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Eau Claire Area 27th Annual ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Cherry Festival Tuesday, July 3rd Wednesday, July 4th See the Cherry Festival Flier inside! June 30, 2012 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 cases will be setting up shop in downtown Benton Harbor soon and I, for one, can’t wait to see what kind of amazing magic he will turn in that neighborhood. Ken Clifford has garnered approval from the Benton Harbor Planning Commission to create the new Clifford’s Botanical Café & Garden at 619 Main Street, directly across the street from Whirlpool’s expansive new campus along the riverfront. Clifford already owns and operates Clifford’s Perennial & Vine , which is the business that planted thousands of flowers, shrubs, trees and other ornamentation at the main entryways to Harbor Shores. This new venture will be a retail center and café as well as some living space backing up to the former Ship Canal. The new Botanical Garden & Café will feature non-pro-cessed, wholesome food, accompanied by pre-mium coffees, imported teas and freshly squeezed juices. Operations of the café will be phased in, beginning with a breakfast service, followed by a lunch menu, and eventually, potentially, a din-ner menu. Clifford’s growing operations are POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 30, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 26 on Red Arrow to 9707 will put you on the door-step of Furbabies and Friends Pet Grooming. Owners Debbie and Mark DeBiak are into their 5 th year in business, but marking their one year anniversary at the Red Arrow Highway location in Bridgman. The business was originally launched as a home-based business and has expanded from just grooming to selling pets and supplies, necessitating a name change to the new Furbabies and Friends Itty Bitty Pet Shop. Shoppers are greeted by a Moluccan Cockatoo named Porky that thinks she owns the store and likes to entertain customers by dancing and talk-ing. She has her own fan club, and many towns-folk come in just to see the bird. The DeBiak’s daughter, Julia Abbatoy works with Debbie in the grooming department. Look for their anni-versary celebration during the upcoming Bridgman Fest. If you missed the recent Wine & Wags at Free Run Cellars in Berrien Springs, you missed a great little party in the vineyard, so don’t miss out on their sister winery’s party this weekend. Round Barn Winery is celebrating today and tomorrow, June 30 th and July 1 st with their traditional Reds, Whites & Brews Festival at the winery located at 10983 Hills Road in Baroda. Live music, case discounts and drink specials, a perfect vineyard picnic opportunity hot off of the grill, free parking, free admission, and great award winning wines, craft-brews, and spirits all hand-crafted by the Round Barn team. Party time is 1pm until 7pm both days, today and tomorrow. Hayrides, beanbags, bounce houses Moody on The Market T he smell of fresh paint is in the air…hammers are pounding, saws are buzzing…and we’re one step closer to another new option for dinner in the neighborhood according to the building per-mit posted in the front window of the future Moe’s Southwest Grill . Our new arrival is slated for space in the Panera Bread Plaza at I-94 and Niles Road near Hollywood. While there’s no timeline posted, the work inside has been moving at a fairly rapid pace for the past several weeks. I don’t even know the name of the franchise owner yet…but I can tell you a bit about the type of place you can expect. Moe’s Southwest Grill was originally founded in Atlanta, Georgia about a dozen years ago and is described on their corporate website as, “a fun and engaging fast-casual restaurant franchise serving a wide variety of fresh, made-to-order southwest fare .” The enthusiastic “Welcome to Moe’s!” greeting proclaimed every time the door swings open has become a way of life for the people who customize each meal fresh to order right in front of the guests. They appear to be best known for burritos packed with your choice of more than 20 fresh ingredients , but also have a menu that features kid’s items, veg-etarian options and low-calorie choices as well. Every meal is served with free chips and salsa. There are more than 420 locations in the Moe’s stable of restaurants, including shops in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and East Lansing here in Michigan. There are fourteen in Indiana, and the closest franchise operation is located in Granger , just south of the state line. In addition to their trademark Homewrecker Burrito , Moe’s Southwest Grill offers tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salads, fajitas and rice bowls among other selections. Most operations also provide catering service to