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

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

Design firm MLAD considering opening retail store

2014_01_22 - MLAD hp environmentM.L. Advertising and Design (MLAD) was founded by Mark Levans in 1979. It has grown from a one-person graphic design firm into a company of six dedicated professionals that provides a wide assortment of graphic design services, large format printing, printing services, and advertising promotions and specialties. This creative company is located in historic downtown Tiffin in two beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century Victorian homes and has made several investments in the last two years into state-of-the art printers and routers (see pictures below).  In 2010, they also acquired Dell’s Precision Printing, another local business, and significantly grew their customer base.

Currently, MLAD is currently working with Seneca Regional Chamber to survey the business community to see if there would be a strong enough demand to open a specialty paper retail side of the business–wide selection of colors, weights and stock, brightness, etc. We thought we would lend a hand and help spread the word. Regardless of whether MLAD offers this or not, their continual expansion and investment into both the downtown and their business, their commitment to the arts and the downtown, as well as their 40+ year history clearly makes them another Seneca Success.

From Mark: “We are conducting a survey to see if it is feasible for MLAD to open a retail paper store. We would stock bonds, writing, cover and specialty stock along with a variety of envelopes. Quantities would vary from product to product. Although MLAD may not be able to offer a solution to every product or projected need, this may be a service that would be better served in Tiffin and Seneca County than traveling to another city. Your survey can be taken anonymously and will only take a few minutes. If you wish to share your email with us, you will be able to do so at the bottom.