New Downtown page launched

Here at SIEDC, we're continuing to move forward with leading Tiffin's downtown revitalization efforts. One small step is a launch of a "Downtown" tab under the Seneca Success blog/website. We see a lot more further development as we seek to tell the great stories and make it easy to get the information you need about downtown Tiffin. Here is the current page content: [caption id="attachment_1341" align="alignright" width="300"]Image removed. Beehive Cafe Owner Ashlee Decker signs ribbon at Chamber opening event.[/caption] In 2014, Downtown Tiffin is bristling with business activity. The Beehive Café, a new local “farm-to-table” restaurant opened up at the Laird Arcade, and Phoebe’s at 138 was revamped as a new “from scratch” vegetarian dining option, with monthly cooking classes. Burrito Loko continues construction on their new Mexican restaurant, with plans to open yet this year. Ohio Hydroponics, Smith Systems, Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller, Gem Yoga & Life Enrichment, and Z Pulse fitness studio have also hung their shingles in the downtown, and the local design firm MLAD opened “The Paper Store,” a retail shop with specialty paper products. The Residences at 145 in the Gold Bond Building renovated their downtown apartments, and Burns Electric celebrated their 50th anniversary. The new downtown Façade Enhancement Program launched and eight projects have been approved or will soon be underway, representing more than $100,000 in building exterior improvements in the town’s core. The City of Tiffin also approved $120,000 for a downtown strategic plan update and new master plan, and Tiffin Tomorrow, the downtown revitalization organization created in 2010, officially became part of SIEDC this year. In June, we hired a new Downtown Development Coordinator, Amy Reinhart, and we became a Main Street Affiliate with Heritage Ohio. Key links:
  • Destination Seneca County - information about things to do; places to eat and stay; events; and visitor info (not just downtown information, but includes all of it.)
  • - another great site for info about events, attractions, but includes photos and blogs.
  • Seneca Success - listing of downtown-tagged posts (including grants, projects, Architectural Board of Review process, etc.)
  • Tiffin Historic Trust - organization working for historic preservation in downtown Tiffin
  • Little Box Shops - great group of downtown businesses that promote together
  • Tiffin Art Guild - place downtown where local artists gather
[gallery type="slideshow" ids="|Welcome to Downtown Tiffin!,|Free parking abounds...many, many lots.,|Streetscape down Washington St.,|Elmwood at the Shawhan - $4M renovation of Shawhan Hotel. Completed 1999.,|Squirrels can be found throughout the community...from a 2005 event to celebrate how nuts people are about Tiffin :),|$4.3M renovation of the 1928 Ritz Theatre,|The Ritz is on the National Historic Register,|Marble is all original in the waiting area. People walked the overhead walkways to be seen.,|800 seats downstairs, 400 upstairs.,|Beautiful paintings.,|20,000 piece Crystal Chandelier. 6.5' in diameter. 1200 lbs.,|National Theatre at the Ritz.,|National Theatre entrance is off of Frost Parkway.,|Inside the National Theatre.,|Phat Cakes & Cafe is a gourmet restaurant, winebar and bakery. Across from the Ritz Theatre.,|Phat Cakes Owner Natalie Wertz started the business ,|Phat Cakes serving dinner.,|Varied menu.,|Cupcakes to die for!,|In the middle of town statue of William Harvey Gibson, Civil War General from Tiffin. ,|View of the Courthouse Square in downtown Tiffin.,|Tiffin had the first female lawyers in the state. This commemorates that fact.,|St. Paul's United Methodist Church was the first building wired for electricity in the US in 1884.,|Because of that fact, it became the first public building in the US to display illuminated Edison light bulbs.,|The Venetian-style Telecom Building in the downtown. Beautiful architecture and brickwork.,|Restoration of the building won a Preservation Award from the Tiffin Historic Trust.,|Office building in downtown.,|Antique Warehouse on Perry St.,|United Insurance Building. Features several smaller businesses on first floor.,|Knights of Columbus building,|Bair Bros. sporting goods retailer,|MLAD Graphic Design on Jefferson St.,|Owner Mark Levans of MLAD,|The 1894 original Tiffin Columbian High School Building.,|A great development opportunity.,|1854 Laird Building has been purchased by a local group of investors and has been renovated.,|An additional $300,000 investment in roof, HVAC, and electrical repair is slated for this year. ,|Property Manager Tyler Shuff in the common area in the Laird Building.,|Laird Building corridor.,|Z Pulse Fitness Studio Charro and Ali Saad celebrate opening their new business in the Laird Arcade this yeare.,|Bailiwicks Coffee Company opened in 2011.,|Emily Stant serves up customers.,|The coffee house is a great hangout, a place to talk with friends, and also for college students to study.,|ConnXtions Health Studio is also a relative new addition to the Laird Arcade.,|ConnXtions owner Brandie Gruss is very active in the community and serves up fantastic health shakes.,|The Varsity Barber Shop, also in the Laird, is where I get my hair cut!,|Owner Mike Blust creates a great atmosphere.,|Phoebe's in the downtown is northwest Ohio's only vegan restaurant and grocery store.,|Owner Wendy Welly invents all her creations.,|Dining is in the back, shopping in the front and sides.,|Wide variety of gluten-free and bulk products.,|Reino's Pizza and Pasta opened in 1950.,|Owner John Reino carries on the family tradition.,|Italian buffet is almost always available.,|My dinner one night. Pizza, breadsticks, salad, and an ice cabernet :),|Quaint atmosphere.,|,|On the south side of downtown, GW's serves up great meals in a down-to-earth atmosphere.,|Owner Bob Stine is proud of the establishment's steaks and prime rib.,|The Downtown Commitee (formerly Tiffin Tomorrow) meeting at GW's.,|The Madison St. Tavern offers great "pub grub" and has appeal for residents and college students alike.,|Great, spacious atmosphere.,|Owner Chris Chase ensures his customers are well taken care of.,|The "Pitssburgh Burger" at MST with season fries.,|Just northeast of downtown is the Pioneer Mill and fine dining.,|The Mill sits on the site of the first building constructed in Tiffin in 1821.,|The current building was constructed in 1875 and is on the National Historic Register.,|Great place to go and great wine selection. Owner Scott Lyons ensures service and food is excellent.,|Another Tiffin institution - Tom Rodgers Flowers.,|Tom has been helping make smiles on people's faces for more than 60 years.,|The Tiffin Art Guild is another place the arts lives in the downtown.,|Events, classes, and open exhibitions are often to be found,|People enjoying the art at the TAG Gallery,|Some glass art.,|The All Patriots Memorial on the north side of the downtown.,|This park features an 18', 6200 lb. beam from the World Trade Center Building destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.,|Across the street is Ralph's Joy of Living. Think Williams-Sonoma on steroids. Only appliance store in America with a beer and wine license.,|Overlooking the downtown to the west is one of the four historic districts.,|View down the street of the Fort Ball Railroad Area Historic District,|Private residence in the Historic District.,|The Seneca County Museum and home of the Tiffin Historic Trust.,|The museum is located in the 1884 Grammes Brown House.,|This beautiful nine-room Second Empire home was donated to the Trust in 1988.,|Streetscape along Frost Parkway.,|A view of the National and Ritz Theatre from across the Sandusky River.,|The State Scenic Sandusky River runs through and borders the downtown.,|The Civil War Memorial,|Rotary Park,|The site of War of 1812 facility Fort Ball,|A view of the Market Street Bridge,|A rendering of the new Leadership Park in the northwest part of downtown.,|Vets Memorial Bridge,|Vets Memorial next to Ralphs Joy of Living,|Vets Memorial "]
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