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ECRWSS Celebrate 40th Anniversary on the Air. See page 9 Moody’s Pat Local Postal Customer Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 23, 2013 February 23, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 8 For Benton Harbor entrepreneur Lotisa Torres her recent move to new quarters in the city is targeted at “right-sizing” her operations. Lotisa’s V.I.P. Beauty & Barber has relocated from Mall Drive in Benton Township to the former Maxie’s Salon site at 890 E. Main Street in Benton Harbor. That’s the corner of Main & Fair Avenues in the city. A veteran cosmetologist with more than 21 years of experience and a business owner herself dating back to 2002, Lotisa is counting on the new location to be more user-friendly for her customers. Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat B y the time you read this, it may very well be too late to make one last shopping trip to the Old Navy store in the Fairplain Plaza. For whatever reason, which remains a mystery that only the corporate office will apparently respond to, the popular clothing store has elected to depart the market. Local man-agers will only confirm that the store is closing for good and all comment on the issue is reserved exclusively for the public relations department which (by its own admission via their voice-mail system) only checks incoming voicemail messages “once a week.” As one highly frustrated shopper told me via e-mail, “It’s hard to shop local when great stores like this close!” Amen, Kristen! Some shoppers became suspicious that the end was near when it became obvious that shelves were not being re-stocked adequately in recent weeks, but most were stunned to hear the news that the nation-al chain was throwing in the towel. Signs that cropped up late last week confirmed the departure from 1040 Fairplain Drive with notice that today, February 23 rd , would be the last hurrah. While Old Navy has elected to step away from local fans and customers, the Fairplain Plaza will soon be home to Ulta Beauty , scheduled to take up shop in the space immediately adjacent to TJ Maxx. Ulta Beauty is a first-class retailer of makeup, skincare, fragrance, bath and body, and hair-care products nationwide. The compa-ny is based in Bolingbrook, Illinois and since being founded there in 1990 has built into a power-house lineup of 550 stores across the country. They typically carry brands from Smashbox to Maybelline, and each store handles more than 21,000 beauty care products to choose from. It is a publicly held company whose CEO Chuck Rubin announced earlier this month that he is leaving Ulta to head up Michaels Stores . No word on the time-line for Ulta’s arrival on the local scene, so stay tuned. If you find the front door locked at T he Buck Burgers & Brew in downtown St. Joe this week, don’t panic. They’re actually hard at work making things bigger and better for you! Ken Kozmin-ski tells me that they are expanding their kitchen to accommodate the huge volume of people who have grown to love the place, and they’ll be adding even more beer taps, too. The restaurant will be closed until Friday, March 1st to get the job done. They will be closed a total of 5 days from tomor-row (Sunday 2/24) through Thursday. Thought you might want to know. Word in the street is that the once and former Hardee’s Restaurant at Pipestone and I-94 will finally get new life this spring and summer in the form of a new Qdoba Restaurant and a new Starbucks Coffee Shop. The once popular fast-food restaurant has been idle for many years now since the departure of Hardee’s. While it was briefly purported to be the new home of an Arby’s restaurant, that never panned out…and the building M oody has been vacant ever since. I don’t know if the plans are for both Qdoba and Starbucks to be co-located in the same structure, which is a popular tactic these days, or if they will have separate buildings on the same site. A highly reliable source provided the information and I’m working on find-ing more of the details for the proposed develop-ment for you. I’ll keep you posted based on my findings. Southwest Michigan’s only local LASER VISION CORRECTION facility. While a new Starbucks would be on the oppo-site end of town, it might nevertheless be a wel-come bit of news for coffee-lovers who were left holding the mug in recent days by the overnight departure of their Bearclaw Coffee Company drive-thru across from Martins Supermarket just off the corner of Hilltop & Cleveland in St. Joseph. The coffee stop was literally there one day and gone the next with no warning according to several regulars who were shocked to find their favorite haunt had disappeared in the night. What does that mean? The ophthalmologist that you see preoperatively will be the same one who performs the LASER correction and gives you your post operative care. Her h skilled needs. locatio 6pm an A Water form o Main roughl Scott’s Hardi Waterv would grocer for the E hood, Colom tells m sales e brand garner more t pace f Additi tion fr