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ECRWSS Local Postal Customerers Now Open, Tax expertise is standing by. January 19, 2013 See Display Ad on Page 6 who do not have dependents and do not itemize deductions. Taxable income must be lessedit and for state tax returns. Taxpayer must meet IRS criteria to use Federal Form 1040EZ. Offer Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Downstairs at Forever Books, Robin Allen and her crew will be welcoming nationally best-selling author Melanie Benjamin on February 4 th for a book-signing affair. Benjamin’s new novel, The Aviator’s Wife was due to be released nationally earlier this week. The book gives us an intimate glimpse of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a woman who lived through extraor-dinary times, but who also faced intimate chal-lenges of motherhood and self-realization. Get the book-signing on your personal calendar and plan to be there first-hand. In a tremendous “win-win” situation, JES Vending Company founder Kim Sims has sold his business to Canteen Corporation and is also leasing the building that has housed the firm for many years in St. Joseph to the folks at Canteen. Most of the JES Vending employees have been retained by Canteen and now Canteen is consolidating a lot of its business elsewhere in the region to the JES Vending site in the Hawthorne Avenue Industrial Park in south St. Joseph , bringing still more jobs to that site and considerably more business to the table. An additional “win” in the transaction is that Ken retained his water distribution business and has re-established his corporation as JES Water Systems operating out of Baroda. Sims tells me that his “bottle-less” water cooler system takes your existing water lines, filters the water and runs it through a reverse-osmosis system on-site and delivers absolutely pure drinking water to your business, home or industrial facility. For residential customers, it is as simple as an under the sink installation for your cooking and drink-ing water. For larger commercial applications, POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 19, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 3 JES Water Systems will be bring in a free-stand-ing cooler, plumb it, install it, and then lease or rent the system to your business for however long you’d like to maintain the service. It’s actually a system that Ken has employed for about 10-years as a part of his vending company, but now he’s operating it as a stand-alone business. You can reach him 269-876-0889 for information or ser-vice. Realtor Tom Allen launched his career in real estate in Michigan’s Great Southwest some 25-years ago with a four-year stint at Century-21. In 1991 he moved on to RE/Max where he worked as a sales associate, and later an associate broker upon receipt of his broker’s license in 2009. He has achieved professional designations as GRI and e-PRO, and now he has ventured into the world of agency ownership through the recent formation of Allen Realty in St. Joseph. You can reach Tom at his new agency by calling 269-470-1111 or at tomallen1@hotmail.com. Congratulations, Tom…and best of luck. Graphic Designer Robin Maxon has near-ly doubled the size of her business inside the Box Factory for the Arts in downtown St. Joseph. Her Maxon Graphix Design Studio will utilize the additional space as a gallery to showcase her watercolor paintings while she continues her graphic design business at the Box. Robin brings 30-years of experience to the drawing table and offers a variety of design services. She also is an accomplished watercolor artist and is currently exhibiting her work through the end of March at Sarrett Nature Center. That body of work is titled “An Indoor Nature Walk” and features paintings depicting the natural beauty of our region including many birds, aquatic life and for-est landscapes. Her work has taken first place honors in the watercolor division of the Michiana Area Artist Competition held at the Box for the last two years running. You can find her studios downstairs there at 1109 Broad Street in St. Joseph in Studio 43 or at www.maxongraphix.com or www.robinmaxon.com. Her phone number is 269-982-4050. The Livery Micro-Brewery in the Benton Harbor Arts District has lost the services of founding brew-master Steve Berthel. After more than 7-years at the helm, Steve has left The Livery to pursue opportunities closer to his home. The micro-brewery will not be left in a lurch, however, inasmuch as they have already named David Sawyer as their new Head Brewer , who comes to the role “with the spirit of honoring Livery tradition while taking the brewery to a whole new level,” according to their in-house newsletter. Sawyer and Berthel worked side-by-side for the past two-and-a-half years at The Livery, so most folks would likely never see a ripple