downtown Tiffin Ohio

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.

SOUL Boutique opening in Downtown Tiffin

Business provides hemp-based health and beauty products

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 16, 2021 – SOUL Boutique is planning to open its doors in Downtown Tiffin this spring. Tiffin-native Amanda Byrd is excited to open her boutique and offer hemp-based health and beauty products.

SOUL Boutique will offer tinctures, topicals, CBD-infused pet treats, gummies, flavored water, in addition to facial and hair care products. Carrying a variety of Ohio based products and working with Ohio based vendors is important to Byrd. All the products sold are legal and many contain no traces of THC.

“We will work to provide safe, quality CBD products with transparency and offer community education,” Byrd said.

The newly renovated showroom has live wood edge counter tops, and cloud-like epoxied floors. SOUL features a bar area for people to sit and have a conversation with Byrd.

“The space sets the vibe. My goal is that everyone who enters feels the love that has been put into creating this space and the products we carry,” Byrd said. “I’ve always wanted to help people – this shop has given me the opportunity to make a difference in my hometown. Our ideal is to have anyone who steps into the boutique leave feeling uplifted. My vision is to provide unique, natural solutions to help people and their animals find homeostasis in the world today.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Amanda Byrd on the opening of SOUL Boutique and investing in Downtown Tiffin.”

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.

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for fifth year

Tiffin recognized as a National Main Street Community

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 12, 2021 – For the fifth year, Downtown Tiffin has been re -recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, it focuses on four points: organization, design, promotions and economic vitality. Each point is an integral part in the successful revitalization of a downtown area.

The Ohio Main Street program is a partner of Main Street America. Accreditation is an honor that must be earned every year by meeting the program’s high standards as determined by an annual quality audit by state officials. With this distinction, Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at both the state and national level for 2016-2020.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, 55 new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and nearly $33 million in investment has occurred in the downtown.

In October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with two statewide awards by Heritage Ohio, Best Downtown Placemaking for the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater at the East Green and National Corner and Historic Farmstead of the Year for Winterberry Farm. Since 2017, Downtown Tiffin has received six additional awards and one honorable mention from Heritage Ohio.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was glad to see Downtown Tiffin recognized. “I’m honored that Downtown Tiffin has received its accreditation for the fifth year. Especially during this difficult year, I’m proud of our business and building owners and the hard work of Amy Reinhart, Director of Downtown Revitalization for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership,  and members of the downtown development committees.”

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 Heritage Ohio As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism. Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at www.HeritageOhio.org

Slate Real Estate moving to Downtown Tiffin

Company purchased, renovated 300 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 11, 2020Slate Real Estate LLC has announced that it is moving to Downtown Tiffin at 300 S. Washington St., Tiffin, and after extensive interior and exterior renovations, hope to be open in December.

Slate Real Estate LLC was founded in January 2016 by mother and daughter-in-law partners and owners Marcia and Britny Focht. Slate provides commercial, land and residential realty services in Seneca, Hancock, Wyandot, Sandusky, Crawford, Erie and Huron counties and specializes in providing home staging services. In addition to Marcia and Britny, Slate’s Realtors include Mike Martin, Sara Wingart and Paula Granata.

“Our business has succeeded thanks to community support, and we are so grateful,” said co-owner Britny Focht. “We were drawn to the downtown location because of the traffic exposure the building had as well as wanting to be a contributing part of the revitalization of the downtown area. We are fortunate that we’ve been able to give this building the attention it deserves and re-open it as something new.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I am excited to see that Slate Real Estate is growing and has decided to purchase and renovate a building in Downtown Tiffin. Congratulations to Marcia and Britny on making it to nearly 5 years and continuing to invest in Tiffin.”

For more information, visit www.slaterealestate.net or find Slate Real Estate, LLC on Facebook. Slate Real Estate is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

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.

Hair Studio 47 completes renovation of beloved building

Hair salon hosting open house, ribbon cutting on Oct. 29

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 22, 2020 – Having been in business for almost a year, Hair Studio 47 is announcing that it has completed renovations to their building and celebrating with an open house and ribbon cutting. The building, located at 47 N. Washington St., was the former Carmi’s Hairstyling.

Owner Alicia Smith and hairdresser Tecia Vassalle operate the hair salon for men and women and offer services including cuts, colors, eyebrow wax, perms and chemical treatments and beard trimming.

