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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES Mulch • Natural Stone Unilock • Garden Items & Much More! See Our Ad On Page 7 May 25, 2013 Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on May 25 , 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 21 Moody on The Market Y ou’ve read and heard many a story here in Moody on the Market over the course of the years about businesses that relocate to new buildings or sites and so on…but it becomes a real attention-grabber when an organic fruit and vegetable farm “moves” lock, stock and farm-stand to a new piece of land the way that Karen & Jody Warner have done here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. In reality, this is their second such move in five years! It all started in the summer of 2008 when Karen launched a little “guerilla gardening” plot barely two-feet-by-ten between the concrete of her former Chicago condo building and the church next door. That summer she organically produced more peppers, tomatoes, basil and mint than they alone could eat, and ended up giving much of it away. Having caught the bug, they immediately began searching for land to farm professionally. They began in central Kentucky , but soon learned that little other than tobacco was being grown there. They turned to southwest Michigan and the rest is history. They have now grown three times in three years to meet the demand for fresh, natu-rally grown food, and after two years in South Haven they moved to Benton Harbor last February. Their new Big Head Farm has allowed them to expand vegetable production to nearly 10 acres, as well as 17 acres of blueberries, and a small 20-acre apple orchard on Coloma Road just across from Bob’s Barn Farm Stand. The Warners have successfully completed their National Organic Program inspection and are awaiting their USDA Certified Organic certificate any day now. Having successfully received their second $12,000.00 grant from the Frontera Farmer Foundation to help improve and grow their business, and earning the first annual Beginning Farmer of the Year Runners-Up Award from the Good Food Festival in Chicago this spring, they are looking for-ward to welcoming you and I to their farm, where they plan to build a farm market stand at the apple orchard with a cider press and full-time retail shop. Big Head Farm is located at 3835 Pier Road and by phone at 269-605-9527. Just like business relocations, another occasional story-line you’ll see here is the decision to change the name of a business for any of a number of reasons. You’ve seen several stories here over the past years about the strong success of AluTech. The auto parts manufacturer which started out a couple of years ago on Yasdick Drive in Stevensville crafting safety criti-cal steering knuckles for the automotive industry added a second site a little over a year ago with their acquisi-tion of the former Bowater Paper Plant in Benton Harbor. Both plants were owned by SMW Automotive in Troy, Michigan. That parent firm was purchased last year by Platinum Equity of California, a private equity firm which is actually controlled by Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores. Gores later went on to acquire Diversified Machine of Wixom , and late last month merged the two powerhouse firms into a single automotive giant with one name. The new name of all parts of the company now valued at more than $1.2-billion dollars is now officially Chassix, Incorporated. The company now employs 3,600 people worldwide including 1,200 at 10 locations in Michigan. They also plan to hire about 200 additional M oody Pat large groups, family reunions and such. For large the like as they have done for the Harbor Shores workers in Michigan over the next 12 to 24 months. orders to be catered, they do request two days advance Clubhouse, Café Navarre and others. Through the Locally, Chassix now employs nearly 280 people notice to assure product availability and they will end of June, Dave is offering $50 off if you sign up between Stevensville and Benton Harbor. Hungry travelers in the region will soon have a deliver directly to you. The new owners are already so through the Southtown showroom. You can reach him couple of new options to choose from in the casual excited about the opportunity that they are considering at 574-340-8394. One of the busiest commercial blocks in the food sector. In downtown St. Joseph, Port St. Joseph expansion into the inner-city of Benton Harbor soon. Dolphin will be open Sunday through Thursday from region will escalate the action with the arrival of the is due to open sometime this weekend according to Memorial Day Weekend this weekend. Returning to hand-crafted signage propped in the windows. The 10am until midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from the private