if it weren’t for the fact that Sawyer is already pledg-ing some great new things from the brew house. Moody on The Market Pat WATERVLIET 7489 Red Arrow Hwy oody F or the last half dozen Phone: 269-463-4334 years now, Tim & Pat Foley of Bit of Swiss Between Bakery in Stevensville Watervliet & Coloma have had a dream. They’ve scoured the nation M for great recipe ideas, restaurant design concepts, and potential sites for their dream of owning and operating a restaurant of their own. They studied Chicago in depth. They seriously considered South Bend, New Buffalo, Saugatuck and Grand Rapids. They almost closed on a deal to acquire a building elsewhere in Michigan’s Great Southwest when they literally stumbled onto the “For Sale” sign outside the former Albert’s Insurance Agency building on Riverview Drive in Benton Harbor. Mesmerized by the 199-feet of St. Joseph River frontage directly across the street, the Foleys knew they had finally discovered the future home of their soon to be Bread Bar. A brand new parking lot has been paved and striped, landscaping work got underway in late fall, and this week the physical makeover of the building gets underway setting the stage for a May open-ing of their new eatery which will feature lunch and dinner service along the riverfront several hundred yards from the new Whirlpool campus downtown. The plan has evolved from a break-fast and lunch concept to this lunch and dinner program with projected hours of operation of 11am until 9pm on weekdays and 11am until 10pm on weekends. I sat down recently with Tim to peek behind the curtain at the key ele-ments that will make up the Bread Bar. We recently worked together to break the logjam in Lansing on his liquor license which has been approved for the sale of beer, wine and spirits. Tim tells me that his eclectic menu will offer “something for everybody.” From sandwiches and soups to an array of entrees, the Bread Bar will feature what Tim calls “clean food,” with simple ingredients. The Foleys have been travel-ing in search of great recipe ideas and they are now ready to begin formulating their team of some 20 to 25 employees for the place. The Bread Bar makeover will be overseen by the crew at Pearson Construction which has han-dled all five expansion projects over the years at Bit of Swiss alongside Tosi’s Restaurant. The Bread Bar will seat 70 patrons inside and another 30 outside during the outdoor season. You can plan on take out opportunities for lunch options or dine-in in a warm atmosphere being created there. The Foleys are developing all of the reci-pes for their full-scale kitchen, and pulling from Tim’s past experience as an executive chef. They’ve been consulting with friends in the chef community and experienced bartenders to find the strongest efficiencies going into the project. The Bread Bar will be at 645 Riverview Drive in Benton Harbor, and while they will feature the breads of Bit of Swiss, there are no plans to showcase or retail baked goods from the restau-rant. The Foleys have been in business at Bit of Swiss for 25 years, and you may recall my story Continued on page 8 Continued from page 1 about their designation by Modern Baking mag-azine as the 2012 Retail Bakery of the Year in the U.S.A. Stay tuned for more on the impend-ing arrival of the Bread Bar in Benton Harbor this spring. If you’ve always dreamed of holding court in office space overlooking Lake Michigan and downtown St. Joseph, a rare opportunity has Dr. Robert Flood presented itself an historic building in the 300 Eye Injury in -Glaucoma Dry Eyes -Infections Block of State Street bearing the words, “Zick, AD 1928.” That’s the building that houses State Street Stuff, Forever Books and Just Bead-It retail shops. Building owner Ron Bowman from the Rosback Company tells me that a 1,500 square foot office suite that has been continuously occupied by Menchinger, Ziebart & Koch, CPA’s for the past 40-years has popped onto the market for the first time in anybody’s memory. The 3-office suite also features a con-ference room, foyer, and computer room and enjoys a view overlooking the lake atop the bluff. Perhaps more importantly, it comes with two dedicated parking spaces behind the building. The suite became available upon the retirement of Roger Menchinger and the departure of Jerry Koch who has joined the French Paper Company in Niles. The remaining partner, Jeff Ziebart and his staff have joined forces with Steve Ross, Patrick Nelson and their team at Stephen Ross & Company located at 3055 West John Beers Road in Stevensville. You can reach Jeff and his new partners at 428-7155 for their tax, accounting and management con-sulting services for businesses and individuals. If you have interest in the suite downtown, you can reach Bowman at 983-2582 at your convenience. MOODY Dr. Floods Vision Center Come in and See our Latest