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See 10 Page ECRWSS Local Postal Customer www.lapitarestaurant.com | ph: (269)982-0982 2019 Niles Rd, St. joseph Mi 49085 Mediterranean Cuisine Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 ture, the folks at Jewelfire Diamond Center in downtown St. Joseph are celebrating 30-years in business this month. The company was actu-ally begun in October of 1982 in the Orchards Mall by Steve and Mary Huizenga. A half dozen years later in the fall of ’88 they moved operations to 420 State Street in St. Joe and became a leader in the market for fine jewelry, by focusing on after-the-sale service to their valu-able customers. One of the beauties of the Jewelfire pledge is the hallmark of hand-select-ed, one-of-a-kind merchandise assuring that your purchase is unique to you and no one else in the region. As a full-service store, Jewelfire prides itself on appraisals, jewelry and watch repairs, and battery changes for most major watch brands. By providing the best quality for price that they know how, the Huizengas have repeatedly earned “Readers Choice” honors over the years. Their team of Steve, Mary, Chris Adams, Shawn Palma, and Kelly Arnold bring an incredible history of experience to the sales counter every day. You’ll find them in the house from 10am until 6pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 until 5. In addition to estate jewelry, Jewelfire routinely performs custom design work that is artistic in an unusual-upscale manner by a master craftsman. In celebration of their 30 th anniversary, they’ve rolled back the clock to reflect prices of the era when they began with sales all month of gold at 70% off and diamond and color jewelry at rock bottom pricing. They offer Christmas layaway plans and always have free gift wrapping available. Happy Anniversary, folks…best of luck going forward. POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 13, 2012 October 13, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 41 Moody on The Market MOODY A couple of months ago I told you about the great news encountered by The Box Factory for the Arts . Their urgent drive to find replacement tenants for the impending departure of a sizable unit from Whirlpool Corporation in third floor space at the Box had largely been solved through the upcoming arrival of at least one major tenant and a series of smaller ones. We now know the significant tenant headed to the historical space high atop 1101 Broad Street in St. Joseph. The creative team of Perry Ballard Incorporated announced this past week their decision to move into the entire front half of the third floor at the Box. When Whirlpool’s consolidation measures kicked in at the end of September, the space in the former Williams Brothers Paper Box Company became available for the first time since 2002. The Perry Ballard squad has been together holding down the fort at 526 Upton Drive in St. Joseph for more than 25 years, and company President Gary Tipton says they are all extremely excited over the prospects of their new home. Their desire to take over the land-mark space with high ceilings, exposed brick, over-sized windows and a skylight running the length of their space exudes from the creative juices that are fostered in that kind of a setting. Tipton notes too, that staff will enjoy being on the cusp of the downtown central business dis-trict making it easier to walk to restaurants, cof-fee shops and other stores to enjoy their home-town. For those unfamiliar with the agency, Ballard provides strategic marketing and com-munication services to a broad array of clients. They are members of the American Association of Advertising Agencies. You can reach Tipton and his crew at 983-0611, or www.perryballard.com. For the Box Factory’s part, executive director Ali Hansen is ecstatic over the blend of fine art and commercial art, calling it a “perfect fit.” If your upcoming holiday season…or any other season for that matter…finds you search-ing for skilled organizers to help pull off a major event, a new option has come on line for you in Michigan’s Great Southwest. The new firm, Events by Design , is owned and operated by Loren Michaels who operates out of space at 412 Court Street in St. Joseph. Armed with the promise of “Taking your vision to the next level,” Michaels and his team offer the features of a full-scale event planning company capable of providing private and corporate events, wedding planning, fund raising, expediting, coat checking, valet parking, bartending, and a catering division. From four-star wait-staff service to bus persons, Events by Design is at the ready to help staff your event from beginning to end. They have worked on several notable events in recent weeks including last week’s Special Needs Prom in St. Joseph. You can reach Loren for a free consultation at 269-338-4246 or 269-983-7375. Online they are available at www.eventsbidesign.com. While Loren is just launching his new ven-Continued on page 10 M oody Pat FABULOUSLY FUN HOME FURNISHINGS ! “F ALL ” IN LOVE WITH Jewelfire’s other-end-of-the-block neigh-bor, Lana Hawkins , has a little celebrating of her own underway. Lana owns and operates Lana’s Couture up the block from Jewelfire at the corner of State & Broad Streets. Her cel-ebration comes in the form of the relocation of her flagship store in Kalamazoo. Her shop there has been inside Mall Plaza for