those preferring to host their meals off-site. The building permit identifies the owner of the project as Acquisitions, LLC of Shoreham, and the contractor assigned to the job is Don Vandenberg’s Priority Construction in Wyoming, Michigan. Stay tuned for more on the progress of the new restaurant coming to town as the build-out continues. Meanwhile…a couple of former Roxy Burger joints along M-139 in Benton Harbor are making news. The one out across from the former Mike Young Surplus building has been closed down. Friends of the owner tell me that tax issues lead to the closure of that diner. The long-ago shuttered Roxy Burger drive-in along the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza was being dismantled this past weekend, but there was no immediate indication of what, if anything, is coming to that former restaurant, or who is doing the work on the building. Stay tuned for more. The man whose amazingly talented team has turned public access points for the Harbor Shores Golf Club into spectacular floral show-MOODY Southwest Michigan’s Retinal Specialist, 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. headquartered in Paw Paw , but he has a second-ary nursery complex in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Naturally, visitors will be able to shop the botan-ical gardens for exciting horticultural items as well. Look for construction to begin virtually any day now, and initial creation of some 8 to 10 new jobs for downtown Benton Harbor. Construction of the new Chemical Bank branch a couple of short blocks away is continu-ing at a rapid pace, and the new building is quickly taking shape. Meanwhile, the crew at Chemical Bank is partnering with the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph YMCA to host the all new Chemical Bank Race for the YMCA 5k 10k event next month. The inaugural race will begin at 8:45am on Saturday, July 21 st in downtown St. Joseph at The Whitcomb on Lake Boulevard. The scenic course will take runners along Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River, with all proceeds benefitting the Y. Chemical’s Community President Bob Burch said the bank is thrilled to pay tribute to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle while supporting the YMCA. You can register for the race online at www.chemicalbankmi.com/race. Good luck! Congratulations are in order for a couple of local businesses who are marking anniversary celebrations. Ruff Brother’s Cutting Edge, located on Red Arrow Highway just south of Meijer will be marking their first anniversary in business on August 1 st . Rich & Bob Ruff are the barbers in the house and they will soon be joined by their younger brother to continue their tradi-tion of $10-haircuts with no appointment neces-sary. Check ‘em out across from the 5 O’Clock Sports Bar & Restaurant. A little further south a C 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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The smell of fresh paint is in the air…hammers are pounding, saws are buzzing…and we’re one step closer to another new option for dinner in the neighborhood according to the building permit posted in the front window of the future Moe’s Southwest Grill. Our new arrival is slated for space in the Panera Bread Plaza at I-94 and Niles Road near Hollywood. While there’s no timeline posted, the work inside has been moving at a fairly rapid pace for the past several weeks. I don’t even know the name of the franchise owner yet…but I can tell you a bit about the type of place you can expect. Moe’s Southwest Grill was originally founded in Atlanta, Georgia about a dozen years ago and is described on their corporate website as, “a fun and engaging fast-casual restaurant franchise serving a wide variety of fresh, made-to-order southwest fare.” The enthusiastic “Welcome to Moe’s!” greeting proclaimed every time the door swings open has become a way of life for the people who customize each meal fresh to order right in front of the guests. They appear to be best known for burritos packed with your choice of more than 20 fresh ingredients, but also have a menu that features kid’s items, vegetarian options and low-calorie choices as well. Every meal is served with free chips and salsa.There are more than 420 locations in the Moe’s stable of restaurants, including shops in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and East Lansing here in Michigan. There are fourteen in Indiana, and the closest franchise operation is located in Granger, just south of the state line. In addition to their trademark Homewrecker Burrito, Moe’s Southwest Grill offers tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salads, fajitas and rice bowls among other selections. Most operations also provide catering service to those preferring to host their meals off-site. The building permit identifies the owner of the project as Acquisitions, LLC of Shoreham, and the contractor assigned to the job is Don Vandenberg’s Priority Construction in Wyoming, Michigan. Stay tuned for more on the progress of the new restaurant coming to town as the build-out continues.