Garde deners variou weeks Grand Nurse Tree c thrilled plying Continued on page 10 been growing by 20 to 30% each year at their home makeover of the showroom. The project is targeted site on Defield Road in Coloma. If you’re in the to be complete by the first of April, which John market for back yard fruit trees, check out the web-admits is an aggressive but “doable” schedule. site or call toll free at 800-386-5600 or by calling Carpet Mart’s makeover will bring selections more 269-468-4356. Congratulations, Matt…keep up in tune with John’s customer base, and pricing will be more aggressive, saving you the customer sub-your terrific growth! Down the road a piece in downtown Coloma, stantially. The restrictions of a national franchise Ray Mays and his crew at The Friendly Tavern tie-in will be removed and Carpet Mart will be recently cut the ribbon on the long-coming expan-more nimble and responsive and will be able to “Recipient sion of the popular restaurant in the heart of the for 10 Years” city. Capacity in the old Friendly was 88 people. Now, they have virtually doubled capacity to more than 173 diners by taking over the space next door and putting a spectacular new look into place. Beautifully decorated new booths, new restrooms, a gorgeous tin ceiling and more are just part of the expansive new look at the Friendly. Stop in and say hi, and enjoy the dramatic new look. Travelers along M-139 just off the inter-change with I-94 will be seeing some dramatic changes over the next couple of weeks at John Kolaskey’s well-known enterprise. After 16 years MailMax is a publication of Far One Ahead Advertising, in the fold with the Carpet system, John is Inc. severing ties and taking his Carpet Mart back to 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 the world of an independent carpet retailer. John is Phone: 269.934.7522 absolutely thrilled with the decision and says that FAX: the two parties are 269.934.3297 departing under favorable con-ditions. He publisher@farahead.com just found that the Carpet One system email: had gotten so large, nationally, that it actually Inserts may vary by Zip Code www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax became a hindrance to rapid response for custom-ers. As a result, get ready for a whole new make-over, an entirely new look, new signage and more. Artistic Design Concepts will be working on the Call today for your FREE SCREENING aged and shipped very carefully. 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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> By the time you read this, it may very well be too late to make one last shopping trip to the Old Navy store in the Fairplain Plaza. For whatever reason, which remains a mystery that only the corporate office will apparently respond to, the popular clothing store has elected to depart the market. Local man- agers will only confirm that the store is closing for good and all comment on the issue is reserved exclusively for the public relations department which (by its own admission via their voice-mail system) only checks incoming voicemail messages “once a week.” As one highly frustrated shopper told me via e-mail, “It’s hard to shop local when great stores like this close!” Amen, Kristen!Some shoppers became suspicious that the end was near when it became obvious that shelves were not being re-stocked adequately in recent weeks, but most were stunned to hear the news that the nation- al chain was throwing in the towel. Signs that cropped up late last week confirmed the departure from 1040 Fairplain Drive with notice that today, February 23rd, would be the last hurrah.<br /> <br /> While Old Navy has elected to step away from local fans and customers, the Fairplain Plaza will soon be home to Ulta Beauty, scheduled to take up shop in the space immediately adjacent to TJ Maxx. Ulta Beauty is a first-class retailer of makeup, skincare, fragrance, bath and body, and hair-care products nationwide. The compa- ny is based in Bolingbrook, Illinois and since being founded there in 1990 has built into a power- house lineup of 550 stores across the country.They typically carry brands from Smashbox to Maybelline, and each store handles more than 21,000 beauty care products to choose from. It is a publicly held company whose CEO Chuck Rubin announced earlier this month that he is leaving Ulta to head up Michaels Stores. No word on the time- line for Ulta’s arrival on the local scene, so stay tuned.<br /> <br /> If you find the front door locked at The Buck Burgers & Brew in downtown St. Joe this week, don’t panic. They’re actually hard at work making things bigger and better for you! Ken Kozmin- ski tells me that they are expanding their kitchen to accommodate the huge volume of people who have grown to love the place, and they’ll be adding even more beer taps, too. The restaurant will be closed until Friday, March 1st to get the job done.They will be closed a total of 5 days from tomor- row (Sunday 2/24) through Thursday. Thought you might want to know.