the past four years, but is now stepping out onto the mall itself with a move to a spot between Terrapin and Cake’s Boutique. The 1,000 square foot store is located at 245 S. Kalamazoo Mall. Lana started with a store near Western Michigan University in 2004, then added the shop downtown, two more in Saugatuck and her shop in downtown St. Joseph. Congratulations again, Lana! Brian Waite’s Anytime Fitness Center in St. Joseph is marking his recent renovation with an open invitation to come and see the new club in Southtown. He also tells me that he can now accept the Silver Sneakers program for seniors. It’s a benefit that used to be limited to certain clubs but now Anytime Fitness clubs can accept Silver Sneakers in St. Joseph and South Haven. You’ll find Brian and his crew at 1332 Hilltop Road in St. Joseph or www.anytimefitness.com. The official opening date has been set for the arrival of the brand new Big Lots of Benton Harbor. A ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a $2,500.00 donation to the Kindergarten Discovery School will mark the arrival of the new, larger store at 1950 Pipestone Road in the Pipestone Plaza. That ceremony will take place on Friday, November 2 nd at 8:45am. The new store will stock merchandise that typically sells for 20-to-40 percent less than discount stores and up to 70% below traditional retailers. The new Come in for the fun of it! 613 B ROAD S T ., S T . J OSEPH , MI • 269-983-7774 • O PEN 7 DAYS A WEEK & T HURSDAY EVENINGS Continued from page 10 shop will encompass some 22,000 square feet with items from everyday consumables to sea-sonal goods, home décor, electronics, toys, and one-time closeouts. Floor Art is already marking a full year in business, with four members of the same crew that worked together at the former Tile Mart operation for 20-years. Floor Art features sub-stantial inventory of porcelain tile, stone, hard-wood flooring, laminate flooring, carpet and area rugs headed up by owner/operator Jennifer Smith. While building and construction trades haven’t been exactly robust, Jennifer tells me that there are still a lot of contractors manning great projects like Harbor Shores . Floor Art played a major role in the recent SW Michigan Symphony Home Tour , as well, and Jen says they were happy to be part of that great group as a wonder-ful way to kick off their own first anniversary in business. You’ll find Floor Art at 2465 S. M-139 in Benton Charter Township . Hard to believe but it has already been a year in business for The Citadel’s Mike & Sarah Nadolski. They purchased the building at 91 Hinkley Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District a year ago from Eileen Cropley and Scot Elliott. Assuming everything went accord-ing to schedule, the Nadolski’s celebrated last evening (Friday, October 12 th ) with performances by TORP, their resident improve troupe, the Citadel Dancers, and a variety of musical per-formers, followed by tours and refreshments. Additionally, reps from The Morton House were slated to be on hand to present the Nadolskis with a special historic preservation award. Mike cur-rently oversees the building while managing his consulting practice providing communications coaching, group learning and development, and engaging in performances to global corporations, healthcare organizations, business associations and academia. The Oak Room inside plays host We’re happy to assist you! to weddings, business meetings, parties, films Owners/Design Consultants Kerry, Stephanie, and other contracted events. You can learn more Mary Kay and “Jack” if you’d like to host events there online at www. citadeloakroom.com or by calling 926-3059. This past week the Michigan Strategic Fund Board announced approval extending the participation of Mach Mold by another five years into 2019. Thanks to groundwork laid by trustees at Benton Charter Township when they passed resolution authorizing the extension of Now a Company C a lifestyles dealer! tax benefits in the Tool & Die Recovery Zone , the state board added its stamp of approval for the five year extension sought by Bill Mach and his team which will allow the company to advance plans to hire additional people and add critical new equipment keeping them competitive in the tool and die industry in the region and across the nation. Without the extension, Mach’s role in the zone would have come to an end in 2014. * All Floor Sample makers sales fi nal. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

A couple of months ago I told you about the great news encountered by The Box Factory for the Arts.Their urgent drive to find replacement tenants for the impending departure of a sizable unit from Whirlpool Corporation in third floor space at the Box had largely been solved through the upcoming arrival of at least one major tenant and a series of smaller ones. We now know the significant tenant headed to the historical space high atop 1101 Broad Street in St. Joseph. The creative team of Perry Ballard Incorporated announced this past week their decision to move into the entire front half of the third floor at the Box. When Whirlpool’s consolidation measures kicked in at the end of September, the space in the former Williams Brothers Paper Box Company became available for the first time since 2002. The Perry Ballard squad has been together holding down the fort at 526 Upton Drive in St. Joseph for more than 25 years, and