Tiffin Ohio downtown

Motto Mortgage Unlimited now open in Downtown Tiffin

New Mortgage Brokerage Franchise Now Serving Tiffin & Ohio

Press Release provided by Motto Mortgage Unlimited

Tiffin, Ohio, September 22, 2020 – Motto Mortgage, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise focused on transparency and compliance, has a new office in Ohio. Motto Mortgage Unlimited, now Tiffin’s only locally owned and operated mortgage brokerage is set to open and will serve all markets throughout the Buckeye State.

With record-low mortgage rates and a surge in refinancing volume, new owners Bill and Kelli Jones feel this new mortgage lender will be a key addition to Tiffin’s collection of downtown businesses. The local couple has more than 19 years of combined experience in real estate and are excited to establish Motto Mortgage Unlimited as a customer-first, full-service mortgage brokerage.

“Motto Mortgage Unlimited offers an advantageous alternative to the traditional mortgage bankers currently operating in the Tiffin, Seneca County area,” said Bill and Kelli Jones. “We provide the scope, scale, and support of a large retail lender while offering the flexibility, autonomy, and exceptional service of a local mortgage broker.”

Motto Mortgage Unlimited will be open for business at 65 E. Market St. in its newly renovated downtown Tiffin office. They are currently implementing health precautions to make the mortgage experience as safe as possible for customers and employees. Offering personalized service with the convenience of today’s digital mortgage solutions, Motto Mortgage Unlimited features face-to-face conversations, in-depth phone calls, or purely digital communication for borrowers who would prefer to conduct business remotely. The local owners understand the Tiffin real estate market and pride themselves on being part of this vibrant community.

Melanie Frederick will serve as a mortgage loan originator for the office. With over 5 years of experience, Melanie Frederick is a mortgage expert and takes great satisfaction in helping homebuyers achieve the “American dream” of homeownership.

Loan originators in the Motto Mortgage network have access to competitive loans from various wholesale lenders, and Frederick will work hard to give homebuyers choices – because no loan is one-size-fits-all. Frederick offers over a hundred loan options to choose from and looks forward to helping borrowers find the best fit every time.

Tiffin’s Motto Mortgage Unlimited franchise is independently owned by local business owners Bill and Kelli Jones. The Joneses take great pride in their involvement in the Tiffin community. This new adventure is a milestone for the Joneses who have owned and operated RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty in downtown Tiffin since 2016.

Motto Mortgage was recognized as one of the Fastest-Growing-Franchises by Entrepreneur magazine. Entrepreneur has named Motto as one of the fastest-growing franchise brands in 2019. The ranking of 150 franchises placed Motto Franchising LLC in the top half of the list. After three years of operation, Motto Mortgage was named in the 2020 Franchise 500 after lending $1.1 billion to over 5,000 families in 2019. A loan originator with Motto Mortgage Unlimited can be reached at 419-777-5626.

About Motto Mortgage Unlimited:  Motto Mortgage Unlimited NMLS # 1966142 is a locally owned and operated full-service mortgage brokerage serving all of Ohio, located at 65 E. Market St., Tiffin, OH 44883. To learn more, please visit MottoMortgageUnlimited.com or call (419) 777- LOAN(5626). Each Motto Mortgage franchise is independently owned, operated, and licensed. 

Buckeye IT expands services into electric vehicle chargers

Company recently installed charging station at Seneca County Commissioner’s Office

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 25, 2020 – Buckeye IT Services, LLC., has announced today that it is expanding its services into providing electric vehicle infrastructure, installing privately owned charging stations for electric vehicles. As part of this service, Buckeye IT recently installed a charging station at the Seneca County Board of Commissioners Office, 111 Madison St., Tiffin, at no cost to the County.

The company is working with EnelX to install and provide support for JuiceBox, JuicePump and JuicePedestal charging stations. These products provide infrastructure for more electric vehicles locally and makes the area a destination for electric vehicle drivers when planning trips. Buckeye IT is committed to working with local electricians for the installation process.

“This is a natural extension of what we offer, and an investment into the future,” said Jake Schaaf, owner of Buckeye I.T. Services LLC. “We’re proud to be able to offer this in Seneca County.”