After purchasing the building in 2019, Alicia Smith and her husband, Ryan, invested into renovations of the interior and exterior. Frank Mangiola, who owned and operated the barber shop, was cousins with Alicia’s father, and she’s glad she can keep it in the family. The building also was the first location of Ralph’s Appliances, now Ralph’s Joy of Living at 33 N. Washington St.

“I am excited to be able to own my business in Tiffin and keep the tradition of this space going for years to come,” Alicia said. “A lot of people remember coming here as a kid to get their hair cut, and there were faithful clients until the end. I’m happy to open the doors back up for a lot of them and new clients, too.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Alicia and Ryan Smith on opening Hair Studio 47 and celebrating a year of business in Tiffin.”

An open house is 4-6 p.m. at the salon, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Hair Studio 47 is a member of Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Alicia at (567) 938-9581 or Tecia at (419) 618-4973.

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.

Nail salon opening in Downtown Tiffin

House of Beauty on Washington opened May 25

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 27, 2020 – Business owner Ana Tran is investing in Downtown Tiffin with her new nail salon, House of Beauty on Washington at 90 S. Washington St. The salon opened on May 25.

Tran has owned a salon in Toledo for 19 years and decided to move to Tiffin.

“I wasn’t considering Downtown Tiffin at first, but this is just such a nice location,” she said about her newly renovated space.

As well as traditional manicures and pedicures, Tran plans to keep her manicurists up to date on the newest techniques and latest trends.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m always excited to see people wanting to invest 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.

Tiffin Tales brings stories to Seneca youth

TSPL, Downtown Tiffin partner on video series

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 19, 2020Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Downtown Tiffin have partnered for “Tiffin Tales,” a program that brings stories to children and families unable to visit the library due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series now has three videos, with Toria Felton of FroZone, Shirley Williams of UIS Insurance & Investments and Donna Overholt of the Tiffin Glass Collectors Club & Museum.

New videos of Downtown Tiffin business representatives and community leaders reading books from the library will debut on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be available for just one week each.

The program is possible through permission from Simon & Schuster Education and Library for librarians to share picture books during the COVID-19 crisis.

Matthew Ross, director of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, commented: “With the virus making it hard for kids to get into the community — let alone the library — we decided to ask leaders in our community to help us bring the library to kids! Many thanks to our friends at Downtown Tiffin for helping us get the word out!”

For more information or to view videos, find Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Downtown Tiffin on Facebook or look for #TiffinTales.

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 grants approved for two Downtown Tiffin buildings

Architectural board OKs funds for Champs, Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus

A picture of the building that houses Champs, 270 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 4, 2020 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Champs, 270 S. Washington St., and Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus LLC, 27 Court St.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a $2,264.78 Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the roof of Champs and a $919.50 grant for gutters on the Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus building. Combined, the projects total a $6,368.56 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of Hempy Water, 227 S. Washington St. and 235 S. Washington St., Kahler Apartments, 210 S. Washington St.; Gem Yoga and 3EC Development, 2 Sycamore St.; and Phillips Electric, 176 S. Washington St. Combined, the projects total a $47,107.94 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program in 2019. The ABR approved grants for the owners of 14 buildings in Downtown Tiffin in 2019, for a total investment of $239,764.85.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m proud to see more building owners take advantage of the façade program. It continues to be a great investment for the City of Tiffin.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 88 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.5 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program 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.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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.com.

Hempy Water receives façade grants

Architectural board OKs $20,000 in funds

Top, an artist’s rendering of the Hempy Water office building (left) and storage facility. Below, a picture of the current office building, 227 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 19, 2020 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Hempy Water’s office building and storage facility, 227 S. Washington St. and 235 S. Washington St., respectively.

At the meeting, the ABR approved two Downtown Façade Enhancement Grants for Hempy Water — a $10,000 grant to replace the mansard roof for the office building, 227 S. Washington St. and a $10,000 grant to redesign the roof on the storage facility, 235 S. Washington St. Combined, the projects total a $44,534 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of Kahler Apartments, 210 S. Washington St.; Gem Yoga and 3EC Development, 2 Sycamore St.; and Phillips Electric, 176 S. Washington St. Combined, the projects total a $47,107.94 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program in 2019. The ABR approved grants for the owners of 14 buildings in Downtown Tiffin in 2019, for a total investment of $239,764.85.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see two great businesses in Downtown Tiffin able to take advantage of this program to improve their buildings and better the look of our city.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 86 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.5 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program 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.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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.com.