downtown Tiffin

City of Tiffin receives grant for box planters

Grant allows for 80 planters in Downtown Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 22, 2021 – The Meshech Frost Charitable Trust has provided a grant to Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership for the City of Tiffin to purchase 18 box planters for Downtown Tiffin. The grants provides 50 percent of the funding toward the overall cost of $10,446.96.

The $4,644.78 grant allows the city to continue to install black, self-watering planters along South Washington Street to the south at the five points intersection by St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funds are to be used for planters as well as for hanging basket liners and flowers.

In 2019, the City of Tiffin was the recipient of a $5,388 grant from Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District for the initial purchase of 25 planters in Downtown Tiffin. These replaced the decades-old planters that previously were there. The planters are made of 70 percent recycle material.

Tiffin Public Works is to install the planters in the early spring and volunteers maintain the flowers, which are supplied by the city. These new planters will bring the total to 80 planters in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is pleased to have received the grant: “We are grateful that Meshech Frost Charitable Trust has provided these funds to the City of Tiffin and allowed us to expand the number of planters as we continue to invest in the beatification of 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.

Jolly’s to go under new ownership

Company has been part of Tiffin community for 74 years

Jolly’s previous owner Diane Hassinger poses for a picture with new co-owners, Amber and Dave Spridgeon.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 4, 2021 – Today, a Tiffin tradition is coming under new ownership. Dave Spridgeon, owner of The Renaissance of Tiffin and Barrel 51, has announced that he has purchased Jolly’s, which is celebrating 74 years of business.

Co-owners Dave and Amber Spridgeon have been working with previous owner Diane Hassinger for a while to finalize the sale of the business that has been with her family for three generations. Dave Spridgeon said he has no plans to make any changes to the menu, which will continue to feature Jolly’s family recipe ketchup, sloppy joes, chicken, chili, pulled pork and root beer. They hope to add donuts in January.

Hassinger’s grandparents, Roy and Vivian Jolivette, opened Jolly’s in 1947 as an A&W Root Beer stand. Known for its root beer and Coney dogs, the drive-in was a staple on West Market Street for more than 70 years. In 1980, Diane took over from her parents, Gene and Colett, who had succeeded her grandparents. In 2017, Diane had moved into the historic Laird Building in Downtown Tiffin, after having been selling Jolly’s staples out of a food truck following the sale of the original property.

Hassinger is looking forward to retirement and spending time with her grandkids. “I want to thank the community for supporting my family for 74 years by coming to Jolly’s. I’m proud that we were able realize my dream to make our food available year-round and offer indoor dining,” she said. “I believe that Dave will continue to honor the Jolly’s tradition.”

In addition to the Renaissance, Dave Spridgeon introduced the Renaissance on Wheels and the Pink Lady food truck in 2020. The Renaissance and Barrel 51, which opened its doors in 2017, recently was named the Heritage Ohio 2021 Main Street Business of the Year.

Dave Spridgeon is excited about the opportunity to keep Jolly’s in Tiffin, and hopes to eventually add some of the Jolly’s sandwiches to the offerings at his other businesses. “The Tiffin community has been so welcoming since I opened my business in 2017, and I’m excited to now be part of the history of Jolly’s. I’m not only looking forward to continuing the legacy of the Diane’s family, but to make new memories with Jolly’s for years to come.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Amber and Dave Spridgeon on yet another positive announcement for their businesses and continued investment in Tiffin. It is exciting to see a long-time Tiffin staple being preserved for future generations to enjoy. I also want to wish Diane Hassinger a happy and well-deserved retirement.”

Jolly’s is located at 66 E. Market St., Tiffin. For more information, visit www.jollysdrivein.com or find them on Facebook. Jolly’s 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.

Final Façade Grants for 2021 approved by ABR

Two companies making improvements to historic downtown buildings

27-31 S. Washington St. in Downtown Tiffin.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 19, 2021 – Today, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved the final façade grants for 2021 with two projects to improve historic buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

During the meeting Tuesday, the board approved a $3,520.50 Façade Enhancement Grant for the Empire Block Condominium, 144 S. Washington St., for new windows and door on the first floor of the building; and a $6,210.44 façade grant to ReinX3, LLC for 27-31 S. Washington St. for new gutters. Combined, these projects are a $22,871 investment in the community.

With these projects, the $100,000 budget for 2021 Façade Enhancement Program has been completely allocated, having funded 15 projects for a combined $270,656.57 investment. Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 102 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.6 million.

Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m proud to see that the Façade Enhancement Program has been successful in providing funds to so many worthwhile projects in our Historic Downtown. I applaud Tiffin City Council for continuing to budget for this great program, and encourage building owners to take advantage of it in 2022 to continue this positive momentum.”

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 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.

