Ralph Smothers

2018 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Ralph’s Joy of Living

The 2018 recipient of SIEDC’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was Ralph’s Joy of Living. Ralph’s is a family owned and operated business that has been in the community since 1950 and is currently run by Ralph (the original owner’s son) and Julie Smothers. Though Ralph took over the family business started by his father, he and Julie have made many changes to the business, making them true entrepreneurs in their own right.

Ralph’s Joy of Living began as Ralph’s Maytag, an appliance store, in 1950. When Ralph took over the business he added cabinetry to their offerings and Julie began teaching cooking classes. Then came the Joy of Living. Ralph and Julie expanded into a 6,000 square foot addition and became the only appliance store in the nation with a liquor license, selling all kinds of wine and specialty beer. Finally, in 2016 they added mattresses to the store.

“We are thankful for the community,” Ralph said. “We love Tiffin, we love our customers.”


About the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
This award is presented to an individual, business or organization that have exhibited the imagination, initiative, ability, and determination to mix capital and labor together to generate a business that provides employment opportunities and  new investment for the community.

Ralph’s Joy of Living

Ralph'sMeet Ralph and Julie Smothers, owners of Ralph’s Joy of Living, located at 33 N. Washington St. in Tiffin. This year, Ralph’s celebrated 65 years in business. With an emphasis on being a one-stop-shop, Ralph’s is also the only appliance store in the US with a wine and beer license. They carry more than 600 wine labels, a great selection of imported beer, fresh roasted coffee, all kinds of kitchen gadgets, cookware, appliances and televisions. This March, they will add a Serta mattress showroom so customers can “Eat, Drink, Sleep.”

“We love Tiffin, this is our home,” Ralph says. “We want to bring people in not only from Tiffin, but from a two hour radius. If I can bring people to Tiffin, it helps everyone. We believe in providing superior customer service; people love coming here because they know they’ll be looked after.”

You can “Escape From Grouchy” at Ralph’s Joy of Living Mon-Wed 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs-Fri 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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