downtown Tiffin

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.

B.E.S.T. to open in Downtown Tiffin

Restaurant featuring street tacos, breakfast staples

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 22, 2021 – B.E.S.T. Taco Shop & Breakfast Spot (BEST) a veteran-owned taqueria, has announced today that it is planning to open in mid-May at 45 S. Washington St., across from The Ritz Theatre in Downtown Tiffin.

The restaurant gets its name for the acronym for Bacon, Eggs, and Street Tacos (B.E.S.T.), as a reference to the menu, which will include popular items such as California-inspired and baja-style street tacos, homemade fire-roasted salsa and guacamole, burritos, quesadillas, traditional sides, an Ohio based queso and breakfast items; including breakfast tacos and burritos, omelets and fresh fruits. The restaurant will also have many vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and low carb options.

Owner/operator Jeff Snavely, a Tiffin Columbian High School graduate, served in the U.S. Army and then lived in Arizona and California for a few years before returning to Tiffin in 2014. He has been working on making the restaurant a reality after more than two years of planning and investments.

“This community is such a fabulous place to live, work, and eat. Seeing the way that the community has grown under its excellent leadership, I wanted to be part of that and make something for my family and give back to my hometown,” Snavely said. “I want to take this opportunity to thank my friends and family who encouraged and helped me in every way toward taking this leap, and especially to my brother Matt Snavely, whose faith and support helped make this dream possible.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited to see the new eatery opening. “Congratulations to Jeff Snavely on the opening of B.E.S.T. I’m proud that we continue to attract new, exciting businesses in Downtown Tiffin.”

B.E.S.T. will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m.-8p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is available for delivery 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the weekends. The lunch/dinner menu available 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. While the restaurant will be open for dine-in in the near future, the preferred service method is carry-out and delivery for the time being. For more information, find B.E.S.T. on Facebook and look for their website with full menu soon. For hiring information, email resumes to bestoftiffin@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Tiffin’s Façade Enhancement Program has supported almost 100 projects

Updated March 18, 2021

The City of Tiffin has funded a Façade Enhancement Grant program to preserve the rich history we have in Downtown Tiffin. Since the fall of 2014, the program has been in place to help building owners with the cost of maintaining their buildings and restoring Tiffin’s historic downtown. There have been 87 City of Tiffin-funded façade projects and 10 CDBG projects that ran through the City, bringing the community to a total of 97 total façade projects approved. The City invested $597,000 since 2014 and there has been $2.3 million of private investment (including CDBG projects) as a direct result to date, for a combined total investment of nearly $2.9 million. 

Additionally there were three Façade Enhancement Grant projects that were funded by Heritage Ohio for a total investment of an additional $350,500 in 2020.

The following buildings were renovated as a result of this program. Find out more about each project below (click on the links):

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

CDBG (2016-2018)

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.

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.

Tiffin Community Kitchen project secures investment of 250K

Large commitment from Episcopal Dioceses of Ohio kicks off capital campaign.

Information via Tiffin Community Kitchen

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 23, 2021 – The Tiffin Community Kitchen Project received a commitment of $250,000 from the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio this week. Old Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Tiffin is spearheading the project in partnership with Seneca County Common Ground and is connecting with their larger faith-based community in an exciting way.

The Rev. Aaron Gerlach is both the Rector of Old Trinity and the President of the Board of Seneca County Common Ground. “We are incredibly grateful for the support of our state-wide organization in getting this initiative off the ground,” said Gerlach. “We look forward to further developing this relationship with the Diocese as well as with other partners who are helping to bring the Tiffin Community Kitchen from a vision to a reality.”

With this initial investment of $250K comes the official kickoff of the project’s capital campaign. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.7 million, and the group hopes to utilize a combination of public, private and philanthropic support to meet their overall goal. The team will be applying for grants, meeting with private foundations and donors and reaching out to community members for support in the coming months.

The group recently launched a new website with an online giving portal, a Facebook page and a professional video showcasing the goals of the Kitchen project and the many benefits that it seeks to provide for the Tiffin and Seneca County community. The video features various local leaders sharing their perspective on how the project ties into the future of the community.

The kitchen will focus on connecting local growers and businesses to the community, providing opportunities for groups to cook and eat together, housing a diverse set of cooking classes and creating ways to give back to the community by preparing food. “The Tiffin Community Kitchen at its core is about developing community relationships around food. We are extremely grateful that the Diocese desires to be a partner in creating a space for this to happen,” said Gerlach.

“The Trustees of the Diocese of Ohio were persuaded to apply funds originating from the Tiffin-Seneca County area to this project by its creative and community-involved nature. The partnerships fundamental to its success reflect the collaborative leadership of Old Trinity and the essential role of religious institutions in the wellbeing of the communities they serve. We are delighted to be counted among their enthusiastic supporters,” stated the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., Bishop of Ohio.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the project can give online at tiffincommunitykitchen.com or mail gifts to 125 East Market Street, Tiffin. For information, contact Gerlach at RevGerlach@OldTrinityEpiscopal.com, call (567) 938-0102 or visit tiffincommunitykitchen.com.

