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Dr. Flood’s Dr. Robert Flood O.D., P.C. Eye Injury -Glaucoma Dry Eyes -Infections ECRWSS Local Postal Customer VISION CENTER 2603 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI • www.govision.com Going On NOW!!! 269-408-8762 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 with the opening of Bargain Buys alongside Country Kitchen Restaurant. Selling new mattresses from $69 each and furniture for virtu-ally any room in your house, Passick also offers consignment furniture in great shape. It’s undoubtedly the peripheral growth that you spot-ted first, in the form of Amish-built barns and outbuildings peppered across the lot. Bargain Buys is offering more than a dozen models for you to choose from, all featuring authentic Amish craftsmanship. He even offers a rent-to-own option on those barns with payments from as low as $55 a month. You can learn a whole lot more online at www.yourbargainbarn.com. Nolan is also offering consignment sale of cars, trucks, boats, RV’s, trailers and the like with lots of room in his large lot to showcase the offerings along a highly traveled route. In the world of beads, it’s not so much a closure as it is a merger or relocation. Miranda Skibbe of M’s Jemz in downtown Benton Harbor has joined hands with Cindy Heath at Just Bead It in the central business district of St. Joseph. The two beading experts met on State Street in downtown St. Joseph and after considering the options over several days of talks realized how much they could actually help one another. Cindy was actually in the process of looking for a local person with strong commu-nity ties to be a strong presence in the store, and Miranda will bring her supplies and lines of interest as well as her unique jewelry and exper-tise. In fact, Miranda will be teaching classes regularly at the shop, something that Cindy was not able to do as often as she would like due to her duties at the flagship store in Marshall. Also new to the staff at Just Bead It is Erica Wheeler of Benton Harbor. She has been serving as interim manager for the past six weeks or so, and has been drawing rave reviews from customers. She will continue to work a couple of days a week and will fill in where necessary. Stop by soon to see the new pearls and gemstones from “M” as well as Just Bead It’s new cable bracelet bead line made exclusively for the store. Check POSTMASTER: Please deliver on August 11, 2012 August 11, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 32 Moody on The Market I t’s been a tough week for long time fans of a cou-ple of local businesses that have arrived at the end of their business lives, leaving gaping holes in their wake. One was a pretty sizable enterprise that caught most people completely off guard, and the other was a quiet but dynamic little business that leaves a significant number of hard core fans scrambling to fill the void. The businesses in question include AMF Blossom Lanes on M-139 in Benton Charter Township and a couple miles south of that closure, the loss of Roma Pizza of St. Joseph. At AMF Blossom Lanes even employees were left scratching their heads over the sudden shutdown. Some were actually stunned in light of the fact that owners had placed “Help Wanted” advertising on Craigslist less than a week before the demise of the business. As my deadline for filing this week’s column arrived, there was still no reply to media requests for some sort of tangible reason for the sudden closure. While some ventured a guess that perhaps the move was only a tempo-rary ripple, the completeness of the closure offers little such evidence inasmuch as every exterior opening on the building has been solidly boarded up and/or padlocked tight. For Roma fans, word in the street is that the proprietor gave up the operation in order to go to truck driving school. That word was literally, “in the street,” since the gentleman who first told me the story is a casual acquaintance with the proprietor’s father, who got that word directly from the source. The rental space is on the open market now with a sign out front and my street reporter says that most of the equipment to operate a piz-zeria has already been sold off and removed from the premises. The sign on the door is brief and to the point, “Out of Business.” Response to that closure was swift, with several friends and Facebook acquaintances quickly wondering aloud what their families would do without such a regular part of their routine now relegated to a fond memory. Both are sad losses for the com-munity, but life goes on. Rose Narregan is a former youth director at Lakeshore Lanes and she is hopeful that parents and kids will take advantage of youth bowling programs, where everyone plays. Contact your local bowling alley for more. You might have seen the peripheral growth surrounding that big old barn building along M-139 between the bowling alley and Roma Pizza. The one time home to both Play It Again Sports and New2You Consignment Shop is now the home of Bargain Buys. The name may be new to you, but the man behind the curtain has been around more than ten years in various iterations. Nolan Passick has made it official MOODY M oody Pat out the great new positive changes at the store, and welcome Miranda to the enterprise. You’ll find them at 312 State Street in St. Joseph. Linda Castle has left the building. While she might not quite have achieved the fame level of that guy Elvis when he left the building, Linda certainly was able to deliver. That was pretty much the story of her life, as she steps down from her role as St. Joseph Postmaster. Linda retired at the end of July, and still remembers some of the characters along her long time postal routes, including my father-in-law Hans Hanke, who she recalls as “a wonderful man.” As a Facebook friend, she sent along a note upon her retirement congratulating me for my role in the community, saying “Your MailMax customers depend on you!” Thank you, Linda for helping with that dependability since MailMax doesn’t arrive without the work of you and your col-leagues in the postal system. Happy retirement to you! 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I have already recommended two of my friends.” Ashlee L. -Stevensville DISCOUNT COUPON at MichiganDentalAssistant.com or call 877 NOW TEACH. for Free Report and Discount Coupon Visit us on Facebook MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Inserts & Promotions • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets • Jets Pizza • Country House Furniture Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 7

