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.00or offper More www.imperialfurniture.net wagiac, Mi • (800) 884-5020 • Mon.-Fri. 9-6, wed. 9-8, Sat. 9-5You! ECRWSS Local Postal CustomerDo household. Not valid ual $799 before sales tax.2 Find Some Great Deals On Page 5 57530 M-51 South • Dowagiac, MI 800-884-5020 Mon-Fri9-6, Wed 9-8, Sat 9-5 3/22/12 8:08:28 PM Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Featuring rich-sounding colors such as Rusty Rose, Rose Garden, Morning Glory, Surf & Turf, and Iris, Lighthouse Fibers are hand-dyed using non-toxic colorings. The shop downtown in the 400 block of State Street is expected to open this spring. In the meantime, you can reach them by phone at 734-576-8530 or online at www.LighthouseFibers.com. Hammers and paint brushes are flying a block away in the other direction as well, in the form of a $1.6-million dollar renovation at The Boulevard Inn & Bistro! There, General Manager Chris Heugel tells me that remodeling crews are completely renovating all 84 suites in the towering hotel including the bathrooms. The hotel will also gain a new board room, remodeled elevators and meeting spaces. Just in case you think they are crazy for undertaking such a monumental task at this time with the impending arrival of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, fear not. Chris assures everyone that the project will be complete by then and ready for the full summer season overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan. Be sure to visit The Boulevard’s Facebook fan page and you can see their color board showcasing the new look and also photos of their ongoing prog-ress. Hotel owner Mark Whitwam has been saluted by the entire cast and crew at the Boulevard for making the tremendous invest-ment in the hotel and the community to keep things fresh and new. Also keeping things fresh and new is The Ideal Place in the Benton Harbor Arts District. As they set up for the season ahead, POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 31, 2012 March 31, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 13 In Southtown St. Joseph new life is about to be breathed into the former offices of Smit & Kragt at the corner of Niles & Midway. Veteran insurance agent Scott Bradford is launching his brand new Bradford Insurance Agency at that location. Here’s the skinny on what’s taking place: The AAA Sales Office in St. Joseph will close up shop on April 27 th a few blocks south across the parking lot from HoneyBaked Ham. Simultaneously with that action, Mr. Bradford will open his Bradford Insurance Agency as an official AAA Insurance Agency, similar to appointed inde-pendent agents for similar name brand agen-cies. Scott has been an agent for AAA for the past 11 years, and now has a shop of his own. I’ve known both Scott and his lovely wife Maureen for probably at least that long, and they are wonderful people. Congratulations, Scott and best of luck with your new venture. You can reach Scott at 982-5262 or by email sabradford@aaamichigan.com. Incidentally, the law offices of Smit & Kragt moved to 519 Main Street when they departed Southtown. Anytime your customers single you out for recognition you get a great warm feeling, but when your customers award you with rec-ognition such as a Supplier Excellence Award , and they happen to be one of your largest customers the feeling is considerably closer to outright euphoria! That’s the feeling these days for Bill Mach and his entire team at Mach Mold in Benton Charter Township. Bill recently picked up the award from Mann + Hummel, an international manufacturer with operations in the U.S. creating automo-tive and industrial filtration products in Michigan and Indiana. Congratulations to team Mach! A year ago, golf aficionados across the Market! -U.S. awaiting Department Labor nation eagerly the of Senior PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky enjoyed a little side-bar fun in the weeks lead-ing up to the event in the form of a whirlwind tour by the championship’s trophy, affection-ately called simply “Alfred.” I have it on good authority that Alfred’s spin through Continued on page 13 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 O ur incredibly early, decidedly summer-like weather has gotten tons of people in the mood to get out and about across the region. Once we get the itch, we just want to discover more great things around the neighborhood, and I’ve got news of a number of new things for you to find in the coming weeks in the spring of 2012. I had the honor recently of being called upon by the crew at Harbor Shores Golf Club to photo-graph their new clubhouse both inside and out for a book that is being assembled. You are going to love the new Grille at Harbor Shores , and you will be able to explore the possibilities in just two short weeks. The Grille at Harbor Shores will open to the public on April 14 th . There you will find a contempo-rary pub fare starting in the afternoon. Breakfast will eventually be offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the regular sea-son. Until