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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer For more details see pull out section Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 own “take-and-bake” custom made pizzas begin-ning next Friday, March 29 th . It’s an intriguing concept I’ve not had the pleasure of enjoying yet, wherein we, as customers, can watch the staff make our pizza right before our eyes to our exact specifications and then take the pizza home to our own ovens with detailed instructions on how to make the perfect pizza. Their menu is exten-sive with your choice of sauces, toppings, crust styles, sizes and more. Check it out beginning on Good Friday and hopefully for many years to come. POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 23 , 2013 March 23, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 12 are issuing a genuine and heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of loyal customers who have visit-ed their store over the years. The Kilwins’ phi-losophy has always been to serve up an enjoy-able experience coupled with an excellent prod-uct served by pleasant, courteous, happy employ-ees in a clean, warm, cozy and inviting atmo-sphere. To celebrate, Janet & Phil are giving away gift bags featuring a Kilwins Turtle Caramel Apple, a bag of caramel corn, a half-pound box of Kilwins fudge and a box of choco-lates every week throughout the month of April. Stop by each week to sign up for your chance to win all month long. Congratulations to the entire Kilwins team, including occasional celebrity scoop volunteer Frank Walsh on a stellar run. You’ll find Kilwins locally at 217 State Street in downtown St. Joseph. Just one block away from Kilwins there’s excitement at 317 State Street as well. That’s the home of Dr. David Miller’s White Pine Winery Tasting Room in the central business district. Miller’s team is beaming over a couple of Silver Medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Dave admits that wineries always like to win gold medals, but considers silver medal wins in a competition of that caliber to be an absolute feather in the winery’s cap for sure. White Pine’s 2011 Reserve Riesling and their 2011 Pinot Grigio were silver medal winners side-by-side with the likes of Riesling heavy-weight Ste. Michelle Estates Eroica, which has been a Top 100 selection by Wine Spectator magazine, the veritable bible of the wine indus-try, for several years. Dave and his crew are a big attraction in downtown St. Joe, having just hosted their inaugural Cabin Fever Celebration Moody on The Market MOODY L ooks like the lease has been formalized, the plans have been drawn up, and remodeling of a sizable chunk of the Fairplain Plaza in Benton Charter Township will become the home this spring or summer to a substantially larger Dunham’s Sports store for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. I alluded to this project several months ago here in MailMax when the shopping center lost Office Depot. The entire space relinquished by the former office superstore when its lease ran out will be utilized as well as the vacant store-front immediately adjacent to that parcel, giving the new Dunham’s Sports a 50,000 square foot super center for sports fans in the market. Dunham’s has enjoyed a spectacular clientele locally since setting up shop in the Plaza and they’ve been eager to grow but were “space-locked” in their current location. This new opportunity for the Midwest’s largest retail sporting goods chain is a pattern they have repeated over the past two years in several mar-kets including Midland and Warren, Michigan, Jacksonville, Illinois, and most recently in Defiance, Ohio. In each of those markets, Dunham’s operations have moved to larger stores to better serve the sporting goods demands of the local marketplace. Dunham’s corporate real estate manager John Palmer was not avail-able for comment at company headquarters in Waterford, Michigan at the time of my dead-line, but sources close to the negotiations con-firmed that the lease was inked in early March and movement should be seen at the new site any day now if it isn’t already underway. In each of the expanded markets over the past couple of years the new Dunham’s footprint afforded store officials the opportunity to present a larger selection of athletic and outdoor apparel, expanded hunting and fitness departments, a large value area featuring footwear at savings of 30-to-50% off, and new Fairway Center Golf Shops featuring all the top golf brands such as Taylormade, Nike, Callaway and more. No word yet if that same plan will hold true in the Fairplain Plaza relocation and upgrade or if the store will feature some other plan for our market. Stay tuned for the update as it becomes available. Plaza officials gave no immediate indication regarding plans for the existing Dunham’s space alongside Kohl’s once the new store is up and running. Elsewhere in the Fairplain Plaza, work con-tinues