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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer www.lapitarestaurant.com | ph: (269)982-0982 2019 Niles Rd, St. joseph Mi 49085 Mediterranean Cuisine Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 of his customers. He says that the loan on that particular property was absolutely up to date, but unfortunately was one of several business loans taken out by the development firm. Other loans, packaged with the Wash Station’s paper, were reportedly not being paid in a timely manner leading the bank to take the action that they did. Inasmuch as a major holiday marketing cam-paign sold a substantial number of wash tokens at discounted prices, Koebel is trying to convince the bank that something has to be done to protect those people whose tokens have been rendered worthless by the shutdown. So far he has been unsuccessful in that effort, but holds out some hope that the bank “will do what is right” for the unsuspecting buyers left holding the bag. Stay tuned. Tight money and the proliferation of online video-streaming have apparently produced a one-two punch that has also knocked another Lakeshore High School neighbor out of business. Videos Plus at 5790 Cleveland Avenue has disappeared from the movie rental scene in recent weeks, and while the phone number’s intercept says that the line has been “discon-nected temporarily,” there are no visible signs of the business returning to that site anytime soon. A former employee of what was Bearclaw Coffee Company across from Martin’s Supermarket in south St. Joseph says that not even the employees who worked there knew that the end was coming. I told you in a recent col-umn here that the coffee vendor had vanished in a flash. In an e-mail message to me an employee says the crew had absolutely no warning of the closure, either. In fact, if the manager hadn’t POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 9 , 2013 March 9, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 10 Realtors. The honor was bestowed on Lucas at the organization’s annual awards luncheon at the Shadowland Ballroom on Silver Beach. He has been licensed since 1999 and has consistently been an MLS Sales Producer earning many production awards. He is also currently Vice President of the Chikaming Open Lands Trust in Berrien County. Members and guests of Benton Harbor’s Renaissance Athletic Club now have an on-site café preparing healthy, organic food. The Organic Gypsy , food truck, caterer and purveyor of artisan organic products is teaming up with the club alongside the second tee at Harbor Shores. Owner Bridgett Blough decided to partner with club owner Sean Todman when they realized that their entrepreneurial spirits and visions for wellness in the area were in tune with one another. The Organic Gypsy Café will serve local and organic healthy food along with coffee, tea and an organic espresso and juice bar. Soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods will also be served in the café which will be open to both members and non-members of the Renaissance Athletic Club. The café will be open Monday through Friday from 7am until 2pm and Monday through Thursday again from 5pm until 8pm. Saturday hours will run from 9am until 1pm. The club and café are located at 501 Graham Avenue in Benton Harbor. Additionally, the café will team up with Aaron Molter Family Farms as a community support agriculture drop-off and pick-up point. Seasonal boxes from Memorial Day through Labor Day offering the week’s produce packed by the farm will be available for pick up by customers. Moody on The Market MOODY A pparently the ink was barely dry on the deal between Greg & Marian O’Niel and the crew at Kent Beverage of Wyoming in suburban Grand Rapids when yet another deal was being cobbled together to merge the team from Kent Beverage with yet another beer distributor in West Michigan. The O’Niels recently sold their O.K. Distributors business based in St. Joseph to Kent after 30-years in the business. Now, less than three months later Kent Beverage is con-solidating operations with B&B Beer Distributing of Grand Rapids into a joint ven-ture they are calling Alliance Beverage Distributing. The resulting company becomes the largest complete beverage wholesaler in the greater Grand Rapids region. Shawn Gary , who is the president of Kent Beverage, will take the helm of the new company and act as president of Alliance. Both of the wholesalers are family-owned, locally-based companies who distribute the Miller/Coors line-up along with many craft brewers like Bell’s, Founders, Greenbush of Sawyer, Brewery Vivant, Keweenaw Brewing of Houghton, and others. Gary says that the new Alliance will also sell most Michigan wines, and even non-alcoholic beverages like Red Bull, Faygo soda-pop, and other niche brands like Juicy Juice and Henry Weinhards Soda. The newly formed company will now have a distribution foot-print that runs all the way from the Michigan-Indiana state line north to Manistee County and eastward through Mount Pleasant and Lansing. Company offi-cials are hopeful that the consolidation will posi-tion them for future growth and longevity in the industry. Corporate offices will be anchored at the current Kent Beverage headquarters on 36 th Street in Wyoming and the firm will employ more than 300 people including the team based in St. Joseph on Hawthorne Avenue. Craft beer brewers have been voicing a great deal of sup-port for the consolidation and many sing the praises of both firms for their widespread repre-sentation in stores, bars and restaurants. After 26-years working for three different owners, Ron Koebel finds himself on the street and looking for the next opportunity in his career. It wasn’t exactly his choice, and he is deeply concerned over the manner in which his myriad customers have become disenfranchised by the sudden closure of The Wash Station car wash across from Lakeshore High School. The business has not only been closed, it has been chained and padlocked by the bankers who are now the apparent owners of the property after calling the loan on the most recent owners. A Chicago development company had been oper-ating the full-service and self-serve bays of the popular car wash until the day the bank came calling and took control of the property and placed it up for sale. Koebel, who many people undoubtedly thought actually owned the car wash because of his management role there, is just as frustrated over the turn of events as many Continued on page 10 M oody Midwest Glass & Mirror and Pella Windows and Doors. 