<br /> <br /> Word in the street is that the once and former Hardee’s Restaurant at Pipestone and I-94 will finally get new life this spring and summer in the form of a new Qdoba Restaurant and a new Starbucks Coffee Shop. The once popular fast- food restaurant has been idle for many years now since the departure of Hardee’s. While it was briefly purported to be the new home of an Arby’s restaurant, that never panned out...and the building has been vacant ever since. I don’t know if the plans are for both Qdoba and Starbucks to be co- located in the same structure, which is a popular tactic these days, or if they will have separate buildings on the same site. A highly reliable source provided the information and I’m working on find- ing more of the details for the proposed develop- ment for you. I’ll keep you posted based on my findings.<br /> <br /> While a new Starbucks would be on the oppo- site end of town, it might nevertheless be a wel- come bit of news for coffee-lovers who were left holding the mug in recent days by the overnight departure of their Bearclaw Coffee Company drive-thru across from Martins Supermarket just off the corner of Hilltop & Cleveland in St. Joseph. The coffee stop was literally there one day and gone the next with no warning according to several regulars who were shocked to find their favorite haunt had disappeared in the night.<br /> <br /> For Benton Harbor entrepreneur Lotisa Torres her recent move to new quarters in the city is targeted at “right-sizing” her operations. Lotisa’s V. I.P. Beauty & Barber has relocated from Mall Drive in Benton Township to the former Maxie’s Salon site at 890 E. Main Street in Benton Harbor.That’s the corner of Main & Fair Avenues in the city. A veteran cosmetologist with more than 21 years of experience and a business owner herself dating back to 2002, Lotisa is counting on the new location to be more user-friendly for her customers.<br /> <br /> Her hair stylist, nail techs, and barbers are all skilled to assist a diverse clientele with grooming needs. You’ll find the crew in the house at the new location Monday through Saturday from 9am until 6pm and can call for appointments at 925-5117.<br /> <br /> A vacant grocery store in downtown Watervliet appears destined to find new life in the form of a new Family Dollar store on North Main Street. The discount shop will take up roughly half of what most recently was Papa Scott’s Market and earlier still was the former Harding’s Friendly Market. City officials in Watervliet revealed recently that Family Dollar would be leasing the northern half of the former grocery, while tenants were still being negotiated for the other half of the property.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere in the Paw Paw Lake neighbor- hood, Matt Moser of Moser Fruit Tree Sales in Coloma and operator of Grandpa’s Orchard tells me of a consistent track record of increasing sales ever since creation of the Grandpa’s Orchard brand in 2007. That first year in business Matt garnered 81 orders. Last year that ballooned to more than 1,450 orders, and they are already on pace for a 25% increase over last year’s count.Additionally, Matt garnered a nice bit of recogni- tion from a popular online website called Dave’s Garden. That site is sort of a bible for avid gar- deners who rely on reviews and comments about various nurseries all across the nation. A couple of weeks ago, Dave’s Garden rated www.GrandpasOrchard.com as one of the “Top 5 Nurseries” in the nation for the Hardy Fruit Tree category. Matt and his crew were obviously thrilled because of the hard work they put into sup- plying customers with quality trees that are packaged and shipped very carefully. While his com- pany is still technically in its infancy, they have been growing by 20 to 30% each year at their home site on Defield Road in Coloma. If you’re in the market for back yard fruit trees, check out the web- site or call toll free at 800-386-5600 or by calling 269-468-4356. Congratulations, Matt...keep up your terrific growth!<br /> <br /> Down the road a piece in downtown Coloma, Ray Mays and his crew at The Friendly Tavern recently cut the ribbon on the long-coming expan- sion of the popular restaurant in the heart of the city. Capacity in the old Friendly was 88 people.Now, they have virtually doubled capacity to more than 173 diners by taking over the space next door and putting a spectacular new look into place.Beautifully decorated new booths, new restrooms, a gorgeous tin ceiling and more are just part of the expansive new look at the Friendly. Stop in and say hi, and enjoy the dramatic new look.<br /> <br /> Travelers along M-139 just off the inter- change with I-94 will be seeing some dramatic changes over the next couple of weeks at John Kolaskey’s well-known enterprise. After 16 years in the fold with the Carpet One system, John is severing ties and taking his Carpet Mart back to the world of an independent carpet retailer. John is absolutely thrilled with the decision and says that the two parties are departing under favorable con- ditions. He just found that the Carpet One system had gotten so large, nationally, that it actually became a hindrance to rapid response for custom- ers. As a result, get ready for a whole new make- over, an entirely new look, new signage and more.Artistic Design Concepts will be working on the exterior package including new awnings and such.