JT’s Bagel Bar

Studio 605 Fine Art brings paint parties to Downtown Tiffin

One of 6 businesses to open in Laird Building this year

This picture shows the interior of Studio 605 Fine Art in the Laird Building.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 7, 2021 – The owner of a new experience-based business is excited to help people in Tiffin and Seneca County get in touch with their creative side. Studio 605 Fine Art, located in the heart of Downtown Tiffin on the second floor of the Laird Building, 120 1/2 S. Washington St., Suite 215, Tiffin, will have its grand opening on Dec. 14.

The business allows groups of people ages 10 and older to come together for acrylic and canvas paint parties. Events can include birthday parties, bachelorette parties, team building exercises and any other group, and the business allows people to bring in Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) beverages for those of legal age.

Owner April Clay has had a lifelong love of art, and found comfort in creating art as therapy. It was that and the recent formation of the Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission that helped her decide to pursue the business. “I’m so happy that I get the opportunity to share my passion with the community, and that I get to help people be excited about creating art.”  

Tyler Shuff of Shuff Consulting said: “I’m happy to help another small business open successfully and to help encourage people to pursue the arts in Tiffin and Seneca County.”

Members of the community gathered with some of the partners of the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, Laird Building business owners and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 30.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Clay on the opening: “It is always a welcome experience to see a new business locating in Downtown Tiffin, and I’m especially encouraged by how this will connect with the mission of the Tiffin Arts Council.”

Studio 605 will be available for classes Monday through Friday 4-10 p.m. and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, like and follow Studio 605 on Facebook and Instagram, visit studio605fa.com, email studio605fa@gmail.com or call (567)-938-0605.

In 2021, Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, which owns the Laird Building, has invested significantly in the property, including building updates, small renovation projects and a new lighted sign for the building, which was supported through a City of Tiffin Sign Enhancement Program grant and recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

This year, five businesses in addition to Studio 605 have moved into the building, including 5K Construction, Hope’s Landing, JT’s Bagel Bar, Tiffin Youth Football and Yours with Every Stitch. In addition, Jolly’s, which has been in the building since 2017, recently went under new ownership.

About Shuff Consulting LLC

Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

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.

First downtown Pumpkin Stroll a success

pumpkin stroll stopOn Saturday September 30th, more than 300 members of the Seneca county community enjoyed the Tiffin Pumpkin Stroll, hosted by Simply Susan’s. Those that participated walked around beautiful Downtown Tiffin, collecting pumpkin-themed treats at local businesses. Business involved included:

If you missed the Pumpkin Stroll, there’s a similar event in spring! On the Chocolate Walk, guests will collect sweet treats as they make their way through downtown Tiffin. More information will be provided closer to the event.

Downtown – recent projects and announcements

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More than 60 businesses and 1,000 students participated in Around the Town.

Here are just some of the exciting things that have taken place or been announced in downtown Tiffin recently:

  • Another Man’s Treasure: Second-hand shop that features furniture, appliances, collectibles and antiques.
  • Around the Town: More than 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about.
  • Bailiwicks Coffee Company: Founded in 2011 and recently expanded to include coffee roasting that will allow them to serve up their own signature brews, roasted in house.
  • Downtown Façade Enhancement Program: One of the most successful programs in the In 2014, $50,000 was set aside by the city and $150,000 was reinvested back into Downtown Tiffin. In 2015, $100,000 was set aside by the city and $700,550 was reinvested back into Downtown Tiffin.
  • Downtown Farmers Market: Sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services held every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Draws 1,000+ people downtown.
  • Downtown Summit: SIEDC hosts a Downtown Summit every year that highlights the successes from the previous year and honors those that helped make it happen.
  • Empire at 138: Upscale restaurant that brings a historic flair to white tablecloth dining in downtown Tiffin.
  • FroZone: Build-your-own frozen yogurt shop, which features 12 yogurt choices and a topping
  • Jazzin’ Tiffin: Jazz festival that brings 2,000+ visitors into the downtown every year.
  • JT’s Bagel Bar: Features their famous donuts, bagels and various bagel sandwiches for take-out.
  • Kiosk, Wayfinding & Signage: The city of Tiffin has invested $100,000 into a kiosk on the Courthouse Square, wayfinding and signage to assist visitors on navigation.
  • Ma Chere Claire: Boutique that sells clothing, accessories, jewelry and more.
  • Mural: Leadership Seneca County commissioned the mural as part of the Tiffin Downtown Strategic Plan, and two-thirds of the funding for the project came from private or corporate donations.
  • Ohio Main Street Program: Tiffin joins an elite group of 23 additional communities dedicated to a comprehensive and highly successful trademarked Main Street revitalization strategy.
  • Phat Cakes & Café: Located in downtown Tiffin across from the Ritz Theatre, the restaurant offers a full menu including craft beer, wine, mixed drinks, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, specials, and gourmet desserts.
  • RE/MAX: Full service agency, specializing in real estate listings, farm ground sales, estate auctions, and information for home owners and buyers.
  • Simply Susan’s:“Unique boutique” and gift shop. Offerings include chocolates made in-house, customizable sugar cookies, craft supplies, scrapbooking basics and apparel.
  • Surge Staffing: Employee recruitment service with more than 60 locations nationwide.
  • The Beehive Café: A farm to table restaurant located in Downtown Tiffin that opened in 2014.
  • Vintage Chick: Repurposed, restyled and chic furniture, as well as antiques and decorations.