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Apparently the ink was barely dry on the deal between Greg & Marian O’Niel and the crew at Kent Beverage of Wyoming in suburban Grand Rapids when yet another deal was being cobbled together to merge the team from Kent Beverage with yet another beer distributor in West Michigan. The O’Niels recently sold theirO. K. Distributors business based in St. Joseph to Kent after 30-years in the business. Now, less than three months later Kent Beverage is consolidating operations with B&B Beer Distributing of Grand Rapids into a joint venture they are calling Alliance Beverage Distributing. The resulting company becomes the largest complete beverage wholesaler in the greater Grand Rapids region. Shawn Gary, who is the president of Kent Beverage, will take the helm of the new company and act as president of Alliance. Both of the wholesalers are familyowned, locally-based companies who distribute the Miller/Coors line-up along with many craft brewers like Bell’s, Founders, Greenbush of Sawyer, Brewery Vivant, Keweenaw Brewing of Houghton, and others. Gary says that the new Alliance will also sell most Michigan wines, and even non-alcoholic beverages like Red Bull, Faygo soda-pop, and other niche brands like Juicy Juice and Henry Weinhards Soda. The newly formed company will now have a distribution foot-print that runs all the way from the Michigan-Indiana state line north to Manistee County and eastward through Mount Pleasant and Lansing. Company officials are hopeful that the consolidation will position them for future growth and longevity in the industry. Corporate offices will be anchored at the current Kent Beverage headquarters on 36th Street in Wyoming and the firm will employ more than 300 people including the team based in St. Joseph on Hawthorne Avenue. Craft beer brewers have been voicing a great deal of support for the consolidation and many sing the praises of both firms for their widespread representation in stores, bars and restaurants.<br /> <br /> After 26-years working for three different owners, Ron Koebel finds himself on the street and looking for the next opportunity in his career. It wasn’t exactly his choice, and he is deeply concerned over the manner in which his myriad customers have become disenfranchised by the sudden closure of The Wash Station car wash across from Lakeshore High School.The business has not only been closed, it has been chained and padlocked by the bankers who are now the apparent owners of the property after calling the loan on the most recent owners. A Chicago development company had been operating the full-service and self-serve bays of the popular car wash until the day the bank came calling and took control of the property and placed it up for sale. Koebel, who many people undoubtedly thought actually owned the car wash because of his management role there, is just as frustrated over the turn of events as many of his customers. He says that the loan on that particular property was absolutely up to date, but unfortunately was one of several business loans taken out by the development firm. Other loans, packaged with the Wash Station’s paper, were reportedly not being paid in a timely manner leading the bank to take the action that they did.Inasmuch as a major holiday marketing campaign sold a substantial number of wash tokens at discounted prices, Koebel is trying to convince the bank that something has to be done to protect those people whose tokens have been rendered worthless by the shutdown. So far he has been unsuccessful in that effort, but holds out some hope that the bank “will do what is right” for the unsuspecting buyers left holding the bag. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> Tight money and the proliferation of online video-streaming have apparently produced a one-two punch that has also knocked another Lakeshore High School neighbor out of business.Videos Plus at 5790 Cleveland Avenue has disappeared from the movie rental scene in recent weeks, and while the phone number’s intercept says that the line has been “disconnected temporarily,” there are no visible signs of the business returning to that site anytime soon.<br /> <br /> A former employee of what was Bearclaw Coffee Company across from Martin’s Supermarket in south St. Joseph says that not even the employees who worked there knew that the end was coming. I told you in a recent column here that the coffee vendor had vanished in a flash. In an e-mail message to me an employee says the crew had absolutely no warning of the closure, either. In fact, if the manager hadn’t been driving by on that fateful night, workers would have arrived at 5:45 am to be greeted by a completely empty store. Apparently it was around 10:30 at night when the manager spotted the owners of the shop emptying it out. The affected employees are devastated by the middleof- the-night departure, especially finding themselves jobless virtually overnight. There still has been no stated reason for the closure of Bearclaw in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> A couple of weeks ago I chronicled the impending demise of The Petz Carlton from the shadows of the Harbor Shores fairways north of town. Owner and operator Helen Fasano needs to find a new site for her dog-care facility. In writing about her predicament, I failed to point out that Helen’s operation is not only a care center, but also serves as her own home and provides acreage for her business. As a result, she has heard from well over a half dozen people with warehouses and such for sale or rent, when in reality what she needs is something on par with a gentleman’s farm with adequate acreage. Helen watches over and cares for the animals in her charge 24/7 and needs to be close to them with her personal living quarters. Her current site on the perimeter of the golf course will be demolished in May and she needs to relocate between now and then. If you have a workable solution for Helen matching her needs, you can reach her at 934-7389. Thanks for your consideration.