Full house

Laird manager touts 100-percent occupancy

PHOTO SUBMITTED Work is being done on the basement and third floor of The Laird Building, 120 S. Washington St., to make space for more businesses.

For the first time in as long as one of the building’s co-owners can remember, the Laird Arcade Building is at full occupancy.

Tyler Shuff, building co-owner, head of Shuff Consulting and a Tiffin City councilman, said the building that he manages is at 100-percent occupancy after the announcement of two new businesses locating in the building.

“I don’t know if it has ever happened,” he said of the feat.

Shuff said when he began managing the building in August 2013, the building had 12 tenants, making it about 30 percent full. He said the building now has 38 tenants.

Shuff said all spaces on the first and second floors are rented, and work is being done on the third floor and in the basement so businesses can move into those locations eventually.

He said full occupancy was reached after Kent Zellner decided to open Senecare, a medical consulting business, on the first floor, and Austin Willman opened Mantra Mind Management, a business that helps people reach their goals in life, on the second floor.

Shuff said Zellner, who operated Zellner Pharmacy in Tiffin before it closed, will offer wellness exams. Zellner said the business could open in about a month. He said the primary service offered will be pharmacy consulting, but the business also will offer chronic care management and other services.

“We are glad to have him in the building,” Shuff said.

Willman said his business, which is open, focuses on helping people who “know they are destined for something, but don’t want to commit to one opportunity because they don’t want to miss out on other opportunities.”

Shuff said Willman hosts events and a monthly seminar called Mastermind, which helps a small group exercise creativity and problem-solving in real-world situations. A Mastermind Tiffin event is to be held at Heidelberg University Monday.

Willman said the business offers the Mastermind event and two other programs, including the Humans-In-Progress 12-month course, which assesses a person’s history, discusses their present and creates a plan for the future. He also is to offer Upside Tribe, a 12-week online group to help launch or grow projects or small businesses.

More information about the business can be found at www.mantra


Shuff said he was happy to have Willman and Zellner join the Laird Arcade family.

He said Laird businesses continue to improve and some are to expand.

Tiffin’s first brewery since Prohibition, The Laird Arcade Brewery, is to open next month and Shuff said the brewery and Jolly’s are planning to expand. Shuff said the plan is to create more seating for the businesses.

He said now that the building is full, he wants to attend to the building’s exterior. He also said with Shuff Consulting, he will continue trying to help businesses locate downtown.

“I’m not stopping until we have every storefront in downtown occupied,” he said. “There is a tidal wave of momentum, it’s undeniable.”

Shuff said he is in talks with 15-16 businesses he is trying to bring to Tiffin. They include a sushi restaurant, a workout facility, a wine bar, a family fun center with billiards, darts and a golf simulator and a clothing shop.

“We’re full now (at the Laird) but there’s more good stuff coming down the pipeline,” he said. “We’re not done yet.”