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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad on Page 5 April 28, 2012 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 Joseph Eggert has been creating great things in-house for a decade. Congratulations! Venturing up that block and around the corner will put you face-to-face with Diane & Ned Wollenslegel at their highly successful and very popular Waterfront Framing & Fine Art. This week they mark their 11 th Anniversary in busi-ness, and invite you to the “party” with a 20% savings on all custom framing projects and all art both framed and unframed in the store. It’s a perfect time to bring in graduation and fam-ily photos, vacation memorabilia or whatever you’d like to have custom-framed. That promo-tion runs from May 1 st through May 14 th . Happy Anniversary everyone! Here’s to many more years of great service downtown! Another newcomer I told you about a cou-ple of weeks ago is just a week away from open-ing for business as well. State Street Stuff which is owned and operated by Cindy Barinholtz will officially open her doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am on Saturday, May 5 th . You’ll find the fun-filled shop across the street from the Dime Store downtown. POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 28 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 17 and elevators, believe it or not. New to the Morrison Channel neighborhood in a couple of short weeks will be St. Joseph Canoe & Kayak Livery and Fisherman’s Way Marina. Now just a short walk from downtown St. Joseph you can rent a canoe or kayak to explore the beautiful St. Joseph River and beyond. You can launch your vessel from the marina owned by Jim Krafft , or take a shuttle for a half or full-day float. The marina also offers fewer than 35 slips on floating docks to dock your boat, your Zodiac, or a wave-runner, just 15-minutes from Lake Michigan. With a floating dock, it’s always the same height getting on and off your vessel. Also on site you’ll find a large, spotless, fish-cleaning station with adjoining restrooms and separate showers and space to unwind. Opening day is Sunday, May 20 th with operations daily from 9am to 6pm. Check them out at www.fishermanswharfsj.com or call 277-4434 for more. Head to Fisherman’s Wharf, at 602 Fisherman’s Road next to the St. Joe Boat House and just two doors south of Clementine’s Too , and find out why “Life is Good on the MoCha!” Coming on May 24 th , more than ten differ-ent lending institutions will gather from 9am until noon on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to meet with entrepre-neurs and small business owners looking for a loan to start up or expand their existing small business. My Cornerstone colleague Bob Jones will be one of the facilitators along with folks from the SBA, SCORE, the USDA, the MI-SBTDC and the Economic Development Foundation. It’s an open forum and you should bring multiple copies of your business plan, cash flow projections and know your credit score. To register or learn more call the SBTDC at 269-387-6004 soon. The semi-annual sale of M.A. Hadley Pottery takes place today, Saturday, April 28 th from 9am until noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Morton Avenue and Lane Drive in St. Joseph. The hand-painted stoneware comes in 12 patterns and for nearly 50-years has helped fund church and community projects. Stop in or seek other showing times by calling 983-5337. Two years ago they started a Korean Club at St. Joe High, and based on the success of the club they are contemplating addition of Korean as a foreign language class this fall. The club is hosting their Annual Korean Cultural Festival tomorrow, Sunday, April 29 th , at the high school at 6pm. It’s a fundraiser for students heading to Korea this summer. At the festival you will find a traditional Korean fan dance, a fashion show, K-Pop Korean pop music, and Taekwondo. Additionally, members of the SJHS Choir Club will perform along with members of the school’s symphony orchestra in honoring our Korean War Veterans. Cost is just $5.00 for admission, Continued on page 13 Moody on The Market MOODY Southwest Michigan’s Retinal Specialist, M y long time good friend Lynne Christiano is taking a gigantic leap in the next couple of weeks that has her absolutely giddy, but likely quaking with fear of the unknown. I have little doubt that her spar-kling personality, keen attention to detail, and dedication to the concept of quality customer service will make her a retail super star in very short order. Lynne is working around the clock lining up vendors and creating the design ele-ments for her exciting new store coming to the heart of downtown St. Joseph. Opening for business just about a week before the arrival of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, Lynne is about to take the wraps off of her new Purely Michigan store at 406 State Street on the ground floor of the old Elks Building in space that recently came onto the market following the relocation of Edgewater Realty . Get ready for a veritable explosion of all things Michigan. Among the grand array of offerings, Lynne will showcase ciders, jams and jellies from Jollay Orchards in Coloma… pure maple syrup in beautifully etched glass bottles from the Sugar Shack in Sodus …silver jewelry featuring Petoskey stones… Mackinac Island Fudge …numerous products from the Traverse City area’s Cherry Republic …handmade choc-olates from D.W. Hammond Chocolates of