Buckeye IT has been serving the Tiffin area since 2007, providing IT support to government, K12 districts and small and medium-sized businesses. Along with its expansion into EV charging stations, the company is committed to going green by investing in electric vehicles for its fleet, having already purchased a Tesla Model 3 for service calls and to display the charging technology, and is a reforestation partner with One Tree Planted to have a tree planted for every service call staff go on.

Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas said: “This is a huge win for Seneca County. This private-public partnership between Buckeye IT and the county is another example of great collaboration locally. We are happy to host an EV charging station in our lot for the greater good of our community.” He continued by thanking Buckeye IT for being forward-thinking and for preparing for the transportation of the future. He said he believes the charging stations will benefit many. “This will support our local auto dealers, as they can diversify their offerings by including electric vehicles. The charging stations also should generate some day-trip dollars for people making trips to downtown Tiffin.”

Buckeye IT is a member of Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. For more information, visit them at 525 Wall St., Suite B, Tiffin, call (888) 964-4648 or visit http://www.buckeyeit.com.

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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

Gem Yoga moving within Downtown Tiffin

New location is 2 Sycamore St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Thursday, September 12, 2019 – Gem Yoga and Life Enrichment is expanding services and changing locations, moving to 2 Sycamore St. in the gateway to Downtown Tiffin. The company has been in business in Tiffin since 2014, offering group and individual yoga classes, yoga therapy, aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, energy psychology and reiki.

The new space gives Gem Yoga a window to Downtown Tiffin as well the ability to operate on one floor. The new space also allows for a reception area, multipurpose room and private rooms for therapists to work with clients.

Expanded services in the near future will include foot detox, full body detox and some retail services for high end yoga supplies. The company has six employees, one of which is a new addition as Gem Yoga increases its offerings.

Gem Yoga had been in the Laird Building since it started in 2014, expanding from one studio on the first floor to two more spaces on the second floor.

“The Laird has been our home for so long, but this new space will provide us with the opportunity to grow and expand our services,” owner Gemma Marschke said. “I’m excited for all the possibilities, things we’ve been wanting to do but never had the ability to in our old space.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see one of our existing businesses make the decision to stay in the downtown and expand their offerings.”

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.

Tickets still available for Downtown Summer Stroll

Second year for annual event in Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 10, 2019 – There is still time to get tickets for the second annual Downtown Summer Stroll taking place Saturday, July 13, 2019, in historic Downtown Tiffin, Ohio. The walk is 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Like other fun walks in Tiffin, including the Chocolate Walk in the spring and Pumpkin Stroll in the fall, people are invited to walk through the shops and restaurants in the downtown collecting summer-themed treats and gifts. As in the past, 100 percent of the walk proceeds will be donated to the Downtown Tiffin Revitalization Fund.

Tickets are $20 for the walk which starts at JT’s Bagel Bar, 14 Sycamore St., or SSG Ink, 107 E. Perry St. Tickets are available for purchase in store at Simply Susan’s, 70 S Washington St., or online at downtowntiffinevents.com. Tickets also can be purchased the day of the event at Simply Susan’s. For more information, find Downtown Summer Stroll 2019 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. For more information, click here.

City of Tiffin receives OSS grant for box planters

25 recycled-material planters placed in downtown

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 20, 2019 – The City of Tiffin recently was the recipient of an Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District grant for 25 self-watering, recycled, black box planters. The planters were recently placed in the downtown, replacing the decades-old planters that previously were there.

The total order for the planters was $11,527, of which $5,388 was funded by the OSS Competitive Funding Grant program and the City of Tiffin Shade Tree Commission supplied the remainder. The grant is used to educate the public on the benefits of recycling. The planters were made of 70 percent recycle material.

Tiffin Public Works installed the new planters in the early spring and volunteers have signed up to maintain the flowers, which are supplied by the city.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is pleased to have received the grant: “We are grateful that OSS has helped us replace our old, deteriorated planters with these new models that allow us to continue to invest in the beatification of downtown Tiffin.”

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.com.

New clothing company to open in Downtown Tiffin

Divine Style Boutique to open second location in Tiffin offering a new clothing option for all ages

Press release provided by Shuff Consulting LLC

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 8, 2019 – A brand new clothing option and boutique will soon be opening its doors in Downtown Tiffin, located at 116 S. Washington St. Suite C in the heart of the Laird Building.

