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The new HoneyBaked Ham & Café many years was the home to the former Dale’s tion comes online, I’ll share the details going for-Store should BUY be S! swamped with people in the coming Donut Shop. That site across from Bosch Braking ward. Pat weeks sale 64% off knowing their track record for hams and Systems at Red Arrow Highway & Maiden Lane $ 99 50% off In the northern reaches of Berrien County, 299 $ 99 $ 99 turkeys for employee recognition gifts, parties and 99 249 is closed for now but being transformed into an all-the “Closed for the Season” sign has been erected many a family holiday dinner table. Check ‘em out American diner. The shop is under new ownership at Vitale’s Market in Hagar Shores. Vicki Vitale 0% APR soon in their new digs. They have relocated from following the sudden death a while back of the man tells me that they enjoyed a spectacular summer up to list price WITH EQUAL T he developing picture just off the corner of Hilltop & Niles in St. Joseph who owned both Ruthie’s and the former Greek season at the popular beachfront market and are PAYMENTS Charter at the Fairplain Plaza is † SHOP FOR 36 MONTHS! ONLINE! Township. Isles Restaurant between there and the interstate. now taking a well-earned respite to recuperate and coming into increasing focus reinvigorate for another season ahead. The neigh-to help explain the impending borhood store will re-open for business on April departure of Office Depot from the busy shopping 15 th , and Vicki has asked me to share a huge round center in Benton Charter Township. The office of applause for the incredible influx of friends and supply super store did, indeed, lose its lease recent-customers who kept them hopping all summer long. ly after seeking the opportunity to down-size to a She tells me that her entire crew has already signed more manageable footprint in light of their phase on for next year, and they’ll be back in full force as out of office furniture suite sales. One clerk, how-a great team, cranking out great homemade sand-ever, expressed alarm in how little time the retailer wiches for the neighborhood again next year. had to respond to the situation, leaving them virtu-Vitale’s is the popular neighborhood shop located at ally no time to find an alternative site that would 6402 M-63 North alongside DiMaggio’s Pizza. better match their actual space needs and forcing Congratulations on a successful season, Vicki, and the liquidation sale that has been on-going for the safe travels to your winter getaway. past couple of weeks. The reason Office Depot Kathy Catania of Water Street Glassworks found themselves on the outside looking in is that has opened a “pop-up shop” at the 3 Pillars Gallery the crew at Developers Diversified Real Estate, at 198 Water Street in the Benton Harbor Arts owners of the strip center, have plans to place a District. The shop will remain open until just major retailer into not only that space, but the siz-before Christmas, offering antiques, primitives, able vacant space next door. I am not at liberty to jewelry and unusual gifts. Also for sale are the share the name of that retailer with you at this time, paintings of Scott Elliott and photos and cards by pending finalization of plans, but it will clearly be a Judy Jones. The shop will be open Fridays and sizable store for the marketplace and a solid anchor Saturdays from 11am until 6pm or by appointment position for that end of the shopping center. As has at 925-2708. become the mantra for this entire episode, stay It’s an affair that has become downright leg-tuned once again for the rest of the story, and hope-endary…and it’s just a week away now. My friends fully a successful relocation of the office supply at Crystal Springs Florist hope to help you deck folks rather than an outright departure from the the halls and well beyond next Saturday, November market. 10 th when they host their Annual “Home for the A short distance away on Mall Drive work has begun in earnest in the building that housed the former ABC Warehouse electronics store. Large dumpsters have been taking on the last vestiges of the appliance store as the rehab gets underway. As I reported to you several months ago that space is being retro-fitted for the arrival of Planet Fitness. Realtors familiar with that remodeling work have told me to expect the fitness franchise to swing open the doors as early as the middle of next month. More as it becomes available. Keen observers and casual passers-by have been inquiring about the bulldozing and landscape work currently re-shaping the land adjacent to the former Alberts Insurance Company site on Riverview Drive in Benton Harbor. Most of what you see undergoing renovation at the moment will become parking lot and landscaping for the exciting arrival of a new bar and restaurant next spring. New owners of the building are currently running the gauntlet of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to obtain their license. Having wit-nessed many of the instances around the region of lengthy procedures and delays involving liquor license cases, those new owners are trying to hold off on investing too many dollars in the project until the license is approved and ready to go. At the moment, they appear to be on target for their pro-jected May opening as The Bread Bar, and I should be able to share the exciting news of the story behind the name and the great people who are bringing you this new bar and restaurant in the very near future. It will likely be a great draw for visitors far and wide when they become operational. Keith Avery & Mike Welch have completed MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. their move and you’ll need to head down Red 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Arrow Highway to get your HoneyBaked Ham fix, folks! The new location is at 4488 Red Arrow Phone: 269.934.7522 Highway in Stevensville. That’s the former FAX: 269.934.3297 Quizno’s building right alongside the Stevensville Dairy Queen. 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The developing picture at the Fair plain Plaza is coming into increasing focus to help explain the impending departure of Office Depot from the busy shopping center in Benton Charter Township. The office supply super store did, indeed, lose its lease recently after seeking the opportunity to down-size to a more manageable footprint in light of their phase out of office furniture suite sales. One clerk, however, expressed alarm in how little time the retailer had to respond to the situation, leaving them virtually no time to find an alternative site that would better match their actual space needs and forcing the liquidation sale that has been on-going for the past couple of weeks. The reason Office Depot found themselves on the outside looking in is that the crew at Developers Diversified Real Estate, owners of the strip center, have plans to place a major retailer into not only that space, but the sizable vacant space next door. I am not at liberty to share the name of that retailer with you at this time, pending finalization of plans, but it will clearly be a sizable store for the marketplace and a solid anchor position for that end of the shopping center. As has become the mantra for this entire episode, stay tuned once again for the rest of the story, and hopefully a successful relocation of the office supply folks rather than an outright departure from the market.<br /> <br /> A short distance away on Mall Drive work has begun in earnest in the building that housed the former ABC Warehouse electronics store. Large dumpsters have been taking on the last vestiges of the appliance store as the rehab gets underway. As I reported to you several months ago that space is being retro-fitted for the arrival of Planet Fitness. Realtors familiar with that remodeling work have told me to expect the fitness franchise to swing open the doors as early as the middle of next month.More as it becomes available.<br /> <br /> Keen observers and casual passers-by have been inquiring about the bulldozing and landscape work currently re-shaping the land adjacent to the former Alberts Insurance Company site on River view Drive in Benton Harbor. Most of what you see undergoing renovation at the moment will become parking lot and landscaping for the exciting arrival of a new bar and restaurant next spring.New owners of the building are currently running the gauntlet of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to obtain their license. Having witnessed many of the instances around the region of lengthy procedures and delays involving liquor license cases, those new owners are trying to hold off on investing too many dollars in the project until the license is approved and ready to go. At the moment, they appear to be on target for their projected May opening as The Bread Bar, and I should be able to share the exciting news of the story behind the name and the great people who are bringing you this new bar and restaurant in the very near future. It will likely be a great draw for visitors far and wide when they become operational.<br /> <br /> Keith Avery & Mike Welch have completed their move and you’ll need to head down Red Arrow Highway to get your Honey Baked Ham fix, folks! The new location is at 4488 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. That’s the former Quizno’s building right alongside the Stevensville Dairy Queen. Mike tells me that they have set the Grand Opening celebration for November 19th starting at 11 am. They will offer free tastings, prizes, and fun for everybody at the Grand Opening, but the new restaurant is actually open for business right now. The new Honey Baked Ham & Cafe should be swamped with people in the coming weeks knowing their track record for hams and turkeys for employee recognition gifts, parties and many a family holiday dinner table. Check ‘em out soon in their new digs. They have relocated from just off the corner of Hilltop & Niles in St. Joseph Charter Township.<br /> <br /> A few blocks north of the new Honey Baked Ham, work continues apace on a substantial makeover of the former Ruthie’s Diner which had a relatively short run after taking the space that for many years was the home to the former Dale’s Donut Shop. That site across from Bosch Braking Systems at Red Arrow Highway & Maiden Lane is closed for now but being transformed into an all- American diner. The shop is under new ownership following the sudden death a while back of the man who owned both Ruthie’s and the former Greek Isles Restaurant between there and the interstate.The new owners at the Ruthie’s site have posted hand-crafted information in the windows indicating that they hope to be open soon with an entirely new look, feel, menu and staff. As additional information comes online, I’ll share the details going forward.<br /> <br /> In the northern reaches of Berrien County, the “Closed for the Season” sign has been erected at Vitale’s Market in Hagar Shores. Vicki Vitale tells me that they enjoyed a spectacular summer season at the popular beachfront market and are now taking a well-earned respite to recuperate and reinvigorate for another season ahead. The neighborhood store will re-open for business on April 15th, and Vicki has asked me to share a huge round of applause for the incredible influx of friends and customers who kept them hopping all summer long.She tells me that her entire crew has already signed on for next year, and they’ll be back in full force as a great team, cranking out great homemade sandwiches for the neighborhood again next year. Vitale’s is the popular neighborhood shop located at 6402 M-63 North alongside DiMaggio’s Pizza.Congratulations on a successful season, Vicki, and safe travels to your winter getaway.<br /> <br /> Kathy Catania of Water Street Glass works has opened a “pop-up shop” at the 3 Pillars Gallery at 198 Water Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District. The shop will remain open until just before Christmas, offering antiques, primitives, jewelry and unusual gifts. Also for sale are the paintings of Scott Elliott and photos and cards by Judy Jones. The shop will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am until 6 pm or by appointment at 925-2708.<br /> <br /> It’s an affair that has become downright legendary… and it’s just a week away now. My friends at Crystal Springs Florist hope to help you deck the halls and well beyond next Saturday, November 10th when they host their Annual “Home for the Holidays” showcase event. That day from 8 am until 5 pm magic will be in the air at 1475 Pipe stone Road in Benton Harbor. Live entertainment will keep your spirits alive from 8 am until 3 pm and then Santa arrives at 3:30 to greet kids of all ages. A cooking demonstration with Chef Brad will take over the noon hour, there will be a kids contest, and lots more. Register to win one of half a dozen great prizes, enjoy free gifts for every guest, and be sure to check out their amazing array of holiday poinsettias which will be ready to go on sale a few short weeks later. Turn your home into an absolute winter wonderland this holiday season with the great offerings of Crystal Springs Florist.<br /> <br /> Another outstanding holiday showcase each year used to be called the Holly Market. The folks at the Krasl Art Center have renamed the event The Artisan Market, and The Premiere of this re manufactured showcase will take place next Friday evening, November 9th, from 6 until 9 pm at the Krasl, featuring singer-songwriter Joshua Davis.The Artisan Market will offer unique and affordable jewelry, art, and handmade gifts from over 120 artists from 14 states and Canada. The market is sponsored by Edge water Bank & Biggby Coffee and will officially run from the 10th through the 15th. An extremely popular sidebar event that also continues is the Soup’s On tradition which has become a favorite lunch-time escape every fall. Soup’s On will serve up great offerings daily from 11 am until 2 pm from Monday the 12th through Thursday the 15th. The Krasl, for newcomers unfamiliar with the turf, is located at 707 Lake Boulevard in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> While mid-July currently would appear to be eons from now…the folks at the Krasl have already fire up the Call for Entries process for next summer’s 52nd Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff.Any and all artists interested in applying to be a part of one of the Top 20 Best Fine Art Fairs in the nation can begin that application process today by logging on to www.zapplication.org. You have until Thursday, January 11th to complete your online registration and pay the accompanying fee. The jury process to determine admission will take place in February. Good luck if you’ll be taking a swing for the fences.<br /> <br /> Back on the more seasonal scene, my friends at Lake land Health Care are making plans behind the scenes for the 21st Annual Tree of Life which will be lit up in all of its glory a month from now on December 4th in a tree lighting ceremony. You are invited to help the Lake land Health Care Auxiliary to honor lives and save lives this holiday season. The Tree of Life is a great way to honor a friend, remember a loved one, or find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for-person in your life. Last year $4,000.00 was raised and donated to programs offered to cancer patients of the Marie Yeager Cancer Center. Each light you purchase with a donation of $5-dollar or more will help provide support, educational programs and complementary therapies for cancer patients. The Auxiliary will even send a letter to the person or family in who name your gift was given, and invitations to the lighting ceremony at 5:30 pm that night will also be sent. Contact Lake land for a form to get you started.<br /> <br /> Speaking of Lake land, hats off to their marketing & communications team for their selection this fall to present at the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The local team garnered the highest attendance of any of the nearly 50 breakout session at the entire conference and rave reviews from professionals as far away as Montana and Hawaii. Nice job!<br /> <br /> The recent celebration of Make a Difference Saturday also served as this year’s official kick-off of the 2012 Socks For Seniors Campaign running now through Christmas. The local team in Benton Harbor is looking for coordinators to help with the collection this year, those interested in hosting a localized sock drive and more. To find out how you can help, so please point your internet browser to www.socksforseniors.com.<br /> <br /> You can also make a difference in the life of a 34 year old single mother of two with massive medical bills by taking part in the Hope for Julie Benefit at the Moose Lodge Family Center at 2180 Union Avenue in Benton Harbor next Saturday night. From 5 until 10 pm a chicken dinner, raffles, live and silent auctions will take place to help stem the tide.<br /> <br /> Two award winning authors will be showcased at midweek at the Box Factory for the Arts, including 2011 Prairie Schooner prize winner Susan Blackwell Ramsey and special guest 2009 Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, Bonnie Jo Campbell. Each will read from their award winning books on Wednesday night, November 7th at 7 pm with a book signing and reception to follow. Check it out.<br /> <br /> Finally, apologies to yoga fans hoping to find Kat Barry at Tabula Rasa Gallery in Baroda next week. Her seminar was actually last Saturday, and I apparently inadvertently paired that event with the Julie Schwarz Photography Exhibit. It was incorrectly stated that Tabula Rasa will host Kat Barry on November 10th when in fact it was scheduled for October 28th. However, the Julie Schwarz exhibit with opening wine & cheese reception was correctly noted for November 10th from 3 to 6 pm.Sorry for the mis-information, folks.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday…and we’ll see you again 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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