New maps help visitors discover Tiffin

city-map-for-web_page_1The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services and the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation have partnered to produce the city’s first-ever visitor’s map.

The map directs visitors to restaurants, attractions, entertainment and lodgings, and retail locations – all things a person from outside the town may be looking for. One side of the map encompasses the entire city of Tiffin, with the other side focused on downtown.

Chamber President and CEO John Detwiler brought the opportunity to SIEDC’s Downtown city-map-for-web_page_2Marketing Committee, of which he is the Chair. “We have never had a map of the city for our out-of-town visitors, and the committee was also looking at creating literature specific to downtown,” Detwiler said. “I am happy we were able to partner on this project; community collaboration is key in creating a successful and cohesive message.”

SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart said the map was one of the goals set forth in the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan and furthers the marketing mission of the Main Street downtown revitalization approach. “We have taken many steps this year to make it easier for visitors, students and residents to find their way downtown, and to promote local businesses. This is a great addition to the Discover Tiffin phone app, the new kiosks in front of the Joint Justice Center and on the university campuses, wayfinding signs at downtown intersections, and new parking signage for downtown lots,” she said.

The maps can be found at the Chamber (19 W. Market St., Ste C), and in several businesses. For a downloadable pdf, 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.

City continues investment in Downtown Tiffin

Phase I of a $100,000 comprehensive signage program complete

TIMG951846IFFIN, OHIO – February 19, 2016 – New wayfinding signage is being installed in downtown Tiffin today. The signs are part of a two-phase project to help visitors and residents more easily find their way to attractions and parking in downtown Tiffin.

The new wayfinding signs finish phase one of the project, which also includes the kiosk on Courthouse Square listing downtown attractions. A second phase of the project is scheduled later this year and includes kiosks on the Tiffin and Heidelberg University campuses as well as signage for all city parking lots downtown. The total investment for both phases is around $100,000.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to see the signage go up. “I appreciate the work of SIEDC and the Main Street committees in making this happen. It continues our strategic effort to make downtown Tiffin a destination place and easy to navigate for visitors and residents alike.” The initiative is one targeted in the Downtown Strategic Plan adopted by the City in 2010, and one the Main Street Design Committee has been working on this effort for more than a year.

The Seneca County Commissioners have also approved parking lot signage to match the city signs and are in the process of implementing signage in four lots. After both phases are completed, 39 obsolete signs will be removed from downtown streets.

Downtown Development Committee Chair Jessica Williams was also excited to see the wayfinding happen: “We continue to work to implement the Downtown Strategic Plan, and this is a goal for 2016. We also appreciate the many volunteers who helped make this happen.”

Details about the Wayfinding Signs

Each set includes five signs directing drivers and pedestrians to the following attractions: Heidelberg University, Tiffin University, Civil War Museum, Tiffin Art Guild, Library, Parking, Glass Museum, Frost-Kalnow Stadium, Ritz Theater, Courthouse Square, Hospital, Hedges-Boyer Park, Fort Ball District and Post Office. There are 21 sets of wayfinding signs being installed at the following locations:

  • East Market Street & South Washington Street
  • Madison Street & South Washington Street
  • Main Street & South Washington Street
  • Melmore, Coe, & Sycamore Streets with South Washington Street
  • East Perry Street & South Washington Street
  • Frost Parkway & North Washington Street
  • East Market Street & South Monroe Street
  • East Market Street & Jefferson Street
  • East Perry Street & Jefferson Street


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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com