company President Gary Tipton says they are all extremely excited over the prospects of their new home. Their desire to take over the landmark space with high ceilings, exposed brick, over-sized windows and a skylight running the length of their space exudes from the creative juices that are fostered in that kind of a setting.Tipton notes too, that staff will enjoy being on the cusp of the downtown central business district making it easier to walk to restaurants, coffee shops and other stores to enjoy their hometown.For those unfamiliar with the agency, Ballard provides strategic marketing and communication services to a broad array of clients.They are members of the American Association of Advertising Agencies. You can reach Tipton and his crew at 983-0611, or www.perryballard.com. For the Box Factory’s part, executive director Ali Hansen is ecstatic over the blend of fine art and commercial art, calling it a “perfect fit.”<br /> <br /> If your upcoming holiday season…or any other season for that matter…finds you searching for skilled organizers to help pull off a major event, a new option has come on line for you in Michigan’s Great Southwest. The new firm, Events by Design, is owned and operated by Loren Michaels who operates out of space at 412 Court Street in St. Joseph. Armed with the promise of “Taking your vision to the next level,” Michaels and his team offer the features of a full-scale event planning company capable of providing private and corporate events, wedding planning, fund raising, expediting, coat checking, valet parking, bartending, and a catering division. From four-star wait-staff service to bus persons, Events by Design is at the ready to help staff your event from beginning to end. They have worked on several notable events in recent weeks including last week’s Special Needs Prom in St. Joseph. You can reach Loren for a free consultation at 269-338-4246 or 269-983-7375. Online they are available at www.eventsbidesign.com. <br /> <br /> While Loren is just launching his new venture, the folks at Jewelfire Diamond Center in downtown St. Joseph are celebrating 30-years in business this month. The company was actually begun in October of 1982 in the Orchards Mall by Steve and Mary Huizenga. A half dozen years later in the fall of ’88 they moved operations to 420 State Street in St. Joe and became a leader in the market for fine jewelry, by focusing on after-the-sale service to their valuable customers. One of the beauties of the Jewelfire pledge is the hallmark of hand-selected, one-of-a-kind merchandise assuring that your purchase is unique to you and no one else in the region. As a full-service store, Jewelfire prides itself on appraisals, jewelry and watch repairs, and battery changes for most major watch brands.By providing the best quality for price that they know how, the Huizengas have repeatedly earned “Readers Choice” honors over the years. Their team of Steve, Mary, Chris Adams, Shawn Palma, and Kelly Arnold bring an incredible history of experience to the sales counter every day. You’ll find them in the house from 10am until 6pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 until 5. In addition to estate jewelry, Jewelfire routinely performs custom design work that is artistic in an unusual-upscale manner by a master craftsman. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, they’ve rolled back the clock to reflect prices of the era when they began with sales all month of gold at 70% off and diamond and color jewelry at rock bottom pricing. They offer Christmas layaway plans and always have free gift wrapping available. Happy Anniversary, folks…best of luck going forward.<br /> <br /> Jewelfire’s other-end-of-the-block neighbor, Lana Hawkins, has a little celebrating of her own underway. Lana owns and operates Lana’s Couture up the block from Jewelfire at the corner of State & Broad Streets. Her celebration comes in the form of the relocation of her flagship store in Kalamazoo. Her shop there has been inside Mall Plaza for the past four years, but is now stepping out onto the mall itself with a move to a spot between Terrapin and Cake’s Boutique. The 1,000 square foot store is located at 245 S. Kalamazoo Mall. Lana started with a store near Western Michigan University in 2004, then added the shop downtown, two more in Saugatuck and her shop in downtown St. Joseph. Congratulations again, Lana!<br /> <br /> Brian Waite’s Anytime Fitness Center in St. Joseph is marking his recent renovation with an open invitation to come and see the new club in Southtown. He also tells me that he can now accept the Silver Sneakers program for seniors.It’s a benefit that used to be limited to certain clubs but now Anytime Fitness clubs can accept Silver Sneakers in St. Joseph and South Haven.You’ll find Brian and his crew at 1332 Hilltop Road in St. Joseph or www.anytimefitness.com. <br /> <br /> The official opening date has been set for the arrival of the brand new Big Lots of Benton Harbor. A ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a $2,500.00 donation to the Kindergarten Discovery School will mark the arrival of the new, larger store at 1950 Pipestone Road in the Pipestone Plaza. That ceremony will take place on Friday, November 2nd at 8:45am. The new store will stock merchandise that typically sells for 20-to-40 percent less than discount stores and up to 70% below traditional retailers. The new shop will encompass some 22,000 square feet with items from everyday consumables to seasonal goods, home décor, electronics, toys, and one-time closeouts.