apace on the impending arrival of Five Below on the opposite side of Kohl’s. I detailed the story of that retailer with a broad array of name brand products in the $1 to $5 dollar price range here in MailMax a couple of months ago, and work has been extensive ever since. On the Napier Avenue side of the house, work is wrap-ping up on the new Papa Murphy’s Pizza shop alongside Jimmy John’s Sandwich shop. Owners Andy & Sandy Stern of Niles will host a couple of VIP Nights for their personally invited guests to help train their staff, and then you and I have the opportunity to shop for our M oody Pat Speaking of pizza, fans everywhere of The Flour Shop Bakery in Stevensville have been discovering the return of one of the bakery’s great taste treats. Flour Shop’s famous pizza is back on the menu! Debbie tells me it is still the same great recipe as it always was, but it went away for a couple of years and is just now return-ing. Also on the menu now you will find chick-en wings, breadsticks and their famous Cheesy Bacon Bread. Stop by and pick up a pizza menu at 1727 W. John Beers Road in the shadow of Lakeshore High School or give them a call at 429-3259. A new website is under construction and on the way soon. You’ll find the crew in the house every day from 4pm until 8pm crankin’em out for you. The chatter on Facebook has been steady ever since pizza returned to the scene, so check it out for yourself. For those in the Lakeshore neighborhood disenfranchised by the sudden closure of The Wash Station , you have found understanding friends at Sparkle Car Wash on M-139 in Benton Harbor. Owner Carlos Stockwell and his associates at Sparkle tell me that from now through May 1 st they will honor any bonafide Wash Station gift certificates or wash tokens at face value with equivalent services at Sparkle’s M-139 location across from the Fairplain Plaza. That, my friends, is a very generous offer from Team Sparkle and they should be applauded for it. Applause and kudos are also in order for Phil & Janet Dykstra at Kilwins of St. Joseph. We’re just a week away from a substantial mile-stone for the well-known couple in the form of their 15 th Anniversary in business. The actual anniversary arrives on April 1 st , and the Dykstras e D w t J C S h M f h H T s l f i o w u a t a i t i M g c D B c h b Lake Michigan It moves us. Shapes our region. Changes our perspective. It’s the Lake effect. Lake Michigan College More than 100 areas of study that lead to a certificate or degree. To move you. To reshape your life. Change your perspective. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Looks like the lease has been formalized, the plans have been drawn up, and remodeling of a sizable chunk of the Fair plain Plaza in Benton Charter Township will become the home this spring or summer to a substantially larger Dunham’s Sports store for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. I alluded to this project several months ago here in MailMax when the shopping center lost Office Depot. The entire space relinquished by the former office superstore when its lease ran out will be utilized as well as the vacant storefront immediately adjacent to that parcel, giving the new Dunham’s Sports a 50,000 square foot super center for sports fans in the market. Dunham’s has enjoyed a spectacular clientele locally since setting up shop in the Plaza and they’ve been eager to grow but were “space locked” in their current location. This new opportunity for the Midwest’s largest retail sporting goods chain is a pattern they have repeated over the past two years in several markets including Midland and Warren, Michigan, Jacksonville, Illinois, and most recently in Defiance, Ohio. In each of those markets, Dunham’s operations have moved to larger stores to better serve the sporting goods demands of the local marketplace. Dunham’s corporate real estate manager John Palmer was not available for comment at company headquarters in Waterford, Michigan at the time of my deadline, but sources close to the negotiations confirmed that the lease was inked in early March and movement should be seen at the new site any day now if it isn’t already underway. In each of the expanded markets over the past couple of years the new Dunham’s footprint afforded store officials the opportunity to present a larger selection of athletic and outdoor apparel, expanded hunting and fitness departments, a large value area featuring footwear at savings of 30-to-50% off, and new Fairway Center Golf Shops featuring all the top golf brands such as Taylor made, Nike, Call away and more. No word yet if that same plan will hold true in the Fair plain Plaza relocation and upgrade or if the store will feature some other plan for our market. Stay tuned for the update as it becomes available. Plaza officials gave no immediate indication regarding plans for the existing Dunham’s space alongside Kohl’s once the new store is up and running. <br /> <br /> Elsewhere in the Fair plain