parking lot at the corner of Broad Street & restaurant which reportedly will feature sandwiches, 10am until 2am. Dave Piersma has been in the satellite business Lake Boulevard in downtown St. Joseph are Mimi’s burgers and the like replaces what had been Vitale’s for nine years now, including five as his own retailer in Cupcakes and Scooter Joe’s. Sisters Liz Algyre and Famous Sub Shop in the 300 block of State Street. Vitale’s departed the building last fall and re-opened a the form of Ultimate Satellite. They are the only Emily Halsey bring back their colorful Mimi’s week ago in the Edgewater neighborhood as J’s retailer in the market offering both Dish and DirecTV Cupcake Truck and will be serving up several new to consumers. What most folks probably don’t know flavors this summer along with traditional favorites Vitale Fresh Deli. and new surprises on a regular basis. They will open Meanwhile, Don & Barbara Meeks have suc-is that Piersma recently established a showroom in St. cessfully leased their former Domino’s Pizza building Joe at Armco Ink & Toner. He is partnering with up shop every day at 11am and remain on site until at 610 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor to propri-ink-man Randy Miller to co-locate at 2942 Niles they are sold out. The early bird on Saturday grabs the Avenue in Southtown. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

You’ve read and heard many a story here in Moody on the Market over the course of the years about businesses that relocate to new buildings or sites and so on…but it becomes a real attention-grabber when an organic fruit and vegetable farm “moves” lock, stock and farm-stand to a new piece of land the way that Karen & Jody Warner have done here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. In reality, this is their second such move in five years! It all started in the summer of 2008 when Karen launched a little “guerilla gardening” plot barely two-feet-by-ten between the concrete of her former Chicago condo building and the church next door. That summer she organically produced more peppers, tomatoes, basil and mint than they alone could eat, and ended up giving much of it away. Having caught the bug, they immediately began searching for land to farm professionally. They began in central Kentucky, but soon learned that little other than tobacco was being grown there. They turned to southwest Michigan and the rest is history. They have now grown three times in three years to meet the demand for fresh, naturally grown food, and after two years in South Haven they moved to Benton Harbor last February. Their new Big Head Farm has allowed them to expand vegetable production to nearly 10 acres, as well as 17 acres of blueberries, and a small 20-acre apple orchard on Coloma Road just across from Bob’s Barn Farm Stand. The Warners have successfully completed their National Organic Program inspection and are awaiting their USDA Certified Organic certificate any day now. Having successfully received their second $12,000.00 grant from the Frontera Farmer Foundation to help improve and grow their business, and earning the first annual Beginning Farmer of the Year Runners-Up Award from the Good Food Festival in Chicago this spring, they are looking forward to welcoming you and I to their farm, where they plan to build a farm market stand at the apple orchard with a cider press and full-time retail shop. Big Head Farm is located at 3835 Pier Road and by phone at 269- 605-9527.<br /> <br /> Just like business relocations, another occasional story-line you’ll see here is the decision to change the name of a business for any of a number of reasons. You’ve seen several stories here over the past years about the strong success of AluTech. The auto parts manufacturer which started out a couple of years ago on Yasdick Drive in Stevensville crafting safety critical steering knuckles for the automotive industry added a second site a little over a year ago with their acquisition of the former Bowater Paper Plant in Benton Harbor. Both plants were owned by SMW Automotive in Troy, Michigan. That parent firm was purchased last year by Platinum Equity of California, a private equity firm which is actually controlled by Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores. Gores later went on to acquire Diversified Machine of Wixom, and late last month merged the two powerhouse firms into a single automotive giant with one name. The new name of all parts of the company now valued at more than $1.2-billion dollars is now officially Chassix, Incorporated. The company now employs 3,600 people worldwide including 1,200 at 10 locations in Michigan. They also plan to hire about 200 additional workers in Michigan over the next 12 to 24 months. Locally, Chassix now employs nearly 280 people between Stevensville and Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> Hungry travelers in the region will soon have a couple of new options to choose from in the casual food sector. In downtown St. Joseph, Port St. Joseph is due to open sometime this weekend according to hand-crafted signage propped in the windows. The restaurant which reportedly will feature sandwiches, burgers and the like replaces what had been Vitale’s Famous Sub Shop in the 300 block of State Street. Vitale’s departed the building last fall and re-opened a week ago in the Edgewater neighborhood as J’s Vitale Fresh Deli.