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile…a couple of former Roxy Burger joints along M-139 in Benton Harbor are making news. The one out across from the former Mike Young Surplus building has been closed down. Friends of the owner tell me that tax issues lead to the closure of that diner. The long-ago shuttered Roxy Burger drive-in along the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza was being dismantled this past weekend, but there was no immediate indication of what, if anything, is coming to that former restaurant, or who is doing the work on the building. Stay tuned for more.<br /> <br /> The man whose amazingly talented team has turned public access points for the Harbor Shores Golf Club into spectacular floral show- Cases will be setting up shop in downtown Benton Harbor soon and I, for one, can’t wait to see what kind of amazing magic he will turn in that neighborhood. Ken Clifford has garnered approval from the Benton Harbor Planning Commission to create the new Clifford’s Botanical Café & Garden at 619 Main Street, directly across the street from Whirlpool’s expansive new campus along the riverfront.Clifford already owns and operates Clifford’s Perennial & Vine, which is the business that planted thousands of flowers, shrubs, trees and other ornamentation at the main entryways to Harbor Shores. This new venture will be a retail center and café as well as some living space backing up to the former Ship Canal. The new Botanical Garden & Café will feature non-processed, wholesome food, accompanied by premium coffees, imported teas and freshly squeezed juices. Operations of the café will be phased in, beginning with a breakfast service, followed by a lunch menu, and eventually, potentially, a dinner menu. Clifford’s growing operations are headquartered in Paw Paw, but he has a secondary nursery complex in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Naturally, visitors will be able to shop the botanical gardens for exciting horticultural items as well. Look for construction to begin virtually any day now, and initial creation of some 8 to 10 new jobs for downtown Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> Construction of the new Chemical Bank branch a couple of short blocks away is continuing at a rapid pace, and the new building is quickly taking shape. Meanwhile, the crew at Chemical Bank is partnering with the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph YMCA to host the all new Chemical Bank Race for the YMCA 5k 10k event next month. The inaugural race will begin at 8:45am on Saturday, July 21st in downtown St. Joseph at The Whitcomb on Lake Boulevard. The scenic course will take runners along Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River, with all proceeds benefitting the Y. Chemical’s Community President Bob Burch said the bank is thrilled to pay tribute to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle while supporting the YMCA. You can register for the race online at www.chemicalbankmi.com/race. Good luck!<br /> <br /> Congratulations are in order for a couple of local businesses who are marking anniversary celebrations. Ruff Brother’s Cutting Edge, located on Red Arrow Highway just south of Meijer will be marking their first anniversary in business on August 1st. Rich & Bob Ruff are the barbers in the house and they will soon be joined by their younger brother to continue their tradition of $10-haircuts with no appointment necessary. Check ‘em out across from the 5 O’Clock Sports Bar & Restaurant. A little further south on Red Arrow to 9707 will put you on the doorstep of Furbabies and Friends Pet Grooming. Owners Debbie and Mark DeBiak are into their 5th year in business, but marking their one year anniversary at the Red Arrow Highway location in Bridgman. The business was originally launched as a home-based business and has expanded from just grooming to selling pets and supplies, necessitating a name change to the new Furbabies and Friends Itty Bitty Pet Shop. Shoppers are greeted by a Moluccan Cockatoo named Porky that thinks she owns the store and likes to entertain customers by dancing and talking.She has her own fan club, and many townsfolk come in just to see the bird. The DeBiak’s daughter, Julia Abbatoy works with Debbie in the grooming department. Look for their anniversary celebration during the upcoming Bridgman Fest.