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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer e verything you need to M ake your hoMe beautifuL . April 20, 2013 L ook inside for Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com taurant business almost any day now in the Edgewater neighborhood of St. Joseph. Friends and family know of Jason as the owner and operator of the former Vitale’s Famous Subs in downtown St. Joseph. Jason closed the doors on that enter-prise shortly after Labor Day last fall due to ongo-ing customer complaints over the difficulty in find-ing adequate parking nearby. Jason refused to give up on his dream, however, and has been working overtime at his architectural business to generate the revenue necessary to re-launch his business in a setting with considerably more parking access. He is in the final stages of prepping the former Mammina’s at Edgewater building for the unveil-ing of his new J’s Vitale Fresh Deli at the corner of Momany and Upton Drives in the Edgewater Place commercial center. He recently passed a rigorous round of inspections, has been painting and getting signage in place, printing menus and hopes to be open by the end of the month if all goes well. In addition to his trademark sub sandwiches, Jason tells his Facebook fans that he will be adding steaks, pork tenderloin, chicken breasts, more pas-tas and the like to his menu for the new place. During nice weather there is a substantial opportu-nity for lots of outdoor seating at the restaurant as well. Stay tuned for additional details on the re-opening very soon. The excitement is almost palpable when you get within earshot of George and Alissa McManus these days as the couple cranks up plans for a great season at Piggot’s Farm Market & Bakery down the road a bit from the Napier Campus of Lake Michigan College. That excitement is also fos-tered by the first-round approval they gained from the St. Joseph Charter Township Planning Commission for their plans to open a second, POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 20 , 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 16 tion about the Co-Op and how it works, according to founder Julie Katz. You can also learn more online at www.thirdcoastmarketcoop.com. If you’ve always wanted to try an electronic cigarette as an alternative to smoking the real thing, a local couple will afford you that opportunity when they launch their new business venture in another month or so. Coming soon to the Niles Road cor-ridor is the Digital Vapor Den… an “e-cig” shop owned and operated by Samantha and Jacob Scott. The electronic alternative to smoking is a device you can use virtually anywhere including airports, restaurants and the like because instead of blowing out smoke you are blowing out water vapor. You still get the nicotine that smokers crave without the more than 4,000 chemicals found in real tobacco cigarettes. The Scotts will sell starter kits, flavored juice, and some universal parts that will fit other brands of e-cigarettes that you might already own. The new shop will be established at 3660 Niles Road, between All Seasons Fireplace Shop and The Rental Branch equipment center. Samantha tells me that their target is mid-to-late May…and I will keep you posted on their progress. Three generations and three-quarters of a cen-tury later, Premier Promotions/Twin City Engraving is marking a substantial milestone this month in St. Joseph. The multi-faceted company is now 75 years old, having been started in 1938 and still competing in the free market to this day. Jerry Jones is now the top dog at the shop and has been with the company for more than 30-years himself. You’ll find the long-running firm at the base of the Broad Street hill at 1232 Broad Street, across from Clementine’s Too Restaurant along the Morrison Channel. The fascinating company produces a broad range of promotional products, plaques, banners, signs, embroidered clothing, screen printing, name badges, ID plates and much, much more. Happy Anniversary, Jerry and crew! You can reach the team at 800-222-7752. Michigan entrepreneurs interested in selling food products to the public can attend an MSU Extension workshop, “How to Start a Successful Cottage Food Law Business” this coming week at several locations in SW Michigan. Sessions will be held in Niles from 10am until noon on Tuesday (4/23), in Benton Harbor that afternoon from 3 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pure Michigan’s ongoing success in attracting visitors to our fair shores has lead to plans for a new multi-million dollar lodging option in the heart of Michigan’s Great Southwest. Authorities in Benton Charter Township tells us that a brand new Hilton Garden Inn will break ground yet this spring on a new property along I-94 between exits 28 and 29. The new $10-million dollar hotel will be built on land near the theater complex of Celebration! Cinemas, at the opposite end of their expansive parking lot overlooking the interstate highway. The 110 room upscale hotel joins the Hilton brand which currently sports more than 500 such Inns in the Hilton uni-verse world-wide. Hilton had looked at several sites in the region before settling on that site in recent weeks. U-of-M fans who travel routinely to Ann Arbor were recently introduced to a new Hilton Garden Inn of their own just off of I-94 about two miles from the campus. The university community and the traveling public are enjoying that first-class facility, and we are eager to see the architectural plans for the Benton Township version targeted for completion early next year. Stay tuned for more. By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the news in some form or another of the impending