<br /> <br /> Art & Image is taking on the task of new signage, and John himself will oversee the substantial makeover of the showroom. The project is targeted to be complete by the first of April, which John admits is an aggressive but “doable” schedule.Carpet Mart’s makeover will bring selections more in tune with John’s customer base, and pricing will be more aggressive, saving you the customer sub- stantially. The restrictions of a national franchise tie-in will be removed and Carpet Mart will be more nimble and responsive and will be able to February 23, 2013 Page 11 offer product lines that they were simply not able to pursue up until now. While shoppers in the interim will face a few disruptions, John is delight- ed that his fresh new look is on the way. The shop is located at 2500 M-139 in Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> My friends at Domaine Berrien Cellars fared exceptionally well at the 6th Annual Lake Michigan Shore AVA Wine Evaluation just com- pleted in Benton Harbor. Wally & Katie Maurer were awarded “Best of Category” certificates for both their 2010 Crown of Cab and 2010 Merlot Wines. They drew high marks in all seven of the wines they entered in the event. A panel of three Master Sommeliers led by Ron Edwards tasted 82 wines in the all day session of blind taste testing.Their Merlot tied with Karma Vista Winery for the top spot beating out a Washington state Merlot which was the benchmark. Panelists actually called Wally’s Merlot a “Rock star of wines!” One judge swore that it was from the Bordeaux Region of France. His Crown of Cab bested both French and Napa Valley blends. Overall, the panelists were very impressed with the high quality of all the Lake Michigan Shore AVA wines tasted, especially thinking that the Syrah and Lemberger varieties have a very promising future in the region.Congratulations on a great performance, Wally & Katie. Nice job.<br /> <br /> Inner Balance Chiropractic is in the midst of their 4th Annual February Food Drive to help meet the needs of depleted supplies at the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Anyone interested in learning more about the role that chi- ropractic care can play in their own health improve- ment is invited to the Inner Balance office at 2600 Lincoln Avenue in St. Joseph to exchange a $50 donation to the food bank for a complimentary new patient exam and consultation valued at $200.00. Dr. Tara Scharich welcomes your questions at 556-9654.<br /> <br /> This coming Thursday, February 28th, you are invited to The Livery Microbrewery in the Benton Harbor Arts District for the 2nd Annual Night Out for the Readiness Center. Designed to be the perfect cure for cabin fever, the event is set up as an evening with friends, good drinks, and great music featuring the performance of Mike Talbot. The Livery will offer half-priced pints, there will be raffle drawings for great prizes, and just good fun. Register at www.readinesscenterinc.org and get ready for a great night out from 6:30 until 9:30pm on Thursday night.<br /> <br /> Michigan’s Great Southwest will be extremely well represented in a couple of weeks when the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show takes to the stage in Grand Rapids. The show will run the weekend of March 15th through the 17th and a special At the Shore exhibit presented by Shore Magazine will show the world why we are the number one destination every summer. Participants in the exhibit include Kilwin’s Chocolates, Ice Cream & Fudge Shoppe, Anna Russo-Sieber Gallery, the Box Factory for the Arts, Curious Kids’ Museum & Discovery Zone, Eden Springs Campground, the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Joshua Nowicki Photography, the Krasl Art Center, Silver Beach Carousel, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and White Pine Winery. Also key cogs in the wheel will be The Harbor Village at Harbor Shores, St. Joseph Today and the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council exhibits.<br /> <br /> Next Saturday evening, March 2nd, the Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Joseph will afford local residents the opportunity to have their eyes opened with a documentary film shot in several locations around the world.“Opening Our Eyes,” is a free film that vividly shows how the vision of one or two people can make wide-scale positive social change. Rev. Yvonne Hester of the Benton Harbor Street Ministry will present the film at 4340 Lincoln Avenue in St. Joseph, and there will be discussion time following the film.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week...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 /> 269-925-6100ext.216

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