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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer IN BRIDGMAN Paper. News Your Good August 25, 2012 www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 ali@boxfactoryforthearts.org or by phone at 983-3688. I’ve seen that space on several occa-sions and wished that my own offices were there! The address is 1101 Broad Street in St. Joseph. I told you a number of weeks ago about the impending arrival on the scene of Moe’s Southwest Grill in the Panera Bread complex at I-94 and Niles Road. Dr. Robert Flood O.D., Well, P.C. they opened qui-Injury -Glaucoma etly for Eye business on Thursday, August 16 th , Dry Eyes -Infections shouting “Welcome to Moe’s” to everybody who walks through the door, and it is fantastic. The fresh, clean and colorful lines of the restaurant make for a very pleasant place to eat and their fresh made-to-order burritos and Southwest fare are outstanding. From the Homewrecker Burrito to the Close Talker Salad, the place is just plain fun. Joyce Lunsford and her Trigo Hospitality crew have hit another major home run with this new diner, and I would venture to guess that she can’t wait to get the two dozen additional Moe’s she will be building up and run-ning soon. That’s right…by 2020 Joyce and the Trigo team will erect another 24 Moe’s Southwest Grill properties in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio . Oh, and that’s in addition to the 32 Pizza Hut locations in SW Michigan and 5 Sonic Drive-Ins they already operate. Check out Moe’s for yourself 7-days a week from 10:30am to 11pm, but fair warning…the Queso Dip is absolutely addicting! I also gave you a heads up a couple of months ago about the upcoming conversion of the former Nacho Papa’s Restaurant to what is now officially called Coach’s Bar & Grill – Where the Legends Hang Out! Well, the changeover is complete, and Coach’s will cut the POSTMASTER: Please deliver on August 25, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 34 in the middle of the orchard and farms! All of your favorite fun including a new and bigger Corn Maze, the Haunted House, a relaxing Hayride, and all topped off by the Tree Top Ferris Wheel is on tap starting with the Labor Day weekend and running every weekend through the end of October. Enjoy bagged apples from the Farm Market…outstanding baked goods and fresh ciders from Grandpa’s Cider Mill , the Dinosaur Farm, LavAzza Coffee at the Jollay Market and a whole lot more. Just head for the Coloma exit off I-94 and motor north on Friday Road. While it’s hard to believe that next weekend is already the Labor Day Weekend, there’s still a lot of celebrating along the shores of Lake Michigan. In the city of St. Joseph it all starts with the regular Friday Night Concert at the Howard Band Shell sponsored again (as it has been all summer long) by Chemical Bank. That gets underway at 7:30pm. Saturday brings on the Regatta Craft Fair from 10am until 5pm in celebration of the Tri State Regatta at the St. Joseph Yacht Club. The Farmer’s Market will also be high atop the bluff that same day. Moody on The Market MOODY A s you might well expect and understand given the circumstances, there has been considerable angst for the operators of The Box Factory for the Arts over the past couple of years since Whirlpool Corporation announced a substantive effort at resource consolidation in Michigan’s Great Southwest . Inasmuch as the appliance giant was leasing the entire top floor of their building for office space, Executive Director Ali Hansen undoubtedly spent many a sleepless night con-templating alternatives for that roughly 18,000 square foot space high atop the third floor of the venerable old landmark building that for decades was home to the former Williams Brothers Paper Box Company . The historical building was the birthplace of hundreds of thousands of game boxes for virtually every board game in the Milton Bradley product line up, as well as the gift boxes for such name brand fragrances as Jovan Musk Oil over the years. When the Box Factory for the Arts was created by the Berrien Artists Guild in 1995 a critical key to the master plan was having Whirlpool as a major anchor tenant paying rent for space on the third floor. Without that rental income, the plan would likely have never gotten off the ground in the first place. When Whirlpool delivered a two-year advance notice of their intent to move out, the wheels began turning immediately. Recruitment efforts began in earnest to assure that the manu-facturer’s departure would be followed closely by a new tenant to keep the income stream alive and the entire building viable. The good news is that when the Whirlpool team still housed there