arrival of Kay Manufacturing in St. Joseph Charter Township. The automotive manufacturer based in Calumet City, Illinois searched across three states for the ideal location for a new plant to craft trans-mission components for the major automakers. The company will be investing more than $9.3-million dollars at 3401 S. Lakeshore Drive in a venture that is projected to create 80 jobs in the next three years. Hats off to the partnership among Cornerstone Alliance, Michigan Works!, St. Joseph Charter Township, the state of Michigan, Lake Michigan College, Indiana Michigan Power, and State Representative Al Pscholka for working to craft the deal attracting the team from Kay to the com-munity. It would not have been possible if not for the donation of the building last year by Ronald and Eva Kinney to the Cornerstone team for use in attracting new business to the region. Hiring for the new project is already underway. My friends and colleagues at Mid-West Family Broadcasting are growing their media footprint in north-central America through acqui-sition of the assets of 10 radio stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Rockford, Illinois. A Local Marketing Agreement gets underway shortly and upon FCC approval the purchase will close on the assets of Maverick Media in both of those communities. Tom Walker is the President of Mid-West Management, and he brokered the deal in a bid to fulfill the company’s desire to grow locally-owned radio in the heartland. There are cur-rently more than 25 owned and operated stations flying the Mid-West Family flag in Madison and LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Springfield, Missouri, Springfield, Illinois and here in Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, and South Haven, Michigan. Jason Rosenthal’s labor of love continues unabated and he’s hopeful of jump-starting his res-M oody Southwest Michigan’s Retinal Specialist, Pat Dr. Wes Heroman wants you to know: Please call our office today if you think that you might benefit from an evaluation of your eyes. mobile-market site at 2900 Niles Road alongside the offices of New Seasons Real Estate . That leaves just one final logistical hurdle in the form of the full board of trustees for the township coming up on May 6 th . If that approval takes place you will find a temporary structure along Niles Road includ-ing a crushed-gravel parking pad showcasing the many great fresh fruits, vegetables and bakery offerings of the McManus family kitchens. George tells me that the auxiliary site will operate 7 to 8 months out of the year, including the sale of Christmas trees and other seasonal options. Stay tuned for the update on what should turn into a very popular farmer’s market site along many commut-er’s route home. Elsewhere on the mobile food scene, the Berrien Community Foundation, United Way and the Frederick S. Upton Foundation recently announced funding for at least 26 mobile food pantries operating over the last half of the year for areas of the greatest need in Berrien County. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s branch office will provide the service for the pan-tries, providing access to at least 15,600 residents who otherwise would have none. Tomorrow, Sunday, April 21 st , will mark the first membership community kickoff party for the Third Coast Market Co-Op. That’s a con-sumer-owned cooperative grocery store designed to bring a selection of healthful foods and natural products at affordable prices to the region. The Co-Op is member-owned, but everyone is welcome to shop there and everyone is invited to the kickoff party at the Tabor Hill Wine Tasting Room at 88 West Main in downtown Benton Harbor from 1 until 4:30pm . It’s a meet and greet of the commu-nity with the steering committee providing informa-Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Symptoms include blurred, wavy or distorted vision and a blind spot in the center of vision. Dr. Heroman is specially trained to treat retina diseases. His specialized care allows patients to have treatments performed close to home. 1-800-424-2393 269.428.3300 www.greateyecare.com FREE WiFi MOODY Continued from page 11 Convenient locations in St. Joseph, Niles and South Haven Clinical Research Site Inserts & Promotions Continued on page 9 MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Continued on page 8 • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets • Ace Hardware • Von Tobel • Sawyer Market • Tractor Supply Co. Inserts may vary by Zip Code

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Pure Michigan’s ongoing success in attracting visitors to our fair shores has lead to plans for a new multi-million dollar lodging option in the heart of Michigan’s Great Southwest. Authorities in Benton Charter Township tells us that a brand new Hilton Garden Inn will break ground yet this spring on a new property along I-94 between exits 28 and 29. The new $10-million dollar hotel will be built on land near the theater complex of Celebration! Cinemas, at the opposite end of their expansive parking lot overlooking the interstate highway. The 110 room upscale hotel joins the Hilton brand which currently sports more than 500 such Inns in the Hilton universe world-wide. Hilton had looked at several sites in the region before settling on that site in recent weeks. U-of-M fans who travel routinely to Ann Arbor were recently introduced to a new Hilton Garden Inn of their own just off of I-94 about two miles from the campus. The university community and the traveling public are enjoying that first-class facility, and we are eager to see the architectural plans for the Benton Township version targeted for completion early next year. Stay tuned for more.