<br /> <br /> Floor Art is already marking a full year in business, with four members of the same crew that worked together at the former Tile Mart operation for 20-years. Floor Art features substantial inventory of porcelain tile, stone, hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, carpet and area rugs headed up by owner/operator Jennifer Smith. While building and construction trades haven’t been exactly robust, Jennifer tells me that there are still a lot of contractors manning great projects like Harbor Shores. Floor Art played a major role in the recent SW Michigan Symphony Home Tour, as well, and Jen says they were happy to be part of that great group as a wonderful way to kick off their own first anniversary in business. You’ll find Floor Art at 2465 S. M-139 in Benton Charter Township.<br /> <br /> Hard to believe but it has already been a year in business for The Citadel’s Mike & Sarah Nadolski. They purchased the building at 91 Hinkley Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District a year ago from Eileen Cropley and Scot Elliott. Assuming everything went according to schedule, the Nadolski’s celebrated last evening (Friday, October 12th) with performances by TORP, their resident improve troupe, the Citadel Dancers, and a variety of musical performers, followed by tours and refreshments.Additionally, reps from The Morton House were slated to be on hand to present the Nadolskis with a special historic preservation award. Mike currently oversees the building while managing his consulting practice providing communications coaching, group learning and development, and engaging in performances to global corporations, healthcare organizations, business associations and academia. The Oak Room inside plays host to weddings, business meetings, parties, films and other contracted events. You can learn more if you’d like to host events there online at www.<br /> Citadeloakroom.com or by calling 926-3059.<br /> <br /> This past week the Michigan Strategic Fund Board announced approval extending the participation of Mach Mold by another five years into 2019. Thanks to groundwork laid by trustees at Benton Charter Township when they passed a resolution authorizing the extension of tax benefits in the Tool & Die Recovery Zone, the state board added its stamp of approval for the five year extension sought by Bill Mach and his team which will allow the company to advance plans to hire additional people and add critical new equipment keeping them competitive in the tool and die industry in the region and across the nation. Without the extension, Mach’s role in the zone would have come to an end in 2014.<br /> <br /> If you thought you saw movie makers along Silver Beach in St. Joseph in recent days, it wasn’t just your imagination. Principal filming has begun on the feature-length film “Sand Castles,” starring Ron Howard’s brother Clint, among others. The cast and crew were in St. Joe for several beach scenes in the drama created by Goshen-born Jordon Hodges. Most activity has now moved to Goshen, Indiana for the balance of the filming. The movie focuses on a family that has been all but destroyed by the kidnapping of their 5-year old daughter who is found 12 years later and returns to the family and town, mute. No word on whether any locals got involved as extras or other roles.<br /> <br /> Speaking of roles, have you determined what role your pet will play this Halloween?Friday, October 26th at 7pm marks the return of the 8th Annual Howl-o-ween Pet Costume Contest at FuzzyButz Pet Bakery in downtown St. Joe. Top prize is a $100 gift basket from the store with lots of other prizes as well. Preregistration is strongly advised and you can accomplish that task right now by stopping by the store. Pre-registered dogs will have their names mentioned by announcers that night, but if you wait to register at the door, they will not be announced. FuzzyButz is located at 306 State Street downtown.<br /> <br /> For kids…Halloween ramps up big time with Lakeshore’s Halloween Safety Zone, from 6 until 7:30pm on Halloween night at the high school’s stadium parking lot. Over 100 volunteers register, decorate and bring vehicles filled with candy for the big affair.<br /> <br /> The North Berrien Fire Auxiliary will host a craft show next Saturday the 20th from 10am until 3pm at the fire department at 170 Washington Street in Coloma. Hourly drawings and a food booth also highlight the day along with a Chili Throwdown from 11:30am until 2pm. Entry fee to get into the throwdown is $10.<br /> To enter, call Pam at 468-9142.<br /> <br /> Registration is underway for BAHA House “C” Hockey for boys & girls aged 4 to 14.Don’t miss your chance to play hockey this season, which also includes a new two-session “Learn to Play” program for 4 to 8 year olds interested in learning the game. To register visit online at www.bahablades.com. <br /> <br /> Finally…today (10/13) is the inaugural Octoberfest Hog Roast sponsored by the Baroda Business Association. Look for it at Baroda Tap & Grille from noon until 7pm. You could even win a new iPad!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week…and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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