departs at the end of September, Hansen and her colleagues “have lined up an interesting mar-riage of the arts and small business” in that incredibly beautiful loft space. One yet to be announced, but already signed, large tenant will take nearly half of the space (some 9,000 square feet) in one fell swoop, much to the delight of the Box crew. Seven writers will now have space on the north end of the building with their own writer’s studios on the west side of the building. Jessica Pennington is a Facebook friend who tells me that her Stella Event Design is taking up space in that beautiful loft for her wedding planner operations. She also notes that she’s got some “awesome neighbors” coming in the form of Jennifer Mayo Studios as well as Ben Pancoast Photography. The exposed brick interior, massive windows overlooking the St. Joseph River and many other amenities were primary draws for all of the new tenants, includ-ing several independent web and graphic design-ers coming over the next couple of months. The bottom line on all the impending action is that if you’ve wondered or dreamed about being in that great space yourself, there is one mid-sized office suite of 11-hundred feet still available for lease, but you’d better move fast at this rate! As Ali called it…”Big doings at the Box!” If you are interested in setting up shop on the third floor with your own enterprise, contact Ali soon at Continued on page 10 M oody Pat Dr. Flood’s VISION CENTER ribbon this coming Wednesday evening at 2528 W. Glenlord Road in Stevensville. As clearly stated on their colorful new website, the goal at Coach’s is to “offer casual dining in an upscale atmosphere.” They also want you to know that this is “not your average sports bar,” because “in addition to top-notch food,” they have delicious drinks to satisfy every taste, a game room and tons of high definition TV’s where you can catch your favorite teams in action. They subscribe to all the hottest sports channels including NFL Sunday Ticket to make sure your game is avail-able. Additionally, they have space to host your party or function in a private banquet room. The restaurant is open 7-days a week with service from 11am to 11pm Monday through Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday and from noon until 9pm on Sundays. You can find their newly expanded full menu and a lot more online at www.coachsbarngrill.com or give them a call at 429-2600. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody<br /> <br /> As you might well expect and understand given the circumstances, there has been considerable angst for the operators of The Box Factory for the Arts over the past couple of years since Whirlpool Corporation announced a substantive effort at resource consolidation in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Inasmuch as the appliance giant was leasing the entire top floor of their building for office space, Executive Director Ali Hansen undoubtedly spent many a sleepless night contemplating alternatives for that roughly 18,000 square foot space high atop the third floor of the venerable old landmark building that for decades was home to the former Williams Brothers Paper Box Company. The historical building was the birthplace of hundreds of thousands of game boxes for virtually every board game in the Milton Bradley product line up, as well as the gift boxes for such name brand fragrances as Jovan Musk Oil over the years. When the Box Factory for the Arts was created by the Berrien Artists Guild in 1995 a critical key to the master plan was having Whirlpool as a major anchor tenant paying rent for space on the third floor. Without that rental income, the plan would likely have never gotten off the ground in the first place. When Whirlpool delivered a two-year advance notice of their intent to move out, the wheels began turning immediately. Recruitment efforts began in earnest to assure that the manufacturer’s departure would be followed closely by a new tenant to keep the income stream alive and the entire building viable. The good news is that when the Whirlpool team still housed there departs at the end of September, Hansen and her colleagues “have lined up an interesting marriage of the arts and small business” in that incredibly beautiful loft space. One yet to be announced, but already signed, large tenant will take nearly half of the space (some 9,000 square feet) in one fell swoop, much to the delight of the Box crew. Seven writers will now have space on the north end of the building with their own writer’s studios on the west side of the building. Jessica Pennington is a Facebook friend who tells me that her Stella Event Design is taking up space in that beautiful loft for her wedding planner operations. She also notes that she’s got some “awesome neighbors” coming in the form of Jennifer Mayo Studios as well as Ben Pancoast Photography. The exposed brick interior, massive windows overlooking the St. Joseph River and many other amenities were primary draws for all of the new tenants, including several independent web and graphic designers coming over the next couple of months. The bottom line on all the impending action is that if you’ve wondered or dreamed about being in that great space yourself, there is one mid-sized office suite of 11-hundred feet still available for lease, but you’d better move fast at this rate! As Ali called it…”Big doings at the Box!” If you are interested in setting up shop on the third floor with your own enterprise, contact Ali soon at ali@boxfactoryforthearts.org or by phone at 983-3688. I’ve seen that space on several occasions and wished that my own offices were there! The address is 1101 Broad Street in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> I told you a number of weeks ago about the impending arrival on the scene of Moe’s Southwest Grill in the Panera Bread complex at I-94 and Niles Road. Well, they opened quietly for business on Thursday, August 16th, shouting “Welcome to Moe’s” to everybody who walks through the door, and it is fantastic. The fresh, clean and colorful lines of the restaurant make for a very pleasant place to eat and their fresh made-to-order burritos and Southwest fare are outstanding. From the Homewrecker Burrito to the Close Talker Salad, the place is just plain fun. Joyce Lunsford and her Trigo Hospitality crew have hit another major home run with this new diner, and I would venture to guess that she can’t wait to get the two dozen additional Moe’s she will be building up and running soon. That’s right…by 2020 Joyce and the Trigo team will erect another 24 Moe’s Southwest Grill properties in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Oh, and that’s in addition to the 32 Pizza Hut locations in SW Michigan and 5 Sonic Drive- Ins they already operate. Check out Moe’s for yourself 7-days a week from 10:30am to 11pm, but fair warning…the Queso Dip is absolutely addicting!<br /> <br /> I also gave you a heads up a couple of months ago about the upcoming conversion of the former Nacho Papa’s Restaurant to what is now officially called Coach’s Bar & Grill –Where the Legends Hang Out! Well, the changeover is complete, and Coach’s will cut the ribbon this coming Wednesday evening at 2528 W. Glenlord Road in Stevensville. As clearly stated on their colorful new website, the goal at Coach’s is to “offer casual dining in an upscale atmosphere.” They also want you to know that this is “not your average sports bar,” because “in addition to top-notch food,” they have delicious drinks to satisfy every taste, a game room and tons of high definition TV’s where you can catch your favorite teams in action. They subscribe to all the hottest sports channels including NFL Sunday Ticket to make sure your game is available. Additionally, they have space to host your party or function in a private banquet room. The restaurant is open 7-days a week with service from 11am to 11pm Monday through Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday and from noon until 9pm on Sundays. You can find their newly expanded full menu and a lot more online at www.coachsbarngrill.com or give them a call at 429-2600.<br /> <br /> That jolly bunch at Jollay Orchards hopes to see the smiling faces of every member of your full and extended family next weekend as they present their 2012 Harvest Festival right smack in the middle of the orchard and farms! All of your favorite fun including a new and bigger Corn Maze, the Haunted House, a relaxing Hayride, and all topped off by the Tree Top Ferris Wheel is on tap starting with the Labor Day weekend and running every weekend through the end of October. Enjoy bagged apples from the Farm Market…outstanding baked goods and fresh ciders from Grandpa’s Cider Mill, the Dinosaur Farm, LavAzza Coffee at the Jollay Market and a whole lot more. Just head for the Coloma exit off I-94 and motor north on Friday Road.<br /> <br /> While it’s hard to believe that next weekend is already the Labor Day Weekend, there’s still a lot of celebrating along the shores of Lake Michigan. In the city of St. Joseph it all starts with the regular Friday Night Concert at the Howard Band Shell sponsored again (as it has been all summer long) by Chemical Bank. That gets underway at 7:30pm. Saturday brings on the Regatta Craft Fair from 10am until 5pm in celebration of the Tri State Regatta at the St. Joseph Yacht Club. The Farmer’s Market will also be high atop the bluff that same day. Sunday dawns early with the second to last Antiques on the Bluff affair running the full length of the bluff, also running 10 until 5pm. Get out and discover how much there is to do right here at home virtually every weekend.