<br /> <br /> By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the news in some form or another of the impending arrival of Kay Manufacturing in St. Joseph Charter Township. The automotive manufacturer based in Calumet City, Illinois searched across three states for the ideal location for a new plant to craft transmission components for the major automakers. The company will be investing more than $9.3-million dollars at 3401 S. Lakeshore Drive in a venture that is projected to create 80 jobs in the next three years. Hats off to the partnership among Cornerstone Alliance, Michigan Works!, St. Joseph Charter Township, the state of Michigan, Lake Michigan College, Indiana Michigan Power, and State Representative Al Pscholka for working to craft the deal attracting the team from Kay to the community. It would not have been possible if not for the donation of the building last year by Ronald and Eva Kinney to the Cornerstone team for use in attracting new business to the region. Hiring for the new project is already underway.<br /> <br /> My friends and colleagues at Mid-West Family Broadcasting are growing their media footprint in north-central America through acquisition of the assets of 10 radio stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Rockford, Illinois. A Local Marketing Agreement gets underway shortly and upon FCC approval the purchase will close on the assets of Maverick Media in both of those communities. Tom Walker is the President of Mid-West Management, and he brokered the deal in a bid to fulfill the company’s desire to grow locally-owned radio in the heartland. There are currently more than 25 owned and operated stations flying the Mid-West Family flag in Madison and LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Springfield, Missouri, Springfield, Illinois and here in Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, and South Haven, Michigan.<br /> <br /> Jason Rosenthal’s labor of love continues unabated and he’s hopeful of jump-starting his restaurant business almost any day now in the Edgewater neighborhood of St. Joseph. Friends and family know of Jason as the owner and operator of the former Vitale’s Famous Subs in downtown St. Joseph. Jason closed the doors on that enterprise shortly after Labor Day last fall due to ongoing customer complaints over the difficulty in finding adequate parking nearby. Jason refused to give up on his dream, however, and has been working overtime at his architectural business to generate the revenue necessary to re-launch his business in a setting with considerably more parking access. He is in the final stages of prepping the former Mammina’s at Edgewater building for the unveiling of his new J’s Vitale Fresh Deli at the corner of Momany and Upton Drives in the Edgewater Place commercial center. He recently passed a rigorous round of inspections, has been painting and getting signage in place, printing menus and hopes to be open by the end of the month if all goes well. In addition to his trademark sub sandwiches, Jason tells his Facebook fans that he will be adding steaks, pork tenderloin, chicken breasts, more pastas and the like to his menu for the new place. During nice weather there is a substantial opportunity for lots of outdoor seating at the restaurant as well. Stay tuned for additional details on the reopening very soon.<br /> <br /> The excitement is almost palpable when you get within earshot of George and Alissa McManus these days as the couple cranks up plans for a great season at Piggot’s Farm Market & Bakery down the road a bit from the Napier Campus of Lake Michigan College. That excitement is also fostered by the first-round approval they gained from the St. Joseph Charter Township Planning Commission for their plans to open a second, mobile-market site at 2900 Niles Road alongside the offices of New Seasons Real Estate. That leaves just one final logistical hurdle in the form of the full board of trustees for the township coming up on May 6th. If that approval takes place you will find a temporary structure along Niles Road including a crushed-gravel parking pad showcasing the many great fresh fruits, vegetables and bakery offerings of the McManus family kitchens. George tells me that the auxiliary site will operate 7 to 8 months out of the year, including the sale of Christmas trees and other seasonal options. Stay tuned for the update on what should turn into a very popular farmer’s market site along many commuter’s route home.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere on the mobile food scene, the Berrien Community Foundation, United Way and the Frederick S. Upton Foundation recently announced funding for at least 26 mobile food pantries operating over the last half of the year for areas of the greatest need in Berrien County. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s branch office will provide the service for the pantries, providing access to at least 15,600 residents who otherwise would have none.<br /> <br /> Tomorrow, Sunday, April 21st, will mark the first membership community kickoff party for the Third Coast Market Co-Op. That’s a consumer- owned cooperative grocery store designed to bring a selection of healthful foods and natural products at affordable prices to the region. The Co-Op is member-owned, but everyone is welcome to shop there and everyone is invited to the kickoff party at the Tabor Hill Wine Tasting Room at 88 West Main in downtown Benton Harbor from 1 until 4:30pm. It’s a meet and greet of the community with the steering committee providing information about the Co-Op and how it works, according to founder Julie Katz. You can also learn more online at www.thirdcoastmarketcoop.com.