About Old Trinity Episcopal Church

Originally constructed in 1856, Old Trinity has been a staple in the Tiffin community for decades. The church worships in the Anglican beliefs centering on liturgy, tradition and intellectual response. It has from its beginning in Tiffin been attractive to community leaders. Tiffin’s first mayor, Henry Kuhn, was a member of this parish as well as many elected officials and community leaders throughout the years. The church has recently completed several projects including restoration of the stained-glass windows, renovation of the undercroft to accommodate parish and community functions and installation of an elevator. The central location and the community spirit of the congregation provide the incentive to the ministry of the space. Old Trinity Episcopal church is heavily invested in the community and continually looks for ways to provide value. Learn more at www.oldtrinityepiscopal.com.

About Seneca County Common Ground

Created in 2019, Seneca County Common Ground (SCCG) is a new organization with a mission to strengthen Seneca county’s local food system through collaboration to improve the overall health and growth of our community, and a vision of a vibrant, accessible and sustainable local food system in Seneca County that supports the health of residents, businesses and institutions. The board of the organization includes Seneca County OSU Extension Agent Hallie Williams, Reverend Aaron Gerlach of Old Trinity Episcopal Church, local business owner and chair of the Downtown Retailers Committee Dave Spridgeon, local business leader Dale Depew, TSEP Development Manager Audrey Flood, and local food vendors Kristy Buskirk of Clay Hill Farms and John Riehm of Riehm Produce Farm. SCCG oversees the operations of the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market and supports other local food initiatives including the Tiffin Community Kitchen Project. Find out more at sccommonground.org or find Seneca County Common Ground on Facebook.

Board approves grants for two Downtown Tiffin buildings

Façade grant, sign grant are first in 2021

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 20, 2021 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant and a Sign Enhancement Grant for buildings in Downtown Tiffin. These are the first two grants being awarded in 2021.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant of $1,500 for a canopy/awning for State Farm Insurance, 179 S. Washington St., and a $117.58 Sign Enhancement Grant for Sisters in Shelter, 76 E. Market St., Suite B. Combined, the projects total a $2,944.16 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

In 2020, the ABR approved grants for the owners of seven building in Downtown Tiffin for a total investment of $221,000.

Additionally, Heritage Ohio, through the Heritage Ohio Main Street Program Grant, provided $20,000 to Downtown Tiffin for improvement projects in 2020. Those projects were for Tiffin Boutique Hotel Group LLC, American Legion Post 169 and 195-197 S. Washington St.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m proud that Tiffin City Council again has made funding available for these important programs and that we continue to provide help to our building owners in Downtown Tiffin to improve the look of their historic structures.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 87 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.6 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.

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

Bascom Communications announces free wifi in Downtown Tiffin

Service is available now

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 4, 2020 – Bascom Communications has announced today that it has gone live with its downtown wifi service, Community Connect, which offers anyone in the downtown wireless access to the internet free of charge. With the cooperation of the City of Tiffin, Seneca County Board of Commissioners, and the East Green Foundation, Bascom Communications has been working for more than a year to bring the service online.

Users will find the service by bringing up the wifi settings on their phone and connecting to the “Community Connect” network. Users will see an ad or watch a short video for up to an hour of free internet connectivity with no limits on renewal. Additionally, there are paid options for faster speeds and up to a month’s worth of service, with details to be found when connecting. The service has security measures in place to help ensure secure browsing.

Access points are set up in Downtown Tiffin along South Washington Street from the bridge south to Madison Street and along Madison to Jefferson Street up to the East Green. As the service gains users, more access points are to be installed to grow the footprint.

“We’re very proud to be able to offer this service to Downtown Tiffin. As Bascom Communications continues to connect Seneca County, and we’re excited to be able to make this available to those visiting, living or working in Downtown Tiffin,” said Nate Brickner, General Manager/CEO of Bascom Communications.

Bascom Communications was formed in 1906 by a group of farmers wanting to bring voice services to rural Tiffin and Fostoria. In 1953, it became a co-operative company, and since 2000, the company has returned more than $5.2 million in capital credit refunds to its membership. In 2003, they began offering a fiber optic connection directly into members’ homes and businesses and in 2018, they became a certified gig-capable provider by NTCA. Bascom Communications was the recipient of the Outstanding Business Award at the TSEP 2019 Annual Meeting March 7, 2019.

“Bascom Communications was a great partner for the project, and we’re excited for this unique service they are offering for the residents of Tiffin and visitors to Seneca County,” said Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner.

“With so much going on in the downtown, this is just another service that makes Tiffin and Seneca County a destination,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz. “Thank you to Bascom Communications for this investment.”

Advertisements for the service will be from local businesses, and limited-time discounts are available to members of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services or Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. For more information, call (419) 937-2222.

Bascom Communications is a member of 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.