Designer Lines That Friday night also marks the kick-off to There’s a new player on the block in the Schulerbration 2013 at Schu’s Grill & Bar business of in-home care locally. Eric Stoub of th Cedar Creek LLC has founded Ability downtown. This will mark the 14 Annual Charity Local Celebrity Waiter/Waitress *Some restrictions apply -see store for details In-Home Care on Palladium Drive in St. Event. Plan now to dine for lunch or dinner on Joseph and has named Dr. Victoria Wickwire th th as the new director of that business. The new Friday the 25 and Saturday the 26 to get a great firm offers a variety of home care services meal and help two great causes. This year’s including in-home elderly, disabled or special benefit weekend will help Healing Paws and Continued on page 10 needs personal care assistance…medication BCF’s Molly Schuler Endowment Fund. reminders…personal care…compassionate com-You’ll find Schu’s overlooking Lake Michigan at panionship and respite support…and chore ser-501 Pleasant Street in downtown St. Joseph. Inserts & Promotions Also on the docket next weekend, First vices such as light housekeeping, laundry, meal Church of God’s Married Couples Marriage preparation, shopping and the like. Stoub said he MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. up a video-seminar retreat Ministry is offering continued to see more and more people who weekend titled 2202 Drive Benton MI 49022 “Laugh Your Way to a Better could benefit from Plaza quality home care services Harbor, in Marriage,” featuring Christian author/comedi-Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties, result-Phone: 269.934.7522 ing in the creation of his agency. Dr. Wickwire an Mark Gungor . He is one of the most sought-269.934.3297 brings 20-years of industry FAX: experience to her after speakers on marriage and family in the new role. She can be reached at 429-5551 for nation. The retreat runs Friday night from email: publisher@farahead.com 7-10pm and Saturday morning from 9am until consultation or information. Inserts may vary by Zip Code www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Next Friday marks another Finally Friday noon. Look for more information online at celebration in downtown St. Joseph. Friday, www.laughyourway.com/events/2013/01/St-Joseph-MI/ That’s it for this week, kids. Keep spending January 25 th is the final Friday of the month and your dollars locally…there’s more here than you downtown merchants will be hosting a Chili MOODY Continued from page 9 Eye Exams $ Starting at 45 * www.govision.com • 269-408-8762 • 2603 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets • Ace Hardware • Bridal Guide

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For the last half dozen years now, Tim & Pat Foley of Bit of Swiss Bakery in Stevensville have had a dream. They’ve scoured the nation for great recipe ideas, restaurant design concepts, and potential sites for their dream of owning and operating a restaurant of their own. They studied Chicago in depth. They seriously considered South Bend, New Buffalo, Saugatuck and Grand Rapids. They almost closed on a deal to acquire a building elsewhere in Michigan’s Great Southwest when they literally stumbled onto the “For Sale” sign outside the former Albert’s Insurance Agency building on Riverview Drive in Benton Harbor. Mesmerized by the 199-feet of St. Joseph River frontage directly across the street, the Foleys knew they had finally discovered the future home of their soon to be Bread Bar. A brand new parking lot has been paved and striped, landscaping work got underway in late fall, and this week the physical makeover of the building gets underway setting the stage for a May opening of their new eatery which will feature lunch and dinner service along the riverfront several hundred yards from the new Whirlpool campus downtown. The plan has evolved from a breakfast and lunch concept to this lunch and dinner program with projected hours of operation of 11am until 9pm on weekdays and 11am until 10pm on weekends. I sat down recently with Tim to peek behind the curtain at the key elements that will make up the Bread Bar. We recently worked together to break the logjam in Lansing on his liquor license which has been approved for the sale of beer, wine and spirits. Tim tells me that his eclectic menu will offer “something for everybody.” From sandwiches and soups to an array of entrees, the Bread Bar will feature what Tim calls “clean food,” with simple ingredients. The Foleys have been traveling in search of great recipe ideas and they are now ready to begin formulating their team of some 20 to 25 employees for the place. The Bread Bar makeover will be overseen by the crew at Pearson Construction which has handled all five expansion projects over the years at Bit of Swiss alongside Tosi’s Restaurant. The Bread Bar will