<br /> <br /> If you’ve always wanted to try an electronic cigarette as an alternative to smoking the real thing, a local couple will afford you that opportunity when they launch their new business venture in another month or so. Coming soon to the Niles Road corridor is the Digital Vapor Den…an “e-cig” shop owned and operated by Samantha and Jacob Scott. The electronic alternative to smoking is a device you can use virtually anywhere including airports, restaurants and the like because instead of blowing out smoke you are blowing out water vapor. You still get the nicotine that smokers crave without the more than 4,000 chemicals found in real tobacco cigarettes. The Scotts will sell starter kits, flavored juice, and some universal parts that will fit other brands of e-cigarettes that you might already own. The new shop will be established at 3660 Niles Road, between All Seasons Fireplace Shop and The Rental Branch equipment center. Samantha tells me that their target is mid-to-late May…and I will keep you posted on their progress.<br /> <br /> Three generations and three-quarters of a century later, Premier Promotions/Twin City Engraving is marking a substantial milestone this month in St. Joseph. The multi-faceted company is now 75 years old, having been started in 1938 and still competing in the free market to this day. Jerry Jones is now the top dog at the shop and has been with the company for more than 30-years himself. You’ll find the long-running firm at the base of the Broad Street hill at 1232 Broad Street, across from Clementine’s Too Restaurant along the Morrison Channel. The fascinating company produces a broad range of promotional products, plaques, banners, signs, embroidered clothing, screen printing, name badges, ID plates and much, much more.<br /> <br /> Happy Anniversary, Jerry and crew! You can reach the team at 800-222-7752.<br /> <br /> Michigan entrepreneurs interested in selling food products to the public can attend an MSU Extension workshop, “How to Start a Successful Cottage Food Law Business” this coming week at several locations in SW Michigan. Sessions will be held in Niles from 10am until noon on Tuesday (4/23), in Benton Harbor that afternoon from 3 until 5pm, and on Wednesday in Cassopolis and Lawrence. Cost is $20.00 and you will earn a certificate of participation. You can register locally at http://events.anr.msu.edu/cflbentonharbor/. <br /> <br /> My friends at Forever Books in downtown St. Joseph are taking part in World Book Night U. S., an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperback books to light or non-readers across the nation all in one day. World Book Night is actually this Tuesday, April 23rd, but the Forever Books folks are targeting a pre-event reception for Friday, April 19th from 7 until 8pm at their shop at 312 State Street in St. Joe. Early online readers can take advantage of that event, while the rest of the nation marks the occasion as planned on Tuesday evening. To learn more, check out www.worldbooknight.org. <br /> <br /> Next Saturday (4/27), the 3rd Annual Bottoms Up for a Cure Pub Run will get underway at1pm beginning at Babe’s Lounge on Riverview Drive in Benton Harbor. The fundraiser for Relay for Life will then proceed to The Buck, Players Bar & Grille, River’s Edge, The Library, and then back to Babes. Giveaways at every stop, prize drawings, and more will greet participants which numbered 180 strong last year. If you’d like to sign up, call 269-930-2380 for Aimee Foster, and help “Kick Cancer in the Glass!” <br /> <br /> Also taking place next Saturday, Young Life SW Michigan will host a 3v3 Basketball Tournament to help defray the costs of Young Life Camp this summer. Everyone from 7th grade to 99 years of age is invited to play at the SJHS Field House beginning at 10am. Young Life is an international non-profit organization focused on building positive and fruitful relationships for young people in the community. If you register your team online at www.yl3v3.weebly.com by Monday you’ll save $20 per team. The Grand Prize is $500 cash.<br /> <br /> Three area health & fitness facilities are teaming up to host the 4th Ride to Raise Autism Awareness Bikeathon on Saturday, May 4th from 8 until 11am. South Shore Health & Racquet Club teams up with Renaissance Athletic Club and the BH-SJ YMCA Family Center for concurrent rides on their stationary indoor cycling bikes. You can sign up for 1, 2 or 3 hour slots at any location and pick up pledge forms, and both members and nonmembers are invited to each location.<br /> <br /> You can join those who are “STOMPin’ into Spring” with the Southshore Concert Band on the Mendel Center Mainstage tomorrow, Sunday (4/21) at 2pm with a program filled with a bountiful bouquet of music for everyone. It’s a perfect time to take a break from your spring cleaning for a little bit of Sousa, John Williams, some bluesy jazz, a classic band warhorse, a Trek to the Stars, and find out what happens to Las Vegas when Godzilla’s in town. Admission is free…and the center is at 2755 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor. If you can’t make it tomorrow…get Friday, May 17th on your calendar and join the Southshore Big Band for Big Band Blast 2 at the Hidden Pointe Event Center at 1050 Nickerson Avenue in Benton Harbor. The 7 to 10pm performance costs just $20 per person and is a great encore performance of Big Band music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s for your listening and dancing pleasure. You can register a table of 8 for just $150 by calling Jane at 428-2839.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you right here in MailMax once again next Saturday!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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