store specializes in alterations, mending and custom services

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 20, 2021 – Yours With Every Stitch has announced today that it has opened a storefront location in the historic Laird Building in the heart of Downtown Tiffin. The store specializes in alterations, mending and custom seamstress services.

Owner Danielle Park is a recent Calvert High School graduate who started sewing when she was 8 years old and has maintained a passion for sewing through her involvement in 4-H. She started the business in her second semester of senior year at Calvert, and has now decided to open a physical location in Downtown Tiffin to better serve her current clients and grow a new customer base. The shop features a lounge area to help customers and guests feel comfortable while getting fitted.

In addition to alterations and mending, Danielle enjoys making custom clothes, which includes children’s clothing that she has been selling at JAM’s Monthly Markets. She hopes to one day expand her clothing line to include women’s clothing.

“I love downtown so much. The Laird Building is the coolest place and I’m excited about being part of the Downtown Tiffin community,” Danielle said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Congratulations to Danielle Park on the opening of your store and being part of the Downtown Tiffin retail community. It’s exciting to see young people invest here and bring their unique talents to Tiffin.”

To make an appointment, contact Danielle or stop in at the store, 114 S. Washington St., Suite B. To contact Danielle, email yourswitheverystitch@gmail.com, or call/text (567) 230-6450.

Yours With Every Stitch 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.

TSEP launches new Downtown Business Enhancement Survey

Online survey asks public about downtown shopping and dining

QR Code for Survey.
Available at tiffinsurvey.com

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 14, 2021 – Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today the first new public survey about shopping and dining preferences in downtown Tiffin and the surrounding area since the study contained in the Housing Opportunities Analysis in 2019. Any resident, visitor, employee and student can fill out the survey, which is available at www.tiffinsurvey.com and will be open until July 15, 2021. Participants will be entered into a gift card drawing.

Information from the confidential, short survey will be used to help the Downtown Business Enhancement Committee (DBEC) and TSEP Staff strategically target new businesses to attract to the downtown. The goal will be to do the survey annually or biannually to continually have current, accurate information on the public’s shopping habits and preferences for Downtown Tiffin.

In 2019, the Housing Opportunity Analysis listed a bakery, an indoor farmer’s market, family recreation, a clothing store, and a grocery as the top five businesses. It also listed steakhouse, American traditional, steak & seafood, BBQ, and Breakfast/Brunch as the top five menu types sought for downtown. The new data will provide a way to compare trends over time.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz praised the effort, saying, “Efforts like this are one of the hundreds of things we do to continue our downtown momentum and the number of new businesses starting up and thriving in our center city. I encourage everyone to fill it out.”

Bill Jones, Downtown Business Enhancement Committee Chair, commented “Our intention is to encourage local entrepreneurs and to target the most highly sought business types within a 60-mile radius and ask if they would like to open a new branch.”

Questions should be directed to Amy Reinhart, the Director of Downtown Revitalization, at 419.767.0328 or by email at reinhart@tiffinseneca.org.

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.

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.

Bill and Kelli Jones receive 2020 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Winners named during TSEP Annual Meeting

Scott Kromer, TSEP Board Treasurer and member of the Executive Board Member, presents Bill Jones with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at the 2021 TSEP Annual Meeting.

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 11, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is proud to have named Bill and Kelli Jones as recipients of the 2021 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award during the 2021 Annual Meeting June 3, 2021.

Bill and Kelli started working in real estate shortly after Bill became a licensed auctioneer, and found that it was a natural fit to get in the realty market.

“I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset. I’ve always kind of wanted to drive my own ship and control my own destiny,” Bill said.

“It allows us that flexibility to raise our family the way we want to raise our family and also be part of a great Town,” Kelli said.

In 2016, RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty moved to Downtown Tiffin, first at 99 E. Perry St., and then into their current office at in the historic Laird Building.

In 2020, Bill and Kelli brought Motto Mortgage Unlimited to Tiffin, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise focused on transparency and compliance, has a new office in Ohio. Motto Mortgage Unlimited, is Tiffin’s only locally owned and operated mortgage brokerage and serves all markets throughout Ohio.

“With Motto Mortgage, we thought if we bought that back to Tiffin, that would be something else that would better our community,” Kelli said.

Kelli said one of the things she likes best about working with Motto Mortgage is that they are connected with Mission Against Hunger, and they hope to begin working on raising funds for that organization this year.

In other charitable ventures, through RE/MAX, Bill and Kelli have raised more than $70,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.

“We’re thankful we can help the community and do those things,” Kelli.

Bill said he likes that he and Kelli can maintain their independence while getting the support from respected companies that he works with.

“At the end of the day, we’re a locally owned and operated business,” Bill said. “Our agents, us, our employees, we’re all local to the community, most of us were born and raised here, so being part of the big national brands, we have all the tools and resources – with RE/MAX, with Motto Mortgage – but with that small town, local service.

Bill and Kelli thanked their family, friends, employees, agents and the clients and customers who have given them support throughout the years.

“We’re so proud to be part of the Tiffin Community, Seneca County community, and we’re going to continue to be here.” Bill said.

