Ralph’s Joy of Living

Hair Studio 47 completes renovation of beloved building

Hair salon hosting open house, ribbon cutting on Oct. 29

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 22, 2020 – Having been in business for almost a year, Hair Studio 47 is announcing that it has completed renovations to their building and celebrating with an open house and ribbon cutting. The building, located at 47 N. Washington St., was the former Carmi’s Hairstyling.

Owner Alicia Smith and hairdresser Tecia Vassalle operate the hair salon for men and women and offer services including cuts, colors, eyebrow wax, perms and chemical treatments and beard trimming.

After purchasing the building in 2019, Alicia Smith and her husband, Ryan, invested into renovations of the interior and exterior. Frank Mangiola, who owned and operated the barber shop, was cousins with Alicia’s father, and she’s glad she can keep it in the family. The building also was the first location of Ralph’s Appliances, now Ralph’s Joy of Living at 33 N. Washington St.

“I am excited to be able to own my business in Tiffin and keep the tradition of this space going for years to come,” Alicia said. “A lot of people remember coming here as a kid to get their hair cut, and there were faithful clients until the end. I’m happy to open the doors back up for a lot of them and new clients, too.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Alicia and Ryan Smith on opening Hair Studio 47 and celebrating a year of business in Tiffin.”

An open house is 4-6 p.m. at the salon, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Hair Studio 47 is a member of Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Alicia at (567) 938-9581 or Tecia at (419) 618-4973.

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 http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

2018 SIEDC Award winners

SIEDC AwardThe SIEDC Awards are presented each year at the SIEDC Annual Meeting to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the particular recognition.

This year, the following seven awards were presented. Click the links below for additional information and a video about each award winner.

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.

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.

Experience the Home Expo this weekend

SCHBAThis Friday through Sunday, the Heminger Center on Tiffin University’s campus will be full of activity as the Seneca County Home Builders Association (SCHBA) hosts their annual Home Expo.

Forty different local and regional vendors will be attending to offer their time and services to the community. Since moving to the Heminger Center three years ago, the Home Expo has expanded to showcase builders, real estate agents, banks, landscaping services, appliances and insurance providers.

These businesses are represented by their advisors and managers, showcasing their newest products and services, and the Expo is an excellent opportunity to take your time to ask all of your questions and really get to know them.

In addition to the wonderful array of featured vendors, this year there will be various activities throughout the weekend, for both adults and children (See provided schedule). Raffle tickets will be sold to enter for a chance to win a backyard shed or children’s playhouse, both provided by Building Construction Trades students at Sentinel Career & Technology Center in Tiffin.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 4, 6pm to 9pm

Saturday, March 5, Noon to 8pm

  • 12:30- 3:30pm: Face-paint, nails and hair-braiding provided by Sentinel Cosmetology
  • 12-4pm: Kids’ Building Projects provided by Lowe’s
  • 4-8pm: Wine Tasting provided by Ralph’s Joy of Living

Sunday, March 6, Noon to 4pm

  • 12:30-3:30pm: Face-paint, nails and hair-braiding provided by Sentinel Cosmetology

All Weekend

  • Children’s Bounce House
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Remote-Control Airplanes provided by the RC Modelers Club

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern

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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Tiffin Art Fair & Art Walk this Saturday

2015_08_07 - Art Walk Map The Tiffin Summer Art Walk is this Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in conjunction with the Tiffin Art Fair at the courthouse green space and the Tiffin Art Guild. In addition, the Seneca County Farmers Market on South Washington Street will be extended until 4 p.m.

Throughout the day, walkers can visit Tiffin museums and galleries to view exhibits, take tours, create crafts and enter into drawings for door prizes. There are also 15 downtown businesses participating, with free live music, art displays and demonstrations, and tours.

The following museums and galleries are participating:

Along with the following businesses:2015_08_07 - Art Walk Guide

For a complete map and more information about the museums, galleries and businesses, click here.