Following the success of the first in a series of “Behind the Façade” walking tours in downtown Tiffin, the Tiffin Historic Trust is offering an encore presentation on Sunday, November 1, at 2:00 p.m. The tour will include remarks by Amy Reinhart, Downtown Development Coordinator, about the city’s façade improvement program, and tours of the first and second floors of the Laird Building and of the Empire Block, featuring Phoebe’s/138, the adjacent property, and the apartments above Bookmyer Printing and The Beanstalk.

Tickets for the encore tour are $5, including refreshments. They will be available in advance at Phoebe’s/138, 138 S. Washington St. For further information, please contact Vicki Ohl at 419-448-8588.

More than eighty people gathered for the first walking tour on September 20, 2015, to visit properties in the Laird and Empire blocks, on South Washington Street between Madison and East Market Streets. The tour was an effort to complement the “Façade Improvement Program” currently offered to owners of property in the downtown historic district by the Downtown Development Corporation, under the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC).

The visitors heard a presentation by Amy Reinhart about the current “Facade Improvement Program” and hopes for future developments. Smaller groups rotated between the renovated Laird Building, with building manager Tyler Shuff offering a tour of businesses and offices on the first and second floors. Ashley Decker, proprietor of the Beehive Café, served appetizers and Ohio wines. Mike Pinkston, owner of Phoebe’s/138, explained the renovations that developer Rick Reser is making to the adjacent property that will result in a new upscale restaurant, Empire 138. Also on view were several upper floor lofts, including the recently remodeled apartment now occupied by Weston Reinbolt and Susie Reineke. The visitors re-grouped at Phoebe’s/138 for coffee and dessert.

The tour-goers represented a variety of ages and interest groups. The organizing committee of Doug Collar, Ashley Woodruff, and Vicki Ohl were very pleased by the enthusiastic response. In order to accommodate those turned away from the sold-out event and to offer another opportunity for others, the committee decided to host a similar tour on November 1. The committee promises to hold more “Behind the Façade” tours of downtown Tiffin in the new year.

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