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Don & Barbara Meeks have successfully leased their former Domino’s Pizza building at 610 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor to proprietors who will be launching operations this weekend as Dolphin. It appears to be a small franchise operation centered to date in Illinois and Indiana, and this will be their first site in Michigan. The new restaurant will feature fresh chicken and fish, fries and other sides. The emphasis is on fresh food, as they refuse to use any frozen product, and they also specialize in catering for large groups, family reunions and such. For large orders to be catered, they do request two days advance notice to assure product availability and they will deliver directly to you. The new owners are already so excited about the opportunity that they are considering expansion into the inner-city of Benton Harbor soon. Dolphin will be open Sunday through Thursday from 10am until midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 2am.<br /> <br /> Dave Piersma has been in the satellite business for nine years now, including five as his own retailer in the form of Ultimate Satellite. They are the only retailer in the market offering both Dish and DirecTV to consumers. What most folks probably don’t know is that Piersma recently established a showroom in St. Joe at Armco Ink & Toner. He is partnering with ink-man Randy Miller to co-locate at 2942 Niles Avenue in Southtown. Piersma’s crew will come to your home to perform a free, no-obligation site survey and customize a solution for your television viewing requirements. They will also wall mount flat screen TV’s for you and pre-wire new construction homes and businesses. They can also provide satellite service for commercial business waiting rooms, showrooms and the like as they have done for the Harbor Shores Clubhouse, Café Navarre and others. Through the end of June, Dave is offering $50 off if you sign up through the Southtown showroom. You can reach him at 574-340-8394.<br /> <br /> One of the busiest commercial blocks in the region will escalate the action with the arrival of the Memorial Day Weekend this weekend. Returning to the private parking lot at the corner of Broad Street & Lake Boulevard in downtown St. Joseph are Mimi’s Cupcakes and Scooter Joe’s. Sisters Liz Algyre and Emily Halsey bring back their colorful Mimi’s Cupcake Truck and will be serving up several new flavors this summer along with traditional favorites and new surprises on a regular basis. They will open up shop every day at 11am and remain on site until they are sold out. The early bird on Saturday grabs the cupcake though, since they open at 9:30 each Saturday morning. Remember too, that they are available for catering parties, events and the like at 269-930-1554 or online at www.mimis-cupcakes.com. <br /> <br /> Scooter Joe is back at 508 Broad Street in that same private lot offering his seasonal joy of family friendly and popular Surrey Bikes, a fleet of Comfort Bikes, Tandems for Two, and naturally Scooters. The shed offers a selection of Scooter Joe T-shirts, gift certificates and more. Joe will be on site through the Labor Day weekend and beyond weather permitting, and you can learn all about his pricing and offers at www.scootjoe.com. He’s also at 932-1005.<br /> <br /> If you prefer your casual transport method to be via water instead of land, Ryan Gerard and his buddies at Third Coast Surf Shop in both New Buffalo and St. Joseph are introducing kayak and stand-up paddleboard river rental operations this summer. Kayaks in both one-and-two person configurations and stable, sit-on-top style comfort are available along with oversized, beginner-friendly stand-up paddleboards will be available in Benton Harbor and Harbor Country. In Benton Harbor, launch point is at the Paw Paw River Kayaking & Stand Up Paddleboarding rental site at the Paw Paw River Boat Launch at 601 Graham Avenue. In New Buffalo it’s the Galien River Kayaking & Stand-up Paddleboarding rental at the Galien River boat launch at 17440 Red Arrow Highway. No reservations are necessary, nor are they accepted. Rentals are available daily from 11am until 6pm on a first-come-first-served basis.