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

It’s been a tough week for long time fans of a couple of local businesses that have arrived at the end of their business lives, leaving gaping holes in their wake. One was a pretty sizable enterprise that caught most people completely off guard, and the other was a quiet but dynamic little business that leaves a significant number of hard core fans scrambling to fill the void. The businesses in question include AMF Blossom Lanes on M-139 in Benton Charter Township and a couple miles south of that closure, the loss of Roma Pizza of St. Joseph. At AMF Blossom Lanes even employees were left scratching their heads over the sudden shutdown. Some were actually stunned in light of the fact that owners had placed “Help Wanted” advertising on Craigslist less than a week before the demise of the business. As my deadline for filing this week’s column arrived, there was still no reply to media requests for some sort of tangible reason for the sudden closure. While some ventured a guess that perhaps the move was only a temporary ripple, the completeness of the closure offers little such evidence inasmuch as every exterior opening on the building has been solidly boarded up and/or padlocked tight. For Roma fans, word in the street is that the proprietor gave up the operation in order to go to truck driving school. That word was literally, “in the street,” since the gentleman who first told me the story is a casual acquaintance with the proprietor’s father, who got that word directly from the source. The rental space is on the open market now with a sign out front and my street reporter says that most of the equipment to operate a pizzeria has already been sold off and removed from the premises. The sign on the door is brief and to the point, “Out of Business.” Response to that closure was swift, with several friends and Facebook acquaintances quickly wondering aloud what their families would do without such a regular part of their routine now relegated to a fond memory. Both are sad losses for the community, but life goes on. Rose Narregan is a former youth director at Lakeshore Lanes and she is hopeful that parents and kids will take advantage of youth bowling programs, where everyone plays. Contact your local bowling alley for more.<br /> <br /> You might have seen the peripheral growth surrounding that big old barn building along M-139 between the bowling alley and Roma Pizza. The one time home to both Play It Again Sports and New2You Consignment Shop is now the home of Bargain Buys. The name may be new to you, but the man behind the curtain has been around more than ten years in various iterations. Nolan Passick has made it official with the opening of Bargain Buys alongside Country Kitchen Restaurant. Selling new mattresses from $69 each and furniture for virtually any room in your house, Passick also offers consignment furniture in great shape. It’s undoubtedly the peripheral growth that you spotted first, in the form of Amish-built barns and outbuildings peppered across the lot. Bargain Buys is offering more than a dozen models for you to choose from, all featuring authentic Amish craftsmanship. He even offers a rent-toown option on those barns with payments from as low as $55 a month. You can learn a whole lot more online at www.yourbargainbarn.com. Nolan is also offering consignment sale of cars, trucks, boats, RV’s, trailers and the like with lots of room in his large lot to showcase the offerings along a highly traveled route.<br /> <br /> In the world of beads, it’s not so much a closure as it is a merger or relocation. Miranda Skibbe of M’s Jemz in downtown Benton Harbor has joined hands with Cindy Heath at Just Bead It in the central business district of St. Joseph. The two beading experts met on State Street in downtown St. Joseph and after considering the options over several days of talks realized how much they could actually help one another. Cindy was actually in the process of looking for a local person with strong community ties to be a strong presence in the store, and Miranda will bring her supplies and lines of interest as well as her unique jewelry and expertise. In fact, Miranda will be teaching classes regularly at the shop, something that Cindy was not able to do as often as she would like due to her duties at the flagship store in Marshall. Also new to the staff at Just Bead It is Erica Wheeler of Benton Harbor. She has been serving as interim manager for the past six weeks or so, and has been drawing rave reviews from customers. She will continue to work a couple of days a week and will fill in where necessary. Stop by soon to see the new pearls and gemstones from “M” as well as Just Bead It’s new cable bracelet bead line made exclusively for the store. Check out the great new positive changes at the store, and welcome Miranda to the enterprise. You’ll find them at 312 State Street in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Linda Castle has left the building. While she might not quite have achieved the fame level of that guy Elvis when he left the building, Linda certainly was able to deliver. That was pretty much the story of her life, as she steps down from her role as St. Joseph Postmaster. Linda retired at the end of July, and still remembers some of the characters along her long time postal routes, including my father-in-law Hans Hanke, who she recalls as “a wonderful man.” As a Facebook friend, she sent along a note upon her retirement congratulating me for my role in the community, saying “Your MailMax customers depend on you!” Thank you, Linda for helping with that dependability since MailMax doesn’t arrive without the work of you and your colleagues in the postal system. Happy retirement to you!