In addition to maintaining a fresh showfloor with state-of-the-art appliances and housewares, Burns Electric has made some improvements to the exterior to show support for redevelopment of downtown Tiffin and make the business more inviting to customers.
"We thought it would make sense, as one of the larger stores in downtown, that we would maybe be one of the first to freshen up the building to show that we're here and we're interested in doing what we have to do," said owner LeVerne Burns.
The improvements to the building, 116 E. Market St., were done with local businesses and local materials.
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Thom Grimes, owner/operator of Grimes Custom Painting and Home Improvements, paints the front of Burns Electric.
"We're trying to regenerate Tiffin to buy locally. That's the idea of the Little Box Shops and Tiffin Tomorrow," Burns said.
"With those in mind, I'm hoping that other people in the downtown start stepping up to the plate and get a whole brand new look."
Burns hired Thom Grimes to paint and fix windows looking out to Market Street in front. Grimes is owner/operator of Grimes Custom Painting and Home Improvements.
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The 35-year-old business has been getting the attention of other businesses in the downtown because of its work at Burns, and Grimes said he has other jobs lined up as a result.
All of the paint was purchased locally at Ace Hardware.
Another improvement was installing steel awnings, with steel from Sarka Steel, on the back of the building. Burns said management hopes to make the back of the building attractive to people using the rear entrance.
Burgderfer Steel Structures from Bloomville, the company that installed the awning, has been in business since 1995. It specializes in steel siding and aluminum work, vinyl fencing and decks.
Burns Electric specializes in appliances, cabinets, lighting and flooring.