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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer IN BRIDGMAN Pa per. ws Ne Your Good March 10, 2012 www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 10, 2012 Moody on The Market T he exponential growth of the Round Barn brand in Michigan’s Great Southwest has been so strong that the Moersch family is embarking on a major expansion proj-ect that will bring a new 10,000 square foot facil-ity to downtown Baroda. In order to keep pace with demands especially in their craft brew department, Round Barn Brewery has pur-chased the former home of South Shore Tool & Die in the village of Baroda, just a short hop away from their flagship Round Barn Winery, Brewery and Distillery. South Shore consoli-dated operations into a single space on Meadowbrook Road in Benton Harbor some-time back clearing the way for this expansion. The thriving craft brew market in Michigan has been garnering increased attention across the nation, often producing award-winning products. Round Barn first entered the craft brew business about four years ago and their popularity has sky-rocketed with beer lovers. Owners Matthew & Chris Moersch tell us that they have literally reached capacity at their current facility, and this move will help them to step up production and eventually open a casual brew pub and restau-rant by the summer of 2013. They are avowed supporters of the strong move toward agri-tour-ism in the region. They proudly use local pro-duce from area orchards, vineyards and farms in the production of their quality, hand-crafted vari-etals, brandies, spirits and beers. Congratulations, guys…can’t wait to see your new operations. Another major advocate for local agricul-tural products and the amazing things that can result from their use is Chef Ryan Thornburg. I inadvertently mis-characterized his and Julie’s new space on Colfax Avenue in Benton Harbor. You might recall that I pointed to his acquisition of the small commercial kitchen space occupied by D.W. Hammond Chocolates (who moved to downtown Coloma ) as space for a catering company called Artisan Caterers. That moni-ker is simply the limited liability corporation name of his designer line of jams, jellies, honey and syrup . His popular Thornburg & Company products have been a hit in recent years at the St. Joseph Today Farmer’s Market and similar venues. In a couple of weeks he hopes to have his new kitchen and retail shop ready for custom-ers at 1697 Colfax. Ryan is a purist who is work-ing hard to encourage us all to open our eyes to the absolute showcase of fresh produce at our fingertips. He purchases all of his produce from small family farms in Berrien County and cre-ates his gemstone jellies, jams and preserves the old fashioned way in a giant copper kettle. His aged syrups and varietal honeys are always free of preservatives and pectins. He hand-crafts 25 varieties of products beginning every year with strawberry season early in the year right on through apples and pears in the late harvest. I’ll keep you posted on his opening plans and hours when Thornburg & Company is up and running. If you pay close attention on your drive through downtown Benton Harbor you will see Continued on page 10 M oody Pat Continued from page 1 a colorful rendering of a beautiful new building slated to be built alongside the offices of Michigan Works! on Main Street. That new structure will house a new branch headquarters for Chemical Bank . Official ground breaking for the facility is due very shortly and the build-ing is due to be ready for occupancy and open to customers sometime this fall. Stay tuned for more. A short distance away, Main Street Benton Harbor will be hopping with the Annual Wolf’s Marine Spring Open House next Saturday and Sunday the 17 th and 18 th . The spring ritual which kicks open the door onto boating season each year will take place at 250 Main Street, from 9am until 5pm on Saturday and noon until 4pm on Sunday, featuring the Midwest’s largest selection of boating gear, shoes, electronics, accessories and parts at discounted prices. Wolf’s has been making the water fun for boaters and divers for some 57 years now. Manufacturer’s reps will be on hand and more than $1,000.00 in door prizes will be offered up. MOODY WE CAN HELP! NEED CASH? MOODY Volume 13, Ver. 10 • A Family Company With Expertise in Precious Metals, Diamonds and Coins NAPIER GOLD 2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS 2616 Niles Ave., St. Joseph JEWELRY REPAIR & RING SIZING AVAILABLE! Continued from page 10 Meanwhile, the entire Benton Harbor Arts Congratulations are in order at Blossomland District will be hopping on the eve of that big Accounting on Hill Street in St. Joseph. First open house as they celebrate their M(ART)CH of all, the full service accounting agency is cele-Madness Spring Art Hop this coming Friday th brating its 35 Anniversary in business this th evening the 16 from 6 until 9pm. More than year, and Jim Brown has recently added Seth two dozen galleries, restaurants, gift shops, wine Timmons as a partner in the firm. They offer