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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer 10% OFF Any Orders Over $10 Expires 3/1/13 (269) 934-9346 • 1924 M139 Benton Harbor (Next to Pizza Hut) Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Michael Beall certainly knows a thing or and the couple also owned the popular Mesa two about web design, having founded Beall Luna in Three Oaks. The Grateful Diner is cur-Creative, Inc. in Colorado and then basing that rently open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with interactive marketing agency here in Michigan’s hours of operation of 9am until 3pm on Monday Great Southwest. Now Beall will be sharing and Wednesday, and 9am to 8pm on Thursday that expertise and a great deal of additional busi-through Sunday. The restaurant is closed on ness acumen in his new role as President of Tuesdays. They focus on fresh, regional and Marketing Partners with operations in St. seasonal meals, and also offer catering services Joseph and Orlando, Florida. Mike is a resi-through Grateful Catering. If you’re in a rush dent of Stevensville and will work largely from and don’t have time to linger over a nice meal, the St. Joe headquarters for Marketing Partners. the Lunas also offer the Grateful Retail, a retail The company’s CEO Steven Reed cited Beall’s shop at the back-of-the-house wherein you can strong track record in marketing communications gather up fresh or frozen meals to go for prepara-and his focus on business strategy for making a tion in your own kitchen. You can reach the perfect fit with the firm’s client relationship various options by calling 269-469-1800 for approach for nearly 30 years. You can reach ordering or additional information, and you can Mike in his new office by dialing 269-934-3717. also find details including menus on-line at their Congratulations, Mike. website, www.gratefuldiner.com. Half a dozen years ago, I detailed here in Speaking of websites, the teams at the my column the story of the creation of Geoffrey Women’s Business Center and Cornerstone Enjoy your thick carpet from Flohr among Investigative Services, Inc. of Benton Alliance Small Business Services are establish-Harbor. Not long after that story hit the streets, special colors, and ing plans many for a four-hour seminar to Design patterns Your Geoffrey was given the opportunity to leave the th Own Small Business Website on March 6 offer and you many styles. Roll Balances area and join the Las Vegas Metropolitan 7 th at the Cornerstone at 38 W. Wall Street choices offices at heavily discounted prices Police Department Polygraph Unit. It was a in Benton Harbor . The two-night class running chance of a lifetime and Mr. Flohr’s primary since they’re bought in bulk. from 6 until 8pm each night is strictly limited to purpose there was to provide pre-employment Hundreds in stock. 10 participants to aid in your detailed personal polygraphs to prospective recruits and aid the attention. Cost is just $45, but you must register department in establishing a criminal specific st by March 1 . You will create a free website dur-issue polygraph service for the Investigative ing the class using a service called Google Sites Services Division of that department. That was and can have it hosted on the Internet without about a three-year task and Flohr elected to buying software hiring a light designer. Facilitator The or noche brown and light return to his home in St. Joseph where he quietly for the sessions is Trent Watford of Tech Help. beige carpet special is thick, re-opened his business on a part-time basis To register, contact Reyna Price at 925-6100 locally. Now that economic conditions have soon. soft and stylish. You can carpet this improved dramatically and business is going large 12’x18’ bedroom, including Continued on page 10 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 9, 2013 February 9, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 6 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 MOODY Continued from page 9 P roposed develop-ments in Lincoln Charter Township for the much-talked about parcel along I-94 across from Meijer of Stevensville came into much sharper focus for me this week when I managed to track down some of the key players involved both directly and indirectly at that site between Tractor Supply Company and the Hampton Inn. The 5-acre parcel being mar-keted by Insite Commercial out of Grand Rapids , is moving rapidly as negotiations con-tinue with several users including a bank, a breakfast restaurant, a commercial strip center, and a sit down casual dining restaurant. The property, bordering I-94 with highly visible frontage is zoned Highway Commercial, and engineers tell me that all the utilities are in place thanks to the professional, and tough but fair assistance of Lincoln Charter Township. The owners cleared the land in recent weeks to pre-pare for sitework this summer, although civil engineering work is now well underway with a Grand Rapids engineering firm. The owners of the property are developing it by selling parcels to individual users. Sources close to the devel-opment clarified the situation for me this week confirming that sellers were working with a nationally-recognized “wings-style” restaurant, among several others for a parcel fronting on I-94, but the developer of that plan pulled out of negotiations over concerns regarding traffic and “other market viability concerns” such as those I addressed in last week’s column. Despite that setback, there is word this week that a replace-ment, non-wings, national restaurant is nearing completion of plans for a location on the same parcel of land, although a wings-type restaurant would still be considered a likely use as well. The exciting piece of the equation is that both the owners and brokers have developed projects just like this across Michigan and in the Southern United States for more than 35-years now and people associated with those projects always point to the quality and appearance of their developments. The bottom line is that interest in the site remains high, contracts continue to be negotiated and you should see vertical construc-tion on portions of the development as early as this spring and summer, so stay tuned. Incidentally, there’s also an update on the former Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuit site on the opposite side of I-94. Correspondents tell me that there are now signs in the window foretell-ing of the impending arrival of Rios Mexican Restaurant at that site. More on that as it becomes available. Meanwhile, hungry folks in Harbor Country have a new option to consider with the arrival of the Grateful Diner on West Buffalo Street in the city. Sam and Denise Luna are the owners of the farm-to-table style restaurant in the Retro Café building at 801 W. Buffalo Street. Sam brings considerable experience to the operation having served as the Executive Chef at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids Continued on page 9 M oody Pat Nobody gives carpet for Valentine’s Day. 