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Downtown Tiffin Christmas Walk set for Dec. 5

Visit Downtown Tiffin for holiday events throughout November and December

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 17, 2020 – A holiday tradition returns with the Downtown Tiffin Christmas Walk, set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the season in beautiful Downtown Tiffin, strolling from business to business gathering holiday themed treats.

To maintain social distancing, walkers may start anytime and at any stop you wish — there is no registration on the day of. Most businesses will have tables set up outside their stores the day of the walk. Tickets are limited to 200 and cost $25 and are available at Simply Susan’s, cash or check only, please. At that time, walkers will receive a map and a bag. This year, ticket prices will used to support participating businesses. The event is sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank.

Walkers are asked to wear masks when in doors and to maintain social distancing. For more information about the event, find Downtown Tiffin Christmas Walk on Facebook.

In the case of a business shutdown, the event will be postponed for a later date.

In addition to the walk, other holiday items are going on throughout November and December:

  • Mix, Mingle and Jingle, Nov. Third Thursday – Nov. 19 in Downtown Tiffin. Holiday open houses.
  • Holiday Window Contest – Nov 28-Dec 12 in Downtown Tiffin. Winner announced at the Holiday Movie Dec 13. Tiffin Community Foundation is asking everyone in Seneca County to “Be A Light,” and to shine lights during the holiday season. For those who do not have Christmas lights or can’t afford additional electric costs, the Foundation has purchased more than 1,000 battery-operated window candles for anyone who wants to “Be A Light.” Candles are available at Tiffin Community Foundation, 31 S. Washington St. Downtown businesses will be participating by decorating their windows in bright lights and color. Visitors are asked to choose their favorite window between Small Business Saturday thought Dec. 12, and place their votes at the red ballot box at the Seneca County Justice Center.
  • Tree Lighting — 5:15 p.m. Dec. 4. This event has gone virtual to allow for social distancing. For more details when they are announced, follow Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services and Destination Seneca County on Facebook.
  • Free Holiday Movie – 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec 13 at The Ritz Theatre. See a special free screening of “Home Alone” at The Ritz Theatre. Tickets are free, but are limited to maintain social distancing. For more information and to get tickets, find Free Holiday Movie – “Home Alone” on Facebook.

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.

Board approves façade grant for Simply Susan’s

Funds all used for 2019

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 21, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for work to 70 S. Washington St., Simply Susan’s. This work closes out the available façade program funds for the year.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a $6,376.05 Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the door and window on the storefront of the building and restore the balcony on the second floor, for a total investment of $17,218.96.

Susan Wilkinson, owner of Simply Susan’s, said: “I’m very appreciative that this program exists for business owners in the downtown.”

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program, which has now been completely spent for 2019, resulting in a total investment of $239,764.85. The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of 13 buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I again am pleased to see our downtown business owners take advantage of this program, and thank them and Tiffin City Council for making this program a success.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 70 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.4 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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

Simply Susan’s, Tiffin Candle Company open Wax Lab

Experience-based business to debut during Chocolate Walk

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 30, 2019 – Debuting during the 2019 Downtown Chocolate Walk, Simply Susan’s and Tiffin Candle Company have partnered to for a first-of-its-kind in Tiffin experience-based business at the store, 70 S. Washington St. Wax Lab is an extension of Tiffin Candle Company’s offerings, allowing people to pour their own candles from a variety of scents and even create a custom label.

Prices start at $22, and appointments can be made in advance by contacting Simply Susan’s and walk-ins are welcome. The process to pour the candle takes about a half hour to 45 minutes and it takes about an hour to 90 minutes to cure, during which time people can explore the downtown or come back the next day to pick up their product. Wax Lab is to be available for events such as birthday and bachelorette parties.

“This is another great activity for people to check out in downtown Tiffin,” said Susan Wilkinson, owner of Simply Susan’s. “Come check it out and see all that there is going on here in downtown.”

Chelsea Bilger, owner of Tiffin Candle Company, said she’s excited for this next chapter of the business. Tiffin Candle Company has been in operation for about a year and has expanded to Fostoria, Findlay and Lakeside. “This has been such a fun experience, so I’m excited for Wax Lab to take off next.”

The Wax Lab will be on display during the chocolate walk, and officially opens for business Sunday, March 31. Plans include seasonal scents and incorporating with other events in downtown including Third Thursdays.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Bilger and Wilkinson. “It is great to see local businesses expanding and offering new, inventive ideas in our downtown,” he said.

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

Tiffin Candle Co. celebrates local history

Tiffin Candle Co.jpgPortion of proceeds donated to local landmarks

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 3, 2018 – A local couple has created a new candle line to celebrate the community’s history, and donate to the upkeep of historic landmarks. The Tiffin Candle Co. combines local history with unique scents to represent local landmarks and give back to the community.

The Tiffin Candle Co. was started by Brian and Chelsea Bilger earlier this year. “We love candles and had the idea to start making them ourselves. We were brainstorming what we could do with the candles and got the idea of naming them after landmarks in Tiffin,” Brian said. “We both love Tiffin, and this seemed like the perfect way to give back.”

All of the candles are handmade and formulated to provide a strong scent with an even, long-lasting burn. The scents are created to complement the landmark they are named for, with the assistance of people with extensive knowledge of the site or organization. The Bilgers work with the Seneca County Museum to provide historical information on the back of the candle tin as well. For each candle sold, Tiffin Candle Co. donates $1 to the landmark the candle represents.

The first three scents available are Seneca County Museum, Oakley Park and Apple Jack Park. There are plans to expand the park series, and feature Tiffin streets in the future. The candles are currently available at the Seneca County Museum and Simply Susan’s in downtown Tiffin, which matches the Tiffin Candle Co.’s donation for each candle sold.

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, 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

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.

Library kicks off summer reading program with downtown StoryWalk

storywalkPress release provided by Tiffin-Seneca Public Library

As a kick-off to this year’s summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!” Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and businesses in downtown Tiffin will be hosting a StoryWalk May 27 through June 3.

A StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for families to enjoy reading and exercise at the same time. Each page from the book “Because I Stubbed My Toe” by Shawn Byous will be taped to a different business window downtown in a specific order. As participants walk through downtown, they will be directed to the next page in the story and essentially read a book as they walk.

The StoryWalk is to begin at Bailiwicks Coffee Company, then participants can read a page at the next business in the Walk, which includes Simply Susan’s, Assured Title Agency of Tiffin, Liberty Tax Service, Line Drive Sports Cards, The Beehive Café, Level Up, The Beanstalk, LLC, Bookmyer Printing, Deckers Furniture, Cabin Creations Crafts & Supplies, The RTA Building, Burns Eelectric and Seneca Cleaners. The last page will be featured at the Library, where families will receive a prize and an opportunity to sign up for the summer reading program.

StoryWalks have been installed in 50 states and 11 countries including, Germany, Cananda, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia and Pakistan. They are always received with appreciation. StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

For more information, log onto the Library’s website at or ask at the Junior Library.

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.

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: