Co-founded and operated Toledo's legendary retail department store with his brother, Ernest. Tiedke's was ahead of its time and a harbinger of the modern supermarket. Ernest, and Charlie opened Tiedtke’s Store in 1893 which offered patrons a chance to make their shopping trip an “experience,” which often included a pipe organ concerts during the day, rather than part of a routine. Tiedtke’s offered a wide variety of unique novelty items and special sales. At one time, the store owned 130 horses which were used to make home deliveries in yellow “Tiedtke wagons.”
Charles Tiedke had a fine home at Parkwood Ave. The store's favorite coffee blend was named "Parkwood" in honor of the street where he built his home.