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Proposed develop- ments in Lincoln Charter Township for the much- talked about parcel along I-94 across from Meijer of Stevensville came into much sharper focus for me this week when I managed to track down some of the key players involved both directly and indirectly at that site between Tractor Supply Company and the Hampton Inn. The 5-acre parcel being mar- keted by Insite Commercial out of Grand Rapids, is moving rapidly as negotiations continue with several users including a bank, a breakfast restaurant, a commercial strip center, and a sit down casual dining restaurant. The property, bordering I-94 with highly visible frontage is zoned Highway Commercial, and engineers tell me that all the utilities are in place thanks to the professional, and tough but fair assistance of Lincoln Charter Township. The owners cleared the land in recent weeks to prepare for sitework this summer, although civil engineering work is now well underway with a Grand Rapids engineering firm. The owners of the property are developing it by selling parcels to individual users. Sources close to the development clarified the situation for me this week confirming that sellers were working with a nationally-recognized “wings-style” restaurant, among several others for a parcel fronting on I-94, but the developer of that plan pulled out of negotiations over concerns regarding traffic and “other market viability concerns” such as those I addressed in last week’s column. Despite that setback, there is word this week that a replacement, non-wings, national restaurant is nearing completion of plans for a location on the same parcel of land, although a wings-type restaurant would still be considered a likely use as well. The exciting piece of the equation is that both the owners and brokers have developed projects just like this across Michigan and in the Southern United States for more than 35-years now and people associated with those projects always point to the quality and appearance of their developments. The bottom line is that interest in the site remains high, contracts continue to be negotiated and you should see vertical construction on portions of the development as early as this spring and summer, so stay tuned.<br /> <br /> Incidentally, there’s also an update on the former Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuit site on the opposite side of I-94. Correspondents tell me that there are now signs in the window foretelling of the impending arrival of Rios Mexican Restaurant at that site. More on that as it becomes available.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, hungry folks in Harbor Country have a new option to consider with the arrival of the Grateful Diner on West Buffalo Street in the city. Sam and Denise Luna are the owners of the farm-to-table style restaurant in the Retro Café building at 801 W. Buffalo Street. Sam brings considerable experience to the operation having served as the Executive Chef at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids and the couple also owned the popular Mesa Luna in Three Oaks. The Grateful Diner is currently open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with hours of operation of 9am until 3pm on Monday and Wednesday, and 9am to 8pm on Thursday through Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. They focus on fresh, regional and seasonal meals, and also offer catering services through Grateful Catering. If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to linger over a nice meal, the Lunas also offer the Grateful Retail, a retail shop at the back-of-the-house wherein you can gather up fresh or frozen meals to go for preparation in your own kitchen. You can reach the various options by calling 269-469-1800 for ordering or additional information, and you can also find details including menus on-line at their website, www.gratefuldiner.com. <br /> <br /> Speaking of websites, the teams at the Women’s Business Center and Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services are establish- ing plans for a four-hour seminar to Design Your Own Small Business Website on March 6th and 7th at the Cornerstone offices at 38 W. Wall Street in Benton Harbor. The two-night class running from 6 until 8pm each night is strictly limited to 10 participants to aid in your detailed personal attention. Cost is just $45, but you must register by March 1st. You will create a free website dur- ing the class using a service called Google Sites and can have it hosted on the Internet without buying software or hiring a designer. Facilitator for the sessions is Trent Watford of Tech Help. To register, contact Reyna Price at 925-6100 soon.<br /> <br /> Michael Beall certainly knows a thing or two about web design, having founded Beall Creative, Inc. in Colorado and then basing that interactive marketing agency here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Now Beall will be sharing that expertise and a great deal of additional business acumen in his new role as President of Marketing Partners with operations in St. Joseph and Orlando, Florida. Mike is a resident of Stevensville and will work largely from the St. Joe headquarters for Marketing Partners. The company’s CEO Steven Reed cited Beall’s strong track record in marketing communications and his focus on business strategy for making a perfect fit with the firm’s client relationship approach for nearly 30 years. You can reach Mike in his new office by dialing 269-934-3717. Congratulations, Mike.<br /> <br /> Half a dozen years ago, I detailed here in my column the story of the creation of Geoffrey Flohr Investigative Services, Inc. of Benton Harbor. Not long after that story hit the streets, Geoffrey was given the opportunity to leave the area and join the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Polygraph Unit. It was a chance of a lifetime and Mr. Flohr’s primary purpose there was to provide pre-employment polygraphs to prospective recruits and aid the department in establishing a criminal specific issue polygraph service for the Investigative Services Division of that department. That was about a three-year task and Flohr elected to return to his home in St. Joseph where he quietly re-opened his business on a part-time basis locally. Now that economic conditions have improved dramatically and business is going tions for Michiana’s Rising Star! Go to www.WNIT.org for information and a downloadable audition request. You could be invited to advance to the next round with a live appearance in front of the judges in one of five regional locations. From there, 25 finalists will be selected for the final round to be broadcast live on WNIT from July 29th through August 2nd. You just might be that emerging, rising star! Get on it today!<br /> <br /> Many people in the area who know the Deam and Anstey families might be unaware that a special account has been established at United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph for 6-year old Tara Deam, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer. The family has to live weekdays in the Warrenville, Illinois area where Tara will undergo specialized radiation for 6-weeks. If you’d like to help with expenses, donations toward housing, gas and food during that transition would be appreciated. You can visit any UFCU branch and deposit to account #91363022411 or by making checks to Tara, Phil or Jessica Deam.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week. We’ll see you out and about at the Magical Ice Fest this weekend...and again next Saturday right here in MailMax!

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