Plaza, work continues apace on the impending arrival of Five Below on the opposite side of Kohl’s. I detailed the story of that retailer with a broad array of name brand products in the $1 to $5 dollar price range here in Mail Max a couple of months ago, and work has been extensive ever since. On the Napier Avenue side of the house, work is wrapping up on the new Papa Murphy’s Pizza shop alongside Jimmy John’s Sandwich shop. Owners Andy & Sandy Stern of Niles will host a couple of VIP Nights for their personally invited guests to help train their staff, and then you and I have the opportunity to shop for our own “take-and-bake” custom made pizzas beginning next Friday, March 29th. It’s an intriguing concept I’ve not had the pleasure of enjoying yet, wherein we, as customers, can watch the staff make our pizza right before our eyes to our exact specifications and then take the pizza home to our own ovens with detailed instructions on how to make the perfect pizza. Their menu is extensive with your choice of sauces, toppings, crust styles, sizes and more. Check it out beginning on Good Friday and hopefully for many years to come. <br /> <br /> Speaking of pizza, fans everywhere of The Flour Shop Bakery in Stevensville have been discovering the return of one of the bakery’s great taste treats. Flour Shop’s famous pizza is back on the menu! Debbie tells me it is still the same great recipe as it always was, but it went away for a couple of years and is just now returning. Also on the menu now you will find chicken wings, bread sticks and their famous Cheesy Bacon Bread. Stop by and pick up a pizza menu at 1727 W. John Beers Road in the shadow of Lake shore High School or give them a call at 429-3259. A new website is under construction and on the way soon. You’ll find the crew in the house every day from 4pm until 8pm crankin’em out for you. The chatter on Facebook has been steady ever since pizza returned to the scene, so check it out for yourself. <br /> <br /> For those in the Lake shore neighborhood disenfranchised by the sudden closure of The Wash Station, you have found understanding friends at Sparkle Car Wash on M-139 in Benton Harbor. Owner Carlos Stock well and his associates at Sparkle tell me that from now through May 1st they will honor any bonafide Wash Station gift certificates or wash tokens at face value with equivalent services at Sparkle’s M-139 location across from the Fair plain Plaza. That, my friends, is a very generous offer from Team Sparkle and they should be applauded for it. <br /> <br /> Applause and kudos are also in order for Phil & Janet Dykstra at Kilwins of St. Joseph. We’re just a week away from a substantial milestone for the well-known couple in the form of their 15th Anniversary in business. The actual anniversary arrives on April 1st, and the Dykstras are issuing a genuine and heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of loyal customers who have visited their store over the years. The Kilwins’ philosophy has always been to serve up an enjoyable experience coupled with an excellent product served by pleasant, courteous, happy employees in a clean, warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere. To celebrate, Janet & Phil are giving away gift bags featuring a Kilwins Turtle Caramel Apple, a bag of caramel corn, a half pound box of Kilwins fudge and a box of chocolates every week throughout the month of April. Stop by each week to sign up for your chance to win all month long. Congratulations to the entire Kilwins team, including occasional celebrity scoop volunteer Frank Walsh on a stellar run. You’ll find Kilwins locally at 217 State Street in downtown St. Joseph. <br /> <br /> Just one block away from Kilwins there’s excitement at 317 State Street as well. That’s the home of Dr. David Miller’s White Pine Winery Tasting Room in the central business district. Miller’s team is beaming over a couple of Silver Medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Dave admits that wineries always like to win gold medals, but considers silver medal wins in a competition of that caliber to be an absolute feather in the winery’s cap for sure. White Pine’s 2011 Reserve Riesling and their 2011 Pinot Grigio were silver medal winners side-by-side with the likes of Riesling heavyweight Ste. Michelle Estates Eroica, which has been a Top 100 selection by Wine Spectator magazine, the veritable bible of the wine industry, for several years. Dave and his crew are a big attraction in downtown St. Joe, having just hosted their inaugural Cabin Fever Celebration earlier this week to kick off this weekend’s Diva Days event sponsored by St. Joseph Today. The winery’s vineyards are located in Lawton, but tasting is available every day in downtown St. Joe. <br /> <br /> Elsewhere on the St. Joe business scene, Christina Burns has launched Meditation Services, Inc. While it’s a new venture, Christina has a substantial pedigree having been a Certified Meditation Instructor engaged in