the season is up and running, beginning on April 14 th you will be able to stop by for lunch from 11am until 3pm daily and for dinner from 5pm until 10pm. The bar will be open daily from 11am until 11pm. In addition to the primary indoor dining space, The Grille at Harbor Shores will also feature a gorgeous outdoor patio and the KitchenAid Outdoor Bar. Both will be open weather-permitting in conjunction with the regular hours of The Grille. You can find The Grille at Harbor Shores at 201 Graham Avenue in Benton Harbor. Their phone number is easy to remember, inasmuch as it is simply 927-GOLF. Not too far behind the arrival of The Grille, will be the much-anticipated opening of The Buck Burgers & Brew at 412 State Street in downtown St. Joseph. Final paper-work for the liquor license at The Buck was delivered to owner Ken Kozminski by State Senator John Proos and State Representative Al Pscholka a week ago and the final hiring phase kicked in immediately so that Kozminski can get the restaurant open for business as quickly as possible. Look for a soft opening in the next couple of weeks, and I’ll keep you posted on the official opening for the long-awaited reincarnation of the updated Silver Dollar in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. Just a couple of doors down from The Buck, work continues for the impending arriv-al of Lighthouse Fibers. That’s the home of what is being dubbed, “Not your Gramma’s Knitting Store!” The new arrival on the retail scene will offer high quality fibers, fiber-related accessories and finished products by local Michigan talent. Offering, “the best yarns, spinning supplies and local fiber arts,” according to their fledgling website, Lighthouse Fibers contends that their rates are competitive and free from hidden fees. Continued on page 12 M oody Pat you’ll find newly expanded hours of Tuesday through Saturday opening at 5pm. The kitch-en will close at 9pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will remain open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The Ideal Place has introduced sustainable seafood from the across the nation, with most being shipped overnight daily. You can search out their ever changing menu online at www.theidealplace.com. They have also adopted the stance of working hard to create what you would like on your plate. If you’re looking for something specific, call or email them and they’ll do everything they can to find what you’re looking for. They are working hard to support Michigan businesses through regular purchases from local farmers, and the use of local and regional beers, wines and cheeses. They’re offering $5-dollar mar-tinis on Wednesday and Thursday, “Dollar Oysters” every Thursday, and bring all of their shrimp & oysters in from New Orleans. One more change I think you will like…the Ideal Place is now making all of their desserts in house! Check it out! Study for a Career in Dental Assisting Thirteen Week Program has Graduates Ready to Work Quickly One of the Fastest Growing Professions in Today’s Job “As a working women needing a new career, Advanced Learning Center understands my needs, emphasizing personalized teaching, high quality and reasonable cost. I investigated other dental assisting programs and found that Advanced Learning Center worked with my schedule and budget.” Bridget B. -Benton Harbor “You believed in me! 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Our incredibly early, decidedly summerlike weather has gotten tons of people in the mood to get out and about across the region. Once we get the itch, we just want to discover more great things around the neighborhood, and I’ve got news of a number of new things for you to find in the coming weeks in the spring of 2012. I had the honor recently of being called upon by the crew at Harbor Shores Golf Club to photograph their new clubhouse both inside and out for a book that is being assembled. You are going to love the new Grille at Harbor Shores, and you will be able to explore the possibilities in just two short weeks. The Grille at Harbor Shores will open to the public on April 14th. There you will find a contemporary pub fare starting in the afternoon. Breakfast will eventually be offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the regular season. Until the season is up and running, beginning on April 14th you will be able to stop by for lunch from 11am until 3pm daily and for dinner from 5pm until 10pm. The bar will be open daily from 11am until 11pm. In addition to the primary indoor dining space, The Grille at Harbor Shores will also feature a gorgeous outdoor patio and the KitchenAid Outdoor Bar. Both will be open weatherpermitting in conjunction with the regular hours of The Grille. You can find The Grille at Harbor Shores at 201 Graham Avenue in Benton Harbor. Their phone number is easy to remember, inasmuch as it is simply 927- GOLF.