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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Pa per. ws Ne Your Good April 14, 2012 www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 14, 2012 Moody on The Market Sherri and Eric Christensen have been investors in her mother’s restaurant corporation for some time now, but this spring will mark the arrival of their own enterprise in the form of a brand new Subway Restaurant on Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. Sherri’s mother is the inimi-table Patti Swierbut who has owned and oper-ated seven Subway franchises across the region for many years now. The exciting news for the entire family is that their newest location will be directly across the street from Whirlpool’s new corporate campus just over the bridge from St. Joseph in downtown Benton Harbor. Their landlords, the Kinney family, tell them that the arrival of Subway downtown will mark the first national franchise to open up shop in downtown Benton Harbor in 40 years! The Christensen’s are busy remodeling the existing building at 667 W. Main Street, alongside the new offices of the Passaro, Kahne & Taylor Law Firm which recently relocated from Southtown St. Joseph. The building at 667 was most recently home to New Age Landmark , a mobile laboratory services agency that relocated to larger facilities in South Haven. Subway will occupy the south-ern side of the building, leaving the north side and a backside section of the building still available for lease from the Kinneys. The new Subway, listed on the national franchise site as Store #55500, will open daily at 7am for break-fast service as well as lunch and dinner offer-ings through the day. Look for the new sub and salad shop to be open sometime in May, and I’ll keep you posted on their progress and plans for their grand opening. Congratulations, Patti, Sherri and Eric on further expansion of your footprint in Michigan’s Great Southwest! The impending arrival of the new Cravings Bistro & Pub (formerly known as Cassava when it was atop the Elks Club in downtown St. Joseph) appears to be at hand. I was unable to reach Chef Eduardo or his sidekick Tracy in time for my deadline, but having scored an invitation to a private VIP opening for Tuesday, April 10 th my guess is that the doors either will very soon or might already have quietly opened to the general public as well. Unfortunately, I had a business meeting to attend on the night of that VIP event, so I’ll just have to wait my turn. Cravings has been busy setting up shop in the former Hacienda Restaurant location in the lot of the former Kmart Plaza in Benton Harbor. Their actual address is 1599 Mall Drive, and their phone number is 269-934-9700. As you may recall from my original story about their relocation, the new place will have a dramatically expanded and broader list of offerings. Stay tuned. Those of you who were on Spring Break and out of town might have missed the recent news that Ridge & Kramer Auto Parts of Benton Harbor has been acquired lock, stock, Continued on page 10 M oody Pat Continued from page 1 and lug-nuts by Fisher Auto Parts of Staunton, Virginia. Long time owners from the Neuser family assure local customers that about the only changes in store will be access to a much larger pool of parts and faster arrival when parts need to be shipped in from elsewhere. CEO Chris Neuser tells me that all 13 stores across southwest Michigan and their Benton Harbor warehouse were included in the sale to Fisher which already sports some 400 company MOODY owned locations in 18 states and a significant the market. If you’d like to obtain a free rental number of independent jobber businesses market analysis, you can reach Lakeside at across the nation. Bo Fisher is the CEO of 983-8051, stop by the office or check out the Fisher Auto Parts, and he notes that the two website at www.lakesideproperty.net. companies have been doing business together As expansion projects at Caretel Inns of since 1986 when Ridge & Kramer joined the Lakeland near completion officials there are Federated Auto Parts Group which was cranking up the hiring machine with an invita-founded by Fisher’s father, Art Fisher. All tion for you to become a part of their healthcare current Ridge & Kramer employees will be team. Next Saturday, April 21 st , from 10am retained by the new owners, and additional new until 4pm they will conduct a Job Fair at their employees will be hired in the near future. The sprawling complex off of Niles Road at 3905 company was founded locally in 1934. Lorraine Path in St. Joseph. They will be Also changing hands this past week was hiring Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants, WHFB Radio at 99.9FM. The station, which Guest and Activities Assistants, Housekeepers is still officially licensed to Benton Harbor, has and Dietary