cellars, studios and beyond will usher in the many small business services such as bookkeep-spring season with another in their series of out-ing, payroll processing, tax return preparation, standing hop nights on the town. Just wander into the district and follow the flow of humanity and full accounting system set up and analysis. dropping by all sorts of eclectic places for a night While the majority of the work performed by Blossomland Accounting is in house, they also of fun. Before we get all hopped out…make plans have some clients where the work is performed for your family to spend some quality time when on site. Mr. Brown is an enrolled agent with the the Easter Bunny hops into the St. Joseph IRS, and Seth is a CPA who graduated from Today Welcome Center at 421 State Street in Lakeshore High School and Grand Valley the central business district. The photo op will State. Happy Anniversary and welcome, Seth! Also marking a milestone this year is Stacy take place from 11am until 2pm on Saturday, Bourlier who owns and operates Essentials th April 7 . Beginning in 2013 the organization Salon on Townline Road in Benton Harbor. plans to launch an entirely new event including Stacy and her team just crossed the five-year an interactive “egg hunt” with downtown mer-mark on March 1 st , and is sharing the celebration chants as well as kid’s activities and the Easter by offering $10-off an hour-long massage all Bunny. The SJT annual meeting takes place this month long with her medical massage therapist coming Tuesday morning at 7:30am in the Angela Crowder. Additionally, the salon is Shadowland Ballroom at the Silver Beach offering 20% off any salon services or products. Center. Stacy has been a cosmetologist in the area for 20 By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the good years now and loves the region dearly. Essentials news for local Sears fans that they are returning is a full service salon offering haircuts, hair col-th to The Orchards Mall on April 24 in the form oring, pedicures, manicures, waxing and mas-of a Sears Hometown Store. The new owner/ sage therapy. The shop is open Tuesday through operator of the center is Tom Schmidt who has signed a lease with the mall to go into the space Saturday and can be reached by dialing 269-925-formerly occupied by the FYE entertainment 8775. If you’d like to join the Essentials team, center at the head of the mall’s food court. The they currently have one chair open for rental. new store will offer virtually everything a full Happy Anniversary. My friends at Honor Credit Union have service Sears Store would with the exception of asked me to remind you of their Business After clothing. That means • you will be able to • find a • Gold & Silver • Platinum Diamonds Estate Jewelry Hours event this coming Thursday, the 15 th , with wide array of major appliances, mattresses, hard-the crew at the Lakeshore Chamber of Dental Gold • ware, Damaged or equipment, Broken Gold & lawn & garden electronics and Silver Jewelry Commerce. The party runs from 5:30 until 7:30 seasonal items, including the trademark Kenmore at their new Stevensville branch located at 5960 • Sterling Flatware • Gold & Silver Coins • Proof Sets and Craftsman brands. Sears was a major Cleveland Avenue. anchor in the center when the mall first opened Jeff Terry has been busy making plans for for business in 1979 and operated there for nd his 2 Annual Sunset Coast Golf Center 30-years. The search for a buyer of the Hometown Season Starting Demo Day. That major show-Store concept has been ongoing virtually since case of new equipment from the best in the busi-the store lost its lease in the privately owned sec-ness takes place on Saturday, April 21 st from tion of the mall. noon until 4pm and will feature the likes of Callaway, TaylorMade, Cobra, Ping and Mizuno. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

The exponential growth of the Round Barn brand in Michigan’s Great Southwest has been so strong that the Moersch family is embarking on a major expansion project that will bring a new 10,000 square foot facility to downtown Baroda. In order to keep pace with demands especially in their craft brew department, Round Barn Brewery has purchased the former home of South Shore Tool & Die in the village of Baroda, just a short hop away from their flagship Round Barn Winery, Brewery and Distillery. South Shore consolidated operations into a single space on Meadowbrook Road in Benton Harbor sometime back clearing the way for this expansion. <br /> <br /> The thriving craft brew market in Michigan has been garnering increased attention across the nation, often producing award-winning products. Round Barn first entered the craft brew business about four years ago and their popularity has sky-rocketed with beer lovers. Owners Matthew & Chris Moersch tell us that they have literally reached capacity at their current facility, and this move will help them to step up production and eventually open a casual brew pub and restaurant by the summer of 2013. They are avowed supporters of the strong move toward agri-tourism in the