<br /> <br /> A number of weeks ago, I shared with you the impending expansion of The Rental Branch along Niles Road. Well, that expansion is now largely complete, and Mike Branch has now divided his world-class enterprise into two sites along Niles Road south of St. Joseph. All equipment rentals at The Rental Branch have now been moved to the newly remodeled building at 3536 Niles Road, once home to the former Hicks Sign Company, and alongside Dixon’s Pro Automotive. The new rental site features a custom concrete sales counter complete with their logo, a wrap-around porch, and a showroom decorated with fish and wildlife exhibits. The new rental counter is just half a mile from Mike’s original location which is still very much the home to his Decorative Concrete Business where you can buy supplies and concrete stamping and see great examples of outdoor living options they can create for you. It will also be home to his popular workshops, The Big Green Egg, Chicago Brick Ovens, and lots more to come. Mike and his crew are highly appreciative of customer patience and understanding during the transition and when the Niles Road bridge project was underway. You can reach Mike and his team any time at 429-3116.<br /> <br /> Next weekend will understandably be a huge one for the folks at The Livery Microbrewery in the Benton Harbor Arts District. August 17th and 18th will mark the celebration of The Livery’s 7th Anniversary in business. The weekend will kick off on Friday with the music of iconic Americana/alternative country songwriter and performer Robbie Fulks. Saturday they will tap a special beer called Eruption, which has been a collaboration among the brewers here at home along with the Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids and Arbor Brewing/ Corner Brewery in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti. Eruption is a Flanders-style red ale fermented entirely in sour wood barrels. The party moves that day to the newly renovated beer garden where Chef Wally Rouse will be grilling and local music legend Dave Carlock will spin the tunes from 2-til-5pm. Brewmaster Steve Berthel and assistant brewer Dave Sawyer will release limited quantities of 10 rare and old barrel aged beers they have bottled, including standouts like Umae Umami, Cherry Taxman, and Unknown Soldier. Also on hand will be a tap release of 5th Dimension, Maillot Jaune, and Taxman. To learn more about the whole grand affair, log onto www.liverybrew.coom or simply stop by at 190 5th Street in the heart of the Benton Harbor Arts District.<br /> <br /> Russ White was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, attended high school in Three Oaks, and graduated from Lake Michigan College, the University of the State of New York and earned his master’s degree from Western Michigan University. He also served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, having survived the fierce battle of Khe Sanh. He is a US DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional, a Michigan and internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is a licensed Social Worker in both Michigan and Indiana. Now, some 34 years after training with some of the best doctors, addictionologists, psychiatrists and clinicians in the Midwest, he is looking to help the people of Michigan’s Great Southwest. Russ has established a counseling practice at 2907 Division Street in south town St. Joseph in Suite 106. He offers hours by appointment and can be reached for assistance at 326-0241.<br /> <br /> My friends and colleagues at Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services and the Women’s Business Center are teaming up to bring you an outstanding seminar early next month on how to Design Your Own Small Business Website. The event will take place at the Cornerstone offices at 38 West Wall Street in Benton Harbor on both September 5th and 6th from 6pm until 8pm. Registration for the training is just $45 and you must register by the end of the month to be eligible. Only ten participants will be enrolled in order to make it effective for each classmate. You will create a free website and have it hosted on the internet without buying software or hiring a web designer, learn how to register for a unique domain name, and receive hands-on, step-by-step instruction during the two sessions. Laptop computers will be provided for use during the class, however you may certainly bring your own if you wish. Facilitator for the seminar is Trent Watford of Tech Help. You can register or ask questions by contacting Reyna at 925-6100.<br /> <br /> Just in case you hadn’t heard about it…this weekend (August 10th-12th) plays host to Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale…an event conducted at homes, organizations and businesses strung along U.S.-12 from New Buffalo to Detroit. If you love to shop and search for hidden treasures, this is a sale and trip for you. You’ll find everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishware, fresh garden produce, homemade jams and jellies, to live entertainment and more. It is one of the largest fundraising events of the year for many organizations. You can find an interactive online map and a downloadable print-ready list of sales on the U.S. 12 Heritage Trail website www.us12heritagetrail.org. It is a sale that has grown in popularity over the years, and has become a destination attraction for people from all across the Midwest. Several community-wide garage sales are included along the route, especially here in the region at Three Oaks, Buchanan and Edwardsburg. Scavengers unite…and check it out!<br /> <br /> Finally…a reminder that the FreeSale/ Giveaway at The Sanctuary Church on Red Arrow Highway in Watervliet runs today from 9am until 4pm or until everything is gone. Everything there is free including food, with no strings attached.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids…have a great weekend…and we’ll see you again Saturday, right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> <br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> <br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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