Aides for all shifts both full and been operating out of South Bend since 1998. part time. Caretel is a multi-phased senior The station, once owned by Palladium community that offers short-term rehabilita-Publishing Company , has been sold by the tion, skilled nursing care, assisted living, mem-WSBT Stations to a new radio company ory care and respite care along with out-patient owned by Mike Leep of Gurley-Leep auto therapy. You can apply in person for an imme-dealership fame. Sources in the industry say diate interview or email your resume to that the station was sold for $2.5-million dol-hrcaretellakeland@gmail.com. lars and will continue to operate as a South Up the hill and around the bend from Bend station going forward, leasing space from Caretel, a different sort of celebration will take WSBT on Douglas Road for their studio. place next Saturday and Sunday, the 21 st and You might have to follow the ink trail, but 22 nd , when Pater True Value Hardware it won’t be a long excursion as you search for launches their anniversary celebration at 4032 the new home of Armco Ink & Toner in M-139 in St. Joseph. The Pater family will Southtown St. Joseph. In fact, depending on conduct a gigantic bucket sale in which a when your last visit was, you might not realize $3-dollar 5-gallon bucket will earn you 25% that they ever moved in the first place. Randy off the regular price of everything you can fit in Miller tells me that Armco Ink & Toner has the bucket with the lid on. They will also fea-moved back to their original location at 2942 ture a Dutch Boy Paint sale, a sale on Scott’s Niles Avenue. In essence they moved four Fertilizer , tons of giveaways all weekend and doors south and have set up shop alongside more. Check it out! Rumor’s Hair Salon. The agency offers new, For the 14 th consecutive year, Boelcke • Gold & Silver • Platinum Diamonds Estate Jewelry re-manufactured and • compatible ink and • toner Heating is conducting their annual free appli-at prices well below office store pricing. They • Dental Gold • also Damaged or Broken Gold & Silver Jewelry offer a selection of office supplies includ-ing new and refurbished printers and copiers. • Proof Sets • Sterling Flatware • Gold & Silver Coins You can reach them at 982-0465 or online at www.apexink.com. With demand for rental houses increasing almost exponentially, the upcoming 27 th anni-versary of Lakeside Property Management finds Broker/Owner Darlene Davis in a prime position to help home owners who would like to lease their property. Specializing in the year-round leasing of single family homes from her headquarters office at 1807 Lake Shore Drive in St. Joseph since 1985, Darlene and her crew to grow. Marnie Mefford has been A Family Company With continue Expertise in Precious Metals, Diamonds and Coins an assistant for 8-years and Darlene’s growth pattern has led to the recent hiring of a mainte-nance organizer, Bob Swigart , and a marketing administrator, Misty Istre-Neese. Lakeside currently provides full-service management of more than 100 homes, including finding the right tenant and assembling paperwork for Mon-Fri 10:30am-6pm, Sat. owners 11am-3pm Mon-Fri 10am -6pm, Sat. 10am-3pm who prefer to manage the property themselves. 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Pat Moody

Sherri and Eric Christensen have been investors in her mother’s restaurant corporation for some time now, but this spring will mark the arrival of their own enterprise in the form of a brand new Subway Restaurant on Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. Sherri’s mother is the inimitable Patti Swierbut who has owned and operated seven Subway franchises across the region for many years now. The exciting news for the entire family is that their newest location will be directly across the street from Whirlpool’s new corporate campus just over the bridge from St. Joseph in downtown Benton Harbor. Their landlords, the Kinney family, tell them that the arrival of Subway downtown will mark the first national franchise to open up shop in downtown Benton Harbor in 40 years! The Christensen’s are busy remodeling the existing building at 667 W. Main Street, alongside the new offices of the Passaro, Kahne & Taylor Law Firm which recently relocated from Southtown St. Joseph. The building at 667 was most recently home to New Age Landmark, a mobile laboratory services agency that relocated to larger facilities in South Haven. Subway will occupy the southern side of the building, leaving the north side and a backside section of the building still available for lease from the Kinneys. The new Subway, listed on the national franchise site as Store #55500, will open daily at 7am for breakfast service as well as lunch and dinner offerings through the day. Look for the new sub and salad shop to be open sometime in May, and I’ll keep you posted on their progress and plans for their grand opening. Congratulations, Patti, Sherri and Eric on further expansion of your footprint in Michigan’s Great Southwest!