Downtown Tiffin businesses offer “Trick or Treat”

Downtown Trick or TreatA new Tiffin Halloween event, the 1st Annual Downtown Trick or Treat is slated for Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 60 businesses, organizations and offices all over downtown Tiffin will be opening their doors to provide candy to children. Afterward, Tom Rodgers Flowers will have cider and donuts for adult trick or treaters from 5-6 p.m.

Organizer Yolanda Gonzales got the idea from a similar event in Owensboro, KY, where she used to live. “It was a win for the community, businesses got positive exposure, kids got candy, caretakers learned more about their community and it was daylight. I found myself entering business that I would not normally go into – it was a wonderful way to meet businesses in town – also meet the people who own the businesses and  people who work there,” she said. “So, I contacted Mr. Montz with the idea and he said it was a great idea – but he needed someone to coordinate it.  I volunteered.”

Gonzales was greeted with excitement and enthusiastic responses from downtown businesses and hopes to make this an annual event. “The owners of Cabin Creations said they used to do this downtown – but no one else remembers.  I hope this becomes a new tradition for Tiffin.”

The following organizations are scheduled to participate, as well as businesses displaying a flyer in the window during the event:

If you have a downtown business, organization or office and would like to join the fun, contact Yolanda Gonzales at yolanda.gonzales4@gmail.com.

This is only one of the many events taking place over the next two weeks. Other upcoming community Halloween events include:

Around the Town event welcomes back university students

around the townNearly 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students will have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about at a Welcome Back Students/Around the Town Event this Saturday, Aug. 22 from 3 – 5 p.m. on the courthouse green space.

Around the Town is one of the signature events of the Downtown Strategic Plan, and this is the first year that the event will be held downtown and combine both universities.

WTSC Seneca County Radio will be live broadcasting from the event, playing music and interviewing guests. Several restaurants will be providing free samples, shops and restaurants will hand out coupons and menus, non-profits will provide students with information about how to get involved in their organizations and students can check out local services.

SIEDC Downtown Development Specialist Bryce Riggs is a Heidelberg student the lead organizer of the event. “As a student and lifelong Tiffin resident, I am aware of the opportunities in the community, but the majority of new students don’t know what’s out there or where they can go. Tiffin has so much to offer! I would like other students to know what’s out there, so they can get involved in the local organizations and visit our restaurants and shops,” Riggs said.

Participating businesses and organizations:

Businesses open around the square:

Elks to celebrate Flag Day at Farmers Market this weekend

Farmers Market FBThe Seneca County Farmers Market in downtown Tiffin will feature a Flag Day ritual performed by the Tiffin Elks Lodge #94 on Saturday, June 13 on the courthouse lawn beginning at 8:30 a.m. The national observance of Flag Day is June 14.

In addition to the Flag Day observance, the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be on hand with children’s activities; GEM Yoga will conduct a class at 10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn and Keith Hodkinson of WTSC radio will cover the flag event and provide musical entertainment.

Concurrently, the second of ten Seneca County Farmers Markets will begin at 9 a.m. on South Washington Street between Market and Perry Streets. This month, strawberries will be featured as will a variety of products including baked goods, fresh produce, plants, flowers, and more. Expected Farmers Market vendors include Barb & Dicks, Bella Cuisine, Clay Hill Farms, Drown’s Produce Market, Grannys Cup, J & A Alpine, Joseph’s Greenhouse, JT’s Bagel Bar, Riehm’s Farm Market, Rimelspach Produce Market, Veggies and Such, Sabaidee Coffee House and 7th Heaven Creations.

The Seneca County Farmers Market in downtown Tiffin is sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call 419-447-4141 for more information and registration forms, or visit www.tiffinchamber.com/about/farmers-market/. Markets are held the second and fourth Saturday of each month until Oct. 10.

Donut and Sandwich Shop to open downtown Tiffin location

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JT’s Catawba Café to open second location in December

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 27, 2014 – Port Clinton-based JT’s Catawba Café announced today that they would be moving forward with a new location at 14 Sycamore St. on the south side of Tiffin’s downtown. A lease agreement has been signed, and renovations are underway. The shop is expected to open in the second half of December.

Entrepreneurs and sisters Tonya Couture-Grubb & Tina Couture Schank opened their first location on North State Route 53 in Port Clinton in April of 2013. Their mix of breakfast, lunch and donuts has become a favorite with local residents and lake visitors. The new Tiffin store will feature their famous donuts, bagels and various bagel sandwiches for take-out.  JT’S Bagel Bar will be open from 10 am to 7 pm Sunday through Thursday, from “eight to late” on Friday and Saturday.

The newest downtown business owners are ready to serve local residents and visitors here. “The city has already made us feel really welcome, and we can’t wait to open our second location,” said Couture-Grubb. Her sister agrees: “People here are great, and we are excited to become part of this community. There’s a great energy here.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited about the newest addition to downtown Tiffin. “It’s great to again have baked goods sold in the heart of our city. More restaurants and food choices translate into a more vibrant downtown and a better quality of life for all residents.”

About JT’s Catawba Café

Located at 1871 NE Catawba Road in Port Clinton, JT’s Catawba Café is a full-service breakfast, lunch and bakery retail restaurant, which opened its doors on April 26, 2013. Founded by sisters Tonya Couture-Grubb and Tina Couture Schank, JT’s offers a wide selection of omelets, pancakes, waffles, soups, salads, and sandwiches and is famous for their offering first-time visitors a free, delicious donut. More information can be found on their Facebook page at facebook.com/1JTsCatawbaCafe.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. In 2012, the community was ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for economic development, and last year, it was recognized as one of the top ten communities out of 600 micropolitans in the US. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.