<br /> <br /> Next Saturday, June 1st, St. Joe Today cranks up another big event along Lake Bluff Park with a Craft Fair featuring regional artisans from Michigan and Indiana from 10am until 5pm. That morning also welcomes the return of the weekly Farmers Market from 9am until 2pm every Saturday through October 5th. The Wednesday market will start up on June 26th and run until August 28th from 4-7pm. Next Sunday, June 2nd, Antiques on the Bluff is back along Lake Bluff Park with more than 70 vendors participating from 10am until 5pm rain or shine.<br /> <br /> Speaking of Farmers Markets…Skip’s Restaurant at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road in New Buffalo Township has opened their weekly market for the season…running every Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 3pm. This marks the 5th season for the popular market featuring everything from produce and flowers to jewelry, art, cheeses, vinegars, olive oils, grilled burgers, brats & hot dogs and more. If you’d like to learn more you can reach Rhonda Sobecki at Skip’s at 269-469-3341.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere in Harbor Country, the Harbert Business Association is looking for talented artists to play a role in that region’s premiere summer outdoor art event…the 9th Annual Umbrellas of Harbert. Chosen artists will receive a 9-foot market umbrella on which to design an original work of art. They will be showcased by sponsoring businesses along Red Arrow Highway throughout the summer season. Then, on August 17th they will be sold at a charity auction at the Center of the World Showroom at 13400 Red Arrow Highway. If you’d like to learn more, call 269-612-7308. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, this weekend is a big one in New Buffalo with the 2nd Designer Garage Sale to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor and the Robert McCormick Club in Chicago. The public is invited to shop the big sale today and tomorrow, (5/25 and 5/26) from 10am until 5pm at 601 W. Buffalo Street in New Buffalo. It’s a great chance to pick up high-end finds of every kind in a unique shopping experience brought to you by The Design Guild. From fine art to fashion it’s all on sale at a fraction of the original cost. Check it out!<br /> <br /> If you head to New Buffalo for the Designer Garage Sale, you might also want to take in the 4th Annual Arts & Crafts Show running from 10am until 5pm today (5/25) at St. John United Church of Christ at 200 W. Buffalo. Admission is free, and raffle tickets will be available for more than 40 items donated by artists and crafters. Snacks and lunch items will be offered for sale as well. More than 70 artists from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan are featured.<br /> <br /> Coming up on June 14th and 15th a major fundraiser for little Alex Mandarino will take place including Alex’s Duck Duck Run…a 5k run/walk followed by a rubber duck race down the St. Joe River. They take place on Saturday, the 15th, but on Friday night the 14th a huge pasta dinner at Santaniello’s Restaurant on Glenlord Road will see 100% of all proceeds going to childhood cancer research. Dinner tickets are now on sale, runners and walkers are being signed up, and folks are busy buying duck race tickets. The deadline for the duck tickets is June 1st, and you can find all of the details online at www.alexsduckduckrun.com. <br /> <br /> Next Saturday (6/1) the Annual SW Michigan Authors & Illustrators Reception will take place from 10am until noon at the Benton Harbor Public Library at 213 E. Wall Street. It’s the 20th Anniversary complete with local works on display, arranged by hometown. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.<br /> <br /> Speaking of authors and illustrators…Tyler Kendal Faraone is an extremely talented artist and illustrator for a project called The Garden of Sin. He and writer/poet Meghan Dawson have spent three years of hard work putting together a striking book of the same name and have launched a fundraising project on Kickstarter to underwrite the release of the book. You can be an investor in the project by logging onto www.kickstarter.com and search for: The Garden of Sin. They have a promotional teaser on YouTube as well. Here is the link to learn more online at http://tylerfaraone.wix.com/thegardenofsin. Just a heads up that the subject is a dark one and probably PG-Rated.<br /> <br /> Finally…Bark for Life…a Canine Event to Fight Cancer takes place next Saturday at Kiwanis Park in St. Joseph at Park and Langley. Cancer survivor Marie Terlecki is the organizer for this Relay for Life project which gets underway at 10am with the Blessing of the Animals and a Survivor Lap. Check it out.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great holiday 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 /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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