<br /> <br /> The impending arrival of the new Cravings Bistro & Pub (formerly known as Cassava when it was atop the Elks Club in downtown St. Joseph) appears to be at hand. I was unable to reach Chef Eduardo or his sidekick Tracy in time for my deadline, but having scored an invitation to a private VIP opening for Tuesday, April 10th my guess is that the doors either will very soon or might already have quietly opened to the general public as well. Unfortunately, I had a business meeting to attend on the night of that VIP event, so I’ll just have to wait my turn. Cravings has been busy setting up shop in the former Hacienda Restaurant location in the lot of the former Kmart Plaza in Benton Harbor. Their actual address is 1599 Mall Drive, and their phone number is 269-934-9700. As you may recall from my original story about their relocation, the new place will have a dramatically expanded and broader list of offerings. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> Those of you who were on Spring Break and out of town might have missed the recent news that Ridge & Kramer Auto Parts of Benton Harbor has been acquired lock, stock, And lug-nuts by Fisher Auto Parts of Staunton, Virginia. Long time owners from the Neuser family assure local customers that about the only changes in store will be access to a much larger pool of parts and faster arrival when parts need to be shipped in from elsewhere. CEO Chris Neuser tells me that all 13 stores across southwest Michigan and their Benton Harbor warehouse were included in the sale to Fisher which already sports some 400 company owned locations in 18 states and a significant number of independent jobber businesses across the nation. Bo Fisher is the CEO of Fisher Auto Parts, and he notes that the two companies have been doing business together since 1986 when Ridge & Kramer joined the Federated Auto Parts Group which was founded by Fisher’s father, Art Fisher. All current Ridge & Kramer employees will be retained by the new owners, and additional new employees will be hired in the near future. The company was founded locally in 1934.<br /> <br /> Also changing hands this past week was WHFB Radio at 99.9FM. The station, which is still officially licensed to Benton Harbor, has been operating out of South Bend since 1998. The station, once owned by Palladium Publishing Company, has been sold by the WSBT Stations to a new radio company owned by Mike Leep of Gurley-Leep auto dealership fame. Sources in the industry say that the station was sold for $2.5-million dollars and will continue to operate as a South Bend station going forward, leasing space from WSBT on Douglas Road for their studio.<br /> <br /> You might have to follow the ink trail, but it won’t be a long excursion as you search for the new home of Armco Ink & Toner in Southtown St. Joseph. In fact, depending on when your last visit was, you might not realize that they ever moved in the first place. Randy Miller tells me that Armco Ink & Toner has moved back to their original location at 2942 Niles Avenue. In essence they moved four doors south and have set up shop alongside Rumor’s Hair Salon. The agency offers new, re-manufactured and compatible ink and toner at prices well below office store pricing. They also offer a selection of office supplies including new and refurbished printers and copiers. You can reach them at 982-0465 or online at www.apexink.com. <br /> <br /> With demand for rental houses increasing almost exponentially, the upcoming 27th anniversary of Lakeside Property Management finds Broker/Owner Darlene Davis in a prime position to help home owners who would like to lease their property. Specializing in the yearround leasing of single family homes from her headquarters office at 1807 Lake Shore Drive in St. Joseph since 1985, Darlene and her crew continue to grow. Marnie Mefford has been an assistant for 8-years and Darlene’s growth pattern has led to the recent hiring of a maintenance organizer, Bob Swigart, and a marketing administrator, Misty Istre-Neese. Lakeside currently provides full-service management of more than 100 homes, including finding the right tenant and assembling paperwork for owners who prefer to manage the property themselves. Her creative agency keeps the lines of communication open between owners and tenants to maintain the value of homes in the market. If you’d like to obtain a free rental market analysis, you can reach Lakeside at 983-8051, stop by the office or check out the website at www.lakesideproperty.net. <br /> <br /> As expansion projects at Caretel Inns of Lakeland near completion officials there are cranking up the hiring machine with an invitation for you to become a