region. They proudly use local produce from area orchards, vineyards and farms in the production of their quality, hand-crafted varietals, brandies, spirits and beers. Congratulations, guys…can’t wait to see your new operations. <br /> <br /> Another major advocate for local agricultural products and the amazing things that can result from their use is Chef Ryan Thornburg. I inadvertently mis-characterized his and Julie’s new space on Colfax Avenue in Benton Harbor. You might recall that I pointed to his acquisition of the small commercial kitchen space occupied by D.W. Hammond Chocolates (who moved to downtown Coloma) as space for a catering company called Artisan Caterers. That moniker is simply the limited liability corporation name of his designer line of jams, jellies, honey and syrup. His popular Thornburg & Company products have been a hit in recent years at the St. Joseph Today Farmer’s Market and similar venues. In a couple of weeks he hopes to have his new kitchen and retail shop ready for customers at 1697 Colfax. Ryan is a purist who is working hard to encourage us all to open our eyes to the absolute showcase of fresh produce at our fingertips. He purchases all of his produce from small family farms in Berrien County and creates his gemstone jellies, jams and preserves the old fashioned way in a giant copper kettle. His aged syrups and varietal honeys are always free of preservatives and pectins. He hand-crafts 25 varieties of products beginning every year with strawberry season early in the year right on through apples and pears in the late harvest. I’ll keep you posted on his opening plans and hours when Thornburg & Company is up and running.<br /> <br /> If you pay close attention on your drive through downtown Benton Harbor you will see a colorful rendering of a beautiful new building slated to be built alongside the offices of Michigan Works! On Main Street. That new structure will house a new branch headquarters for Chemical Bank. Official ground breaking for the facility is due very shortly and the building is due to be ready for occupancy and open to customers sometime this fall. Stay tuned for more.<br /> <br /> A short distance away, Main Street Benton Harbor will be hopping with the Annual Wolf’s Marine Spring Open House next Saturday and Sunday the 17th and 18th. The spring ritual which kicks open the door onto boating season each year will take place at 250 Main Street, from 9am until 5pm on Saturday and noon until 4pm on Sunday, featuring the Midwest’s largest selection of boating gear, shoes, electronics, accessories and parts at discounted prices. Wolf’s has been making the water fun for boaters and divers for some 57 years now. Manufacturer’s reps will be on hand and more than $1,000.00 in door prizes will be offered up.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the entire Benton Harbor Arts District will be hopping on the eve of that big open house as they celebrate their M(ART)CH Madness Spring Art Hop this coming Friday evening the 16th from 6 until 9pm. More than two dozen galleries, restaurants, gift shops, wine cellars, studios and beyond will usher in the spring season with another in their series of outstanding hop nights on the town. Just wander into the district and follow the flow of humanity dropping by all sorts of eclectic places for a night of fun.<br /> <br /> Before we get all hopped out…make plans for your family to spend some quality time when the Easter Bunny hops into the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center at 421 State Street in the central business district. The photo op will take place from 11am until 2pm on Saturday, April 7th. Beginning in 2013 the organization plans to launch an entirely new event including an interactive “egg hunt” with downtown merchants as well as kid’s activities and the Easter Bunny. The SJT annual meeting takes place this coming Tuesday morning at 7:30am in the Shadowland Ballroom at the Silver Beach Center.<br /> <br /> By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the good news for local Sears fans that they are returning to The Orchards Mall on April 24th in the form of a Sears Hometown Store. The new owner/ operator of the center is Tom Schmidt who has signed a lease with the mall to go into the space formerly occupied by the FYE entertainment center at the head of the mall’s food court. The new store will offer virtually everything a full service Sears Store would with the exception of clothing. That means you will be able to find a wide array of major appliances, mattresses, hardware, lawn & garden equipment, electronics and seasonal items, including the trademark Kenmore and Craftsman brands. Sears was a major anchor in the center when the mall first opened for business in 1979 and operated there for 30-years. The search for a buyer of the Hometown Store concept has been ongoing virtually since the store lost its lease in the privately owned section of the mall.