Divine Style Boutique out of Bucyrus will be growing and opening its second location in Tiffin this spring. Founder Leslie Hill started her business in 2016 and was looking for a way to add something very special to her community and a way for patrons to shop local. Right now, Divine Style Boutique caters to women of all ages. “We like to take time to get to know our customers better and we expand our offerings based on their interests in the future. We like to give an experience to our customers. We want to help them find that perfect gift or just the right thing to wear for everything from every day to special occasions, but most of all we want our customers to feel good in their outfits.”

Owner, Leslie Hill, has been touring various sites and researching the Tiffin market with the assistance of Shuff Consulting LLC and Amy Reinhart of TSEP for the past few weeks. Leslie says she is more than excited to be expanding in Tiffin. “My roots started in Tiffin 20 years ago when I graduated from the Tiffin Academy of Hair Design. Our familiarity with Tiffin played a role as well as the larger population the city has. Plus with the two colleges and Hair Academy, we know we will have a great customer base for women of all ages. We hear so many great things about all of the growth in Tiffin and we can’t wait to be a part of it!”

About Shuff Consulting LLC.

Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

Architectural Board of Review approves first façade grants for 2019

Projects represent almost 40,000 in downtown investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 15, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved the first two Façade Enhancement Grants for 2019 for two projects in downtown Tiffin. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

Atkin Investments LLC had requested $10,000 to reroof and replace gutters at their 269 S. Washington St. apartment complex, for a total estimated investment of $31,600. Building owner Justin Atkin was the first person to apply for the program this year. “I have been waiting three years for this program, so I can do some necessary improvements to my building,” he said.

In another project, Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus LLC requested $4,200 for updates to their offices in the historic Advertiser Building at 27 Court St. to repaint the first floor exterior, repair lighting fixtures and install a new awning for a total estimated investment of $8,300.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “This program continues to be a great benefit to beautify our city,” he said. “That we are getting projects coming to us so early in the calendar year to take advantage of the program, now in its fifth year, makes me proud in city council’s continued support of the Façade Enhancement Grant.”

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, the building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it before approval. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 65 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 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 http://www.senecasuccess.com (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 www.tiffinseneca.com.

Tiffin’s 9/11 memorial is a “must see”

All Patriots Memorial ParkThis week, I had the chance to spend some time at the All Patriots Memorial park in downtown Tiffin. Even though I previously had the chance to hear stories and read about it (and found it an amazing story), being there was a deeply moving experience.

The story is a good one. In August 2011, Tiffin was honored to be one of the select communities to receive a 17.5′ long, 6,268 pound piece of American history–a steel beam from the World Trade Center destroyed in terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. A group of police and fire fighters as well as community members got together, raised more than $375,000 locally in goods, services, and donations to make the 16,000 square foot Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial a reality. It was dedicated on September 9, 2012.

The site is full of symbolism:

  • The date – The beam is set in granite at a 9.11 degree angle.
  • The message – the words “Never Forget” are carved in huge letters on the setting and the phrase is used for national tragedies like 9/11.
  • New York – the World Trade Center beam in the center still has the investigator’s ID written on it (“M-18”)
  • New York – a Callery Pear tree, the same type as the Survivor Tree, has been planted at the site.
  • Pentagon – The granite setting’s pentagon shape evokes the Pentagon attack.
  • Pennsylvania (Flight 93) – a granite posts displays “In memory of Flight 93.”
  • Pennsylvania (Flight 93) – the post is 40″ high, representing the 40 passengers and crew members who lost their lives.
  • Pennsylvania (Flight 93) – there a dirt mound that represents the pile at the actual crash sight.
  • Police & Fire – the names of Tiffin police and fire forces who fell in the line of duty is carved on the granite as well.
  • Police & Fire – on one side of the US flag is the National Fallen Police flag; on the other the National Fallen Firefighters flag.

What I find even more significant is that this site has become a place for the community to not only remember 9/11 but also to come together to grieve and mourn other local and national tragedies, such as the Newtown, Connecticut shootings in December 2012.

Here are some additional pictures I snapped during my visit: