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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Sunday Dec. 23, Breakfast Special 25% OFF Your Bill Before Noon! (269) 934-9346 • 1924 M139 Benton Harbor (Next to Pizza Hut) Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 able for off-site events such as home parties and corporate events. If you are interested in early booking opportunities at the new venue, you can reach Joann by e-mail: info@concordridgefarms.com or by phone at 773-288-9442. The new website and blogs from Joann will be online soon at www.concordridgefarms.com. Congratulations on an exciting new project! Build-out work on the former Office Depot space in the Fairplain Plaza for arrival of a siz-able new retail opportunity will likely get under-POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 22, 2012 December 22, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 51 Continued from page 7 Indiana, and 5 in Ohio. The existing building undergoing the expansion is 2,400 square feet so in the long run they will nearly double in size with this project. Benton Harbor Arts District Contractor Tim Flynn designed and will over-see the project to completion. That work should be wrapped up before spring of next year accord-ing to Scott. Sherriff-Goslin Roofing is located at 552 South Crystal Avenue near the intersec-tion with East Britain Avenue. You can reach Scott at 926-4240 for roofing quotes for your home or business. There’s big news from Nancy Maryniak who owns and operates what up until now has been known locally as Planet Beach Contempo Spa . Nancy has informed me that her shop is becoming reVive Self Spa & Tanning with a soft-opening now and a grand opening coming Saturday, January 5 th . Conveniently located on the front lot of Martins Supermarket at the corner of Hilltop and Cleveland in St. Joseph Charter Township , the shop will have the same staff and services, but the new name will allow the crew to offer more exciting spa products to enhance their current menu of services. That menu already includes Hydration Station, Saunatox, Red Light Therapy, Mystic Spray Tanning, Lumiere Facial, K1 Vibration Platform, Cyber Relax Chair and Teeth Whitening. Nancy tells me that she just feels that the new name of reVive is a much better representation of what they do. Look for new signage in the next week or so, and if you have existing Planet Beach coupons of gift certificates Moody on The Market MOODY Michigan’s Great Southwest continues to grow a sterling reputation as a magically outstanding wedding destination . Recognizing that fact, and hopeful of providing an entirely new desti-nation for wedding planners, corporate event planners, and anyone looking to host a first-class party in a unique new setting, local developer Ron Schults and his new project partner Joann Winnegar are quietly assembling the blueprints for what will soon become Concord Ridge Farms. Defined as a full-service, world-class, all-encompassing venue, Concord Ridge Farms will become a perfect partner to the adja-cent Concord Ridge Equestrian Center in Royalton Township. Joann tells me that Concord Ridge Farms will focus largely on wed-dings and corporate events. The combined indoor/outdoor site will bear a rustic feel and sit on 20-acres immediately to the south of the equestrian center. That land had been owned by Brookside Nursery and was originally targeted to be the new home of the nursery years ago. Circumstances changed after a number of trees had been planted by the nursery, and they elected to stay put with their nearby site and placed the land on the open market. It has been for sale for so long that paint on the sign was beginning to fade away. Schults acquired the 20-acre site, and will convert the property to a new destination attraction, with plans to be open by August 1, 2013. Concord Ridge Farms will include an event center capable of handling up to 200 guests in an indoor setting, but many more for outdoor events. The building will include a bridal suite and ceremonial area for weddings conducted on-site. The center will include a water feature and lots of open pasture land, and will be surrounded by vineyards and lush greenery. The actual buildings will set back from M-139 and even the parking lots will be shielded from the roadway by a tree line. On-site food service will be pro-vided by Concord Ridge Farms providers includ-ing a new executive chef who comes to the project with training under the renowned James Beard and experience at premiere settings including Walt Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. Thanks to the proximity to the equestrian center, horse lovers who would like to incorporate their noble animals into the ceremony will have access by a connecting walkway. Luxurious horse-drawn carriages in both black and white will be available for those wedding parties who would like to make grand entrance and departure statements. Joann says that she hopes to be another great option for weddings and corporate events much like the Verandah at the Whitcomb, The Heritage Center, Blue Dress Barn, and the Silver Beach Carousel Center & Shadowland Ballroom. She comes to the community with a strong back-ground in the catering business having operated a highly successful catering company along the north shore of Chicago. She says that Concord Ridge Farms catering services will also be avail-M oody Pat Imperial Furniture is Counting Down to the New Year! Celebrating 2013 with a SALE! SAVE An Additional 10% Off In Stock & Special Order Items! Plus, We’ll Pay Your Sales Tax* Thursday, December 27 9a.m.-6p.m. Friday, December 28 9a.m.-6p.m. Saturday, December 29 9a.m.-5p.m. way soon after the holiday shopping season is wrapped up. Developers tell me that it is very rare to launch such work during the busiest retail portion of the year since it draws too much energy from the critical selling season. Meanwhile, contractors have reportedly been selected and assignments made for another new retailer scheduled to arrive in 2013 in part of the vacant space between Kohl’s and Michael’s. One of those empty storefronts will become the new home to Five Below. That’s a merchandiser of all sorts of goods ranging in price from $1.00 to $5.00. It’s a concept founded by David Schlessinger in October of 2002. His first store was in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Now the company has grown to more than 200 stores in 18 states mostly east of the Mississippi . The nearest Five Below store in Michigan is in the Southtown Shopping Center in Portage, near Kalamazoo. The company sources the best ven-dors in the world, buys direct from suppliers whenever possible, bargains hard to get the best price and then passes the savings on to custom-ers. Five Below’s merchandise is changing all the time and new things arrive virtually every day. From sports to games, from fashions acces-sories to bath and body, from candy and bever-ages to room décor and school supplies, the company features lots of brand names like Spalding, Wilson, Lego, Crayola, Disney and more. Five Below is a publicly traded company, and all stores are company-owned and operated. in from their corporate office when *For all purchases I paid haven’t heard the store is th expected to open, but I’ll keep you th full on Dec. 27 -Dec. posted 29 as soon as I get that info. Construction is now underway for a sizable expansion project at Sherriff-Goslin Roofing th Company of Benton Harbor. Launched in the first week of December, the project will take a while because the company is adding 767-square feet of office space and an additional 1,200 square feet th of warehouse capacity at their long-time site on Crystal Avenue. The company is still owned to this day by members of the Sherriff and Goslin families according to branch man-ager Scott Burks. Scott tells me that the roofing th contractor was founded in Battle Creek in 1906 and opened an office in Benton Harbor in 1939. 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Pat Moody

Michigan’s Great southwest continues to grow a sterling reputation as a magically outstanding wedding destination. Recognizing that fact, and hopeful of providing an entirely new destination for wedding planners, corporate event planners, and anyone looking to host a first-class party in a unique new setting, local developer Ron Schults and his new project partner Joann Winnegar are quietly assembling the blueprints for what will soon become Concord Ridge Farms. Defined as a full-service, worldclass, all-encompassing venue, Concord Ridge Farms will become a perfect partner to the adjacent Concord Ridge Equestrian Center in Royalton Township. Joann tells me that Concord Ridge Farms will focus largely on weddings and corporate events. The combined indoor/outdoor site will bear a rustic feel and sit on 20-acres immediately to the south of the equestrian center. That land had been owned by Brookside Nursery and was originally targeted to be the new home of the nursery years ago. Circumstances changed after a number of trees had been planted by the nursery, and they elected to stay put with their nearby site and placed the land on the open market. It has been for sale for so long that paint on the sign was beginning to fade away. Schults acquired the 20-acre site, and will convert the property to a new destination attraction, with plans to be open by August 1, 2013. Concord Ridge Farms will include an event center capable of handling up to 200 guests in an indoor setting, but many more for outdoor events. The building will include a bridal suite and ceremonial area for weddings conducted onsite. The center will include a water feature and lots of open pasture land, and will be surrounded by vineyards and lush greenery. The actual buildings will set back from M-139 and even the parking lots will be shielded from the roadway by a tree line. On-site food service will be provided by Concord Ridge Farms providers including a new executive chef who comes to the project with training under the renowned James Beard and experience at premiere settings including Walt Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. Thanks to the proximity to the equestrian center, horse lovers who would like to incorporate their noble animals into the ceremony will have access by a connecting walkway. Luxurious horse-drawn carriages in both black and white will be available for those wedding parties who would like to make grand entrance and departure statements. Joann says that she hopes to be another great option for weddings and corporate events much like the Verandah at the Whitcomb, The Heritage Center, Blue Dress Barn, and the Silver Beach Carousel Center & Shadowland Ballroom. She comes to the community with a strong background in the catering business having operated a highly successful catering company along the north shore of Chicago. She says that Concord Ridge Farms catering services will also be available for off-site events such as home parties and corporate events. If you are interested in early booking opportunities at the new venue, you can reach Joann by e-mail: info@concordridgefarms.com or by phone at 773-288-9442. The new website and blogs from Joann will be online soon at www.concordridgefarms.com. Congratulations on an exciting new project!<br /> <br /> Build-out work on the former Office Depot space in the Fairplain Plaza for arrival of a sizable new retail opportunity will likely get underway soon after the holiday shopping season is wrapped up. Developers tell me that it is very rare to launch such work during the busiest retail portion of the year since it draws too much energy from the critical selling season. Meanwhile, contractors have reportedly been selected and assignments made for another new retailer scheduled to arrive in 2013 in part of the vacant space between Kohl’s and Michael’s. One of those empty storefronts will become the new home to Five Below. That’s a merchandiser of all sorts of goods ranging in price from $1.00 to $5.00. It’s a concept founded by David Schlessinger in October of 2002. His first store was in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Now the company has grown to more than 200 stores in 18 states mostly east of the Mississippi. The nearest Five Below store in Michigan is in the Southtown Shopping Center in Portage, near Kalamazoo. The company sources the best vendors in the world, buys direct from suppliers whenever possible, bargains hard to get the best price and then passes the savings on to customers. Five Below’s merchandise is changing all the time and new things arrive virtually every day. From sports to games, from fashions accessories to bath and body, from candy and beverages to room décor and school supplies, the company features lots of brand names like Spalding, Wilson, Lego, Crayola, Disney and more. Five Below is a publicly traded company, and all stores are company-owned and operated. I haven’t heard from their corporate office when the store is expected to open, but I’ll keep you posted as soon as I get that info.<br /> <br /> Construction is now underway for a sizable expansion project at Sherriff-Goslin Roofing Company of Benton Harbor. Launched in the first week of December, the project will take a while because the company is adding 767-square feet of office space and an additional 1,200 square feet of warehouse capacity at their longtime site on Crystal Avenue. The company is still owned to this day by members of the Sherriff and Goslin families according to branch manager Scott Burks. Scott tells me that the roofing contractor was founded in Battle Creek in 1906 and opened an office in Benton Harbor in 1939. There are now 11 branches in Michigan, 7 in indiana, and 5 in Ohio. The existing building undergoing the expansion is 2,400 square feet so in the long run they will nearly double in size with this project. Benton Harbor Arts District Contractor Tim Flynn designed and will oversee the project to completion. That work should be wrapped up before spring of next year according to Scott. Sherriff-Goslin Roofing is located at 552 South Crystal Avenue near the intersection with East Britain Avenue. You can reach Scott at 926-4240 for roofing quotes for your home or business.<br /> <br /> There’s big news from Nancy Maryniak who owns and operates what up until now has been known locally as Planet Beach Contempo Spa. Nancy has informed me that her shop is becoming reVive Self Spa & Tanning with a soft-opening now and a grand opening coming Saturday, January 5th. Conveniently located on the front lot of Martins Supermarket at the corner of Hilltop and Cleveland in St. Joseph Charter Township, the shop will have the same staff and services, but the new name will allow the crew to offer more exciting spa products to enhance their current menu of services. That menu already includes Hydration Station, Saunatox, Red Light Therapy, Mystic Spray Tanning, Lumiere Facial, K1 Vibration Platform, Cyber Relax Chair and Teeth Whitening. Nancy tells me that she just feels that the new name of reVive is a much better representation of what they do. Look for new signage in the next week or so, and if you have existing Planet Beach coupons of gift certificates they will continue to honor them. Last minute shoppers can still get great Christmas Gift Certificate options and specials on spa, teeth whitening and tanning specials to get you ready for the holidays.<br /> <br /> Decision-makers at Freshwater Community Church in Coloma have elected to sharpen their focus on the growth they are enjoying at the church and as a result they have closed up operations at Freshwater Coffee Company in downtown Coloma. The fledgling church is now two-years old and growing exponentially. While their coffee shop was designed to be a place where they could give back to the community, it was taking too much time, work and focus to run and still keep the church advancing. Lead Pastor Justin VanFerrari says that while operating the coffee shop has been fun, church officials felt that it would be more valuable to invest their energy and resources on the church. They will keep their coffee shop location on Badt Drive as their church office for the time being and conduct regular office hours each Tuesday through Friday from 9am until noon after the first of the year. Freshwater Coffee Company officially closed for business yesterday (Friday, December 21st). Freshwater Community Church will continue to convene Sunday mornings at 11am in the Coloma Middle School. You can reach Justin at 269-329-9830.<br /> <br /> My friend Phil Laney, from B&L Information Systems in Bridgman, and his wife Becky have added their names as major financial donors to the new Merlin & Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center coming to the stevensville area. They join Kevin Geiser and Ann Dahmer in following the example set by the Hanson family in providing major financial gifts toward completion of the 16-bed center which commenced construction in early fall. The crew at Lakeland Health Foundations has also revealed that more than $50,000.00 was raised toward the center at their recent African Safari-themed Gala held in the Lakeland HealthCare Center for Outpatient Services in St. Joseph. If you or your family would like to be a part of this remarkable new residence, contact the foundation at www.lakelandhealth.org/foundation.<br /> <br /> If you have never had the opportunity to see a Live Nativity, you have a chance tomorrow, Sunday the 23rd in Niles. Pastor Jared Eckerly says that the congregation at his church, the Real Life Church will host the free event for all ages in collaboration with the Niles-Buchanan YMCA at 905 N. Front Street in Niles. The Live Nativity will take you back to Bethlehem to revisit the night of the birth of Christ. Live interactions with the wise men, Mary and Joseph, shepherds and their animals will take place from 5:30pm until 9:30pm tomorrow evening. Check it out.<br /> <br /> The Civil War is getting a fair amount of coverage thanks to several localized efforts including a new exhibit at The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph, and upcoming Community Education Classes on the Napier Campus of Lake Michigan College. The museum’s exhibit, Southwest Michigan in the Civil War, opened for viewing earlier this week during a grand opening celebration. Meanwhile, the war comes to life in classes running every Tuesday from January 15th through April 30th under the tutelage of Don Alsbro, Mike Dumke, and Gary Lulenski. Structured around the award-winning PBS documentary by Ken Burns, most classes will feature a presentation from the series and guest speakers who are recognized as authorities on the Civil War. Classes run Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:45pm with the DVD showings followed by a 7-9pm class schedule in the Blue Lecture Hall. Cost of the class is just $39, and you can contact LMC for registration.<br /> <br /> We’re just about a month out from the 7th Annual No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament to Benefit the Soup Kitchen of Benton Harbor. The big event is set for 2pm on Sunday, January 27th at the 5 O’Clock Sports Bar in Stevensville. Check-in and registration gets underway at 12:30pm with a $60-dollar entry fee. Prepaid entry guarantees a seat up to a maximum of 200 players aged 18-or older. 1st place prize (based on 100 players) will be $1,000.00. If you’d like to register or need additional info, contact Ken Clark at 927-8174.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, keep spending your holiday dollars locally, 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@cornerstonechamber.com<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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