Hawkes Crystal is stepping into spring by introducing the first in a series of limited edition legacy ornaments designed to celebrate Tiffin’s most iconic and beloved businesses. The 2018 “Celebrating Tiffin, Ohio” ornament pays homage to the legendary Fleck’s Easter Egg Dyes. It features the whimsical, well-dressed Easter Bunny that graced the cover of the Fleck’s box several times during the 1940s and ‘50s. “Hawkes Crystal will be celebrating its second anniversary this spring. Almost every day someone comes into our South Washington Street gallery with a tale to tell about a family member who worked for the Tiffin Glass Factory years ago, or in my family’s company, National Machinery,” says Cindy Kalnow of Hawkes Crystal. “We started brainstorming about what type of memento we could create to honor these historic businesses, each of which played such an important part of weaving the generations of our small community together.” Few businessmen were better at weaving generations together than Jacob J. Fleck. Prior to the turn of the century, he began packaging clothing dyes during the Easter season as a special favor to his customers who, in turn, used the brightly colored powders to color eggs. By 1889, he’d turned the Easter Egg dyes into a downtown Tiffin business that flourished worldwide for 108 years. The J.J. Fleck Co. was located at 187-189 S. Washington St. Each of the Fleck’s limited-edition ornaments is expertly hand cut and individually numbered at the Hawkes Crystal workshop in Tiffin. Available for a limited time, each gift boxed Fleck’s Easter Egg ornament is a must have for Tiffin history buffs or as a special Easter Basket addition. “We will introduce a new limited edition ornament each spring in our anniversary season,” says Kalnow. “As a new downtown Tiffin business, it is fun to learn about and recognize those who have come before us.” The 2018 Fleck’s ornament is available now at the Hawkes Crystal Gallery, 207 S. Washington St., Tiffin. It also can be ordered by phone at 419-448-4286 or on the Hawkes Crystal Facebook page by clicking the “SHOP” tab.