the practice for 25 years. In actuality, Christina’s business had an incarnation in Chicago several years ago. However when she made a move to Sodus Township several years ago, she suffered a catastrophic illness and had to put her professional life on hold. Now in complete remission and feeling top notch, Christina is back and providing instruction on how to learn to meditate and the art of mental relaxation. In fact, she is conducting a workshop today, Saturday, March 23rd, from noon until 2:30 pm at the Pleasant Street Yoga Studio at 721 Pleasant Street in St. Joseph. If you see this in time and there’s still space you might be able to get in. Call Christina at 269-944-1575. If it’s too late, there will be other similar opportunities and you can always achieve individual instruction as well. The class is called Learn Meditation Now. Congratulations, Christina… good luck. <br /> <br /> Ed Hojara of Bridgman has opted for a career change and is now firing up his new ELH Detailing Service at 410 Lake Street in Bridgman. That’s the Green Building at the corner of Lake & Church in the city, and will house detailing for cars, trucks, vans and even boats. Ed will even offer free pick-up and delivery within a 10-miles radius of the shop. But wait…there’s more! If you want to take your boat out for a cruise this season and don’t have the time to clean it up and stock it, they’ll take care of that so all you have to do is gas it up and go. You can reach ELH at 876-1972. Ed’s not happy unless he’s busy all the time so he’s also beginning a company called Sell4U, wherein they will sell unwanted items for you to save you the time and hassle of doing it yourself. That operation will be housed in the same building and at the same phone number. <br /> <br /> Lots of golfers are itching to swing a club or two, and Jeff Terry’s crew at the Sunset Coast Golf Center on Niles Road is no different. They are busy dispatching reminders to fans about the upcoming Nike Golf Fitting Day from noon until 4 pm on Saturday, April 13th and their big multi-vendor Demo Day from noon until 4 pm a week later on Saturday, April 20th, featuring Call away, Taylor made, Titleist, Cobra and Ping. For the record, however, you don’t have to wait for a show day to arrange a personal fitting. You can schedule a fitting any time that you’d like by calling the golf center at 269-408-8424. The center and driving range are located at Niles Road and Maiden Lane in St. Joseph Charter Township. <br /> <br /> Spring Break is just over the horizon and there is still a lot to do even if you’re sticking close to home. In fact the Silver Beach Carousel in St. Joseph will celebrate the rich tribal history of the region throughout Spring Break week from April 1 to the 7th. The fun actually begins on March 28th with Eggstra Fun & Games Family Fun Night and additional activities through the Easter Weekend. Activities of Native American week will be many and varied and the best way to capture every opportunity is to chronicle the details at www.silverbeachcarousel.com. The center is just yards away from Lake Michigan at 333 Broad Street in St. Joe. <br /> <br /> Mark your calendar for the inaugural RACERS Superhero 5K, presented by the Red Arrow Club for Endurance Running and Walking Sports Club. The event will take place the morning of Saturday, April 27th along River view Drive in Benton Harbor, beginning and ending on the grounds of the new Whirlpool River view Campus. It’s a fundraiser to supplement program and equipment needs at the Fetting Youth Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor. Dig out your Wonder Woman, Spider man, or other favorite superhero costume and join the race at 600 River view Drive for same day registration at 7:30 am and a race launch at 9 am. You can also pre-register online at www.racerssuperhero5k.com. <br /> <br /> If you enjoy a good Murder Mystery Dinner, the students and administrators of the Lake Michigan College Hospitality Management Program have got a great deal for you. At 6 pm on Friday, April 12th the Grand Upton Hall of the LMC Mendel Center will come alive with a multi-course gourmet dinner, featuring murder, mayhem, and delicious food all student planned and presented from start to finish. This is their 5th Annual Gala & Silent Auction and it’s priced to fit nearly anyone’s budget at $40 per ticket, $70 per couple or a full table of 10 for $350.00. It’s an interactive comedy dinner during which a murder occurs and you might find yourself at the center of the investigation. All funds raised benefit the Hospitality Management Club. Call Jodie at 927-8111 or Chris at 927-8868 for information, ticket sales or donations including gift certificates or hospitality related goods for the silent auction. <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…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 /> page 14 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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