“Thank you for the continued support, we couldn’t do it without you.” Kelli said.

The store is located in the Laird Building at 108 S. Washington St., Tiffin, and for more information, find RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty on Facebook or visit www.419homesearch.com.

To view the award video, visit https://youtu.be/Kf-kFHHfIg8 or find a link to it at www.tiffinseneca.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.

New social enterprise to employ human trafficking, domestic violence survivors

Program works with Sisters in Shelter

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 3, 2021 – Beginning today, a new boutique website has launched for Hope’s Landing, a non-profit social enterprise partnering with Sisters in Shelter in Downtown Tiffin. Hope’s Landing features products including candles, soaps and lip balm that are produced by human trafficking and domestic violence survivors.

By working with clients of Sisters in Shelter, Hope’s Landing offers survivors the opportunity to gain employment and earn a wage, job skills, and access to education, such as money management courses, and mental health services.

Sisters in Shelter is a non-profit organization located in Downtown Tiffin, Ohio that offers services to human trafficking and domestic violence survivors, including operating a safe house. The organization also strive to educate the community on these issues and the need to address them in Tiffin.

“For some clients at Sisters in Shelter, it is incredibly difficult to transition back into normal life after leaving our services. I am excited that we can help these women earn an income, learn life skills and still be part of the lifelong support system Sisters in Shelter has in place,” said Leah Cordy, Founder and Executive Director.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Hope’s Landing provides a valuable service for the women who are helped by Sisters in Shelter. It is exciting to see this next step for this very important program.”

As well as on the website, Hope’s Landing products also will be for sale at farmers markets in Tiffin, Findlay, Fostoria and Fremont, as well as the Tiffin Flea Market:

  • Findlay: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Oct. 7
  • Fostoria: July 17, Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Sept. 4, Sept. 18
  • Fremont: June 19, July 17, Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16
  • Tiffin: June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, Aug. 14, August 28, Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23
  • Tiffin Flea Market: June 12-13, Aug. 14-15, Sept. 11-12, Oct. 2-3.

For more information, find Hope’s Landing on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok or visit hopes-landing.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.

Downtown Tiffin Business Directory connects businesses and customers

Interactive site allows people to search products, categories

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 4, 2021 – A new website is available for residents and visitors to find out everything that is offered in Downtown Tiffin with just a click of a button. The Downtown Tiffin Business Directory is an interactive site where customers can search for products that are available downtown, including shopping, dining, classes and arts. It is a one stop location for downtown business information, and it links directly to the individual business pages for online shopping options. 

The site features a search bar to find individual items or services and category tabs for Art, Classes, Fitness, Food & Drink, Glass, Home, Religion, Services, and Shopping. To find the site, visit downtowntiffinevents.com and click the button on the top of the page (or click here from your browser).

The service was developed by Judy Smith and members of the Downtown Business Enhancement Committee to support downtown small businesses.

Bill Jones, chair of the Downtown Business Enhancement Committee said, “We’re excited to be able to link all of the downtown businesses with this website and show people that there’s a lot to do in 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.

TSEP, Chamber moving to the heart of Downtown Tiffin

New offices across from Seneca County Justice Center

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 24, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services are announcing that the two organizations are moving their offices to 94 S. Washington St., across from the Seneca County Justice Center. The last day of operations at the Bradley Building, 19 W. Market St., is April 2.

By year’s end, TSEP and the Chamber intend to renovate the first floor of the new building to include a new Welcome Center for Destination Seneca County. While renovations are being completed, TSEP and the Chamber will be operating out of the second floor of the building, which will be accessible to the public during business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Built in 1881, 94-96 S. Washington Street is marked as the Grummel-Remmele Block. The building has had many tenants in its history, including American Discount and most recently as the American Institute of Massage Therapy.

TSEP, then Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., purchased the Bradley Building in 2010 and made that theirs and the Chamber’s offices for more than 10 years. This move brings the offices back into the heart of Downtown Tiffin, after having previously operated out of 62 S. Washington St.

TSEP President & CEO David Zak said with the announcement, “We are excited about the move and view it as a commitment to historic preservation, downtown Tiffin, and our partnership with the Chamber and Destination Seneca County.” Chamber Executive Director Bryce Riggs agreed, saying, “We are excited about this next evolution for the Chamber and tourism in Seneca County. We believe a new, upscale welcome center will be inviting and informative for visitors and residents alike.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the news, “TSEP and the Chamber are helping to drive business and visitor growth in our community. We congratulate them on the move.” Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner added, “It is fitting that TSEP, the Chamber, and Destination Seneca County move into the civic core of our county seat, across the street from Seneca County Justice Center, a testament to the collaboration that is helping drive us forward.”

During the move, the best way to contact TSEP or Chamber staff is by email, which can be found at their respective websites.

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.

About the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services

For over a century, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services has been the trusted source of knowledge and support for area businesses. As innovators who find new ways of getting things done, we are staying up to date on economic, community, and technological developments. The Chamber wants their members to thrive, raising the bar for growth and prosperity in Seneca County. Learn more at www.TiffinChamber.com.