<br /> <br /> If you missed the recent Wine & Wags at Free Run Cellars in Berrien Springs, you missed a great little party in the vineyard, so don’t miss out on their sister winery’s party this weekend. Round Barn Winery is celebrating today and tomorrow, June 30th and July 1st with their traditional Reds, Whites & Brews Festival at the winery located at 10983 Hills Road in Baroda. Live music, case discounts and drink specials, a perfect vineyard picnic opportunity hot off of the grill, free parking, free admission, and great award winning wines, craft-brews, and spirits all hand-crafted by the Round Barn team.Party time is 1pm until 7pm both days, today and tomorrow. Hayrides, beanbags, bounce houses And more add to the festive fun in the vineyard. Check it out for yourself.<br /> <br /> TV Producer Tracey Carter, who recently re-located to Benton Harbor following an 11-year stint on the Oprah Winfrey Show, is teaming up with local filmmaker Doug Clark to pitch a reality TV show idea called Texas Ice Fighters. Clark has a pair of companies in Niles called Doug Clark Creative and Capture Me Films. Last year, while filming ice carving competition at the Hunter Ice Festival in Niles, Doug discovered Ice Fights where one and twoman teams battle it out on stage in timed ice carving competitions. After meeting Carter, who was looking for reality show concepts, the two have joined negotiations with a Chicago production company to help fund the project. Last weekend, the crew was filming still more at the Riverfront Park Amphitheater in Niles. Stay tuned for more on this interesting new project and information about when and where to see the results on a TV near you!<br /> <br /> A Stevensville author has immortalized the life of one of the longest-serving Catholic priests in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Chronicling the story of the beloved priest is Raymond Kuhl, who is a long time member of the St. Joseph Parish. The new book, available now, is titled Monsignor Eugene Sears, Ever the Shepherd. It traces his career as pastor of parishes in Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Lansing and St. Joseph, as well as his service as Chancellor of the Kalamazoo Diocese in its early years. Monsignor Sears retired as pastor in 2004 after 20 years at the helm in St. Joe. After suffering a stroke in 2007, he returned to help the parish as Pastor Emeritus and is now in his 55th year as a Catholic priest. The book is available from the parish office for $15 by calling 983- 1575, and all proceeds from sales of the book will be used by the parish to establish a scholarship fund in Sears’ name. Book signing events will follow Masses this weekend and next.<br /> <br /> The Sanctuary Church in Watervliet and Pastor Kevin Hester have scheduled their 3rd Annual FreeSale/Giveway for August 11th.Apparently Watervliet Mayor David Brinker liked the idea so much he is partnering with the church and turning the entire event into a Community FreeSale/Giveaway! Now, instead of just free items at the church, which is located at 206 Church Street, other businesses and individuals will be giving items away in Watervliet that day. Everything from furniture and clothing to sporting goods, food and beyond will be free – no strings attached. Listings will be available at that church that morning showing everyone who is participating. The new Storsmart Storage Unit in Coloma has even donated the use of a storage unit for businesses or individuals who would like to donate items to give away that day. To learn how you can be a part of this great event, go to www.gotothesancturary.org or call 468-6399.<br /> <br /> Well ahead of that big event, Watervliet will be alive with the annual Independence Celebration running from June 29th through July 1st. There’s a craft show, a couple of parades, street dance at Beaches & Cream, a fire department breakfast, fun runs, car collectors show, wine tent, beanbag tournament, a scavenger hunt, a home run derby, dancing in the beer tent, a rubber duck race, ping pong ball drop at the airport, a talent contest, fireworks on Saturday night and a whole lot more. To find all of the details, go to www.watervliet.org and click on newsletters. Sign up for the free newsletter… and you’ll get the whole line up!<br /> <br /> Even though we haven’t quite arrived at the 4th of July just yet, the State of Michigan is already searching for the official State Christmas Tree…and it just might be currently standing in your yard or field! You have until July 31st to nominate a tree by sending your name, telephone number, a photo of the tree and information about its size and location to them at ChristmasTree@Michigan.gov. They’re looking for a 65-foot spruce or fir tree for the honor.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a happy and safe 4th of July and we’ll see you again 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

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