<br /> <br /> congratulations are in order at Blossomland Accounting on Hill Street in St. Joseph. First of all, the full service accounting agency is celebrating its 35th Anniversary in business this year, and Jim Brown has recently added Seth Timmons as a partner in the firm. They offer many small business services such as bookkeeping, payroll processing, tax return preparation, and full accounting system set up and analysis. While the majority of the work performed by Blossomland Accounting is in house, they also have some clients where the work is performed on site. Mr. Brown is an enrolled agent with the IRS, and Seth is a CPA who graduated from Lakeshore High School and Grand Valley State. Happy Anniversary and welcome, Seth!<br /> <br /> Also marking a milestone this year is Stacy Bourlier who owns and operates Essentials Salon on Townline Road in Benton Harbor. Stacy and her team just crossed the five-year mark on March 1st, and is sharing the celebration by offering $10-off an hour-long massage all month long with her medical massage therapist Angela Crowder. Additionally, the salon is offering 20% off any salon services or products. Stacy has been a cosmetologist in the area for 20 years now and loves the region dearly. Essentials is a full service salon offering haircuts, hair coloring, pedicures, manicures, waxing and massage therapy. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday and can be reached by dialing 269-925-8775. If you’d like to join the Essentials team, they currently have one chair open for rental. Happy Anniversary.<br /> <br /> My friends at Honor Credit Union have asked me to remind you of their Business After Hours event this coming Thursday, the 15th, with the crew at the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The party runs from 5:30 until 7:30 at their new Stevensville branch located at 5960 Cleveland Avenue.<br /> <br /> Jeff Terry has been busy making plans for his 2nd Annual Sunset Coast Golf Center Season Starting Demo Day. That major showcase of new equipment from the best in the business takes place on Saturday, April 21st from noon until 4pm and will feature the likes of Callaway, TaylorMade, Cobra, Ping and Mizuno. You can see, feel, and hit all of the new gear along with some great season starting deals and promotions all day. In the meantime, Jeff already has the new TaylorMade RBZ line in the shop right now. If you have questions, you can reach him at 269-408-8424. The pro shop is located at the driving range along Niles Road at Maiden Lane. Get it on your calendar now.<br /> <br /> Also in the world of golf, a major new promotion is now underway with the KitchenAid Make the Cut Sweepstakes by hhgregg. The sweepstakes is in conjunction with the 73rd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. You can enter the contest online at www.spga2012.com. Five grand prize winners will each receive two tickets for a VIP Experience on Saturday, May 26th where you will join TLC’s Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, for an extraordinary dinner in the KitchenAid Fairway Club at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores. Winners will also earn a KitchenAid Wine Cellar. You must register by May 8th.<br /> <br /> Applications are now available from the Twin City Players for the 2012 Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship at all Berrien County High Schools. If you wish to apply, contact your school counselor or call TCP at 429-0400. Deadline is March 31st. Also now open is competition for the Women’s Service League Athena Education Fund $1,000.00 Scholarship for an outstanding young person exhibiting a commitment to the community through philanthropy and volunteerism. School counselors also have access to those forms or you can find them online at www.womensserviceleague.org. Entries must be postmarked by March 23rd.<br /> <br /> The return of the New Buffalo Times is at hand. March 22nd will mark the re-appearance on store shelves and in mailboxes for subscribers. New Publisher Dee Dee Duhn promises a new look and more content. A flash party unveiling is being planned at Custom Imports, which is also owned and operated by Duhn.<br /> <br /> Hope you’ve been saving your pennies for the upcoming annual celebration of Pennies for Patients Day at Berrien County Cancer Services. The 23rd Annual rendition of this outstanding fundraiser will take place on Thursday, May 10th in both Stevensville and Niles. Last year the event raised just over $20-thousand dollars. Remember, all donations remain in Berrien County to help local residents. Thanks for your support.<br /> <br /> Finally, an invitation to what could turn out to be the best St. Patrick’s Day Party of the year! Next Saturday, the Vineland Center in St. Joe will be turned into the largest Irish Pub in the region to benefit Relay for Life. It’ll be a duel between rock bands Rat Salad and The Michigan City Vandals. They will alternate sets for a $10 cover charge featuring munchies, Irish hors d’oeuvres and desserts, along with a cash bar and prizes. Doors open at 7pm and the bands begin at 8:30pm. Get ready to Shamrock n’ Roll!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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