part of their healthcare team. Next Saturday, April 21st, from 10am until 4pm they will conduct a Job Fair at their sprawling complex off of Niles Road at 3905 Lorraine Path in St. Joseph. They will be hiring Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants, Guest and Activities Assistants, Housekeepers and Dietary Aides for all shifts both full and part time. Caretel is a multi-phased senior community that offers short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, assisted living, memory care and respite care along with out-patient therapy. You can apply in person for an immediate interview or email your resume to hrcaretellakeland@gmail.com. <br /> <br /> Up the hill and around the bend from Caretel, a different sort of celebration will take place next Saturday and Sunday, the 21st and 22nd, when Pater True Value Hardware launches their anniversary celebration at 4032 M-139 in St. Joseph. The Pater family will conduct a gigantic bucket sale in which a $3-dollar 5-gallon bucket will earn you 25% off the regular price of everything you can fit in the bucket with the lid on. They will also feature a Dutch Boy Paint sale, a sale on Scott’s Fertilizer, tons of giveaways all weekend and more. Check it out!<br /> <br /> For the 14th consecutive year, Boelcke Heating is conducting their annual free appliance disposal in partnership with Lakeshore High’s DECA Club. You can bring any compressor- bearing appliance to downtown Stevensville along the railroad tracks from 8am until 5pm next Friday, April 20th in celebration of Earth Day. They will unload it, recover the refrigerant, and recycle the appliance for you at no cost. If you have questions, call 429-9261.<br /> <br /> A long time friend, Julie Ann Smith, suffered a tragic loss when her daughter’s baby, her first grandchild, died in a miscarriage. She found very few resources to handle her grief and was so moved by the tragedy that she wrote and illustrated her own book for others finding themselves in the same situation. Titled Baby, Baby, Where Did You Go? The new book will be released for the first time today, Saturday, April 14th at Parable Christian Book Store in Southtown St. Joseph at an author’s signing event from 11am until 2pm. She will also be donating a copy to the St. Joseph Public Library. The book encourages the reader to try to envision and understand the baby’s spiritual journey in heaven after its physical death on earth due to a sudden miscarriage. It is beautifully created and clearly from the heart.<br /> <br /> Speaking of books, the Friends of Maud Preston Palenske Library will conduct their Book Sale from the 18th through the 21st at the St. Joe Library. They enjoyed a phenomenal response from the community and have a tremendous collection of books for sale including paperbacks, hardback, fiction, mysteries, children’s books, westerns, military history, cookbooks, books on travel, business, humor, howto’s, and many more. Friday will be Romance Day with all paperback romances going at 4 for a dollar. Line up your summer reading this week!<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Bridgman Public Library’s 30th Annual Community-Wide Garage Sale benefiting the library is coming Saturday, May 19th and Sunday the 20th. Permits will be available for sale starting next Saturday, April 21st at the library. It’s a huge event and the largest fundraiser of the year for the library. Permits are $12 each and you must get yours by May 12th if you want your sale listed on the community map which will be distributed at the corner of Lake and Church Streets on May 19th between 8am and 10am.<br /> <br /> Plans are going full tilt for the 2nd Annual “Bottoms Up for a Cure” Pub Run to benefit Relay for Life. The first such event raised more than $2400 dollars with 87 participants last year. The event begins with a 12:30pm check-in on Saturday, April 28th at The Livery in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Registration is $20.00 and is due by April 15th. Call 930-2580 to get signed up. Lots of prize drawings, and it’s all in fun, not a competitive race.<br /> <br /> The Symphony League of SW Michigan is taking orders for their Annual Floral Extravaganza. Hanging baskets, flowering containers and bedding plants on sale all benefit the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra. The order deadline is this coming Friday, the 20th. You can find an order form online at the Symphony’s website at www.smso.org. All orders will be available for pick-up at the Howard Ice Arena in St. Joe on May 11th, which is the Friday before Mother’s Day, from 10am until 6pm.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week…and we’ll have more great news for Michigan’s Great Southwest next 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<br />

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