<br /> <br /> Congratulations are in order for Harbor Country Broker George Lucas. Lucas, a licensed associated broker with RE/MAX Harbor Country in Union Pier, has been named 2013 Realtor of the Year for the Southwestern Michigan Association of MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwest Realtors. The honor was bestowed on Lucas at the organization’s annual awards luncheon at the Shadowland Ballroom on Silver Beach. He has been licensed since 1999 and has consistently been an MLS Sales Producer earning many production awards. He is also currently Vice President of the Chikaming Open Lands Trust in Berrien County.<br /> <br /> Members and guests of Benton Harbor’s Renaissance Athletic Club now have an on-site café preparing healthy, organic food. The Organic Gypsy, food truck, caterer and purveyor of artisan organic products is teaming up with the club alongside the second tee at Harbor Shores. Owner Bridgett Blough decided to partner with club owner Sean Todman when they realized that their entrepreneurial spirits and visions for wellness in the area were in tune with one another. The Organic Gypsy Café will serve local and organic healthy food along with coffee, tea and an organic espresso and juice bar. Soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods will also be served in the café which will be open to both members and nonmembers of the Renaissance Athletic Club. The café will be open Monday through Friday from 7am until 2pm and Monday through Thursday again from 5pm until 8pm. Saturday hours will run from 9am until 1pm. The club and café are located at 501 Graham Avenue in Benton Harbor.Additionally, the café will team up with Aaron Molter Family Farms as a community support agriculture drop-off and pick-up point. Seasonal boxes from Memorial Day through Labor Day offering the week’s produce packed by the farm will be available for pick up by customers.<br /> <br /> The entire community of Coloma " gets its green on" next Saturday evening for the gigantic and entertaining St. Patrick's Day Lighted Parade through downtown. But there's a lot more than just the parade going on ...and you are invited to make a day of it in Coloma starting with the Breathe Easy 5 k Run/Walk to benefit Cystic Fibrosis at 9am...a two-hour Chili Cook Off at Coloma Motor Sports beginning at noon...Irish Folk Tales at the Coloma Public Library from 1-2pm, and a book sale there from 10am until 2pm. The lighted parade steps off at 8pm and travels the route through downtown where the business community has been invited to take part in a window display contest as well. Don't miss it! It's legendary!<br /> <br /> A Community Showcase: Who Does That? is being offered with more than 30 vendors on hand next Saturday, March 16Ih from noon until 7pm at the Genesis Outreach Development Center at 175 Euclid in Benton Township. The group called Chosen is hosting the showcase and tickets are available by contacting Glenda Bell at 269-363-6740. You can also chat with Glenda about vendor opportunities if you'd like to be a part of the showcase that day.<br /> <br /> Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph is launching a new event next month with their inaugural Mom2Mom Sale on Saturday, April 20th. It's a n event for the entire community designed to allow moms t o sell gently used maternity, baby and children's clothing and accessories. Buyers and sellers are encouraged to be a part of what they hope will become an annual event running from 9am until 2pm. If you have items to sell, all you have to do is contact the church office at 983-5000 and ask for Debby Miskill or contact Jenny Loy at 270- 1393 to reserve a table. Cost per table is just $15 and is open to anyone in the community. There will also be a large item room at a cost of $1-per item for things like cribs, strollers, bikes and other things too large to fit on your table. If, on the other hand, you are just a shopper, put the date on your calendar and bring your $1-dollar shopper fee. All proceeds from table rentals, large item fees and door entries will benefit the women's ministries at Trinity.<br /> <br /> Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Bridgman continues their "All You Can Eat Fish Fry" for the next two Fridays, March 15th and 22nd from 5 until 7pm at the church. Take-outs are available, too for the fries which began on Friday, March 8th.<br /> <br /> In light of the operational millage defeat in Lincoln Charter Township, Butch Genovese and his crew at The Recycling Patrol are changing things up a bit. They used to offer various gift cards for those wishing to have a washer, dryer, stove, freezeror refrigerator hauled away. From now through the end of the year anytime you have such articles to be recycled The Recycling Patrol will donate $5-dollars to the Lincoln Township Fire Department. Now, not only are you both helping the environment, but you'll be doing something to help the local community. The Patrol also hauls away all metals including aluminum, steel, cast iron and so on as well as air-conditioning units, water heaters and more for free. They operate Monday through Saturday from 8am until 8pm and Sundays from noon until 6pm. You can reach the Patrol at 369-1678.<br /> <br /> Three time Grammy Award nominee Vince Ambrosetti is at St. Joseph Catholic Church tomorrow night (3/10) at 7pm for a Parish Family Concert followed by a reception for everyone. Parish Mission Services will be held at 7pm nightly on Monday through Wednesday of this week as well according to coordinator Lowell Vick. Ambrosetti sang at Mother Theresa's funeral in India, and has performed at the Vatican as well. The church is located at 211 Church Street in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> That's it for this week, kids. Have a spectacular week...shop locally whenever possible... and we'll see you 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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