Downtown Tiffin Trick or Treat planned for Oct. 29

Community invited to annual event

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 30, 221 – The annual Downtown Tiffin Trick or Treat event has been moved to 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. The original date was changed due to safety concerns with ongoing roadwork projects.

Seneca County residents are encouraged to bring their little ones to stop at Downtown Tiffin businesses to collect treats and explore everything going on in the community.

For more information, visit www.downtowntiffinevents.com or search for “Downtown Trick or Treat” on Facebook.

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.

Underground record store coming to Downtown Tiffin

Tiffin native turns love of music into business

Under the Surface will be opening in October at this storefront at 16 E. Market St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 28, 2021 – The owner of a small business is taking his love of music to the next step, by moving up from the back of another business to his own storefront in Downtown Tiffin.

Jacob Wheeler, a Tiffin native and graduate of Columbian High School, had been selling records in the back of Line Drive since July, but plans to soon open his own underground record store, Under the Surface, in October at 16 E. Market St. The store will specialize in independent label releases and demos.

Wheeler said his friends from high school introduced him to music, and they then in turn spent time bringing bands into Tiffin in his youth. He wants to have a way to reach youth about this genre and style of music.

“I love being in Downtown Tiffin and wanted to give people a reason to stay here and appreciate the strong sense of community in this town. I’m excited to be able to expand my offerings and have a home here in Tiffin for independent and underground music,” Wheeler said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Congratulations to Jacob Wheeler on expanding his business to a storefront in Downtown. I’m excited to see people investing in our community.”

For more information, call (567) 268-9278 or email underthesurfacerecords@gmail.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.

The Renaissance and Barrel 51 named business of the year

Annual Downtown Tiffin summit included announcements, awards

TIFFIN, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership hosted the 2021 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at the Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St. The program included award presentations, celebrated the success of 2020 and 2021 – including the resiliency of the community amongst a global pandemic – and gave a look forward to the next year.

During the event, Joyce Barrett, Executive Director of Heritage Ohio, announced this year’s recipient of the Main Street Business of the Year award is Dave Spridgeon with The Renaissance and Barrel 51. The Renaissance and Barrel 51 opened its doors in 2017 to bring the roaring 20s back to Tiffin. The bar incorporates 1920s style drinks, uniforms and furniture. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, Spridgeon and grew his business, by opening a food truck and purchasing a party bus, which was converted into a speakeasy on wheels.

Spridgeon will be recognized during the annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference, taking place Oct. 18-20 in Springfield, Ohio.

The Celebration included the 2021 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Awards ceremony. Winning awards were:

  • Tony Consolo, Anne Gase Achievement Award.
  • Hempy Water/Jeff Knedler, Development Award.
  • Jam’s Monthly Markets/Jami Fadley, Entrepreneurial Award.
  • Bear’s Den/Dennis Wickert, Business Legacy Award.
  • Dale Depew, Main Street Director Award.

The night also featured:

  • Ohio Sen. Kirk Schuring gave the keynote speech about downtown revitalization, introduced by Ohio Sen. Bill Reineke.
  • Year in review by Director of Downtown Revitalization Amy Reinhart.
  • No Eileen gave a live performance, accompanied by a slideshow of projects and events.

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 Pumpkin Stroll returns for 2021

Online and in-store tickets sales now open

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 22, 2021 – Celebrate the fall with a fun event as the Downtown Pumpkin Stroll returns 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Spend the day strolling from business to business, gathering fall-themed treats at participating locations.

This year’s event is being generously sponsored by Old Fort Banking Co.

To maintain social distancing, walkers may start anytime and at any stop you wish — there is no registration on the day of.

Tickets are $20 at Simply Susan’s, 70 S. Washington St. (cash or check only in store). At ticket purchase, walkers will receive a map and a bag. This year, ticket prices will used to support participating businesses.

To purchase tickets online, click here or visit downtowntiffinevents.com. A confirmation email will be sent after ticket purchase, which can be presented The Renaissance of Tiffin, 129 S. Washington St., the day of the event (starting at 9:30 a.m.) for walkers to receive their ticket (with map) and a bag.

Walkers are asked to wear masks when in doors and to maintain social distancing. For more information about the event, find Downtown Tiffin Pumpkin Stroll on Facebook, and Like the page for updates.

Participating businesses include:

  • Burns Electric Inc.
  • Clover Club
  • GW’s Fine Food & Spirits
  • FroZone
  • JAM’s Monthly Markets
  • Jolly’s
  • JT’s Bagel Bar
  • Laird Arcade Brewery
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living
  • Reino’s Pizza
  • Rose & Co Mercantile
  • Rustic Flair & Brush
  • The Renaissance of Tiffin
  • Simply Susan’s
  • SSG Ink
  • UIS Insurance & Investments
  • Yours With Every Stitch

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.