<br /> <br /> Not too far behind the arrival of The Grille, will be the much-anticipated opening of The Buck Burgers & Brew at 412 State Street in downtown St. Joseph. Final paperwork for the liquor license at The Buck was delivered to owner Ken Kozminski by State Senator John Proos and State Representative Al Pscholka a week ago and the final hiring phase kicked in immediately so that Kozminski can get the restaurant open for business as quickly as possible. Look for a soft opening in the next couple of weeks, and I’ll keep you posted on the official opening for the longawaited reincarnation of the updated Silver Dollar in the heart of downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Just a couple of doors down from The Buck, work continues for the impending arrival of Lighthouse Fibers. That’s the home of what is being dubbed, “Not your Gramma’s Knitting Store!” The new arrival on the retail scene will offer high quality fibers, fiber-related accessories and finished products by local Michigan talent. Offering, “the best yarns, spinning supplies and local fiber arts,” according to their fledgling website, Lighthouse Fibers contends that their rates are competitive and free from hidden fees featuring rich-sounding colors such as Rusty Rose, Rose Garden, Morning Glory, Surf & Turf, and Iris, Lighthouse Fibers are handdyed using non-toxic colorings. The shop downtown in the 400 block of State Street is expected to open this spring. In the meantime, you can reach them by phone at 734-576-8530 or online at www.LighthouseFibers.com. <br /> <br /> Hammers and paint brushes are flying a block away in the other direction as well, in the form of a $1.6-million dollar renovation at The Boulevard Inn & Bistro! There, General Manager Chris Heugel tells me that remodeling crews are completely renovating all 84 suites in the towering hotel including the bathrooms. The hotel will also gain a new board room, remodeled elevators and meeting spaces. Just in case you think they are crazy for undertaking such a monumental task at this time with the impending arrival of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, fear not. Chris assures everyone that the project will be complete by then and ready for the full summer season overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan. Be sure to visit The Boulevard’s Facebook fan page and you can see their color board showcasing the new look and also photos of their ongoing progress. Hotel owner Mark Whitwam has been saluted by the entire cast and crew at the Boulevard for making the tremendous investment in the hotel and the community to keep things fresh and new.<br /> <br /> Also keeping things fresh and new is The Ideal Place in the Benton Harbor Arts District. As they set up for the season ahead, you’ll find newly expanded hours of Tuesday through Saturday opening at 5pm. The kitchen will close at 9pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will remain open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The Ideal Place has introduced sustainable seafood from the across the nation, with most being shipped overnight daily. You can search out their ever changing menu online at www.theidealplace.com. They have also adopted the stance of working hard to create what you would like on your plate. If you’re looking for something specific, call or email them and they’ll do everything they can to find what you’re looking for. They are working hard to support Michigan businesses through regular purchases from local farmers, and the use of local and regional beers, wines and cheeses. They’re offering $5-dollar martinis on Wednesday and Thursday, “Dollar Oysters” every Thursday, and bring all of their shrimp & oysters in from New Orleans. One more change I think you will like…the Ideal Place is now making all of their desserts in house! Check it out! <br /> <br /> In Southtown St. Joseph new life is about to be breathed into the former offices of Smit & Kragt at the corner of Niles & Midway. Veteran insurance agent Scott Bradford is launching his brand new Bradford Insurance Agency at that location. Here’s the skinny on what’s taking place: The AAA Sales Office in St. Joseph will close up shop on April 27th a few blocks south across the parking lot from HoneyBaked Ham. Simultaneously with that action, Mr. Bradford will open his Bradford Insurance Agency as an official AAA Insurance Agency, similar to appointed independent agents for similar name brand agencies. Scott has been an agent for AAA for the past 11 years, and now has a shop of his own. I’ve known both Scott and his lovely wife Maureen for probably at least that long, and they are wonderful people. Congratulations, Scott and best of luck with your new venture. You can reach Scott at 982-5262 or by email sabradford@aaamichigan.com. Incidentally, the law offices of Smit & Kragt moved to 519 Main Street when they departed Southtown.<br /> <br /> Anytime your customers single you out for recognition you get a great warm feeling, but when your customers award you with recognition such as a Supplier Excellence Award, and they happen to be one of your largest customers the feeling is considerably closer to outright euphoria! That’s the feeling these days for Bill Mach and his entire team at Mach Mold in Benton Charter Township. Bill recently picked up the award from Mann + Hummel, an international manufacturer with operations in the U.S. creating automotive and industrial filtration products in Michigan and Indiana. Congratulations to team Mach!