seat 70 patrons inside and another 30 outside during the outdoor season. You can plan on take out opportunities for lunch options or dine-in in a warm atmosphere being created there. The Foleys are developing all of the recipes for their full-scale kitchen, and pulling from Tim’s past experience as an executive chef. They’ve been consulting with friends in the chef community and experienced bartenders to find the strongest efficiencies going into the project. The Bread Bar will be at 645 Riverview Drive in Benton Harbor, and while they will feature the breads of Bit of Swiss, there are no plans to showcase or retail baked goods from the restaurant. The Foleys have been in business at Bit of Swiss for 25 years, and you may recall my story about their designation by Modern Baking magazine as the 2012 Retail Bakery of the Year in the U.S.A. Stay tuned for more on the impending arrival of the Bread Bar in Benton Harbor this spring.<br /> <br /> If you’ve always dreamed of holding court in office space overlooking Lake Michigan and downtown St. Joseph, a rare opportunity has presented itself in an historic building in the 300 Block of State Street bearing the words, “Zick, AD 1928.” That’s the building that houses State Street Stuff, Forever Books and Just Bead-It retail shops. Building owner Ron Bowman from the Rosback Company tells me that a 1,500 square foot office suite that has been continuously occupied by Menchinger, Ziebart & Koch, CPA’s for the past 40-years has popped onto the market for the first time in anybody’s memory. The 3-office suite also features a conference room, foyer, and computer room and enjoys a view overlooking the lake atop the bluff. Perhaps more importantly, it comes with two dedicated parking spaces behind the building. The suite became available upon the retirement of Roger Menchinger and the departure of Jerry Koch who has joined the French Paper Company in Niles. The remaining partner, Jeff Ziebart and his staff have joined forces with Steve Ross, Patrick Nelson and their team at Stephen Ross & Company located at 3055 West John Beers Road in Stevensville. You can reach Jeff and his new partners at 428-7155 for their tax, accounting and management consulting services for businesses and individuals. If you have interest in the suite downtown, you can reach Bowman at 983-2582 at your convenience.<br /> <br /> Downstairs at Forever Books, Robin Allen and her crew will be welcoming nationally bestselling author Melanie Benjamin on February 4th for a book-signing affair. Benjamin’s new novel, The Aviator’s Wife was due to be released nationally earlier this week. The book gives us an intimate glimpse of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a woman who lived through extraordinary times, but who also faced intimate challenges of motherhood and self-realization. Get the book-signing on your personal calendar and plan to be there first-hand.<br /> <br /> In a tremendous “win-win” situation, JES Vending Company founder Kim Sims has sold his business to Canteen Corporation and is also leasing the building that has housed the firm for many years in St. Joseph to the folks at Canteen. Most of the JES Vending employees have been retained by Canteen and now Canteen is consolidating a lot of its business elsewhere in the region to the JES Vending site in the Hawthorne Avenue Industrial Park in south St. Joseph, bringing still more jobs to that site and considerably more business to the table. An additional “win” in the transaction is that Ken retained his water distribution business and has re-established his corporation as JES Water Systems operating out of Baroda. Sims tells me that his “bottle-less” water cooler system takes your existing water lines, filters the water and runs it through a reverse-osmosis system onsite and delivers absolutely pure drinking water to your business, home or industrial facility. For residential customers, it is as simple as an under the sink installation for your cooking and drinking water. For larger commercial applications,JES Water Systems will be bring in a free-standing cooler, plumb it, install it, and then lease or rent the system to your business for however long you’d like to maintain the service. It’s actually a system that Ken has employed for about 10-years as a part of his vending company, but now he’s operating it as a stand-alone business. You can reach him 269-876-0889 for information or service.<br /> <br /> Realtor Tom Allen launched his career in real estate in Michigan’s Great Southwest some 25-years ago with a four-year stint at Century-21. In 1991 he moved on to RE/Max where he worked as a sales associate, and later an associate broker upon receipt of his broker’s license in 2009. He has achieved professional designations as GRI and e-PRO, and now he has ventured into the world of agency ownership through the recent formation of Allen Realty in St. Joseph. You can reach Tom at his new agency by calling 269- 470-1111 or at tomallen1@hotmail.com. Congratulations, Tom…and best of luck.