Coloma …hats, totes, long-sleeve t-shirts, pil-lows and more from Life is Good …a remarkable line up of totes and backpacks made from Great Lakes Sail Cloth …a tasty line of JarHead Salsa hand-crafted by a former Michigan Marine…lots of products from MichiganMade. com …locally produced art from artisans across the region and dozens of other interesting and unique products that are native to Michigan. Purely Michigan will be open seven days a week with consistent hours…will offer gift basket opportunities…and is something we’ve needed for a long time here at the gateway to the Great Lakes State. Congratulations Lynne and best of luck with your outstanding new venture in Michigan’s Great Southwest! While Purely Michigan will soon take a bow in downtown St. Joe, there are three other merchants marking milestones of their own. Ed Bagatini, who is the prolific owner and operator of Bagatini’s Music Mart just down the 400-block on State Street from Lynne Christiano’s new shop, is celebrating his 50 th Anniversary in the music store business at the eclectic shop. Two blocks north on the opposite side of the street, Janet & Phil Dykstra have just flipped past their 14 th Anniversary in business at the extremely popular Kilwin’s Chocolate, Fudge & Ice Cream. They tell me they can still remember their first day on April 1, 1998. I’ll bet that Anne Sila can remember it too, because she has been with the Dykstras since that very first day, as well. Their Store Manager Patti Beland has been on board for nearly the entire run, having been with the team for a dozen years, and their full time cook and assistant manager Continued on page 12 M oody Pat Dr. Wes Heroman wants you to know: Please call our offi ce today if you think that you might benefi t from an evaluation of your eyes. 269.428.3300 www.greateyecare.com Speaking of dime stores, the original con-cept behind the ubiquitous Ben Franklin Store was that of a “five-and-dime” store. Well, the evolution of the Ben Franklin in downtown Bridgman is nearing completion and the store is scheduled to re-open for business almost any day now. Jayne Stevens tells me that she purchased the popular store on March 6 th , kept the store open for a few weeks to get a feel for operations and meet local customers. She then proceeded to shut down the store to launch a major renova-tion at the front of the store. Ben Franklin has been a part of Bridgman dating back to 1955, and she is hopeful that it will be a landmark for many years to come. While she recognized the need for improvements, Jayne also wants to maintain a vintage look and feel for the store. She will be adding additional product lines from local sourc-es, spotlight monthly featured items, and will be offering events and classes for local schools, senior citizens, and the community at large. Being just blocks from Weko Beach, the store will become a major source for everything for the beach-goer, as well. Jayne and her husband were both born and raised in Southeast Michigan, graduated from the U-of-M, and moved to Chicago. Now they have returned to Michigan, and have hired Walker Creative Construction of Bridgman for the renovation work. They have removed the drop ceiling from the front 20-feet of the store and exposed the brick walls, allowing them to re-open the win-dows at the front of the store that had been hid-den and boarded up. Jayne’s pretty pumped up about Bridgman pointing to a new resale/antique store setting up shop, the re-opening of a restau-rant as Big O’s, new food service coming to the beach house and new owners at Mikie’s Drive-In. Welcome, Jayne…and best of luck with your new venture! Time is drawing tight for a critical dredg-ing project on the St. Joe River near Pier 1000 Marina. Marina owner Kathy Myers has worked diligently to get the dredging permits in place and has produced about half of the money needed to get the work done, but is now appeal-ing to restaurants, retailers, hotels and others who benefit from the huge influx of dollars to the community by the boating public for help. Work needs to be done ahead of the fish spawning season according to DNR rules. You can drop off donations to Pier 1000 Marina or they will even come to you to pick them up by calling 927-4471. Local marinas and boaters all chip in, but every little bit helps get the job done, even if you offer gift cards or items that can be sold or auc-tioned to raise cash for the cause. Thanks for your consideration. Not far away from Pier 1000, there’s a new phrase being bandied about: Life is Good on the MoCha! That’s short hand for The Morrison Channel , a navigable waterway cut out some 100 years ago to help companies that were churning out boats, buttons, flour, cable, metals Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Symptoms include blurred, wavy or distorted vision and a blind spot in the center of vision. Dr. Heroman is specially trained to treat retina diseases. 