Ohio Main Street Program

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 – recent projects and announcements

Around the Town pic

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.