<br /> <br /> Graphic Designer Robin Maxon has nearly doubled the size of her business inside the Box Factory for the Arts in downtown St. Joseph. Her Maxon Graphix Design Studio will utilize the additional space as a gallery to showcase her watercolor paintings while she continues her graphic design business at the Box. Robin brings 30-years of experience to the drawing table and offers a variety of design services. She also is an accomplished watercolor artist and is currently exhibiting her work through the end of March at Sarrett Nature Center. That body of work is titled “An Indoor Nature Walk” and features paintings depicting the natural beauty of our region including many birds, aquatic life and forest landscapes. Her work has taken first place honors in the watercolor division of the Michiana Area Artist Competition held at the Box for the last two years running. You can find her studios downstairs there at 1109 Broad Street in St. Joseph in Studio 43 or at www.maxongraphix.com or www.robinmaxon.com. Her phone number is 269-982-4050.<br /> <br /> The Livery Micro-Brewery in the Benton Harbor Arts District has lost the services of founding brew-master Steve Berthel. After more than 7-years at the helm, Steve has left The Livery to pursue opportunities closer to his home. The micro-brewery will not be left in a lurch, however, inasmuch as they have already named David Sawyer as their new Head Brewer, who comes to the role “with the spirit of honoring Livery tradition while taking the brewery to a whole new level,” according to their in-house newsletter. Sawyer and Berthel worked side-byside for the past two-and-a-half years at The Livery, so most folks would likely never see a ripple if it weren’t for the fact that Sawyer is already pledging some great new things from the brew house.<br /> <br /> There’s a new player on the block in the business of in-home care locally. Eric Stoub of Cedar Creek LLC has founded Ability In-Home Care on Palladium Drive in St. Joseph and has named Dr. Victoria Wickwire as the new director of that business. The new firm offers a variety of home care services including in-home elderly, disabled or special needs personal care assistance…medication reminders…personal care…compassionate companionship and respite support…and chore services such as light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, shopping and the like. Stoub said he continued to see more and more people who could benefit from quality home care services in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties, resulting in the creation of his agency. Dr. Wickwire brings 20-years of industry experience to her new role. She can be reached at 429-5551 for consultation or information.<br /> <br /> Next Friday marks another Finally Friday celebration in downtown St. Joseph. Friday, January 25th is the final Friday of the month and downtown merchants will be hosting a Chili Tour, featuring best-chili-recipe stops at The Buck, The Candlestick Maker, Eve, FuzzyButz Pet Bakery, Harbor Town Interiors, Lighthouse Fibers, Perennial Accents, Purely Michigan, Schaller Gallery, Sweet Seasons Orchard, Third Coast Surf Shop, and Waterfront Framing. Chili Tour maps will be available and prizes will be offered, so get downtown and check it out Friday evening with stores open late for the tour.<br /> <br /> That Friday night also marks the kick-off to Schulerbration 2013 at Schu’s Grill & Bar downtown. This will mark the 14th Annual Charity Local Celebrity Waiter/Waitress Event. Plan now to dine for lunch or dinner on Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th to get a great meal and help two great causes. This year’s benefit weekend will help Healing Paws and BCF’s Molly Schuler Endowment Fund. You’ll find Schu’s overlooking Lake Michigan at 501 Pleasant Street in downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Also on the docket next weekend, First Church of God’s Married Couples Marriage Ministry is offering up a video-seminar retreat weekend titled “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage,” featuring Christian author/comedian Mark Gungor. He is one of the most soughtafter speakers on marriage and family in the nation. The retreat runs Friday night from 7-10pm and Saturday morning from 9am until noon. Look for more information online at www.laughyourway.com/events/2013/01/St-Joseph-MI/ <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Keep spending your dollars locally…there’s more here than you know…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@cornerstonechamber.com<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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