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My long time good friend Lynne Christiano is taking a gigantic leap in the next couple of weeks that has her absolutely giddy, but likely quaking with fear of the unknown. I have little doubt that her sparkling personality, keen attention to detail, and dedication to the concept of quality customer service will make her a retail super star in very short order. Lynne is working around the clock lining up vendors and creating the design elements for her exciting new store coming to the heart of downtown St. Joseph. Opening for business just about a week before the arrival of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, Lynne is about to take the wraps off of her new Purely Michigan store at 406 State Street on the ground floor of the old Elks Building in space that recently came onto the market following the relocation of Edgewater Realty. Get ready for a veritable explosion of all things Michigan. Among the grand array of offerings, Lynne will showcase ciders, jams and jellies from Jollay Orchards in Coloma…pure maple syrup in beautifully etched glass bottles from the Sugar Shack in Sodus…silver jewelry featuring Petoskey stones…Mackinac Island Fudge…numerous products from the Traverse City area’s Cherry Republic…handmade chocolates from D.W. Hammond Chocolates of Coloma…hats, totes, long-sleeve t-shirts, pillows and more from Life is Good…a remarkable line up of totes and backpacks made from Great Lakes Sail Cloth…a tasty line of JarHead Salsa hand-crafted by a former Michigan Marine…lots of products from MichiganMade.Com…locally produced art from artisans across the region and dozens of other interesting and unique products that are native to Michigan. Purely Michigan will be open seven days a week with consistent hours…will offer gift basket opportunities…and is something we’ve needed for a long time here at the gateway to the Great Lakes State. Congratulations Lynne and best of luck with your outstanding new venture in Michigan’s Great Southwest!<br /> <br /> While Purely Michigan will soon take a bow in downtown St. Joe, there are three other merchants marking milestones of their own. Ed Bagatini, who is the prolific owner and operator of Bagatini’s Music Mart just down the 400- block on State Street from Lynne Christiano’s new shop, is celebrating his 50th Anniversary in the music store business at the eclectic shop. Two blocks north on the opposite side of the street, Janet & Phil Dykstra have just flipped past their 14th Anniversary in business at the extremely popular Kilwin’s Chocolate, Fudge & Ice Cream. They tell me they can still remember their first day on April 1, 1998. I’ll bet that Anne Sila can remember it too, because she has been with the Dykstras since that very first day, as well. Their Store Manager Patti Beland has been on board for nearly the entire run, having been with the team for a dozen years, and their full time cook and assistant manager Joseph Eggert has been creating great things in-house for a decade. Congratulations! Venturing up that block and around the corner will put you face-to-face with Diane & Ned Wollenslegel at their highly successful and very popular Waterfront Framing & Fine Art. This week they mark their 11th Anniversary in business, and invite you to the “party” with a 20% savings on all custom framing projects and all art both framed and unframed in the store. It’s a perfect time to bring in graduation and family photos, vacation memorabilia or whatever you’d like to have custom-framed. That promotion runs from May 1st through May 14th. Happy Anniversary everyone! Here’s to many more years of great service downtown!<br /> <br /> Another newcomer I told you about a couple of weeks ago is just a week away from opening for business as well. State Street Stuff which is owned and operated by Cindy Barinholtz will officially open her doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am on Saturday, May 5th. You’ll find the fun-filled shop across the street from the Dime Store downtown.<br /> <br /> Speaking of dime stores, the original concept behind the ubiquitous Ben Franklin Store was that of a “five-and-dime” store. Well, the evolution of the Ben Franklin in downtown Bridgman is nearing completion and the store is scheduled to re-open for business almost any day now. Jayne Stevens tells me that she purchased the popular store on March 6th, kept the store open for a few weeks to get a feel for operations and meet local customers. She then proceeded to shut down the store to launch a major renovation at the front of the store. Ben Franklin has been a part of Bridgman dating back to 1955, and she is hopeful that it will be a landmark for many years to come. While she recognized the need for improvements, Jayne also wants to maintain a vintage look and feel for the store. She will be adding additional product lines from local sources, spotlight monthly featured items, and will be offering events and classes for local schools, senior citizens, and the community at large. Being just blocks from Weko Beach, the store will become a major source for everything for the beach-goer, as well. Jayne and her husband were both born and raised in Southeast Michigan, graduated from the U-of-M, and moved to Chicago. Now they have returned to Michigan, and have hired Walker Creative Construction of Bridgman for the renovation work. They have removed the drop ceiling from the front 20-feet of the store and exposed the brick walls, allowing them to re-open the windows at the front of the store that had been hidden and boarded up. Jayne’s pretty pumped up about Bridgman pointing to a new resale/antique store setting up shop, the re-opening of a restaurant as Big O’s, new food service coming to the beach house and new owners at Mikie’s Drive- In. Welcome, Jayne…and best of luck with your new venture!