<br /> <br /> A year ago, golf aficionados across the nation eagerly awaiting the Senior PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky enjoyed a little side-bar fun in the weeks leading up to the event in the form of a whirlwind tour by the championship’s trophy, affectionately called simply “Alfred.” I have it on good authority that Alfred’s spin through horse country is gonna look like a piker’s parade compared to his world class tour through Michigan’s Great Southwest in the coming weeks. He’s already been captured cavorting with the entire Blossomtime Court of Honor, and heaven only knows how many places he’ll pop up or how many landmarks he will be visiting. If you’d like to learn firsthand about Alfred’s travel and adventure series, make sure you “like” him on Facebook or sign up to follow his tweets with your Twitter account. Alfred is named after Alfred S. Bourne, an original member of Augusta National who donated the money to create the winner’s trophy back in 1937. His legacy carries on here this spring…so follow the fun for yourself!<br /> <br /> Speaking of trophies…South Shore Health & Racquet’s Tennis Director Mark Ficks tells me that his group’s tennis program has been awarded the 2012 Tennis Organization/Facility of the Year honor by the Western Michigan Division of the U.S. Tennis Association. They beat out all of the other clubs in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Holland, Lansing and beyond for the honor, despite the fact they work in a much smaller demographic than any of the other nominees. The current team at South Shore has been together since 2007 and since that time they have recorded five consecutive years of record tennis revenue for the club. Clearly their work and attention to customer service, coaching, and other fine details continues to pay off. In fact…the club currently boasts three of the #1 ranked players in Western Michigan. Saumya Vedula of Stevensville is currently the topranked Girl’s 10’s…Ryan Okonsky of St. Joseph is the top-ranked Boy’s 10’s, and Lydia Aungst of Stevensville is number one among Girl’s 12’s. Not far away you’ll find St. Joe’s Jake Stants rated 4th in the division in Boy’s 16’s. That’s a mighty prolific tennis prowess for our region!<br /> <br /> If you enjoy the limelight, make sure you put on your dancing shoes and head for Lake Michigan Breeze next Saturday, April 7th. Dale & Kim Owen from All Star Productions will be video-taping a promotional video at the Hagar Township hot spot starting around 9pm that night, and they’d like to have a group of 70 or 80 people on hand to dance for the cameras. They’ll have some great club lighting and a huge dance floor complete with fog and haze machines and more. The house DJ will crank out the tunes for you, so make plans to be there. You’ll find Lake Michigan Breeze at M-63 and Central Avenue a chip shot away from DiMaggio’s Pizza. Don’t miss it.<br /> <br /> Great fun is just around the corner for a big celebration of Cinco de Mayo with a big party at the Fiskars Hangar at SW Michigan Regional Airport when the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s fundraiser party kicks off at 5:30pm on Saturday, May 5th. If you hurry, you can still get tickets for $50 each… but the price goes up to $60 after April 1st. The annual allegro auction will feature Mexican guitarist Gabriel Estrada, live and silent auctions, a raffle, dinner, margaritas and a cash bar. Log onto www.smso.org to order tickets today!<br /> <br /> The folks at Cycle-Re-Cycle are asking you to save the date of April 28th to join them for their 2nd Annual Fundraising Event at The Livery in the BH Arts District. Live music, a silent auction, food and fun are on tap for that big night out, as well with tickets prices of $25 at the door or $20 in advance at the Cycle-Re-Cycle shop across the lot from the Mosaic ReSale Shop on Main Street.<br /> <br /> The Lakeshore Lions Easter Egg Hunt for Lincoln Township residents is set for next Saturday, April 7th at 11am on the Roosevelt School Playground for 2 to 10 year olds.<br /> <br /> The Baroda Lions are hosting a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast fundraiser for the Miss Baroda Float. That’s Saturday, April 14th from 7am until 11am at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 9193 Cleveland Avenue in Baroda.<br /> <br /> Finally, the 13th Annual Soup Bowl to benefit the Soup Kitchen is set for Sunday, April 15th at 2pm at AMF Blossom Lanes in Benton Harbor. Door prizes, 50/50 drawings, trophies and more are part of the fun. Register by April 12th by calling Debbie at 926-4293.<br /> <br /> Out of time and space this week. Enjoy your Spring Break, Shop Local, and we’ll see you next Saturday, right here in MailMax! <br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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