<br /> <br /> With the return of the school year virtually at hand, football is in the air…and an outstanding tradition continues this coming Wednesday, August 29th at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center’s Priscilla U. Byrns Center. That evening from 6 until 9 the Annual Football Kickoff Fundraising Event will take place with copious amounts of draft beer, wine, brats, hot dogs, snacks, soft drinks and water. You’re encouraged, as has become tradition, to come dressed in your favorite team colors with a backdrop of school flags, a silent auction, raffles, and team fight songs galore. This will also be one of your last chances to see the departing exhibit, Ice Age Imperials, which closes on September 3rd. You can also get a sneak preview of the next big show, The Civil War in SW Michigan. Tickets are just $25 each and are available at the museum, located at 601 Main Street in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Congratulations are definitely in order for Dawn Yarbrough and her Harbor Lights TV Show. A spectacular Red Carpet event at Celebration Cinemas in Benton Harbor attracted a full house for sneak previews of her upcoming series about life in Michigan’s Great Southwest on WNIT Public Television in South Bend. The premiere show airs this Friday evening, August 31st, at 6pm and will air again the next day at 4:30pm. It will then air weekly every Friday and Saturday at those same times. While Dawn has successfully raised funds to air the first four of her eight programs, she is still searching for backing for the ensuing episodes. Please contact her at dy@harborlightstv.com. It is a non-profit venture that does a remarkable job of showcasing the myriad great things going on in our region.<br /> <br /> If you’ve got a motorcycle, there’s only one place you need to be on Sunday, September 9th at noon…on the 12th Annual Ride to Remember our Fallen Heroes. All proceeds from this major motorcade go to the Berrien County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Registration will take place at 10am that morning in the Berrien County Courthouse Parking Lot at Main and Port Streets in St. Joseph. Registration is just $15 each. It is a great ride and an awesome sight to behold even as a spectator.<br /> <br /> If you’ve never been to Barodafest and are looking for one incredibly jam packed day of fun for the entire family…get Saturday September 8th on your calendar and get ready to go full tilt from 7 in the morning until deep into the night. From the first flip of a pancake at the Lions Club breakfast to the final note sounded by Silverrock at the Legion Hall…there’s something for everyone including a car show, arts and crafts, a basketball tourney, horseshoes, food booths, live music, dancing in the streets, kids activities, a beer tent, a parade, fireworks and tons more. See the full line up online www.barodavillage.org. <br /> <br /> Is your family new to the area? The Southwest Michigan Newcomers Club will conduct their annual Welcome Dinner Monday evening, September 10th, at 6:30pm at the First Congregational Church on Niles Avenue in St. Joe. Chicken, pizza and beverages will be provided and those attending are encouraged to bring appetizers, side dishes or desserts. If you are interested attending or would like to learn more www.southwestmichigannewcomers.org or call 269-281-3887.<br /> <br /> Our friends at Animal Aid hope to see both you and your canine pals on Saturday, September 8th in Lake Bluff Park in St. Joe for the 21st Annual Mutt March. In keeping with the public art display, the costume theme for your dogs this year is Pirates! The event will run from 11am until 2pm. All dogs must be on a leash and the entry fee is $6. You can register that day or do so online in advance at www.animalaidsw.org. Foster animals looking for a home will also be on hand that day with a number of pet related local vendors. If it rains that day, the event will be moved to Sunday the 9th.<br /> <br /> Finally…today, Saturday August 25th, is the day of the Big Bear Summer Festival & Chili Cook-off at Big Bear Auction Company at 5580 M-140 in Eau Claire. The event will benefit the Berrien County Council for Children. Arts & crafts, a car show, music and dancing, and a lot more are on tap. If you need help, contact Jerry or Aimee Glassman at 461-6686.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you again next Saturday right here in MailMax!

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