<br /> <br /> Time is drawing tight for a critical dredging project on the St. Joe River near Pier 1000 Marina. Marina owner Kathy Myers has worked diligently to get the dredging permits in place and has produced about half of the money needed to get the work done, but is now appealing to restaurants, retailers, hotels and others who benefit from the huge influx of dollars to the community by the boating public for help. Work needs to be done ahead of the fish spawning season according to DNR rules. You can drop off donations to Pier 1000 Marina or they will even come to you to pick them up by calling 927-4471. Local marinas and boaters all chip in, but every little bit helps get the job done, even if you offer gift cards or items that can be sold or auctioned to raise cash for the cause. Thanks for your consideration.<br /> <br /> Not far away from Pier 1000, there’s a new phrase being bandied about: Life is Good on the MoCha! That’s short hand for The Morrison Channel, a navigable waterway cut out some 100 years ago to help companies that were churning out boats, buttons, flour, cable, metals and elevators, believe it or not. New to the Morrison Channel neighborhood in a couple of short weeks will be St. Joseph Canoe & Kayak Livery and Fisherman’s Way Marina. Now just a short walk from downtown St. Joseph you can rent a canoe or kayak to explore the beautiful St. Joseph River and beyond. You can launch your vessel from the marina owned by Jim Krafft, or take a shuttle for a half or full-day float. The marina also offers fewer than 35 slips on floating docks to dock your boat, your Zodiac, or a wave-runner, just 15-minutes from Lake Michigan. With a floating dock, it’s always the same height getting on and off your vessel. Also on site you’ll find a large, spotless, fish-cleaning station with adjoining restrooms and separate showers and space to unwind. Opening day is Sunday, May 20th with operations daily from 9am to 6pm. Check them out at www.fishermanswharfsj.com or call 277-4434 for more. Head to Fisherman’s Wharf, at 602 Fisherman’s Road next to the St. Joe Boat House and just two doors south of Clementine’s Too, and find out why “Life is Good on the MoCha!” <br /> <br /> Coming on May 24th, more than ten different lending institutions will gather from 9am until noon on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to meet with entrepreneurs and small business owners looking for a loan to start up or expand their existing small business. My Cornerstone colleague Bob Jones will be one of the facilitators along with folks from the SBA, SCORE, the USDA, the MI-SBTDC and the Economic Development Foundation. It’s an open forum and you should bring multiple copies of your business plan, cash flow projections and know your credit score. To register or learn more call the SBTDC at 269- 387-6004 soon.<br /> <br /> The semi-annual sale of M.A. Hadley Pottery takes place today, Saturday, April 28th from 9am until noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Morton Avenue and Lane Drive in St. Joseph. The hand-painted stoneware comes in 12 patterns and for nearly 50-years has helped fund church and community projects. Stop in or seek other showing times by calling 983-5337.<br /> <br /> Two years ago they started a Korean Club at St. Joe High, and based on the success of the club they are contemplating addition of Korean as a foreign language class this fall. The club is hosting their Annual Korean Cultural Festival tomorrow, Sunday, April 29th, at the high school at 6pm. It’s a fundraiser for students heading to Korea this summer. At the festival you will find a traditional Korean fan dance, a fashion show, K-Pop Korean pop music, and Taekwondo. Additionally, members of the SJHS Choir Club will perform along with members of the school’s symphony orchestra in honoring our Korean War Veterans. Cost is just $5.00 for admission, and veterans get in free. The event is open to the general public and you are invited!<br /> <br /> Relay for Life’s Walkers & Talkers for a Cure hope to see your smiling face at next weekend’s Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade when they present their 12th Annual Hot Dog Sale in front of Horizon Bank in the Law & Title Building at 811 Ship Street. You can enjoy a little pre-parade entertainment with The New Town Cryers, and purchase hot dogs, brats, popcorn, baked goods, chips, pop and water at the best prices in town. It’s a tradition!<br /> <br /> Tomorrow night (Sunday, 4/29) First Congregational Church at 2001 Niles Avenue in St. Joseph features a community performance by Interlochen Arts Academy Piano Students. Showtime is 7:30pm, and the event is free and open to the public.<br /> <br /> On Wednesday, May 9th at 6:30pm the Lakeshore Rotary offers up its Annual Rotary Senior Citizen Night at Lakeshore High School Auditorium. Tickets are free to seniors for this Cabaret-Musical Theatre Revue put on by Lakeshore Choirs. For tickets stop in to local Senior Centers or ask any member of Lakeshore Rotary. Refreshments will be served at the intermission.<br /> <br /> Another annual tradition is on the doorstep. Coming May 11th through the 20th is the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival in Dowagiac. You’ll find all the details online at www.dogwoodfinearts.org. Renowned authors, Hall of Fame musicians, storytellers, artists and more are on the docket so check it out, and get things on your calendar again this year!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, have a great week and please remember to shop for graduation gifts, mother’s and father’s day gifts and more locally whenever possible! See you next Saturday, right here in MailMax!

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